2 RENSHAW ROAD DARIEN, CT 06820 203.655.2227

NOVEMBER  2019

TO WHOM I MAY CONCERN: AN INTERACTIVE THEATER PROGRAM
Thursday, November 7th, 6:00pm (doors open at 5:30pm), Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road 
At Home In Darien is delighted to bring this powerful program to the community. To Whom I May Concern is an interactive theater program performed by people who have been diagnosed with a progressive brain illness such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Using their own words, these individuals share their stories and experiences before live audiences. Light refreshments will be served. There is no fee to attend but registration is required, call At Home In Darien, 203-655-2227.For more information please Click Here This special event is generously sponsored by The Residence at Selleck’s Woods. 

BECOME A DEMENTIA FRIEND
Monday, November 18th, 4:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234 
Become a Dementia Friend!

Being a Dementia Friend simply means learning more about dementia, putting yourself in the shoes of someone living with the condition, and helping in small ways. Small gestures, such as spreading the word about Dementia Friends, or visiting someone living with the illness, can help make our community Dementia Friendly. Anyone can be a Dementia Friend! The Information Session lasts about one hour and will teach you how to make Darien a dementia friendly community. Please RSVP by calling At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227.

 

 

WILL YOU BE A PEN PAL?
At Home In Darien has joined forces with the Kids Care Club at Tokeneke Elementary School for an intergenerational pen pal program! We are looking for Darien senior citizens who would like to be pen pals. The students will write the first letter, and the seniors will write back. We hope the letters will go back and forth several times over the school year. As you know, handwritten letters have a way of putting a smile on one’s face. The handwritten message has been greatly underrated recently, and young people do not regularly write them these days. A pen pal program is a great way to connect people and is mutually beneficial to anyone who participates. Participation doesn’t require much –  just the desire to make someone happy. In the end, both pen pals will learn something new! If you would like to participate contact At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227

CATCH THE WAVE! – 2019 DARIEN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Please join parents and fans as they cheer the team on during the 2019 football season. Admission is free to all those 65 and over. The last weekend home game is Saturday 11/9 vs Bridgeport Central at 1:30pm.

DRESS REHEARSAL, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
Wednesday, November 20th, 7:00pm, Darien High School, 80 High School Lane
Seniors can attend this dress rehearsal performance free of charge and enjoy free transportation to and from the High School for the performance. At Home In Darien has arranged for transportation at approximately 6:30pm using volunteer drivers. Seniors can be conveniently picked up at their homes and returned home safely after the show. Please call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 to reserve your seat and to arrange transportation to and from the show.

AT HOME IN DARIEN ANNUAL MEETING
Tuesday, December 3rd, 11:00am, Darien Library, Community Room, 1441 Post Road, 
Join us for refreshments and a special meeting as we wrap up this 10th Anniversary year with an At Home In Darien panel discussion you won’t want to miss. RSVP by November 25th, 203-655-222
NEED A RIDE TO ONE OF THESE GREAT EVENTS?
Call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227. We offer transportation services for Darien seniors and the disabled within Darien, Stamford, Norwalk and New Canaan and service hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Please give us as much advance notice as possible to book your reservation. A voluntary contribution is appreciated. For service to other locations, at times outside of our service hours, or when you want to be accompanied to a medical appointment, ask for a Friendly Volunteer Driver.

 

AT HOME IN DARIEN WILL BE CLOSED ON:
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11th FOR VETERANS DAY
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28th and FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29th FOR THANKSGIVING

THE FOLLOWING EVENTS, DATES, AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
PLEASE CONFIRM WITH THE ORGANIZATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT.

MEDICARE BOOT CAMP
Friday, November 1st, 10:00am, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Are you turning 65 this year? Will you be nearing 65 soon? Are you already enrolled in Medicare but have questions? Then this is the program for you! Nancy Lombard Long-term Options Specialist and CHOICES counselor for the Southwestern  CT Agency on Aging will cover topics such as: When to enroll to avoid penalties; what is part A, B, C, & D, Medicare savings plans, and alternative Medicare options.

SCAMS: CONGRESSMAN JIM HIMES 
Monday, November 4th, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Office of Congressman Jim Himes in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Trade Commission, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging Senior Medicare Patrol will be hosting a fraud prevention workshop highlighting scams targeting seniors. Learn how you can protect yourself and loved ones from these practices. 

WEEKLY DROP-IN DUPLICATE BRIDGE –OPEN GAME AT THE DCA
Mondays, November 4th, 11th,18th and 25th, 12:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Rd.
Tom Hunter of Come Play Bridge, is duplicate bridge director.  Monday game will now be a $13 open game, without a DCA membership requirement, to help players obtain more master points. Tom will be using hands from The Common Game, so hand records will be available. Games will be stratified, and Tom will also be available both before and after the game for questions and discussion. This challenging game is held in the Garden Wing every Monday afternoon from September until May. No reservations are required. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10. 

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
Monday, November 4th, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Week 3 of a four part series on The French Revolution, Week 3: The Terror. The Revolutionary Fervor unleashed by the colonists in North America seemed carried by the currents of the Atlantic to the bastion of Western Royalty. Europe, and in 1789, the Great French Revolution commenced. This series will explain this cataclysmic event that has changed the course of history.

VISITING NURSE AND HOSPICE: BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING, ASK A NURSE, AND FLU SHOTS 
Tuesdays, November 5th, 9:30am, November 19th, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Nurse Jeannie Bain is available the first and third Tuesday for blood pressure monitoring and to answer any health related questions you may have.  Tuesday, November 19th Jeannie will also be available for Flu shots during her visit.  Please bring your Medicare card with you.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING 
Tuesday, November 5th, 12:00pm to 1:30pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Come get your blood pressure checked by a nurse from the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.

DCA WOMENS LUNCHEON’S PRESENT SOTHEBY’S, FEATURING  ALEX EBLEN, SENIOR SPECIALIST AND VP JEWELRY
Tuesday, November 5th, 12:15pm to 2:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road Learn the history of Sotheby’s and how jewelry auctions work. This presentation, given by Sotheby’s Alexander Eblen, Senior Specialist, Vice President, will focus on colored gems (rubies, emeralds and sapphires), their qualities and origins, and how to determine which are the finest. Audience participation will be encouraged, and arrangements can be made for tours of the preview for the upcoming jewelry auction in New York City in December. Luncheon will be provided by Michael Joseph’s Catering. Cost is $25 for DCA members and $40 for the public. Prepayment is required by Monday, November 4th. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

VOTE & VAX DARIEN HEALTH DEPARTMENT 
Tuesday, November 5th, 3:00pm to 7:00pm, Darien Town Hall, Room 119, 2 Renshaw Road
Preservative free vaccine, available to anyone over three (3) years of age. High dose vaccine, available for seniors.
Cost $30, payable by check. ConnectiCare insurance and traditional Medicare accepted ONLY.  Bring your ConnectiCare or Medicare ID card. We do not participate with any of the Medicare Advantage Plans.
Vaccine available by appointment at the Health Department; to schedule on line or for more information, visit http://www.darienhealth.com

DARIEN FARMER’S MARKET
Wednesdays, November 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 10:00am to 3:00pm, Good Wives Shopping Center
This is the LAST Market for the season. Take a look at the wide selection of good seasonal fruits and vegetables.

MEET CHIEF ANDERSON
Wednesday, November 6th, 9:00am Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Chief Anderson is Darien’s 11th Police Chief and the son of the late Bruce M. Anderson who served as Chief from 1988-1993. Anderson is also a graduate of the 245th session of the FBI National Academy. Captain Anderson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Sacred Heart University and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Iona College.  

DARIEN GARDEN CLUB FLOWER ARRANGING 
Wednesday, November 6th, 10:00am, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
A group of volunteers from the Garden Club lead a monthly flower arranging class called “Pleasure through Plants Program”. They graciously provide all the flowers and the containers to highlight occasions or special holiday themes that month. They also offer instructions on making arrangements as well as valuable information on the flowers used at each class. Sign up required. (In the event a class is full, Darien residents will be given priority).

COUNTRY WESTERN BBQ
Thursday, November 7th, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Roundin’ up a barbeque and ‘gitting down country! So put on your boots and ten gallon hats for some country hoots!  Talented performers, Ray Simonelli and Wendy May will be singing, and dancing is encouraged.

PARKINSONS DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP AT ATRIA DARIEN
Friday, November 8th, 11:00am to 12:30pm, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, Charter Oak Theater, 203-662-1090
Guest speaker will be Claudia Lytle from Vertical Pharmaceuticals “Alternative Drug Approaches to the Treatment of Parkinsons Disease. This will be an interactive discussion open to all people living with Parkinsons Disease and their caregivers. For further information contact Ilene Sumberg, LCSW, 203-662-1090 Pizza and salad lunch will be served. 

UNVEILED, PERFORMANCE BY EAST COAST CONTEMPORARY BALLET
Friday, November 8th, 7:30pm, Darien Arts Center, Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-655-8683 (behind Town Hall)
The Darien Arts Center is hosting, Unveiled, a special inaugural performance by East Coast Contemporary Ballet.  The evening of contemporary dance and live music will consist of entirely original works produced by the groundbreaking non-profit. Tickets ($35) are available at darienarts.org. For questions, call (203) 655-8683.

GENEALOGY: ADOPTION, UNKNOWN PARENTAGE, MISATTRIBUTIONS
Saturday, November 9th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
DNA is a powerful tool to confirm a lineage for those who know their family history. For those who don’t, it can be life-changing. Learn about the most popular tools and techniques used in genealogy for adoption, unknown parent or grandparent, and misattributed parent situations. Explore challenges and successes in the modern world of genealogy.

RUMPLETEASER, NIGHT OF MUSICAL IMPROV
Saturday, November 9th, 8:00pm, Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd, 203-655-8683 (behind Town Hall)
New York City comedy is coming to Darien on Improv Night at the Darien Arts Center. Adults will enjoy a night of laughter with Rumpleteaser, an improv team from New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. The talented and unique performers promise a hilarious evening as they create new musicals on the spot. Audience members will belly laugh their way to a whole new world and all that jazz, as anything goes! Tickets are $30 at darienarts.org

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
Monday, November 11th, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Week 4 of a four part series on The French Revolution, Week 4: Bonapartism. The Revolutionary Fervor unleashed by the colonists in North America seemed carried by the currents of the Atlantic to the bastion of Western Royalty, Europe and in 1789, the Great French Revolution commenced. This series will explain this cataclysmic event that has changed the course of history.

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE 
Tuesday, November 12th, 10:00am, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The AARP Smart Driver™ Course is the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. It has given millions of drivers the skills and tools they need to drive safely on today’s roads, allowing them to remain independent for many years to come.  Learn about normal age-related physical changes and how to adjust your driving to compensate. Reduce your chances of receiving a traffic violation, getting into an accident, or becoming injured. Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multi-year discount to course graduates(please consult your insurance agent for more information about discounts).  Cost of the Smart Driver Course is $15.00 dollars for members and $20.00 for non-members. There will be a half hour lunch break for all participants. Bag lunch can be brought, or purchased. Reservations for lunch must be made by 11:15 the day of the course.

CT PHARMACY: IS IT A COLD OR THE FLU? 
Wednesday, November 13th, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Because the common cold and the flu have overlapping symptoms, it’s easy to mistake one for the other.  It’s important to know the difference between flu and cold symptoms. While a cold is a mild annoyance, the flu can result in serious health problems.  Diane Corba of CT Pharmacy will discuss symptoms to be aware of and when to take a sniffle seriously.

CAREGIVER CAFE
Wednesday, November 13th, 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Darien Library is pleased to invite caregivers of adult residents who are aging-in-place to join us as we take some time for respite in appreciation of the important work you do each day. The Caregiver Café is a monthly event designed for you to mingle with other caregivers in the community while enjoying fun activities in a relaxed environment. With new activities every month, you can count on leaving each Caregiver Café refreshed and pampered. At this month’s cafe, you’ll experience a safari in virtual reality!

DAVID ALLEN ENTERTAINS
Thursday, November 14th, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
David Allen is back again this year. David has a vast repertoire of popular songs sure to be enjoyed.  David will sing and play guitar as well as throw in some comedy and encourage audience participation.
DUO PIANO FALL CONCERT “KEYBOARD CAPERS”
Sunday, November 17th, 4:00pm, Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road 
The Duo Piano Group will perform a program of music ranging from Bach to Prokofiev including some popular ragtime and organ classics for your delight! DCA members $10, Public $15 Free admission for students (18 or under).Reservations are requested, and may be made online through dariendca.org or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10. If you are trying to buy online tickets after Friday, November 15 at 12:00pm, please purchase your tickets at the door.
Performers: Yoko Araki, Kathy Edwards, Fiona Hallinan, Michael Karpilow, Yuan Wang and Yuki Yamaguchi. Guests: Rita Lapcevic (Piano), Darwin Shen (Violin). Music Director: Sandra Shaw Murphy.

HERE COMES ROSIE
Monday, November 18th, 11:00am, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Enjoy Geri Genovese and Rosie the puppy.  There are so many benefits of interaction with pets – mental, emotional, and even physical.  

STAMFORD HOSPITAL:OSTEOARTHRITIS 
Tuesday, November 19th, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The chance of suffering from a rheumatic illness like osteoarthritis tends to increase with age. Rheumatic diseases and related conditions include more than 100 disorders that typically affect the joints, tendons, ligaments, bones and muscles. While there are few cures for rheumatic diseases, there are many therapies that can make a difference for patients by relieving pain, lessening inflammation, and slowing or stopping damage to joints. Anastasia Slobodnick, MD, rheumatologist and internal medicine physician with Stamford Hospital, will discuss osteoarthritis and treatment options.

INTO THE ENLIGHTENMENT, PART I: MUSIC AFTER THE DEATH OF BACH
Tuesday, November 19th, 7:00pm to 8:00pm,  Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Week one of this four-week series presented by Dr. Gil Harel. What is the purpose of music? Is the role of the composer, as Bach stated, “…to compose a well-regulated or orderly church music to the Glory of God”? How can we square this outlook with Mozart’s emphasis on ear-pleasing melody? The 18th century bore witness to some of the most important sociological events in recorded history. Central among these in European society was the “Aufklärung”, or Enlightenment. We begin our odyssey at the end of the baroque period, where Dr. Gil Harel will discuss the oratorios of G.F. Handel and the keyboard works of C.P.E. Bach.

ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW: THE CLOISTERS  
Tuesday November 26th, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Cloisters were excavated from French monasteries in the 1930’s and reconstructed on their present site in the Washington Heights section of upper Manhattan.  This Romanesque and Gothic style landmark is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and now serves as a museum of European architecture and sculpture.

INTO THE ENLIGHTENMENT, PART II: THE BIRTH OF THE SYMPHONY
Tuesday, November 26th, 7:00pm to 8:00pm,  Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Week two of this four-week series presented by Dr. Gil Harel. Central among the creations of the classical period was the genre known as “symphony.” Though it would come to be a large-scale work, early examples in this style are remarkable for their brevity and Spartan instrumentation. In this lecture, Dr. Harel will show how the symphony developed, and who the key figures in this idiom were.

COME AND TELL: GOOD ART, GOOD LIFE  
Wednesday November 27th, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Bring a literary piece (poem, story, philosophical, or inspirational essay), picture of a sculpture, paining, movie poster, or a play bill as a spring board into sharing from our own stories and concerns.  Explore how arts and creativity can motivate, comfort, take us by the hand and guide us in our journeys. Share the stories which most move and keep us going, the ideas which nurture a good life and help us through tough times.  Listen, interact, and share inspiration and fun! The meeting will be moderated by a Family Centers’ Center for HOPE employee.

DARIEN HUMAN SERVICES EMERGENCY CALL LIST
The staff keeps a list of Darien seniors and disabled individuals to contact prior to a storm or town-wide emergency to provide reassurance and peace of mind. Staff will also inform residents of resources available in the community such as Emergency Shelters and Cooling Centers. If you are a Darien resident and would like to have your name added to the Emergency Call List, please call Darien Human Services at 203-656-7328. More information is also available on the town website: www.darienct.gov

SAVE THE DATE IN 2020 – UPCOMING EVENT AT THE MATHER CENTER: 
PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES LIFESTYLE CHANGE PROGRAMS 
Friday, March 20, 2020, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Prevent T2 lifestyle change program can help you lose weight, become more physically active and reduce stress.  This Diabetes prevention program is a weekly interactive one hour long workshop. The class is limited in size. The goal of the program is to teach participants research based skills.  The program is a CDC recognized program and the curriculum is led by the National Institute of Health.  Monitor My Health, a not-for-profit preventive health care organization based in Fairfield County is offering this year long program (with a value of $675) free of charge through Medicare to qualifying pre-diabetic candidates.  Please call 203-656-7490 for the qualifying questionnaire to be filled out prior to the beginning of the program.  

 

 

At Home In Darien
2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT  06820
Tel:  203.655.2227  Fax:  1.866.224.4210
www.athomeindarien.org
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