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Medicare 101: Online Presentation to Help You Understand Your Options

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Are you overwhelmed by the choices of Medicare? Let’s navigate this Medicare journey together! On Thursday, April 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Darien Library is hosting an online presentation where you can explore and evaluate Original Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans. — an announcement from Darien Library

This program will simplify the choices you need to make, help you make more well-informed decisions and explain what Medicare means for you! Register for this informative event
About the Presenter
Jim Farnham, MS, MBA, has thirty years’ experience in insurance and financial services.

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Medicare 101: Register for This Online Presentation Hosted by Darien Library

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Are you overwhelmed by the choices of Medicare? Let’s navigate this Medicare journey together! On Thursday, April 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Darien Library is hosting an online presentation where you can explore and evaluate Original Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans. — an announcement from Darien Library

This program will simplify the choices you need to make, help you make more well-informed decisions and explain what Medicare means for you! Register here.

Volunteers Needed to Help Get Food to Darien Elderly, Homebound During COVID-19 Crisis

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Darien police helped deliver food to homebound Darien seniors on Monday afternoon, but the town is looking for volunteers to do that in future days. Can you help? Here’s an announcement from Darien Police Department on Facebook. It includes an announcement from Marcella Rand at the Darien Senior Center:

This afternoon, Darien Police Officers volunteered to deliver essential food items and supplies to homebound Darien seniors who simply should not be out and about during the COVID-19 threat. In collaboration with Palmer’s Market, Darien Human Services, and the Mather Center, Darien officers are taking time during their shifts to pick up phoned in orders from Palmer’s Market, and to deliver to those in need.

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Senior Center’s Food Pickups End, New Program Replaces Them With Deliveries to Seniors and Those in Need

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With Darien Senior Center having ended its food pickup service in the Town Hall parking lot on Monday, a new, expanded program called “Corbin Cares” has been launched in town to have deliveries of breakfasts, boxed lunches and dinners to seniors and others in need during the COVID-19 epidemic. The effort, expected to begin this week, is a collaboration between nonprofits, local businesses and town government departments. Darien seniors and others identified by the town Human Services Department will be eligible for it as well as others in need in surrounding communities. The project is funded privately and is seeking donations from the public. The project, which has the support of Darien’s Department of Public Health and the First Selectman’s Office, is expected to begin this week.

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Darien Senior Programs at Mather Center Closed by COVID-19, Drive-Thru Lunch Pickups Start

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Darien Senior Center programs will be shut down starting this Monday, at least as far as having anyone go in the Mather Center for them, the town government announced Friday morning. But a new drive-through, lunch pickup program in the parking lot outside the Mather Center is being started, only for seniors already enrolled in the Senior Center. The announcement didn’t specify exactly when. The announcement also gave some advice for seniors to protect themselves during the COVID-19 outbreak. Darienite.com reported on Tuesday that the Senior Center had opted to stay open, although it was following direction from First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and town Health Director David Knauf and state authorities on that.

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COVID-19: The New Abnormal Emerges Out of an Abundance of Closures and Other Changes

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Entire public school districts in New Canaan, Wilton and Westport announced on Wednesday that they are immediately closing, and remote learning starts Friday in New Canaan. Senior centers in Greenwich and Stamford also announced closings. Donations of clothing (but not food) to Person-to-Person and in-kind donations to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center are now being refused. Avon Theatre in Stamford announced its anti-coronavirus measures and the Stamford Symphony has cancelled its March 21 and 22 performances. That’s the new abnormal in Darien and surrounding communities as various organizations, institutions and agencies batten down the hatches and shut doors to the public in anticipation of COVID-19 breaking out here, too.

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The Good News About Stroke Is That It’s Treatable: Stamford Hospital Presentation at Senior Center

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Todd Miller, MD of Stamford Hospital will present a program covering the options for acute stroke treatment, and healthy living tips to prevent them at a lunchtime presentation at Darien Senior Center. The presentation begins at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Senior Center in Mather Community Center, entered through the lower parking lot at the Town Hall complex, 2 Renshaw Road. — an announcement from Darien Senior Center

Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in this country according to the National Institute on Aging. Seniors are at the highest risk for a stroke.

Seniors Phone Emergency Call List Human Services Storms Townwide Emergencies

Elderly and Disabled Can Sign up for Town Emergency Call List, Darien Human Services Says

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The staff of Darien Human Services keeps a list of seniors and disabled individuals to contact prior to a storm or town-wide emergency to provide reassurance and peace of mind. — an announcement from the Darien Human Services Department

Staff will also inform residents of resources available in the community such as emergency shelters and cooling centers when necessary. If you are a Darien resident and would like to have your name added to the Emergency Call List, please call Human Services at 203-656-7328. More information on services available to seniors, people with low incomes and veteransalso available on the town government website. 

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Why Exercise Is ‘the Most Transformative Thing You Can Do For Your Brain’ — Talk at Maplewood Feb 27

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“The Astonishing Effects of Exercise on the Brain” is the subject of a talk Feb. 27 by a neuroscientist who delivered the second-most viewed TEDTalk of 2018. Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a professor of neural science and psychology at New York University’s Center for Neural Science will deliver an interactive presentation at Maplewood at Darien. Suzuki’s talk will explain “the science behind why physical exercise (i.e., moving your body) is the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today,” according to an announcement from Maplewood Senior Living. The public is invited to hear Suzuki speak starting at 4:30 p.m., Feb.

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Eight-Session Class at Darien Senior Center on Preventing Falls, Starts Tuesday

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Fairfield University School of Nursing students will present “A Matter of Balance,” a workshop focused on fall prevention, for eight weekly sessions, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center. —an announcement from Darien Senior Center

Falls are the primary cause of injury in Connecticut’s older adults. The workshop will consist of eight weekly two-hour sessions on fall prevention methods with focus on reducing participants’ risk for falling. The program will help participants set goals for increasing physical activity, and teach exercises to increase strength and balance.

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Understand Your Medicare Benefits Better at a Presentation Thursday Morning at Darien Senior Center

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Even if you’ve been on Medicare, you may not know all you need to know. But you’ll know more if you attend a presentation, “Know Your Medicare Benefits,” Thursday, Jan. 23 at Darien Senior Center. Waveny LifeCare Network will present the program, starting at 12:30 p.m.. Come with questions and concerns about what is covered, guideline, and policy.

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Orthopedic Doctor Speaks Tuesday About Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery at Darien Senior Center

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Dr. Samuel Taylor of the Hospital for Special Surgery will talk about orthopedic surgeries on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Darien Senior Center. Dr. Taylor is a leader and innovator in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. His clinical expertise includes minimally invasive and reconstructive techniques of the shoulder, elbow, and knee. His presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m. His visit is sponsored by Stamford Hospital in partnership with the Hospital for Special Surgery.

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If You Use a Medicare Card, You’ll Need the New Replacement Card Beginning in January

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In 2019, the U.S. government, in an effort to reduce fraud, issued new Medicare cards without Social Security numbers on them. The cards must be used at all health care providers beginning in January. — an announcement from the Darien Department of Human Services

These health care providers include physicians, hospitals, and pharmacies such as Grieb’s, Walgreens, and CVS. If you have any questions about your Medicare card, please contact Darien Human Services at 203-656-7328. The office is located in Town Hall Room 109 and is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.