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.

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Learn How to Help People With Dementia in Small Ways: Info Session at 4 PM Monday at Darien Library

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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. An information session organized by At Home in Darien for people interested in becoming Dementia Friends will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday at Darien Libraries. 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! Each Information Session lasts about one hour and will teach you how to make Darien a dementia friendly community.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Celebrates the Royle at Darien Senior Housing, Due in Summer 2020

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined the Housing Authority of the Town of Darien, JHM Financial Group and other local officials to celebrate the groundbreaking for the $20 million senior housing development known as the Royle at Darien. — an announcement from JHM Group

Sen. Blumenthal gave opening remarks at the Oct. 25 event, held onsite at 719 Post Road and was attended by local residents and community supporters. This new senior living community, designed for independent seniors age 55 and over, will provide 55 new, affordable one-bedroom apartment rentals that add to the housing balance of Darien. The three-story building, which is expected to be completed during the summer of 2020, replaces the outdated and obsolete Old Town Hall Homes housing complex, which consisted of six buildings and only 30 studio and one-bedroom apartments.

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A Talk About That ‘Special Alchemy of Italy’ Wednesday Morning at the Darien Men’s Association

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What is it about Italy? Cultural Superpower yet merely a mountainous Mediterranean peninsula, Italy has exerted an outsized force on the world, Western civilization and the popular imagination over the course of millennia. Carla Gambescia, an author and lecturer on all things Italian, will speak Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Darien Men’s Association’s morning meeting. — an announcement from the Darien Men’s Association

Explore the special alchemy of Italy and the “cultural DNA” that has made Italy not only so influential, but also so beloved.

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How to Protect the Elderly from Scams: Tips from the Federal Trade Commission

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The FTC just sent a report to Congress called Protecting Older Consumers 2018-2019. The report suggests steps to take to help protect older consumers from fraud. But the evidence also shows a thing or two everyone else can learn from them. Check out the sometimes surprising findings in this year’s report. — This article is from the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information blog.

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Interactive Theater Program Performed by People With Dementia Comes to Darien on Nov 7

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At Home In Darien is delighted to bring to Darien To Whom I May Concern, 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. — an announcement from At Home In Darien

Using their own words, these individuals share their stories and experiences with live audiences. If You’re Going … The program (TWIMC) will be shown at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7.

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Talk on Teach for America by a Former Chairman of the TFA Board at Darien Men’s Association

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Steve Mandel, recent Teach for America board chair, on Wednesday will give a talk discussing the organization’s unique approach to educating children from urban and rural low income communities. Mandel will speak at a meeting of the Darien Men’s Association from about 10:45 a.m. to 12 noon at the Darien Community Association. — an announcement from the Darien Men’s Association

Teach for America

Teach For America is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to “enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.”

The organization aims to accomplish this by recruiting and selecting college graduates from top universities around the United States to serve as teachers. The selected members, known as “corps members,” commit to teaching for at least two years in a public or public charter K–12 school in one of the 52 low-income communities that the organization serves. TFA was founded by Wendy Kopp based on her 1989 Princeton University undergraduate thesis.

At Home In Darien Organizes Volunteer Leaf Raking and Public Sidewalk Snow Shoveling for Seniors

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While leaf raking and snow shoveling can be good exercise, they are often tiring and sometimes hazardous chores for seniors. —an announcement from At Home in Darien

At Home In Darien is pleased to offer fall leaf raking and winter snow shoveling services. This program matches seniors who are in need of assistance with At Home In Darien volunteers. Leaf raking, show shoveling, and other volunteer services can help Darien seniors remain in their homes and our community without worrying about simple things like household chores and maintenance. “Although the weather is still nice, we’re already getting ready for the falling leaves and snow,” remarked Gina Blum, At Home In Darien Executive Director.

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Joan Lunden to Talk About Being a Caregiver at Silversource Luncheon Wednesday in Darien

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A trusted voice in our homes for more than 30 years, award-winning journalist and author Joan Lunden will serve as guest speaker at the SilverSource Inspiring Lives Benefit Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. — an announcement from SilverSource

Lunden, co-host of Good Morning America on ABC from 1980 through 1997, has written 12 books, including co-authoring “Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul: Family Caregivers,” and hosted a four-part series on Retirement Living TV focused on family caregiving. A mother of seven, Lunden will discuss her role as a “Sandwich Generation” caregiver — caring for her children and her aging mother simultaneously. Attendees will find support, encouragement and inspiration in Lunden’s insights into the experience of caregiving for a loved one.