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 The three-story building, which is expected to be completed during the summer of 2020, replaces the outdated and obsolete Old Town Hall Homes housing complex, which consisted of six buildings and only 30 studio and one-bedroom apartments.

Carla Gambescia speaks Nov 6 2019 at Darien Men's Association

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

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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.

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Darien Seniors: Reserve a Seat Soon for At Home in Darien’s Annual Lunch with Speaker on Heart Disease

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All Darien seniors are invited to attend At Home in Darien’s Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at The Darien Community Association, where an expert on managing and preventing heart disease will speak. The lunch is free but seats are limited and must be reserved by Oct. 11. — an announcement from At Home In Darien

Dr. Mina Owlia, an expert in the management of complex coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular disease and preventative cardiology.

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At Home In Darien Invites Community to Attend 10th Anniversary Celebration

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At Home In Darien will host an informal town-wide celebration on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Weed Beach from 4 to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free of charge and open to the public. — an announcement from At Home in Darien

The entire community is invited to attend this special celebration and enjoy entertainment, ice cream, freshly popped popcorn, and refreshments generously provided by Palmer’s Market. If You’re Going …

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Do the Volunteers or the Visitors Have More Fun at the Maritime Aquarium? Here’s the Best Way to Find Out

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Pursue your interest in marine animals — and share your knowledge and enthusiasm with others — by becoming a member of the volunteer staff at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

Interviews for potential volunteers will be held on Tues., Sept. 17 and Thurs., Sept. 19, on both days at 5:30 p.m. (You need attend only one.)

“Volunteering here is fun and personally rewarding, and it’s also vital to fulfilling the Maritime Aquarium’s mission of educating and inspiring guests about Long Island Sound,” said Lisa Slinsky, assistant director of Volunteers and Community Service. “If you’re retired, the Aquarium offers a great way to stay active and connected.

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Understanding Medicare Enrollment: A Talk Wednesday at Darien Library

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Darien Library is offering a presentation on Medicare enrollment — what you need to know, decide and do — from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4 in the Community Room on the first floor. Here’s the library’s description of the presentation:

This information session will help you understand the three enrollment periods and how the late enrollment penalty works. We will also teach you how to choose a plan and how to decide between Medigap & drug or Medicare Advantage. We will educate you on how much to expect to pay in health care costs in retirement and how to protect yourself from the catastrophic costs of long-term care.

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Old Town Hall Homes Now ‘The Royle at Darien’ — You Can Be Notified When They Start Considering Applications

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Old Town Hall Homes is now being rebuilt, and it’s getting a new name to go along with the new, expanded number of apartments: “The Royle at Darien.” Royle School used to be on the site, even before the previous Town Hall was located there. You can now get on the notification list for those who want to apply for an apartment in the new building. There are instructions on how to do that in the announcement on the town government website. You can find floor layout plans for apartments and see other images of the site.

Talk: Three Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy and Potentially Reduce Cognitive Decline

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A presentation on “Brain Boost: Three Keys to Keep Your Brain Healthy and Potentially Reduce Cognitive Decline” will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 12 by the director of memory care at Sterling Care. — an announcement from Fairfield County House

Amy B. Burckhard, the presenter is the director of memory care at Sterling Care, a home-care service. The presentation takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Fairfield County House, 1 Den Road, Stamford (or look up 427 Roxbury Road, Stamford on your map application). RSVP SOON by emailing or by calling (203) 921-6405.

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Joan Lunden to Speak Oct 16 at SilverSource Benefit Luncheon at Woodway Country Club in Darien

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SilverSource invites you to save the date for their Inspiring Lives Benefit Luncheon featuring Joan Lunden. The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Woodway Country Club and will honor the Cingari Family. — an announcement from SilverSource
Proceeds will benefit SilverSource EPIC programming for People in Crisis, Housing, Hunger, Healthcare and their Ride to Wellness program. Lunden will discuss the demand for family members to serve as caregivers and share her own journey as a member of the Sandwich Generation providing long-distance caregiving for her mother while parenting her young children.

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Vehicle Infotainment Systems Drive Senior Motorists to Distraction

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Older drivers are distracted more than 8 seconds longer than their younger counterparts when they use certain in-car infotainment systems.
But it’s not because they’re older, reports new AAA Research; it’s because the technology is hard to use and poorly designed. — an announcement from AAA Northeast
Voice commands for calling, texting, navigating, or tuning radios in one of six infotainment systems caused 55- to 75-year old drivers, on average, to divert their eyes from the road longer than 21- to-36-year old drivers, reports the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the research arm of AAA. “Voice command functions in new cars certainly have the potential to extend the mobility of older drivers,” said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “But poor design, complex systems and in-car position that make it difficult to easily complete simple tasks are causing more harm than good to older drivers.”
For any driver, no matter the age, taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your crash risk, she added. The research — a collaboration between the AAA Foundation and the University of Utah — found older adults, who took between 5 and 9 seconds to complete in-car tasks on these infotainment systems, experienced slower response times and more visual distractions, even though these systems created potentially unsafe distractions for all drivers.