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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 ExecDtr.firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (203) 921-6405.
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.
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.
Darien seniors may now be eligible to receive discount vouchers for locally grown fruits and vegetables through the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. — an announcement from the Darien Human Services Department
Darien Human Services has just been designated as a Local Coordinating Agency for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). SFMNP provides vouchers for locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey to eligible low income seniors. Vouchers are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Vouchers are valid through Oct.
A woman at The Residence at Sellecks Woods home for the elderly received a call recently from a man claiming there was some sort of glitch with her Social Security number that indicated she was deceased. The man, who identified himself as “Christopher Greenburg,” said he needed to send her new banking cards with updated information. He also knew some of her personal information, so she believed the call was legitimate and gave him some information about her banking accounts. The next day, the victim contacted her bank. She found that there was a total of $17,000 in fraudulent charges made to her account.
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, and they’ll add seniors and the disabled to the list — just ask them. 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 Human Services at 203-656-7328. — an announcement from the Darien Department of Human Services. For a list of other services the department provides, see this Web page.
Here’s one that goes to show just how creative scammers can be. The FTC is getting reports that callers claiming to be from Medicare are asking people for their Medicare numbers, Social Security numbers, and other personal information — in exchange for DNA testing kits. — Lisa Lake is a consumer education specialist with the Federal Trade Commission. This article originally appeared on the FTC website. The callers might say the test is a free way to get early diagnoses for diseases like cancer, or just that it’s a free test, so why not take it?
SilverSource held its annual Charity Golf Outing on June 10 at Rockrimmon Country Club in Stamford. The event included a day of world-class golf, brunch, dinner, cocktails, door prizes and awards. — an announcement from SilverSource
The tournament was one of the organization’s central fundraisers, drawing over 100 golfers and raising over $130,000 for the SilverSource Elderly Housing Stability Program, Elder Eviction Protection and the Ride To Wellness Medical Transportation Program. Tournament participants enjoyed a variety of competitions in addition to 18 holes of golf. Tournament play activities included a longest drive contest, closest to the pin competition, a closest to the line contest, and a hole-in-one competition presented by BMW of Darien.
A free educational program for those with Parkinson’s disease — and a free pizza lunch — will be offered starting at 11 a.m., Friday, July 12 at Atria Darien. — an announcement from Atria Darien
The presentation by Dr. Maria Moro-de-Casillas, a member of the Neurology Movement Disorder Society, is part of the Parkinson’s Support Group monthly meeting at Atria. Moro-de-Casillas will talk about a Parkinson’s therapy for off-periods for adults who take Carbidopa/Levidopa. It is an inhalation powder called Inbrija. A pizza lunch will be served at noon.
A 34-year-old nurse admitted to stealing Tramadol, an opioid medication for pain, from four elderly residents at Maplewood at Darien for months, starting in January or February, police said. She said, according to police, that she did it to deal with physical pain she was experiencing. Darien police described what happened with this account, including accusations not proven in court:
The thefts were discovered after it was noticed that blister packs of 50 mg Tramadol had been tampered with, and pills were missing from them. Staff at the retirement home also found unauthorized refill requests for one resident who refills her own prescriptions. The nurse, Stacey Thompson, was confronted by one or more people in “Maplewood administration” (police didn’t say how many or who) and admitted she had stolen the drug and gave the administration a written statement.