Local Activities for Seniors This Month
Annual meeting of AT HOME IN DARIEN
Monday, December 9th at 10:00am at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Join the At Home In Darien Board of Directors at their Annual Meeting. Join us for refreshments and learn more about how we meet the needs of seniors in Darien, and what we have in store for the coming year. To arrange a ride to the meeting, or to RSVP, call the At Home In Darien office, at 203.655.2227.
DOUG ALLEN BAND CONCERT
Sunday, December 1st at 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Local favorite Doug Allen and his band will play a selection of holiday and contemporary favorites. His music appeals to the whole family, so join us to listen and sing along at Darien Library’s annual Holiday Concert.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS
Free of charge and open to the public, no appointment needed, conducted by a Registered Nurse from Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.
For more information call 203-762-8958
Monday, December 2nd - 10:00am to 11:00am – Darien Senior Center, 30 Edgerton Street
Tuesday, December 3rd - 12 noon to 1:00pm – Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Storm Preparedness Be informed and prepared
Monday, December 2nd at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
As if the devastation wrought by last year’s storms wasn’t bad enough, federal forecasters have announced that the coming months will bring “an active or extremely active” storm season. The Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association is sponsoring this session and will have on hand representatives from CL&P as well as from local fire and police departments. This program will inform you of ways to stay safe during dangerous storms. Call to sign up 203-656-7490.
Hanukkah Celebration with Rabbi Hecht
Monday, December 2nd at 3:30pm at Maplewood at Darien, 599 Boston Post Road
Historical Series with Art Gottlieb - Attack on Pearl Harbor
Tuesday, December 3rd at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
The daring gamble by the Japanese to neutralize the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor catapulted America’s official entry into World War II. This event changed what was planned as a measured response towards Japanese hostilities in the Pacific into a galvanized American effort to drive Imperial Japan to the point of unconditional surrender. Art Gottlieb will give a powerful and poignant power point presentation and discussion.
HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD
Tuesday, December 3rd at 2:00pmatAtria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Our friends from the Darien Library will be on hand to discuss the customs and traditions of holidays in other countries.
Ox Ridge School 2nd Grade Brownie Troop VISIT
Wednesday, December 4th at 1:00pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
The Ox Ridge School second grade Brownie Troop will visit and bring along a craft that they are very excited to share. A fun afternoon, with yummy treats, to start off the holiday season!
WHEN SHOULD I BE CONCERNED? IS THIS NORMAL AGING OR DEMENTIA?
Wednesday, December 4th at 1:00pm at Maplewood at Darien, 599 Boston Post Road
Maplewood at Darien invites you to attend this free and open to the public one hour session and learn about the difference between cognitive changes associated with normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia. The role of diagnosis testing will be reviewed as well as the various causes of dementia. The seminar will be followed by a Question and Answer period. Dr. Drake has a private neuropsychology practice in Darien focusing on adult and geriatric patients. Don't miss this important symposium as the holiday season is before us and families gather together. A light lunch will be served. RSVP by December 1st at 203-202-9883.
SEASONS READINGS AT DARIEN LIBRARY
Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Join the producers of Play With Your Food for the Darien premiere of Seasons Readings. Enjoy the humor and heart of soul-stirring short plays and stories with a holiday theme, read by professional actors.
Thursday, December 5th at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
The Hoot Owls will perform and entertain with old time favorites, folk songs, sea chanteys, show tunes and popular classics. The group is led by the talented, well-known, local musician and singer-pianist-arranger Chris Coogan. The Hoot Owls are the singing group of the Men's Y of Westport and Weston whose mantra is "Enlightenment, Fellowship and Service to the Community in Retirement."
SPIRITUALITY AND AGING
Thursday, December 5th at 2:00pm atAtria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
People of all ages seek to find meaning in their everyday activities. Join Art Gottlieb LCSW, CSA as he discusses this meaningful topic.
Holiday Food and Spirits with CT Pharmacy
Friday, December 6th at 11:00am at Maplewood at Darien, 599 Boston Post Road
This holiday season, feel free to be naughty and indulge in your favorite treats. Just remember, mixing some medications with rich holiday food and spirits might not be nice! Holiday indulgences can affect how medications are absorbed, potentially leading to increased side effects or decreased effectiveness. Join our pharmacist from Connecticut Pharmacy to find out what you absolutely shouldn’t mix this holiday season.
Darien High School Visit
Friday, December 6th at 1:00pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
Darien High School students will visit, do a craft, and of course have something delicious to share.
MEET THE AUTHOR – WALLY LAMB
Sunday, December 8th at 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Wally Lamb,author of We Are Water, will be our featured speaker. With such New York Times bestsellers as She’s Come Undone and The Hour I First Believed, Wally Lamb has won the hearts of millions of readers. We Are Water, Lamb’s first full-scale novel in five years, is another probing exploration of contemporary themes, tempered with the wisdom and empathy that has marked all of this master storyteller’s work.
Bob Mel Performs
Monday, December 9th at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
A professional entertainer, Bob has been making music for New England for over 25 years. The Bob Mel Show has never been done the same way twice because Bob blends his experience and observations to create a customized presentation for each audience. Bob sings, plays acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and harmonics accompanied by full musical back up. Please come for a wonderful lunch served at noon ($4.00) and stay for the wonderful entertainment beginning at 12:30. Call 203-656-7490 for a lunch reservation.
HOLIDAY GREENS WORKSHOP
Tuesday, December 10th at 9:30am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Join the DCA Greenhouse Group for a little holiday cheer, as they lead you in this hands-on workshop to make a table centerpiece of your very own. With holiday tunes in the background, you’ll be shown the basic steps, then left to follow your own inspiration. Bring your favorite container (suggest an opaque, waterproof shape with a 6″x6″ opening) and clippers if you have them; we’ll provide the rest. $20, or $15 for DCA members. Reservations would be appreciated so there is enough material for all. Please register through dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or email@example.com
Noroton Presbyterian Pre-School VISIT
Tuesday, December 10th at 10:00am at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
Noroton Presbyterian Nursery School will have a sing along with the seniors. Along with some fun holiday favorites, the students will be bringing along some holiday gifts to share. Please come and make this a special day for this sweet group of children.
HOLIDAY FOOD TRADITIONS
Tuesday, December 10th 12:30 at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
Have you ever wondered why people gift fruitcakes at Christmas and chow down on turkey at Thanksgiving? The Darien Library ladies did some digging to find out why we eat certain foods on specific days of the year.
CT Pharmacy: “First Aid”
Wednesday, December 11th at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
Burns, bites, and blisters. None are pleasant, but whether the injury is yours or someone you are caring for, some general first aid knowledge can help ease the pain. Your local pharmacist from Connecticut Pharmacy has all the information you need to confidently handle any emergency. Learn how to keep a well-stocked medicine kit so you always have the tools you need on hand and know when to reach out for professional medical help. A little knowledge can go a long way, especially with a skill as useful as First Aid.
BREAKFAST WITH A SPEAKER
Thursday, December 12th at 9:00am atAtria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Atria’s Veterans Group hosts “Pearl Harbor,” a presentation by Norwalk Community College Lifetime Learners lecturer Mark Albertson.
Iris Folding Holiday Cards
Thursday, December 12th from 9:30am to12:00pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
JoAn Jacobs is hosting her very popular Iris Folding Card workshop. These beautiful works of art will be cherished by their recipients! Space is limited, please be sure to sign up by Friday, December 6th call 203-656-7490.
Thursday, December 12th from 11:30am to 3:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Take a break from holiday shopping and join your friends for a delightful holiday treat. Classically British treats will be offered – dainty sandwiches; homemade scones with jam and clotted cream; a selection of holiday cakes and pastries – in a beautiful, airy setting within our beautiful, historic estate. Happy holidays! $25, or $20 for DCA members. Reservations are not required but can be made online through dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or firstname.lastname@example.org Last seating will be at 1:30pm.
Thursday, December 12th at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
Lifelong Therapeutics will hold a stretch and balance exercise class, free of charge and taught by a licensed Occupational Therapist. Goals of the Lifelong class will be to keep participants active and show them that adding the right activity to their lifestyle can make a big difference in the ability to be active and safe. Exercises will consist of range of motion exercises, strengthening exercises, and functional ergonomics.
Schubert Choral Group
Thursday, December 12th at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
Join us to hear the Schubert Club Chorale, a small ensemble of mixed women’s voices. The group is a part of the Schubert Club of Fairfield County, a non-profit music organization. The Chorale offers programs to local retirement homes, senior centers, and other organizations as a community service. The Chorale’s December program will include songs of the season as well as instrumental and vocal solos.
NEW CANAAN COUNTRY SCHOOL VISIT
Friday, December 13th at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
Come see these talented fourth-graders perform a traditional English Mummer's Play. You can cheer for St. George or for the dragon! The children will also be making handmade bookmarks and holiday cards for all.
Heart Disease in the Senior Population
Monday, December 16th at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
Normally, the heart pumps enough blood to properly supply all parts of the body. However, an older heart may not be able to pump blood as well when it is asked to work harder. Some of the times your heart has to work hard are during times of extreme physical exertion, emotional stress, injuries, infections and even some medications put a demand on your heart. The best way to keep your heart healthy is to focus on the risk factors you have some control over including managing blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, weight, and not smoking. The pharmacist from Walgreens will have information on heart disease and how to prevent it.
Lose The Fat, Not The Flavor
Tuesday, December 17th at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
Synergy Homecare presents healthy cooking and baking suggestions, ideas and helpful tips. In addition to sampling items that have had unhealthy ingredients removed and replaced, we will also show you how to make substitutions in your daily cooking using alternate products. Eating, learning, participating and discussing make this presentation healthy and fun! Sign up by Friday, December 13th, call 203-656-7490.
WEDNESDAY MATINEE – ‘ELF’
Wednesday, December 18th at 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Elf (2003) Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, and Zooey Deschanel; Rated PG; 97 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired. After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.
The Strategic Significance of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor
Friday, December 20th at 11:00am at Maplewood at Darien, 599 Boston Post Road
Mark Albertson explains the decades of friction between the United States and Japan; strategic competition between the competitors to control the world's largest ocean; the importance of oil; the tumultuous decade of the 1930s; and, how December 1941 was the turning point of the war. For in December 1941, Hitler was defeated by the Red Army outside Moscow, and, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. With America in the war, the conflict became a global struggle.
COMEDY IN THE AFTERNOON
Monday, December 23rd at 2:30pm atAtria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Join Del Fidanque for an hour of comic entertainment and songs.
MONUMENTS OF WASHINGTON DC
Thursday, December 26th at 11:00am atAtria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Norwalk Community College’s Gary Lishnoff presents this fascinating lecture.
African Dance Presentation with Rita
Saturday, December 28th at 11:00am at Maplewood at Darien, 599 Boston Post Road
Learn the African traditions, dances, songs and even try on the dress ware.
SENATE AGING COMMITTEE LAUNCHES NEW ANTI-FRAUD HOTLINE AND ENHANCED WEBSITE TO ASSIST SENIORS
If you or someone you know suspect you’ve been victim of a scam or fraud aimed at seniors, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging has set up a new toll-free hotline to help. It will be staffed by a team of committee investigators weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. The investigators, who have experience with investment scams, identity theft, bogus sweepstakes and lottery schemes, Medicare and Social Security fraud, and a variety of other senior exploitation issues, will directly examine complaints and, if appropriate, refer them to the proper authorities. Anyone with information about suspected fraud can call the toll-free fraud hotline at 1-855-303-9470, or contact the committee through its website, located at http://www.aging.senate.gov/fraud-hotline. If you’re contacted about an offer that sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. This new hotline will give seniors a resource to turn to for assistance if they think they’ve been victimized or have questions about fraudulent activities.