Local Activities for Seniors This Month

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NEW HOME FOR At HOME IN DARIEN

We’ve moved to Mather Center, located adjacent to Town Hall at 2 Renshaw Road.  Come visit us in our new office, conveniently located next to the main gym.   We can be easily accessed by using the ramp entrance in Town Hall’s main circle, or through the new Senior Programs entrance of Mather Center (9am to 3pm) and then taking the stairs or elevator to the second floor.  The At Home office will be open Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm.  Come by and visit our new HOME

 

Darien Senior Program at Mather Center                                                                                                                                                The Darien Senior Program at Mather Center is open and running at the new address - 2 Renshaw Road.   The Center hours remain the same 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday – Friday.  Find out about the great existing programs and classes, and the exciting offerings to come.   Call for a tour of the new space - it is absolutely beautiful.  For more information please contact 203.656.7490

 

MAGICAL MOVIE MOMENTS

Sunday, August 3rd, 2:30pm  at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Norwalk Community Lifetime Learner instructor Byron Matthews presents, “Magical Movie Moments.” Hear all about the stars, directors, choreographers, moguls and behind-the-scenes artisans that made “Tinsel town” twinkle during the Golden Age of Hollywood!

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS

Monday, August 4th, 10:00am to 11:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Tuesday, August 5th, 12 noon to 1:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

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.

 

WHICH FLU SHOT IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Monday, August 4th, 11:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Each winter, millions of people suffer from seasonal flu. Flu—the short name for influenza—is caused by viruses, which are very small germs. Some viruses can spread easily from one person to another. They cause illnesses or infections like the flu.  Flu is a mild illness for some people. For older people, especially those who have health problems like diabetes or heart disease, the flu can be very serious, even life-threatening. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.  Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association will host an informative lunch and learn to discuss which flu shot is right for you.  The presentation will be followed by a complimentary lunch at noon.  Please sign up by calling 203.656.7490.

 

HISTORICAL SERIES WITH ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW:  U.S.S. INTREPID

Tuesday, August 5th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The U.S.S. Intrepid, launched in Norfolk in 1943, saw extensive World War II service in the Pacific. Intrepid has the distinction of being the most attacked U.S. vessel by the Japanese, having absorbed a torpedo hit in addition to being struck by bomb laden Kamikazies 5 times. Continuously modernized in the 1950’s and 60’s, Intrepid specialized in Anti-Submarine Warfare in addition to serving three tours of duty off the coast of Vietnam before finally being retired in 1974.  Art will be presenting both an oral history as well as a power point presentation filled with historical pictures. 

 

Summer health and Wellness SERIES - Health

Tuesday, August 5th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Maplewood At Darien, 599 Boston Post Road

Speakers:  Marie Dalton, RN and Sally Scannell, RN.  High blood pressure and diabetes increases a person’s risk of a stroke by four to six times according to the National Stroke Association.  Attend this seminar and learn how to control risk factors associated with strokes.  Blood pressure testing on-site.

 

ALUMNI SWING BAND

Wednesday, August 6th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Back by popular demand. . . The Alumni Swing Band! The Alumni truly enjoy entertaining and their songs are sure to bring back warm memories.  The band’s repertoire includes classic big band swing and jazz as well as more contemporary selections. Lunch for $4.00 will be served at noon.  Please call to reserve for lunch at 203.656.7490.

 

A NEW WORLD ORDER: THE FIRST WORLD WAR AND THE FALL OF THE KINGS

Wednesday, August 6th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

The first of a four-part series, explore the life of Emperor Franz Joseph and the many personal tragedies that he endured during his reign. The largest of which – the fall of the Hapsburg Dynasty – he was mercifully spared.

 

REMEMBER AND REFLECT WITH GERI GENOVESE

Thursdays, August 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, at 1:00pm at the Darien Senior Program at the Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

A fun and invigorating discussion group led by Geri Genovese will be held on Thursdays at 1:00.   Geri will lead the group in lively discussions about a myriad of different topics from yester year to famous people and places, inventions, customs and traditions, favorite past times and more.  You might even discover you remember a whole lot more than you think!  

 

THE BERLIN WALL

Thursday, August 7th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Erected in 1961, the Berlin Wall was the ultimate symbolic divide between Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc nations. Art Gottlieb, military historian, provides a rare insight into living a life behind the Iron Curtain.

 

Summer health and Wellness SERIES - MIND

Tuesday, August 12th, 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Maplewood At Darien, 599 Boston Post Road

Speaker:  Roni Lang, LCSW.  Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever increasing demands of life.  Unfortunately, if stress happens too often or too long, it can have a harmful impact on your physical and mental health.  Managing stress and taking control is essential.  Join Roni Lang from the Center on Healthy Aging to learn about stress management specially designed for adult children.

 

CT PHARMACY: THE SIDE EFFECTS OF AGING

Wednesday, August 13th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Things they never told you about getting older. . . Know what is normal and what you should expect.

 

ADULT SUMMER READING GRAND FINALE PARTY WITH MARIACHI

Thursday, August 14th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Amateur salsa chefs are invited to enter their creations into Darien Library’s salsa-making competition with special guest judges. Bring enough for three judges to sample and the rest will be enjoyed by the crowd. You don’t need to make a salsa in order to attend! Chips will be provided. After that, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the first and only established all-female mariachi band founded in New York City, will perform using the traditional instruments of mariachi: violins, trumpets, guitarron, vihuela, and guitar.

 

WALGREENS PHARMACY: IMMUNIZATIONS

Monday, August 18th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

As medical science advances there are more  and more immunization shots being offered to the Senior population.  Pharmacist Ashi from Walgreens will clarify, identify and answer questions about which immunizations might be right for you.

 

COOKIE MARTINI: USELESS INFORMATION

Tuesday, August 19th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

“The Useless Information Society” has lots of information you will never need to know, but will be glad you did!  Cookie will share some of that information with you – so come for some fun, friends, and laughs!

 

THE STRATEGIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ATOMIC BOMBINGS OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI

Wednesday, August 20th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

The atomic bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan were conducted by the United States during the final stages of World War II in August 1945. The two bombings were the first and remain the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare. Historian Mark Albertson discusses the pivotal results of this action on modern-day warfare and the lasting impact it had on the lives of the Japanese people.

 

WEDNESDAY MATINEE – ‘THE FACE OF LOVE’

Wednesday, August 20th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

(2013) Starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams; Rated PG-13; 92 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired. Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett, Nikki meets Tom, a man who seems to be Garrett's exact duplicate. Not only does Tom possess the same physical characteristics, but he also shares Garrett's kindness, humor, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. As romance blossoms between Nikki and Tom, she finds she can't bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him. But as their relationship progresses, it becomes not a question of if the truth will come out, but when.

 

MIKE RUSCOE PRESENTS . . .

Sunday, August 31st, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Guitarist Mike Ruscoe performs hits from 1940s through the 1960s.

 

LIFETIME LEARNERS INSTITUTE at NCC

This non-profit adult education organization, for people over age fifty, at nearby Norwalk Community College, will soon have their September-October course catalogs available. Starting Monday, August 18th you can see all the daytime courses available (more than 40!) on their web site:  www.lifetimelearners.org   You can also request a free catalog by mail by phoning LLI today at 203.857.3330.

 

Project Lifesaver

The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who are enrolled in Project  Lifesaver using the latest tracking technology.  The Darien Police Department has partnered with Project Lifesaver to provide services to members of the Darien community.  For more information please visit http://www.darienpolice.org/FArticle.php?ID=46

 

HEALTHY EATING FOR OLDER ADULTS

Tips from our friends at Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County

A healthy eating routine does not have to be boring or difficult to manage. 

·         Variety is the spice of life:  eat many different colors and types of fruits and vegetables.  The fresher the better!  If you do have to eat canned foods, rinse them off to eliminate unnecessary salt.

·         Make sure at least half of your grains are whole grains – not processed or refined.  Eat more fiber (beans, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables) to prevent stomach or intestine problems like constipation and help lower cholesterol.

·         Limit fat -  eat lean meat and remove the skin from poultry.  Grill, steam, poach, bake or broil food instead of frying.  Use low fat dairy products.

·         Water - as you age – you can lose some of your sense of thirst.  It is important to have 6-8 oz. glasses of non-alcoholic, non-caffeine fluids a day.  Fruits like grapes and melon, soup, jello, pudding, milk and juice are good sources of fluid.  If you don’t like plain water, make ice cubes from juice and drop one or two in a glass of water for flavor and not too many calories.  Avoid empty calorie sugary drinks.

·         Calorie Count:

Women who are active need 2000-2200 calories a day, Men 2400-2800 a day.

Women who are somewhat active need 1800 calories a day, Men 2200-2400 a day.

Women who are not active need 1600 calories a day, Men 2000 a day.

·         Eat small frequent meals instead of three large meals a day.  Food always tastes better when you share the meal with interesting company.

 

Contact Melody Matheny Orpen, RN Community Health Coordinator at Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County – 203-762-8958, ext. 312 regarding more information on nutrition and healthy eating.  Other resources include the American Dietetic Association and the National Institute on Aging who have charts, diet plans and recipes to print or download on your computer.

 

At Home In Darien

formerly Aging in Place+Gallivant

P.O. Box 1242, Darien, CT  06820

Tel:  203-655-2227  Fax:  1-866-224-4210

www.athomeindarien.org

Helping Darien seniors live independently, comfortably and with dignity in their own homes and the community as long as possible

 

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