We have a new van! Read all about it in The Darien Times.

 

Giving a ride

Darien family covers cost of new senior service van

The group that helps Darien’s seniors get around got a little pick-me-up of their own recently, thanks to the family of a reliable rider.

The family of former Darien resident Joaquin Paul Rodriguez covered to pay the costs of a new Toyota Sienna van. Rodriguez’s wife and daughters decided to cover the cost of the new van, which had to be fitted to accommodate a wheelchair, only months after Rodriguez passed away.

Rodriguez had used the transportation service for about a year when At Home In Darien was known as Aging In Place+Gallivant. Rodriquez suffered a stroke in November 2012 and used the aging service’s van along with his wife, Judy, to get where he needed to go around town or in surrounding communities.

“He used it for quality of life transportation,” said Gina Blum, executive director of At Home In Darien. Rodriguez and his wife, Judy, “were so happy that we offered those services.”

The new van replaces an older, larger bus that seats 12 and, according to Blum, was not very fuel-efficient. While it had a larger capacity, Blum said they usually had no more than three passengers on board at a time. At Home In Darien had planned on replacing the older van for about three years.

“We needed something smaller and fuel efficient,” Blum said. “This is wonderful and fits in more with the community. Most people knew about the big van, but we gave that up to get this more comfortable ride.”

Blum said the organization had already planned on replacing the older vehicle with the smaller Sienna, which is quieter, cozier and more fuel-efficient. The assist from the Rodriguez family was a bonus.

“We were completely surprised,” Blum said. “We were delighted and they were so happy that they received these services. It’s so nice that they would give us such a generous donation.”

Rodriguez’s daughter Anne Rodriguez-McGuire said her mom thought financing the new van would be a nice gesture. It was something Judy Rodriguez even considered when Paul was alive, Rodriguez-McGuire said.

“The van made his quality of life better. It’s just nice that we can help out,” said Rodriguez-McGuire, who is a member of the board with At Home In Darien. “It’s nice that we can do something to contribute to a program that helps people continue living in the community.”

mmason@darientimes.com

 

 

Darien Seniors are invited to The Drowsy Chaperone, Darien High School

 

Darien, Connecticut – February 21, 2014  

 

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Darien senior citizens are invited to attend The Drowsy Chaperone at Darien High School.  Seniors can attend this dress rehearsal performance free of charge and enjoy free transportation to and from the High School for the 7:00pm performance.

 

At Home In Darien has arranged for transportation at approximately 6:30pm to the High School show for seniors, using volunteer drivers in conjunction with their professional drivers.  Seniors can be conveniently picked up at their homes, and returned home safely after the show. 

 

Darien High School’s Theater 308 has kindly invited Darien senior citizens to be the audience at the full dress rehearsal of this theater program which takes us back to the Jazz age of the 1920’s.  Attendees can enjoy the show without the crowds expected at the performances that will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 20, 21 and 22.

 

Executive Director of At Home In Darien Gina Blum commented, “We are delighted to offer this opportunity to Darien seniors.  It is our hope that seniors who don’t drive, don’t like to drive at night, or who might miss the show because they do not have someone to go with, will take advantage of this opportunity.”  She remarked, “The evening will be an opportunity for socializing and being brought back in time to stories and music from the Jazz age.”

 

For more information, and to reserve a seat for the show and transportation, call At Home In Darien at 203.655.2227.

 

At Home In Darien is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to help Darien seniors live independently, comfortably and with dignity in their own homes and the community as long as possible. For information concerning services, please call 203.655.2227 or visit: www.athomeindarien.org        

New Canaan's Staying Put In New Canaan was on TV.

 

Staying Put in New Canaan is an organization similar to At Home In Darien, but is a membership organization.  Members pay an annual fee and many also volunteer in order to provide services.   We offer many of the same services but differ as our organization is FREE to all Darien seniors.  Please view the link below to see how instead of moving into an assisted living facility, some retirees are discovering the benefits of community and how that can help them remain in their own homes.


 

"Volunteers Help Seniors Continue to Live at Home

Instead of moving into an assisted living facility, some retirees are discovering the benefits of community and how that can help them remain in their own homes.

 http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/54171447"

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

For:  At Home In Darien

Media Contact:  Gina Z. Blum, Executive Director

Tel: 203.655.2227

Email:  gina@athomeindarien.org          

Website:  www.athomeindarien.org

 

 

Darien Seniors are invited to Romeo and Juliet, Darien High School

 

Darien, Connecticut – November 8, 2013  

 

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Darien senior citizens are invited to attend Romeo and Juliet at Darien High School.  Seniors can attend this dress rehearsal performance free of charge and enjoy free transportation to and from the High School for the 7:00pm performance.

 

At Home In Darien has arranged for transportation at approximately 6:30pm to the High School show for seniors, using volunteer drivers in conjunction with their professional drivers.  Seniors can be conveniently picked up at their homes, and returned home safely after the show. 

 

Darien High School’s Theater 308 has kindly invited Darien senior citizens to be the audience at the full dress rehearsal of this theater program which puts a modern touch on a classic story.  Attendees can enjoy the show without the crowds expected at the performances that will be held Thursday through Saturday, November 21, 22 and 23.

 

Executive Director of At Home in Darien Gina Blum commented, “We are delighted to offer this opportunity to Darien seniors.  It is our hope that seniors who don’t drive, don’t like to drive at night, or who might miss the show because they do not have someone to go with, will take advantage of this opportunity.”  She remarked, “The evening will be an opportunity for socializing and enjoying William Shakespeare’s classic love story.”

 

For more information, and to reserve a seat for the show and transportation, call At Home in Darien at 203.585.4094.

 

At Home In Darien is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to help Darien seniors live independently, comfortably and with dignity in their own homes and the community as long as possible. For information concerning services, please call 203.585.4094 or visit: www.athomeindarien.org        

 

 


Anne McGuire, Program Chairperson of At Home In Darien, and Amy Bell, Executive Director of the Darien Community Association, with Dr. Stephen Jones, Chief Safety Officer and Director of the Outpatient Center for Healthy Aging at Greenwich Hospital, at the fifth Annual Luncheon on October 22nd at the Darien Community Association. Dr. Jones’ presentation Laugh Twice and Call Me in the Morning was attended by over 130 Darien seniors.

 

 

 

Blue Wave Football Teams with At Home in Darien.

 

In partnership with At Home in Darien, the 2013 Darien High senior football captains have extended a special invitation to have senior citizens attend their five home games with free admission and seating opportunities.

 

Tommy Gasparino, Alex Gunn, Jay Harrison, Nick Lombardo, Myles Ridder and Silas Wyper, working with the captain’s parents and Maureen Tyrrell, Aging in Place+Gallivant Board member, have put a plan in place to make it convenient and fun to get to the game and participate as senior fans.

 

“So many of our Darien senior citizens have been involved with our football team for decades,” said Tyrrell. “First as players or cheerleaders themselves, then as parents shuttling children to and from games and practices, and now as cheerleaders for their grandchildren.

 

“It will be great to recognize them and make their attendance easier.”

 

Admission to home games will be free to Darien seniors aged 60-plus, and handicapped accessible space will be available. Aging in Place+Gallivant will arrange transportation with its sedan and van service for those who need it.

To arrange a ride, users can call the Aging in Place+Gallivant office, at 203-585-4094.

 

“I like the idea,” said Wave coach Rob Trifone who led Darien to its first Turkey Bowl win in a decade last fall. “My in-laws are big fans and my father-in-law is at every game. My Mom, who is 81, tries her best to get here from Fairfield.

 

“Let’s make it work!”

 

Darien’s opening scrimmage against Branford last Thursday saw the opening of what the team hopes will be an ongoing relationship between the high school football team and their senior citizen fans.

 

Home games schedule

Sept 12 vs. Hillhouse @ 4pm

Sept 21 vs. Greenwich @ 2pm

Oct 19 vs. Trinity Catholic @ 1:30pm

Oct 26 vs. Ridgefield @ 1:30pm

Nov 2 vs. Wilton @ 1:30pm

 

For a full schedule of games, go to darienfootball.com

At Home in Darien is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to help older adults in Darien to live independently, comfortably and with dignity in their own homes for as long as possible. For information concerning services, please call 203.585.4094.

 

 

http://www.darientimes.com/23152/wave-teams-with-senior-citizens-for-home-games/

 

Aging in Place+Gallivant Renamed At Home in Darien

Darien, Connecticut – September 9, 2013  

 

To more clearly communicate its mission of helping Darien Seniors live independently, comfortably and with dignity in their own homes, Aging in Place+Gallivant (a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization) has renamed itself, At Home in Darien.

 

“Formed almost three years ago by the creation of Aging in Place in Darien and a subsequent merger with Gallivant (the senior transportation service established more than twenty years ago), At Home in Darien is a more reflective identifier of our purpose and programs,” notes Nancy Herling, Board President.

 

A new graphic identity is simultaneously being introduced, thanks to 341 Studios, a Darien marketing and design firm. Gretchen Bruno, Managing Partner notes, “Through simple, comprehensive graphics, At Home in Darien programs will be more quickly recognized and easily remembered.”  A set of symbols depicts the array of services and the tag line “connecting seniors to community” has been incorporated into the design.

 

There are almost two hundred aging in place organizations around the U.S. who have similar missions.  Darien has been in the forefront of this national initiative, focused on communities.  Every Darien resident sixty and over is automatically a member of At Home in Darien.  The organization also strives to assist families as they handle the needs of aging parents.

 

At Home in Darien offers flexible transportation alternatives through its long established car and van service.  It maintains an expanding database of pre-screened, vetted services providers.  Volunteers serve as friendly visitors, shoppers, drivers, and provide basic in-and-around the house assistance with chores.

 

By working with existing public and private institutions like Darien Human Services, the Darien Senior Activities Center, The Darien Community Association, the Darien Library, the Community Fund of Darien, and with regional, state, and national organizations, At Home in Darien provides access to, and enhances programs and services supporting seniors wanting to remain in their homes.  “Our programs and services are communicated by our Out and About newsletter, which is mailed three times yearly to all Darien mailboxes and our monthly on-line bulletins”, comments Gina Blum, the Executive Director.

 

For more information, call At Home in Darien at 203.585.4094 or visit: www.athomeindarien.org   

 

In photo at top:

Members of the Board of Directors, Maureen Tyrrell, Gina Blum, Erin Shea, Peter Eder, Bill Ball, Kaye Barker, Anne McGuire, Amy Squyres, Nancy Herling and Diana Kalman, display the new and previous logo designs.

 

 

 

 

2013 Memorial Day Parade in Darien

In the News

Darien Seniors Toured the Holiday Lights With Us.

 

Read about it in the Darien Patch.

Aging in Place+Gallivant has elected a new Board and President. Read about it in the Darien News Review.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

For: Aging in Place+Gallivant

Media Contact: Gina Z. Blum, Executive Director

Tel: 203.585.4094

Email: director@aginginplacegallivant.org

Website: www.aginginplacegallivant.org

 

Aging in Place+Gallivant Releases Fall issue of Out and About Newsletter

 

Darien, Connecticut – October 5, 2012 – In just a week or so, Darien residents will receive the fall issue of the Aging in Place+Gallivant newsletter, Out and About.   Aging in Place+Gallivant is proud to announce that with this issue they have increased delivery to three issues per year. They have also expanded circulation to reach the entire town.

 

“We encourage the entire community to take a look at our informative newsletters,” said Gina Blum, Executive Director. “You are sure to find helpful articles regardless of your age. We hope that the community keeps us in mind even if there is no need for senior services at this time.” Ms. Blum explains, “We receive many calls from adult children, neighbors, and friends seeking advice and referrals for elderly people they care about, and we are delighted to be a free resource for the entire community.”

 

The fall issue of Out and About is devoted to getting organized and reducing clutter. This theme is the topic for the organization’s Annual Luncheon co-sponsored by the Darien Community Association on November 15th.

 

If you do not receive a copy of Out and About in your mailbox by the end of October, please contact Aging in Place+Gallivant.

 

Aging in Place+Gallivant is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to help Darien seniors live independently, comfortably and with dignity in their own homes and the community as long as possible. For information concerning services, including transportation, please call 203.585.4094 or visit: www.aginginplacegallivant.org.

 

Memorial Day Parade Participation

Aging in Place+Gallivant expands its transportation services to 5 Full Days a Week: Monday - Friday from 9:00 to 5:00. (Read more on the Independent Seniors blog.)

Darien Seniors celebrated Spring with lunch and a movie at the Library in March, thanks to Aging in Place+Gallivant. See Darien Patch article.

Aging in Place+Gallivant received a grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation. (See article in Darien Patch)

Aging in Place+Gallivant & the Senior Activities Center Presented:
Home Safety for Seniors, Tuesday April 3rd at 10:30.
Home Safety for Seniors is a dynamic presentation by Kevin Finn certified Aging-in-Place specialist and owner of Accessible Answers LLC and Helen Goldenberg, Occupational Therapist for Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield
County. Kevin gave valuable information on simple adaptive and more complex adaptive changes that can be made in your home to allow you to live there safe and secure for many years to come. In addition Helen Goldenberg, OT gave tips on how to assess your home for potential accidents and situations. Complimentary lunch was provided for the first 50 registrants. Call 203 585-4094 or director@agingninplacegallivant.org

 

Jim Cameron interviewed the leaders of Aging in Place+Gallivant for channel 79. AIP+G helps Darien seniors stay in their homes as long as they would like. 

Take a look.