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Flu Shot Clinic Among Upcoming Senior Programs At Darien's Mather Center

The Darien Senior Center will offer a series of events during October including a flu shot clinic and a flu information presentation.
The Darien Senior Center will offer a series of events during October including a flu shot clinic and a flu information presentation. Photo Credit: Flickr user GeorgieD

DARIEN, Conn. -- A series of seniors programs are on tap for the month of October beginning with a class on flu shots on Monday at the Mather Center.

Which flu shot is right for you? Hosted by the Ridgefield Visting Nurses Association the program will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Senior Center, 2 Renshaw Road. Each winter, millions of people suffer from seasonal flu. Flu is caused by viruses. Flu is a mild illness for some people, but can be deadly for older people, especially those with health problems like diabetes or heart disease. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.

Flu shot clinic: The Darien Health Department will be hold a flu shot clinic from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the senior center. They will also be offering the Fluzone High-Dose Vaccine which is specifically designed and recommended for individuals 65 years of age and older. Medicare is accepted.

Arthritis lunch and learn: Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Fairfield County will offer a lunch program about arthritis at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday,  at the Senior Center. Most people commonly think of arthritis as the condition of having painful, stiff joints. In fact, there are many kinds of arthritis, each with different symptoms and treatments.

Beginner watercolor painting: Kim Daurio will be teaching a beginner watercolor class on Wednesdays beginning Oct.7 at 10:00 a.m. for 8 weeks. The class will cover basic skills and watercolor techniques. All students will be given watercolor paper on their first day. Students can bring their own supplies or have the option of purchasing a beginner kit for $10.00 directly from Kim. Although this is a beginner class, all watercolor artists are invited.

Pleasure through plants: Volunteers with the Garden Club of Darien’s Pleasure through Plants program will host a cut flower arranging group at 10 a.m., Wednesday, at the center. Flowers are donated by the Garden Club. Participants will finish with an arrangement to bring home free of charge. Please see Marcy to sign up, space is limited and fills up quickly.

Oktoberfes! A little bit of Germany comes to the Senior Activities Center at noon Thursday. The Chris and Ronnie Band will be here to celebrate Oktoberfest. German fare lunch will be served ($4) at noon and entertainment will begin at 12:30. Lunch reservations arerequired. Call 203-656-7490

Cardiovascular screening: Fairfield University School of Nursing will conduct a free cardiovascular screening from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 16 at the center. The screening will include total cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. No fasting is required. The screening is limited to the first 20 members who sign up.

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