Senior Moments: The Role of the Orchestra in the 21st Century

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Image courtesy of flickr user jordanfischer

Wednesday, February 11th at 4 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Come hear from Stamford Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu as he introduces the Symphony's upcoming concert season and leads a participatory discussion of the role of the orchestra in the 21st century.

Led by Music Director Eckart Preu, the Stamford Symphony aspires to build a lifelong appreciation of classical music among all populations of Stamford and its neighboring communities.  It fulfills this mission through passionate, professional performances of the highest caliber, diverse and innovative programming, and inspiring educational initiatives.  The orchestra is an ensemble of professional musicians from the tri-state area.  In addition to the Stamford Symphony, these musicians perform with some of the metropolitan area’s premier ensembles, including the orchestras of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York Pops, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

 

Winter Semester MedEd: Infectious Diseases

Dr. Michael Parry
Dr. Michael Parry

Wednesday, February 11th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially  invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

In 1900, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death in the U.S. By 1997, infectious diseases accounted for only 5% of deaths.  But emerging new diseases, increasing antibiotic resistance, and declining immunization rates threaten to reverse this trend.  What does the future hold for our children?  Dr. Michael Parry will discuss this and more.

About the Presenter

Michael Parry, M.D. is Director of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University. Dr. Parry established the Infectious Disease Department at Stamford Hospital where he has practiced clinical infectious diseases and hospital epidemiology since 1976.   He is a physician member of the New York-Presbyterian Infection Control Council and the Connecticut State Department of Public Health Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee. Dr. Parry has received numerous teaching and quality awards, has published over 100 articles, reviews and book chapters, and has been regionally recognized for his work in HIV infection, influenza vaccination, antimicrobial resistance, and hospital epidemiology.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Winter Semester MedEd: Orthopedic Spine Health & Rehabilitation

Dr. Sharma and Dr. Massimi
Dr. Sharma and Dr. Massimi

Wednesday, February 25th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially  invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

Dr. Krishn Sharma and Dr. Stephen Massimi will address how to protect your spine and maintain spine health as you age.  They will also address common spinal injuries, diseases and the proper treatments and alternative measures to rehabilitation and pain management.

About the Presenters

Dr. Krishn Sharma is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a fellowship in scoliosis and spine surgery.  He graduated from New York Medical College and received his fellowship from Beth Israel Medical Center.  Dr. Sharma currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at New York Medical College.  He practices at Scoliosis and Spinal Surgery in White Plains, NY.

Dr. Stephen Massimi is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in Sports Medicine and specializes in non-surgical spine treatment.  He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College where he graduated with honors.  He earned his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and then did his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia and Cornell, where he served as chief resident.  After residency, he went on to complete a fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine.  Dr. Massimi is an active member of several professional organizations, has extensive research experience, and is the author of numerous scientific articles.  

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Winter Semester MedEd: Cardiology

Dr. Schuster
Dr. Schuster

Wednesday, March 4th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially  invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

Dr. Edward Schuster will speak on the structure of the heart, how to promote healthy hearts as you age and common diseases to watch out for.  A healthy balance of exercise, eating and stress management also play a role in keeping and maintaining a healthy heart.

About the Presenter

Dr. Schuster started practicing cardiology at Stamford Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1980. He is board-certified in both internal medicine and cardiology and specializes in all aspects of cardiology with an interest in preventative cardiology.  He received a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Bowdoin College and his medical degree from University Health Sciences – Chicago Medical School, AOA Honor Society.  He completed an internship and residency at Duke Hospital and a fellowship in cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He has extensive teaching experience with both the house staff at Stamford Hospital and medical students from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.  He is Chief Medical Officer for the Stamford Police Department, on the Board of Trustees at the Ferguson Library and is a member of the Stamford Health Commission.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Winter Semester MedEd: Integrative Medicine

Dr. Takayasu
Dr. Takayasu

Wednesday, March 11th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially  invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

Dr. Katherine Takayasu will describe what integrative medicine is and the role it can play in one’s health and overall wellbeing.  She will discuss a holistic approach to patient care that targets the mind, body and spirit.  Dr. Takayasu will target successful ways to approach managing stress, diet and nutrition and mind-body interactions.

About the Presenter

Dr. Takayasu completed her two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Stamford Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness and the University of Arizona. She earned her M.D. and M.B.A. from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Takayasu completed her residency in Family Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University in New York City,where she served as Chief Resident. A board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Takayasu’s specific interests include integrating complementary modalities such as nutrition, acupuncture and mind-body medicine into women’s health areas like pregnancy, infertility, chronic pelvic and myofascial pain, peri-menopause, and general stress management. She is a clinical instructor in Medicine at Columbia University and conducts research in nutrition and mind-body medicine.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Winter Semester MedEd: Endocrinology

Dr. Misra
Dr. Misra

Wednesday, March 18th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially  invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

Dr. Bismruta Misra will focus specifically on two common disease states: osteoporosis and diabetes.  She will discuss the importance of bone health and how to prevent bone loss as you age.  She will also discuss the signs and symptoms of pre-diabetes and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

About the Presenter

Dr. Misra is Medical Director of Fairfield County Diabetes and Endocrinology, a unique consultative center that offers comprehensive treatment for diabetes and endocrine disorders. She received her master’s degree in public health from Boston University and worked as an epidemiologist prior to obtaining her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.  She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism.  Dr. Misra was recently named a Connecticut Magazine Top Doc, 2014.  She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and enjoys the time she spends precepting resident clinic and teaching medical students.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Heart Health And You

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Image courtesy of flickr user 80497449@N04

Tuesday, February 10th at 12 noon

Dr. Salvatore Carbonaro will present on how to live well and care for your heart.

About the Presenter

Dr. Salvatore Carbonaro is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascaular disease, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. His interests include treatment of coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, cardiovascular prevention, and cardiac imaging. He attended Fairfield University and completed his graduate and medical education at New York Medical College. Dr. Carbonaro is committed to providing compassionate and up-to-date cardiovascular care for his patients.

This event is cosponsored with Stamford Hospital.

Tax Preparation and Assistance

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Image courtesy of flickr user agrilifetoday

Every Friday, Walk-in and Appointments available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
February 6th through April 10th

IRS-Certified Trained AARP volunteer tax aides are available to local residents of all ages and incomes at no charge. The nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is available to all individual filers regardless of income or age.  Started in 1968 and, since 1980, this service has operated under a cooperative agreement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If married, both husband and wife should be present.  Certain forms and personal and financial documents are required.  Taxpayers must bring:

Identity Documentation
- Government Issued Photo ID.
- Social Security or ITIN numbers for all taxpayers and dependents.
- Bank account/routing numbers (blank check preferable), if expecting a refund.

All 2014 income report forms received
- SSA1099 if you were paid Social Security benefits.
- W-2(s) from your employer(s).
- W-2G from gambling winnings.
- 1099G from unemployment compensation payments.
- 1099s: Bank interest, stock dividends, retirement distributions, brokers.

Other Important Documents
- Receipts for deductible expenses including real estate and vehicle taxes paid.
- Verification of the original purchase price of sold assets (home, stocks, etc.).
- Receipts/canceled checks if itemizing deductions (e.g., charity contributions).
- Proof of Health Insurance (Form 1095-A from Health Insurance Marketplace or private plan identification).

Copy of last year’s Federal and State tax return(s), if possible.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 203-669-5236

Monday Belongs to Oscar

Oh, how they shine!
Oh, how they shine!

Monday, February 2nd at 1:30 p.m. 'Boyhood'
Monday, February 2nd at 6:30 p.m. 'The Boxtrolls'
Monday, February 9th at 1:30 p.m. 'Gone Girl'
Monday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m. 'Finding Vivian Maier'

Come see some of the hottest films of this past year in preparation for the film industry's biggest night! Enjoy a screening of a selection of the 2015 Oscar nominated films in January and February. 

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Medicare Demystified

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Image courtesy of flickr user 401(K) 2013

Thursday, February 12th at 6 p.m.

Medicare is an insurance program unlike any you’ve encountered.  To get the most out of your Medicare coverage, participants must fully understand the available options.  This talk will Demystify Medicare and provide practical advice for making the best decisions when choosing your Medicare plan.

About the Presenter

Ronald Kahan MD, a sought-after health care consultant and lecturer, is an associate clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine who has practiced medicine for over thirty years.  After receiving his BA from Yale and his MD from Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, he completed his residency in dermatology at Harvard combined hospitals.  Dr. Kahan is also one of the millions of Americans now covered by Medicare.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

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