At Home in Darien, an organization committed to helping seniors in Darien age gracefully and independently in their community, held its annual meeting on Wednesday morning at the Darien library. The event featured the appointment of some new members to the board as others stepped down, along with a keynote speaker. The evented was attended by State Senators Carlo Leone and Bob Duff, as well as State Representative Terrie Wood. A number of local elected officials were on hand as well.

Julia Evans Starr, MSW, Aging, Disabilities and Health Policy Consultant, was the featured guest speaker. She is a leading authority on issues affecting the growing and diverse population of older adults. Julia led Connecticut’s Commission on Aging for over twenty years and now serves as an aging policy consultant. Starr spoke about the growing aging population in Connecticut and its impact on supporting older adults as they age. The speech went into detail about some of the trends with the age of the population, as baby-boomers get older and need more care. It also dealt with focusing on the positives that seniors still have available to them and can offer their community.

As for the At Home board, Peggy Brown, John Hess, John Keating, and Alison Wright were newly elected. Also elected were Annie McGuire as President, Peter Carnes, Olive Hauser, Pam Payne, and Robin Woods as Vice Presidents, William Ball as Treasurer, Anne Burleigh as Secretary, and Tamsin Sickinger for Governance. McGuire thanked retiring board members, Peter Eder, Josh Herbert, Sue Ozanne, and Janet Sargent. McGuire commented, “We are so grateful for the service and support that our retiring board members have provided to At Home In Darien.”  

Executive Director Gina Blum summarized the organization’s accomplishments and growth in 2017.

Blum said, “We are thankful for the time and commitment our outgoing board members contributed to At Home In Darien and we look forward to having our new board members work with us to achieve our goals of providing increased services to Darien seniors and their families in the coming year.”

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. They offer everything from volunteer work around the home to simple check in phone calls for loved ones. For more information, or to volunteer, please call 203-655-2227 or visit