January 2022
Happy New Year
Call Staying Put at 203-966-7762 to sign up for member events.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 484, New Canaan, CT 06840
Staying Put will be closed on Mon., Jan. 17 in recognition of
Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.
We will reopen on Tues., Jan. 18.

Happy Birthday
Staying Put!

We usually celebrate Staying Put's birthday in January, however, out of concern for the expected increase of Covid cases following the holiday gatherings, we have decided to postpone the
Annual Birthday Party until a later date. Until we have a new date,
"let them eat cake" in Staying Put's honor!
Member Events
Wed., Jan. 12, 12 - 2 pm: Lunch and Learn at Lapham - Healthy Hearing Equals a Sharper Brain. Have lunch at noon followed by a program on effective hearing. Audiologist Dr. Anne Reap will discuss signs and symptoms of hearing loss along with treatments and advancements in hearing technology. Free. RSVP by Mon., Jan. 10.
Wed., Jan. 19, 12 - 2 pm: Book Talk and Lunch. Are you reading a book you think others would enjoy? Or perhaps you'd like to hear about some books that you should think about adding to your reading list. Join this lively discussion of what's hot and what's not in the book world while munching on a delicious lunch. Free. RSVP by Tues., Jan. 18.
It's Coffee Time
Thurs., Jan. 20, 10 am: Ladies' Coffee at Lapham. It feels like winter outside but we'll be serving hot coffee and with your presence, everyone will be toasty and warm inside. Hope you can join us. Free. RSVP by Tues., Jan. 18.
Mon., Jan. 24, 10 am: Men's Coffee at Lapham. Join us for a cup of hot joe, tasty treats, and lively conversation...you might even find out who's still keeping their New Year's resolutions. Free. RSVP by Fri., Jan. 21, Noon.

Tues., Jan. 25, 12 pm:  Lunch “In” from Ching's. Enjoy lunch at home from one of our favorite restaurants. Our volunteers will deliver your lunch to your door. $20. RSVP with menu choices by Wed., Jan. 19.


Thai Spring Roll
Vegetable Dumplings
Hot and Sour Soup

Basil Beef
Pad Thai with Shrimp
Wok Glazed Ginger Chicken

Be kind to your brain! We all know that a bad diet and physical inactivity aren’t good for our brains. But there are some lesser-known habits that could be undermining our cognition.

·        Negative thinking: negative thoughts have been linked to a decline in cognition and memory in people 55 and older. Practice gratitude, try and laugh more, and attempt to banish negative thoughts whenever they pop up.

·        Sugary beverages: a 2017 study associated sugary beverage consumption with poorer episodic memory, as well as lower total brain and hippocampal volume. So avoid soda and sweet tea, and take it easy on the juice.

·        Poor sleep: quality sleep is crucial to a sharp and productive mind. Keep a consistent sleep schedule and avoid too much caffeine and alcohol. Having a bedroom that is cool and dark will help too. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea – snoring and/or daytime sleepiness – see your doctor. Abnormalities in brain oxygen level can be damaging to nerve cells and contribute to more memory and cognitive issues.

·        Certain medications: a wide array of drugs – including tricyclic antidepressants, some overactive bladder meds, and some over-the-counter antihistamines – can block the actions of acetylcholine, a brain chemical important for learning and memory. If you regularly take a number of these, check with your doctor and discuss whether you should explore alternate medications or therapies.

·        Lacking a sense of purpose: having a reason to get up in the morning, knowing that people are depending on you, and feeling that you are making important contributions all support healthy aging. Get a pet, explore a passion project, volunteer – you will do your brain a huge favor.
January Birthdays
Jan. 1: Tom Nissley
Jan. 3: Maryann von Dwingelo
Jan. 7: Geraldine Snyder
Jan. 12: Bill Stoops
Jan. 17: Barbara Leeming
Jan. 18: Karen Johnson
Jan. 21: Cathie Seton
Jan. 22: Martine Brophy
Jan. 24: Midge Murphy
Jan. 27: Janet Lindstrom, Sydney Fulford
Jan. 28: Kip Farrell, Mary Fearon
Savory or Sweet

Extra-Creamy Scrambled Eggs
from NY Times

2 tsp cornstarch
4 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
4 eggs (see Note)
Pinch of kosher salt


Whisk together starch with 1 1/2 tablespoons water until no lumps remain. Add half the butter cubes, eggs and salt, and whisk until the eggs are frothy. (There will still be solid chunks of butter in the eggs.)

Heat 1 Tbsp water in a nonstick skillet over medium-high, swirling gently until the water evaporates, leaving behind only a few small droplets. Immediately add the remaining 2 Tbsp butter and swirl vigorously until the butter is mostly melted and foamy but not brown, about 10 seconds.

Immediately add the egg mixture and cook, pushing and folding the eggs with a spatula, until they are slightly less cooked than you’d like them, about 1 to 2 minutes. Immediately transfer to the serving plate, and serve.

Cranberry Apple Cake
from Sue Scannell


12 oz fresh cranberries
1 granny smith apple - peeled cored and diced
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 Tbsp grated orange zest
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 and 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
2 extra-large eggs
1 cup plus 1tbsp sugar
1/4 pound butter, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt


Pre-heat oven 325 degrees.
Combine apples, cranberries, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice and 1 tsp of cinnamon. In a bowl, beat the eggs for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of sugar, butter, vanilla and sour cream and combine. On low speed, slowly add the flour and salt.

Pour the fruit mixture evenly into a 10-inch glass pie plate. Pour the batter over the fruit,
covering it completely. Combine the remaining 1 Tbsp sugar and 1/8 tsp of cinnamon and
sprinkle it over the batter.

Bake 55 to 60 minutes until fruit is bubbling around edges and toothpick comes out clean.
Happenings in the Community 
Lapham Center Events

Mon., Jan. 10 and 24: Blood Pressure Clinic. Please call to schedule an appointment.

Tues., Jan. 11, 1 pm: Tech Security
Learn about scams and how to protect yourself.

Thurs., Jan. 13 and 27: Medicare Counseling. Dick Neville will explain various plans available. Free. Call for an appointment.
Call 203-594-3620
to learn about additional activities or to register for these events.

Every Tues., 2 - 4 pm: Tech Tuesdays at Lapham. One-on-one assistance with tech questions. First come, first served.
Offered by VITA/AARP/IRS
Free Tax Prep and Filing

In Person - New Canaan Library
 2-7 pm
Call 860-590-8910 for an appointment.

Virtual Tax Preparation - Any day, any time with a certified counselor.

For an appointment
or call 860-590-8910
New Canaan Beautification League
The Right-Size Garden

Wed., Jan. 5, 9:30 am
Zoom Webinar
Information and to register

New Canaan Chamber Music
with Andy Armstrong
Winter Concert Quartet

Sun., Jan. 30, 4:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church

Andy Armstrong will be joined by Lorna McGhee (flute), Valerie Muzzolini (harp) and Alice Yoo (cello).

Tickets and Info:
Please call on us anytime at 966-7762
- Barb, Kim, and Nic
PO Box 484
New Canaan CT 06840