May 2022
Making Memorable Moments
Happy Mother's Day
Call Staying Put at 203-966-7762 to sign up for member events.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 484, New Canaan, CT 06840
Please Note
The Staying Put office will be closed on Mon., May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. We hope that members will join us to march in the Memorial Day parade or we'll see you along the parade route. You can find more details about marching in the parade under Member Events!
Member Events
A gentle reminder to our members to please RSVP to our events and let us know if you need to cancel your attendance. This information helps us to plan, especially for refreshments. Thank you.
Wed., May 11, 5:30 - 7:00 pm: Staying Put Potluck Dinner
We'll share conversation and a meal together in the beautiful Common Room of the old Bliss House at the First Presbyterian Church. You provide a salad or dessert and we'll provide everything else. RSVP by Mon., May 9.
Whether you are a beginner or have played this popular sport before, join us for an introductory lesson with a pro and some friendly competition with other Staying Put members. We'll provide refreshments. $20. RSVP by Fri., May 6, Noon.
Thurs., May 12, 12:00 - 1:30 pm: Pickleball at Mead Park
Mon., May 16, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Lee Gardens Azalea Tour. One of New Canaan's hidden gems, Faith Kerchoff will lead us through these gardens while the azaleas are at the peak of their beauty. This is a must-see every year! Raindate - Thurs., May 19. Free. RSVP by Fri., May 13, Noon.
Wed., May 18, 11:00 am: Carriage Barn and LunchWe will visit the 2022 Spectrum Contemporary Art Show, a juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork by local and regional artists, followed by a light lunch on the patio of the Carriage Barn. Free. RSVP by Mon., May 16.
Tues., May 24, 10:00 am: Men's Coffee on the Patio at Lapham. We'll enjoy coffee at the Lapham Center, moving inside if it is raining. Zumbach's coffee and sweet treats are on us so you only have to provide the good conversation. Free. RSVP by Mon., May 23.
Thurs., May 26, 10:00 am: Ladies' Coffee on the Patio at Lapham. We will meet at the Lapham Center for coffee, sweet and savory snacks, and news on the latest happenings in and around town. We'll move inside if the weather doesn't cooperate. Free. RSVP by Wed., May 25.
Join Staying Put member Tanis Erdmann as she leads our discussion on books you've been reading and would recommend others add to their reading list. This is a fun and informative discussion! We'll meet on the upper floor of the Staying Put building. Free. RSVP by Mon., May 23.
Wed., May 25, 12:00 - 1:30 pm: Book Talk and Lunch
Staying Put Building
Wine and Cheese Party
Wed., May 25, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Lapham Center
The Lapham Center and Staying Put have teamed up to celebrate National Wine Day. Enjoy sipping wine and learning from our sommelier how to create that perfect pairing of cheese with your wine. $10 at the door with cash or a check made out to "Senior Center". RSVP to Lapham Center (203-594-3620) by Mon., May 23.
Mon., May 30, 9:00 am, St. Mark's: Memorial Day Parade. Join New Canaan's Memorial Day parade and march with your Staying Put friends. We'll have a few seats in a convertible for those who would rather not walk. Free. RSVP by Thurs., May 26.
Staying Put's Events Manager, Robin Bates-Mason, is a Licensed Notary. If you need something notarized, she would be happy to help. Just give her a call at 203-966-7762 to set up a convenient time to drop by the office.
Fresh eggs are back! To those of you who are new to Staying Put, a longtime member's son raises chickens and used to regularly drop off fresh eggs to be sold to interested members. He has resumed this service and we have eggs available at $5 per dozen!
Farm Fresh Eggs
Vitamin and herbal supplements are everywhere these days. More than half of adults age 20 and older have taken one in the last 30 days, and that percentage increases with age. About 80% of women over age 60 take dietary supplements, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. But what many people don’t realize is that taking some of these supplements with prescription drugs and other medicines can have dangerous and even life-threatening effects. Here are six popular supplements and their known health effects on some common medications.

  1. St. John’s wort is often taken to treat mild to moderate depression, or to reduce menopausal symptoms. But it has numerous drug interactions and can reduce the potency of hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills. It can also interfere with omeprazole (Prilosec), alprazolam (Xanax), certain statins and some antihistamines. Even more concerning, St. John’s wort can render Pfizer’s new COVID-19 antiviral treatment, Paxlovid, powerless.
  2. CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) is an antioxidant produced by our bodies to promote cell growth and maintenance. The levels of it in our bodies decrease as we age. As a supplement, CoQ10 is taken for numerous conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and migraines. But it can also interfere with blood thinners, meaning people could have breakthrough blood clots.
  3. Turmeric has been shown to have many health benefits, from improving memory to lowering inflammation, to even decreasing the risk of heart disease. It also has anticoagulant effects, so you don’t want to mix turmeric supplements with a blood thinner or even possibly aspirin, due to the risk of internal bleeding. Ginkgo biloba and vitamin E are two other dietary supplements that can thin the blood. Cooking with turmeric is fine, however.
  4. Probiotics are often taken to aid digestion and improve gut health. But don’t take one within 2 hours of taking an antibiotic, or you could reduce the effectiveness of the prescription medication.
  5. Vitamin C is taken as a supplement for many reasons, ranging from warding off the common cold to preventing cancer. But, according to the FDA, high-dose vitamin C supplements may reduce the effectiveness of some types of cancer chemotherapy. It can also interfere with niacin and statins and affect estrogen levels.
  6. Milk thistle is taken as a supplement to promote liver and heart health. It may lower blood sugar, which could be a concern for someone who’s on diabetes medication.
Bottom line: Talk with your doctor!

Happy Birthday!
May 1: Marion Blose, Cathie Pike, Herb Schaeffer, Skip Sisson
May 2: Kay Grogan
May 4: Joan Dionne
May 6: Christine Chapin, Lily Mayer
May 9: Molly Russo
May 14: Howard Aronson
May 15: Judy Bentley
May 16: Mary House
May 17: Jeanne Hart, Peggy Jay
May 18: Elizabeth Harvey
May 19: Michelle Hubbard
May 22: Sulli Seger
May 24: Pete Stair
May 25: Willa Riggs
May 26: Arnt Hugo Lund
May 28: Lois Sandberg
May 29: Phil Ives
Lapham Center
Wed., May 4, Noon: Celebrating The Kentucky Derby. Lapham's Spring Fling and mint juleps. $10

Thurs., May 12, 1:00 pm: Coffee with a Cop. Bringing police officers together with the community to discuss issues of concern and learn more about each other.

Mon., May 2 and 16, 11:15 am to 12:15 pm: Blood Pressure Clinic

Thurs., May 12 and 26 by Appointment: Free Medicare Counseling
Call the Lapham Center at
203-594-3620 for more information and to RSVP.

Tues., May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31,
2:00 - 4:00 pm: Drop In Tech Support at Lapham. Sessions are 20 minutes and on a first-come basis.
Zumbach's Gourmet Coffee
Caffeine and Carburetors
Sun., May 22, 8:00 - 11:30 am
Pine Street
Shred Day
Sat., May 7, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Drop off any paperwork to be shredded at the 156 Cherry Street branch.
New Canaan Chamber Music
Fri., May 20, 7:30 pm
Grace Farms Sanctuary
Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin, Matthew Lipman, viola, Raphael Bell, cello, and Andrew Armstrong, piano
Link: Get Tickets
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
Fragments of Light, Impressions of Color Apr. 7 - Aug. 28
More Information at the link: Museum
Grace Farms Foundation
Earth Day - The Wonder of Trees
Mon., Apr. 23, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Various events. Free. More information at the link: Grace Farms.
HTG Investment Advisors
Investment Bootcamp
Tuesdays, 11:00 - 11:45 am via zoom
call 203-762-3928 to register

May 3: Creating a long-term vision
May 10: Savings Opportunities and Priorities
May 17: Investing
May 24: Build Healthy Financial Habits for your Kids
Please call on us anytime at 966-7762
- Gina, Kim, Nic and Robin
PO Box 484
New Canaan CT 06840