Fair examines retirement options

Retirement — and the changes in lifestyle it may bring — is an issue that is often on the minds of those in mid to later life. The Friends of the Weston Senior Activities Center are presenting an opportunity to explore those issues and to learn about local resources that are available.

The first ever Retirement Lifestyles Fair will take place Saturday, March 23, from 10:30 to 2:30 at Norfield Congregational Church in the parish hall. It is free and open to all members of the public.

Among those participating will be four agencies from Wilton: Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, The Greens at Cannondale, Brookdale Place, and Elder House.

“This fair is a unique opportunity for anyone planning retirement for themselves or loved ones, and for those already in retirement, to learn about available community resources and options for their future,” said Nina Daniel, president of the Friends of the Weston Senior Activities Center.

The fair includes more than 20 vendors serving the needs of the older population of southwestern Connecticut, and about a half-dozen informative mini-lectures on such topics as managing finances, exploring living options, and navigating the health care system.

It’s important to note, Ms. Daniel said, that “this is not a health fair. The emphasis is not on medical issues. … The focus is on services that affect the quality of life of those in their mid to later years.”

It is also a great resource for people in the area who are caring for retirement-aged relatives and those with aging parents, Ms. Daniel added.

Informed planning

Informed planning is key to enjoying a safe and comfortable retirement, Ms. Daniel said. To that end, the Friends, with help from Joan Henderson of the Visiting Nurses Association, have vetted and invited exhibitors who will man booths, have information, and answer questions in the main parish hall at Norfield.

Among those speaking will be state Sen. Toni Boucher, who will outline state initiatives and issues affecting seniors.

A flat-screen TV will be given away as a door prize.