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Retirement Fair Saturday showcases options, services

Putting finishing touches on this weekend’s Retirement Lifestyles Fair are, from left, Cynny Williams, Nina Daniel,  and Woody Bliss. (Missing from photo, committee member Bruce Missett.)

Putting finishing touches on this weekend’s Retirement Lifestyles Fair are, from left, Cynny Williams, Nina Daniel, and Woody Bliss. (Missing from photo, committee member Bruce Missett.)

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 the public.

The fair is being presented by the Friends of the Weston Senior Activities Center, in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Weston, Norfield Congregational Church and Fairfield County Bank.

Bruce Missett has donated a flat screen TV as a door prize.

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 health care.

The mini lectures, moderated by Laura Smits, include:

10:45–11 — Larry Hirsch, Westport Weston Y’s Men: For Active Body and Mind

11–11:45 — Rob Weiss, vice president, financial adviser and senior portfolio manager, Morgan Stanley: Financial Aspects of Retirement

11:45–12:30 — Robert Baranowski and Jane Hickok: Meadow Ridge: Exploring Retirement Living Options: Continuing Care Communities, Assisted Living, Aging in Place

12:30–1 — Nancy Lombard, long-term options specialist and CHOICES counselor, Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging: The Choices Program: Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans

1–1:30 — Helen Goldenberg, occupational therapist, Weston, Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County: 10 Secrets to Independent Living at Home

1:30–1:45 — Yvonne Lederer, Sterling Care Agency: How to Choose a Health Care Adviser: The Different Levels of Senior Advisers

1:45–2:30 — State Sen. Toni Boucher: State Initiatives and Policies Affecting Seniors

Nina Daniel, president of the Friends of the Senior Activity Center, praised the efforts of the many people who made the retirement fair possible. “This fair couldn’t happen without all the good ideas, dedication and help of the advisory board and others. We are friends and neighbors who volunteer our time because we care about the community and are devoted to the notion that we can make life better for our seniors,” Ms. Daniel said.

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  • Carly

    Retirement fairs are a good idea to educate people about their options esp. since many do not have the nest egg they thought they would have before the downturn in the economy. I recently came across a new retirement website at retirementandgoodliving.com that covers many topics related to retirement including finances, health, hobbies, retirement locations, volunteering and more.

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