Lifestyles Fair offers Weston seniors retirement advice

State Sen. Toni Boucher, left, was one of the speakers at the Retirement Lifestyles Fair, organized in part by Nina Daniel, right, of the Friends of the Weston Senior  Center. —Yvonne Carey-Ledere photo

State Sen. Toni Boucher, left, was one of the speakers at the Retirement Lifestyles Fair, organized in part by Nina Daniel, right, of the Friends of the Weston Senior Center. —Yvonne Carey-Ledere photo

Seniors and their caretakers had the opportunity to get a glimpse of what retirement life has to offer in and around Weston at the Retirement Lifestyles Fair, presented by the Friends of the Weston Senior Activities Center.

The free event took place Saturday, March 23, from 10:30 to 2:30 at Norfield Congregational Church.

The goal of the fair was to help individuals learn about community resources and options for their future. There were a variety of booths set up with vendors who provided information to the more than 60 attendees about the opportunities their agencies had to offer.

The agencies included Comfort Keepers, Veterans Affairs, iTN Coastal, Elder House Adult Day Center, RSVP and the Westport/Weston Y’s Men.

During the event, attendees also had the opportunity to enter raffles and attend mini-lectures led by state Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26th District) and representatives of the visiting agencies.

Representatives included Yvonne Lederer of Sterling Care Agency, Larry Hirsch of the Westport/Weston Y’s Men, and Helen Goldenberg of Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County.

Nancy McCormick is executive director of iTN CoastalCT, one of about 20 organizations at the fair. —Katelyn Peterson photo

Nancy McCormick is executive director of iTN CoastalCT, one of about 20 organizations at the fair. —Katelyn Peterson photo

Among those who attended the fair were Westonites Jane and Milton Gray, who said they usually make visits to events similar to the Retirement Lifestyles Fair. Mr. Gray said he thought the event was a good opportunity for individuals to learn about retirement life.

Grace Perg of Wilton came to the fair after seeing an ad for it in The Wilton Bulletin.

The response and turnout was pleasing to Nina Daniel, president of the Friends of the Weston Senior Activities Center.

If the center hosts another retirement lifestyles fair, Ms. Daniel said, she hopes the turnout will include more residents from neighboring towns in southwestern Connecticut.

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