In the past, if someone had difficulty living alone, it was a signal that it was time to move in with family or enter an assisted living facility. Today, older adults are planning to remain in their own homes and live independently for many years, even as they begin to need assistance with everyday tasks. This new trend is known as "aging in place."

On Tuesday, April 3, Darien's Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will team up with Aging in Place+Gallivant, Darien Senior Center and Kevin Finn of Accessible Answers to present Home Safety for Seniors. The program will be held at the Darien Senior Center, 30 Edgerton St., at 10:30 a.m.

"Staying safe and independent at home may require making some simple, but important, changes to our living spaces or our daily routines," Helen Goldenberg, occupational therapist with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, said. "The best place to start is with a home safety assessment and program participants will learn how to examine their homes for potential safety risks and address them."

The program on Home Safety for Seniors is free and open to the public. Lunch will be offered free-of-charge to the first 50 individuals who register.

For more information or to register to attend, contact Aging in Place+Gallivant at 203-585-4094.

A nonprofit community organization for 100 years, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management, physical rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice care for adults and children in Darien and throughout Fairfield County. Visit for more information.

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