Medfield COA

The Center at Medfield



Director’s Note: 

Welcome back to all of our activities! June was a building month for the Center which brings us to hosting all the activities that we had prior to March 2020. Let’s enjoy what is offered and have a great time during these warm summer days. Keep in mind each month we have a cookout with entertainment; be sure to sign up for those. We have scheduled trips with FOX Tours and it is wonderful to have these day trips scheduled. We have two interesting programs scheduled with Joy Marzolf, one on sharks and the other on large reptiles (i.e. a tortoise, an alligator and snakes to name a few). These reptiles will not be on the screen they will be right here in our hall and patio! Definitely sign up as this is a unique opportunity. To the left is our schedule of activities. I hope that you will join in, meet new friends and enjoy what is offered. Please call the Center with any questions or ideas you may have for new programs. Roberta Lynch 

From the Desk of Sarah Hanifan, Volunteer Coordinator 

Hello, Happy July and August! I’m thrilled to be here at the Center and look forward to meeting each and every one of you. Next time you’re in the building, please say hello. Come take advantage of the air conditioned building, the wonderful programs, the library, and the breathtaking patio space. Speaking of the patio, a big THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers who keep our gardens gorgeous! 

If you are curious about volunteer opportunities at the center, please don’t hesitate to call or stop in. I’m in the office Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I can be reached at 508-359-3665 x 201 or by e-mail at 

We currently have a few openings at the reception desk in the afternoons Monday – Thursday from noon to 3:00 p.m. and a few Friday morning spots for July that I am hoping to fill. This would be a great opportunity to know what’s happening at the Center and meet new people. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes: 

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. WINSTON CHURCHILL

Drop-in General Grief Support Group 

The Center at Medfield recognizes that navigating the loss of a loved one can be challenging. You need not travel this path alone. This new initiative, a drop-in grief support group, offers a way to gain peer support and companionship, especially when times are difficult. The group will meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Please call Lisa Marie Donovan at the Center if you have any questions or want more information 508-359-3665 X 203 or email Lisa at .

Sign Up For Our Fox Tour Trips (click link to view flyer online) 

(WAITLISTED) Thursday, August 5 - Narragansett Lighthouse Cruise with a full course luncheon at Quonset Point Officer’s Club. $99/person.   

Saturday, September 25 — NYC Day Trip—Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and 9/11 Memorial. $109/person 

Tuesday, October 12— N.H. Turkey Train with lunch provided by Hart’s Turkey Farm. $99/person 

Sunday, December 5-7— Atlantic City & Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show with the world famous Rockettes. Check the flyer for pricing. 


Bingo Returns to Wednesday, Starting July 7 at 3:00 pm 

It’s no secret that keeping the brain active is a key in lowering the risk of cognitive decline. Believe it or not, an invigorating round of BINGO is a great way to stretch those mental muscles. Join us at the Center on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. for lively games of BINGO. FOSI has a recreational license, so the more people we have the bigger the prize! Medfield BINGO has a full size BINGO board and great callers. If you have never played before, keep in mind it is fun although sometimes frustrating. This is a social game that actually challenges your mind, especially with games like Top Hat, XMAS Tree and the Shopping Cart. Join us on Wednesday afternoons for a lively game of BINGO.

Line Dancing Returns Monday , July 12 at 12 Noon 

Dancing is a mode of physical activity that allows older adults the ability to improve their physical function, health, and well-being. There are many studies that indicate older adults can significantly improve their aerobic power, improve muscle endurance in the lower body, improve strength and flexibility, balance, agility, and gait – yes, all through dancing! Line dancing’s biggest plus is that you can do it, just you! There is no partner needed. Nancy Diduca returns to provide you the instruction to master a variety of line dances. If you have never tried Line Dancing, your first class is on us. Sign up for this very social and wonderful form of exercise. Class is $3.

Cards are Back! 

If you are looking to add some activities to your day, check out the front page lineup of card games available to you. People tend to think that playing cards is just a leisurely activity to have with a friend. Card games are a way to meet new people and make new friendships, which helps with your quality of life and wards off loneliness. In general, playing cards provides health benefits that you do not even think about. The strategic card games like Bridge, Gin Rummy and Texas Hold-Em help sharpen cognitive functions by exercising your memory and concentration. There is even evidence that playing cards boosts the immune system! We can’t forget that shuffling and holding cards helps exercise your reflexes and hand-eye-coordination. So, if you’re not playing cards, maybe you should consider one of our games. Beginners are welcome, because everyone was a beginner at one point!

ROMEO and JULIET Outings

JULIETS signup for Thursday July 8 for lunch at Lowell’s in Mendon. They offer outdoor seating! Bus leaves at 11:15 a.m. Space is limited.

 ROMEOS signup for a lunch trip to George’s in Mendon on Friday, July 16 for casual outside dining with many menu options. Bus leaves at 11:15 a.m. Space is limited.  

General Lee at Gettysburg 

Dr. Gary Hylander returns on Monday, July 12 at 2:30 p.m. to detail how Gettysburg ended Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s ambitious second quest to invade the North and bring the Civil War to a swift end. The loss there dashed the hopes of the Confederate States of America to become an independent nation. Join us at the Center and enjoy another lecture by our favorite historian, Dr. Gary Hylander. Call the Center at 508-359-3665 to register for this event.

Adult Respite Care Re-Opens

The Adult Respite Care Program, often referred to as The Club has opened. If you need a supervised and structured day program for your loved one, consider our Club program . We offer adult socialization through a variety of activities with supervision and support. If you are caring for a loved one and looking for some time to yourself, consider our program. The program meets at The Center on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am to 3pm. The cost of the program is $40 for Medfield residents, $55 for those living outside of Medfield. We follow CDC guidelines regarding indoor programming. Space is limited, and in order to participate in the program, participants must be vaccinated. For more information, contact Kathy Powers at or call The Center at 508-359-3665.

Aging and Memory Loss Road Map Education Series 

Are you or a loved one concerned about memory loss or dementia? Has someone you know recently been diagnosed with dementia? Did you know that you could participate in a clinical research trial? Sign up for these monthly webinars and learn from the experts from Mass General Brigham. For questions or to register call the Sherborn COA at 508-651-7858 or email Hosted by Sherborn, Dover, Natick and Medfield Council on Aging 

Tuesday, April 20 at 11–12 noon: Road Map to Dementia Diagnosis 

Tuesday, May 18 at 11-12 noon: Road Map to Research Participation 

Tuesday, June 15 at 11-12 noon: Road Map to Caregiving 

Tuesday, July 20 at 11-12 noon: Road Map to Prevention

Wednesday Summer Suppers - 4:30-7 PM 

Enjoy a wonderful evening during the summer with good music, a supper you do not have to cook, great conversation and a lot of fun. Pre-registration is required and cost of the evening is $6/person.

July 14 — Entertainment TBD 

August 18 — Patrick Durkin 

September 15— Tune Timers Band

Joining a ZOOM Call

Heard of Zoom but not sure how to participate in a Zoom call?  Here is a short video to get you started.

MA Circuit Breaker Tax Credit

The Massachusetts Circuit Breaker tax credit is a refundable credit for senior citizens based on the real estate taxes paid on Massachusetts property owned/rented and used as the primary residence. Maximum credit allowed for the tax year is $1,130. The following are eligible for the tax credit:  

  • MA residents age 65 or older by December 31 of the taxable year  
  • MA return must be filed with the Senior Circuit Breaker Credit attached  
  • MA property must be owned/rented and occupied as primary home                           Massachusetts income not more than:  
  • $60,000 for Single  
  • $75,000 for Head of Household  
  • $90,000 for Married filing Joint (married filing separate does not qualify for the credit)                                          

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