Medfield COA

The Center at Medfield

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS        

  • The Center will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 26 in observance of Thanksgiving.
  • The Center will be closed Saturday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas; and Saturday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of New Years.

Thursday, December 8 - Holiday Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Join us for a French Toast and Sausage morning treat. Although, no Steve Sweeney this breakfast, simply our chef, Mike LaFrancesca is cooking up his world-famous French Toast. Sign up as space is limited!! 

Sunday, December 11 - Annual Lion's Club Christmas Party at 12 noon at the Center. Join us for the 39th Annual Tri-Club Plus Senior Citizens Christmas Party. Be sure to sign up so we have an accurate count for the caterer and for planning purposes. 

Wednesday, January 4 - Join us for an “After the New Year Chinese Lunch Party” 1-3 p.m. We will celebrate 2023 and have a great time doing it. Good food, Good people and Good music! $6pp. Following lunch, stay and play BINGO and enjoy the added prizes for the New Year 

Director’s Note: 

Many people have heard me say something like “ugh” every time they find a mistake in the newsletter after several people have proof-read it! I want to share with you the front page of the first newsletter I wrote in October 2001, as I write my last newsletter. I am a paper person and have saved a copy of every newsletter since then! Take a look as I forgot the “T” in SPOTLIGHT! I remember one conversation with Lou Fellini and I said, “Lou, I only have 66 more newsletters to write.” About a year ago, I purposely gave Kristine Trierweiler, our Town Administrator, my notice because I needed to wrap my head around my decision to retire. I had a few weeks in the early fall where I was experiencing second thoughts. I worked through that with the help of all of you and now I am comfortable and very excited to start the next phase of my life. This job, this Center, and all of you have been a HUGE part of my life for 21 years and 4 months. You got me through dark times and we celebrated good times. You are my COA family that I love. Thank you for letting me be part of your lives and providing me the chance to offer support, advice, programs, parties, breakfasts, supper clubs, trips, Juliet outings, cruises, events and services. You made my world brighter, happier, very busy and made going to work an absolute joy. For this, I thank you and appreciate all that you have given and done for me. 

Roberta Lynch

From the Desk of Sarah Hanafin, Volunteer Coordinator

Attention Current Volunteers.  Do you volunteer at the Center? Are you a Medical Driver, participate in the Tax Work-Off Program or any other program where you come in contact with people? If so, you will need to renew your CORI. This is very easy to do, you will need a valid photo ID, and fill out a simple form that will be provided to you by the Center. Please stop in and see me to do this before the end of December. Thank you! (It only takes a minute!) 

Sarah Hanifan

From the Desk of Susan Longmoore, Outreach Coordinator

The holidays can be difficult to manage when your loved ones are aging, if you are a caregiver, or if you are aging yourself. Everything from changes in routine, to meal planning for a crowd and holiday travel can be overwhelming. Holiday stress shouldn’t detract from the joy of the season; the holidays should be a special time. Consider simplifying your activities, plan ahead and manage expectations to ease anxiety. If you are feeling overwhelmed, please reach out to me (508-359-3665) to meet and discuss available resources. 

Susan Longmoore

Medfield Public Nurse

Brenda Healy Brenda has been a registered nurse graduating from the Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing in 1984. She is an active member of the school’s alumni board. She has many years of ICU nursing in multiple hospitals in MA including Norwood Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Melrose Wakefield Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Walden University and working on her project of improving vaccination rates in the senior population. The past 18 months she has completed an internship with the Walpole Board of Health and fell in love with public health nursing. She looks forward and is excited to work with the community of Medfield and meeting members of the Center. Brenda will be at the Center on Wednesdays to meet with you individually for any concerns you may have. Call the Center for an individual appointment with Brenda.     

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Ice Cream Social

Join us on Tuesday, November 29 at 2:00 p.m. for this fun annual event (rescheduled from November 22 due to hall floor refinishing) 

Sustainable Medfield Presentation 

Join us on Monday, November 21 at 2:30 p.m. to learn about Sustainable Medfield and how the group helps the Medfield community learn about actions they can take for the environment. Sustainable Medfield, a Medfield Foundation, Inc. Initiative, is a group of friends, neighbors and local groups who are helping our town reach its environmental goals. We provide a one-stop library of Medfield-specific actions resources on topics including: MassSave energy audits, solar panels, electric vehicles, native gardens and many more. Bring your phone or laptop and we can help you get started. 

Protect Yourself from Financial Fraud Presented by Needham Bank 

Join us on Monday, November 28 at 2:30 with Needham Bank representatives for a presentation on Protecting Yourself from Financial Fraud with a specific focus on common elder fraud schemes. The presentation will educate you on current fraud trends, how to spot a scam and, and what to do to protect yourself and your loved ones from falling victim to fraud. 

Caregiver Support with Trish Collins, LSW 

Celebrating National Caregiver Month Join us on Tuesday, November 29th from 2:00-3:00 and learn how programs can support you during your caregiving journey. Hear from Trish Collins, LSW with HESSCO Options Counseling program and Judy Wood, HESSCO Caregiver Specialist. The options counselor will discuss program options that are available through HESSCO such as homemaking, which covers cleaning, shopping and laundry; home health aides to assist with personal care, meals on wheels, Personal Emergency Response Systems, medical management appliances and more. 

Toe Tapping Thursdays 

Spend every Thursday from 2:00—3:00 p.m. at the Center and enjoy music from a variety of artists. The holidays will be a theme throughout the month and so will the music. 

  • December 1– Enjoy the music of Brian Johnson. 
  • December 8 – Experience the many voices of Joey Nune. 
  • December 15 – Dance to the music of the Elderly Brothers. 
  • December 22 - A Christmas show by Tommy Rull Enjoy the music with your friends and celebrate the month with the Center! 

Evergreen Arrangements 

On Wednesday, December 7 join us at 10:45 a.m. for a morning of creativity. Bring in your container and clipped greens to share and like years past we will create a beautiful evergreen arrangement that will last the month on your table, by your front door or give as a gift. The more people attend the bigger the variety of greens will be available if everyone clips a shopping bag full! Sign up to join in! 

December Breakfast 

Let’s start the first full week of December, “the most wonderful time of the year” with a hearty French Toast breakfast on Thursday, December 8 at 8:30 a.m. Mike LaFrancesca returns to delight our pallet and start our day in the right direction! Sign up today! 

How to Make Festive Holiday Soups 

The holiday season is approaching and it's time to start thinking soup. Whether it's for a holiday meal, a get-together with friends, or a quiet night at home, we've got you covered. Learn how to make Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup, Roasted Red and Yellow Bell Pepper Soup, Pumpkin Soup with Lentils, and Beet and Apple Soup with Horseradish Cream. Great for vegetarians! Join us on Monday, December 12 at 3:00 p.m. for samples, recipes, and lots of laughs. This is a presentation provided by Therapy Gardens with some demonstration included. Please be certain to sign up for planning purposes. 

Crafters Corner 

Medfield Public Library Adult Program Coordinator, Bri, will be hosting our Crafters Corner at the Center on Wednesday, December 14 at 10:45 a.m. The project you will be working on is Needle Felted Ornaments. Sign up to shine with this craft as you create an original ornament to gift or add to your collection. Be sure to sign up! 

Caregiver Support Group 

Join us on Tuesday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. as Home Instead Senior Care will present "Tips for Preventing & Managing Dementia-Related Behaviors." Guest speaker, Ann Mazzola, RN is the Clinical Nurse Educator & Care Manager at Home Instead. This presentation provides practical tips and strategies for family caregivers dealing with difficult behavioral problems and communication difficulties often encountered when caring for a person with Alzheimer's or other dementias. The holidays are right around the corner and you may learn some useful tips to help reduce some stress during this time of year. Please sign up to participate in this very special caregiver meeting. 

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest 

On Wednesday, December 21 (the first day of winter) grab a partner and sign up for our second annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest! Our contest will start at 10:45 a.m. and members of the COA Board will be the judges in determining what team will be the 1st place winners. Last year was a lot of fun and it was great to see how each team created a very different house and landscape. Please bring a bag of decorations (candy) to share. Enjoy the laughs and spirit of the season with this fun activity! 

Celebrate the New Year

After the New Year Celebration What would the New Year be without Chinese food and good friends? The New Year is a time to remember the past year and look forward to the new year ahead. Let’s come together for an celebration and enjoy each others company on Wednesday, January 4 at 1 p.m. followed by our regular BINGO game with extra prizes for the winners! Lunch is $6 and as usual Bingo is $3 for 3 cards and $5 for 6 cards. Let’s have fun! 

JULIET Outing 

Join Roberta for a JULIET Luncheon to One Bistro in Norwood on Thursday, December 15 at 11:15 a.m. Limited to 10 ladies! 

ROMEO Outing

Join Peter on December 16 at 11:30 a.m. for a holiday lunch at the Redwing in Walpole Limited to 12 men!

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