Medfield COA

The Center at Medfield



Director’s Note: 

Director’s Note: I find it hard to believe that December is upon us! I love this time of year, it provides so many opportunities to be with family and friends. As many of us have experienced, the holidays can be over-stimulating and be a source of stress. There are simple ways to help with the celebrations so they are calm and enjoyable for all. 

  1. Be open to changes in traditions; experience your holiday in a different way. 
  2. Celebrate in small doses. Simplify your celebration, streamline food selections and enjoy the people you are with. 
  3. For older family members, bring the celebration to them. 
  4. Unlock memories by having photos of past celebrations so everyone can enjoy and remember those family members that are no longer with us. 
  5. Downsize your decorations, there’s no need to stress about this. Simple is elegant! 
  6. Give yourself a gift; treat yourself to something that makes you feel wonderful! 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year,

Roberta Lynch

From the desk of Sarah Hanifan: 

Volunteering in 2022 As we are heading into a new year, this is the time you can think about how giving back in your community not only helps others but can help you as well. Volunteering helps keep you active in your community, it’s great for mental health, and helps prevent senior isolation and depression. Volunteering doesn’t have to take much time; you can do as little or as much as you’re able to. If you’re able to donate a few hours each month, and have a vehicle, a valid driver’s license and car insurance we are in need of volunteer drivers to drive seniors from our community who are no longer able to drive themselves to important medical appointments. These rides are primarily in the surrounding towns. When I get a ride request I send an e-mail out to all of my drivers with the ride details and if you have the availability you would simply reply back. You can choose which rides you’re able to help with. This is a great opportunity to help others in the community and keep this wonderful program going. Please consider helping. You can call Sarah at 508-359-3665 x201 to set up an appointment to learn more about this volunteer opportunity.

Sarah Hanifan


From the desk of Lisa Donovan: 

Care Giving and the Holidays The holidays can be a challenging time when caring for a loved one. It often feels like a whirlwind of activity with not enough time to get everything done. In the role as caregiver it is paramount to take time and be kind to yourself not only during the holidays, but always. Here are three ideas you should consider: 

CHOOSE- Decide what activities you wish to participate in, who you want to be with and what you want to do. It is important to make the best choices for you and the person you are caring for. Do not get caught up in the people pleasing mode! You cannot do it all nor should you! Try to delegate tasks AND ask for help. 

COMMUNICATE- It is important that you discuss your choices with others as friends and family may not fully grasp how all-encompassing caregiving can be! Take this opportunity to let them know HOW they can help. Often, friends and family simply do not know what they can do to be helpful. Be specific with what you need. 

COMPROMISE- Nothing changes the fact that the holidays can be especially difficult while care giving. Remember to choose your actions, communicate your choices and find suitable compromises. You may find if you choose wisely, communicate your needs and compromise if necessary, you may find the holidays are not only bearable but enjoyable! If you are a caregiver looking for support join us the last Thursday of each month at 2pm for our Caregiver Support Group. “There are only four kinds of people in the world: Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.”

Lisa Donovan 

38th Annual Medfield Senior Citizens Christmas Party 

Medfield seniors are invited to the annual Christmas party, to be held at the Center on Sunday, December 12 beginning at 12 noon. This is a long-standing tradition in Medfield and sponsored by several organizations in town: Lions Club, Medfield Sportman’s Club, MEMO, Council on Aging, American Legion and FOSI. Four members of the Tune Timers Swing Band will provide entertainment starring our own Medfield resident, Jerry Kazanjian! Bring your best voice as we will be having a holiday sing-a-long. Definitely sign up for this annual event, as space this year is limited.

Saturday Programming

The Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stop in for a Saturday schedule.

Fall is here, Winter is Coming—Fuel Assistance is Available! 

Fuel assistance helps thousands of local families with home heating bills each year. Did you know, Fuel assistance is not just for oil, gas, or electricity, if you heat your home with a pellet or wood stove you may receive assistance with that too! The application process may seem daunting and I am happy to assist you in this task! If you previously received fuel assistance you should have received a renewal application in the mail. If you have not, you may call SMOC 508-620-2342 and they will re-issue another one for you. New to fuel assistance? No problem, I have applications available for new applicants! Please contact the Center at 508-359-3665 and ask for Lisa Marie Donovan Outreach Coordinator for a confidential appointment.

Snow Shoveling Program 

In no time, winter will be upon us with that beautiful white snow. The Center’s Snow Shoveling Program has been active for many years. For information about this program that helps with shoveling out your mailbox, front steps and walkway, call Sarah at 508-359-3665.

Weekly Health Clinic - NEW PROGRAM

The Center will be offering a weekly health clinic on Tuesday 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. beginning November 2. Medfield resident and COA volunteer Gaby Harrison who is an RN licensed in MA, NH and ME and a Nurse Practitioner licensed in MA will be providing this weekly clinic. Her background includes experience in all major Boston hospitals and a past member of the Medfield Board of Health. Gaby will be available for individual blood pressure checks and address any questions or concerns you might have. A signup sheet will be available for scheduling. Thank you Gaby for offering your expertise to the Center!

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 .

Adult Respite Care 

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.

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)                 

Medfield Has a Full Time Public Health Nurse

Meet 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.

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

Sunday, December 5-7— Atlantic City & NYC Christmas Special 

Gather your friends and enjoy a 2-night holiday trip. Board the bus at 7:00 a.m. on December 5 and travel to the beautiful Resorts, located on Atlantic City’s famous Boardwalk. On arrival, you’ll receive a $20 slot play, (2) $25 meal credits and tickets to the Resorts Casino Show! On Day 2, enjoy the Boardwalk and everything that is offered, pamper yourself with a spa treatment or a dip in the pool. On day 3, we will pack up and head to NYC for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show with Orchestra Seating. Enjoy a holiday get-a-way for some fun and relaxation. Tour costs are $369.00 per person double occupancy, $339.00 per person triple occupancy and $479.00 single occupancy. Flyers are available at the Center.


NEW***Fire Department Monthly Outreach***NEW 

Each month Firefighter/EMT Bill Deking and Firefighter/P Meaghan Mcginn will be joining us at the Center for a round table conversation on health and fire safety. They will answer any questions you have about emergency treatments and what the Fire Department can do for you. This new monthly program will be able to address the many questions and more that surfaced from the fire departments presentation on National First Aid Day in September. The Fire Department has many programs available and would like to share these with members of the community on Tuesday, December 7 from 9—11 a.m. They will be available to answer your questions and concerns and provide information that will be helpful. Drop in for coffee and meet with Bill and Meaghan.

Minds in Motion  

Last year, Minds in Motion won a prestigious award from the National Council on Aging. It was cited as the BEST program of its kind in the nation. Ask those who have participated and they’ll tell you Minds in Motion is popular for three reasons. One, it’s fun, with lots of laughter throughout the hour. Two, it’s stimulating. You’ll be exposed to a host of topics that will spark your imagination. And, three, Minds in Motion is all discussion – no lecturing whatsoever. Instead, you’re the center of attention, challenged to think, to feel, to imagine, and to share your thoughts and life experience. Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-registration required. $15 fee. Limited to 15 participants.  

American Greats: This series, led by Minds in Motion creator Jerry Cianciolo, focuses on three incomparable American artists. First is songwriter Irving Berlin, who wrote Cheek to Cheek, Blue Skies, God Bless America, White Christmas, and scores of other classic songs. Second is Andrew Wyeth, whose landscape paintings of Maine are beloved by many. And third is poet Emily Dickinson, who lived her 55 years in Amherst, Massachusetts and wrote more than 1500 poems about love, nature, friendship, and death. Open only to those who have NOT attended Minds in Motion in recent years. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Dec. 1, 8, and 15. Limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration is required. No fee.


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