POSTED 4/3/20: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM ROBERTA LYNCH, DIRECTOR OF THE MEDFIELD COUNCIL ON AGING
April is here and the Center remains closed. Maybe we will open on May 4, which by the way is the rescheduled date for the Town Election. Time will tell. The Town Meeting has been rescheduled for June15.
While the building is closed COA staff are working for you, making calls, assisting with shopping, helping with the census, delivering equipment, meals and whatever else you need. All you have to do is call the Center, leave your message and we will get back to you. So far, we have provided 35 shopping assists, made over 600 phone calls, delivered medical equipment, have an active Phone Pal Program with volunteers and seniors and are available to support you in any way that we can.
I encourage you to complete your 2020 Census Questionnaire (if you need help please let us know). COA yearly funding from the State, for the next 10 years, will be based on the federal census of total number of 60+ individuals in Medfield.
We encourage you to stay home, wash your hands, keep your distance, stay safe, and we look forward to a reopening celebration when the time is right!
POSTED 3/25/20: Join fitness instructor Kim Vareika for two 30-minute chair exercise routines, which were recently filmed at The Center. Many thanks to Kim and Medfield TV for taking the time to produce this video.
POSTED 3/25/20: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM ROBERTA LYNCH, DIRECTOR OF THE MEDFIELD COUNCIL ON AGING
Do you need something at the store? The Center at Medfield has volunteers ready to help with shopping and errands.Please call the Center at 508-359-3665 Option 1.
Are you alone? Is staying home starting to make you feel blue? Call the Center so we can connect you with someone that you can chat with about everything and anything (and maybe not about the virus). Having someone to talk to and laugh with is great medicine. Give the Center a Call at 508-359-3665 and let’s make that connection!
Remember how the Center always received delicious bagels from Blue Moon, well you can pick up a pre-packed bag of bagels at the Medfield High School on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 noon-1:00 p.m. Enter through the front lobby door.
Coming soon on Medfield TV Public Channel - Comcast 8 and Verizon 47 - Exercise Life for Life I and II with Kim Vareika
POSTED 3/19/20: Please read the following note from the desk of Roberta Lynch, Director of the Medfield Council on Aging:
DUE TO CAUTION REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS, THE CENTER IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE READ A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR, BELOW
STAY UP-TO-DATE WITH MEDFIELD’S CORONAVIRUS ALERTS BY CLICKING THE LINK AT THE VERY TOP OF THIS WEB PAGE
ABOUT THE COUNCIL ON AGING
The Council on Aging’s mission is to foster an atmosphere of wellness during the aging process among Medfield’s senior population. We address the emotional, social, physical and often spiritual needs of older individuals and their families. Our goal is to enhance our member’s quality of life and promote independence through our varied programs, active social events, wide services and confidential referrals. Visit us at The Center or call us to learn more about how we can meet the needs of our elder community members during their life journey. Read our current newsletter, listed below, to learn about activities and upcoming events.
A letter concerning the Coronavirus from Roberta Lynch, Director of the Medfield Council on Aging
For the safety of all our participants at the Center, we are suspending all programs and the building will be closed to the general public until further notice.
The Council on Aging staff will be available during our regular hours for services, questions, individual consultations, equipment loans and transportation services.
Please call the Center at 508-359-3665 for any questions, concerns or needs that you may have.
Roberta Lynch R.N., Director
Medfield Council on Aging
One Ice House Road
Medfield MA 02052
Federal Census -What You Need tp Know
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The Constitution in Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790. The census is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire online, by phone or by mail. On March 12 there will be a mass mailing by the Census Bureau.
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others need to know in order to provide daily services, products, and support, including your Council on Aging. Funding that is provided to the Medfield Council on Aging from the state of Massachusetts is dependent on the census. The Formula Grant that the Medfield COA receives yearly from the State is based on the Federal Census. This year the COA received $12.00 per 60+ person based on the 2010 census, for which Medfield was noted to have 2010 60+ plus residents. According to our town census in 2019, there has been a significant increase to 2733 in Medfield’s 60+ population. It is imperative that you respond to the U.S. census, as State funding to the Medfield COA is based on that total number for the next 10 years.
Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed a survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is necessary for you and our community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect funding, congressional representation, and more. If you need help completing your questionnaire, please stop into the Center and we will be glad to help you.
CANCELLED, BUT COA PLANS TO RESCHEDULE>>>FOSI YARD SALE – SAT. MAY 2, 2020 - The Center at Medfield
Help to make the 2020 YARD SALE one of the finest sales in our history! There is a place for your gently-used, unwanted items!!! Drop them off at the Center at Medfield beginning Friday, April 24 from 8 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Yard Sale items will be accepted the following week during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. All baked goods can be delivered on Friday before the sale. We accept and appreciate all gently-used items except for computers, printers and clothing. Unique items are always appreciated!
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)
Learn more about this unique tax credit by attending the meeting hosted by Representative Shawn Dooley on Monday, March 2 at 11:30 a.m.
Pickle Ball at the PFAFF Center
The invitation is out!!! Play Pickle Ball at the Pfaff Center on Tuesdays. Stop in at 9 a.m. for an hour of instruction followed by over an hour of match play. Participants will rotate through for games and different opponents. This is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Try something new, its fun, its exercise and a great way to meet people. There is a $5 drop-in fee. For questions, call Kevin Ryder at the Pfaff Center at 508-359-2715.
Volunteer Appreciation Party
It’s time to celebrate all of our wonderful volunteers who make our Center the vibrant community we love. Save the date on Wednesday April 22nd for the recognition you deserve. We will have a catered dinner from Basil’s and entertainment by Jumpin’ Juba* playing American blues music. An Invitation will follow.
“This program is supported in part by a grant from the Medfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.”
Minds in Motion
Are you curious by nature? Do you have a variety of interests? Do you like to laugh? Do you enjoy sharing your opinions? If so, Minds in Motion is for you. But don’t delay. Minds in Motion is limited to 15 participants, and there are lots of curious people out there. Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - March 11, 18, 25, April 1 - $15 Program Fee
Have you ever thought about shopping online? Ordering your weekly food? Have you experienced AMAZON? Join Medfield TV’s Brett Poirier for a class dedicated to on-line shopping on Thursday, March 5 at 2:00 p.m. Bring along your tablet, laptop or phone and sit back and go shopping!
Are you interested in giving back to the community? Consider being a Medical Ride Volunteer for the COA. Susan Bernstein is looking to increase the list of volunteers that provide transportation to medical appointments. As our population ages, they are no longer driving which causes difficulty in getting to these much-needed appointments. If you are interested in volunteering a few hours per month, then call Susan at 508-359-3665.
Winter Weather Policy
With winter upon us it is important to remind you that when the Medfield schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Center at Medfield is closed and all programs are cancelled. If the schools have a 2-hour delay, the Center will also have a 2-hour delay (opening at 11 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.) If there is a snow storm on a Saturday, the Saturday program will be cancelled. Also, all scheduled programs are weather permitting. If we determine that it is unsafe for trips, activities and/or transportation, the Center can cancel any program at any time. It is important to clearly print your name and phone number on sign up sheets, so we have easy access to inform you of any changes in our schedule.
Saturday Hours at the Center
CANCELLED >>>St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Entertainment
On Wed. March 18, start the evening with a social hour at 4 p.m., then a delicious corned beef & cabbage dinner catered by Basil at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation on Bing Crosby by Bruce Hambro at 6 p.m. All for $12/person
Bowl with the Center
Our bowling program has started on Thursdays at 1p.m. at Ryan Family Amusements in Millis. If you missed this notification in January, it is still open for participation. If interested simply sign up for the bowling and indicate if you need a pick-up at your house, you will meet at the Center, or you will drive yourself to Millis! This is a great way to get out of the house and have some fun! Cost is $3/string. All welcome!
Do you like to sing? Good voice or no voice?
Join Maggie Joseph as she leads a singing group with great songs, lots of laughs and a chance to SING! There are so many benefits you get from singing: Self-confidence! Breathing right! Great posture! Memory training! Socialization! Bye to the Blues! And most important, just sheer JOY! All this is possible to anyone who wants to sing! So this is an invitation to sign up for a weekly Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Sing-Along.
DJ Bob Vartanian
Did you know that once a month the Center has DJ Bob scheduled to play all your requests! Join us on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 11:30-1:30. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s for you!
Plan ahead. Interested in a new hobby? Look for sign-up sheets for art classes beginning on Thursday, March 5 at 2 p.m. with Artist Nan Rumpf, a member of the Concord Art Association and the Wellesley Society of Artists. She is an Artist Member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, and is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society. Additional information to follow!
Also, Nancy Tella and Kathy Simon are program leaders for a new initiative; the Drop-in Art Club on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-12 noon. During this time, you will have access to the craft room for your painting pleasures! Simply bring along an easel, art medium and brushes for 2 hours of pure artistic creativity. This is a great way to focus on a hobby, make new friends and enjoy the Center and what it offers. Be sure to register for a scan-card and scan in every time you come into the Center!