Medfield COA

The Center at Medfield

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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.

Special Announcements 

Director’s Note

Wow, it is hard to believe August is here! I am very excited about what we have added this month. It is definitely nothing like last year, but there is more activity than July! We will continue our 6-person group gatherings, continuing to follow the BOH and Town Administrations policies. Please stay in touch with the Center by checking our Facebook page, website or calling the Center directly as changes in schedules may happen at any time. 

For those caregivers with loved ones at home, our virtual hour-long program on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. is available; providing unique activities for your loved one. Call Kathy Powers, the Program Coordinator and learn about The Club’s virtual hour long program. 

August activities include an Ice Cream sandwich drive-thru give-a-way, Grab ‘n Go Wednesday lunches, DJ music and a Car-Hop Cookout featuring music from the 50-60’s, and a new Bingo schedule for Tuesday and Beep for Bingo on Fridays (Parking Lot Bingo). 

Tracy Buckley will be offering chair yoga on Tuesday and mat yoga on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. outside on our lawn. Each class is limited to 10 people, socially-distanced, Medfield residents only at this time. Pre-registration is required; a screening table will be set up; a Covid release must be signed and you must have your COA scan card. 

Our programs must follow the Board of Health protocols, and we must keep everyone safe. If you are not feeling well on a particular day, please do not join us at the Center; rather, stay home, take care of yourself and rest. 

Roberta Lynch 

The Center’s Re-Opening Plan

There’s a lot to consider with re-opening. We know it is going to be different. But even with restrictions or limits, we will be able to address the social isolation that has occurred since March 20th. In general, as we age we are more likely to experience social isolation; adult children move away, health issues can impact abilities and we may experience loss. If these situations occur, they may lead to changes in social activities. However, the pandemic hit all of us fast and furious, taking all our social activities away and leaving many with boredom, apathy, loss of appetite, etc. Re-opening the Center to small outside gatherings will begin this month. Each day, weather permitting, we will welcome small groups (no more than 6 in a group) for outdoor meetings/conversations. Requirements: Sign ups for a group is required. All participants must answer a screening questionnaire. 

Scan cards are required so we can track attendance. Be sure to bring yours! 

The time limit will be for no more than 1 hour.

 Access inside the building will be for emergencies only. 

Masks must be worn until you get settled in your seat . 

Hand sanitizer will be available for use. 

Seats will be sanitized when group disbands. 

Participants can bring their own drinks/snacks/lunch.

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.

https://youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E

Selectman Office Hours

Meet and talk with Selectman Peterson on Fri. Aug. 7 at 9 a.m. on our back patio. Mask and social-distancing required. 

The Virtual Club

Are you a caregiver looking for a few minutes to yourself? Our Virtual Club Program returns on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Your loved one can join Kathy and Tricia for conversation, music, gardening talk, dog therapy and a variety of activities. If you are interested in more information call Kathy at 508-359-3665.

Caregiver Zoom Support Group 

Share your experience, advice and support on Wed. 8/19 at 10 a.m. Call the Center for your zoom invite

GRAB-AND-GO LUNCH 

Each Wednesday, HESSCO will be offering a Grab ‘N Go lunch offering a sandwich, chips, dessert and drink, all for a $3 donation. Simply call the Center on Monday before noon to order your Grab ‘N Go for that Wednesday. This month we will offer chicken salad on 8/5, turkey and cheese on 8/12 , seafood salad on 8/19 and ham and cheese on 8/27! ENJOY!

Video Classes Available for Viewing in Your HOME! 

We have many Great Courses available to loan you during your time at home. Learn something new from history to art and many topics in-between. Here are a few of the possibilities: The History of Ancient Egypt, Churchill, Great Masters: Beethoven, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Civil War, The Everyday Gourmet: Making Healthy Food Taste Great, Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Class and so much more. Call us to borrow a course on a first come, first served basis. 

SHINE Counseling

Are You or Someone You Know Turning 65 Soon? SHINE Counseling is Available For those of you who are approaching the age of 65, you are faced with a number of life decisions. One of these is the challenge to understand Medicare as a health-care choice. Even though we are closed for in-person appointments with our SHINE counselor, you can still have telephone appointments that will take the stress out of turning 65! Contact the Center staff and we will forward your request to our SHINE counselor and he will be in touch with you! It is that easy. The feedback we have received over the past 5+ months is that the telephone help is wonderful! 65 is a GREAT age, celebrate with good Medicare information! 

Conference Call BINGO

NEW DAY and TIME !!! Tues. & Fri. at 11:30 a.m. 1-978-990-5000 access code 859729# Cards still available!

Parking Lot Bingo

Fridays at 11:30

Video Classes Available for Viewing in Your HOME! 

We have many Great Courses available to loan you during your time at home. Learn something new from history to art and many topics in-between. Here are a few of the possibilities: The History of Ancient Egypt, Churchill, Great Masters: Beethoven, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Civil War, The Everyday Gourmet: Making Healthy Food Taste Great, Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Class and so much more. Call us to borrow a course on a first come, first served basis

Starting August 14:  When You Lose Your Parent, Spouse, Partner, Friend or Anyone… 

Love is an incredibly strong emotion that can make connections with people and leave indelible marks on our hearts and souls. What happens when you lose someone who you share such a strong bond and connection to, like the loss of a spouse or partner? Most likely this loss will be filled with many mixed emotions. Being in the midst of a world-wide pandemic can only exacerbate those feelings adding to the void. Unfortunately death is one of those inescapable aspects of being alive. As someone once said “No one gets out of this life alive”. That being said, when someone we love dies, even though we may know or expect it will happen, it oftentimes leaves us reeling. The Center understands how important it is to be among friends and a community that understands what one another is going through. We will be offering a loss of a spouse or partner bereavement-support group. This group will be a safe space to process your grief, learn coping techniques and make connections with others who are on a similar grief journey. This group will meet for 7 consecutive sessions beginning Friday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m.; pre-registration is required and limited to 6 participants. This group will take place outside on our beautiful patio (weather permitting). Please contact Lisa with any questions at 508-359-3665. To register for this program, email Lisa at ldonovan@medfield.net or call the Center. 

All safety protocols will be in effect: Covid screening questions, social-distancing, face coverings until seated (if someone requests face coverings to be worn, all must comply), a Covid release to be signed; and due to limited group size, Medfield residents will be given preference.

Medfield Public Library Invites COA for Online Programming!

Zoom Scattergories – Mon., August 10 at 11:30 a.m. and Thurs., August 20 at 2:00 p.m. Join Adult programming Librarian, Bri, for a friendly game of Scattergories. If you’ve never played, Scattergories is a fun and easy-to-learn word game that we can all play together from our homes. No mask required! You bring paper and a pen; Bri will bring the alphabet dice. Email Bri at bozanne@minlib.net to get the link to join the Zoom meeting. 

Virtual Knitting Clinic & Club – Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Join Master Knitter, Cindy, and Friends for a drop-in Zoom Video Chat to talk about knitting! Cindy will be ready to help you with your project or just to “ooh and ahhh” over it! Email Bri at bozanne@minlib.net to get the link to get on the Knitting Clinic Mailing List and the invite to join the Zoom meeting. 

Virtual Craft Class for Adults- Wed. evenings at 7:00 p.m. Join us for Virtual Craft Class on Wednesday nights at 7 via Zoom Video Chat! We’ll be making a different craft each week with materials you probably have around the house; but more importantly, we’ll be getting together to socialize and be creative. Email Bri at bozanne@minlib.net to get the link to join the Zoom meeting.

OFFICE OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS 

Robin Putnam from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and Amy Schram from the Better Business Bureau will give an overview of what their offices offer to consumers on Thursday, August 27 at 1:00 p.m. This is a virtual presentation and you must register with your email by calling 508-359-3665. This information is especially important as you navigate purchases, sales, hiring contractors, etc. Their presentation will cover information on home-improvement contracting in MA, the Lemon Law, how to find a business and check their rating, how to check the license of an individual, and much more. They will also take questions that participants may have. Sign up for this informative presentation by calling the Center.

SPREAD THE WORD SOCIAL SECURITY WEBINAR 

Join Medfield resident, Jon Bicknell virtually on Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of Social Security information. Social Security is far more complicated than people realize. The decisions we make now can have a tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits we could receive over time. Common questions are: will Social Security be there for me; when should I apply; how do I maximize my benefits; is Social Security enough for retirement? These questions and others will be answered. To participate in this virtual evening seminar, please register by calling the Center. Your email is required for the Zoom invite.

Video Classes Available for Viewing in Your HOME! 

We have many Great Courses available to loan you during your time at home. Learn something new from history to art and many topics in-between. Here are a few of the possibilities: The History of Ancient Egypt, Churchill, Great Masters: Beethoven, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Civil War, The Everyday Gourmet: Making Healthy Food Taste Great, Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Class and so much more. Call us to borrow a course on a first come, first served basis. 

Video Classes Available for Viewing in Your HOME! 

We have many Great Courses available to loan you during your time at home. Learn something new from history to art and many topics in-between. Here are a few of the possibilities: The History of Ancient Egypt, Churchill, Great Masters: Beethoven, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Civil War, The Everyday Gourmet: Making Healthy Food Taste Great, Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Class and so much more. Call us to borrow a course on a first come, first served basis

POSTED 6/16/20: SIX WEEK "ZOOM" WORKSHOP: MY LIFE, MY HEALTH -CHRONIC DISEASE SELF-MANAGEMENT

The Center at Medfield offering a NEW Program…even if we’re closed.

Are you living with a physical or mental health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, COPD, cancer, arthritis, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, or other ongoing health condition?

Learn how to manage your health and improve your well-being. This FREE six-week workshop helps you devise a personalized approach to managing chronic illness symptoms on a daily basis.

Topics include: Exercise and nutrition, Managing pain, fatigue, difficult emotions, and depression, Medications and making treatment decisions, and more!

You will learn skills to help you have increased energy and physical activity, decreased pain, fatigue, depression and fewer social limitations.

Participate from the comfort of your home, either by virtual on-line Zoom session, or by phone session. The program encompasses 6 weekly sessions and consistent attendance is required.

You may choose to register for either format:

The virtual on-line-Zoom session has 8-12 participants who will meet for a full class session of 2-2.5 hours each week. We will go over subjects in depth and you will have more time for group discussion and brainstorming.

Starting July 16 through August 20, Thursdays from 1:00-3:30.

The phone session has 4-6 participants who will meet for an abbreviated class session of one hour each week. This format relies on your ability to do individual self-study. There will be a brief discussion of subject material and sharing of action plans to help keep you on track. 

Starting July 14 through August 18, Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30.

For more information and to sign-up today, please call The Center at Medfield at 508-359-3665 and leave a message with your name, phone number and email.

POSTED 4/24/20: STATE REP.DENISE GARLICK’S  DAILY COVID-19 UPDATES

State Representative Denise Garlick posts a daily COVID-19 update, which is packed with timely and useful information. If you would like to receive her updates consider following her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DeniseGarlick/) or signup for her newsletters at her website, https://repgarlick.com/

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.

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)                                          

Drivers Wanted

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.

Current COA Newsletter