The Center at Medfield has grown tremendously over the last ten years. As home to the Medfield Council on Aging, the Center’s presence has evolved into an active and vibrant community, offering over 900 seniors an extensive and broad range of activities, resources and events. A grant was submitted to MetroWest Health Foundation in October 2017 for funding to open our doors on Saturdays. And it was approved! Plan to visit the Center for programming each Saturday from 10:00 a.m.— 3:00 p.m.
Professor Gary Hylander Presentation - Monday, September 25, 2:30 p.m. Topic: The 1968 Election.
Pre-registration required. The United States presidential election of 1968 was the 46th quadrennial United States presidential election. It was a wrenching national experience, conducted against a backdrop that included the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and subsequent race riots across the nation, the assassination of presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, widespread demonstrations against the Vietnam War across American university and college campuses, and violent confrontations between police and anti-war protesters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Learn more about this time in history when Dr. Hylander presents on Tuesday, September 25 at 2:30 p.m. This program is sponsored by Rehabilitation Associates and pre-registration is required.
Meet and Greet Senator Paul Feeney
Monday, September 10 from 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Pot Luck Supper on September 12 at 5:00 p.m.
A special thank you to all of you who participated in our Summer Cookout program. The COA staff looks forward each year to hosting these events. Our sincere appreciation to this years sponsors; Roche Bros., Home Instead, Mary Ann Morse Health Center, Rehabilitation Associates, M.E.M.O. and all the volunteers that helped us with these events. The cookouts bring people together and as we say, it is not about the food, it is about being together, socializing, laughing, dancing and having a great time. Please mark your calendar for Wed. September 12 where you will have an opportunity to share your favorite dish with the COA. Please contribute a family size entrée (in a disposable pan) that will add a variety of delicious goodness to our buffet table! Please sign up with your entrée so we have a variety!
Low Vision and Low Hearing
Low Vision Group Meeting
You are not alone in your vision challenges! Come share your successes and struggles and together we shall navigate the journey of life with low vision. Join us for our next support group meeting on Tuesday, September 18 at The Center at Medfield from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Contact Lisa Marie Donovan, Outreach Coordinator at (508)359-3665 for information.
Low Hearing Support Meeting
Have you ever felt that your hearing is not as good as it used to be? Susan has arranged for a representative from Massachusetts Relay, Claire Comeau, who will discuss what they can do to help you.
Massachusetts Relay provides free,24 hour service to the entire state of Massachusetts allowing individuals whoare Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind or have Difficulty Speaking tocommunicate freely with friends, family, and businesses that use a standardtelephone. She will have time for questions after her presentation.
We will also have time to discussother issues you may be experiencing as you cope with your need to hear andcommunicate. It’s always nice to get together to share ideas and help oneanother with information that has worked for individuals in the group. We hopeto see you for this opportunity to learn about a great resource. Please let usknow if you will be able to attend so I can have enough chairs available. Anyquestions please contact Susan Bernstein at 508-359-3665.
Join us on Thursday, September 27th at 10am to discuss issues pertaining to problems you or a loved one might be having with a hearing loss. We will have Tina Roberts, M.S., CCC-A from Speech-Language and Hearing Associates of Greater Boston to facilitate the discussion and answer your questions. Possible topics for discussion might include hearing aid options, what to look for when buying a hearing aid and how to get used to wearing a hearing aid. Come with your questions and discover useful information and support. Please let Susan know if you will be able to join us by calling 508-3593665 or signing up at our clip-board station!
Caregiver Support Group
Come share your experience, advice, and support to other caregivers. The group offers a safe place to discuss the stresses, challenges, and rewards of providing care for a loved one. Our group meets Thursday, August 30 at 10:00 a.m. and September 27 at 9:30 in our Library. Please feel free to contact Lisa Marie Donovan, Outreach Coordinator at (508) 359-3665 with any questions or concerns.
Adult Respite Care
The Club – Adult Respite Care
Are you caring for a loved one at home? Could you use a break? Inquire about The Club on Tuesday and Thursday. It may be just the relief that you need.
The next Birthday Party is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18 at 11:30pm. We will celebrate July, August, and September birthdays, so please join us. Enjoy the upbeat music of the Banjo Ragtimers with audience participation using washboards and shakers.
Each month we celebrate thebirthdays of that month. If you are 75 years or older you will receive a cardfrom the COA with a gift certificate to be used at the party for you and aguest. Enjoy a delicious lunch, birthday cake and we always have entertainmentor an activity to follow. Feel free to enjoy the party even if you do not havea birthday that month. The suggested donation for the party lunch is $3. Pleaseremember it is important for everyone to sign up for the lunch, so that we canorder the right amount of food.
Chickie Flynn's luncheon - Thursday, September 27 at 11:10. Cost is $5
Juliet outing - Friday, September 21. Meet at 11:00 a.m. for a delicious lunch in Needham at Blue on Highland
Romeo outing - September 7, 9:30. Visit the Boston Public Library
Movies at the COA
Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. with yourhost, Joan Lee. Join us for the following films:
Sat. Sept 8 – The Candidate - Candidate Bill McKay is acandidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so heis willing to tweak the establishment.
Wed. Sept. 12 – Spotlight -The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese.
Sat. Sept. 15 – Spotlight
Sat. Sept. 22 – Runaway Jury - A juror on the inside and a woman onthe outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.
Wed. Sept. 26 – Fracture—An attorney, intent on climbing the career ladder finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute.
Sat. Sept. 29 - Fracture
Monday, September 10 at 10:15 a.m. This time around, Maggie Joseph has chosen a very different type of book for the Page Turners. It is "The Shunning" and is the first of the "Heritage of Lancaster County" series by Beverly Lewis, who focuses on the Amish community in Pennsylvania. Not only is the book an easy read, but it depicts in vivid detail the rules and lifestyle of the Amish community. The heroine never feels she belongs with them and the plot is woven around her attempt to fall in line with their principles. Join the group for a relaxed but informative discussion.
Minds in Motion *ALL NEW TOPICS*
If you’re curious by nature, register for Minds in Motion beginning September 5 at the Center. Though topics will vary, here’s a sampling of what you might find: Eight Flavors that Changed the World, The Dark Mysteries of Sleep, Bioethics and the Future of Our Bodies, ‘Scratch Your Head’ Moral Dilemmas, Your Life in Six Words, Sizing Yourself Up with Pop Psychology, Advice Columnists Through the Years, and The Startling Wisdom of Ancient Proverbs. Each 1-hour session is filled with hands-on challenges and lively discussion. Limited to 15 participants, Minds in Motion runs Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on September 5, 12, 19 and 26. Preregistration is required and the cost for the four-week program is $15. Call (508) 359-3665.
Medfield/Walpole Veterans Expo
On Thursday, September 20 from 3-6 p.m. in the Walpole Library community Room, Veteran Service Officer, Jon Cogan will be hosting a Veterans Expo focusing on both new Veterans (recently discharged) to our senior Veterans that might need some assistance. Information of both Federal and State Benefits will be available. This is free and open to all veterans and/or their families.
Poetry Workshop - NEW PROGRAM
Join us at the Center for a Two Session Poetry Work Shop with Lynne Spigelmire Viti, JD, PhD, Faculty Emerita, Wellesley College on Monday, September 10 and 24 from 2-3:15 p.m. Participants will read and discuss selected works by contemporary poets such as Billy Collins, Frank Bidart, David Ferry, Robin Coste-Lewis, Alice Notley, Mary Oliver, Traci Smith, Martin Espada in a supportive class environment. All are welcome, and no previous experience reading or analyzing poetry is needed. Only $5/person!
SHINE Program Presentation
Melinda Morle, SHINE Program Director for HESSCO, will be presenting “Medicare: What You Should Know” on Wednesday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m. at the Center. Learn more about how to supplement Medicare coverage, saving money on prescriptions, changes for 2019, new Medicare cards and more. SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) is a federally funded program administered through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in partnership with elder service agencies. It is a free and unbiased service that provides Medicare counseling to any Medicare beneficiary in Massachusetts either over the phone or in person at local Councils on Aging Centers. Call (800) 243-4636 Option 3 to reach the SHINE Program.
Join Kat Cammarata for an 8 week meditation class beginning Monday, Sept. 10 at 2:15 p.m. After your day of errands and catch up from the weekends, join Kat as she will guide you through the process of gently focusing on attention to within ourselves. Meditation is a form of self care, a daily dose of self-love we can give to ourselves, when we learn to establish a dedicated practice. By gently shifting our attention inwardly, we are able to learn to live more presently, in the moment, with a deeper sense of compassion and acceptance. Sign up for this new program, 8 week program is $30
Annual Lions Club Chowder Fest on Saturday, November 3, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Market Basket - September 10
Patriot Place - September 13
Dollar Store - September 17
North End - Tuesday, August 30
Granite State Chocolate and Wine Tour - Thursday, September 20. A complete day with candy, wine and a delicious lunch. Sign up for a visit to Sanborn Fine Candies, Flag Hill Winery and lunch at Warren’s Lobster House. Bus leaves at 8:30 am. and the cost is $79 pp. Click HERE for more details.
The Old Mill and Tower Hill Gardens Foliage Trip - Thursday, October 11. Bus leaves at 9:00 am. $79 per person
2018 Holiday Boston Pops - Thursday, December 13 - Bus leaves at 11 am for lunch at the No Name then on to Symphony Hall for a 4pm concert. Cost $139/person
New Year's Eve at Noon Boston Odyssey Harbor Cruise - Monday, December 31. Coach leaves at 9:30 am. $89 per person
Play Mah Jongg every Monday at 1 p.m. and on Wednesday, August 15 and 22 at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m.
CARDS, CARDS, CARDS !
Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. with program leader Phyllis Fitzpatrick! All welcome!
The object of the game is to form all the cards in your hand into combinations. It’s an easy to learn and fast paced game. Get in on the fun.
Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. It is a fun game of strategy and communication between four players.
Mondays at 12:00 p.m.