Medfield COA

The Center at Medfield

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS        

The Center will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of President's Day

Director’s Note: 

Hello and Happy February! It’s been a busy and exciting first month here at the Center. I’m excited to share a new program with you all. The Tri-County Culinary Students will be serving a warm lunch here once a month through the end of the school year. The students will be here on Tuesday, February 7 to offer us a delicious homemade lunch and desert for only $6 per person. This is limited to 12 people each month and we will rotate so everyone has a chance to enjoy. The lunch choice and sign-up sheet will be available beginning Feb 1. If you’ve been missing the Juliet's monthly luncheon, this may be a nice option to get together over lunch and chat with friends. Don’t forget to sign up! 

Sarah Hanifan

From the Desk of Brenda Heally, MSN, Medfield Public Health Nurse

February is American Heart Month, a time when all people can focus on their cardiovascular health. The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is shining a light on hypertension (high blood pressure), a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Monitoring one’s blood pressure is something that can be done to help with cardiovascular health. You can reduce your risk by following the ABC’s 

A: Take Asprin as directed by your physician 

B: Control your Blood Pressure 

C: Manage your Cholesterol 

S: Don’t Smoke 

Every Wednesday, Brenda Healy MSN, Medfield’s Public Health Nurse is at the Center taking blood pressures in the dining area (Fellini Hall) during coffee and tea times from 10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m., without an appointment. Join in on the conversations with your friends, enjoying coffee or tea, and get your blood pressure taken and recorded on a take home wallet-sized card. If you would prefer an appointment, these can be made as needed most weeks by calling and scheduling a 15—minute slot with Brenda in the health office at the center. This does not need to be just for blood pressure; health questions are also welcomed. 

Brenda Healy, MSN

Annual FOSI Yard Sale

Start now to de-clutter your home and box unwanted items for the FOSI yard sale scheduled for April 29, 2023. We love your stuff! 

Also, on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. a volunteer meeting for the annual FOSI yard sale will be held. If you’d like to volunteer, please come to this meeting. 

February Highlights

  • Tech Time—Friday, Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. 
  • Tri-County Culinary Students serving delicious HOT lunch *NEW* Tuesday, Feb. 7, 11:30-12:30 Sign up required. 
  • Legal Clinic with Attorney Ladimer. Tuesday, Feb. 7, starting at 1:30 p.m. By appointment only. 
  • AARP Appointments. Each Wednesday morning starting Feb 8 from 9 a.m–12:00 p.m. By appointment only. 
  • Valentines Day Pop-Up Cards Craft. Wednesday, Feb 8 at 10:45 a.m. 
  • Emergency Preparedness sponsored by DA Morrissey. Thursday, Feb. 9 from 10a.m.-11:30 a.m. Please sign up. 
  • National Pizza Day, Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 12:00 pm. Stay for Bingo after! $5 per person. Registration required. 
  • Annual Chocolate Tasting, Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. Registration required. Tickets are $3 /person and limited! 
  • Laughter Yoga, Thursday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. 
  • OA IS CLOSED, Monday, February 20. Happy Presidents’ Day. 
  • Scrapbooking with Annette. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 10:45 a.m. 
  • Podiatry Clinic, Thursday, Feb. 23. By appointment only. 
  • Clash of the Titans Presented by Stanley Forman, Thursday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. 
  • Caregiver Support, Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. AARP Care giving Essentials.

Volunteer Opportunities

Council on Aging Board

The Council on Aging continues to have one opening on the Board. If you are a Medfield resident and interested in having a positive impact on people as they age, stop in and find out what the Center/Council on Aging offers to residents as they journey through their older years. We are a 50+ welcoming community and realize everyone gets older and needs change. Make a difference and be part of the Center. Your energy and ideas are welcomed to support and grow the Center. Be a part of something wonderful! The volunteer committee meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. 

BINGO Caller


We have a wonderful group of BINGO players here at the Center. This very popular game is played at the Center twice a week. Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. We are looking to train a few different volunteers to help call Bingo on these days. If you can give a few hours a week (either on Wednesdays or Saturdays), please reach out to Sarah or Susan. We will train you on how to use the bingo machine and call the numbers. It’s very simple and rewarding knowing how many people enjoy this activity.

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 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 the sign-up sheets so we have easy access to inform you of any changes in our schedule. Thank you! 

Winter Fall Prevention 

Due to icy and snowy conditions, in the winter, the incidence of injuries due to slips and falls increases. Here are a few tips to help keep you safe and keep you from becoming a fall statistic. Approximately 36 million falls occur each year in the senior population.  Concentrate on the path ahead, take your time and proceed slowly.  Avoid slippery surfaces; take a route around wet leaves, icy areas or snow banks.  Wear appropriate footwear with waffled, ridged or heavily textured soles.  Use handrails when they are available.  Make sure entrance paths and stairs are clear of snow and ice.  Be aware of changes in the walking surfaces you use.  Clean your shoes when you go inside; caked snow and ice on shoes can be treacherous. 

Fuel Assistance

Do not be cold this winter! You may qualify for Fuel Assistance. Call Susan Longmoore for a confidential phone appointment. This will determine if you are eligible to apply and what options are available.

The Real ID

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has extended the REAL ID enforcement date from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025. Beginning May 7, 2025, every air traveler age 18 years and older will need a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or identification card, or another TSA- acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel and/or to enter certain federal facilities. To learn more visit https://www.mass.gov/ID. 

Medfield Assessor’s Office 

Senior (low-income), Blind or disabled Veteran property owners may qualify for local property exemptions (must file by April 1). Qualifications are determined by MA General law. Contact Yvonne Remillard, Town Assessor at 508-906-3016 for more information and how to file.  

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.     

Kingsbury Club Swimming

Starting January 1st, the Kingsbury Club will be tracking your participation in their swim program for year-end insurance reimbursements. The Center will track your participation in all our exercise programs only. Any questions, please reach out to Sarah. 

The Center Library

Need a new book or a puzzle? The Center library has quite a selection available to share. Stop in and look, The library is open most days except when we have SHINE appointments or the monthly legal clinic. 

Bread and Bagel Bonanza 

Every Wednesday beginning at 10:00 a.m. visit the Center and pick up your favorite bread products from Blue Moon, Shaw’s, Donut Express, and Brother’s Market. No early birds please as our volunteers are busy sorting. 

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Caregiver Support

Do you need assistance navigating the care-giving journey? Be part of the Caregiver Support Group on Tuesday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m

Crafters Corner 

  • Wednesday, February 8 at 10:45 a.m. Join us at the Center to make Valentine’s Day Pop-Up cards with Bri from the Medfield Public Library. Be sure to sign up so we can plan for materials. **This is just a sample card borrowed from the internet. Bri’s project will be just as amazing! Be sure to sign up! 
  • Wednesday, February 22 at 10:45 a.m. Join Annette Wells in the craft room with your own pictures and supplies, and spend the hour scrapbooking, or working on an unfinished craft project. Open Craft time is always the best time! 

Intro to IPAD with Judy Lorantos - Selective Mondays in Jan/Feb 10:00 - 11 a.m. 

January 9, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20. Judy Lorantos returns as our Technology Instructor and will provide 6 lessons on how to send emails, use google, shop and so much more! Sign up for these lessons and have the ability to take the IPAD home with you to practice for the entire 6 weeks. This class is free. Be sure to sign up. Class size is limited to 9 people. *Home WIFI required for maximum usefulness. 

Judy has also offered to have open hours the first Friday of each month from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for technology questions and trouble shooting. Thank you Judy!

Annual Chocolate Tasting

Join us for our Annual Valentine’s Day Chocolate Tasting on, Tuesday, February 14 from 2-3pm Tickets are on sale at the Center beginning February 1, and the cost is $3/per person, limited to 50 people. Don’t miss out on this much loved event. 

Laughter Yoga

On Thursday, February 16 from 2:00 –3:00 p.m. Certificated Laughter Yoga Master Trainers, Bill and Linda Hamaker of “Let’s Laugh Today” (www.letslaughtoday.com) will show you how to bring more laughter into your life. Enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. This oxygen boost gives enhanced vitality, energy and a feeling of well-being. Any age and any level of physical ability can participate in this uplifting experience! You can sit or stand. There are no fancy poses. They will show you how you can add more laughter to your life and how you can use laughter to ease your stress. You will see that laughter is the best medicine! Bill and Linda are graduates of the American School of Laughter Yoga, The Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga, and Laughter Yoga International. Sign up required. This class is being offered to you for FREE. Sign up and come attend this unique class and let’s laugh together! 

AARP Tax Program

Appointments are being accepted for the tax program by calling 508-359-3665. This service is provided by AARP trained tax preparers and is intended for simple tax returns. It is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income. The program runs each Wednesday morning starting February 8, 2023 until March 29, 2023. Once an appointment is made, we will confirm the date and time with a letter detailing what you need to bring to your appointment. These appointments always fill up. Call to book today. 508-359-3665. 

National Pizza Day

We are celebrating National Pizza Day a day early! Come enjoy a pizza lunch on Wednesday, February 8 at 12:00. After lunch at 1:30 p.m. we will be playing BINGO. It’s a lot of fun and we encourage you to stay and play after lunch. Pizza lunch is $5 per person. Sign up is required. 

Emergency Preparedness

District Attorney Michael Morrissey is proud to sponsor with the Commonwealth: Emergency Preparedness to help older adults be prepared for natural hazards and emergencies. Join us here at the Center on Thursday, February 9 at 10:00 a.m. and learn safety and coping skills and how to be personally prepared to survive. Each participant will receive a free backpack with essential survival supplies (valued over $75). Limit one bag per household.

Clash of the Titans, Presented by Stanley Forman. 

Thursday, February 23 at 2 p.m. Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse and the personal clash over their ideas leading to the dawn of universal electricity! How did we actually end up with the electric system of today? Who were the winners and losers in that Struggle! Don’t miss this interesting presentation. Please be sure to sign up. 

Podiatry Clinic

Mark your calendar, the next Podiatry Clinic is Thursday, February 23! Call to book an appointment.

Tech Time

If you need help with a cell phone, smart watch, laptop, tablet or Ipad, Judy L. has offered her assistance between 11:00 — 12:30 on Friday, February 3.

BUNCO -New

Players Needed! We are looking to start a BUNCO group here at the Center. 12 players are needed. We are looking to play once a week once we have enough interest. What is BUNCO? It’s a social, fun group dice game that requires no skill, just rolling dice and keeping score! *Sign up is required in order to be sure we have enough players. This group will be instructed by Cheri Autry. 

Book Club 

Do you enjoy reading? Join us for a new book club and discussion. This program is in collaboration with the Medfield Public Library and will be held at the Center. It will be great to get the book club together again, meet new people and enjoy stimulating conversation. Stay tuned for more details coming.


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