- Council on Aging
- Medfield COA
The Center at Medfield
I would like to recognize the most fantastic gardening volunteers I’ve ever had the privilege to work with and get to know. This small and mighty group of Garden Volunteers, lead by Eve Potts, have been working hard, planting, weeding, water and mulching the grounds. The Center looks incredible thanks to all their hard work and dedication. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. I appreciate you all!
New this month we are moving to only use transportation cards for the bus. No more cash please. If you are using the bus for a one-time trip, you can pay by check; but we highly recommend purchasing a transportation punch-card if you use the bus regularly for our weekly shopping trips. The cards are $20 and are available at the Center or through Peter on the bus. Please see myself or Peter if you have any questions.
We are also asking for your assistance to purchase exercise cards for exercise programs. They are $30 for 6 classes, but as a bonus during the month of June, we are giving you a FREE class when you sign up for a card and pay by check. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Medfield - COA. I’m working on adding a new feature to our check-in, and I hope to have it in place by July to test during our off season. Change can be difficult, but together we can achieve great things. I appreciate all your support as we navigate these changes together. Happy June!
From the Desk of Susan Longmoore - Outreach Coordinator
The Friendly-Visitor Program provides regularly-scheduled social time for you or a loved one. Isolation is a major issue for many older people in the community and a few hours of talk can go a long way towards curbing that. Are you looking for a friendly person to talk with, play a game of cards or discuss current events? If you could benefit from socialization and conversation and want to participate, please call the Center and ask to speak with Susan.
From the Desk of Lois Abramo - Volunteer/Program Coordinator
I’m the new Program/Volunteer Coordinator here at The Center at Medfield. Programming has been “my thing” for many years as a student, mom, volunteer and professional over the years. I have organized events from several hours to days for as few as 5 people to 1,500 people for college orientation and everything in between. I enjoy many crafts, writing, reading, and listening to your stories, fictitious or true it’s up to you. Entertainers are being added to the calendar; the first entertainer I’m excited to bring in is Patrick Hoye, who plays an acoustic guitar. Patrick will be joining us on June 6th from 2 – 3 PM. As a Certified Dementia Practioner (CDP) I am able to answer questions about Dementia, and how to connect with more support and assistance. I am working full-time when The Center is open, so please stop in and introduce yourself next time you visit. I look forward to meeting with you and creating friendships with you and the community.
Day Trips - Sign Up Required
- Thursday, June 1, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. SHINE appointments, by appointment only
- Tuesday, June 6, Music with Patrick Hoye at 2:00 p.m. **New Entertainer for the Center, Please join us!
- Wednesday, June 7, Coffee with the Captain at 11 a.m.
- Wednesday, June 7, Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud at 5:30 p.m.
- Monday, June 12, Day Trip To Martha’s Vineyard, $95 per person; registration required; more details inside.
- Tuesday, June 13, Legal Clinic by Appointment Only, 12:30 p.m.
- Thursday, June 15, Frugal Fannies Shopping! 12:30 p.m. bus leaves. You have 1 hour to shop. Sign up required.
- Friday, June 16, Father’s Day Celebration— join us for pizza and conversation. Limited spots. Registration required.
- Monday, June 19, COA Closed for Juneteenth
- Wednesday, June 21, Welcome to Summer Cook Out - Limited spots available, sign up required. 5:00 p.m. - 7 p.m.
- Monday, June 26, Castle Island. Bus to leave COA by 10 a.m. Limited spots available; Sign up begins June 1 at 9am.
- Tuesday, June 27, Leaping Lizards at 2 p.m. Joy returns with lizards! You don’t want to miss this. Sign up required.
- Thursday, June 29, Podiatry Clinic by appointment only from 9 a.m.- 12:00 p.m
- Thursday, June 29, Caregiver Support Group and Book Club at 2 p.m
Attorney Julie Ladimer will be available for legal consultations on Tuesday, June 13, starting at 12:30 p.m. Please call the Center for an appointment.
Do you need assistance navigating the care-giving journey? Be part of the Caregiver Support Group Thursday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Kingsbury Club Swimming
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.
Attention Woodcarvers — We Need You Thursdays at 9:00 am
We are looking for people to join our Thursday morning woodcarving group. Please stop in and learn about this fascinating hobby! This group doesn't have an instructor; instead, it’s a social group that meets each week to work on individual projects. You will learn from each other. All are welcome!
Veterans Service Agent
Call the Center to set up an appointment for Veteran-related services.
Interface Referral Services
Did you know that you can connect to a therapist utilizing the INTERFACE Referral Service? The William James College INTERFACE Referral Service is free for Medfield residents. They connect you with therapists who conduct sessions either in-person, over the phone or online to address anxiety, depression, grief or other mental-health concerns. When you call, a representative will ask about your specific needs, your insurance, and conduct a safety assessment. In a few weeks you will receive a follow up call with information of an INTERFACE mental-health professional that meets your needs and is available to meet with you either virtually or in-person. The INTERFACE Referral Service can be reached at 1-888-244-6843 between 9:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday & Friday, and 8:00am-6:00pm Tuesday & Thursday. For more information, visit: https://interface.williamjames.edu/
What to Do When Hearing Leaves You - Thursday, May 4, 1:00 p.m.
Jonathan O'Dell from the Mass. Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be discussing resources and aides that are available for people who are hard of hearing or deaf. Hearing loss is especially challenging as it can limit the simplest interactions between us, compromise personal safety, and make day to day functioning very difficult. Join us on Thursday, May 4 at 1:00 at The Center. You don’t want to miss this outstanding presentation. Please be sure to sign up.
- POP-UP CARDS Wednesday, June 14 at 10:45 with Bri. We will be working on another creative pop-up greeting card. Be sure to register so we can be sure to have enough supplies. No charge for this class.
- CLAY POT PAINTING Wednesday, June 28 at 10:45 a.m. with Annette. Bring in your own pot (whatever size you’d prefer) and we will provide the paint. Be sure to sign up!
Father's Day Gathering - Friday, June 16 from 11 a.m. -12 p.m.
We will be celebrating Father’s Day a little early here on Friday, June 16 from 11 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Join us for some pizza, beverages and great conversation. Sign up required. Limited to 15. “Dads hold our hands for a little while and hold our hearts forever” - unknown
Summer Cookout - Wednesday, June 21 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Are you ready to bring back our Summer Cookouts? We are! “Welcome to Summer” cookout will take place on Wednesday, June 21 starting at 5:00 p.m. for cocktail hour. Grilled hot dogs along with coleslaw and chips will be served at 6:00 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by The Elderly Brothers. The price is $6 per person and we ask that you make checks payable to the Town of Medfield - COA. Seats are limited to 60. Sign up begins Thursday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m. for all events.
Mosquito and Tick-borne Diseases Education Program June 22 at 2 p.m.
Please join Kaitlyn O’Donnell, entomologist at Norfolk County Mosquito Control District for a presentation on mosquito and tick-borne diseases. Kaitlyn will discuss mosquito and tick biology, the diseases they carry, and how best to protect you and your loved ones. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in our area. Kaitlyn will also discuss the work that Norfolk County Mosquito District does to abate mosquitos in the area. Come learn right from the expert! Be sure to sign up.
Leaping Lizards With Joy Marzolf -Tuesday, June 27 from 2-3 p.m.
You don’t want to miss this one! Join us on Tuesday, June 27 from 2-3 p.m. for a live presentation with lizards! From a tiny anole and a huge Komodo dragon to the venomous Gila monster, lizards can look very different. How are they similar? How do their differences actually help lizards survive around the world and even here? Find out about some of the amazing abilities of different lizards and don’t miss our special lizard guests. Free program, but registration is required.
Book Club Thursday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Our next book club meeting with Moira will be held at the Center at Medfield on Thursday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. Please register in advance. We look forward to seeing you.
New Entertainer - Patrick Hoye on the Acoustic Guitar Tuesday, June 6 at 2 p.m.
Join Patrick and his acoustic guitar as he sings many popular tunes and old favorites. He has an Irish brogue and is very knowledgeable about the songs he sings. He invites the audience to participate by singing, clapping or even tapping your toes! Lois, our new Volunteer/Program Coordinator, is thrilled to be bringing him to Medfield. Be sure to register and join us for this exciting new entertainer.
Protect Yourself From Medicare Fraud! Wednesday, June 7 at 5:30 p.m.
Did you know that over $60 billion of our tax dollars are lost to Medicare fraud each year? Come meet Judy Gertler, a representative of the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program, on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. at the Medfield Senior Center, and participate in a discussion on how to prevent, detect, and report health-care errors, fraud, and abuse. We all can have an active role in protecting Medicare for ourselves and future generations. This free information workshop will provide you with the tools to become a more informed and engaged health-care consumer, including the importance of protecting your Medicare number. Although new Medicare cards have random numbers and no longer Social Security numbers, you still need to be vigilant and protect yourself from becoming victim to deceptive marketing and medical identity theft. Please register for this important program.
Coffee with the Captain Wednesday, June 7 at 11 a.m.
Join us for Coffee with Medfield Fire Captain, Bill De King on Wed. June 7 at 11:00 a.m. In honor of National Home Safety Awareness, Bill will discuss Senior Safety Matters. Stop in for a cup of coffee and great conversation. Thank you to our Outreach Coordinator, Susan Longmoore, for coordinating this special event.
A Day Trip to Martha’s Vineyard, Monday, June 12
The group will travel to the scenic Island of Martha’s Vineyard. You will first arrive in Falmouth to board your ferry, the Island Queen. Your thirty-five minute ride to Martha’s Vineyard will be most invigorating as you make your way across Nantucket Sounds. The day is free today to enjoy as you would like to! There are local guided tours, beaches, restaurants, and much more to choose from! A great way to enjoy the cape! Includes: transportation and ferry. Lunch is on your own. PLEASE NOTE: If you miss the ferry, there is no other ferry until the next morning. You will be responsible for getting yourself off the island and home.
$95.00 per person. Call the Center to register! Please make checks payable to the Town of Medfield - COA.
- 8:00 a.m. Arrive at Center for Day Trip
- 8:15 a.m. Bus leaves COA
- 10:30 A.M. Ferry Departs
- 11:05 a.m. Arrive in Oak Bluff
- 3:00 p.m. be at Ferry. Last Ferry!
- 6:00 p.m. estimated Arrival back to Medfield
Castle Island Day Trip - Monday, June 26 at 11:15 a.m.
$5.00 per person, Limited to 11 people and sign-up required.
Frugal Fannies - Thursday, June15
Bus leaves at 12:30 p.m. and cost is $3 per person. See newsletter for details.