Upcoming Events

COA Activity

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

FUEL ASSISTANCE 

Fuel Assistance applications are available. If you need assistance or have questions regarding Fuel Assistance, please call the Center at 508-359-3665 ask for Lisa Donovan

MEDFIELD FOOD CUPBOARD 

The Medfield Public Safety Building will be hosting a trailer for donations in September for the Medfield Food Cupboard. Please drop off your donations of Hearty Soups, Rice Pilaf, Tuna (solid white in water preferred), Canned Fruits (in juice), Tomato Products (Diced, crushed, etc), Macaroni and Cheese and Jelly (Grape preferred). Your donations are appreciated!

Selectman Office Hours

Meet and talk with Selectman Peterson on Fri. Sept..4 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 - Wednesdays

People have enjoyed picking up a delicious Grab N Go lunch on Wednesdays from 11:30-12. If you do not drive and are unable to come by, please call the COA by Monday at noon to sign up for a lunch and ask for a volunteer to deliver it. The volunteer will bring it to your door for a $3.00 donation to HESSCO. This month we will offer tuna salad on 9/2, ham and cheese on 9/9 , seafood salad on 9/16, turkey and cheese on 9/23 and chicken salad on 9/30! ENJOY!

National Country Music Day - Parking Lot Event

Celebrate with the Center on Thursday, September 17 from 4:30—6:00 The Car-Hop in August was SO successful, the COA was asked to have a similar event again. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

A ROYAL FAMILY DISCUSSION HOSTED BY RUTH MCGOVERN 

Medfield resident, Ruth McGovern, has been following the Royal family for years. Her interest in the history and life of Her Majesty, The Queen, and family has become a hobby for Ruth. Ruth has a wealth of information and thoughts on the royal family that she has agreed to share with us. We have heard in the media so many stories and seen so much press over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from the Royal Family, what day would be better for this discussion than Prince Harry’s birthday, Tuesday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. Sign up to join Ruth for this very interesting discussion about the Queen, Harry and Meghan, Princess Diana and the rest of the Royal family. Space is limited, social-distancing is required and face coverings until seated.  

FLU Clinic Sponsored by CVS 

CVS will be offering a flu clinic on Tuesday, September 29 from 10am—1pm. This will be held by appointments only. If interested in this clinic, please call the Center to pre-register and pick up the paperwork to be completed prior to your appointment. This clinic will be held according to the Covid-19 policies for safety, including the use of face coverings and social-distancing. You will be assigned a time for your appointment at which time you may enter the building through the front doors and exit from the side door near the flagpole. Please wear a short sleeve shirt and bring your insurance card. Having your paperwork completed prior to your scheduled time is required. Failure to do so will keep you from attending this clinic. Please call the Center at 508-359-3665 for your appointment.

Norfolk County Sheriff Presentation 

Join Sheriff Jerome P. McDermott on Wednesday, Sept 9 at 11 a.m. for a Zoom presentation on the County Sheriff’s role and responsibilities. His department has several programs that assist and benefit seniors. In this presentation you will learn about senior programs; R U OK, The Yellow dot Program, File of Life, Scam Prevention, Senior ID and other programs. Please call the Center to sign up for this online presentation with your name, phone number and email.

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!

Conference Call 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!

Join underwater photographer and naturalist, Bob Michelson, for an informative and visually-stunning presentation on the sharks and seals of Cape Cod! Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Email Bri at bozanne@minlib.net to get the link to join the Zoom

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.

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.



IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER



All 2020 special trips have been cancelled due to COVID 19 


OTABLE EVENTS

Art Classes


TBD

       

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. Contact Lisa Marie Donovan, Outreach Coordinator at (508)359-3665 for information. 


Low Hearing Group


Hearing loss happens as we age. Contact Susan Bernstein, Volunteer Coordinator at 508)359-3665 for information on ways to manage your hearing loss. Learn strategies to maintain your quality of life and relationships. 


CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

POSTED 6/23/20: Caregiver ZOOM Support Group

Caregiver Zoom Support Group Share your experience, advice and support on Wednesday, September 30, at 10 am. Call the Center for your zoom invite

ADULT RESPITE CARE

The Club – Adult Respite Care

The Club is offering 2 ways to provide caregiver relief. The Virtual Club Program continues 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. In addition, they have initiated in-person hour long visits at the Center. For more information on either offering, contact Kathy Powers at 508-359-3665. “Impossible situations can become possible miracles.” Robert H. Schuller


SCHEDULED EVENTS 


Men’s Book Club 


TBD

Page Turners Book Group

TBD

Great Books Discussion

TBD

Outside Events (reference top of page for a complete listing and select flyers)

TBD


Movies at the COA

PATIO MOVIES Join us for Movies on the Patio on Thurs. Sept. 10 for Lincoln and Mon. Sept. 21 for Houseboat both at 1:30 p.m. Call to sign up as space is limited!

TRIPS 

Shopping

Regular Shopping Trips at 9:00 a.m.: Mondays we go to Shaw’s, Wednesdays we go to Bellingham for Market Basket, Wal-mart, Whole Foods, and The Paper Store and Fridays we go to Roche. Bros. in Millis

FRANKLIN SHOPPING SIGN UP FOR SHAW’S, BIG LOTS, DOLLAR STORE AND MORE ON THURS. SEPT. 24 BUS LEAVES AT 9:30 A.M.

Special Trips 

TBD

BINGO

Play CONFERENCE CALL BINGO on Tuesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. September is a great month to pick up a couple of cards and enjoy the fun game of BINGO!

BOARD GAMES 

Mah Jongg - TBD

Cribbage - TBD

CARDS, CARDS, CARDS !

CANASTA - TBD

Whist - TBD

3-13 - TBD

POKENO - TBDPlay CONFERENCE CALL BINGO on Tuesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. September is a great month to pick up a couple of cards and enjoy the fun game of BINGO!