Help is available for Caregivers ~The Club is Reopening its Doors~
The Center at Medfield is pleased to announce that it will once again be able to offer respite to caregivers! Beginning Tuesday, May 18th The Adult Respite Care Program, often referred to as The Club, will be reopening its doors. The Club is a supervised and structured day program offering adults socialization through a variety of activities. The Club is available to families who are caring for loved ones and looking for dependable support. It will meet at The Center on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am to 3pm. The cost of the program is $40 for Medfield residents, $55 for those living outside of Medfield. We will be following CDC guidelines regarding indoor programming. Space is limited and in order to participate in the program, participants must be vaccinated. For more information, contact Kathy Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call The Center at 508-359-3665.
MOTHER’S DAY TEA
Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her. Weather permitting, we will enjoy a lovely tea on the back patio on Wednesday, May12 at 2 p.m. White gloves and hats are optional! This event is limited to 25 ladies, so do not wait to R.S.V.P by May 7. Call the Center at 508-359-3665
Happy Retirement Susan!
Celebrate Susan Bernstein’s retirement on Wednesday, May 26 at our first of many “Parking Lot” cookouts from 4:30—7:00 p.m. Susan started at The Center on October 14, 2009. For the past 11 years and 5 months, Susan has tackled everything I sent her way. She has been my go to person for proof reading, ideas, problems, scheduling, advice and the list could go on. Her ability to manage all 140 volunteers along with the Tax Work-Off Program, the Snow Shoveling Program, the Medical Ride Program, the Low Hearing Group and helping where ever she is needed, is absolutely amazing. Many of you may remember this, after our cookouts, she was always the one with the bucket of water to wipe down every table in the hall! Susan will be missed. Please call to sign up for the cookout, a $3 dinner donation is suggested. For those who want to express good wishes to Susan, please stop by at any time during the evening. Dinner menu to be decided!
Relax: Let Go of Anxiety and Stress
No one can deny that the past 14 months have been very stressful. The isolation, the loss, the inactivity after a period of time, this takes a toll on our bodies. As we begin to open up, many might still hold onto some of the anxiety or stress brought on by the pandemic. Tracy Buckley is offering a class to help people let go of that residual stress and anxiety that may or may not have been brought on by this past year. Beginning on Wednesday, May 12 from 10:00am to 10:45am, join Tracy Buckley as she helps you learn to let go of anxiety and stress. Tracy said, “We actually need some stress in our lives to grow, learn, and create. It’s only unhealthy if we’re stressed out too much, too often”. This 4-week series will help us learn to manage our stress using different practices like breathing techniques, muscle relaxation, meditation, and more! Join us for an interactive workshop that will provide you with simple and effective tools to manage stress and relax (again). Cost of this 4 week program is $25 and pre-registration is required by calling the Center at 508-359-3665.
Norfolk County RSVP Volunteer Program
Norfolk County RSVP is looking for volunteers for this new program tutoring English to adult immigrants in our county. With just a rudimentary understanding of Zoom you can become part of a great network, tutoring English to adults over the computer. Join the Stoughton Library Literacy Volunteers Program on Monday, May 17th @ 6-7:30PM for an online orientation. Receive six 2-hour group trainings before you are matched with an adult learner. No travel necessary and no prior experience needed. For more information, please call Robert Pierson at Norfolk County RSVP @ 781-234-3445.
Aging and Memory Loss Road Map Education Series
Are you or a loved one concerned about memory loss or dementia? Has someone you know recently been diagnosed with dementia? Did you know that you could participate in a clinical research trial? Sign up for these monthly webinars and learn from the experts from Mass General Brigham. For questions or to register call the Sherborn COA at 508-651-7858 or email email@example.com. Hosted by Sherborn, Dover, Natick and Medfield Council on Aging
Tuesday, April 20 at 11–12 noon: Road Map to Dementia Diagnosis
Tuesday, May 18 at 11-12 noon: Road Map to Research Participation
Tuesday, June 15 at 11-12 noon: Road Map to Caregiving
Tuesday, July 20 at 11-12 noon: Road Map to Prevention
JOIN THE COA STAFF FOR A VARIETY OF ZOOM ACTIVITIES!
Relax: Let Go of Anxiety and Stress
Beginning on Wednesday, May 12 from 10:00am to 10:45am, join Tracy Buckley as she helps you learn to let go of anxiety and stress. Do you feel like you have too much on your plate? Not sleeping well? Mind racing with worry? It’s impossible to completely avoid stress, right? We actually need some stress in our lives to grow, learn, and create. It’s only unhealthy if we’re stressed out too much, too often. This 4-week series will help us learn to manage our stress using different practices like breathing techniques, muscle relaxation, meditation, and more! Join us for an interactive workshop that will provide you with simple and effective tools to manage stress and start to relax. Cost of this 4 week program is $25 and pre-registration is required by calling the Center at 508-359-36656.
How Would You Handle It?
Everybody handles things differently. Someone who wins the lottery may give all the money away and someone else may splurge on him/herself. How would you handle winning a lot of money? Join us on ZOOM for a fun and interactive exploration of interesting scenarios that are presented to you to ignite your problem solving skills and to get you thinking about…”How would you handle it?” Bring your sense of adventure and creative ingenuity for a meeting of the minds! Please contact the Center to sign up for this program via Zoom on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Sign up with your email!
The Center’s Coffee Cart
Our self-serve coffee station is closed but our Coffee Cart will be available Monday through Friday 9:30 – 12 noon. We will be happy to serve you your coffee or tea in a to-go cup!
Yoga with Tracy Buckley
Chair Yoga -Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Mat Yoga - Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
Bagel and Bread Bonanza
Every Wednesday between 12-1 p.m. visit the Center and pick up your favorite bread products from Blue Moon, Donut Express and Brother’s Market. Masks and social distancing are required.
Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. – Enjoy an audio book with others through Conference Call. We will feature short stories followed by a discussion at the end of the read. Enjoy this unique way to get together and enjoy each other’s company and have a discussion at a distance.
Selectman Office Hours
Selectmen Peterson holds office hours each month. Simply call 508-359-9190 Friday, May. 7, between 9—10 a.m. and Selectman Peterson will meet with you by phone!
The Virtual Club
Are you a caregiver looking for a few minutes to yourself? Our Virtual Club Program is on Wednesday from 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. Your loved one can join Kathy and Tricia for conversation, music, gardening talk, dog therapy and a variety of virtual activities. If you are interested in a short break, schedule an in-person CLUB hour for your loved one with Kathy and Tricia. Your loved one will enjoy real conversation, a stimulating environment and more importantly, an hour or more for your enjoyment! Call Kathy Powers at 508-359-3665 for more information.
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. Call 508-359-3665 to order.
May 5 — Chicken Salad
May 12 — Turkey and Cheese
May 19 — Seafood Salad
May 26 — Ham and Cheese
Call 508-359-3665 on Mondays to order
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.
Conference Call BINGO
Tues. & Fri. at 11:30 a.m. 1-978-990-5000 access code 859729# Cards still available!
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Most 2021 special trips have been cancelled due to COVID 19, but please keep checking this website, the COA Facebook page, and with The Center for more information as the year progresses.
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.
Men’s Book Club
Page Turners Book Group
Great Books Discussion
Outside Events (reference top of page for a complete listing and select flyers)
Movies at the COA
Regular Shopping Trips at 9:00 a.m.: Mondays we go to Shaw’s, Fridays we go to Roche. Bros. in Millis
Fox Tours Presents "New Hampshire Turkey Train"
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Enjoy a delightful day tour traveling through scenic Hew Hampshire during the peak of the foliage season. Enjoy a Hart’s Turkey Farm Roast Turkey lunch with all the fixings on the scenic railroad car. The bus leaves at 9:00 a.m. and will return approximately 5:30 p.m. Cost is $99/person.
Play CONFERENCE CALL BINGO on Tuesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m.
To Our Faithful BINGO Players:
Beginning Tuesday May 11, we will plan on holding BINGO at the Center. If weather is good we will play parking lot BINGO (I have wanted to try this for the past year). Transportation will be provided. Slowly we will transition into the building for our games. Keep in mind when we do start playing indoors, pre-registration is required as the number of people will be limited, the faithful players and Medfield residents get priority. We will continue to use the cards that you have been playing on for the time being! (The paper cards will blow away when we are playing outside!)
Mah Jongg - TBD
Cribbage - TBD
CARDS, CARDS, CARDS !
CANASTA - TBD
Whist - TBD
3-13 - TBD
POKENO - TBD
*To access any of these programs simply dial 1-978-990-5000 and then your Access Code 859729. We look forward to sharing these activities with you in hopes of adding to your day in the safest way possible.