Medfield COA

The Center at Medfield



From the Desk of Sarah Hanifan, Volunteer Coordinator


Snow Shoveling Program Can you believe it’s already OCTOBER? With October comes November and that possibly means SNOW! We will have the Snow Shoveling program again this year; forms are available at the front desk. For those who have never used this service before, we have a list of teenage volunteers who will shovel your stairs, walkway and around your mailbox, NOT your driveway. You do not pay for this service as it’s a wonderful way to teach the value of volunteering. If interested, stop into the Center or contact Sarah. In addition, the Center is always looking for teen volunteers to help our seniors in their neighborhoods. If you or someone you know who would like to help with this program, call Sarah at 508-359-3665 or email at: I’m so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers – Anne of Green Gables

Sarah Hanifan


Tax Work Off Information 

The Tax Work-Off Program administered by the Council on Aging will have applications available at the Center on October 1. The deadline for submission is by October, 27, 2021. If we receive more than 65 applications, a lottery will be necessary, and names will be drawn at the COA board meeting on Wednesday, November 3. This is an open meeting and all applicants are invited to attend. Participants will be able to start their hours as soon a position in a town department is secured. Tax Work-Off Program is open to those 60 and over, who own a home in town, whose name is on the deed to their home and if in a trust, they are the beneficiary of the trust. Tax Work-Off volunteers with completion of their hours will receive a reduction in their real estate tax obligation in the amount of $1000.00 per fiscal year in exchange for volunteering 74 hours in their designated town department. These hours will need to be completed by October 18, 2022. If the applicant previously filled out the payroll tax forms, they will not need to fill out the paperwork again. New applicants will be required to fill out the forms in order to participate in the program. Any questions regarding the program can be directed to Sarah Hanifan, Volunteer Coordinator by calling the Center at 508-359-3665.

Fall is here, Winter is Coming—Fuel Assistance is Available! 

Fuel assistance helps thousands of local families with home heating bills each year. Did you know, Fuel assistance is not just for oil, gas, or electricity, if you heat your home with a pellet or wood stove you may receive assistance with that too! The application process may seem daunting and I am happy to assist you in this task! If you previously received fuel assistance you should have received a renewal application in the mail. If you have not, you may call SMOC 508-620-2342 and they will re-issue another one for you. New to fuel assistance? No problem, I have applications available for new applicants! Please contact the Center at 508-359-3665 and ask for Lisa Marie Donovan Outreach Coordinator for a confidential appointment.

SHINE- Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone Presents Information on Medicare 

As people approach the age of 65 they are faced with a number of life decisions to consider as they prepare for retirement or senior living. One issue that can be a challenge to understand is Medicare as a health care choice. Mike Keweshan, from SHINE, will present free and unbiased health insurance information that is valuable to those entering this phase of life. This information is crucial whether you are planning to retire or continuing to work. As we get older, many questions arise regarding health care coverage, especially in 2021, with new Medicare changes that will affect you. This is an opportunity for SHINE to educate you about this and other changes to Medicare. It is important to be informed as we think about selecting health care plans and even negotiating favorable premium rates. Please join us at the Center at Medfield on Wed. October 27 at 6:00 pm for this valuable information. Call the Center at 508-359-3665 to register in advance.

Snow Shoveling Program 

In no time, winter will be upon us with that beautiful white snow. The Center’s Snow Shoveling Program has been active for many years. For information about this program that helps with shoveling out your mailbox, front steps and walkway, call Sarah at 508-359-3665

Making Sense of Numbers: What Statistics Can and Can Not Tell Us 

Join Dr. Jim Suojanen of Medfield for this unique and informative presentation on statistics and how they affect our lives. Join us on Wednesday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m. Call to register for this event.

How to lose the Covid-15  

Feeling like COVID did not help with your nutrition and health? Join us for a nutrition discussion and healthy tips on how to lose the COVID-15! My name is Kelsey, I have been a Registered Dietitian for about 6 years and have experience in both inpatient dietetics and nutrition counseling. I have a passion for helping people to lead healthier lives and am excited to be available to discuss nutrition topics with you all! Join me on Thursday, October 7 at 2:30 p.m. for a discussion on healthy living, eating and ways to lose those nagging pounds. Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly is so important. Call the Center to be part of this discussion with HESSCO Dietician, Kelsey McEntee.

Shred-it Event 

Have you ever been the victim of identity theft? If so, you know what a huge hassle it is – not to mention how unsettling it is to have your privacy invaded. That’s why it’s important to shred documents that have any of your personal information on them. This event is sponsored by the Middlesex Savings Bank, Needham Bank, COA and Medfield Public Library on Saturday, October 9 from 9 a.m.—12 noon in the Center’s parking lot. Bring your bag of papers and let the truck take care of them!

Oktoberfest Supper Club—Wednesday, October 13 @ 5:00 p.m. 

Fall has arrived and so have our monthly Supper Clubs. However, this month we will be celebrating our own Oktoberfest. If you recall, last year we had an Oktoberfest parking lot party. This year we will feature an indoor event catered by Basil. German music and delicious apple strudel will make the evening perfect. Initially, seating will be limited to Medfield residents and reservations must be made by October 6 with payment of $6.  

School Presentation at the Center 

Attend a special information session with the School Building Committee (SBC) on October 18 at 3 p.m. Chair of the SBC, Mike Quinlan, will share some important highlights and key details, such as tax impact, of the proposed new elementary school with our members. The Town of Medfield is participating in the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) process for a new elementary school to replace the existing Dale Street School (grades 4 and 5) originally built in 1941. Participating in the MSBA program allows our town to receive approximately $18 million in reimbursement towards the project. The new proposed school would be built behind the Wheelock School, creating an elementary school campus. There will be ample time to answer any of your questions

Men's Night at the Center 

Men and Retirement Join us at the Center for a Men’s Night on Wednesday, October 20 beginning with pizza and drinks at 5:30 followed by a unique presentation by Henry Quinlan on issues around men and retirement. Mr. Quinlan states that statistics show that men have more difficulty than women responding to loss and change in the retirement years. There are also more challenges for men in creating a meaningful and enjoyable retirement life. In this presentation, Mr. Quinlan offers strategies to combat these men-specific issues, and offers ideas that challenge both men and women in creating a meaningful and enjoyable retirement. It might seem like retirement is a time to take it easy and devote yourself to gardening, golfing, and napping. But don't take it too easy, for optimal well-being, you need to stay engaged — with your own interests as well as with other people. Pre-registration is required for this event by calling the Center at 508-359-3665.

Saturday Programming Coming Soon

Saturday Programming will start on September 18. The Center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stop in for a Saturday schedule.

Calling All Crafters! 

Join us our Wednesday, October 13 at 10:45 a.m. in our Crafting Corner as we learn how to make decorative seashells. This is a fun and relatively easy craft to learn. Be part of our crafting group on a weekly basis using the Center’s space to work on your individual projects and enjoy learning new crafts from those around you. Craft ideas are always welcome for our monthly group projects. Call the Center to sign up for this activity.

Minds in Motion  

Last year, Minds in Motion won a prestigious award from the National Council on Aging. It was cited as the BEST program of its kind in the nation. Ask those who have participated and they’ll tell you Minds in Motion is popular for three reasons. One, it’s fun, with lots of laughter throughout the hour. Two, it’s stimulating. You’ll be exposed to a host of topics that will spark your imagination. And, three, Minds in Motion is all discussion – no lecturing whatsoever. Instead, you’re the center of attention, challenged to think, to feel, to imagine, and to share your thoughts and life experience. Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-registration required. $15 fee. Limited to 15 participants.  

October Breakfast — October 26 at 8:30 A.M. 

Research has found even more reasons for making room for the "most important meal of the day." The most appealing benefit is that breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and, thus, helps you burn more calories throughout the day. When you eat breakfast you're telling your body that there are plenty of calories to be had for the day. When you skip breakfast the message your body gets is that it needs to conserve rather than burn any incoming calories. Research also shows breakfast-eaters get more of certain nutrients—calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, and fiber—than those who skip. These nutrients are a critical part of a healthy diet and living your best life. Following breakfast we will have a presentation by Amy Schram and Robin Putnam from the MA Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. Together they will cover the most common scams currently circulating the community, major “red flags” to watch out for, and the precautionary steps we can take to protect ourselves from falling victim. Call the Center to sign up for breakfast!

Drop-in General Grief Support Group 

The Center at Medfield recognizes that navigating the loss of a loved one can be challenging. You need not travel this path alone. This new initiative, a drop-in grief support group, offers a way to gain peer support and companionship, especially when times are difficult. The group will meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Please call Lisa Marie Donovan at the Center if you have any questions or want more information 508-359-3665 X 203 or email Lisa at .

Sign Up For Our Fox Tour Trips (click link to view flyer online) 

Tuesday, October 12— N.H. Turkey Train with lunch provided by Hart’s Turkey Farm. $99/person 

Sunday, December 5-7— Atlantic City & NYC Christmas Special 

Gather your friends and enjoy a 2-night holiday trip. Board the bus at 7:00 a.m. on December 5 and travel to the beautiful Resorts, located on Atlantic City’s famous Boardwalk. On arrival, you’ll receive a $20 slot play, (2) $25 meal credits and tickets to the Resorts Casino Show! On Day 2, enjoy the Boardwalk and everything that is offered, pamper yourself with a spa treatment or a dip in the pool. On day 3, we will pack up and head to NYC for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show with Orchestra Seating. Enjoy a holiday get-a-way for some fun and relaxation. Tour costs are $369.00 per person double occupancy, $339.00 per person triple occupancy and $479.00 single occupancy. Flyers are available at the Center.


ROMEO and JULIET Outings

JULIETS JOVIAL UNIQUE LADIES INDEPENDENTLY EATING TOGETHER ! Sign up for lunch at Lowell’s in Mendon on Thursday, October 14. The bus leaves at 11:15 a.m. 

ROMEOS RETIRED OLD MEN EATING OUT! Sign up to enjoy lunch at Pleasant Café in Roslindale on Friday, October 22. The bus leaves at 11:15 a.m. 

Adult Respite Care 

The Adult Respite Care Program, often referred to as The Club has opened. If you need a supervised and structured day program for your loved one, consider our Club program . We offer adult socialization through a variety of activities with supervision and support. If you are caring for a loved one and looking for some time to yourself, consider our program. The program meets 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 follow 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 or call The Center at 508-359-3665.

Joining a ZOOM Call

Heard of Zoom but not sure how to participate in a Zoom call?  Here is a short video to get you started.

MA Circuit Breaker Tax Credit

The Massachusetts Circuit Breaker tax credit is a refundable credit for senior citizens based on the real estate taxes paid on Massachusetts property owned/rented and used as the primary residence. Maximum credit allowed for the tax year is $1,130. The following are eligible for the tax credit:  

  • MA residents age 65 or older by December 31 of the taxable year  
  • MA return must be filed with the Senior Circuit Breaker Credit attached  
  • MA property must be owned/rented and occupied as primary home                           Massachusetts income not more than:  
  • $60,000 for Single  
  • $75,000 for Head of Household  
  • $90,000 for Married filing Joint (married filing separate does not qualify for the credit)                                          

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