Medfield COA

The Center at Medfield

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS


Director’s Note: 


Did you know that the Council on Aging has a board of 5 members that are appointed by the Selectmen? Are you aware of the board members responsibility; to understand, support and carry out the COA’s mission on behalf of Medfield’s senior (50+) population? The COA helps individuals remain independent and engaged by providing information, choices, support, programming and linking identified needs with resources. Over the past 20 years all our board members have always been understanding and committed to the COA mission. In August, Perry Constas submitted his resignation from the board after serving 5 years. Perry was a dedicated and involved board member; always supporting the Center. He provided insight that placed our participants and center first and provided the guidance necessary to insure a positive outcome in a variety of situations. I appreciate and am thankful for his many years of service as a COA board member. The open position on the COA board has been posted on the town website. If you have an interest in participating in the Center on a board level, please stop in and I can provide you with a copy of the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs Guide for Board Members and answer any questions you might have.



Roberta Lynch



Saturday Programming


The Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stop in for a Saturday schedule.



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.


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.


Weekly Health Clinic - NEW PROGRAM


The Center will be offering a weekly health clinic on Tuesday 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. beginning November 2. Medfield resident and COA volunteer Gaby Harrison who is an RN licensed in MA, NH and ME and a Nurse Practitioner licensed in MA will be providing this weekly clinic. Her background includes experience in all major Boston hospitals and a past member of the Medfield Board of Health. Gaby will be available for individual blood pressure checks and address any questions or concerns you might have. A signup sheet will be available for scheduling. Thank you Gaby for offering your expertise to the Center!


Calling All Crafters


Join us in our Crafting Corner on Dec. 1 – Evergreen arrangement. 


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.  


American Greats: This series, led by Minds in Motion creator Jerry Cianciolo, focuses on three incomparable American artists. First is songwriter Irving Berlin, who wrote Cheek to Cheek, Blue Skies, God Bless America, White Christmas, and scores of other classic songs. Second is Andrew Wyeth, whose landscape paintings of Maine are beloved by many. And third is poet Emily Dickinson, who lived her 55 years in Amherst, Massachusetts and wrote more than 1500 poems about love, nature, friendship, and death. Open only to those who have NOT attended Minds in Motion in recent years. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Dec. 1, 8, and 15. Limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration is required. No fee.


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 ldonovan@medfield.net .


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


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.


HARDCOPY FLYERS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE CENTER


ROMEO and JULIET Outings


JULIETS JOVIAL UNIQUE LADIES INDEPENDENTLY EATING TOGETHER:  TBD 


ROMEOS RETIRED OLD MEN EATING OUT: TBD  


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 kpowers@medfield.net or call The Center at 508-359-3665.


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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