ABOUT THE COUNCIL ON AGING
The Council on Aging’s mission is to foster an atmosphere of wellness during the aging process among Medfield's senior population. We address the emotional, social, physical and often spiritual needs of older individuals and their families. Our goal is to enhance our member’s quality of life and promote independence through our varied programs, active social events, wide services and confidential referrals. Visit us at The Center or call us to learn more about how we can meet the needs of our elder community members during their life journey.
Granit State Chocolate and Wine Tour - September 20, 2018
Enjoy the last few days of summer with a trip to New Hampshire for the Granite State Chocolate and Wine Tour, September 20, 2018. Enjoy a relaxing trip on your luxury Silver Fox Coach, which departs The Center at 8:30 a.m. and is schedule to arrive back to The Center at 5: 30 p.m. To reserve a seat contact Roberta Lynch at The Center or call her at 508-359-3665. Click the following link for more detail: https://ma-medfield.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/1923/Granite-State-Sept-20-trip
Council on Aging Tax Work-Off Program Begins New Season November 2018
The ongoing Tax Work-off program administered by the Council on Aging has an exciting new change. In order to give participants more time to complete the hours, we will have applications available on October 1, 2018 with the deadline for submission by October 31, 2018. If a lottery is necessary, names will be drawn at the COA board meeting on Wednesday, November 7th. Participants will be able to start their hours immediately.
The town voted in 2017 to increase the benefit for Tax Work-off volunteers to allow persons over 60 to receive a reduction in the real estate tax obligation in the amount of $1000.00 in a tax year in exchange for volunteering 91 hours in various town departments. Hours will need to be completed by October 18, 2019 subject to change.
Reimbursement will be the same as last year. The senior will NOT receive a paycheck but WILL receive a W-2. The so called paycheck will be made payable to the town and the senior’s real estate tax account will be credited for the $1000 less the OBRA (7.5% of gross wages) and the Medicare (1.45% of gross wages) tax.
The W-2 will show the $1000 in income and the OBRA and Medicare tax. You will need the W-2 to submit with your tax forms. The (OBRA) deduction is in lieu of a social security deduction and is mandatory. However, you can file to get this money returned to you only if you do not intend to participate again. This has created much more work for the town Treasurer who cannot establish and terminate OBRA accounts multiple times. If you previously filled out the tax forms, you 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.
As a reminder, applications will be available beginning Monday, October 1, 2018 and should be returned to the COA by Wednesday, October 31st. If applications exceed the 65 person limit, a lottery will be held during the November 7th, 2018 monthly COA meeting at 10:30 a.m., at The CENTER. This is an open meeting and all applicants are invited to attend. Contact Susan Bernstein at 508-359-3665 for information and/or questions.
Self-Care Awareness Month
Self-care Awareness Month in September is a time to remind us that taking care of ourselves, first and foremost, is essential. Self-care is often neglected in our everyday lives. We all tend to put others needs before our own and it is crucial to remember, that we cannot fill another’s cup from our own empty vessel. While getting a massage or taking a walk are beautiful examples of taking time for our well-being, selfcare can be more expansive than that. Self-care knows no boundaries. It is something that everyone, without any exclusion, can benefit from practicing on a daily basis. True self-care is neither self-centered nor selfish; it is simply keeping yourself the focus of your own life. It’s about paying attention to how you feel in each moment, communicating clearly, speaking up for yourself and saying yes or no…guilt free. New programs are on the calendar for this month. Be sure to look at all that is offered and see how the Center can help you take good care of yourself. Exercise, meditation, poetry, and our monthly support groups; low hearing, low vision and care giving are available to all.
Saturday Hours at the Center
Professor Gary Hylander Presentation
Tuesday, September 25, 2:30 p.m. Topic: The 1968 Election. Pre-registration required.
Special Presentation - "Suicide - The Ripple Effect" - September 26, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Location: Medfield High School
Join the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MedfieldCSP.org) as we host a screening and panel discussion of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect“. "The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then Kevin has been on a mission to use his story to help others find recovery and stay alive, and has become the worlds most prominent suicide prevention speaker and advocate. The film also features some of the world’s leading suicide prevention experts and shines light on people who are using personal experiences with suicide to help others find the hope they need to stay alive. Suicide The Ripple Effect Teaser Trailer
Click HERE for more details, including how to purchase tickets.