Medfield COA

The Center at Medfield

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Scam Alert 

We hear it often on the news about how unknowingly a senior has been bamboozled into sending money or gift cards to a scammer. Everyone thinks, “Oh I would never fall for such a thing!” or “That would NEVER happen to me.” Unfortunately, it often will and does. The incidence of scammers successfully swindling people of all ages is startling. How does this happen you may ask? Scammers are good at what they do. This is their livelihood! Making their money depends on their power of persuasion. They have practiced and refined their techniques. They learn from the calls they do not hook and vowing to do better on the next one. If you think you have been scammed, DO TELL someone! Yes, it is embarrassing to admit but knowledge is power and the more people that are aware of a particular scam the more people that will have the knowledge and power not to succumb to one in the future. If you have any questions or would like more information on scams please contact Lisa AT 508-359-3665 X203.  

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.


Weekly Health Clinic


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!


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 .


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.


Circuit Breaker Information

The Senior Circuit Breaker is a tax credit that is triggered when property tax payments exceed 10% of a senior citizen’s annual income. If you are a homeowner, your Massachusetts property tax payments, together with half of your water and sewer expense, must exceed 10% of your total Massachusetts income for the tax year. Seniors who rent their homes can also qualify for this dollar-for-dollar tax credit if 25% of their annual rent exceeds 10% of their annual income. The eligibility for this credit:

  • MA resident, age 65 by the end of the tax year you are filing. 
  • Must own or rent property in MA as your primary residence 
  • For 2021 must have an annual income of: 
    • $62,000 or less (single filer) 
    • $78,000 or less (Head of Household filer) 
    • $93,000 or less (joint filers) T

To apply, you must file a 2021 MA state income tax return by April 19, 2022. You may be eligible for a refundable credit for 2018, 2019 and 2020 even if you did not file state forms. The 2021 credit is capped at $1,170.00. 

Those who are not eligible are married persons who do not file jointly, any one listed as a dependent for another tax filer, residents who receive federal or state rent subsidy, residents who live in tax-exempt facilities and for tax year 2021, if the assessed value of the principal residence exceeds $884,000. If you're eligible, complete Schedule CB with your MA state income tax return. More information can be found online at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-senior-circuit-breaker-tax-credit              

Medfield Has a Full Time Public Health Nurse

Meet Brenda Healy Brenda has been a registered nurse graduating from the Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing in 1984. She is an active member of the school’s alumni board. She has many years of ICU nursing in multiple hospitals in MA including: Norwood Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Melrose Wakefield Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Walden University and working on her project of improving vaccination rates in the senior population. The past 18 months she has completed an internship with the Walpole Board of Health and fell in love with public health nursing. She looks forward and is excited to work with the community of Medfield and meeting members of the Center. Brenda will be at the Center on Wednesdays to meet with you individually for any concerns you may have. Call the Center for an individual appointment with Brenda.     

Have You or a Loved One Experienced a Loss? 

Vickie Harrison is famous for her quote “Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm and sometimes it is overwhelming; all we can do is learn to swim”. True as that statement is, you need not “learn to swim alone”. Come feel the support of those that can truly identify with how you are feeling. Loss is still one of the hardest challenges we as people endure. Loss comes in all forms none of which are easy. The loss may be a spouse, a friend, a child, even a beloved pet. Each person’s loss is as unique as the relationships and bonds you hold with. You are not on this path alone. Please join us for this 6-week group and embark on a journey of healing alongside others who have found themselves on this path. The Center is offering a 6-session support group that starts on Tuesday, Jan.18 at 11:00 a.m. and concludes on Tuesday, February 22. Please call the Center 508-359-3665 or email ldonovan@medfield.net for more information and to reserve your spot! 

Walking Club - It's Back!

Walking in groups as opposed to walking alone offers several great advantages. First, it gets you off the couch and out of the house! This fact alone can allude to what a positive move you would be making in the improving your health category. Just a half hour every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce body fat, boost muscle power, endurance and be beneficial to one’s mental health! Secondly, walking in groups provides you with motivation and support from other group members giving you the wonderful opportunity to meet new friends. One of the BEST parts of being part of a walking club at the Center is the fun you will undoubtedly have socializing with your group as you embark on a new destination each week! Join Lisa on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. beginning April 13th. All Welcome to Walk.

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Monthly Fox Tour Day Trips - Click Each Link for Details (Flyers available at The Center)

Castle Island Trip - Monday, May 23, 11:00 am. Cost: $5.00

Join us for our monthly trip to Castle Island for an afternoon of walking, relaxation, watching the airplanes, and enjoying Sullivan’s for lunch! Sign up today as space is limited 

Meditation Class Every Tuesday in May 

Join Jim Suojanen EVERY Tuesday in May at 11:00 a.m. for a weekly meditation session. Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. It originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress- reduction providing a sense of calm, peace and balance. Please be sure to sign up for these classes. ALL WELCOME ! 

Mother's Day Tea

The idea for an official Mother’s Day holiday that we now celebrate originated in the US in 1905 when a woman named Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her own mother in St. Andrews Methodist Church. Anna’s mother, Anne Reeves Jarvis, was a notable advocate for women and had started ‘Mother’s Day Work Clubs’. When Ann Reeves Jarvis passed away, her daughter Anna Jarvis wanted a way to celebrate and acknowledge the sacrifices mothers like her own had made for their children. This celebration became one of the driving forces of Mother’s Day. Anna fought and campaigned for the celebration to become a regular holiday to celebrate all mothers. After 6 years, it was finally recognized as a holiday on the second Sunday in May of every year. Join us on Tuesday, May 10 at 1pm for an afternoon tea in celebration of Mother's Day. White gloves and hats are optional! This event is limited to 25 ladies, so do not wait to R.S.V.P. 

Medfield State Hospital Redevelopment Plan

Please join us for a presentation at the Center by representatives from Trinity Financial on Wednesday, May 18th at 11:00 am to hear the plans to rehabilitate the existing historic buildings into a modern neighborhood. They will detail their plans for building re-use into residential apartments as well as public access to the town and state-owned open space and future Cultural Arts Center. Light refreshments will be provided by the organizers. Sign up today to be informed! 

Sustainable Medfield Presentation

Join us at 2pm on Thursday, May 19th to learn about Sustainable Medfield and how the group helps the Medfield community learn about actions they can take for the environment. Sustainable Medfield, a Medfield Foundation, Inc. Initiative, is a group of friends, neighbors and local groups who are helping our town reach its environmental goals. We provide a one-stop library of Medfield-specific actions for residents to learn from and act upon. The Action Library includes actions/resources on topics including: MassSave energy audits, solar panels, electric vehicles, native gardens, the unusual items collection at the library and many more. We will walk through the sign-in process to create a profile so you can track the steps you have already taken and learn about and identify actions you'd like to take in the future. Bring your phone or laptop and we can help you get started. Visit SustainableMedfield.org to learn more. 

Crafter's Corner 

Wednesday, May 11 at 10:45 - Sign up to create a beautiful unique piece of jewelry, i.e. necklace, earrings or a bracelet. All materials included. 

Wednesday, May 25 – Revisit “Button Art” with a twist. All materials included, but if you have buttons you want to donate, we will accept them gladly! Benefits of Crafting: -It stimulates creativity and the imagination. -It encourages communication and socialization. -It increases the capacity for concentration. -It encourages participation and teamwork. -It reduces stress and anxiety too! So join us in our Crafter’s Corner! 

Beginning Watercolor Class with Nan Rumpf 

Six sessions (two hours each) Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. May 6, 13 and 20 then June 3, 10 and 17 Dive into the wonderful flowing world of Watercolor. You can paint in your own home without worrying about fumes or thinners. Join this class to guide you through exploring the characteristics or the paints and techniques of watercolor painting. These classes will explore the following: Watercolor washes and glaze, Painting simple landscapes using washes, Learning about color families, Creating interesting shapes, Creating form with watercolors, Testing your colors to discover their characteristics and how to mix your own greys and blacks. Sign up for this beginner class and learn how to paint! Class Series fee is $50.00/person. Call the Center for more information and to register.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5, which commemorates the anniversary of Mexico's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Join us from 1:00—2:00 for Nachos and Mock Marguerita's and a little bit of Salsa music! Be sure to sign up! 

COMCAN Educational Event - Medical Marijuana Presentation

Join us Monday, May 23, at 2:30 p.m. for a Medical Marijuana presentation. Together in partnership, Canna-Wise Medicine and Commcan Inc., will educate the community about how to obtain a Medical Marijuana Card. Information on how cannabis can help your daily health and wellness will be discussed, along with how cannabis interacts with prescription medications. Important tips about how to practice safe cannabis storage, proper cannabis dosing and legal transportation will be presented. If you are curious about any aspect of medical marijuana, definitely attend. Bring your questions with you so that you get your answers. Be sure to sign up for this very unique and first time presentation at the Center by stopping in or calling the Center at 508-359-3665. 

Joy Marzolf Returns with The Nature of the Maya World

Join us on Wednesday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m. as Joy Marzolf returns with another one of her very interesting programs. If you recall, last year she visited the Center with snakes, a turtle, her beloved alligator and more! During this event, Joy will talk about the Mayan civilization which originated about 2600 BC and was prominent in Mesoamerica in 250AD. The Maya were known for many things including their elaborate stone buildings which often contained carvings relating to their calendar system and hieroglyphic writing. See some of the ancient sites in Belize that can be visited today, from Caracol with its temples, to caves with ancient artifacts. Find out about the origination of an important aspect of Maya culture (hint: chocolate!), and how it came to be incorporated into our modern world. From big cats like jaguars, to birds like the keeled-billed toucan and colorful parrots, learn about the wide variety of animals found in this part of Mesoamerica, and how the Maya incorporated many of them into their stories and intricate carvings. Ancient sites, and protected forests around them, still provide homes for many jungle species such as howler monkeys, that can often be seen and heard while experiencing the wonders of the Maya. Sign up and learn! 

Tour of the Dedham County Correctional Center

Please join us for a tour of the Norfolk County Correctional Center in Dedham on Thursday, May 26 (time to be decided). Those attending will get a first-hand look at the inner-workings of one of the state’s most modern correctional facilities. They will also learn about educational and vocational programs available to offenders, the day-to-day operations of the facility, including food service, medical treatment, recreation, and investigations. The tour is roughly 1 ½- 2 hours and requires some walking. This event is being sponsored by Sheriff McDermott’s Senior Program. Pre-registration is required along with completing paperwork for a CORI check. Having participated in the last tour several years ago, it is extremely interesting and does provide insight into the correctional-facilities operations.

Authentic Maine Lobster Bake

Enjoy a delightful day trip on Tuesday, July 12 leaving the Center at 8:00 a.m. for York Village, Maine. Enjoy a stroll along Ocean Drive or shop the many boutiques along the costal walkway. Then be ready to feast on plenty of delicious food at Fosters, including Clam Chowder, Mussels and Maine Clams, Fresh Lobster with Drawn Butter (or BBQ Chicken), Roasted Red Bliss potatoes and Onions and finally a delicious Blueberry Crumb Cake. Arrival home is early evening with a full belly and many memories! ($99/pp).

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