Medfield COA

The Center at Medfield

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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.

Read our current newsletter, listed below, to learn about activities and upcoming events.

Special Announcements



THE CENTER IS CLOSED THIS SATURDAY -  9/14/19

PLEASE ENJOY MEDFIELD DAY AND JOIN US NEXT WEEK




SHINE 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.  Melinda Morle, from SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone), 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 2020, with new Medicare changes that will affect you.  Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is a law by which anyone eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020 will not be able to purchase a Medigap policy which covers the cost of the Part B deductible, such as our Supplement 1 policy in Massachusetts.  The 2019 Part B deductible is $185.00.  As a result of this law, there will be additional Medigap policies which will be offered. This is an opportunity for SHINE to educate you about this and other changes to Medicare.  It is important to be informed as we approach the process of selecting health care plans and even negotiating favorable premium rates. Please join us at the Center at Medfield on Wed. September 25 at 6:30 pm for this important information.  Call the Center at 508-359-3665 to register in advance.


Falls Awareness Prevention Day on Sept 23


The annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day on 9/23 raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries. Join us on Sept. 23 at 1:45 pm for a  presentation by ATI Physical Therapist, Dawn Miller who will provide the information.


Nutrition Therapy on Sept 11


Schedule your time to meet with HESSCO Dietician, Stephanie                       Caljouw on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m.  Stephanie can help you navigate the in’s and out’s of good nutrition.  Healthy eating, regular exercise and social engagement is key to aging well!


New England General Stores: Exploring an American Classic


On Wednesday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. enjoy a unique presentation on New England’s General Stores.  It harkens back to a simpler time and a more innocent and rural nation. It conjures a country-like place where kids come in to buy penny candy, and adults to buy everything from swaths of fabric, to fresh vegetables, to four-penny nails. It was a place to pick up mail, the newspaper, and perhaps tarry a bit on a cold, winter’s morning to chat over a cup of coffee and a warm wood stove. Long before “Cheers,” the general store was the vital and inviting heart of a community, where everyone not only knew your name, but how you took that coffee, how many kids you had, and how’s your dad doing, anyway? And in tough times, it was a place that often treated customers like family, extending credit when no one else would.  In short, the general store was real-life Norman Rockwell—deeply woven into America’s cultural identity, an integral part of the nation’s self-portrait from its earliest days. But over the last 50 years, many of New England’s general stores, competing with behemoths like Wal-Mart and Target, began to disappear.  But then a funny thing happened: people really missed them.  And in many towns, decided to hold onto them. 


In talking about New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic, broadcast journalist Ted Reinstein shares the rich and colorful history of this iconic institution, how they figured in the rise of early American commerce, why they began to fade, and why—like another New England icon, the diner—they have begun to come back and even be re-invented and re-imagined for a new era.Told with anecdotes from a variety of local landmark stores across the region, the presentation is accompanied by the                    award-winning photography of Art Donahue. Join us on October 2 at 6:30 p.m. by calling the Center at 508-359-3665 or stopping in to sign up!

Saturday Hours at the Center

The Center at Medfield has grown tremendously over the last ten years. As home to the Medfield Council on Aging, the Center’s presence has evolved into an active and vibrant community, offering over 900 seniors an extensive and broad range of activities, resources and events. A grant was submitted to MetroWest Health Foundation in October 2017 for funding to open our doors on Saturdays. And it was approved! Plan to visit the Center for programming each Saturday from 10:00 a.m.— 3:00 p.m.                         

                           


                                

Current COA Newsletter