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.
Medicare Open Enrollment - October 15, 2018 - December 7, 2018
Are you ready for the Medicare open enrollment period that starts on October 15th and lasts till December 7th? To help you get started watch a Medicare Open Enrollment - 2018 video, filmed at The Center, or view the accompanying Slide Deck.
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.
SPUR and Their Rock N Roll Classics Returns to The Center - Live Band - Friday, October 26, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
If you grew up with or enjoyed the music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s you will surely want to be at the Center in Medfield on Friday, October 26 from 7-10 p.m. Join us for a fun and nostalgic night of classic rock n roll music from the local band, SPUR, along with dancing, and light refreshments.
Formed in the early 70’s by high school friends, SPUR has now reunited! They replaced some brass instruments with electronics but perform with the same vigor and enthusiasm.
This Boston based band crafted their art with the influence of Chicago; Blood, Sweat & Tears; and Tower of Power. Under the guidance and management of the Surf Music Company, SPUR performed at a host of venues throughout New England including the Surf Nantasket Beach, “Summer Thing”, many clubs throughout the city of Boston, and several college campuses including MIT, Curry College, Springfield College and countless high school dances and proms. Who knows, Spur may have performed at your high school or college event!
Their song list offers a variety of classic songs from the 60s, 70’s and 80’s, including a wide range of music enjoyed by generations that embrace the artists who pioneered Rock & Roll.
So, join us at the Center on Friday, October 26 for an evening of great "LIVE" classic rock n roll music. Tickets are $10/person and available at the Center (1 Ice House Road) or at the door. For more details, contact The Center at 508-359-3665.
New Year's Eve at Noon Boston Odyssey Harbor Cruise - Monday, December 31.
There comes a time when staying up until midnight to ring in the New Year just isn’t what it used to be. The COA suggests you ring in the New Year at Noon on Boston Harbor with an Odyssey Cruise and a delicious buffet lunch. Grab your friends and celebrate with us. The coach bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. and we return approximately 4:30 p.m. It is a great way to celebrate and have some fun on New Years Eve! Cost is $89/pp.
Social Security Presentation
You probably know someone who is thinking about Social Security. If so, tell them on Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. Medfield’s, Jon Bicknell returns to present information that you need to know about Social Security. This presentation is open to all community members. For planning purposes please call 508-359-3665 to sign up.
Alternative Medicine Presentation
Join us on Monday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. when Home Instead Senior Care provides an interesting and informative presentation on dietary supplements. Just because they are “natural” doesn’t mean they are safe. Dietary Supplements such as herbal remedies, vitamins, and minerals are marketed as “natural” products. However, these products can have serious side effects and can cause problems when taken in excessive amounts. Learn more about Dietary supplements and be certain that you are doing what is best for your body.
Saturday Hours at the Center