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.
Are you interested in giving back to the community? Consider being a Medical Ride Volunteer for the COA. Susan Bernstein is looking to increase the list of volunteers that provide transportation to medical appointments. As our population ages, they are no longer driving which causes difficulty in getting to these much-needed appointments. If you are interested in volunteering a few hours per month, then call Susan at 508-359-3665.
WINTER WEATHER POLICY
With winter upon us it is important to remind you that when the Medfield schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Center at Medfield is closed and all programs are cancelled. If the schools have a 2-hour delay, the Center will also have a 2-hour delay (opening at 11 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.) If there is a snow storm on a Saturday, the Saturday program will be cancelled. Also, all scheduled programs are weather permitting. If we determine that it is unsafe for trips, activities and/or transportation, the Center can cancel any program at any time. It is important to clearly print your name and phone number on sign up sheets, so we have easy access to inform you of any changes in our schedule.
Saturday Hours at the Center
Chocolate Tasting - Friday, February 14, 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.
A little bit about chocolate: Chocolate’s antioxidant potential may have a range of health benefits. The higher the cocoa content, as in dark chocolate, the more benefits there are. Dark chocolate may also contain less fat and sugar, but it is important to check the label. Eating chocolate may have the following benefits: lowering the cholesterol levels, preventing cognitive decline and reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems. Join us for our Annual Valentine’s Day Chocolate-Tasting on Friday, February 14, at 11:30-1:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale beginning February 1, and the cost is $3/per person, limited to 50 people.
PO-KE-NO -A new card game !!
A new game has started at the Center, thanks to Gerry Shapiro. He has brought us a fun, fast paced card game called PO-KE-NO. Pokeno is a game played with special cards, called Pokeno Game Boards, and chips, called Pokeno Chips. The manufacturer says "Pokeno offers the thrill of Poker and the suspense of Keno," and that’s pretty much true. It’s a very fun game for a group of players, and some groups have been known for substituting pennies, and sometimes larger coins than that, for the chips. Stop in on Mondays at 1:15 p.m. and give Pokeno a try; it’s new, it’s fast and a lot of fun!
Real Estate Part 2 -
On Wed., Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m., Realtor Mary Cusano and Attorney Dina Browne will discuss the following:
- Gathering your documents
- The Selling process- offer, contingencies, P&S, closing.
- What Seller is doing from time the P&S is signed – repairs, readings, fire dept., clearing title
- Buying and selling on the same day
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
Sign up for our annual Irish dinner with corned beef and all the fixings on Wed., March 18 from 4-7 p.m. Cost is $15/person. Catered by Basil
Video Class - Understanding Russia
A Cultural History begins on Tuesday, February 4 at 1:30 p.m. This unique video series explores Russia’s global importance. After a brief period of decline after the Soviet Union dissolved, the Russian state has re-emerged in the 21st century with a geopolitical influence that rivals some of its most significant eras. Yet for as much as Russia demands the attention of Western policy makers, there remains uncertainty about Russian objectives on the world stage and confusion about what motivates the leaders who direct this immense land. Even as Russian art and music captivated the larger outside world, for many in the West, Russia and its people seemed enigmatic, shrouded in mystery. These lectures feature period illustrations, photographs, maps, film clips, and other visuals that add layers of depth to this intellectual adventure. These lectures also go a long way toward making Russian culture a little less enigmatic and a little more relevant to our own distinctly-Western culture. All welcome to attend; merely sign up. Video classes are always interesting and free.
Stephanie Caljouw, RD LDN; the nutritionist for HESSCO Elder Services will be at the Center on Wed., February 12 at 9:30 a.m. to meet and discuss your dietary goals for a healthy life.
Bowl with the Center
Our bowling program has started on Thursdays at 1p.m. at Ryan Family Amusements in Millis. If you missed this notification in January, it is still open for participation. If interested simply sign up for the bowling and indicate if you need a pick-up at your house, you will meet at the Center, or you will drive yourself to Millis! This is a great way to get out of the house and have some fun! Cost is $3/string. All welcome!
Do You Like To Sing? Good Voice or NO Voice?
Join Maggie Joseph as she leads a singing group with great songs, lots of laughs and a chance to SING! There are so many benefits you get from singing: Self-confidence! Breathing right! Great posture! Memory training! Socialization! Bye to the Blues! And most important, just sheer JOY! All this is possible to anyone who wants to sing! So this is an invitation to sign up for a weekly Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Sing-Along.
DJ Bob Vartanian
Did you know that once a month the Center has DJ Bob scheduled to play all your requests! Join us on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 11:30-1:30. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s for you!
Tilden Together at The Center
On the third Tuesday each month at 1 p.m., Lisa Donovan, the COA Outreach Coordinator will be at the community-room for conversation, information on healthy-aging and updates on what’s happening at the Center. All are welcome to stop in and meet Lisa on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.
Plan ahead. Interested in a new hobby? Look for sign-up sheets for art classes beginning on Thursday, March 5 at 2 p.m. with Artist Nan Rumpf, a member of the Concord Art Association and the Wellesley Society of Artists. She is an Artist Member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, and is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society. Additional information to follow!
Also, Nancy Tella and Kathy Simon are program leaders for a new initiative; the Drop-in Art Club on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-12 noon. During this time, you will have access to the craft room for your painting pleasures! Simply bring along an easel, art medium and brushes for 2 hours of pure artistic creativity. This is a great way to focus on a hobby, make new friends and enjoy the Center and what it offers. Be sure to register for a scan-card and scan in every time you come into the Center!