Medfield COA

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Center will be closed on Monday, April 19th in observance of the Patriots Day holiday.

Boston Red Sox Opening Day 

Join us on Thursday, April 1 at 1pm for a “Home Opener Hot Dog Party” $3. Enjoy hot dogs right off our grill, with a bag of chips and a water bottle. We will bring our large screen TV outside and see the first pitch at 2:10 p.m. In case of rain, we will have the grab n go option for your hot dogs. Please call the Center to sign up!

Important Announcement from Roberta Lynch, COA Director

Our Programs Must Return! This month some outside programs will start on April 12. Quilting, Fit to Knit, Page Turners and Movies will be featured outside starting April 12. Most programs that can allow for distancing should be returning to the Center for a May 3 reopening. This includes Wood Carving, Bingo, Great Books, Men’s Book Group, Our exercise classes will also return inside with appropriate spacing, this will include Chair and Mat Yoga, Core Balance, Tai Chi, and Zumba! Initially attendance for these programs will be by pre-registration. You must call to sign up for what you want to attend. Outside activities will not require this policy (except if it is stated in the announcement as we may be serving food or beverages). Card games will be part of our second phase of reopening and the spacing for these activities is more challenging. We look forward to getting this Center back to normal as soon as possible! Call the Center for questions, new ideas for programming and any suggestions you may have!

SPECIAL DAYS IN APRIL 

Thurs., April 1– Red Sox Home Opener Hot Dog Party 1-3pm. Sign up required/$3 suggested donation 

Tues., April 6– National Twinkie Day enjoy a Twinkie with your drive-thru coffee! 

Tues., April 13– National Scrabble Day! Sign up with a friend to play on our LARGE scrabble board. 

Tues., April 20– Volunteer Recognition Day– Invites to follow 

Fri., April 23– National Picnic Day Pack up a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Center’s patio. Play Bocce, horseshoes or ping pong. 

Mon., April 26– National Pretzel Day! enjoy a soft pretzel with dipping sauce on our patio. Sign up required!

Aging and Memory Loss Road Map Education Series 

Are you or a loved one concerned about memory loss or dementia? Has someone you know recently been diagnosed with dementia? Did you know that you could participate in a clinical research trial? Sign up for these monthly webinars and learn from the experts from Mass General Brigham. For questions or to register call the Sherborn COA at 508-651-7858 or email coadirector@sherborn.org. Hosted by Sherborn, Dover, Natick and Medfield Council on Aging 

Tuesday, April 20 at 11–12 noon: Road Map to Dementia Diagnosis 

Tuesday, May 18 at 11-12 noon: Road Map to Research Participation 

Tuesday, June 15 at 11-12 noon: Road Map to Caregiving 

Tuesday, July 20 at 11-12 noon: Road Map to Prevention

Dr. Gary Hylander Presents The Legacy of FDR on April 12 at 2:30 p.m. 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt served as President from March 1933 to April 1945, the longest tenure in American history. He may have done more during those twelve years to change American society and politics than any of his predecessors in the White House, save Abraham Lincoln. Of course, some of this was the product of circumstances; the Great Depression and the rise of Germany and Japan were beyond FDR's control. His responses to the challenges he faced made him a defining figure in American history. Join us on Monday, April 12 at 2:30 p.m. for this interesting and informative presentation. Call the Center to sign up with email. Weather permitting, under the tent may be an option!

“The New Normal New England Road Trip”

During a challenging time when most people are limiting their travel, this talk takes folks along on a rollicking ride around New England— all in just one hour, and all from the comfort of their own home on Wednesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. by Zoom. Author of three books about New England and longtime “Chronicle” reporter Ted Reinstein is your tour guide as you go from Maine to Rhode Island, Mt. Washington to Mt. Mansfield, and Berkshire foliage to Fenway Park. But Ted’s 20-plus years of reporting and telling stories from all over New England means this is not your average bus tour. Prepare to meet colorful characters who’ve done the darndest things, learn odd facts about familiar places, and of course—this being a Ted talk—expect to visit at least a few fabulous classic diners. (Spoiler alert: Ted reveals where to find THE best clam chowdah in America—and it’s right here in New England!) Ted will take Questions following the talk. Call the Center at 508-359-3665 to sign up with your phone number and email.

TAI CHI and Core Balance Returns with Jeanne Donnelly 

The Center welcomes back Jeanne Donnelly with her Core Balance and Tai chi classes. Core Balance begins on Monday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. and again on Fridays at 11:00 a.m. Tai Chi returns to Fridays at 10 am beginning April 16. Classes will be held outside, weather permitting.

PLANNING FOR MEDICARE-COUNTDOWN TO 65 

SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR FRIENDS TURNING 65! As people approach the age of 65 they are faced with a number of life decisions to consider as they may prepare for retirement or senior living. One issue that can be a challenge to understand is the advent of Medicare as a health care choice. The Medfield Council on Aging is pleased to host a seminar titled “Planning for Medicare – Countdown to 65.” The seminar will be presented on Zoom on Wed., March 31, at 6:30 pm. Susan Flanagan, a representative with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, returns to present information that should be valuable to those entering the phase of life where it is important to understand health insurance options outside of employer-sponsored coverage, whether they are planning to retire or continuing to work. As we get older, many questions arise regarding health care coverage. It is important to be informed as we approach the process of selecting health care plans and even negotiating favorable premium rates. The “Planning for Medicare – Countdown to 65” seminar allows attendees to gain confidence in making informed decisions about individual health coverage options. Call the Center to sign up with your name & email.  

FOSI Yard Sale 

So many events have been cancelled over the past 10 months, including the annual FOSI Yard Sale. The April 2021 sale is uncertain at this time. However, FOSI has been holding a “Virtual” Yard Sale and items have been flying out the door. Donations of items that can be easily be carried in and out are being accepted to support this on-line event. Simply call the Center and schedule a time to drop off your tax-deductible donation. The next few months may be a great time to do early spring-cleaning. Support FOSI by donating those gently used, unwanted items. FOSI supports the Center and the programs. Check out our page https://www.facebook.com/fosi.medfield. 

Joining a ZOOM Call

Heard of Zoom but not sure how to participate in a Zoom call?  Here is a short video to get you started.

https://youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E

ZOOM: One-on-One Instruction

Calling All Seniors Who Want to Learn How to Zoom! We want to know if you have a computer, I pad, I phone or laptop. Please call the Center and provide your email and device information. The Center will be holding one-on-one instruction on How to Zoom. If you have one of these, we can help you to Zoom so that you can participate in more programming at home. If you have a desk-top computer with a camera, we can help over the phone to get you on the Zoom platform. Simply call the Center at 508-359-3665 to schedule a convenient time. It is easier than you think!

Scheduled Zoom/Conference Call Activities 

(If joining by conference call, dial 1-978-990-5000 Access Code is 859729# )

MONDAY AT 12:30 PM - WEEKEND IN REVIEW. Join Peter Burke via conference call discussion on the latest sports, news and local happenings. Grab a sandwich and enjoy lunch and conversation! Call1-978-990-5000 Access Code is 859729#

TUESDAY AND FRIDAY AT 11:30 AM – CONFERENCE CALL BINGO - 2 cards are provided to all players and end of month winners 1st and 2nd place receive FOSI jackpot prizes! 

THURSDAY AT 10:30 AM- HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE IT? Join Lisa on Zoom and discuss different situations and how YOU would handle it. No answer is wrong! 

THURSDAY AT 2:00 PM– Join our AUDIO BOOK CLUB with host, Susan Bernstein. Enjoy a half hour read followed by a group discussion.

MA Circuit Breaker Tax Credit

The Massachusetts Circuit Breaker tax credit is a refundable credit for senior citizens based on the real estate taxes paid on Massachusetts property owned/rented and used as the primary residence. Maximum credit allowed for the tax year is $1,130. The following are eligible for the tax credit:  

  • MA residents age 65 or older by December 31 of the taxable year  
  • MA return must be filed with the Senior Circuit Breaker Credit attached  
  • MA property must be owned/rented and occupied as primary home                           Massachusetts income not more than:  
  • $60,000 for Single  
  • $75,000 for Head of Household  
  • $90,000 for Married filing Joint (married filing separate does not qualify for the credit)                                          


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