Drop-In Grief Support — Loss of a loved one can be challenging. The group meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. with Lisa Donovan
Caregiver Support Group— Do you need assistance navigating the care giving journey? This group meets on the last Thursday of the month at
Nursing Services – Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. with Gaby Harrison, N.P. BP checks and more.
Public Health Nurse– Brenda Healy R.N. is available for consultation each Wednesday
Senior College courses meet weekly via Zoom for 4 to 8 weeks starting on January 25th and run until the end of May.
For the low registration fee of $65 per person, learners can enroll in as many courses as they like! There is no course limit and no other expenses; but there will be plenty of conversation, fun, and community shared in these courses.
For more information, visit one of the links below or call 508.531.2570.
Adult Respite Care Program
Are you a caregiver looking for a few minutes to yourself? Our Virtual Club Program is on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Your loved one can join Kathy and Tricia for conversation, music, gardening talk, dog therapy and a variety of virtual activities. Call Kathy Powers at 508-359-3665 for more information.
The Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline (800)-342-5297.
Are you 60+ and in need of legal help? The Helpline is a project of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Boston. They provide free legal information and referral services to MA residents who are 60 years old or older. The Helpline advocates can help you find out if you are eligible for free service.
They can also research your legal issue and provide you with information or referrals on most legal topics. The Helpline is open Monday through Friday 9AM-12PM. If you are not eligible for a free attorney, and have some ability to pay an attorney, the Helpline can refer you to reduced fee attorney referral programs where the attorneys will charge you on a sliding scale based on your income.
They can also refer you to private bar attorney referral programs who will charge for their full services for cases such as Medical Malpractice, Workmen’s Compensation, Personal Injury, and Social Security benefits denial. The attorney fees are taken from your award only if you win your case. The Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline is there for you by calling (800) 342-5297.
Metrowest Legal Services
Metrowest Legal Services provides certain free services including advocacy to elders and lower income non-elders. Elder Law issues include housing, durable power of attorney, guardianship, conservator-ship benefits, nursing home issues, domestic relations, bankruptcies and more. Call 800-696-1501 and leave a message. If you have an urgent situation, leave a message and the need for an urgent response in your voicemail message.
Assessor’s Office - Local Property Tax Deferrals/Exemptions for Seniors
Senior, Blind and/or Veteran property owners may qualify for local property tax deferrals and/or exemptions (July 1— April 1). Qualifications are determined through MA General Law. Contact Yvonne Remillard, Town Assessor at 508-906-3016 for more information and how to file.
Money Management Program
Offered through BayPath, this free program assists low-income people 60 and over as well as persons with disabilities who have difficulty paying bills on time or managing money and who have no family or friends to help them. Certain income and asset guidelines may apply. Volunteers are background-checked, trained and supervised by BayPath staff. If you think you would benefit from this program, or have questions regarding the program, call BayPath at 508-573-7241
SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone)
Our SHINE counselor is trained and certified to provide information, counseling and assistance regarding health insurance and benefits to seniors. This free program is available to elders, their families or caregivers and Medicare beneficiaries of all ages. To schedule a phone appointment with our SHINE counselor, call the Center at 508-359-3665 and we will confirm a telephone appointment for you.
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
Home Loan Modification Program
This program provides loans to make modifications to primary, permanent residences of elders, adults with disabilities and families with children with disabilities. Various loans are available based on income. For more information, contact the South Middlesex Opportunity Council at 508-202-5919, or www.mass.gov and search Home Modification Loan Program. .
The Center Salon
Hair Salon: To make your appointment please call The Center at 508-359-3665 and we will connect with Ginny on your behalf.
Information and Referral
The COA provides accurate information on elder services to Medfield families. We have information on local, state and national services that may benefit you. Our staff will answer your questions and find appropriate resources. Call for information.
Consultation and assistance with government and legal paperwork, information on insurance benefits, food stamps, tax refunds, fuel assistance, caregiver and low-vision support groups are available through our Outreach Department with Lisa Donovan. Phone - call appointments are encouraged.
Health and Wellness
In cooperation with the Medfield Board of Health, masks must be worn when out in public, social-distancing is recommended and frequent hand-washing is a must!
Meals on Wheels
A hot mid-day meal is delivered to seniors who are homebound. Call HESSCO at 1-781-784-4944 to begin service. A $3.00 donation per meal is suggested.
RMV Near Me
Call the Center to see if we can help you with license or registration renewals. Available on Monday afternoons.
The COA has a shed (thanks to FOSI) filled with medical equipment available to loan as needed. We carry an inventory of wheelchairs, walkers, shower benches, canes, and baskets. The items are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for Medfield residents. Please return when no longer needed.
Low -Vision Information
As we age, things change including our vision. Resources are available. Call Lisa Donovan for information.
If you have questions about care giving, call the Center and we can help you navigate those challenges that you may be facing.
If you have interest in volunteering for the COA, we have a place for you. Call Susan Bernstein and set up a phone call appointment to discuss the options at the Center.
Pick up a large-print copy of the newsletter at the Center by request.
Senior Swim suspended until further notice.
Low Hearing Support
Hearing loss happens as we age. Contact Susan Bernstein for information on ways to manage your hearing loss.
Blood Pressure Checks
Roberta Lynch, COA Director and RN, is available for blood pressure checks. Call for an appointment!