From the Desk of Sarah Hanafin, Volunteer Coordinator
Happy summer; the warmest season of the year! July and August are the two months that I spend most of my free time at the pool and the beach. What are some of your favorite things to do during the summer? During these hot months, be sure to stop in to the Center to cool off. The air conditioner is on and you’ll always have a friendly face to see while here. We have a lot of programs scheduled for July and August and I challenge you to take advantage of all that’s offered and try something new during the summer. Grab a new book from our well- stocked library here at the COA or try a card game, an exercise class, or sign up for a day trip! Looking forward to seeing you soon, Sarah Hanifan
Special August Schedule
Check the two-page Special August Schedule for important information regarding events at The Center during this summer month.
Transportation - IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR JULY
During the month of July our transportation service will be limited. Please call the Center to inquire if any of our regular trips will be running. We apologize for this but look forward to being up and running in the near future.
Sign-up for our summer cookouts, Wednesday, July 20 and Wednesday, August 17. Space is limited so do not wait to sign-up.
Meditation Class and Mat Yoga Class - Summer Update
Meditation Class is on pause for July and August and Mat Yoga has moved to Tuesday at 10:30 for the Summer.
Saturday Line Dancing - New Time
Join Nancy Diduca on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a great hour of Line Dancing and more importantly, a fun form of exercise. As always, our line dancing is $3/class. All welcome!
Medfield Public Nurse
Brenda Healy Brenda has been a registered nurse graduating from the Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing in 1984. She is an active member of the school’s alumni board. She has many years of ICU nursing in multiple hospitals in MA including Norwood Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Melrose Wakefield Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Walden University and working on her project of improving vaccination rates in the senior population. The past 18 months she has completed an internship with the Walpole Board of Health and fell in love with public health nursing. She looks forward and is excited to work with the community of Medfield and meeting members of the Center. Brenda will be at the Center on Wednesdays to meet with you individually for any concerns you may have. Call the Center for an individual appointment with Brenda.
Casablanca By The Sea
Enjoy a wonderful day trip to Portland, Maine on Thursday, August 18. You will depart from the Center at 9 a.m. and head for scenic Maine. Enjoy a delicious full course luncheon at the Bull & Claw Restaurant close by the coastal salt marsh in Wells, Maine (choice of entrée at sign up). Following lunch you will enjoy a 90- minute, narrated Portland harbor cruise on the Bay View Lady. Your arrival home will be approximately 6:30 p.m. Cost of this magnificent day trip is $109.00 and space is available. Stop in for a flyer and to sign up.
Essex Valley Steam Train and Connecticut Riverboat
Board the coach bus at 9 a.m. Monday, September 12 and head to Connecticut. Your first stop will be the Steak Loft Restaurant where you may choose from Baked Scrod or Chicken Breast (choice made at sign up). Following lunch you will arrive in the Town of Essex for your Steam Train ride through the Connecticut River Valley where you will meet your Riverboat crew and vessel to enjoy a 1 hour narrated Connecticut River cruise. A relaxing ride home will have you at the Center approximately at 6pm. A great day and cost is $109.00. Stop in to sign up!!
Monthly Fox Tour Day Trips - Click Each Link for Details (Flyers available at The Center)
- July 12 - Authentic Downeast Lobster Bake
- August 18 - Casablanca by the Sea - Portland, Maine
- September 12 - Essex Valley Steam Train and Connecticut Riverboat
- October 13 - Indian Princess Cruise & Lunch
- November 15 - Bob Hope's USO Style Show
Walking Club Wednesday Meeting Points (10:00 AM)
- 7/6 – MEET AT HIGH SCHOOL TRACK
- 7/13 – MEET AT MIDDLE SCHOOL PARKING LOT
- 7/20 – MEET AT WHEELOCK SCHOOL
- 7/27- MEET AT THE CENTER
- 8/3 - MEET AT CEMETERY AT 12 NOON (DALE ST)
- 8/10 - MEET AT BULLARDS MARKET (GREEN ST)
- 8/17 - MEET AT WHEELOCK SCHOOL (STEVENS LANE)
- 8/24 - MEET AT THE HIGH SCHOOL TRACK
- 8/31— MEET AT THE CENTER
Play Games at the Center This Summer
People tend to think that playing cards is just a leisurely activity to have fun with good friends. Card games, specifically strategic ones, have more health benefits than one would think. Here are 4 benefits of card games for better senior health.
- Card games reduce stress– Playing cards offers a stress-free environment. It gives you the opportunity to get away from your phone, email and television to really enjoy the people around you.
- Cognitive benefits of playing cards– Playing different card games like Bridge, Gin Rummy, Texas Hold-Em, 3-Thirteen and even Pokeno help sharpen cognitive functions. Keeping your mind sharp is something seniors strive for, so keep exercising your brain. Strategic card games exercise memory and concentration, which helps prevent cognitive decline in seniors.
- Playing cards benefits the Immune System– A study by Marian Cleeves Diamond of the University of California found that playing games like Bridge may boost immunity.
- Social benefits of card games– An article by Health Line showed that studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated nearly 7 million American adults 65 years of age and older experience depression each year. Playing cards is the perfect way to stay social, develop friendships and add to your life.
On the left in red are our scheduled card games. Get out of the heat this summer and join in on the games that are offered at the Center!
Ice Cream Trips
There is nothing better than a dish of ice cream on a warm summer day! Sign up to join us on one of our Ice Cream trips:
- Scoops at Watson’s in Walpole on Wednesday, July 6 at 1:00 p.m.
- Crescent Ridge in Sharon on Wednesday, August 10 at 1:00 p.m.
- Rosewood in Bellingham on Wednesday, August 24 at 1:00 p.m.
In Celebration of July Fourth, join us on Tuesday, July 5th at 2pm for conversation and delicious Strawberry Shortcake. Warm biscuits with whipped cream and strawberries is a perfect afternoon treat. Be sure to sign up to enjoy this afternoon event!
PLAN FOR A SEPTEMBER BOCCE TOURNAMENT. FIND A PARTNER AND START PRACTICING. WE ARE LOOKING FOR HELP WITH MAINTAINING THE BOCCE COURT. IF INTERESTED IN HELPING WITH THIS PROJECT, PLEASE SEE ROBERTA
Thursday, August 18 - Appointments are available
Caregiver Support Group
Meetings on the 3rd Thursday at 2 PM during July and August
Working With Dangerous Animals - Wednesday, July 13 at 1 PM
Venomous snakes, massive pythons, alligators and polar bears; what do they all have in common? They are all considered dangerous animals! What is it like to work with animals like cobras or rattlesnakes? Find out what some scientists are learning about venomous snakes by studying them in the wild and captivity. Learn how animal keepers and scientists stay safe when working with captive alligators or wild crocodiles. Why is it important to train captive polar bears, sea lions and even sea otters in zoos? Join us on Wednesday, July 13 at 1:00 p.m. when Joy Marzolf returns to present this amazing topic as we learn the ins and outs of working with dangerous animals. Sign up for this amazing presentation! Don’t miss meeting some live animals at the end!
Ragtime Jack Radcliffe Presents - The Intersection of Broadway and One-Two-Five
Join us on Thursday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m. for an interesting discussion along with the music of two diverse musical and artistic communities that were burgeoning in Manhattan in the middle decades of the last century, when Jim Crow was very much alive there. Only in 1928 had Benny Goodman defied several impresarios by integrating his orchestra. And while white patrons regularly thronged to the uptown scene in Harlem, the reverse did not occur. Yet, both mid-town Broadway and uptown Harlem had equally lively and creative productions, sometimes with casts numbering in the hundreds. It was the heyday of the massive-scale musical productions, sometimes with a viable plot and script, but mostly as a showcase for the brilliant song writers who worked in both locations, often borrowing ideas from one another, although never sharing the stage. On Broadway it was Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rogers, Alan Jay Lerner, Lorenz Hart and Frederick Lowe. In Harlem it was Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, William Grant Still, Langston Hughes, Andy Razaf, Cab Calloway, Fletcher Henderson, Nora Mott, and Clarence Williams. Enjoy the music of many of those luminaries and explore the connection between the two epicenters of American modern music. Sign up for this interesting presentation and delightful music on Thursday, July 28 at 2 p.m.
Legal Clinic - NEW PROGRAM
The Center is thrilled to offer you a monthly legal clinic on the second Tuesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Medfield resident, Attorney Julie Ladimer, will be available for consultations. She will be offering complimentary 15-minute clinic sessions for legal questions and concerns you might have. To schedule an appointment with Attorney Ladimer, simply call the Center. The first clinic will be held on Tuesday, July 12 and then on August 9 at 2:30 p.m. Do you have a legal question? Call the Center and sign up!
The Options Counseling Program
Join Trish Collins from HESSCO Elder Services on Monday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m. to learn about this free service for people in the Medfield Community. This program can help an older person, an adult of any age with a disability, and their family members or caregivers to make decisions on support services if they do not know where to turn. Trish can provide information on the range of resources available and ensure that the individuals, families and caregivers understand the options, can make an informed choice, and decide the next step to take. If you have a family member or know of someone who is struggling, this is a conversation you need to attend. Planning ahead is important. Sign up to hear about Options Counseling.
The Center will be welcoming Bri Ozanne, Adult Services and Programming from the Medfield Public Library on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10:45 a.m.! Join us on Wednesday, July 13 and learn how to create a unique greeting card. There is more to it, than simply folding the paper and writing a few words. With the cost of cards at some stores, making your own is personal and saves money! July 27 – Summer Seashell Craft - Sign up to decorate a seashell which can be used to hold jewelry or trinkets of any kind. It’s fun and easy to do. You will be amazed with the finished product! Aug 10 – Bri Ozanne returns and will teach us how to make colorful postcards using fruit and vegetable stamping. Sending a postcard to family or friend is something of the past, let’s go back in time. Aug 24 - Bicycle Wheel Wreath – Annette Wells will be demonstrating how to “upcycle” a bicycle wheel and turn it into a beautiful craft for your door, porch or wherever you like!