Medfield COA

The Center at Medfield



Guidelines as We Reopen 

1. All visitors will enter through the front doors and exit through the back patio doors. 

2. All participants must sign the Town of Medfield-COA waiver. 

3. Program pre-registration is required for all indoor programs. Medfield residents have priority as participation will be limited. 

4. Any prolonged socializing will be outside. Please use our patio, under the tent or the picnic tables. 

5. Using hand sanitizer before entering will be required. 

6. Masks must be worn in the building until further notice. 

7. Visitors must have their scan card so we can document their attendance. 

8. Some furniture has been rearranged to accommodate social distancing. 

9. Self serve beverages and snacks have been eliminated. You are encouraged to bring in your own. 

10.The office area is not open to the public unless invited by a staff member. 11.Attendance and schedules have been modified for social distancing. 12.Whenever possible, programs will take place outdoors. 

13. Transportation passengers and drivers are required to wear masks.

Meet and Welcome Our New Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Hanifan, on June 9! 

Sarah is joining the COA with experience in working with both seniors and volunteers—the best of both worlds! Sarah has experience in the assisted living and memory care environment, along with organizing and recruiting volunteers for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. Her cheery personality and energy will be an asset to the Center. Please welcome Sarah into the COA family on Wednesday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m. for a meet and greet on our patio! She is very excited to start in her new position.

Meet Medfield’s New Veterans Service Officer on June 10 at 10 a.m

Veterans, this is your opportunity to meet Mark Bryson. Mark has been with the Town of Medfield for ~3 months as your VSO and is eager to meet you and support veterans in Medfield. Mark’s service was with the U.S. Navy Seabees, N.M.C.B. Four, based in Port Hueneme, California. His deployments were to Subic Bay, Philippines, Okinawa, Japan, Vieques, Puerto Rico, and Adak, Alaska. He served as a Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic and achieved the rank of Third Class Petty Officer. Upon discharge, Mark attended Cambridge College, and earned a Bachelors degree in Business Management. Mark’s experience includes Department of Career Services as a Veterans Employment Representative for over nine years. Mark’s goal is to continue the great work of his predecessor and initiate workshops for the Veterans Community that may be of interest.

Adult Respite Care Re-Opens

The Adult Respite Care Program, often referred to as The Club has opened. If you need a supervised and structured day program for your loved one, consider our Club program . We offer adult socialization through a variety of activities with supervision and support. If you are caring for a loved one and looking for some time to yourself, consider our program. The program meets at The Center on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am to 3pm. The cost of the program is $40 for Medfield residents, $55 for those living outside of Medfield. We follow CDC guidelines regarding indoor programming. Space is limited, and in order to participate in the program, participants must be vaccinated. For more information, contact Kathy Powers at or call The Center at 508-359-3665.

Caregiver Support Group - June 24 th @ 2:00 P.M

Do you sometimes feel stressed or overwhelmed as you try to manage your loved one’s care? Do you find yourself balancing the role of caregiver with work and other family obligations? The Center will be offering a Caregiver Support Group on the last Thursday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Please call the Center at 508-359-3665 to join us as we work together to navigate the caregiver journey. The Center offers a safe and relaxed space for people to share mutual support and learn tools to help with the care of their loved one. Lisa Marie Donovan, Outreach Coordinator, is available for any questions or concerns you might have. Contact Lisa at 508-359-3665.

Trunk Quilt Show with Barbara Graceffa 

Barbara Graceffa will join our quilters on Monday, June 14 at 10 a.m. Be inspired by Barbara's passion for quilting and design as she shares her expertise and showcases her highly innovative and artistic quilts. Practicing the art of quilting for more than 40 years, she is an award-winning quilter and craftswoman and held her first one-woman show in 2018. Barbara's talent and creativity is amazing. Come see for yourself.

Dr. Gary Hylander - The Origins of Flag Day

Flag Day is June 14 and The Center is happy to have Dr. Gary Hylander with us on this year’s Flag Day. Flag Day is celebrated in America on June 14, commemorating the day the first flag resolution was passed. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a flag resolution stating: Resolved, That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation. Join Dr. Hylander on Monday, June 14 at 2:30 p.m. as he provides the details and origin of Flag Day. Pre-registration is required and limited to 30 people.


Relax: Let Go of Anxiety and Stress 

No one can deny that the past 14 months have been very stressful. The isolation, the loss, the inactivity after a period of time, this takes a toll on our bodies. As we begin to open up, many might still hold onto some of the anxiety or stress brought on by the pandemic. Tracy Buckley is offering a class to help people let go of that residual stress and anxiety that may or may not have been brought on by this past year. Beginning on Wednesday, May 12 from 10:00am to 10:45am, join Tracy Buckley as she helps you learn to let go of anxiety and stress. Tracy said, “We actually need some stress in our lives to grow, learn, and create. It’s only unhealthy if we’re stressed out too much, too often”. This 4-week series will help us learn to manage our stress using different practices like breathing techniques, muscle relaxation, meditation, and more! Join us for an interactive workshop that will provide you with simple and effective tools to manage stress and relax (again). Cost of this 4 week program is $25 and pre-registration is required by calling the Center at 508-359-3665. 

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 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

Wednesday Summer Suppers - 4:30-7 PM 

Enjoy a wonderful evening during the summer with good music, a supper you do not have to cook, great conversation and a lot of fun. Pre-registration is required and cost of the evening is $6/person.

June 23 — Jeff Jarvis 

July 14 — Entertainment TBD 

August 18 — Patrick Durkin 

September 15— Tune Timers Band

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 

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.

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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