Director’s Note: One question, where did March, April, May and June go? One would think with the social distancing, not able to participate at the Center, restricted shopping, no school, no activities, everyday somewhat the same; how did four months go by so fast? It boggles my mind where this time went. So now, in July, we need to make the most of our time. We need to return safely to the Center when we can. We may have limited hours and activities, along with limiting the number of people. We will definitely let everyone know when these doors will open! In some ways I think that this will be good, because it will encourage people to sit on our patio and enjoy the beauty that is back there. Keep in mind we have the Horseshoe pit, the Bocce Court, Croquet and Pickle Ball equipment, all social distancing activities and good for 2 people at a time. Let’s enjoy what we have as soon as we can!
The Center’s Re-Opening Plan
There’s a lot to consider with re-opening. We know it is going to be different. But even with restrictions or limits, we will be able to address the social isolation that has occurred since March 20th. In general, as we age we are more likely to experience social isolation; adult children move away, health issues can impact abilities and we may experience loss. If these situations occur, they may lead to changes in social activities. However, the pandemic hit all of us fast and furious, taking all our social activities away and leaving many with boredom, apathy, loss of appetite, etc. Re-opening the Center to small outside gatherings will begin this month. Each day, weather permitting, we will welcome small groups (no more than 6 in a group) for outdoor meetings/conversations. Requirements: Sign ups for a group is required. All participants must answer a screening questionnaire.
Scan cards are required so we can track attendance. Be sure to bring yours!
The time limit will be for no more than 1 hour.
Access inside the building will be for emergencies only.
Masks must be worn until you get settled in your seat .
Hand sanitizer will be available for use.
Seats will be sanitized when group disbands.
Participants can bring their own drinks/snacks/lunch.
The Club’s Virtual Companionship Program
Are you a caregiver at home needing a break? Our Club Program has gone virtual! Have your loved one join Kathy and Tricia on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-12noon. We will be offering a virtual respite program for your loved one. Kathy and Tricia incorporate exercise, music, gardening, dog therapy and many of the same programs previously offered. If you are interested in more information call the Center at 508-359-3665 and Kathy will be able to review the program with you
Video Classes Available for Viewing in Your HOME!
We have many Great Courses available to loan you during your time at home. Learn something new from history to art and many topics in-between. Here are a few of the possibilities: The History of Ancient Egypt, Churchill, Great Masters: Beethoven, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Civil War, The Everyday Gourmet: Making Healthy Food Taste Great, Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Class and so much more. Call us to borrow a course on a first come, first served basis.
Sidewalk Jigsaw Puzzle Give-a-Way
THURS., JULY 2 Stop by the Center from 10 am – 2 pm for our sidewalk JigSaw Puzzle Give-a-Way!! Grab your puzzle for the weekend!
Conference Call BINGO
Wed. & Sat. at 11:30 a.m. 1-978-990-5000 access code 859729# Cards still available!
Video Classes Available for Viewing in Your HOME!
We have many Great Courses available to loan you during your time at home. Learn something new from history to art and many topics in-between. Here are a few of the possibilities: The History of Ancient Egypt, Churchill, Great Masters: Beethoven, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Civil War, The Everyday Gourmet: Making Healthy Food Taste Great, Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Class and so much more. Call us to borrow a course on a first come, first served basis
This week’s gentle mat yoga video with Tracy Buckley
POSTED 6/16/20: SIX WEEK "ZOOM" WORKSHOP: MY LIFE, MY HEALTH -CHRONIC DISEASE SELF-MANAGEMENT
The Center at Medfield offering a NEW Program…even if we’re closed.
Are you living with a physical or mental health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, COPD, cancer, arthritis, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, or other ongoing health condition?
Learn how to manage your health and improve your well-being. This FREE six-week workshop helps you devise a personalized approach to managing chronic illness symptoms on a daily basis.
Topics include: Exercise and nutrition, Managing pain, fatigue, difficult emotions, and depression, Medications and making treatment decisions, and more!
You will learn skills to help you have increased energy and physical activity, decreased pain, fatigue, depression and fewer social limitations.
Participate from the comfort of your home, either by virtual on-line Zoom session, or by phone session. The program encompasses 6 weekly sessions and consistent attendance is required.
You may choose to register for either format:
The virtual on-line-Zoom session has 8-12 participants who will meet for a full class session of 2-2.5 hours each week. We will go over subjects in depth and you will have more time for group discussion and brainstorming.
Starting July 16 through August 20, Thursdays from 1:00-3:30.
The phone session has 4-6 participants who will meet for an abbreviated class session of one hour each week. This format relies on your ability to do individual self-study. There will be a brief discussion of subject material and sharing of action plans to help keep you on track.
Starting July 14 through August 18, Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30.
For more information and to sign-up today, please call The Center at Medfield at 508-359-3665 and leave a message with your name, phone number and email.
POSTED 6/2/20: This week’s chair yoga with Tracy Buckley https://youtu.be/HS7pj-NXmVk
POSTED 5/26/20: The latest gentle mat yoga video with Tracy Buckley. https://youtu.be/mC2XveErlSY
POSTED 5/21/20: Consider taking the Dale Street School Building Project Survey via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J5SGTVD
POSTED 5/17/20: Another gentle mat yoga video with Tracy Buckley. Thanks Tracy!!
POSTED 5/4/20: ANOTHER GENTLE MAT YOGA CLASS VIA YOUTUBE
More mat yoga With Tracy Buckley. Thanks Tracy!!
POSTED 4/27/20: GENTLE MAT YOGA CLASS VIA YOUTUBE
To help you stay fit while staying at home, here is a 35-minute gentle mat yoga class with Tracy Buckley: https://youtu.be/06JcpprHzDg .
POSTED 4/25/20: 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.
POSTED 4/24/20: STATE REP.DENISE GARLICK’S DAILY COVID-19 UPDATES
State Representative Denise Garlick posts a daily COVID-19 update, which is packed with timely and useful information. If you would like to receive her updates consider following her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DeniseGarlick/) or signup for her newsletters at her website, https://repgarlick.com/
POSTED 4/17/20: MEDICARE, MASS HEALTH and MORE
If you are turning 65 in the next few months, you may want to check in with a SHINE Counselor (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) through HESSCO. Besides helping people with Medicare and Mass Health, SHINE has been addressing:
· What do I do if my local SSA office is closed
· I’ve been laid off, what do I do now
· I’m having difficulties with MassHealth customer service or MH benefits
· I’m having difficulty completing MH, SSA, or Medicare forms
· Do I need to do anything to receive my economic impact payment from the IRS
· Is this a legitimate call or could it be fraud
There are two ways to get in touch with a SHINE Counselor; Call the Medfield COA at 508-359-3665 and we will get you in contact with our SHINE Counselor or contact HESSCO at 781-784-4944 X235.
POSTED 4/16/20: ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION
The Medfield Council on Aging encourages everyone to vote in the upcoming election. If you would like to cast an absentee ballot you must submit an "Absentee Ballot Application" to the Medfield Townhouse. You may do so by mailing your completed and signed form or by dropping it into the green mailbox behind the townhouse.
To get a blank application form please click the following link. If you cannot print the form you may get one from the bin placed at the front door of the Council on Aging located at 1 Ice House Road.
POSTED 4/3/20: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM ROBERTA LYNCH, DIRECTOR OF THE MEDFIELD COUNCIL ON AGING
April is here and the Center remains closed. Maybe we will open on May 4, which by the way is the rescheduled date for the Town Election. Time will tell. The Town Meeting has been rescheduled for June15.
While the building is closed COA staff are working for you, making calls, assisting with shopping, helping with the census, delivering equipment, meals and whatever else you need. All you have to do is call the Center, leave your message and we will get back to you. So far, we have provided 35 shopping assists, made over 600 phone calls, delivered medical equipment, have an active Phone Pal Program with volunteers and seniors and are available to support you in any way that we can.
I encourage you to complete your 2020 Census Questionnaire (if you need help please let us know). COA yearly funding from the State, for the next 10 years, will be based on the federal census of total number of 60+ individuals in Medfield.
We encourage you to stay home, wash your hands, keep your distance, stay safe, and we look forward to a reopening celebration when the time is right!
POSTED 3/25/20: Join fitness instructor Kim Vareika for two 30-minute chair exercise routines, which were recently filmed at The Center. Many thanks to Kim and Medfield TV for taking the time to produce this video.
POSTED 3/25/20: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM ROBERTA LYNCH, DIRECTOR OF THE MEDFIELD COUNCIL ON AGING
Do you need something at the store? The Center at Medfield has volunteers ready to help with shopping and errands.Please call the Center at 508-359-3665 Option 1.
Are you alone? Is staying home starting to make you feel blue? Call the Center so we can connect you with someone that you can chat with about everything and anything (and maybe not about the virus). Having someone to talk to and laugh with is great medicine. Give the Center a Call at 508-359-3665 and let’s make that connection!
Remember how the Center always received delicious bagels from Blue Moon, well you can pick up a pre-packed bag of bagels at the Medfield High School on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 noon-1:00 p.m. Enter through the front lobby door.
Coming soon on Medfield TV Public Channel - Comcast 8 and Verizon 47 - Exercise Life for Life I and II with Kim Vareika
POSTED 3/19/20: Please read the following note from the desk of Roberta Lynch, Director of the Medfield Council on Aging:
DUE TO CAUTION REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS, THE CENTER IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE READ A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR, BELOW
STAY UP-TO-DATE WITH MEDFIELD’S CORONAVIRUS ALERTS BY CLICKING THE LINK AT THE VERY TOP OF THIS WEB PAGE
ABOUT THE COUNCIL ON AGING
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.
A letter concerning the Coronavirus from Roberta Lynch, Director of the Medfield Council on Aging
For the safety of all our participants at the Center, we are suspending all programs and the building will be closed to the general public until further notice.
The Council on Aging staff will be available during our regular hours for services, questions, individual consultations, equipment loans and transportation services.
Please call the Center at 508-359-3665 for any questions, concerns or needs that you may have.
Roberta Lynch R.N., Director
Medfield Council on Aging
One Ice House Road
Medfield MA 02052
Federal Census -What You Need tp Know
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The Constitution in Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790. The census is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire online, by phone or by mail. On March 12 there will be a mass mailing by the Census Bureau.
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others need to know in order to provide daily services, products, and support, including your Council on Aging. Funding that is provided to the Medfield Council on Aging from the state of Massachusetts is dependent on the census. The Formula Grant that the Medfield COA receives yearly from the State is based on the Federal Census. This year the COA received $12.00 per 60+ person based on the 2010 census, for which Medfield was noted to have 2010 60+ plus residents. According to our town census in 2019, there has been a significant increase to 2733 in Medfield’s 60+ population. It is imperative that you respond to the U.S. census, as State funding to the Medfield COA is based on that total number for the next 10 years.
Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed a survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is necessary for you and our community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect funding, congressional representation, and more. If you need help completing your questionnaire, please stop into the Center and we will be glad to help you.
FOSI YARD SALE - The Center at Medfield
Date to be announced
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)
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.
CANCELLED - Saturday Hours at the Center