Medfield COA

The Center at Medfield

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS


Director’s Note: 


Please note that any of our activities, classes or trips may be modified, postponed or even cancelled at any time depending on the changing status of the Covid-19 pandemic. We will continue to use our air purifiers and larger spaces for activities. The Center will follow all guidelines provided by our Town Administration, along with local and state Board of Health. 


Roberta Lynch


Winter Weather Reminder


With winter upon us, it is important to remind you that when the Medfield Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Center is closed, and all programs are cancelled. If schools have a 2-hour delay, the Center will also have a 2-hour delay (opening at 11 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.) If we determine that it is unsafe for trips, activities and/or transportation, the COA can and will cancel any program at any time. Please write your phone number down on any sign-up sheet, so we have easy access to informing you of scheduling changes. 


Fuel Assistance is Available! 


Fuel assistance helps thousands of local families with home heating bills each year. Did you know, Fuel assistance is not just for oil, gas, or electricity, if you heat your home with a pellet or wood stove you may receive assistance with that too! The application process may seem daunting and I am happy to assist you in this task! If you previously received fuel assistance you should have received a renewal application in the mail. If you have not, you may call SMOC 508-620-2342 and they will re-issue another one for you. New to fuel assistance? No problem, I have applications available for new applicants! Please contact the Center at 508-359-3665 and ask for Lisa Marie Donovan Outreach Coordinator for a confidential appointment.


Snow Shoveling Program 


In no time, winter will be upon us with that beautiful white snow. The Center’s Snow Shoveling Program has been active for many years. For information about this program that helps with shoveling out your mailbox, front steps and walkway, call Sarah at 508-359-3665.


Weekly Health Clinic


The Center will be offering a weekly health clinic on Tuesday 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. beginning November 2. Medfield resident and COA volunteer Gaby Harrison who is an RN licensed in MA, NH and ME and a Nurse Practitioner licensed in MA will be providing this weekly clinic. Her background includes experience in all major Boston hospitals and a past member of the Medfield Board of Health. Gaby will be available for individual blood pressure checks and address any questions or concerns you might have. A signup sheet will be available for scheduling. Thank you Gaby for offering your expertise to the Center!


Drop-in General Grief Support Group 


The Center at Medfield recognizes that navigating the loss of a loved one can be challenging. You need not travel this path alone. This new initiative, a drop-in grief support group, offers a way to gain peer support and companionship, especially when times are difficult. The group will meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Please call Lisa Marie Donovan at the Center if you have any questions or want more information 508-359-3665 X 203 or email Lisa at ldonovan@medfield.net .


Adult Respite Care 


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 kpowers@medfield.net or call The Center at 508-359-3665.


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)                 

Medfield Has a Full Time Public Health Nurse

Meet 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.     

Page Turners Reunites for 2022 

Maggie Joseph, who has been running the book club and literature classes since 2003, wants to bring this back to the Center in 2022. All of you who love to read and discuss books are invited to join Maggie for the first planning meeting on Wednesday, January 12 at 11:00 a.m. Please call the Center to sign up. “All I have learned, I learned from books” -Abraham Lincoln 

Caregiver Support 

If you have questions about caregiving, call the Center and we can help you navigate the challenges you may be facing. Stop in for the monthly support group on Jan. 27 at 2:00 p.m. 

New Year’s Resolution: Get Your Mind in Motion 

Here’s a New Year’s Resolution for you. Brighten your spirits, challenge your outlook, and enjoy a healthy dose of laughter in 2022 by registering for Minds in Motion, the nationally award-winning program that returns to the Center in January. “This is not a lecture hour,” advises Jerry Cianciolo, the program’s founder. “Instead, participants are engaged in thought-provoking challenges from the minute they sit down.” Topics run the gamut, from culture, self-awareness, the arts, truth, the law, and society in general. Join us Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on January 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16. Limited to 15. Pre-registration is required. Fee for the program: $10. 

Medfield Fire Department Outreach 

Offering Life Safety Home Inspections 

Captain Bill Deking and Firefighter/Paramedic Meghan McGinn will be offering Life Safety Inspections of your home. Often times, you may not even realize what might be a serious hazard. An example of areas that will be addressed are Smoke/Carbon Dioxide detectors. Has it expired? Does it need a new battery or be replaced? Can it be heard in every room? Is the bathroom safe? Does the tub need a grab bar or nonslip strips? Do exterior doors have secure locks? Are exterior walkways safe and free of tripping hazards? There are so many areas that can cause potential falls or problems that a fresh pair of eyes can help to identify. Call the Center at 508-359-3665 to sign up for a Home Safety Inspection with our fire department. To sign up, simply provide your name, address and phone number at the Center and Captain Deking will contact you to schedule an inspection of your home. 

Fall and Fall Prevention 

Join Bill Deking and Meaghan McGinn on Thursday, January 13 from 9-11 a.m. Their focus will be on falls and fall prevention. We know that falls can be devastating and prevention is the best medicine. However, if you do fall, there are ways to get up off the floor, when you should call for assistance and so much more. Stop in and speak one on one to Meaghan or Bill and get your questions answered. 

Supper Club

Sign up to be part of our first Supper Club in 2022! Join us on Wednesday, January 19 following our BINGO game for pasta and meatballs beginning around 5pm (when BINGO ends). Enjoy the Center’s signature pasta sauce along with a delicious-tossed salad all for only $6. Keep in mind for those who do not like to drive when it is dark, the bus can pick you up and bring you home! Be sure to sign up for planning purposes. 

Have You or a Loved One Experienced a Loss? 

Vickie Harrison is famous for her quote “Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm and sometimes it is overwhelming; all we can do is learn to swim”. True as that statement is, you need not “learn to swim alone”. Come feel the support of those that can truly identify with how you are feeling. Loss is still one of the hardest challenges we as people endure. Loss comes in all forms none of which are easy. The loss may be a spouse, a friend, a child, even a beloved pet. Each person’s loss is as unique as the relationships and bonds you hold with. You are not on this path alone. Please join us for this 6-week group and embark on a journey of healing alongside others who have found themselves on this path. The Center is offering a 6-session support group that starts on Tuesday, Jan.18 at 11:00 a.m. and concludes on Tuesday, February 22. Please call the Center 508-359-3665 or email ldonovan@medfield.net for more information and to reserve your spot! 


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