Medfield COA

The Center at Medfield

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In observance of Thanksgiving The Center will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.


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.

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


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.

https://youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E

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!

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is an annual period of time (October 15 through December 7) when current Medicare users can choose to re-evaluate part of their Medicare coverage (their Medicare Advantage/Part C and/or Part D plan) and compare it against all the other plans on the market. After re-evaluating, there is a better fit plan, there’s an option to switch, drop or add a Medicare Advantage and/or Part D plan. 

The Open Enrollment Period cannot be used to enroll in Part A and/or Part B for the first time. 

During the Open Enrollment Period (OEP) the following can occur: 

  • Anyone who has ( or signing up for) Medicare Parts A or B can join or drop a Part D prescription drug plan. 
  • Anyone with Original Medicare (Parts A & B) can switch to a Medicare Advantage plan. 
  • Anyone with Medicare Advantage can drop it and switch back to just Original Medicare (Parts A & B). 
  • Anyone with Medicare Advantage can switch to a new Medicare Advantage plan. 
  • Anyone with a Part D prescription drug plan can switch to a new Part D prescription drug plan. 

Each year, insurance companies can make changes to Medicare plans that can impact how out-of-pocket costs— monthly premiums, deductibles, drug costs, and provider or pharmacy, “networks.” A network is a list of doctors, hospitals, or pharmacies that negotiate prices with insurance companies. They can also make changes to plan’s “formulary” (list of covered drugs). Given these yearly changes, it is a good idea to re-evaluate your current Medicare plan each year to make sure it still meets needs. Below are some additional benefits of re-evaluating coverage during Open Enrollment: 

  • Switching to better prescription drug coverage can reduce out-of-pocket costs and ensure drug plans still cover needed prescriptions. 
  • Save money and keep your doctor in-network by switching Medicare Advantage or Part D plans. Research shows that the average consumer can save $300 or more annually if they review their Part D coverage 
  • Find a higher quality plan. Plans with a 5-star rating are considered high quality. If you are enrolled in a plan that is less than 3, consider using Open Enrollment to switch.

During Open Enrollment, Pre-Enrollment Open Enrollment forms are available at the Center. Once completed (sooner than later and before Nov. 1) drop off at the Center, a telephone appointment for you will be made with our SHINE Counselor so he can review your options.

FUEL ASSISTANCE: Fall is here and winter is coming 

Need help paying for fuel this winter? You are not alone. Fuel assistance helps thousands of local families with home heating bills each year. Fuel assistance is not just for oil, gas, or electricity; if you heat your home with a pellet or wood stove you can qualify to receive fuel assistance. 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 received your renewal application, you may call SMOC at 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. 

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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