I hope everyone had a wonderful summer, enjoying the warmer weather (and rain) and family gatherings. September is the beginning of our year of activities. In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, we will continue to follow CDC, state and our Board of Health guidelines as we move forward. I will adjust our schedule and programs as needed and required. Please be sure to sign in so that I can reach you if necessary.
I am happy to say that we will start the month off with a Pancake Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 8:30 a.m. (RESCHEDULED) with an update by our Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler. She will highlight some of the past happening’s and what’s in store for Medfield’s future. We anticipate opening up on Saturdays beginning September 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. offering Zumba at 9:00 a.m., a morning movie at 9:30 a.m., a light lunch will be served at 11:30, BINGO at 12:30 p.m. and Mah Jongg at 1 p.m. There are two other classrooms available. I will be happy to take suggestions for activities in those rooms! I look forward to having everyone safely enjoy what is offered at The Center at Medfield!
From the Desk of Sarah Hanifan, Volunteer Coordinator
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Here at the Center we are looking for a few more volunteer drivers to provide rides for people who are no longer able to drive themselves or are going to an eye appointment where they are unable to drive home. These rides are primarily in the immediate area. Typically Millis, Norwood, Foxboro, Natick, Needham, Framingham. Occasionally, we have a request for Boston but if you do not feel comfortable with those rides, it’s not a problem to opt out. Please conatct me at 508-359-3665 x201 or by e-mail at email@example.com to learn more. Did you know that each week Blue Moon, Shaws-Medfield and Donut Express make a generous donation of food to the center? Next time you visit one of these establishments please feel free to let them know we appreciate their donations! “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia
Saturday Programming Coming Soon
Saturday Programming will start on September 18. The Center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stop in for a Saturday schedule.
Pancake Breakfasts (RESCHEDULED)
I am happy to say that we will start the month off with a Pancake Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 8:30 a.m. with an update by our Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler. She will highlight some of the past happening’s and what’s in store for Medfield’s future.
Dr. Hylander Presents STRIKES and UNIONS
“Workers of the world unite,” urged Karl Marx, “you have nothing to lose but your chains.” Join us as we discuss the origins of the American labor movement. Basically, our discussions will focus of the nineteenth century. We will cover the Homestead Strike, the Pullman Strike and others, along with the tactics used by management to curb workers’ organizations. Join us on Monday, September 13 at 2:30 p.m. Please call the Center to sign up.
Minds in Motion Returns September 8
Last year, Minds in Motion won a prestigious award from the National Council on Aging. It was cited as the BEST program of its kind in the nation. Ask those who have participated and they’ll tell you Minds in Motion is popular for three reasons. One, it’s fun, with lots of laughter throughout the hour. Two, it’s stimulating. You’ll be exposed to a host of topics that will spark your imagination. And, three, Minds in Motion is all discussion – no lecturing whatsoever. Instead, you’re the center of attention, challenged to think, to feel, to imagine, and to share your thoughts and life experience. Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-registration required. $15 fee. Limited to 15 participants.
September is National Falls Prevention Month
Falls have become epidemic in America and are now the leading cause of death due to injury for those over 65, and account for 40% of all nursing home admissions. Falls are also the leading cause of injury related emergency department visits for older adults, the major cause of hip fractures, and responsible for more than half of fatal head injuries. Nearly half of all seniors sustaining a fall DO NOT resume independent living.
As with so many things in our lives, prevention is worth a pound of cure-thanks to Benjamin Franklin. Here are seven simple exercises that we can do to improve balance and strength to reduce the risk of falls. Joining one of our exercise classes is a great way to meet people and makes exercising more fun!
The exercises are:
1. Heel lifts- stand with both feet flat on the ground. Raise your heels and stand on your tiptoes. Hold for a second and lower back down.
2. Toe lifts-stand with both feet flat on the ground. Raise your toes in the air until your weight is on your heels. Hold for a second and lower your toes.
3. Leg lifts-stand straight and lift one leg off the ground. (Hold onto a chair or other support, if you need). After 10 seconds, lower your leg. Switch sides and repeat.
4. Heel to toe walk-Slowly walk forward placing the heel of one foot directly in front of the other. Look ahead a bit if it helps keep your balance. Repeat for 20 steps.
5. Backward leg lifts-stand straight with feet shoulder width apart. Hold on again if you need to do so and lift one leg behind you and lower it back down. Switch sides . 6. Sit to stand- sit in a sturdy chair and place both feet on the floor. Stand using only your legs and slowly sit down again. You can hold your arms out in front of you or cross them.
7. Wall push-ups- place your hands on the wall at chest height with your fingers pointed up. Keep your back straight and slowly bend your elbows to bring your body toward the wall.
National First Aid Day
Join Medfield’s Fire Chief, William Carrico on Tuesday, September 14 at 2:30 p.m. for a first aid presentation, along with information on fall prevention. First aid applies to a broad range of medical situations. First aid is not just a set of skills. It also involves the ability to determine the appropriate response to a specific illness or injury. In some cases, the appropriate first aid measure is enough in and of itself -- for example, putting a Band-Aid on a cut or ice on a superficial burn. This type of first aid can be described as self-sufficient. In other cases, appropriate first aid means that all one can do is to get expert medical aid for the patient as quickly as possible. This type of first aid is the invaluable act of summoning urgent medical assistance. There is also a broad category in which first aid literally means providing the "first" aid -- which will then taken over by medical professionals as soon as they become available. Learn more and join us on Sept. 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Normal Aging vs. Memory Loss Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 6:00 p.m.
What's the difference between normal, age-related forgetfulness and a serious memory problem? It's normal to forget things once in a while as we age, but serious memory problems make it hard to do everyday things like driving, using the phone, and finding your way home. Learn more about what is normal and what is not. This seminar is presented by Peter Bruce and Catherine Kent from Bridges by Epoch at Westwood. This is open to all community members and pre-registration is encouraged by calling the Center at 508-359-3665.
Natick-Walpole VNA will be holding a health clinic on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 1-2:30 p.m. Meet one on one with Alyssa Kaiser, R.N. for BP checks and any concerns. A sign up sheet will be available in the morning. Call 508-359-3665 to sign up.
Shred-It Truck Onsite
A Shred-It truck will be at the Center on Saturday, October 9 from 9:00 am - 12 Noon
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sign Up For Our Fox Tour Trips (click link to view flyer online)
(CANCELLED) Saturday, September 25 — NYC Day Trip—Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and 9/11 Memorial. $109/person
Tuesday, October 12— N.H. Turkey Train with lunch provided by Hart’s Turkey Farm. $99/person
Sunday, December 5-7— Atlantic City & Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show with the world famous Rockettes. Check the flyer for pricing.
HARDCOPY FLYERS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE CENTER
ROMEO and JULIET Outings
JULIETS signup for Thursday September 23. Destination: George's Surf N' Turf, Uxbridge
ROMEOS signup for Friday, September 17. Destination: Boston Tavern
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 email@example.com or call The Center at 508-359-3665.
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.
September 15— Tune Timers Band
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.