Opened and dedicated in January 2008, the building is home of all activities and programs of the Medfield Council on Aging. A town department geared towards meeting the needs of the older community adults. In March 2012, “The Club” opened, through a grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation, offering caregiver relief two days a week.
The Council on Aging provides valuable services to our senior community by offering transportation, meals, counseling, and a variety of other services. The Council on Aging Board consists of Louis Fellini, Chairman, Neil DuRoss, Michael Clancy, Gwen Centore and Rozlyn Talerman. Each member is instrumental in providing support, direction and sets policies and procedures for the Council on Aging and the facility. The Council on Aging staff includes Roberta Lynch, R.N. as Director, Cheryl Lavallee, LICSW as Outreach Worker, and Susan Bernstein, MA as the Volunteer Coordinator and William Pardi as Transportation Coordinator.
The Council on Aging coordinates and works with other human service agencies, voluntary organizations, citizen’s associations, governmental agencies, area agencies on aging and others in the community to provide services to the older adults in the community.
The following is a sampling of the services the COA provides: fitness and exercise classes, educational and social programs, food shopping assistance, friendly visiting, individual and group support, health benefits counseling, health screenings, health services, assistance with fuel and food stamp applications, supporting home delivered meals, home repair referral, housing assistance, medical equipment loans, legal assistance,The Ride applications, snow shoveling program, social day program, transportation, wellness checks, veteran’s counseling, salon services, daily congregate meals, tax work-off program and a variety of unique trips.
Are you caring for a loved one at home? Could you use a break? Inquire about “The Club” on Tuesday and Thursday. It may be just the relief that you need. This program is funded in part by the MetroWest Health Foundation. Call the Center for more information at 508-359-3665.
Natick VNA Health Promotion Clinic- Jean Sniffen RN will be available on Tuesday, November 5 at 11:15 at the Center for health consultations.
Health Insurance Counseling– SHINE Counselor, Ron Griffin will be available for individual counseling for Medfield residents only on Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 12 noon through December 10. Call for an appointment.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Our SHINE volunteer will continue to meet the needs of Medfield seniors seeking counsel on their Medicare healthcare concerns, however, this free counseling is available for Medfield residents only.
Veteran’s Office Hours– Veterans’ Service Officer will be available for appointments on Tuesdays through Dec. 10 from 9am-12 noon for Medfield residents only and appointments are required.
Legal Check Up- Attorney Mary Roque will be available on Wednesday, November 13 from 9:00am -10:30am for one-on-one consultations. Please call the Center for your appointment.
Walpole VNA -Check your BP on Tuesday, November 19 at 12 noon.
Selectman Office Hours – Meet with Selectman Pete Peterson the first Friday of the month from 9-10am.
The File of Life is available to you upon request; and we highly recommend that everyone has their File of Life available. It is a magnetic pocket holder for your refrigerator that holds your identification and medical information. We suggest that you put a photo on the pocket as well. Medfield EMT’s when responding to a request for help, look for the File of Life to help facilitate your care. The information if current can alert emergency workers about your medical history that helps deal with the situation at hand. Please remember to update your information when it changes, new information sheets are available at the Center upon request.
With seniors wondering about the government shutdown or the implementation of the Affordable Care Act they might be distracted on their own Medicare healthcare enrollment for 2014. This is a very important time when all Medicare Seniors can re-select their healthcare choice for 2014. Each year new plans enter the Medicare market and some leave it. Premiums, co-insurance and co-pays change often leaving the senior concerned their current plan is no longer their best choice. This is especially true in selecting a Medicare Part D Prescription drug plan whose cost and coverage is impossible to predict without the aid of a computer. Information about selecting a Medicare Part D plan is available in our lobby. Our SHINE counselor is available to help answer your questions so that you are more comfortable with your decision for 2014. Call the Center at 508-359-3665 for an appointment!
Eileen is a licensed muscular therapist and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Eileen is available every other Thursday for massage therapy sessions focusing on pain and stress relief. Using a unique combination of techniques along with gentle muscle rocking to evoke the body’s relaxation response, she is able to work deeply, not painfully on a client’s specific area of concern bringing about deep whole mind/body relaxation. An appointment can be scheduled by calling the Center and payment is made directly to Eileen. As always our tip jar will be available to support FOSI.
ARE YOU AT RISK FOR FALLING?
The possibility of a fall worries most older adults and their families. Falls are often the most common cause of nonfatal injury for older adults, often causing hospitalization and interfering with an independent life style.
Use this simple survey to assess risk of falling for yourself or on behalf of a loved one.
Do you live alone?
Have you fallen in the last 12 months?
Do you have vision loss?
Do you have difficulty getting up to a standing position?
When you stand up do you sometimes feel lightheaded, dizzy or off balance?
Do you take 4 or more medications each day?
Do you feel sad or “blue”?
Do you feel stiff or weak and have trouble walking?
Do your feet hurt?
Do you make hurried trips to the bathroom?
Do you limit your activities because you are afraid you might fall?
Do you have stairs to climb or go down?
Are items in your home in a hard to reach place?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, stop into the COA and pick up information to minimize fall risk.
Reproduced from Philips Life Line
The Medfield Council on Aging is happy to introduce to you a new wellness service at the Center. Lynne Moody and Jeanne Sullivan, co-owners/operators of Travelling Dental care, LLC, will have office hours on the third Wednesday of each month from 10:00am to 2:30pm to provide dental screenings and preventative treatments directly to individuals that might otherwise find it difficult to visit a traditional dental office due to transportation issues or cost. They currently accept MassHealth or Medicare insurance, as well as private pay clients.
Dental cleanings performed are thorough and as professional as you might receive in a dental office. The oral screenings will evaluate an array of oral conditions such periodontal disease, oral cancer, dental infections and decay. If additional care is needed, such as extractions, dentures or restorations, they will provide a referral to a nearby dentist or contact a visiting dentist in the area.
Lynne and Jeanne bring their own portable and self contained dental equipment and all of their instruments are sterilized according to OSHA standards in a routinely tested autoclave. They stay up to date on the latest information in the dental field by taking various continuing education classes, focusing on meeting the needs of the aging or medically compromised individual. Cost of the dental service is $50 and Mass Health Insurance is accepted.
Interested in an appointment on Wednesday, November 20 or more information about this new service, simply call the COA at 508-359-3665.
The aging process provides us with many challenges and often we experience a variety of losses. Life coaching helps you learn how to make choices that create an effective, balanced and fulfilling life. Deborah A. Merriam, Ed.D. holds a master’s in counseling and a doctorate in behavioral studies. Dr. Merriam will work one on one with Medfield residents to help you navigate the challenges you are facing. Free confidential sessions are available every other Tuesday and require an appointment by calling 508-359-3665.