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  • SATURDAY HOURS BEGIN IN MARCH!!

  • The Center at Medfield has grown tremendously over the last ten years. As home to the Medfield Council on Aging, the Center’s presence has evolved into an active and vibrant community, offering over 900 seniors an extensive and broad range of activities, resources and events. A grant was submitted to MetroWest Health Foundation in October 2017 for funding to open our doors on Saturdays. And it was approved! This program will be evolving over the next 6 weeks. Plan to visit the Center for programming beginning Saturday, March 3 from 10:00 a.m.— 3:00 p.m.

  • LOW VISION GROUP MEETING

  • You are not alone in your vision challenges! Come share your successes and struggles and together we shall navigate the journey of life with low vision. Join us for our next support group meeting on Tuesday, February 13 at The Center at Medfield from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Contact Lisa Marie Donovan, Outreach Coordinator at (508)359-3665 for information.
  • LOW HEARING SUPPORT MEETING

  • Have you ever felt that your hearing is not as good as it used to be? The Low Hearing group will be meeting on Thursday, February 22 at 10am. Susan has arranged for a representative from Massachusetts Relay, Claire Comeau, who will discuss what they can do to help you.

    Massachusetts Relay provides free, 24 hour service to the entire state of Massachusetts allowing individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind or have Difficulty Speaking to communicate freely with friends, family, and businesses that use a standard telephone. She will have time for questions after her presentation.

    We will also have time to discuss other issues you may be experiencing as you cope with your need to hear and communicate. It’s always nice to get together to share ideas and help one another with information that has worked for individuals in the group. We hope to see you for this opportunity to learn about a great resource. Please let us know if you will be able to attend so I can have enough chairs available. Any questions please contact Susan Bernstein at 508-359-3665.

  • Caregiver Support Group

  • Come share your experience, advice, and support to other caregivers. The group offers a safe place to discuss the stresses, challenges, and rewards of providing care for a loved one. Our group meets Thursday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. in our Library. Please feel free to contact Lisa Marie Donovan, Outreach Coordinator at (508) 359-3665 with any questions or concerns

  • The Club – Adult Respite Care

  • Are you caring for a loved one at home? Could you use a break? Inquire about “The Club” on Tuesday and Thursday. For more details, reference “The Club” page on this web site. It may be just the relief that you need.

  • YARD SALE NEWS

  • It is never to early to start cleaning, packing and planning for the annual FOSI Yard Sale! This year the big event will be on Saturday, April 28 from 8:00 -2:00 p.m. This is the largest fundraising event that the Friends group holds, helping to support the goals and programs of the Council on Aging. With your help this can be the best Yard Sale ever. Start your spring cleaning early, box up your gently used unwanted items and deliver them to the Center beginning Friday, April 20. Our planning meeting will be Thursday, March 1 at 12 noon. Please join us; when you support FOSI, you support the COA!

  • SCHEDULED EVENTS

  • AARP Tax Aid Program Begins

  • Appointments are being accepted for the tax program. This service is provided by AARP trained tax preparers and is intended for simple tax returns. It is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. Please call the Center at 508-359-3665 and schedule your appointment. The program runs on Wednesdays, February 7th- April 11th, 9:00 a.m.-1 p.m. Once the appointment is made we will confirm the date and time by sending you a letter detailing what you need to bring to your appointment and the intake/interview form that you will need to fill out prior to your appointment. For more information call Susan Bernstein at 508-359-3665.

  • Meet Elaine Ficcardi

  • You may know Elaine as our SHINE Counselor, however Elaine has left SHINE, now opening up her own business Simply Wise Solutions, LLC. Elaine will be at the Center on Tuesday, February 13 at 12:30 p.m. Elaine’s focus is on personal finance, budgeting, bill paying, reconciling bank accounts, debt consolidation, Medicare education and consulting.

  • Minds in Motion – one of the most stimulating hours you will spend all week

  • Introduce yourself to fresh ideas and different ways of thinking – all in a setting that’s comfortable and where there’s no right or wrong answer. Enroll in Minds in Motion, which begins February 28.

    Each of the four sessions lasts an hour and each session covers a new topic. It could be moral dilemmas, folk art, human emotions, expressing yourself in writing, women inventors, pop psychology, irresistible classical music, reading faces, or something in the news such as an upcoming Supreme Court case. Minds in Motion runs on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and meets Feb. 28, March 7, 14, and 21. The due date for registering is February 23. Since participation is limited to 15, register early to reserve your spot. Call (508) 359-3665. The fee for the program is $10.
  • Building Resiliency and Managing the Stress of Life

  • Stress is a normal part of life. Stress affects us all in different ways, not all of which are negative. Eustress is a positive form of stress that can be beneficial and enhance your quality of life. However, chronic stress can be detrimental. Because the vast majority of health problems are caused or influenced by stress, it’s important to understand how stress affects your body and learn effective stress management techniques to make stress work for you rather than against you to improve your resiliency to the inevitable stress of life.
    This series, beginning February 5 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. will help increase your awareness of stress and learn effective strategies to manage the impact to your health and wellbeing. Participants can benefit from participation in individual modules, but will most benefit from the series in total. Sign up for this free stress management workshop presented by Nancy Brais.
    February 5 -Module 1 What is stress?
    Overview of the biological response to stress, causes of stress, age related changes that impact stress in our lives and effective stress management strategies to improve your resilience to life.

    February 12 -Module 2 Breathing and Relaxation Techniques

    Learn how to elicit the relaxation response to counteract the stress response (bring a mat; a pillow is also recommended)

    February 26 -Module 3 Cognitive skills to reduce stress

    Learn how thoughts, beliefs and attitude impact your perception and response to stress and how to make your mind work for your benefit.

    March 5 -Module 4 Developing healthy skills and habits to build resiliency

    Learn how diet, exercise, hobbies and communication can lower the risks of stress on your life and improve your resiliency.

    March 12 -Module 5 Ergonomics – Stress management for your body

    Ergonomics is fitting the task to the person. A good fit improves comfort, productivity and performance. Learn ergonomic principles to reduce the stress and strain on your joints and improve your performance for everyday activities.

  • Flower Arranging

  • Claudette O’Brien will hold a flower arranging class on Friday, February 9th at !0:00 a.m. Sign up and bring home a beautiful arrangement for Valentine’s Day! Cost is $5/arrangement.

  • Chocolate Tasting

  • Tickets are available for our 2nd annual “Chocolate Tasting” to be held on Wednesday, February 14 from 2-4 p.m.

    Enjoy chocolate desserts from some of our local businesses, along with our delicious home made treats. Tickets are $3/person and limited to only 50 people!

  • ROMEO Outing

  • Friday, February 9 at 11:30 am the bus will leave for our American Legion Hall for some pool, darts, conversation, a beer and lunch. Let’s get together and support our local legion!

  • JULIET Outing

  • JULIET (Jovial Unique Ladies Independently Eating Together) a request has been made to return to Fancy That in Walpole. Enjoy a delightful Tea in the beautiful Victorian Tea House on Friday, February 16. This outing is limited to 9 women, the cost is $28 and the bus leaves at 11:30 a.m.
  • February Breakfast

  • Stop by for a delicious omelette, bacon, juice, and coffee on February 8 at 8:30 a.m. – $3/person

  • Supper Club

  • Join the COA on Wed. February 21, at 5:00 for a delicious chili dinner. Why cook, when you can join us for a fun evening. Please make reservations for dinner on/or before Friday, February 16. Cost of this evening is $6/person.

  • Chickie Flynn’s

  • Enjoy Chickie Flynn’s luncheon on Thursday, February 22. The bus leaves at 11:10 and cost is $5 (lunch & transportation). Tips are in addition.

  • Birthday Party

  • The next Birthday Party is scheduled for Tuesday, February 27 at 11:30pm. Entertainment is provided by Jeff Jarvis.

    Each month we celebrate the birthdays of that month. If you are 75 years or older you will receive a card from the COA with a gift certificate to be used at the party for you and a guest. Enjoy a delicious lunch, birthday cake and we always have entertainment or an activity to follow. Feel free to enjoy the party even if you do not have a birthday that month. The suggested donation for the party lunch is $3. Please remember it is important for everyone to sign up for the lunch, so that we can order the right amount of food.

  • St. Patrick’s Dinner

  • Wednesday, March 14 at 5:00 p.m., with entertainment by the Medfield High School Ukulele Club. Cost: $15

  • Market Basket

  • Monday, February 12. Bus leaves at 12:15 p.m.

  • MOVIES – Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. Check Calendar

  • WHY WATCH MOVIES
    Jack Nicholsen said during one of his Oscar award ceremonies, “they entertain us, they offer hope (and) give traumas; they take us places, we’ve never been, just even for a few moments; they can take us away, when we want to get away; movies inspire us; they challenge us and despite our differences, they are (the) common link to humanity, in all of us.” Movies let us escape from our world, let us experience someone very different from ourselves. Movies can open up the world to us, experiencing new places, new emotions, new relationships, reality and make us laugh and cry. Movies are magic. Join us at the Center for our movie presentations hosted by Joan Lee.

    Wednesday, February 7 – Still Mine – An elderly couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.

    Wednesday, February 28 – Marshall – About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

    Be sure to sign up so we have enough chairs ready for you!!

    A special thank you to Joan Lee for selecting and hosting our movies each month! (for years)!

    Be sure to sign up so we have enough chairs ready for you!!
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  • BOOKS

  • Great Books Group

  • Join the Great Books discussion of East of Eden on Thursday, February 1 at 1:00 p.m. Here are some thought provoking questions; East of Eden is a combination novel/memoir; Steinbeck writes himself in as a minor character in the book, a member of the Hamilton family. What do you think he gained by morphing genres in this fashion? What distinguishes this from a typical autobiography? What do you think Steinbeck’s extremely personal relationship to the material contributes to the novel?

  • Page Turners Book Club

  • All those who enjoyed watching Fannie Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes” will enjoy her book chosen for the Page Turners meeting on February 5th. “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” is a hilarious account of a bossy mother, her very worried daughter, and an organization called WASP of whom few of us have heard. (No, not that WASP!) What begins with a disturbing visit from the mail man turns into a feminist story of an actual historical group of American women. Everyone is invited to join us as we talk about this book.

  • SPECIAL TRIPS

  • Boston Flower Show – March 15

  • Join us on Thursday, March 15 for the Boston Flower Show. Tickets to the show are $20 and transportation is an addition $5. Lunch is on your own. Limited to 14. Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m.

  • Duck Tour – May 24

  • Join The Center for an exciting DUCK Tour and lunch at the No Name Restaurant on Thursday, May 24. Cost is $94

  • Jersey Shore Trip, June 4-7, to Wildwood Crest and Cape May

  • Pack your suitcase for a 3 night/4 day trip to the Jersey Shore, June 4-7. A totally relaxing trip and short get away! Pick up the flyer at The Center for details.

  • BOARD GAMES

  • Mah Jongg

  • Play Mah Jongg every Monday at 2 p.m. and on Wednesday, February 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.

  • Bingo

  • Wednesday, February 7 at 3:15 p.m. and Wednesday, February 28 at 3:15 p.m.

  • CARDS, CARDS, CARDS !

  • CANASTA on Fridays at 11:00 a.m. with program leader Phyllis Fitzpatrick! All welcome!

    3-13, another new game, starting on Mondays at 2:00 p.m. The object of the game is to form all the cards in your hand into combinations. It’s an easy to learn and fast paced game. Get in on the fun, beginning November 6.

    WHIST on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. It is a fun game of strategy and communication between four players.

    CRIBBAGE – Learn to play cribbage on Mondays at 12 noon. It’s one of the best two-hand games and one of the most enduring. It has entertained card players as far back as the 7th century.