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, Virginia Whyte, Vice Chairman, Neil DuRoss, and Michael Clancy. 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, June 4 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 Tuesday, June 11 from 9:00 am to 12 noon. 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 Tuesday, June 11 from 9am-12 noon for Medfield residents only and appointments are required.
Legal Check Up- Attorney Mary Roque will be available on Wednesday, June 5 from 9:00am -10:30am for one-on-one consultations. Please call the Center for your appointment.
Walpole VNA -Check your BP on Tuesday June 18 at 12noon.
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.
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