Town of Mansfield, MA, Council On Aging, 255 Hope Street, Mansfield 02048 Phone: (508) 261-7368 Fax: (508) 339-4886

News for July and August 2015

THE HIDDEN BENEFITS OF BEING ACTIVE

JOIN THE HANDCHIME CHOIR

FARMERS’ MARKET COUPONS AVAILABLE

FY 2016 SENIOR REAL ESTATE TAX WORK-OFF PROGRAM

YOGA TIME CHANGE


THE HIDDEN BENEFITS OF BEING ACTIVE
In a recent publication, Bristol Elder Services has reminded us that the benefits of becoming physically active are well established. Physical activity improves energy levels, sleep, weight control, respiration, cardiovascular health, diabetes management, mood and balance, and strengthens bones and muscles. It is never too late to start on the road to improved health! However, before you start any exercise program, consult your physician. For success in your new activity:

    • Start slow! Do not make up for years of inactivity in one week! Choose 15 or 30 minute sessions, and then increase your time when comfortable
    • Have fun! Work out with friends or join a group, and vary your exercise
    • Wear comfortable clothes and appropriate, sturdy shoes
    • Drink plenty of water, and stretch your muscles before and after exercise

For additional information, visit: www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/olderadults.html. return to menu

JOIN THE HANDCHIME CHOIR
The Mansfield Council On Aging Handchime Choir will be on summer break from July through September 3rd. The Handchime Choir will resume for the season on Thursday, September 10th at 9:00 AM.

The Choir currently has openings for new members. This activity does not require prior musical experience, and is very easy to learn. The Handchime Choir meets weekly on Thursdays. For additional information, or to join, please call the COA at 508-261-7368 and leave a message for Choir Director Mary Hourigan. return to menu

FARMERS’ MARKET COUPONS AVAILABLE
Mansfield COA will be participating once again in the summer Farmers’ Market Coupon Program. This Federally funded program offers $25 in vouchers to income eligible senior citizens. The vouchers will be distributed by the COA and are used at the participating Farmers’ Markets for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables, cut herbs and unprocessed honey. This program is a great way to stretch food dollars while purchasing locally grown produce. Coupon books will become available mid to late July. To determine your eligibility, please call the Outreach Department at 508-261-7368. Coupon books are limited and are available on a first come/first served basis. return to menu

FY 2016 SENIOR REAL ESTATE TAX WORK-OFF PROGRAM
The Fiscal 2016 Council On Aging Tax Work-Off Program will begin a new year starting on July 1st, 2015. Applications will be taken for new participants only that have never worked in the program in prior years, and appointments can be made at the COA beginning July 1st.

The Tax Work-Off Program allows eligible seniors age 60 and older to work in town departments for up to $750 in real estate tax credits. Participants can work up to a total of 83.3 hours. Jobs are available throughout Municipal offices and schools. The credits of $750, less estimated taxes/deductions, will show as an abatement off of the December tax bill, due on February 1st. Participants must own and live in their own property in Mansfield for which they are claiming the credits, and their names must be on the real estate tax bill.

Additionally, applicants for the program must be able to present a clean CORI (Criminal Offender’s Record Information). Those participants who have worked in the program in previous years and would like to participate in the program for FY 2016 may make an appointments starting August 1st.Job placements are limited to those town departments expressing interest in employing seniors through this program, and a work placement is not guaranteed. For additional information, or to schedule an appointment, please call Louise at 508-261-7368. return to menu

YOGA TIME CHANGE
Chair Yoga will meet from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM during the months of July and August. Chair Yoga will resume its 3:00 PM time slot on Thursday, September 3rd. return to menu