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

News for February 2016

BRIDGE AT THE COA

LONG DISTANCE MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION

HOLIDAY CLOSING

FUEL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

AARP INCOME TAX PREPARATION AT COA

FRIENDS NEEDED


BRIDGE AT THE COA
For those who love to play Bridge, or who want to learn how to play, a Bridge group is meeting weekly at the COA on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM. Newcomers are welcome! To learn more about the Bridge group, please call the COA at 508-261-7368 and leave a message for Charmaine. return to menu

LONG DISTANCE MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION
Long distance medical transportation through the Med-Wheels programs at GATRA is being offered only on a very limited basis due to lack of funding. The COA has been notified that only emergency cases will be served by that program, and that transportation will be on a one time only basis until at least July 1st. If transportation to your medical services is an issue, it is advisable to change your medical care to primary care and specialty services in the general Mansfield area.

Transportation is provided by the GATRA Dial-A-Ride service to the following areas:
• Foxboro/Plainville—Mondays & Wednesdays for appointments between 10 AM and 1 PM
• Attleboro—Tuesdays & Thursdays for appointments between 10 AM and 1 PM
• Norwood—Fridays for appointments between 10 AM and 1 PM

You must be a registered GATRA rider to use the Dial-A-Ride van. For more information, please call the COA at 508-261-7368. return to menu

HOLIDAY CLOSING
The Council on Aging will be closed on Monday, February 15th to observe Presidents’ Day. There will be no programs, meals or transportation services. Please plan accordingly. return to menu

FUEL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
If this year’s heating bills are a source of concern, consider filing a fuel assistance application with the COA Outreach Department. Lynette, Linda and Bev are available by appointment to discuss your needs and programs available to help. Some programs have income eligibilities, but are for low to moderate income households. For additional information, or to schedule an appointment, please call the Outreach Department at 508-261-7368. return to menu

AARP INCOME TAX PREPARATION AT COA
Income tax preparation services will once again be available at the Mansfield Council On Aging on Mondays through the tax season for seniors age 60 and older and income limited individuals and families under the age of 60. Starting on Monday, February 1st, AARP Tax Preparation services will be offered through two preparers by appointment only from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

Tax preparation services include simple individual Federal and state returns and the state’s Circuit Breaker filing for real estate tax and water/sewer fee rebates. Returns that include profit and loss from a business and complicated returns with multiple investments are not eligible to be prepared through this service. Those scheduling appointments will be given interview sheets and a check-off list of what to bring to the appointment. This service is very popular, and appointment times fill very quickly. To schedule an appointment, please call Louise at 508-261-7368. return to menu

FRIENDS NEEDED
The Friends of the Drop in Center is a non-profit organization which helps the COA offer programs benefitting older adults in Mansfield. The Friends sponsors the Fuel Assistance Fund which assists those who are in need. The Friends also supports COA programming by helping to defray costs associated with providing enriching, challenging, social and enjoyable events for older adults.

The Friends of the Drop In Center is in need of help from its membership by attending meetings, assisting in developing new and creative activities and helping to carry on the operations from one year to the next. Members are needed at this critical time to take on leadership and assisting roles. New members are welcome! Plan to attend the next Friends of the Drop In Center meeting on Wednesday, February 2nd at 12:30 PM. Take part in this great organization that has a rich history of helping others. You’ll be glad you did! return to menu