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Legal Check-Up Presentation, Wednesday, April 19

Legal Check-Up Presentation, Wednesday, April 19, 10:30am
Wayland COA at Town Building
Presenter: Elder Law Attorney, Denise Yurkofsky

What is an Estate Plan and why does everyone need one? It is not just for the elderly, the wealthy or those concerned about estate taxes. Come and understand the importance of each document in a simple estate plan—a will, durable power of attorney, healthcare proxy, living will, homestead declaration and a trust. Learn how they can be helpful to most people in the event of incapacity and at death. Understand the importance of making sure the titling on your assets and beneficiary designations are consistent with your plan. Presentation will also address the probate process, estate taxes, risks of joint ownership and basic long-term care planning. No charge, but reservations appreciated.

MWRTA to issue reduced fare Senior Charlie Cards

at the Wayland COA, Friday, April 21, 10am-Noon
Want an easy way to get a Charlie Card that will qualify those 65 and older for a senior MBTA discount?  Bring a photo ID verifying your age to the Wayland COA at the Town Building on Friday morning, Apr. 21, 2017, 10am-Noon. Simply complete an application to receive your senior Charlie Card Pass. A photographic ID will be created while you wait. There is no charge for the card.  Charlie Cards are a convenient and a less costly way to ride the local MWRTA or MBTA system (e.g., Riverside into Boston). Although  Charlie Cards are available regularly at the MWRTA office in Framingham. This convenient Wayland opportunity is offered by the MWRTA Outreach Program.
The MWRTA Charlie Cards are compatible with the MBTA Charlie Cards.  Seniors (65+) with a Senior Charlie Card may ride local buses for 85 cents, subways for $1.10, inner express buses for $2.50, and outer express buses for $3.50. Seniors may also travel on commuter rail or ferry services for 50 percent off the regular full fare.
Upon arrival at the COA, you will be given the MWRTA application to complete. After completing the form, you will be given a number.  When your number is called, take your completed form and ID to the table for processing, then on to the camera station. In just minutes, your Charlie Card is ready! For more info, call the COA office at 508 358 2990.

Wayland Council on Aging invites anyone 50 or older to: “Barnraising for SENIORS – A Retirement Planning Program” on Thurs, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. [No Cost to Participants]

Barnraising for SENIORS is a ‘People-Helping-People’ Program

The Wayland Council on Aging would like to enroll 24 pre-retirees for “Barnraising for SENIORS – A Retirement Planning Program”. The 4-hour program is free and the organization is a non-profit [501(c)3]. was started in Wayland more than ten years ago, and has been featured on the front page of 14 newspapers, NPRs ‘Marketplace’ and on TV.

The “Barnraising for SENIORS” retirement planning program is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. The program is open to anyone interested in getting help with their retirement planning – but, you must register by calling the Wayland COA at 508-358-2990.

Anyone 50 or older who can’t make the Wayland program is invited to attend the Waltham Senior Center program on Tuesday, April 25th, from 5:30 to 9:45 pm. Call 781-314-3498 to register.

“Barnraising for Seniors – A Retirement Planning Program”

Know anyone who needs help with retirement planning? This retirement planning program is designed to help individuals 50 years and older.  It is a free, highly interactive & unique, 4-hour program, designed to help you with your planning for retirement . . . but you must Register at the Waltham Council on Aging [781-314-3498].

Date: Tuesday, April 25
Time: 5:30 to 9:45pm
Location: Waltham Senior Center, 488 Main St, Waltham, MA. was founded by Wayland’s Dana Aaron, Ph.D., and has been on the front page of 14 newspapers and featured on NPR’s ‘Market Place.’

Questions? Contact Dana Aaron at 508-358-2299 or at

Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit Seminar, March 6

The following was submitted by Senator Ross’ office:

Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) and Representative Carmine Gentile (D-Sudbury) are pleased to announce that they are hosting an informational seminar on the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit at the Wayland Senior Center (41 Cochituate Road) on Monday, March 6 th at 11:30am. They will be joined by Brian Lynch of the Massachusetts Department ofRevenue. This event is open to all.

“With tax season approaching, the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit can offer a substantial amount of relief and assistance to seniors in need,” said Senator Ross. “Every year we host  these seminars because many of our constituents are unaware of the potential savings available to them. I encourage all of my constituents who are eligible to attend this information session and learn how they can benefit from this essential program.”

“This tax credit brings relief to thousands of eligible seniors each year,” said Rep. Carmine Gentile. “I urge everyone to attend this event to learn how you, a neighbor, or relatives may benefit.”

The Senior Circuit Breaker is a tax credit for senior citizens whose property payments account for more than 10% of their annual income. Eligible seniors will receive a dollar credit on their Massachusetts tax return for every dollar that their total property tax, water, and sewer bills exceed 10% of their income. A maximum of $1070 credit is available. Additionally, if the taxpayer has not claimed the tax credit in the past, (s)he may claim it for the previous three  years.

To be eligible, taxpayers, aged 65 years or older, must own or rent their residence in Massachusetts, and have an annual income of: $57,000 or less for a single filer; $71,000 or less for a head of household; and $86,000 or less for joint filers. If a taxpayer’s property is assessed at $720,000, (s)he is not eligible for the tax credit.

Proposed 2017-18 School Budget: How does it affect older residents?

Coffee Hour and Discussion
Friday, January 6 at 10:30am, COA, Wayland Town Building

The Wayland School Committee invites senior residents to attend a special session on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 10:30 am in the Council On Aging. Dr. Paul Stein, Superintendent of Schools, and Barb Fletcher, a member of the School Committee, will present a summary of the Superintendent’s Recommended FY2018 Budget. Residents are then welcome to ask questions and share comments. The Committee will consider this information as it begins budget deliberations for the 2017-2018 school year. Reservations are not necessary but appreciated. 508 358 2990.

Children’s Holiday Shoppe, Monday, December 5

Children’s Holiday Shoppe
Wayland Town Building Gym – Gym
Monday, December 5th 3:30 – 5:30 PM

The Wayland Council on Aging will hold it’s annual Children’s Holiday Shoppe on Monday, December 5th. The Holiday Shoppe is a 29 year Council on Aging Tradition. Children shop for family and friends with the help of teenage “elves.” Seniors help to make and prepare items for sale. They also volunteer at the Shoppe to sell and wrap gifts. All items are priced with a child’s allowance in mind.

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