Council on Aging

We believe that we offer a great gathering place -- a place to meet friends, create opportunities, and make new connections!

As a community focal point for older adult services, the Council on Aging provides a variety of programs aimed at supporting independence, enhancing dignity, and encouraging community involvement.  We offer a wide range of education, wellness, and social services, as well as transportation, weekday meals, recreational classes, and social opportunities.  As a community resource, the Council on Aging assists family and friends who are entrusted with caring for older adults.

We are here for you.  Come visit us today!

 

TBD - Activities Director

(413) 322-5625

Carla Neiswanger - Volunteer Coordinator

(413) 322 5625

neiswangerc@holyoke.org

Dorothy Blain-Hamel - Social Worker

(413) 322 5625

dblain_hamel@holyoke.org

Magdaly Martinez - Social Worker

(413) 322 5625

martinezm@holyoke.org

Kathleen Blanchard - Health Promotion Coordinator

(413) 322 5625

blanchardk@holyoke.org

Margaret Lemire - LPN

(413) 322 5625

lemirem@holyoke.org

Ann Marie Jackowski - Cook

(413) 322 5625

Ann Kosior - Kitchen Helper
Cindy Demers - Kitchen Helper
Eileen Maginnis - Dispatcher

(413) 322 5625

maginnise@holyoke.org

Maureen Charest - Driver
Rob Deza - Driver

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The Council on Aging designs, promotes and implements services for Holyoke’s elderly, persons sixty years and older.  The Council members are appointed for one-year terms by the Mayor.

 

 

Susan Aiken - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Elizabeth A.C. Crowell - term expires Aug 28, 2015

Norma Bagnall - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Brian Fitzgerald - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Cynthia Archer - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Jacqueline Brown-Hazard- term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Barbara Sbrega - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Julita Rojas - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Judith Bozcon - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Kyong Cruz - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Margaret Sikop - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Debra Dominguez - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

The Council on Aging offers daily programs and activities that are designed to meet the social, nutritional, and health needs of Holyoke’s senior citizens.

 

We offer everything from art classes to Zumba.  Ongoing activities are listed below.  View the full September newsletter for special events, holiday closings, class cancellations, and announcements.

 

Mondays:

8:30 & 10:15  -  Arthritis Exercise

12:30-4  -  Band Rehearsals

1:00  -  Chair Volleyball

1:30  -  Writers’ Group

 

Tuesdays:

8:30 & 9:45  -  Osteo Exercise

9:30  -  Painting

10:00  -  Dominoes

12:15  -  At the Movies

12:30  -  Senior Chorus Rehearsal

12:30  -  Instructional Mah Jongg

1:00  -  Zumba

2:00  -  Chair Yoga

3:00  -  Mat Yoga

 

Wednesdays:

8:30 & 10:15  -  Arthritis Exercise

9:00-11  -  Needles & Hooks Club

11:30-1:00  -  Blood Pressure Clinic

12:00  -  Painting

12:30  -  Chair Massage

1:00  -  Golden Senior Club

1:30  -  QiGong

4:00  -  Pitch

5:30  -  Fun and Fit

6:30-8:00  -  Valley Strummers Rehearsal

 

Thursdays:

8:30 & 9:45  -  Osteo Exercise

9:30  -  Painting

10:00  -  Tai Chi for Healthy Aging

11:00  -  Tai Chi

12:30  -  Writing Your Life Story

12:30  -  Pitch

12:30  -  Chair Massage

12:30  -  Learn to Knit

1:00  -  Reunion Social

1:00  -  Line Dancing

 

Fridays:

9-11:30  -  Ceramics Club

9:00  -  Fun and Fit

10:00  -  Chair Yoga

12:00  -  Model Train Group

12:30  -  Scrabble Club

12:30  -  Watercolor Painting

1:15  -  Bingo

 

 

 

Please be sure to check out our ongoing classes as well.  Browse the new offerings page for information about recently added classes and activities, parties, and other one-time events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW!

 
Ballroom Dance Lessons!  Free!

Fridays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., September 18 – November 6 (8-week course)
Benjamin Hoisington, Instructor

Ballroom dancing has many benefits — improving balance and posture, strengthening the cardiovascular system, and lifting the spirits!  Learn the basics of some of the most popular ballroom dances:  foxtrot, swing, merengue, and waltz.  No experience necessary, and no need to bring a partner.  Come have some fun and learn something new at the same time!

 
Working with Clay:  Fruit Bowls
Monday, September 21, and Monday, September 28
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$20 for the two-day workshop, advance registration required
Make a beautiful and practical fruit bowl.  All materials will be provided, and now experience is necessary.

 
 
Upcoming Events/Announcements
 
Next Brown Bag Distribution
Friday, September 4, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
 
CLOSED for Labor Day Holiday
Monday, September 7
 
Community Shred at the Council on Aging

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
A great opportunity to have confidential documents properly destroyed.  $5 per box.  Sponsored by the Friends of the COA.  Proceeds to benefit the Holyoke Senior Center.  For more information, please contact Betty Robertson at 413-533-0567.
 
 
Movies
Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.

September 1 – Operation Petticoat (1959)

September 8 – Billy Elliot (2000)
September 15 – Lincoln (2012)
September 22 – Chocolat (2000)
September 29 – Going My Way (1944)

 
Fitness Room – Afternoon Hours Added!

Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 11:30 a.m., plus Tuesday & Thursday 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.
With several membership options available and a wide variety of equipment designed for older adults, it’s easy to get started on reaching your fitness goals.  For questions about membership, please stop by or call 413-534-5631, ext. 102.

Department Head

Navae Fenwick Rodriguez

Executive Director

Office Address

291 Pine Street
Holyoke, MA 01040 Map

Contact Info

Main Office

(413) 322 5625

(413) 534 2210 (fax)

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Wednesday until 8:00 pm)

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