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
TBD - Dispatcher

(413) 322 5625

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 March newsletter for special events, holiday closings, class cancellations, and announcements.

 

Mondays:

8:30 & 10:15  -  Arthritis Exercise

12:30-4  -  Band Rehearsals

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

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

5:45  -  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  -  NEW!   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

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!

Writing Your Life Story
Thursdays, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Dian McCollum, Facilitator

There was never yet an uninteresting life.  Such a thing is impossibility.  Inside of every person there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.   — Mark Twain

 
A life story is the story we tell of our entire life experience, remembering as much about our life as we feel is important and want others to know.  More than historical reconstruction, telling a life story is about how we see ourselves and how we want others to see us.  Isn’t is time to write your story?  Please join us for this weekly writing workshop.

 
 
Upcoming Programs
Circuit Breaker Tax Credit Information Session
Thursday, March 5, 10:00 a.m.
 
Monthly Brown Bag Distribution
Friday, March 6, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
 
 
March Movies
Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.
March 3 – Hotel Rwanda (2004)
March 10 – Life with Father (1947)
March 17 – Schindler’s List (1993)
March 24 – Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
March 31 – The Quiet Man (1952)
 
 
Friends of the COA Membership Drive
Join the Friends for the first time, or renew your membership today.  $10 for the year.  For additional information, please ask at the reception desk.
 
 
Open on Wednesday Evenings
The Holyoke Senior Center is now open until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Meet up with friends, get a card game together, or enjoy one of the following scheduled activities:
4:00  Pitch
We’ve added another day!  Now you can choose Wednesday, choose Thursday (at 12:30), or choose both.
6:30-8:00  Valley Strummers rehearsal
Bring your own banjo, or just stop by for a listen.
5:45-6:45  Fun and Fit with Sidra Ellison
An energizing, fun program that includes a variety of low-impact exercises set to stimulating music.  Work on strength, flexibility, balance, fall prevention, and cardiovascular fitness.  1 ticket ($2.75) per class; ticket books available at front desk.
6:00-8:00  Living Fully, Aging Gracefully
Are you over 55 and wishing you could discuss what it’s really like?  Come talk about your experiences (challenges, worries, victories) with others who want to do the same.  Join us for lively supportive conversation, the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  $2 suggested donation.  This month’s meetings will take place on March 4th and 18th.
 
 
Fitness Room

Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 11:30 a.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 - 4:30 pm (Wednesday until 8:00 pm)

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