Council on Aging

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

 As a community focal point for aging services, the Council on Aging provides a variety of programs and services to enhance and support the lives of older adults. We offer a wide range of health, education, wellness, social services, transportation, nutrition, recreation, volunteer and social opportunities for participants to enhance dignity, support independence and encourage community involvement. We are also a resource to the community providing information on aging and assisting family and friends who are entrusted with the care of older adults.

 We are located at 291 Pine St. in a newly completed, 20,000 sq. ft. state of the art building designed to meet the needs of older adults. We emphasized 'Going Green' as our new facility has geothermal heating and cooling, along with many built in energy efficiencies.

 Come visit us today!


Navae Fenwick Rodriguez - Activities Director

(413) 322 5625

Carla Neiswanger - Volunteer Coordinator

(413) 322 5625

Dorothy Blain-Hamel - Social Worker

(413) 322 5625

Magdaly Martinez - Social Worker

(413) 322 5625

Kathleen Blanchard - Health Promotion Coordinator

(413) 322 5625

Margaret Lemire - LPN

(413) 322 5625

Diane Farquhar - Secretary/Bookkeeper

(413) 322 5625

Ann Marie Jackowski - Cook

(413) 322 5625

Ann Kosior - Kitchen Helper
David Sostre-Baez - Kitchen Helper
Pat Cameron - 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 fourteen Council members are appointed for one year terms by the Mayor.

Norma Bagnall - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Kyong Cruz - term expires Aug 28, 2014

Brian Fitzgerald - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Richard Gates - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Dawn Hosford - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

William Kerwin - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Barbara Levin - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

James Manning - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Shirley Morrison - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Phyllis Parlengas - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Karlene Shea - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Sandra Swan - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

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 our August update and calendar for special events, holiday closings, class cancellations, and announcements.



8:30 & 10:15  -  Arthritis Exercise

12:30-4  -  Band Rehearsals

1:30  -  Writers’ Group



8:30 & 9:45  -  Osteo Exercise

9:30  -  Painting

10:00  -  Dominoes

12:15  -  At the Movies

12:30  -  Senior Chorus

12:30  -  Instructional Mah Jongg

1:00  -  Zumba

3:00  -  Mat Yoga



8:30 & 10:15  -  Arthritis Exercise

9:00-11  -  Needles & Hooks Club

10:00  -  QiGong

11:30-1:00  -  Blood Pressure Clinic

12:00  -  Painting

12:30  -  Chair Massage

1:00  -  Golden Senior Club



8:30 & 9:45  -  Osteo Exercise

9:30  -  Painting

10:00  -  Tai Chi for Healthy Aging

11:00  -  Tai Chi

12:30  -  Pitch

12:30  -  Chair Massage

12:30  -  Learn to Knit

1:00  -  Reunion Social

1:00  -  Line Dancing



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!  The August update contains additional information about new offerings and special events.





Living Fully, Aging Gracefully, and Befriending Death

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.
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 at the Holyoke Senior Center, 291 Pine Street, for lively supportive conversation, the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  Open to all, 55 and over, who would like to explore this topic.  Facilitated by Martha Johnson, 74, silver-haired author and fellow explorer.  Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 20.
What to Expect
Not a support group, but it may support you.  Not a therapy group, but it may be reassuring to know you are not alone.  Not a place to solve your problems, but conversations tend to spark resources and ideas.  Not a presentation, but hearing another person’s story can inform.  We are all sincere explorers at different places on our journey of life.
No reservation required, just come.  $2 donation suggested.  For questions, please call the Holyoke Council on Aging at 413-322-5625.


BINGO – cancelled on August 29th

Due to the Labor Day holiday, BINGO is cancelled on Friday, August 29.


CLOSED September 1st
for Labor Day
The Holyoke Senior Center will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.
The Fitness Room is open.  Sign up now!

Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
The Greater Holyoke YMCA and the Council on Aging invite you to visit the brand new fitness room.  Learn about membership options, try out the wide variety of equipment, and get started on reaching your fitness goals.  For questions about membership, please stop by or call 413-534-5631, ext. 102.




Department Head

Kathy Bowler

Kathy Bowler

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

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