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!

 

Eileen Maginnis - Assistant Director

(413) 322-5625

maginnise@holyoke.org

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
Rob Deza - Dispatcher

(413) 322 5625

dezar@holyoke.org

Maureen Charest - Driver
Raul Loayza Galvan - 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, 2016

Elizabeth A.C. Crowell - term expires Aug 28, 2016

Norma Bagnall - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Brian Fitzgerald - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Cynthia Archer - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Jacqueline Brown-Hazard- term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Barbara Sbrega - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Julita Rojas - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Judith Bozcon - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Kyong Cruz - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Margaret Sikop - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Debra Dominguez - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

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

 

Mondays:

8:30 & 10:00  -  Arthritis Exercise
11:45 – 3:00  -  Band Rehearsals
1:00  -  Chair Volleyball
1:30  -  Writers’ Group

 

Tuesdays:

8:30 & 9:45  -  Osteo Exercise
9:30  -  Painting
12:15  -  At the Movies
12:30  -  Senior Chorus Rehearsal (On Hiatus)
12:30  - Coloring Club  (New!)
1:00
  -  Instructional Mah Jongg
1:00  -  Zumba
2:00  -  Chair Yoga
3:00  -  Mat Yoga

 

Wednesdays:

8:30 & 10:00  -  Arthritis Exercise
9:00  -  Needles & Hooks Club
11:20  -  Chair Massage
11:30-1:00
 -  Blood Pressure Clinic
12:00  -  Painting
12:00 – Valley Strummer’s Rehearsal (On Hiatus)
12:30  -  Pitch
1:00  -  Golden Senior Club
4:00  -  Course in Miracles
5:30  -  Fun and Fit

 

Thursdays:

8:30 & 9:45  -  Osteo Exercise
9:30  -  Painting
10:00  -  QiGong (New Time!)
11:00  -  Tai Chi
12:30  -  Writing Your Life Story
12:30  -  Pitch
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  -  Ballroom Dancing (On Hiatus)
12:30  -  Scrabble Club
1:15  -  Bingo (no cards sold after 1:00pm)

 

 COA June 2016 calendar

 

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.

 COA June 2016 menu

 

 

COA June 2016 menu en espanol


Upcoming Events/Announcements

Pajama Day
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
A day like any other day, but more comfortable! Wear your funniest, fanciest or comfiest pajamas to take part in all your normal activities. Lunch for the day will be breakfast foods including ham, cheese and tomato quiche, and an extra special dessert of strawberry shortcake. You must sign up for Pajama Day lunch by Friday, June 3.

 

Adult Coloring Club
Tuesdays at 12:30pm
Coloring is an activity with many benefits. Besides being a wonderful artistic expression, especially for those who don’t feel they can draw or paint, it helps reduce stress and anxiety and increases the ability to focus. We’ve added a Coloring Club to our schedule beginning in June on Tuesdays at 12:30pm in the Arts’ Classroom.
 

Third Chapter Conversations
June 15, 22 & 28 from 1:00 – 3:00pm
As facilitator Martha Johnson puts it, “The final conversational topic may sound discouraging, but I can’t imagine anything more positive than figuring out the best way to pass on peacefully in a setting of one’s choice. Our motto is ‘sooner than later’ for figuring some of these things out, or at least, gathering ideas to ponder with family.” Bring your ideas about what it means to you to have a “good death” and share them with others on a similar quest. Let’s illuminate our own desires for a good ending to our lives, and see what we might need to do sooner than later to prepare for it. For registration or more information, call the COA or ask at the Front Desk.

 

Spring Cleaning
Tuesday, June 14 at 12:30pm
Help us tackle the dust bunnies in the Learning Center (also known as the computer room)! A snack, cleaning materials, and friendly chit chat will be provided. Please contact Carla to sign up.

 
Next Brown Bag Distribution
Friday, July 1, 2016 from 10 – 11am

 
Movies
Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.
June 7Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
June 14 – Father’s Little Dividend (1951)
June 21 – The Outlaw Josie Wales (1976)
June 28 – Little Women (1994)
 
 

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 6:30 pm)

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