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

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

Ann Marie Jackowski - Cook

(413) 322 5625

Ann Kosior - Kitchen Helper
Cindy Demers - Kitchen Helper
Rob Deza - Dispatcher

(413) 322 5625

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. All terms expire August 28, 2017.




Susan Aiken

Norma Bagnall

Brian Fitzgerald

Cynthia Archer

Jacqueline Brown-Hazard

Barbara Sbrega

Julita Rojas

Kyong Cruz

Margaret Sikop

Richard Quenneville

Nicole Perrier

Ruben Urbina

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



8:30 & 10:00  -  Arthritis Exercise
9:30 – Fun & Fit: Circuit
11:45 – 3:00  -  Band Rehearsals
1:00  -  Chair Volleyball
1:30  -  Fun with Writing



8:30 & 9:45  -  Osteo Exercise
9:30  -  Painting
12:15  -  At the Movies
  -  Instructional Mah Jongg
12:45  -  Zumba
2:00  -  Chair Yoga
3:00  -  Mat Yoga



8:30 & 10:00  -  Arthritis Exercise
9:00  -  Needles & Hooks Club
10:00  -  Chair Massage
 -  Blood Pressure Clinic
12:00  -  Painting
12:30  -  Pitch
1:00  -  Golden Senior Club
4:00  -  Course in Miracles
5:30  -  Fun and Fit



8:30 & 9:45  -  Osteo Exercise
9:30  -  Painting
10:00  -  QiGong
11:00  -  Tai Chi
12:00  -  Model Train Group
12:30  -  Pitch
12:30  -  Learn to Knit
12:30  -  Writing Your Life Story
1:00  -  Reunion Social
1:00  -  Line Dancing
3:00 – Caregivers’ Support Group



9-11:30  -  Ceramics Club
9:00  -  Fun and Fit
10:00  -  Chair Yoga
12:30  -  Scrabble Club
1:00  -  Bingo (no cards sold after 1:00pm)



 COA April 2017 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 April 2017 menu






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Upcoming Events/Announcements


Ceramics: Build a Bird for Free!
Every Friday from 9:00 – 11:00am
Believe it or not, ceramics are for everyone! If you’ve ever thought about giving it a try, this is your chance. Stop by any Friday for ceramics class and our instructor, artist Mary-Anne Benns, will help you sculpt, glaze and fire two birds, one to keep and one to add to a totem that will be displayed on the patio. This is a free opportunity open to all seniors.


Free Smoke Alarm Installation
The Red Cross and the Holyoke Fire Department are installing free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. If you need a lifesaving smoke alarm, Holyoke residents are encouraged to call Fire Prevention at (413)534-2254 or (413) 534-2250 to arrange an appointment.


Elected Officials’ Joint Office Hours
Monday, April 10 from 9:00 – 10:00am
Join State Rep. Aaron Vega and Sen. Donald Humason for coffee, donuts, and conversation as they hold Joint Office Hours on Monday, April 10 from 9 – 10 a.m. in the library at the Senior Center. Come with your questions and concerns to a friendly, informal gathering.


Volunteer in Exchange for Tax Abatement
Available at the front desk are applications for the Senior Tax Credit Work-off Program, which allows home owning seniors that live in Holyoke to volunteer for different city departments in exchange for a $750 abatement towards their property tax. There are only 30 positions, with participants chosen by lottery. The deadline for applications is April 28, 2017.


No Smoking Policy
You may have noticed a new sign on our exterior that reads No Smoking. The policy itself is not new, as there is no smoking on any city property. We kindly remind you that smokers should walk to the sidewalk on the edge of the property.


Przemek Dobrski’s Ireland
The Blue Wall Exhibit for March & April
On display this month are the paintings of Przemek Dobrski, who takes classes here at the center. Inspired by a trip to Ireland, he put paintbrush to canvas and created several works of art in oil, acrylic and watercolor with ink. To top it off, Przemek has donated several prints to be sold, with the proceeds to go to the Friends of the Council on Aging. Prints are $15 and can be purchased in the lobby when the Friends table is open.


Support Gatherings
Recently we have added a few groups that meet to provide support for folks going through difficult times.

Caregivers Support Group- Thursdays at 3pm
Facilitated by River Valley Counseling Center

Memory Café-Second Monday of the month, 12:30pm
A chance to bring loved ones with memory issues to a safe space with conversation and activity.
Facilitated by Karen Harper & Sharon Connor

LGBT Bereavement Group- Wednesdays from 5-6pm
April 12 to May 31 with Beth Prullage
For LGBT people of any age who are experiencing the loss of a parent, friend, partner/spouse, family member or other loved one. The LGBT Bereavement Groups are funded by the Mass Department of Public Health and facilitated by The LGBT Aging Project, a program of The Fenway Institute. All groups are free, run for 8 weeks and are open to the people of all ages. Bereavement groups require pre-registration. For more information on the LGBT bereavement Program contact Bob Linscott at (857)-313-6578.


Rainbow Supper Club
First Wednesday of every month from 5pm – 7pm
Dinner served at 5:30pm
All LGBT seniors age 60 years and older are invited, along with their younger partners, friends and allies for dinner at the Holyoke Senior Center. Suggested is a confidential, voluntary donation of $2.25 for those individuals age 60 years or older, with a $6.00 fee for guests under the age of 60 years. We hope to see you there! Reservations are required.To make a reservation, please call WestMass ElderCare’s Nutrition Department at 413-538-9020, or email


Upcoming Holiday Closings

Patriots’ Day – Monday, April 17


Other Notes

Next Brown Bag Distributions
April will be the last month that Brown Bag distribution takes place on the first Friday between 10 and 11am. Beginning in May, Brown Bag will be distributed on the 4th Tuesday of every month between 2:30 and 3:30.

Friday, April 7, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.

April 4 - Secret Life of Bees (2008)

April 11 – Phantom of the Opera (2004)
April 18 – The Gay Divorcee (1934)
April 25 – Life is Beautiful (1997)
May 2 – Midnight in Paris (2011)



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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