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

 

Mondays:

8:30 & 10:00  -  Arthritis Exercise
9:30 – Fun & Fit  (New!)
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
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 (On Hiatus)
5:30  -  Fun and Fit

 

Thursdays:

8:30 & 9:45  -  Osteo Exercise
9:30  -  Painting
10:00  -  QiGong
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  -  Scrabble Club
1:15  -  Bingo (no cards sold after 1:00pm)

 

 COA August 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 July 2016 calendar en espanol

 

 

 

 

COA July 2016 menu en espanol


Upcoming Events/Announcements

Senior Fest at the Log Cabin
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

This year’s Senior Fest has a whole new look! Taking place at the Log Cabin, the afternoon will feature hors d’oeuvres, food stations and entertainment by Jimmy Mazz and will also include a health fair and raffles. Tickets are $10 each and available for purchase at the Parks & Recreation office at City Hall. Get ‘em while they last!

New Kiln Arrives
Thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of the COA, we are now the proud owners of a cone art kiln! The computerized elements allow for a large range of projects, including glass work and metal clays. You are invited to stop in to ceramics on Friday, August 12 from 9:30 – 11am, to check out the kiln and make two beautiful bird ornaments, one for yourself and one for a totem sculpture that is to be placed in the garden as a thank you to the Friends of the past, present and future. There is no experience necessary, and it is free of charge. Keep an eye out for more fun and creative clay classes coming soon.

 
Other Notes

Summer Book Sale
Wednesday, August from 10am – 1pm in the lobby. Buy one, get one free!

Fun & Fit Adds Monday Class!
Starting Monday, August 1 at 9:30am in the Multipurpose Room

Farm Share Continues
Program participants can pick up Thursdays between 9 and 11am

Upcoming Cancellations
Blood Pressure & Arthritis Exercise will be cancelled on August 31 due to Senior Fest

Next Brown Bag Distribution
Friday, August 5, 2016 from 10 – 11am

 
Movies
Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.
August 2 – Somewhere in Time (1980)
August 9 - League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
August 16 – City of Angels (1998)
August 23 – The Sound of Music (1965)
August 30 – Atonement (2007)
 
 
 

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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