Council on Aging


Currently we are having issues with the phone system and our regular number is not working. Until further notice, please use 413-534-2210 to contact us. We appreciate your patience, especially considering we only have one functioning line at the moment. Thank you!



Prior to 2013, seniors in Holyoke gathered in the basement of the War Memorial Building, the old site of the Council on Aging. Our new Senior Center is bright, colorful, welcoming and has quickly filled with seniors, their families, and caregivers, taking part in a multitude of activities. Visit our center if you need a lunch spot or an exercise haven, to take advantage of our social services or transportation, or simply as an excuse to get out of the house for the day. We pride ourselves on being open and friendly, diverse and accommodating.

Print out a Registration Form in English or Spanish, or pick one up at the Front Desk. If it’s your first time visiting us, feel free to ask at the Front Desk if there is someone available to give a tour, or take a look around yourself.


National Senior Citizen Day
Monday, August 21 join us for a cup of coffee, on us of course, as we celebrate all of you!

Please Be Sure to Check In
The more folks that use their COA swipe cards to check in each day, the better data we receive to provide further relevant programming. It helps us to know how many folks are attending which programs, and in general how many patrons there are to the senior center on any given day. Please be sure to sign in to any activities you may be taking part in, or simply as a “Drop-In” if you’re just here to hang out.

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.




Eileen Maginnis - Assistant Director

(413) 322-5625

Carla Neiswanger - Volunteer Coordinator

(413) 322 5625

Magdaly Martinez - Senior Social Worker

(413) 322 5625

Luz Flores - 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

Brian Fitzgerald

Cynthia Archer

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.


Lunch is offered daily, Monday through Friday, and is served between 11:30am and 12pm. You must schedule lunch at least a day in advance. The price for lunch eaten here is $2.25, taken to-go is $3.00.
Menus available:
August Lunch Menu
July lunch menu.


Currently we have two full-time vehicles on the road between 8:15am and 3:30pm Monday through Friday. Take a look at the Transportation Guidelines to see if you qualify before calling to schedule an appointment.


Social Services
Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our social workers for help with anything ranging from fuel assistance and SNAP applications to housing and hoarding.
We take part in the Food Bank of Western Mass’ Brown Bag program in which those who qualify receive a free bag of food once a month. Our distribution day is the 4th Tuesday of every month from 2:15 – 3:15pm. Stop by for an application or download an application here.


Health screenings
View the August blood pressure clinics
or visit the Senior Center on Wednesdays from 11:30 – 1pm to have your blood pressure taken.
Every third Thursday of the month we have appointments available to see a foot care nurse.
Every second Tuesday of the month, visit us from 12:15 – 1:15pm for Ask the Nurse, where you can ask one of our staff nurses questions about your health and wellness in a private setting.
Every Wednesday we offer chair massage at $15 for 15 minutes. Be sure to schedule in advance.


Tax assistance
During the months of February, March and early April, we offer appointments to have your taxes done with AARP volunteers. Be sure to call as soon as possible as appointments go quickly.

We offer everything from art classes to Zumba.  Ongoing activities are listed below, but check out our Activity List for descriptions.  View the full newsletter for special events, holiday closings, class cancellations, and announcements by clicking one of the following links:
August 2017 Newsletter
July 2017 Newsletter
June 2017 Newsletter

Some of our classes require Activity Tickets which can be purchased at the Front Desk as a book of 10 tickets for $27.50. Any activity that uses tickets is marked with a star (*) and your first class attended is free.


Would you partake in a Senior Chorus? Sign up by calling or visiting the Front Desk to help us gauge interest, and to possibly see it on the calendar in the future!


New Class:
CraftClass 2017



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

Rep. Aaron Vega Office Hours-Second Monday of the month unless otherwise noted, 11:30am

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



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

Ask the Nurse - Second Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted, 12:15p

Brown Bag - Second Tuesday of the month, 2:15pm



8:30 & 10:00  -  Healthy Joints Exercise
9:00  -  Needles & Hooks Club
10:00  -  Chair Massage – Call to make an appointment!
11:30-1:00  -  Blood Pressure Clinic
12:00  -  Painting
12:30  -  Pitch
1:00  -  Golden Senior Club
4:00  -  Course in Miracles
5:30  -  Fun and Fit *

Rainbow Supper Club - First Wednesday of the month, 5:00pm

Men’s Group - First and Third Wednesday of the month, 9:30am



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 *   *HIATUS* Returning September 7
12:30  -  Writing Your Life Story
1:00  -  Reunion Social
1:00  -  Line Dancing *

Foot Care - Third Thursday of the month, 11:00am



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 August 2017 Calendar

Our calendar highlights events that don’t take place every week, or that might be special this month. 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 August 2017 menu



 Our lunches change every month and are cooked right on site. Lunch is $2.25 per person and you must be age 60 or older to sign up. We also offer meals to-go, which are $3.00 and are available for pick up after 12pm. We require folks to sign up at least a day ahead of time, for here or to-go.



Golden Senior Trip 2017 Holyoke COA



 Did you know that the trips offered by the Golden Senior Club are open for anyone? Give the contact for any trip, either Carol or Joan, a call to sign up or for more information.


 Gracias por visitarnos!


COA July 2017 menu espanol

Upcoming Events/Announcements


Welcome Luz!
In July, the Senior Center welcomed a new social worker, Luz Flores. Luz comes to us after working many years for the Behavioral Health Network in Springfield, has her Masters in Social Work and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She will soon be available for appointments which can be scheduled at the Front Desk.


“Everyone is So Friendly!”
One of the best compliments we receive as a senior center is how friendly the space, volunteers and patrons are. It’s something we’re very proud of! New folks are in every day looking for a place to sit at lunch, hoping to join in on games and activities, or finding comfortable spaces to relax, so be sure to welcome them.


Senior Fest with Parks & Rec
Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Road, Holyoke
Wednesday, August 30 from 11am – 2pm
It’s that time of year again! The Parks & Rec department is holding their annual Senior Fest at the Log Cabin. Tickets are $20, lunch is a delicious buffet and prizes are almost endless. Tickets come with an assigned table and seat number, and are currently on sale at the Parks & Rec department in City Hall.


Patio Progress
You may have noticed a change to the patio fence. The orange trumpet vines that grew along it are named for their shape but are extremely invasive in nature. In order to save the other plants in the garden, the trumpet vines were removed. We’re hoping to add something different in the future.


*New* Craft Class on Tuesdays

Tuesdays beginning July 11 from 1 – 2:30pm
Our wonderful Ceramics teacher, artist Mary Anne Benns, will be leading a weekly craft class with an emphasis on using recycled materials. You’ll be surprised at the things you can make with simple materials. Projects will include making paper, glass snowflakes, masks, wind chimes, jewelry and more! The first project will be newspaper basket weaving. The cost is one activity ticket, but as with all of our classes, your first one is free.


Save the Date!
A Community Shred event to benefit the Friends of the COA will be held on Saturday, September 9 from 9am – 12pm.


Dispose of Unwanted Medications
We often get asked where folks can drop off extra, unused medications. For future reference, know that you can bring any prescription, non-prescription, vitamins, veterinary meds, etc. to the Medreturn Boxes at Police Departments in Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Southwick, West Springfield, Westfield and Wilbraham, or at the Hampden County House of Correction in Ludlow and Chicopee.


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.

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


Next Upcoming Holiday Closing

Labor Day – September 4, 2017


Other Notes

Next Brown Bag Distributions
Brown Bag is distributed on the 4th Tuesday of every month between 2:15 and 3:15pm.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Movies: Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.

August 1 – Flight (2012)

August 8 – Calendar Girls (2003)
August 15 - The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

August 22 – Dead Poet’s Society (1989)
August 29 – The Music Man (1962)
September 5 – Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

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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