Council on Aging



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.


Open Enrollment & Our New SHINE Counselor
Not only is our own social worker, Magdaly Martinez, available to help you with health insurance, this year the Senior Center welcomes Gerry Carney, our new volunteer SHINE counselor who is also available to help with  Medicare or MassHealth needs through the end of open enrollment. You must be a Holyoke resident to make an appointment regarding help with health insurance open enrollment. To make an appointment, please call the Senior Center at 322-5625.


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.




Eileen Maginnis - Assistant Director

(413) 322-5625

Carla Neiswanger - Volunteer Coordinator

(413) 322 5625

Magdaly Martinez - Senior Social Worker

(413) 322 5625

TBA - 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

Cynthia Archer

Kyong Cruz

Brian Fitzgerald

Priscilla Garcia

Barbara Grady

Dian McCollum

Nicole Perrier

Richard Quenneville

Julita Rojas

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:
October Lunch Menu
September 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 October 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:

October 2017 Newsletter
September 2017 Newsletter
August 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.


New Class! Ballroom Dancing will begin Wednesday, October 25 at 12:30pm



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



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 - Fourth 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 *
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 October 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 October 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 October 2017 menu espanol


Upcoming Events/Announcements


Ballroom Dance Returns
Wednesdays beginning October 25
12:30pm in the Wellness Room
Ballroom dancer extraordinaire Emily Fox joins us to teach a variety of styles, from foxtrot to merengue and everything in between! No experience is necessary and there is no need to bring a partner. The fee is one activity ticket per class, though the first class is free.


Memory Café Returns
Tuesdays at 10:00am at 3 different locations
A memory café is a welcoming place for people with memory loss, and their caregivers, to enjoy time with others, including experienced professionals, in a safe and supportive environment. We have partnered with other local Senior Centers to coordinate the respective Memory Café get-togethers.

2nd Tuesday of every month: South Hadley COA
Reservations: 538-5042
3rd Tuesday of every month: Holyoke COA
Reservations: 322-5625
4th Tuesday of every month: Chicopee COA
Reservations: 534-3698


Municipal Election Debates
Monday, October 16 & 23 at 6:00pm
With an upcoming election on Tuesday, November 7, two debates have been scheduled to take place in our Multipurpose Room. October 16 will feature candidates for city council positions, both ward and at-large. A mayoral debate will take place the following Monday, October 23. Both are open to the public.


Carve a Jack-O-Lantern
Tuesday, October 17 at 12:45pm
Carve a pumpkin to take home or leave as decoration! We’ll help gut and prep the pumpkin, leaving you the fun part. Cider and cookies will also be served! Sign up at the Front Desk.


The Blue Wall
September/October Exhibition
This month’s display is comprised of artwork by students of Anne Mueller’s painting class which takes place here at the Senior Center. Styles include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings from students who have been studying with Anne, often for years.


SHINE Counselor Coming in October
Wednesdays beginning October 4
The Senior Center welcomes Gerry Carney, our new volunteer SHINE counselor who is available to help with any of your Medicare or MassHealth needs through the end of open enrollment. Appointments are available every hour from 9am – 3pm, and can be made by calling the Senior Center.


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

Columbus Day – Monday, October 9, 2017
Veteran’s Day – Friday, November 10, 2017 (observed)


Other Notes

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Tuesday, January 23, 2017

Movies: Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.

October 3 – Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
October 10 – Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

October 17 – East of Eden (1954)
October 24 - Erin Brockovich (2000)

October 31 – E.T. (1982)
November 7 - Moonlight (2016)

To see our Code of Conduct and Standards of Independence, please see pages 2 and 3 of our Registration Form.

No Smoking Policy
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.


Fundraising Policy
The Friends of the COA are the sole approved fundraisers at the Holyoke Senior Center. Any other senior COA-related or City-related fundraising groups must seek prior permission from the COA Board of Directors.


Political Activity Policy
Candidates running for elected office

  • may attend regular lunchtimes, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., to walk among tables and introduce themselves individually to seniors in attendance
  • no stump speeches allowed
  • no brochures or other political paraphernalia may be left on tables, counters, etc.
  • no campaign contributions may be solicited

Ballot questions

  • groups representing pro and con positions may staff a table, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., in the Senior Center lobby two times in the eight weeks leading up to election day for the purposes of sharing information
  • no contributions may be solicited

 Petitions and candidate nomination papers

  • not allowed at the Senior Center

 Political signs

  • groups and individuals holding political signage are required to stand a minimum of 150 feet from the entrance to the Senior Center; in practical terms, this means no closer than the sidewalks surrounding the perimeter of the property
  • no political signs may be posted on the property at any time

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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