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 January 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
1:00  -  Zumba
2:00  -  Chair Yoga
3:00  -  Mat Yoga



8:30 & 10:00  -  Arthritis Exercise
9:00  -  Needles & Hooks Club
11:20  -  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
12:30  -  Writing Your Life Story
12:30  -  Pitch
12:30  -  Learn to Knit
1:00  -  Reunion Social
1:00  -  Line Dancing



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)




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.













Upcoming Events/Announcements

COA Christmas Party
Thursday, December 15 at 11:30pm
This year’s party has already sold out, though feel free to add your name to the waiting list. We will be serving a ham dinner while folks listen to the sounds of the Holyoke High School Madrigal Choir. A 50/50 raffle as well as a teacup raffle offer many chances to leave with a little something special. Please be aware that for the Christmas Party, all regularly scheduled activities are cancelled for the day.


Ceramics Workshop: Plates & Cups
Monday, January 23 at 9:00am
To help you keep your New Year’s resolution, we are offering a ceramics workshop to make big cups and small plates which will be safe for use with food. Make some for yourself or as a gift. The workshop is $10. Please be sure to sign up at the front desk.


Spotlight: YMCA at the COA
Monday to Friday from 8 – 11:30am
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12 – 3pm
There is no time like the present to better yourself, so take advantage of the facilities provided to us by the YMCA. If you are 50-59 years old, the monthly fee is $30 and if you are over 60, the monthly fee is only $20. If you have any questions, or to sign up for a membership, see Len in the gym during any of their open hours.


Life Long Learning: Using the Computer to Stay Connected with Family, Friends & The World
Thursdays starting January 12 from 9:30 – 10:30am
Perfect for folks looking for new ways to keep in contact with friends and family near and far, this workshop is designed for people with basic computer skills. A knowledge of email is helpful, but not required. This class is FREE! Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.


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

Martin Luther King Day – January 16


Other Notes

Next Brown Bag Distributions
Taking place the first Friday of every month between 10 and 11am.

Friday, February 3, 2016
Friday, March 3, 2016
Friday, April 7, 2016

Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.

January 3 – Road to Perdition (2002)
January 10 – Mamma Mia! (2008)
January 17 – The FBI Story (1959)
January 24 – E.T. (1982)
January 31 – 12 Monkeys (1995)

Upcoming Holiday Closings

Martin Luther King Day – January 16


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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