Council on Aging

We believe that we offer a great gathering place to meet friends, and make new friends. Here you will create new opportunities and make new connections!

As a community focal point for aging services, the Council on Aging provides a variety of programs and services to enhance and support the lives of older adults. We offer a wide range of health, education, wellness, social services, transportation, nutrition, recreation, volunteer and social opportunities for participants to enhance dignity, support independence and encourage community involvement. We are also a resource to the community providing information on aging and assisting family and friends who are entrusted with the care of older adults.

We are located at 291 Pine St. in a newly completed, 20,000 sq. ft. state of the art building designed to meet the needs of older adults. We emphasized 'Going Green' as our new facility has geothermal heating and cooling, along with many built in energy efficiencies.

Come visit us today!


Navae Fenwick Rodriguez - Activities 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

TBD - Secretary/Bookkeeper

(413) 322 5625

Ann Marie Jackowski - Cook

(413) 322 5625

Ann Kosior - Kitchen Helper
Cindy Demers - Kitchen Helper
TBD - Dispatcher

(413) 322 5625

Maureen Charest - Driver
Rob Deza - 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, 2015

Elizabeth A.C. Crowell - term expires Aug 28, 2015

Norma Bagnall - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Brian Fitzgerald - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Cynthia Archer - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Jacqueline Brown-Hazard- term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Barbara Sbrega - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Sylvia Robello - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Julita Rojas - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Judith Bozcon - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Kyong Cruz - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Margaret Sikop - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Debra Dominguez - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

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



8:30 & 10:15  -  Arthritis Exercise

12:30-4  -  Band Rehearsals

1:30  -  Writers’ Group



8:30 & 9:45  -  Osteo Exercise

9:30  -  Painting

10:00  -  Dominoes

12:15  -  At the Movies

12:30  -  Senior Chorus Rehearsal

12:30  -  Instructional Mah Jongg

1:00  -  Zumba

3:00  -  Mat Yoga



8:30 & 10:15  -  Arthritis Exercise

9:00-11  -  Needles & Hooks Club

11:30-1:00  -  Blood Pressure Clinic

12:00  -  Painting

12:30  -  Chair Massage

1:00  -  Golden Senior Club

1:30  -  QiGong

4:00  -  Pitch

5:45  -  Fun and Fit

6:30-8:00  -  Valley Strummers Rehearsal



8:30 & 9:45  -  Osteo Exercise

9:30  -  Painting

10:00  -  Tai Chi for Healthy Aging

11:00  -  Tai Chi

12:30  -  Pitch

12:30  -  Chair Massage

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




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.





Holiday Concert

presented by the Senior Concert Band of Western Massachusetts
Monday, December 22, at 12:30 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of holiday cheer with your favorite Christmas carols and yuletide tunes.

Holiday Closings
The Holyoke Senior Center will be closed December 24-26, and January 1.  We will close at noon on December 31.
No ZUMBA in December
Classes will resume on January 6th.
QiGong – New Time / New Location
Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m.

2nd floor, Wellness Room

Improve balance, increase circulation, manage and reduce stress — “meditation in motion.”

Friends of the COA Membership Drive
Join the Friends for the first time, or renew your membership today.  $10 for the year.  For additional information, please ask at the reception desk.
Open on Wednesday Evenings
The Holyoke Senior Center is now open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Meet up with friends, get a card game together, or enjoy one of the following scheduled activities:
4:00  Pitch (resuming in January)
We’ve added another day!  Now you can choose Wednesday, choose Thursday (at 12:30), or choose both.
5:30-8:00  Valley Strummers rehearsal
Bring your own banjo, or just stop by for a listen.
5:45-6:45  Fun and Fit with Sidra Ellison
An energizing, fun program that includes a variety of low-impact exercises set to stimulating music.  Work on strength, flexibility, balance, fall prevention, and cardiovascular fitness.  1 ticket ($2.75) per class; ticket books available at front desk.
6:00-8:30  Living Fully, Aging Gracefully
Are you over 55 and wishing you could discuss what it’s really like?  Come talk about your experiences (challenges, worries, victories) with others who want to do the same.  Join us for lively supportive conversation, the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  $2 suggested donation.  This month’s meetings will take place on December 3rd and 17th.
Fitness Room

Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
The Greater Holyoke YMCA and the Council on Aging invite you to visit the new fitness room.  Learn about membership options, try out the wide variety of equipment, and get started on reaching your fitness goals.  For questions about membership, please stop by or call 413-534-5631, ext. 102.

Department Head

Kathy Bowler

Kathy Bowler

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 - 4:30 pm

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