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 February 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
10:00  -  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
12:00  -  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
3:00 – Caregivers’ Support Group



9-11:30  -  Ceramics Club
9:00  -  Fun and Fit
10:00  -  Chair Yoga
12:30  -  Scrabble Club
1:15  -  Bingo (no cards sold after 1:00pm)



 COA February 2017 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 February 2017 menu






 COA February 2017 menu espanol

Upcoming Events/Announcements


La Esperanza: The Hope of the Pioneer Valley
January/February Blue Wall Exhibit
Latina breast cancer survivors and family members from La Esperanza, a community center for women fighting the disease, joined to create a mural under the direction of Puerto Rican artist, Rosa Ibarra.  The art classes met once a week for several months, providing a spiritual, mental and emotional respite. As told by the women: “the art class is a cherished quiet space, a parenthesis from our daily routines and worries, where we experience peace and well being.”


Book Talk with Jeannie & Mark Gionfriddo
Wednesday, February 8 at 1:00pm
Multipurpose Room
Local authors Jeannie and Mark Gionfriddo present their new book, Good Night Dear Hart Good Night, the story of Hart Lester Allen, whose husband brought down the infamous Charles Ponzi, whose “Ponzi scheme” robbed many people of their life savings. This event is free and open for all.


Life Long Learning: Inside Justice – Narratives of Incarcerated Women
Fridays from 10 – 11:30am
On February 10, 17, 24 and March 3, we will host a dynamic look into the lives of incarcerated women. Classes will include a film screening, speakers, writing postcards and a visit to the traveling exhibit, “States of Incarceration,” which arrives in Holyoke in March.


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

Presidents’ Day – February 20


Other Notes

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

Friday, March 3, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017


Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.

February 7 – Dreamer (2005)
February 14 – Emma (1996)
February 21 – Dial “M” for Murder (1954)
February 28 – A Walk in the Woods (2015)
March 7 – J. Edgar (2011)

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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