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

Diane Farquhar - Secretary/Bookkeeper

(413) 322 5625

Ann Marie Jackowski - Cook

(413) 322 5625

Ann Kosior - Kitchen Helper
David Sostre-Baez - Kitchen Helper
Pat Cameron - 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 fourteen Council members are appointed for one year terms by the Mayor.

Norma Bagnall - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Kyong Cruz - term expires Aug 28, 2014

Brian Fitzgerald - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Richard Gates - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Dawn Hosford - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

William Kerwin - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Barbara Levin - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

James Manning - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Shirley Morrison - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Phyllis Parlengas - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Karlene Shea - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

Sandra Swan - term expires Aug. 28, 2014

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 our July update and calendar 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

12:30  -  Instructional Mah Jongg

1:00  -  Zumba

3:00  -  Mat Yoga



8:30 & 10:15  -  Arthritis Exercise

9:00-11  -  Needles & Hooks Club

10:00  -  QiGong

11:30-1:00  -  Blood Pressure Clinic

12:00  -  Painting

12:30  -  Chair Massage

1:00  -  Golden Senior Club



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!  The July update contains additional information about new offerings and special events.





CLOSED July 4th
for Independence Day

The Holyoke Senior Center will be closed on Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.


Brown Bag is cancelled for July

Due to the Independence Day holiday, Brown Bag is cancelled this month.  It will not be rescheduled.  The next pick-up day is Friday, August 1.


Mat Yoga with Debra Vega

Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m.
1 ticket ($2.75) per class, ticket books available at front desk

Debra’s beginner yoga class explores the fundamentals of yoga postures, breathing, alignment and relaxation. She provides slow and steady guidance, along with modifications, allowing her students to feel comfortable and confident as they build their own yoga practice. Yoga is a great way to work on flexibility, strength, balance and posture, as well as lowering stress and giving yourself a few moments of peace in your day. (Some yoga mats will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own.)


The Fitness Room is open.  Sign up now!

Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

The Greater Holyoke YMCA and the Council on Aging invite you to visit the brand 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.  Join us for the Grand Opening Ceremony on July 15 at 1:00 p.m.!


Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, July 9, 1:00 p.m.

Sundae bar and entertainment.  FREE, but tickets are required.  Tickets are available for pick up at the Holyoke Senior Center reception desk.  SOLD OUT.


Holyoke’s Legacy of Music CONCERT
Sunday, July 27, 2:00 p.m.

A song and story-telling performance, based on research by Jackie Cooper, that highlights the music that was played, sung, danced to, and enjoyed by hard-working people in the heart of the Pioneer Valley from the 1800′s to the 1950′s.  Sponsored by the Holyoke Local Cultural Council, the Country Dance and Song Society, and the Wistariahurst Museum.  FREE and open to all.  No tickets or reservations required.


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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