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

maginnise@holyoke.org

Carla Neiswanger - Volunteer Coordinator

(413) 322 5625

neiswangerc@holyoke.org

Dorothy Blain-Hamel - Social Worker

(413) 322 5625

dblain_hamel@holyoke.org

Magdaly Martinez - Social Worker

(413) 322 5625

martinezm@holyoke.org

Kathleen Blanchard - Health Promotion Coordinator

(413) 322 5625

blanchardk@holyoke.org

Margaret Lemire - LPN

(413) 322 5625

lemirem@holyoke.org

Ann Marie Jackowski - Cook

(413) 322 5625

Ann Kosior - Kitchen Helper
Cindy Demers - Kitchen Helper
Rob Deza - Dispatcher

(413) 322 5625

dezar@holyoke.org

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.

 

 

Susan Aiken - term expires Aug. 28, 2017

Elizabeth A.C. Crowell - term expires Aug 28, 2017

Norma Bagnall - term expires Aug. 28, 2017

Brian Fitzgerald - term expires Aug. 28, 2017

Cynthia Archer - term expires Aug. 28, 2017

Jacqueline Brown-Hazard- term expires Aug. 28, 2017

Barbara Sbrega - term expires Aug. 28, 2017

Julita Rojas - term expires Aug. 28, 2017

Kyong Cruz - term expires Aug. 28, 2017

Margaret Sikop - term expires Aug. 28, 2017

Debra Dominguez – term expires Aug. 28, 2017

Richard Quenneville – term expires Aug. 28, 2017

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

 

Mondays:

8:30 & 10:00  -  Arthritis Exercise
9:30 – Fun & Fit: Circuit
11:45 – 3:00  -  Band Rehearsals (Resumes September 12)
1:00  -  Chair Volleyball
1:30  -  Writers’ Group

 

Tuesdays:

8:30 & 9:45  -  Osteo Exercise
9:30  -  Painting
12:15  -  At the Movies
12:30  -  Senior Chorus Rehearsal (On Hiatus)
12:30  - Coloring Club
1:00
  -  Instructional Mah Jongg
1:00  -  Zumba
2:00  -  Chair Yoga
3:00  -  Mat Yoga

 

Wednesdays:

8:30 & 10:00  -  Arthritis Exercise
9:00  -  Needles & Hooks Club
11:20  -  Chair Massage
11:30-1:00
 -  Blood Pressure Clinic
12:00  -  Painting
12:00 – Valley Strummer’s Rehearsal (On Hiatus)
12:30  -  Pitch
1:00  -  Golden Senior Club
4:00  -  Course in Miracles (Resumes September 14)
5:30  -  Fun and Fit

 

Thursdays:

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 (Resumes September 8)
1:00  -  Reunion Social
1:00  -  Line Dancing

 

Fridays:

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)

 

 COA September 2016 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 September 2016 menu

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events/Announcements

Flu Clinic
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

There is no need to pre-register for this flu clinic, which is sponsored by Walgreens and takes place in the Wellness Room. All walk-ins are welcome, but you must bring your insurance card. Please note that because of the flu clinic, the Arthritis Exercise classes for the day will be cancelled.


EZ Pass Transponder Sign Ups
September 15 from 10am – 2pm

Thanks to Senator Don Humason and State Representative Aaron Vega, folks will be able to sign up at the Senior Center for the EZPass transponder, which is necessary beginning in October. It is suggested that you bring your registration, and credit card or bank information to set up payment. They can also answer any questions you have regarding the change. Sign ups will take place in the Multipurpose Room.


Community Shred
Saturday, September 10, from 9am – 12pm

Drive into the COA parking lot and we will do the rest! Rain or shine, boxes the size of a carton of copy paper will cost $5 to shred, with the proceeds going to benefit the Friends of the Holyoke COA.

 

Other Notes


Returning in September
After a short summer recess, a few programs return to their regularly scheduled time slots: Course in Miracles, Learn to Knit & Band Rehearsals!


Fun & Fit Adds Monday Class!
Starting Monday, August 1 at 9:30am in the Multipurpose Room


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

Friday, October 7, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016

 

Movies
Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.
September 6 – Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
September 13 – The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
September  20 -  Scent of a Woman (1992)
September 27 – Finding Neverland  (2004)
October 4 – Skyfall (2014)
 
 
 

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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