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.



Susan Aiken - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Elizabeth A.C. Crowell - term expires Aug 28, 2016

Norma Bagnall - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Brian Fitzgerald - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Cynthia Archer - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Jacqueline Brown-Hazard- term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Barbara Sbrega - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Julita Rojas - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Judith Bozcon - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Kyong Cruz - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Margaret Sikop - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

Debra Dominguez - term expires Aug. 28, 2016

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



8:30 & 10:00  -  Arthritis Exercise
11:45 – 3:00  -  Band Rehearsals
1:00  -  Chair Volleyball
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 (Cancelled for now)
12:30  -  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
12:00 – Valley Strummer’s Rehearsal (Cancelled for now)
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  -  Ballroom Dancing (Cancelled for now)
12:30  -  Scrabble Club
1:15  -  Bingo


COA May 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 May 2016 menu



COA May 2016 menu espanol

Upcoming Events/Announcements

Spring Fling!
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Doors open at 10:30am
Dinner served at 11:45am
Soak up some island vibes at our Caribbean themed Spring Fling, and be sure to wear your favorite tropical attire! Dine on carnitas-style pork, empanadas, arroz con gandules (rice and beans), a garden salad and coconut pineapple cake, while enjoying the rhythmic sounds of local musician Manuel Silva. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the front desk from April 11 to April 29.

Activity Possibilities
Sign up now!
Some of the best activities we have here at the Senior Center are those that were suggested by all of you. Currently we have three tentative future activities, which we encourage you to sign up for at the front desk: Adult Coloring, Holyoke History Club, and Chess Club. Signing up shows us whether we’ll have enough participants, and also gives you the chance to give your input on what day or time is best.


Third Chapter Conversations
May 11, 18 & 25 from 1:00 – 3:00pm
Life Journey Guide, Martha Johnson, is offering a selection of conversation style classes on how to explore a good life, a good death and the choices that will allow for each of them. This will be the third of a series of four in which Martha and her co-facilitator, Adrian Stair, explore “The Final Passage”: Bring your ideas of what constitutes a “good death.” Given your preferences, how will you prepare to have your wishes fulfilled when your time comes. For registration or more information, call the COA or ask at the Front Desk.

The Blue Wall
Nuestras Abuelas de Holyoke: Empoderamiento y Legado
Exhibit on display through May
Visiting us from our neighbor, Wistariahurst Museum, this exhibition will narrate stories of women in general, and Latinas in particular drawing attention to concepts of family, challenges faced by grandmothers raising their families, gender expectations, and the connections between grandmothers and their grandchildren who reside in Holyoke. The sentimental showing includes portraits, letters and poems, and will be on display until the end of May.


Spring Cleaning
Tuesday, May 10 at 12:30pm
The library here at the Senior Center is well used and bursting with books! We’d love your help in sweeping away the winter’s dust and welcoming spring with friends, Swiffers and delightful conversation. A snack and a drink will be provided. Please sign up at the front desk.

Next Brown Bag Distribution
Friday, June 3, 2016 from 10 – 11am

Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.
May 3 – Rudy (1993)
May 10 - Persuasion (1995)
May 17 - Chicago (2002)
May 24 - The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
May 31 - The Theory of Everything (2014)
June 7 – Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

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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