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
TBD - 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 April newsletter for special events, holiday closings, class cancellations, and announcements.

 

Mondays:

8:30 & 10:00  -  Arthritis Exercise
11:45 – 3:00  -  Band Rehearsals
1:00  -  Chair Volleyball
1:30  -  Writers’ Group

 

Tuesdays:

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
2:00  -  Chair Yoga
3:00  -  Mat Yoga

 

Wednesdays:

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

 

Thursdays:

8:30 & 9:45  -  Osteo Exercise
9:30  -  Painting
10:00  -  Tai Chi for Healthy Aging
11:00  -  Tai Chi
12:30  -  Writing Your Life Story
12:30  -  Pitch
12:30  -  Chair Massage
12:30  -  Learn to Knit
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  -  Ballroom Dancing
12:30  -  Scrabble Club
1:15  -  Bingo

 

COA April 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 April 2016 menu

 

 

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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.

 

Third Chapter Conversations
April 13, 20 & 73 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 second of a series of four in which Martha and her co-facilitator, Adrian Stair, explore another angle on how to approach “remaining days” of the third chapter of life: What are your wishes for your medical care, your after death care, and the disposition of your estate? How can you ensure fulfillment? An Elder Attorney will be in attendance for part of the session. For registration or more information, call the COA or ask at the Front Desk.


The Blue Wall
Exhibit on display through April
This month, the blue wall changes to feature the oil paintings of Rungsita “Lana” Tulathimutte, a former RN from Thailand. She began taking lessons from Ann Muller, over twenty years ago, and recently returned to them when the senior center opened. She paints everything from portraits, many of which are on display this month, to scenery to still-lifes to animals. You have until the end of April to enjoy Lana’s artwork.

 

Please Note
Every Tuesday and Friday, between February 2 and April 8, the Learning Center will be closed from 8am-12pm

 

Next Brown Bag Distribution
Friday, May 6, 2016 from 10 – 11am

 
Movies
Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.

April 5 – The Little Princess (1939)
April 12 – Ocean’s 13 (2007)
April 19 – Gettysburg (1993)
April 26  – Flicka (2006)

May 3 – Rudy (1993)
 

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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