Council on Aging


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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! testing.

 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 September 2014 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 Rehearsal

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

5:30-8:00  -  Valley Strummers Rehearsal

5:45  -  Fun and Fit



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 September update contains additional information about new offerings and special events.





Open on Wednesday Evenings!
Beginning September 3, the Holyoke Senior Center will be open until 8:30 p.m.

Meet up with friends, get a card game together, or enjoy one of the following scheduled activities:
5:30-8:00  Valley Strummers rehearsal
Bring your own banjo, or just stop by for a listen.
5:45-6:45  Fun and Fit with Sidra Ellison
An energizing, fun program that includes a variety of low-impact exercises set to stimulating music.  Work on strength, flexibility, balance, fall prevention, and cardiovascular fitness.  1 ticket ($2.75) per class; ticket books available at front desk.
6:00-8:30  Living Fully, Aging Gracefully
Are you over 55 and wishing you could discuss what it’s really like?  Come talk about your experiences (challenges, worries, victories) with others who want to do the same.  Join us for lively supportive conversation, the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  $2 suggested donation.  This month’s meetings will take place on September 3rd and 17th.
BBQ Party
Tuesday, September 23, 11:00 a.m.
Celebrate fall!  Enjoy a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, cole slaw, three potato salad, strawberry shortcake, 50/50 raffle, and entertainment by the Horse Mountain Jazz Band.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m.; dinner served at 11:30 a.m.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the reception desk through Friday, September 19.
Hand-Building Ceramics with Maryanne Benns
6-week class beginning September 29
Mondays, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.Discover the basics of hand-building with clay using the pinch, slab, and coil methods.  Learn how to decorate your work with glazes, attachments, pressing, and sgraffito.  Pre-registration required.  $40 for  the 6-week series.



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.

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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