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

TBD - Secretary/Bookkeeper

(413) 322 5625

Ann Marie Jackowski - Cook

(413) 322 5625

Ann Kosior - Kitchen Helper
Cindy Demers - Kitchen Helper
TBD - 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 Council members are appointed for one year terms by the Mayor.



Susan Aiken - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Elizabeth A.C. Crowell - term expires Aug 28, 2015

Norma Bagnall - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Brian Fitzgerald - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Cynthia Archer - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Jacqueline Brown-Hazard- term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Barbara Sbrega - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Sylvia Robello - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Julita Rojas - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Judith Bozcon - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Kyong Cruz - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Margaret Sikop - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

Debra Dominguez - term expires Aug. 28, 2015

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 January newsletter 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

11:30-1:00  -  Blood Pressure Clinic

12:00  -  Painting

12:30  -  Chair Massage

1:00  -  Golden Senior Club

1:30  -  QiGong

4:00  -  Pitch

5:45  -  Fun and Fit

6:30-8:00  -  Valley Strummers Rehearsal



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.  Browse the new offerings page for information about recently added classes and activities, parties, and other one-time events.





Upcoming Programs

Stroke Care and Prevention
Wednesday, January 14, 1:00 p.m.
Learn all about the signs and symptoms, and the protocol for treatment and care.  Presented by Angela Smith, Holyoke Medical Center.
Breathing Disorders
Thursday, January 15, 12:30 p.m.
What are the signs and symptoms?  When is the right time to seek medical help?  Learn the answers to these questions, as well as how to safely treat and live with a pulmonary disorder.  Presented by Sharon Ashton, Renaissance Manor, and Dennis O’Brien, Baystate Medical Center.
Unclutter Your Life and Start Living
Tuesday, January 27, 1:00 p.m.
The Clutter Doctor, Carleen Fischer Hoffman, will present her program on uncluttering — how and why clutter happens, the necessity of letting it go, and how to keep it from coming back.  Seating is limited; please call 322-5625 to reserve your seat.
Holiday Closings
The Holyoke Senior Center will be closed on Monday, January 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Friends of the COA Membership Drive
Join the Friends for the first time, or renew your membership today.  $10 for the year.  For additional information, please ask at the reception desk.
Open on Wednesday Evenings
The Holyoke Senior Center is now open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Meet up with friends, get a card game together, or enjoy one of the following scheduled activities:
4:00  Pitch
We’ve added another day!  Now you can choose Wednesday, choose Thursday (at 12:30), or choose both.
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 January 7th and 21st.
Fitness Room

Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
With several membership options available and a wide variety of equipment designed for older adults, it’s easy to get started on reaching your fitness goals.  For questions about membership, please stop by or call 413-534-5631, ext. 102.

Department Head

Navae Fenwick Rodriguez

Interim 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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