Council on Aging


Prior to 2013, seniors in Holyoke gathered in the basement of the War Memorial Building, the old site of the Council on Aging. Our new Senior Center is bright, colorful, welcoming and has quickly filled with seniors, their families, and caregivers, taking part in a multitude of activities. Visit our center if you need a lunch spot or an exercise haven, to take advantage of our social services or transportation, or simply as an excuse to get out of the house for the day. We pride ourselves on being open and friendly, diverse and accommodating.

Print out a Registration Form in English or Spanish, or pick one up at the Front Desk. If it’s your first time visiting us, feel free to ask at the Front Desk if there is someone available to give a tour, or take a look around yourself.


Senior Tax Work Off Program
Are you over 60, a Holyoke resident and a homeowner? You might consider trading some volunteer work for a $750 property tax abatement. The program is limited to 30 participants, selected by lottery. Applications for the program will be available at the Front Desk beginning March 1st, and are due by April 30th.


Please Be Sure to Check In
The more folks that use their COA swipe cards to check in each day, the better data we receive to provide further relevant programming. It helps us to know how many folks are attending which programs, and in general how many patrons there are to the senior center on any given day. Please be sure to sign in to any activities you may be taking part in, or simply as a “Drop-In” if you’re just here to hang out.

Eileen Maginnis - Assistant Director

(413) 322-5625

Carla Neiswanger - Volunteer Coordinator

(413) 322 5625

Magdaly Martinez - Senior Social Worker

(413) 322 5625

TBA - 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
TBA - 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. All terms expire August 28, 2018.




Susan Aiken

Cynthia Archer

Kyong Cruz

Brian Fitzgerald

Priscilla Garcia

Cappie Glica

Barbara Grady

Dian McCollum

Nicole Perrier

Richard Quenneville

Julita Rojas

Margaret Sikop

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.


Lunch is offered daily, Monday through Friday, and is served between 11:30am and 12pm. You must schedule lunch at least a day in advance. The price for lunch eaten here is $2.25, taken to-go is $3.00.

Menus available:

March Lunch Menu
April Lunch Menu


Currently we have two full-time vehicles on the road between 8:15am and 3:30pm Monday through Friday. Take a look at the Transportation Guidelines to see if you qualify before calling to schedule an appointment.


Social Services
Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our social workers for help with anything ranging from fuel assistance and SNAP applications to housing and hoarding.
We take part in the Food Bank of Western Mass’ Brown Bag program in which those who qualify receive a free bag of food once a month. Our distribution day is the 4th Tuesday of every month from 2:15 – 3:15pm. Stop by for an application or download an application here.


Health screenings
isit the Senior Center on Wednesdays from 11:30 – 1pm to have your blood pressure taken.
Every Wednesday we offer chair massage at $15 for 15 minutes with Tony Shannon. Be sure to schedule in advance.
Every second Tuesday of the month, visit us from 12:15 – 1:15pm for Ask the Nurse, where you can ask one of our staff nurses questions about your health and wellness in a private setting.
Every third Thursday of the month we have appointments available to see a foot care nurse.


Medical Equipment Lending
We have a rotating supply of items that are available for borrow and that we accept as donation. It is best to call ahead to check availability. Items we accept/lend: canes, wheelchairs, transport chairs, walkers, bed rails, shower chairs, transfer benches, unopened packages of adult diapers and others. We do NOT accept/lend commodes (unless they are brand new, never used), crutches, hospital beds, urinals, etc.


Tax assistance
During the months of February, March and early April, we offer appointments to have your taxes done with AARP volunteers. Be sure to call as soon as possible as appointments go quickly.

Upcoming Events/Announcements

Crescent Button Club
Second Wednesday of Every Month
9:30am in the Conference Room
The oldest button club in the nation will be meeting here at the Holyoke Senior Center. Started in 1940, their purpose is to study antique buttons, taking on different subjects each week. They gladly welcome new members, so be sure to stop by if interested.


Lifeline Screening Opportunity
Monday, May 14 from 8am – 5pm

Life Line Screening will offer 5 of their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings that scan for potential health problems such as blocked arteries, abdominal aortic aneurysms, hardening of the arteries in the legs, atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat, and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete for a cost of $149 ).  In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit


Ms. Senior Latina Pageant
Thursday, April 19 at 4:00pm in the Multipurpose Room

Join us for the 3rd annual Holyoke Council on Aging Ms. Senior Latina Pageant! The program will include our contestants participating in two wardrobe components, danza puertorriqueña, and more. The afternoon will also feature performances by our 2016 Ms. Senior Latina, Julita Rojas, and our 2017 Ms. Senior Latina, Millie Lozada as well as Zachary Torres, Roberto Maldonado and more. Judges will include State Rep. Aaron Vega, and representatives from Health New England and United Health Care. This event is graciously sponsored by Health New England, United Health Care SCO and Kyong Cruz. We hope to see you all there!


Senior Tax Work Off Program
Are you over 60, a Holyoke resident and a homeowner? You might consider trading some volunteer work for a $750 property tax abatement. The program is limited to 30 participants, selected by lottery. Applications for the program will be available at the Front Desk beginning March 1st, and are due by April 30th.


The Blue Wall
February/March Exhibit
The works of our own painting instructor, artist Anne Mueller, is on display for all to enjoy. Originally from North Carolina, Anne has made her mark on the area and also teaches at the Holyoke Creative Arts Center. A collection of her oil paintings, a variety of florals, will hang on the Blue Wall through the end of March.


As you know Mother Nature dealt us some record breaking cold weather this winter. This has resulted in frost heaves in the patio area affecting the placement of bricks. This problem is being monitored and landscapers are being consulted as to a plan of correction. Please be patient and know your bricks are being readied for engraving and will be stored in a secure place until this “glitch” has been resolved. Thanks for your understanding.
– Friends Memorial Brick Committee


Rainbow Supper Club
First Wednesday of every month from 5pm – 7pm
Dinner served at 5:30pm
All LGBT seniors age 60 years and older are invited, along with their younger partners, friends and allies for dinner at the Holyoke Senior Center. Suggested is a confidential, voluntary donation of $2.25 for those individuals age 60 years or older, with a $6.00 fee for guests under the age of 60 years. We hope to see you there! Reservations are required.To make a reservation, please call WestMass ElderCare’s Nutrition Department at 413-538-9020, or email


Ceramics: Build a Bird for Free!
Every Friday from 9:00 – 11:00am
Believe it or not, ceramics are for everyone! If you’ve ever thought about giving it a try, this is your chance. Stop by any Friday for ceramics class and our instructor, artist Mary-Anne Benns, will help you sculpt, glaze and fire two birds, one to keep and one to add to a totem that will be displayed on the patio. This is a free opportunity open to all seniors.
Other Notes

Next Brown Bag Distributions
Brown Bag is distributed on the 4th Tuesday of every month between 2:15 and 3:15pm.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Movies: Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.

April 3 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
April 10 – An Affair to Remember (1957)

April 17 – Little Big Man (1970)
April 24 – A River Runs Through It (1992)


Next Upcoming Holiday Closing

Patriot’s Day – Monday, April 16, 2018

Dispose of Unwanted Medications
We often get asked where folks can drop off extra, unused medications. For future reference, know that you can bring any prescription, non-prescription, vitamins, veterinary meds, etc. to the Medreturn Boxes at Police Departments in Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Southwick, West Springfield, Westfield and Wilbraham, or at the Hampden County House of Correction in Ludlow and Chicopee.
Winter Weather Notifications
Updates on ABC40, Fox6, WWLP-22 and WHYN
We’ve had questions about how one might know that we are closed due to weather conditions. While the Senior Center is definitely closed each time Holyoke’s City Hall closes, it is not necessarily closed every time the schools close. It’s a good indication, but to be certain you should watch local TV and radio stations for updates. When we close, all meals, rides and programs are cancelled for the day, but we will do our best to reschedule.

We offer everything from art classes to Zumba.  Ongoing activities are listed below, but check out our Activity List for descriptions.  View the full newsletter for special events, holiday closings, class cancellations, and announcements by clicking one of the following links:


April 2018 Newsletter 

March 2018 Newsletter

February 2018 Newsletter





Some of our classes require Activity Tickets which can be purchased at the Front Desk as a book of 10 tickets for $27.50. Any activity that uses tickets is marked with a star (*) and your first class attended is free.




8:30 & 10:00  –  Healthy Joints Exercise
9:30 – Fun & Fit: Circuit *
11:45 – 3:00  –  Band Rehearsals
1:00  –  Chair Volleyball
1:30  –  Fun with Writing

Rep. Aaron Vega Office HoursSecond Monday of the month unless otherwise noted, 11:30am



8:30 & 9:45  –  Osteo Exercise
9:30  –  Painting
12:15  –  At the Movies
– Ballroom Dancing
12:30 – Rummikub
–  Zumba *
  –  Instructional Mah Jongg
2:00  –  Chair Yoga *
3:00  –  Mat Yoga *

Ask the Nurse Second Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted, 12:15p

Memory CafeThird Tuesday of the month, 10:00am (on hiatus, please call if interested)
We are working in conjunction with other area Senior Centers to provide Memory Cafes often throughout the month. Other scheduled Memory Cafes are held at the South Hadley COA on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, and at the Chicopee COA on the 4th Tuesday of each month.

Brown Bag Fourth Tuesday of the month, 2:15pm



8:30 & 10:00  –  Healthy Joints Exercise
9:00  –  Needles & Hooks Club
10:00  –  Chair Massage – Call to make an appointment!
11:30-1:00  –  Blood Pressure Clinic
12:00  –  Painting
12:30 – Senior Sing!
12:30    Pitch
1:00  –  Golden Senior Club
4:00  –  Course in Miracles
5:30  –  Fun and Fit *

Rainbow Supper Club First Wednesday of the month, 5:00pm

Men’s Group First and Third Wednesday of the month, 9:30am

Crescent Button ClubSecond Wednesday of the month, 9:30am



8:30 & 9:45  –  Osteo Exercise
9:30  –  Painting
10:00  –  QiGong *
11:00  –  Tai Chi *
12:00  –  Model Train Group
12:30  –  Pitch
12:30  –  Learn to Knit *
12:30  –  Writing Your Life Story
1:00  –  Reunion Social
1:00  –  Line Dancing *

Foot Care Third Thursday of the month, 11:00am



9-11:30  –  Ceramics Club
9:00  –  Fun and Fit *
10:00  –  Chair Yoga *
12:30  –  Scrabble Club
1:00  –  Bingo (no cards sold after 1:00pm)




 COA April 2018 Calendar

Our calendar highlights events that don’t take place every week, or that might be special this month. 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 2018 menu



 Our lunches change every month and are cooked right on site. Lunch is $2.25 per person and you must be age 60 or older to sign up. We also offer meals to-go, which are $3.00 and are available for pick up after 12pm. We require folks to sign up at least a day ahead of time, for here or to-go.



Golden Senior Trip 2018 WebVersion



 Did you know that the trips offered by the Golden Senior Club are open for anyone? Give the contact for any trip, either Carol or Joan, a call to sign up or for more information.



Gracias por visitarnos!  

COA March 2018 menu espanol

The Greater Holyoke YMCA is pleased to collaborate with the Holyoke Senior Center to oversee and manage our Fitness Center. The Fitness Room serves Holyoke residents 50 and older with state of the art cardiovascular and strength equipment. The Y brings its expertise and experience in providing safe, well maintained fitness facilities; along with supporting individuals to reach their health and wellness goals. The Fitness Room will be open Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM, with caring, supportive and trained YMCA staff (ask for Len!).  Current YMCA members 50 and older will have access to the Senior Center Fitness Room at no additional fee.  See below for other membership options:


Council on Aging YMCA Gym



Fitness Room Hours

Monday: 8 – 11:30am
Tuesday: 8 – 11:30am; 12 – 3:30pm
Wednesday: 8 – 11:30am
Thursday: 8 – 11:30am; 12 – 3:30pm
Friday: 8 – 11:30am

Senior Center Fitness: This membership provides access to the Fitness Center for those individuals who are not current members of the Greater Holyoke YMCA. The monthly fee is:
     $20/month – ages 60 and older
     $30/month – ages 50 to 59
Membership gives access to the Greater Holyoke YMCA for soaker swim, senior swim and aqua fitness classes at an additional fee.

Senior Center Fitness Plus: This membership provides access to both the Fitness Center and the Greater Holyoke YMCA. The monthly fees are:
    $38/month – ages 65 and older
    $48/month – ages 50 to 64
Membership includes senior and soaker swims. Aqua fitness classes have an additional fee.

Current Holyoke YMCA Members: All current Greater Holyoke YMCA members 60 and older have access to the Fitness Center at the Holyoke Senior Center.

To see our Code of Conduct and Standards of Independence, please see pages 2 and 3 of our Registration Form.

No Smoking Policy
There is no smoking on any city property. We kindly remind you that smokers should walk to the sidewalk on the edge of the property.


Fundraising Policy
The Friends of the COA are the sole approved fundraisers at the Holyoke Senior Center. Any other senior COA-related or City-related fundraising groups must seek prior permission from the COA Board of Directors.


Political Activity Policy
Candidates running for elected office

  • may attend regular lunchtimes, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., to walk among tables and introduce themselves individually to seniors in attendance
  • no stump speeches allowed
  • no brochures or other political paraphernalia may be left on tables, counters, etc.
  • no campaign contributions may be solicited

Ballot questions

  • groups representing pro and con positions may staff a table, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., in the Senior Center lobby two times in the eight weeks leading up to election day for the purposes of sharing information
  • no contributions may be solicited

 Petitions and candidate nomination papers

  • not allowed at the Senior Center

 Political signs

  • groups and individuals holding political signage are required to stand a minimum of 150 feet from the entrance to the Senior Center; in practical terms, this means no closer than the sidewalks surrounding the perimeter of the property
  • no political signs may be posted on the property at any time

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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