Council on Aging

Welcome! Bienvenidos!

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.

 

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

maginnise@holyoke.org

Carla Neiswanger - Volunteer Coordinator

(413) 322 5625

neiswangerc@holyoke.org

Magdaly Martinez - Senior Social Worker

(413) 322 5625

martinezm@holyoke.org

TBA - Social Worker

(413) 322 5625

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
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.

 

Meals
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:

June Lunch Menu
July Lunch Menu
 

Transportation
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
V
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
 
 

Senior Day at the Holyoke Farmer’s Market
Thursday, June 14 from 10am – 2pm
Join us on High Street for some free outdoor activities! Come for the outdoor Chair Volleyball, stay for the Senior Band Concert and pick up some fresh vegetables while you’re at it.

 

Ceramics Hand-Building Workshop: Animal Figurines
Monday, June 18 from 9 – 11:30am
Do you have a favorite animal? Sign up to make your own version out of clay. Follow up visits to Ceramics Club on Friday may be necessary to finish the glazing and firing to personalize your piece just the right way. This hand-building class is $10, please sign up at the Front Desk to take part.

 

Senior Band Spring Concert
Monday, June 18 at 12:00pm in the Multipurpose Room
Swing into Spring with some lively tunes from Holyoke’s very own Senior Band! Led by Wally Gladwin, the band practices every Monday at the Senior Center. Be sure to sign up for lunch if you’re interested in a meal before the show.

 

Anger Management
Thursdays, from 12:30 – 2pm; June 21, 28 & July 5
Linda Leary offers a three part look at anger management, covering a variety of topics including assertiveness, cognitive understanding of anger and the physical, emotional and mental effects of anger. If you’re curious to learn more about not only your own anger, but that of others, please sign up at the front desk for this interesting program.

 

UPDATE ON THE MEMORIAL/TRIBUTE BRICKS
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 rainbowsupperclub@wmeldercare.org.

 

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, June 26, 2018
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Tuesday, August 28, 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

Independence Day – Wednesday, July 4, 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:

July 2018 Newsletter

June 2018 Newsletter

May 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.

 

 Mondays:

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

 

Tuesdays:

8:30 & 9:45  –  Osteo Exercise
9:30  –  Painting
12:15  –  At the Movies
12:30
  –  Ballroom Dancing
12:30  –  Rummikub
12:45
 
–  Zumba *
1:00
  –  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

 

Wednesdays:

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

 

Thursdays:

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 and fourth Fridays of the month, call to make an appointment

 

Fridays:

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)

 

 

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. 

 

Nuestro horario está utilizado para mostrar los eventos especiales que no pasan cada semana o cada mes. También, hay clases semanales cada día.

 

 

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.

 

El almuerzo cambia cada mes y estan cocinado aquí. El almuerzo cuesta $ 2.25 por persona, y tienes que cumplir 60 años para inscribir. También, hay almuerzos para llevar que cuestan $ 3.00. Puedes recogerlos después de la 12pm. Nuestros visitantes necesitan inscribirse para el almuerzo con anticipación de un día.

 

 

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.
 

 

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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