Fall Conference

October 18-20, 2017

Thank you for joining us! Presentations and video of the Governor’s speech now available.

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Find Your COA

Who We Are

Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging (MCOA) is a nonprofit, membership association of the 350 municipal councils on aging and senior centers. COAs are the first stop on the continuum of care. We support the 1.5 million older adults, 60 and over in Massachusetts, lead healthy, purposeful lives.

Recent News

Apply for a 2018 National Volunteer Week Grant!

November 30, 2017

Notice of Funding Opportunity: NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK, April 15-21, 2018 Proposals Due: Friday, January 5, 2018 by: 5:00 p.m. The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is pleased to release a Request for Proposals for National Volunteer Week 2018…

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New Prescription Advantage Rate Sheet

November 27, 2017

Please find attached the Prescription Advantage Rate Schedule for benefits effective January 1, 2018. At present, the only change is to the out-of-pocket spending limit. You can request a supply of rate sheets for your office by completing…

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Upcoming Events


10jan9:00 am12:00 pmEconomic Security Training

11jan10:00 am3:00 pmMCOA Board Meeting


08feb10:00 am1:30 pmMembership Meeting

12feb1:00 pm4:00 pmEconomic Security Training

What is a COA Today?

COAs serve as a conduits for accessing a range of municipal services that may seem out-of-reach to older residents.  They are the focal point where seniors and their families can access the local and state network of elder services, while providing an integrated array of social, health, recreational and education programs for older men and women.  COAs offer programs, services and activities that benefit more than 540,000 elders, families and caregivers annually.

COAs conduct more than 100 programs from information and referral to benefits, outreach, transportation, and meals and other food programs to health screenings, health insurance information benefits counseling, fitness, recreation, computer access, education and life-long learning, among others.  In most communities, the COA serves as the only public social service agency and assists all town residents with access to public benefits.

Each COA determines its own priorities based on unique local circumstances, resources and interests.  Regardless of design, a local senior center is often a home away from home for socializing, learning, wellness, “giving back,” or just a reason to get out of the house.  For the rapidly growing elder population, COAs and senior centers provide a safe place for Massachusetts elders to remain independent productive and in the community for as long as possible.