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Who We Are

Massachusetts 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 1.7 million older adults, 60 and over in Massachusetts, lead healthy, purposeful lives.

Recent News

MCOA Joins Boston Pride Parade

MCOA staff joined a group of 250 elder advocates marching in the 2019 Boston Pride Parade on Saturday, June 8th.  Parade Grand Marshall Dale Mitchell - Executive Director of Ethos lead the group.  Marching with the group included many MOCA members and partners...

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Apply to the 2019 Helping Hand Mini Grant before the deadline

The Helping Hand Mini Grant awards up to $1000 to councils on aging, private nonprofits and regional transit authorities for equipment or projects designed to update or enhance transit services in rural and small urban areas. Mini Grants must be directly related to...

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Regional Reps Meeting – Georgetown

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Regional Reps Meeting – Woburn

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Regional Reps Meeting – Plymouth

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DFM Idea Exchange – Marlborough

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DFM Idea Exchange – Yarmouth

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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.

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Massachusetts Councils
on Aging

116 Pleasant Street, Suite 306
Easthampton, MA 01027
Telephone: 413-527-6425
Fax: 413-527-7138