Fall Conference

October 18-20, 2017

Join us in Danvers, MA for the largest elder care event serving Councils on Aging and Senior Centers in New England

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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

ACL Awards Grants for Alzheimer’s Disease Program

October 19, 2017

The Administration for Community Living awarded 11 grants totaling $10,787,854 over a three-year period through the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative: Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) program, which builds and expands dementia capability in states and communities and…

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FY19 Budget Request to Governor Baker

October 15, 2017

October 18, 2017   The Honorable Charles Baker Governor of Massachusetts 24 Beacon Street Statehouse, Room 280 Boston, MA 02133   Dear Governor Baker: The Massachusetts Councils on Aging formally requests your support for $15.6million in Line Item #9110…

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Apply now for the 2017 Programs of Excellence Awards!

October 13, 2017

The annual Programs of Excellence Awards celebrate innovative and replicable programming at senior centers. All applicants will be featured in the annual Programs of Excellence Guide, and the winners are eligible for cash prizes! Apply Now…

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Dementia Friendly Massachusetts

October 12, 2017

Dementia Friendly Massachusetts is hosting a statewide symposium in Marlborough on November 9th.  Learn more and register at, while tickets last. Sponsorship opportunities are also available…

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Upcoming Events


18oct(oct 18)8:00 am20(oct 20)2:30 pmFeaturedMCOA Annual Conference

21oct10:00 am4:00 pmWicked Local Media Solutions - 2017 Best Years Expo

27oct1:00 pm3:30 pmAssistive Technology Helps People Age in Place - Mashpee


02nov3:00 pm6:00 pmBeverly COA Open House

08nov10:00 am3:30 pmWelcoming Place for All Training

08nov2:00 pm3:00 pmGo4Life Webinar

09nov10:00 am1:00 pmAssistive Technology Helps People Age in Place - Leominster

14nov10:00 am3:00 pmAdvisory Council followed by Board Meeting

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.