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.
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...read more
On June 5, 2019 at the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference, David Stevens received an award from the Commission on the Status of Gandparents Raising Grandchildren for MCOA's support. Ilene Mitchell, chair of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of...read more
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...read more
MCOA Membership: A quick review of the FY20 Budget (compilation thanks to Julie Watt Faqir, J.D. Executive Director Home Care Aide Council-updated by me) indicates both the House and the Senate accepted the recommendations by the Governor in House 1. His proposal...read more
Are you working on racial justice to help improve health equity in your community? Is your organization concerned about how issues like poor housing or educational opportunities are impacting the health of your family and friends? We want to hear from you!...read more
What is a COA Today?
COAs serve as
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
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.