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

SNAP Update

January 16, 2018

Just when you thought folks were finally getting ahead…. SNAP falls a little behind. It’s COLA time.   SSA  2% COLA: Thousands of low income seniors and persons with disabilities started receiving a 2% Social Security cost of living…

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Presentations Available from BCBSMA

January 16, 2018

The Seniors Outreach Team at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts would like to thank you for working with us last year, and we are pleased to be offering multiple seminar options to the Council on Aging centers again…

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Free Elder Financial Abuse Briefing

December 28, 2017

The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is pleased to host a briefing and leadership forum on Combating Elder Financial Abuse. Together with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office and the Division…

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Major DTA verifications changes!

December 20, 2017

Exciting news!! As of TODAY (Monday, 12/18) DTA has made some massive changes to the way they ask for verifications (proofs). Requests for proofs- verifications – are one of the biggest access barriers for our clients who are applying for…

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Upcoming Events


08feb10:00 am1:30 pmMembership Meeting

12feb1:00 pm4:00 pmEconomic Security Training

12feb1:30 pm3:00 pmDementia Friendly MA Regional Meeting

13feb9:30 am11:00 amDementia Friendly MA Regional Meeting

15feb9:30 am11:00 amDementia Friendly MA Regional Meeting


08mar10:00 pm12:30 pmAdvisory Council Meeting

14mar1:00 pm4:00 pmEconomic Security Training

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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.