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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

Formula Grant Projections

February 12, 2018

Line Item Allocation for COAs with a $10, $11, & $12 per elder Formula Grant (xls file) The 222 Plan – 2020 Census Projections with a $10, $11, & $12 Formula Grant (xls file…

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MA Coalition for Serious Illness Care

February 6, 2018

With hopes for a healthy, kind, and compassionate society, MCOA remains committed to advocate for health care that meets individual needs. The MA Coalition for Serious Illness Care provides one way to ensure that “health care for everyone in MA…

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MArtap Training Opportunities

January 31, 2018

Upcoming Training Opportunities Tuesday, February 13 at 4:00 PM: Defensive Driving at the Peabody COA Friday, February 23 at 8:00 AM: Defensive Driving at the Groton COA Friday, February 23 at 12:30 PM: Accessible Lift and Passenger…

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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.