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.
Congratulations to all of you on your ongoing efforts to provide quality services to our Commonwealth’s older adults. You transformed, evolved and adapted our network in ways we could never have dreamed of. We have seen tremendous changes over the last year but one...
To the 192nd General Court: On behalf of the Massachusetts Association of Council on Aging and Senior Center Directors representing 350 communities that have established a municipally based Council on Aging, we express our gratitude for the FY22 budget that included:...
We can do better! This represents just 25% of the 60 population is fully vaccinated and that means 75% are at risk of serious complications. Yes, we are fatigued, but this is a marathon, and we need to push past Heartbreak Hill and double our efforts to help immunize...
Find answers to your questions about the new online EOEA annual report. https://youtu.be/3SwIZVYj9k4 2022 COA Annual Report Survey COA Survey Online Reporting . Guide FAQ 12.3.21
The data report for the Elder Mental Health Outreach Teams is now available. Please see the PowerPoint below: EMHOT 2nd half of FY2021 Data PP 10-7-21
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 older adults 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 older people, and their 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 older population, COAs and senior centers provide a safe place for Massachusetts older adults to remain independent productive and in the community for as long as possible.