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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.

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2-2-2 Plan for FY22: Formula Grant Projections

As we approach FY22 and the influx of 450,000 more older adults, the allocation demand on Line Item 9110-9002 will increase to maintain the Formula Grant at $12/elder. We provide this spreadsheet, which performs the necessary calculations, to inform the conversation....

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Fact Sheet on Elder Mental Health Outreach Teams

MCOA along with other agencies has worked for many years to find and create solutions to address the behavioral health needs of older adults in Massachusetts. Through these efforts we now have 5 regional Elder Mental Health Outreach Teams (EMHOTs) based out of...

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MCOA Alert FY20 #2B: Geriatric Mental Health HWM ACTION NEEDED

MCOA Membership In addition to the floor amendment to the FY20 House Ways and Means Budget to fully fund the Service Incentive Grant Program (SIG) and level fund the Formula Grant Program at $12/elder/year sponsored by Elder Affairs Vice Chair Tricia Farley-Bouvier:...

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MCOA Membership  The House Ways and Means FY20 Budget was just released and it did not include restoration of the FY18 “9c” cut to Line Item #9110-9002. Though the $12 is intact, the available funds for the SIG Program in FY20 continues the shortfall of 28%. We...

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STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Elizabeth Chen of Lexington, a former biotech executive who holds a top job at the state Department of Public Health, was introduced Friday by the Baker administration as the new state secretary of elder affairs, effective June 3. "Our...

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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.

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Massachusetts Councils
on Aging

116 Pleasant Street, Suite 306
Easthampton, MA 01027
Telephone: 413-527-6425
Fax: 413-527-7138