Fall Conference

October 18-20, 2017

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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

FY19 Legislative Request

November 16, 2017

November 17, 2017 Members of the 190th General Court The Massachusetts Councils on Aging formally requests your support for $15.6million in Line Item #9110-9002 for FY19, which would translate into a Formula Grant rate of $11/elder/YEAR…

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Navigating the murky waters of Medicare drug plans

November 13, 2017

By Steve Maas Globe Correspondent  November 11, 2017 An older friend of mine suffers from severe itching. Only one prescription ointment works for him. A two-ounce tube costs $408 at the pharmacy, but his Medicare drug plan doesn’t…

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Upcoming Events


28novalldayalldayMass Gerontology Fall Policy Forum

29nov1:00 pm4:00 pmEconomic Security Programs and Engagement Tactics


05dec10:00 am1:30 pmMCOA Membership Meeting

06dec9:00 am5:00 pmA national perspective on guardianship and decisional support

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.