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.
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)read more
To the 191st General Court: Download and Print On behalf of the 350 cities and towns that have established a municipally based Council on Aging, we want to thank members of the 190th General Court for their support of increasing the COA Formula Grant to $12/elder this...read more
Thus: $12/elder Formula Grant Fully funded Service Incentive Grant (additional $500,000 over FY19) $300,000 added to Elder Mental Health Additional funding for Healthy Initiative Program ($2m) and $1m for pilot programs for SNAP Medicare Savings Account Program- Older...read more
MCOA Membership: Late Sunday the FY20 Budget Conference Committee released its compromise proposal. Both Chambers passed this proposal Monday afternoon. The Governor will have 10 days (August 1st) to sign/veto. The legislature then could opt to override any vetoes...read more
MCOA staff joined a group of 250 elder advocates marching in the 2019 Boston Pride Parade on Saturday, June 8th. Parade Grand Marshall Dale Mitchell - Executive Director of Ethos lead the group. Marching with the group included many MOCA members and partners...read more
What is a COA Today?
COAs serve as
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
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.