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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.

Recent News

MCOA Legislative Alert: HWM FY22 Budget

MCOA Members: Just released: House Ways and Means (HWM) FY 22 Budget 9110-1640: “For the geriatric mental health program, including outreach, counseling, resource management and system navigation for community-dwelling elders with mental health needs...

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MCOA Legislative Alert FY22: Revised Strategy

MCOA Membership: The House Ways and Means Committee will be releasing it proposed version for the FY22 Budget on Wednesday, April 14th, followed by full House debate the week of April 26th.  The Senate will then follow the same procedure and conclude its deliberations...

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Administration Releases Phase 4 Updated Guidelines

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2021 CONTACT: Brooke Karanovich, Executive Office of Health and Human Services | brooke.karanovich2@mass.gov Administration Releases Phase 4 Updated Guidance to Health Care and Human Services Providers,...

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Featured Events

28
Oct
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Membership Meeting

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04
Nov
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

MCOA Advisory Council Meeting

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09
Nov
16
Nov
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

MCOA Board Meeting

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18
Nov
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Outreach Meeting

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09
Dec
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Outreach Meeting

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14
Dec
21
Dec
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

MCOA Board Meeting

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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 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.

Massachusetts Councils
on Aging

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