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Now Accepting applications by May 18, to present at our 2018 Annual Conference on October 24- 26 at the Sea Crest Resort in Falmouth, MA

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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

MCOA Legislative Alert FY19 #2A HWM Release

April 17, 2018

***ACTION NEEDED*** MCOA Membership The House Ways and Means Committee released its proposed FY19 Budget and here are the highlights (see a summary chart provided by the Home Care Aide Council below): HWM funded Line Item #9110-9002 at the…

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Training Program on Benefits Programs for Elders

April 17, 2018

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) is conducting a training session on a variety of benefits programs for elders to meet their income and health needs.  These include income supplement programs, retirement benefits, home-based care services, and health care programs…

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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.