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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.
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
View here: https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2019/01/11/Elder%20Affairs%202018%20Annual%20Legislative%20Report.pdfread more
Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance Department of Transitional Assistance Information for Councils on Aging & Senior Centers assisting seniors with SNAP applications
See PDF for details: SNAP Assistance for MA Seniors Overviewread more
The Age-Friendly Massachusetts Action Plan serves as the state’s multiyear plan to make the Commonwealth, as a whole, more age- and dementia-friendly. It sets forth a mission and vision and includes a comprehensive set of values, goals, and strategies advancing...read more
By Katie Lannan STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 19, 2019.....Twenty-five thousand low-income seniors in Massachusetts would be newly eligible for help paying for health care, and thousands more could be eligible for more assistance than they're...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.