(Information below from the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging)
What is a Council on Aging?
Councils on Aging serve older adults every day.
Over 525,000 older adults received services from a local COA in fiscal year 2013
- COAs help provide 7,500,000 meals annually throughout the state of Massachusetts.
- COAs help provide 26,800 older adults with volunteer opportunities.
- These volunteers perform 2,300,000 hours of service per year.
- COAs provide transportation – hundreds of thousands of rides – to medical appointments, for personal business and to centers for older adults throughout the state.
- Older adults receive opportunities to be with their peers, socialize, learn new skills, exercise, and receive support that helps them to remain as independent as possible in their homes.
Your local Council on Aging has the information you need
Among the services and referrals COAs provide are the following:
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Assistance in Your Home
- Care Planning
- Housing Options
- Nursing Homes
- Respite Care
- Medical Services
- Public Benefits Counseling
- Employment Assistance
- Supportive Day and Adult Day Health
- Wellness Activities through Evidence-based Programming
- Fitness Programs
- Recreational Activities
- Support Groups, Tax Assistance and Driver Education Programs
- Volunteer Opportunities/ Civic Engagement
- SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders)
- Lifelong Learning
- Creative and Performing Arts
- Computer Classes and ESL
- Application Assistance