Upcoming Events

Trainings, Meetings and Conferences
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Outreach Series

South Hadley Council on Aging
45 Dayton Street, South Hadley, MA

Beginning on Friday, March 31, 2017 and continuing each month, I will be hosting a new informational series called “Aging in Place-What do I need to Know?” Each month we will have a guest speaker from a local Assisted Living Facility, Rehabilitation Center, Long Term Care Facility, or a Agency that provides services in your home.  My goal is to provide you with information BEFORE you have a need for one of these services.  Our guest speaker will talk about their facility and available services. Refreshments will be served.  Out first speaker will be Lisa DiLuzio, Administrator from SARAWOOD of Holyoke.  Be sure to mark your calendars and check out the March newsletter for more details.

April Guest Speaker:  See flyer for information

Future Speakers:

March 31:  Sarawood

April 28: Benchmark Senior Living

May 19:  Willimansett Skilled Nursing Center

June 23:  Armbrook Village

July 28:  WMEC-Options Counseling

August 25:  HomeWatch Caregivers

September 29: Mercy Adult Day Health of Westfield and Mercy Life

October 27:  Arbors of Chicopee

November 17:  Providence Place

December 15:  Glenmeadow

All workshops begin at 10am.  There is no cost to attend.  Please call the Senior Center at 413-538-5042 to let us know you plan on coming.



The Massachusetts Falls Prevention Coalition Invites You to Attend Our

11th Annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day Event:

"Massachusetts is Standing Together to Prevent Falls"

When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
10:00 am-1:00 pm
Where: Great Hall and the Grand Staircase
State House, Boston



23rd Annual Fire and Life Safety Education Conference


Fire Safety for All Ages

September 26 - 27, 2017

Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, Southbridge, MA

Presented by the Department of Fire Services
Peter J. Ostroskey, State Fire Marshal
Planned by the Massachusetts Public Fire & Life Safety Education Task Force
Online at www.mass.gov/dfs under What's New • #MAFLSEConf17

See Registration Brochure



Creating a Welcoming Place for All

MCOA is continuing to work with local Councils on Aging to develop the skills, tools and strategies to broaden community participation and inclusion at Senior Centers. This multi-faceted approach will include trainings, development of resource materials and videos to support local efforts to reach out to underserved populations. The initial, day - long training “Communicating Across Cultural Boundaries” for local COA teams, is being developed through a partnership between the Multicultural Coalition on Aging, UMass Boston, the VNA Care Network Foundation & Affiliates and MCOA. The project is funded by EOEA. The initial training is composed of three elements:

1.“Communicating Across Boundaries” training
2.Review of local demographic data to identify underserved populations
3.Development of action plan to reach out to the underserved population in your community

We are looking for a “team” approach on the local level and have up to four slots available for each community signing up for the training. It is recommended that the team be composed of the Director, a Board Member and one or two interested volunteers/participants.

The fall day-long training has been scheduled for the following location:

Wednesday September 27th in Framingham
The project is funded by EOEA. Space is limited.

Sign up your team here

For questions, please contact Kathy Bowler, Director of Technical Assistance, Training and Special Events at (413) 527-6425 or kathy@mcoaonline.com.




Save the Date

Older Adults, New Ground: Redefining Housing for Our Aging Population

Wednesday, October 4th
9am to 2:30pm

Newbridge on the Charles, Dedham, MA

See flyer

Register Here



2017 MCOA Fall Conference