Council on Aging

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Mission Statement

The Chicopee Council on Aging’s mission is to support and promote an independent, empowered, and engaged older adult population.

Duties & Responsibilities

The duties of the Council on Aging are to: 

  • Identify the needs of older adults 55 years or older & their younger spouses residing in the City
  • Educate the community & City officials
  • Enlist the support & participation of all citizens concerning those needs
  • Design, promote, & implement services to fill those needs

Supporting Diversity

The COA does not discriminate against participants, visitors, or employees on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, marital status, sensory or physical or mental handicap, or political ideology.

 The COA promotes and believes in diversity, equality, inclusion and accessibility for all participants and employees.

Massachusetts Discrimination Law

Services & Grants

The Council also coordinates existing services in the City & promotes & supports other programs which are designed to assist older adults in the community. The Council identifies funding sources, applies for appropriate grants, & administers grant-funded programs.

The Council on Aging must be aware of state & federal legislation concerning funding, information, exchange, & program planning to improve community programming for older adults.

Areas of Assistance

The Senior Center is committed to assisting and improving the quality of life for older adults in the areas of:

  • Community service
  • Good health maintenance
  • Lifelong learning
  • Mobility
  • Recreation
  • Related informational services
The Chicopee Council on Aging receives Federal Older Americans Act funding from local Area Agency on Aging, WestMass Elder Care, the State Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 

Standard Guidelines for Participation in All Programs & Fitness Activities at the Chicopee Council On Aging for Chicopee Residents Fifty-Five (55) Years of Age and Older.

Dial-A-Lawyer: Free Legal Advice by Phone for Elders

The Massachusetts Bar Association sponsors a monthly Dial-A-Lawyer program and encourages members of the public to call our hotline for free legal advice. Dial-A-Lawyer attorney volunteers are in good standing and have a wide variety of legal experience.

On the first Wednesday of every month, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., attorneys are available at (617) 338-0610 or (877) 686-0711 to answer questions on a variety of topics, including family law, bankruptcy, employment, estate planning, real estate, consumer rights and more.

Questions? Contact the MBA Community Service Department at (617) 338-0695 or via email at