Elder Affairs

The Department of Elder Affairs/Council on Aging (COA) works to improve and enhance the quality of life for elder residents in Springfield. It advocates, plans, develops, coordinates and provides social services as well as information and referral services for Springfield's elder citizens.

SNAP for Seniors

Goodlife Center Seniors Xmas Lunch, Ugly Sweater Contest

1st prize for Ugly sweater goes to Moraima and 2nd goes to Kerry Welch!

Goodlife Center Xmas party


Tai Chi is back!

2015 Influenza Press Release, Clinic Schedule To-date & Vaccine Information Statements

2015 Influenza Press Release

Flu Inactive English VIS

Influenza Schedule

Spanish Flu VIS



The Elder Affairs’ new SNAP requires ?


Single-Stream Recycling Guide

Ruth’s 100 bday clebration

The Mayor and Tom Damato

The Mayor and Tom Damato, who turned 101 on May 8th, taken May 13 at Forest Park Manor.

Senior center directors help in the blanket project.

'Hungry Hill' dancers

Riverview Center knitting class

Rose Mascaro celebrates her 100th birthday

Rose Mascaro celebrates her 100th birthday party at Pine Point Sr. Center - June 11, 2013.

Tom Damato 100 birthday party

Forest Park Manor, recent Hot Lunches


Pine Point Mosaic Projects

Big-E Hungry Hill Senior Center Dance

View photos from the Big-E Hungry Hill Senior Center Dance

Forest Park Manor nad Hungry Hill Center enjoy a Matinee Showing of Grumpier Old Men

Hungry Hill Center Holds their First Pot Luck Luncheon

Hungry Hill ladies brought dishes and desserts, plenty of food, lots of laughs and a beautiful turn-out.

For more photos click HERE

Tai Chi

Tai Chi in the Park
Tai Chi at Hungry Hill

 For more photos of Tai Chi at Hungry Hill click HERE

Hungry Hill Center Community Baby Shower

Hungry Hill Center's Knitting/Crocheting group donates 64 handmade baby blankets for the May 19th Community Baby Shower.

Click HERE for more photos.

Zumba classes energize Forest Park Manor

Zumba classes energize Forest Park Manor.

Yes, it’s Zumba.

The program, brought to Forest Park courtesy of the Springfield Department of Elder Affairs, began in January, and has proven to be a popular and growing draw, both among residents at the elderly/disabled Springfield Housing Authority development and the surrounding community.

The program is free and open to the public.

Click HERE for more.

Forest Park Manor celelebrates the Year of the Dragon

For more pictures, click HERE.

For a link to the story provided by the Springfield Housing Authority, with whom the celebration was co-sponsored, click HERE.


New photos from Hungry Hill Center as "normal" activities resume following the Center's use as shelter from the storms of this past summer. Click HERE to go to the page for Hungry Hill Center, to see the photos.

AARP names Springfield one of best small cities for retirement

Click HERE to read the story.

the Mason Square Food Justice Initiative needs your help!

The JUST FOOD Initiative - The Story


Mason Square residents, by and large, have challenges meeting basic living needs.


Mason Square literally has no place to go year round to purchase quality, affordable food. It is a "Food Desert." Neighborhood residents, especially those without transportation (which is NOT an insignificant number) are forced to purchase "groceries" from a local CVS. This contributes significantly to the "The Situation."


The Mason Square Food Justice Initiative, along with the Mason Square community at large, is working together to bring in a full service grocery store so that ultimately, Mason Square residents can feed their families high quality, fresh foods.


Grocery chains want to site their stores where people have money to spend. We want to demonstrate the purchasing power of the Mason Square community in a practical, yet powerfully symbolic way. We're inviting residents in Mason Square and surrounding neighborhoods to save their grocery receipts.


Please read the entire story in the PDF document HERE

Please print and post the PDF flier located HERE



Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline

Click the flyer above to download a PDF for printing in English

Click here to download a PDF for printing in French

Click here to download a PDF for printing in Portuguese

Click here to download a PDF for printing in Russian

Click here to download a PDF for printing in Spanish

Borrow an e-Reader from the Library

The Springfield City Library system will start lending Sony eReaders to city patrons age 55 and older.

This is a great opportunity to assist our seniors with obtaining easy-to-use eReaders that are preloaded with many recent and popular titles for mystery, suspense, Christian, historical fiction and love stories.

And it's FREE to use on loan from the Library.

Imagine, no need to lug heavy books around!

Click this eReader link for more information in PDF format.

Important Advisory - H1N1 "Swine" Flu

Latest H1N1 information from the Springfield Department of Health


Emergency Preparedness

The city’s instant notification system is automatically set to call residents’ home phone or the main number of a Springfield business in case of an emergency. To sign up for this service, click here for the Instant Notification Link.

Janet Rodriguez Denney, Director of Elder Affairs for the City of Springfield, Mass.

1600 East Columbus Ave.
Springfield, MA 01103-1654
Telephone: 413-750-2654

Email: jdenney@springfieldcityhall.com

Page last updated:  Friday, January 22, 2016 12:26 pm