Council on Aging Board

Members

  • Richard Kelsay, Chairperson
    Term Expires: December 31, 2021
  • Norma Smith, Vice Chairperson
    Term Expires: December 31, 2020
  • Paula Topjian
    Term Expires: December 31, 2019
  • Tom Keogh, Treasurer
    Term Expires: December 31, 2021
  • Lynda Christiansen
    Term Expires: December 31, 2020
  • Joan Hoey
    Term Expires: December 31, 2019
  • Mary E. Hourigan
    Term Expires: December 31, 2019

About the Council

Our role at the Council on Aging (COA) is to provide quality services and programs to enhance elders mental, physical and emotional well-being. A major priority is to assist and support frail elders in their home to help them remain independent as long as possible. 

Resources

The Council on Aging works with municipal, state and non-profit organizations that work to service elders in a variety of ways. Resources may be available through other programs offered outside the Council on Aging. Community based services available include:

  • Education/Art and Social Events
  • Employment Opportunities Through the Tax Work off Program
  • Health and Wellness Programs
  • Legislative up-Dates
  • Outreach Services
  • Site and Home-Delivered Meals
  • Transportation
  • Volunteer Programs

Members

The Council on Aging is overseen by a seven member Board of Directors, Town Manager, and Select Board who work together to assure that seniors have services that will enhance their independence and community awareness. The Council on Aging has been in existence since 1972, previously located in a small storefront building in the center of town. 

Senior Center Facility

After many years of increased programs and growth the COA/Senior Center moved to a new facility in 1989 with the Mansfield Library. The Mansfield COA/Library facility are separate departments who work cooperatively to provide the community with services and programs. The enhanced multi-purpose room provides a meeting place for community non-profit organizations during evening hours.The COA is a multi-faceted facility offering many services and programs to elders 60 and over. Library services are across the hall for all seniors to enjoy. The Select Board shall appoint to a Council on Aging seven members to three-year overlapping terms in accordance with the General Laws.

Our Mission

The Mansfield Council on Aging is a multi-faceted human services department which services the needs of all elders, age 60 and over. We also assist families of elders in matters regarding any elder issue.