Council on Aging (COA)
The Mansfield Council on Aging is a multi-faceted human services department which services the needs of all elders, age 60 and over.
With a strong commitment toward offering low cost and free health services, the COA sponsors health clinics at the Drop In Center, as well as at other locations within Mansfield.
Health clinics include:
- Blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar
- Bone density
- Flu and other immunizations
- Health issues workshop series
This free virtual bowling league is offered two times per week, and competes with other locals COA Wii bowling leagues. Wii Bowling is fun and includes seniors of differing abilities
Daily Cards & Board Games
The Council On Aging encourages seniors to socialize daily with others in our informal and friendly atmosphere. Light refreshments are always available.
Instructed by a commercial artist, students work in pastels, oils, charcoal, pen and ink or water color. Beginners through expert are welcome in this class. A $3 per person per class donation for residents, $5 for non-residents, is appreciated.
COA Chimers Handchime Choir
The COA Chimers meets weekly with director Mary Hourigan to play selections for handchimes. Like handbells, handchimes are hand held, single note percussion instruments. The COA Chimers hold performances at the COA department, area nursing homes, churches and assisted living centers. This activity welcomes beginners and those who have never played a musical instrument before.
The COA Quilting Class meets weekly for creative group or individual quilting projects. Quilts are donated to area non-profit agencies and wounded and disabled soldiers. Beginners are welcome in this activity.
This weekly class gives seniors who like music and movement a fun and social activity. Led by a Line dancing caller, this class offers a light physical work-out. A $1 per person per class donation is appreciated.
Geared for those who are just beginning their basic journey into the world of computers and the internet, this class is available to seniors age 60 and older. Students learn how to navigate through Windows and beyond with browsing the internet. Class donation is $3 per person for residents and $5 per person for non-residents.
Drop in Center (DIC) Bingo
Weekly Bingo Games are sponsored by the Friends of the Drop In Center. Fees apply.
Educational Health & Wellness Workshops
Monthly workshops focus on aging well, and address issues of concern to seniors. These workshops are free and offer seniors the opportunity to network with professionals and other seniors.
Lunch and entertainment programs are offered monthly from September through May. Fee varies depending upon the event.
The COA offers weekly shopping trips to three grocery stores, and monthly trips to Emerald Square Mall, Mansfield Crossing and one other shopping plaza. Round trip fares are $2 with a punch ticket, or $2.50 cash, for the grocery store and Mansfield Crossing, and $5 to the Emerald Square Mall and the other shopping plaza.