Council on Aging

coa-logoMission Statement

To identify the economic, health and cultural needs of our senior community and provide an environment of support, learning and socialization while striving to enrich lives by offering a wide array of programs, transportation and advocating on their behalf, when necessary, thereby promoting independence, wellness and dignity

Duties & Responsibilities

The Council on Aging is an appointed (by the Board of Selectmen), five-person committee dedicated to providing services to the elderly of Halifax. These services include the Elderbus, Meals-on-Wheels, medical programs, lunch at Pope's Tavern, cultural and educational programs, and assistance in obtaining services from the State and Federal Governments

MA Walk Challenge


Halifax MA – The HALIFAX COUNCIL ON AGING launches the Walk Massachusetts Challenge on May 5, 2022

Walk Massachusetts is a community-wide walking challenge running May 5 - October 31, 2022 and is open to community members aged five and over. Each participant chooses from one of four predetermined challenges which based on distance or frequency. Individuals who complete the challenge receive raffle prize entries for themselves and their council on aging. Individual prizes include gift cards of Visa ($50), Amazon ($25) and Dunkin’ ($10). Councils on aging prize levels range $250-1,000.

An annual program run by the Massachusetts Councils on Aging (MCOA), the Walk Massachusetts challenge returns with two major improvements this year:

  • Originally designed for adults aged 60 and above, Walk Massachusetts is now an intergenerational initiative. Anyone aged 5-59 years old is encouraged to participate by walking and sponsoring an older adult of their choice! “Having a classroom of 5th grade children sponsoring older adults, strengthens ties within the community, improves one’s health and may be a catalyst for additional intergenerational learning” said Lynn Wolf, MCOA’s Communications Manager.
  • Due to the volume of participants and prizes distributed the past two years, a dedicated website, www.walkmachallenge.com was created to register and log daily progress

The program will kick off with a special event at the at HALIFAX COUNCIL ON AGING, 506 Plymouth Street, Halifax on May 5, 2022,  between 2 – 4pm.  We will have non-alcoholic margarita slushies, face painting, t-shirts and more. 

Walking is the most common way people remain physically active. Walking consistently has numerous physical and mental health benefits. “Regardless of how far or fast you walk, whether you use a cane or a walker, remaining active is key to aging well and living independently” said Tara Hammes, MCOA’s Director of Member Services for Healthy Aging. Walking is accessible for most people whether done outside at your local park or indoors and in place on rainy days. Walking and the Walk Massachusetts challenge is a fun way to build community!

The HALIFAX COUNCIL ON AGING was established in 1982 and provides health and social services to older adults 60 and over, and any individual living with a disability. Located at 506 Plymouth Street, Halifax, MA  02338 is open from 8am to 4 pm Monday – Friday. Call [781-293-7313 ext. 135)] with any questions or to learn more 

Council on Aging Board

NameTitleTerm Expires
Jo Schofield

Chairman

2022

Judy Rakutis

Member

2024

Michael Rugnetta

Member

2023

Sarah Sloat

Member

2024

Member

2024

Ivy Matheny

Member

2024

Staff Contacts

NameTitleE-Mail AddressExtension
Darlene Regan

Director

135

Donna Porcello

Outreach Coordinator

136

Diane Smith

Receptionist

137

Patricia Ross

Nurse/Asst. Outreach Coordinator

139