Council on Aging

COVID 19 Vaccinations (posted by the Halifax Fire Department)

The Halifax Fire Department was able to vaccinate all interested members of the Halifax Fire and Police departments, as well as several members from surrounding towns. We have also administered vaccinations to the vast majority of Halifax senior citizens over the age of 75.

We fully intended to continue vaccinating all the way through the end of this pandemic, but recently we have found ourselves unable to order any additional vaccine from the State of Massachusetts. At this point we dont know when, if ever, we will receive more. I can assure you that we are doing everything in our power to get more vaccine, and we will put out more information as it becomes available.

The state is pushing large vaccination sites, such as Gillete stadium, the Marshfield Fairgrounds, Fenway Park (more information is available here ( There are also smaller locations such as CVS pharmacies, Stop and Shop Pharmacy in Halifax, and others.




Below are the days and times for exercise classes that are airing on Comcast cable channels courtesy of Area 58. The class content will change every two weeks on Monday.

Channel 14:

Tai Chi: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12pm

Yoga: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:30pm

These same classes air on Channel 13 in an earlier slot:

Tai Chi and Yoga: Alternates between Tai Chi and Yoga 7 days a week at 6am

The Council on Aging Remains Closed - Services are still available!!

As of 1:00 PM, March 13, 2020, Pope’s Tavern, used by the Halifax Council on Aging for offices and services, is closed to the public for an indefinite period of time. This decision was made jointly by the Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator, Council on Aging Director, and Fire Chief.

We are 100% committed to serving our senior population during this difficult time.   The entire staff has been providing transportation to doctors appointments, volunteers continue to deliver Meals on Wheels, and Outreach has continued with phone check-ins and assistance with applications and referrals.  Appointments are available as needed at the COA building.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please contact the Council on Aging at 781-293-7313, during normal business hours. For emergencies, please call 911.

Mission 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.


Staff Contacts



Donna Porcello

Outreach Coordinator

Lisa Silvia


Assistant Outreach / Nurse

Council on Aging Board

NameTitleTerm Expires
Jo Schofield


June 30, 2022

Judy Rakutis


June 30, 2021

Marge Smith


June 30, 2021

Michael Rugnetta