Council on Aging

Regular Meetings

  • 1:00 p.m.
  • 4th Thursday of every month
  • Senior Center
    14 Wallace Avenue
    Card Room
    Fitchburg, MA 01420

Current Board Members

  • Jennifer Brennan, Executive Director
  • George Bourque - Chair
  • Michele Morin - Vice Chair
  • Bonnie Hautala
  • Margaret Padavano
  • James B. Craigen
  • Joe Byrne
  • Deborah Dion
  • Annie Belmer
  • Open Seat 
  • Open Seat
  • Open Seat
The Armory Building


A Council on Aging(COAs)/Senior Center is a department of municipal government authorized under Chapter 40 Section 8B of the Massachusetts General Laws. This "permissive legislation" allows a municipality to establish a Council on Aging for the purpose of coordinating or carrying out programs to address aging issues in coordination with the programs of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Councils on Aging are the community focal point for social and support services to elders, families, and caregivers. These municipal agencies develop priorities, serve as advocates, and offer opportunities to access programs, services, and activities.

COA boards are involved with the planning (and/or reviewing) of annual and long-term goals. Planning helps translate the mission of the COA into specific programs and services and helps identify what resources are needed.


The COA is comprised of 12 volunteer members. Each member serves a three-year term. Members are appointed by the Mayor and subject to confirmation by the City Council.