Massachusetts Councils on Aging: Investing in Professional Development for a Thriving Aging Network

“In an ever-changing world, we are always learning. One of my favorite quotes is by Benjamin Franklin,  ‘Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember involve me and I learn.’  Whatever your roles in life may be, there is always room for learning.”

- Andrea Cordis

Training & Education Manager, MCOA

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In the vibrant tapestry of Massachusetts communities, the well-being of older adults is intricately intertwined with the dedication and expertise of local Councils on Aging (COAs). These organizations serve as pillars of support, providing a comprehensive array of services that empower older adults to age in place with dignity, security, and vitality.

Recognizing the pivotal role of COAs in fostering the well-being of older adults, Massachusetts Councils on Aging (MCOA) has made a steadfast commitment to investing in the professional development of their members. This unwavering support ensures that COA professionals remain at the forefront of knowledge and best practices, enabling them to provide exceptional care and guidance to the aging population.

Through a diverse array of training and educational opportunities, MCOA empowers their members to:

  • Stay abreast of the latest advancements in aging research and best practices. This continuous learning fosters innovative approaches to service delivery and ensures that older adults receive the most up-to-date support.

  • Enhance their expertise in navigating the complexities of aging-related issues. From understanding the intricacies of Medicare and Medicaid to addressing the challenges of dementia care, MCOA provides comprehensive training that equips COA staff to handle challenges with competence and compassion.

  • Develop specialized skills in specific areas of aging. This specialized training ensures that older adults have access to targeted support that addresses their unique needs.

  • Network and collaborate with colleagues from across the state, sharing municipal knowledge and best practices. This fosters a sense of community and collective expertise, enabling COAs to continuously improve their services and support the aging population effectively.

Beyond individual training, MCOA also hosts regular conferences and workshops, providing a platform for professional development and networking. These events serve as a hub of innovation, where COA professionals gather to share best practices, learn from experts, and explore emerging trends in aging care.

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