Council on Aging

Regular Meetings

  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2nd Thursday of every month
  • Senior Center
    14 Wallace Avenue
    Card Room
    Fitchburg, MA 01420

Current Commissioners

  • Joan Goodwin, Executive Director
  • William Walsh
  • Joseph Byrne
  • Kenneth Bujold
  • Nancy Fors
  • Josie Wood
  • Annie DeMartino
  • Richard Hautala
  • Margaret Padavano
  • James B. Craigen
  • Jorge Rodriguez
  • George Bourque
The Armory Building


The purpose of the Council on Aging (COA) is to provide advocacy for and to coordinate and or carry out programs designed to meet the needs of the aging in living dignified and independent lives. The Council’s primary responsibilities are to design, promote, and implement programs to address the identified needs of the community’s elder population and to coordinate existing services in the community.

Additionally the COA oversees the Fitchburg Senior Center at the Old Fitchburg Armory. The COA works in concert with public and private agencies and providers in the area, and with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. The commission shall exercise all the powers and duties of Councils of Aging under the General Laws Chapter 40 Section 8B, subject to the provisions of Chapter 3 Article 14 of the Fitchburg City Code.


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