Rosemary Kofler, Patricia Rector and Jacquelyn Smith-Crooks: Council on Aging seeks new members

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

In the past year, the twin challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and America’s racial reckoning have stretched the hearts and minds of Amherst’s Council on Aging (COA). The year ahead will undoubtedly bring continued challenges.

The COA is an advisory group to the town’s director of senior services and was established with the mission that supports services to and advocacy for older individuals residing in Amherst.

For the first time in the history of the COA, four of our nine-member council were either people of color, or those who are of Black, Latinx or Asian cultures. Together, all members of the council struggle with the ongoing question of how to pursue services, programs and advocacy that are more inclusive, equitable and diverse.

Currently, we have three openings for new council members who will join with us in this critical work, particularly those who can help us reimagine what programs, services and space will be needed for a wider community of seniors in the future.

To become a voting member of the Amherst COA, one must reside in Amherst. To apply, simply fill out the Community Activity Form found at www.amherstma.gov/FormCenter/CommunityActivity-Form.

We are looking for individuals of any age who can demonstrate a commitment to public policies and processes that respect and value elders as a vital part of our larger community.

Rosemary Kofler,
Patricia Rector
Jacquelyn Smith-Crooks


The writers are part of the interim leadership team at the Amherst Council on Aging.