Councils on Aging are the principal agencies of local government that serve seniors. First authorized by special legislation in 1956, there are now 350 Councils on Aging and Senior Centers in the Commonwealth. The three core responsibilities of the Council on Aging are:
-To identify the needs of senior citizens along with the available resources within the community.
-To educate the community at large in the challenge of aging and advocate for the needs of its senior citizens.
-To design , promote and put in place services that are needed and to coordinate the efforts of agencies which serve older adults.