Brookline Community Aging Network


Eighth Annual Meeting & Reception
September 13, Age-friendly Business
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Thursday, May 10,
The Power of Play:
Games, Puzzles, and Trivia
to Keep Your Brain Young.
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Coolidge Corner library to close temporarily for renovation
Will close after June 2 for approximately six months.

Press release.

At Brookline Day, September 24, 2017, BrooklineCAN offered a quiz at its table. Questions and answers
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Thursday, May 18,
How to Stay Young While Growing Older—and Have Fun Doing it
5:30 -7:30 p.m., Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street

Daylight saving time ends
Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 AM.

Turn your clocks back 1 hour.

Tuesday, November 6, Election

7 a.m – 8 p.m., Where: Find your polling place here.

Early voter and absentee voter info.

Massachusetts Information for Voters. Includes a discussion of the questions that will be on the ballot. Most people will have received this in the mail.

Massachusetts Election information. Non‑partisan ballot information from the League of Woman Voters. Enter your address to see your ballot choices.

Flag Day June 14

January 18, Martin Luther King Day Celebration
4:00 pm, Coolidge Corner Theatre. Keynote speaker: Susan Maze-Rothstein, Northeastern University Law Professor. Additional information.. Tickets are free but registration is required.

until spring!

Monday, September 5. Brookline Town & School offices, schools, libraries, public safety windows closed in observance of Labor Day.

Brookline Day 2017

September 24th, 11am-3pm at Larz Anderson Park.
We'll be there. Come visit us.   Details.

BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting

Click here for pictures from our
September 15 Annual Meeting.

Heat Advisory

Brookline's Emergency Management Team has issued a heat advisory until Saturday, July 22. Details here.
Find more about Weather in Brookline, MA


Brookline Community Aging Network – BrooklineCAN – is an all-volunteer organization that focuses on Brookline as a great place to live. It provides information for older residents that helps them remain engaged in the life of the community, and advocates to make Brookline an even better place to live for seniors and everyone. It is separate from but works with the town's Council on Aging and the Brookline Senior Center.

This website is a clearing house of information detailing Brookline's extensive network of services and activities that help make our town an eminently livable community. Here you will find the abundance of social, educational, and recreational programs that can enrich our lives, build a sense of community, and make our town an even better place for all.

Sign on display in the Philadelphia city hall plaza.

The text says: After retiring, Frank Caro of Brookline, Massachusetts, has remained active in research and community service through volunteerism. He has speaheaded and directed an impressive arra of accomplishments that inprove the quality of life not only for older adults but residents of all ages in Brookline.

A lifelong leader in aging policy and education, Frank formerly served as the chair of the UMass Boston's gerontology program. He retired in 2008 but remained active. He chairs the town of Brookline's Pedestrian Advisory Committee and co-chairs the Brookline Community Aging Network (BrooklineCAN), an all-volunteer, member‑driven organization and its Livable Community Advocacy committee.

BrooklineCAN promotes services and activities to enable independent living and to ensure that all 10,000 older Brookline residents have the opportunity to remain a vital part of the town's social, cultural and civic life and in so doing to make the town an even better place for all residents. Some of those activities include creating directories to public toilets, all anpartments and condos with elevators, and builings and businesses with automatic door openers.

Words of Wisdom: “Get involved in community affairs. Help to call attention to the good things your community has to offer. Advocate for feasible improvements. Work with like-minded people to multiply what you can accomplish.”


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BrooklineCAN on Twitter and Facebook

Matt Weiss, BrooklineCAN's chief Tweeter (Twitterer?, Tweetmeister?), scours the Twitterverse for items of interest to Brookline seniors. Updated daily.


Age-Friendly Cities TV

The Town's Age-Friendly Cities committee is offering a series of TV shows with the help of the Brookline Interactive Group.

In May, 2017, Brookline Interactive Group presented its Show of the Year award to Age-Friendly Cities TV.


Episode 19. 11/8/2018. Property Tax Relief

Host:Matt Weiss
Executive Producer:Shirley Selhub
Co-producer:Cornelia Andrus
Director:Corbin Reidel
Graphics:John Seay
Guests: Brookline Assessor's Department617-730-2060
 Karen Keaney, Assistant AssessorBrookline Assessor's Department617-730-2060
  Brookline Senior Center617-730-2770
Links: FY 2019 Property Database. November 8 announcement
 FY 2018 Condominium Sales Map Brookline Council on Aging
 FY 2018 Single and Multi-Family Sales Map

Tax Workoff Program:

  • Brookline Senior Center
  • Assessor's Office
  • Brookline Public Library
  • Community Planning
  • Brookline Adult and Community Education
  • Community Outreach at Putterham Library
  • Friends of Brookline Library
  • Brookline Public Schools

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Older Shows

Selected Topics

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

CDC is advising consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell any romaine lettuce as it investigates an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine.
Press release.

Coolidge Corner library to close temporarily for renovation

Will close after June 2 for approximately six months. Press release.

Grand Re-Opening Sunday, December 2, 3–5pm, the Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant Street (Map). Details.

BrooklineCAN announces its new Age-Friendly Business campaign.

Details here.

Goddard House Receives 2017 LeadingAGE Massachusetts Statewide Award for Opening Minds through Art (OMA).

Goddard House been awarded the 2017 Program Innovation of the Year Award by LeadingAGEMassachusetts. The Award is given for the development and implementation of a creative and innovative program that measurably benefits residents and/or staff - and in this case, students training at Goddard House from Lesley University. More information.

New Choices for 'Younger' Seniors

What would you like to see more of? Soulful jazz? Nobel laureates? Acclaimed authors? Star chocolatiers? Post-divorce professionals? Thought leaders? Sports team wannabes? How can Brookline become more dynamic for you?

New Choices, an emerging committee of Brookline residents, is holding a focus group to make the town more vibrant based on your interests, practical needs, and pie-in-the-sky wishes.

60-minute focus groups for 55 to 75-year-olds will be held at various Brookline locations, to be determined, in the fall. Space is limited.

Interested? RSVP by August 15 to or call Deidre, 617-730-2767. Please include your name, contact information, and preference of a weekday morning, afternoon, or evening time slot.

The Silent Call Procedure

The “Silent Call Procedure” is used when a caller is unable to verbally communicate their emergency over the phone. If a resident of Massachusetts calls 9-1-1 and is unable to speak for any reason.
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Tax preparation

List of tax preparation services and other resources.

Designing Communities For An Aging America

In an aging nation, what makes an age-friendly community? We look at what U.S. cities can do to help seniors live better. On Point radio show, WBUR 90.9, Click here to listen to or download the podcast

Scams directed toward the elderly

Brookline Police issue warning about scams directed toward seniors. Click here for details.

Serving Seniors in Brookline Parks

An article by Frank Caro, chairman of BrooklineCAN and its Livable Community Advocacy Committee. From the Brookline Greenspace Alliance's fall 2015 newsletter.

MCOA award to Caro & Dobek

On June 5, Ruthann Dobek, Frank Caro, and BrooklineCAN, received “Innovator of the Year” Awards from Massachusetts Councils on Aging.
Press Release here
Details and picture here

Expanded Apartment & Condo Listings

Our original apartment and condominium listings were limited to buildings with 25 units or more. Now, thanks to a grant from ReServe Greater Boston, we were able to add over 30 listings for smaller buildings. View our expanded interactive maps of Apartments here and Condominiums here. Previously only available to our members, now offered to everyone.

Scam alert

Facebook post from Brookline Police:
Today we have received several calls from Brookline residents, who have reported receiving suspicious calls from people claiming to be the IRS. The callers then stated that they were filing a lawsuit against the residents before asking for personal information. If you receive such a call, it is NOT the IRS, it is a scam.
Non-emergency number is 617-730-2222.

Scam alert

Tweet from Brookline Police:
Extortion SCAM from local 617 telephone #. Be wary if you receive demand for money due to "Accident" "Kidnapping," etc. Call Police for help.
Non-emergency number is 617-730-2222.

New Windows 10 scam will encrypt your files for ransom

A cautionary tale in being patient, and not skipping the line. Details here.