In December 2012, Brookline was accepted as a member of the World Health Organization's international network of "Age Friendly" cities. In March 2016 the WHO network included 287 cities and communities in 33 countries covering over 155 million people. Brookline was the ninth municipality in the United States and the first in New England to join the network.
The Brookline Age Friendly City initiative is collaboration among the Town of Brookline, the Brookline Council on Aging, and BrooklineCAN. The initiative is guided by a Selectmen’s committee co-chaired by Selectman Nancy Heller, Council on Aging director Ruthann Dobek, and BrooklineCAN co-chair Frank Caro. For more information, .
In May, 2017, Brookline Interactive Group presented its Show of the Year award to Age Friendly Cities TV.
Episode 12. 5/3/2017. The Nancy "Daly Show" celebrating Nancy Daly's retirement from the Board of Selectmen after 12 very productive years. Show locations include the Senior Center and Runkle Elementary. Surprise guests include Neil Wishinsky, Frank Caro, Ruthann Dobek and Roberta Winitzer.. Click here to view on YouTube.
Episode 11. 3/23/2017. Volunteer program supported by the Brookline Senior Center. Guests are Volunteer Coordinator Patricia Burns and Student Coordinator of the SHOP program Nick Brown. Click here to view on YouTube.
Episode 10. 1/26/2017. Introduction to a future series on housing for seniors in Age Friendly Brookline. Guest Len Fishman, Director of the Gerontology Institute of UMASS Boston Graduate School of Policy and GlobalMeet Studies. Click here to view on YouTube.
Episode 9. 11/17/2016. Saralynn Allaire, Chair of the Brookline Commission on Disability
Episode 8. 9/22/2016. Neil Wishinsky, Chair of the Board of Selectmen Click here to view on YouTube.
Episode 5. 2/11/2016. Brookline Public Libraries. Guests: Sara Slymon, Library Director, and Hank Sway, Assistant Library Director of Technology. Library web site: http://www.brooklinelibrary.org/ - contains links to the web sites mentioned in the video. Click here to view on YouTube.
Episode 4. 11/23/2015. Guest: Chris Chanyasulkit. Click here to view on YouTube.
Episode 3. 10/15/2015. STRAITS (Senior Transportation Resources Advice Information Training Support). In November 2015 STRAITS was renamed TRIPPS (Transportation Resources, Information, Planning, and Partnership for Seniors). Guest: Shirley Selhub. Click to view on YouTube
Episode 2. 5/28/2015. Discussion with Melissa Battite, Brookline Recreation Department, and John Dempsey, Bicycle Advisory Committee. Click to view on YouTube
Episode 1. 4/23/2015. Round table discussion with Age Friendly Committee Chairs Frank Caro and Nancy Daly. Click to view on YouTube