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 Brookline Senior Center, the town's Council on Aging, and Age‑friendly Cities Committee.
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.
We all learned to use Zoom during the pandemic. Traditional meetings are starting to come back, but some people like the option to attend remotely. The Senior Center staff is working to facilitate hybrid meetings with both virtual and in-person participants. For information contact Jamie Jensen at
or 617-730-2753 or John Seay at .
Our deliberately low regular membership rates do not cover all our expenses. Your additional gift will help to keep us going.
Once again Covid-19 has derailed the Brookline Senior Center's largest fundraiser of the year. In its place is the "No-Gala" Autumn Benefit, with more benefits for donors and sponsors. Your sponsorship supports medical transportation, hunger reduction, client emergencies, and programs to help older adults cope with social isolation and depression. Sponsorship levels range from $100+ to $2,500+; sponsors will receive gift cards from local Age-Friendly businesses, as well as ads in the next edition of "Ask a Geriatrician" at the $300+ and above levels. For full details on sponsorship (due by November 19), click here. Please also know that donations of any amount are graciously accepted. For more information, contact Ruthann Dobek at or 617-730-2756.
Parkinson's in Motion
Goddard House is sponsoring two programs for older adults with Parkinson's.
On Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Living Musically with Parkinson's, will feature music therapist and neuroscientist, Joshua Min, who specializes in working with older adults, and those living with Parkinson's, to help improve their quality of life through the power of music. Learn techniques, songs, and concepts to strengthen and uplift your body, your brain, and your mood.
Tai Chi for Parkinson's is offered Tuesdays 10:30 am -11:30 pm. Designed specifically to improve strength, balance, flexibility, mental focus and emotional tranquility, tai chi has been proven to help minimize the symptoms of Parkinson's. Join Instructor, Ruth Schechter, an experienced tai chi teacher for older adults and individuals living with Parkinson's. Trained as a musician, Ruth has experience with the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method, as well as tai chi.
Both programs are free and on Zoom. For more information and to register contact Christine Nagle at .
Senior Center Autumn Benefit (without the Gala)
Once again Covid-19 has derailed the Brookline Senior Center's largest fundraiser of the year. In its place is the "No-Gala" Autumn Benefit, with more benefits for donors and sponsors. Your sponsorship supports medical transportation, hunger reduction, client emergencies, and programs to help older adults cope with social isolation and depression. Sponsorship levels range from $100+ to $2,500+; sponsors will receive gift cards from local Age-Friendly businesses, as well as ads in the next edition of "Ask a Geriatrician" at the $300+ and above levels. , Full details on sponsorship (due by November 19). Please also know that donations of any amount are graciously accepted. For more information, contact Ruthann Dobek at or 617-730-2756.
Brookline's older adults and ARPA.
Betsy Pollock, president of the Senior Center's Board of Directors says:
Please remember, include, and address the needs of Brookline’s older adult population when making decisions about the allocation of the . . . funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
Thank you for helping us serve so many needy people over the past 18 months. With clients still coming to us in record numbers, we really need additional volunteers and hope you will tell family, friends, and neighbors about the opportunity to help. Potential volunteers can learn more and connect with us here.
We are also seeking a full-time Inventory Manager to play a key operational role and would appreciate your sharing this opportunity with family, friends and neighbors. In addition to managing Pantry inventory and assisting with daily operations, this role includes driving food between locations and lifting boxes up to 50 lbs. For more information, or if someone you know might want to apply, please contact Julia at
The Brookline Food Pantry (BFP) serves over 700 needy households around Brookline, Massachusetts each week, providing fresh produce, meat and dairy as well as household staples. The BFP also serves over 500 students weekly during the school year with weekend food bags and delivers food to clients who cannot get to our three locations. The BFP has a small paid staff as well as over 200 active volunteers who help deliver these key services.
Brookline Department of Public Health Offers Food Coupons
The Town has planted two trees at Hall's Pond in memory of Frank Caro, the President of the Friends of Hall's Pond, long time Town Meeting Member, founder of BrooklineCAN, and all round Town good citizen.
Link to Facebook post.
Brookline Green Energy
Did you know that whether you are a renter or a home owner in Brookline (we're split about even, 50:50), you can still take part in the Brookline Green Electricity program? You can sign up for 100% renewable electricity just by using your Eversource bill information and the Enrollment Form on the Town of Brookline website. Thanks to the Town, all Brookline residents can take part in a program that is good for consumers and the environment.
Tommy Vitolo interviews Elenore Parker
Elenore Parker was State Representative Tommy Vitolo's guest on his weekly TV show. Watch here.
Vaccine companion warning.
On February 11 Massachusetts began allowing people who accompany residents 75 years and older to mass vaccination sites to get their own shots as well. Now some younger people are offering free rides to strangers. Council on Aging Director Ruthann Dobek and Public Health Commissioner Dr. Swannie Jett strongly advise seniors to only accept rides from family members or people they know well. News release.
Boston's Older Population: Increasing in Racial articleersity, but Quality of Life is Shaped by Racism, Discrimination
A new report from UMass Boston identifies aging equity among Boston residents.
Brookline's DPW & Commission on Disability Share Resources to Help Ensure Pedestrian Safety
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health wants to reach households early and before an eviction takes place and to provide funding and mediation tools to work with landlords. We've launched a new website that connects residents to their local Housing Consumer Education Center, answers frequently asked questions, and more at www.mass.gov/CovidHousingHelp.
Living With COVID-19 Survey
BrooklineCAN and the Brookline Senior Center will be conducting a survey in the weeks ahead to discover how seniors are adapting to a world with COVID-19.
Understanding that everyone has to assess their own level of risk, we can be a wonderful resource for one another during these difficult days. Sharing what we are doing and how we are doing it, as well as what we are not doing, can help us to better understand the needs of our senior community.
If you would like a hard copy of the survey mailed to you, please call us at 617-730-2777.
$$$ for Senior Homeowners & Renters!
You may qualify for cash or credit from the state if
you pay rent or property taxes.
Click for details.
Assisting People With Vision Loss During The Pandemic.
Town of Brookline Releases Instructional Video Guide. The Town of Brookline, Massachusetts has just released a new instructional video telling and showing via demonstration clips how to guide a person with vision loss in a variety of everyday situations. This video is free to all and may be used by any agencies, organizations, groups, or individuals who find it useful.
Brookline's Age‑Friendly Cities TV team helped produce this video.
BIG and Brookline Community
Brookline Interactive Group continues our service in meeting Brookline's communications needs, helping our community to share their stories, and keeping our democracy transparent.
This week's coverage of the Fourth District Congressional race is comprehensive- partnering with the League of Women Voters and Brookline for Racial Justice and Equity (BRJE), our colleagues at seven other community media centers from north to south, to support two candidate's forums for this important race. Our ongoing collaboration with State Representative, Tommy Vitolo, produces a thirty-minute weekly show to highlight each candidate in more detail.
Stay tuned and read more about our online classes, new community content, youth media programs, and to participate by creating your own scene in our 2020 Crowdsourced Boston production of Cast Away!
When we created this web site in 2011, we designed it for wide-screen desktop systems. Now many people use smaller phones and tablets. Our site could always use those devices, but the pages didn't really fit. Now we automatically rearrange content so it displays comfortably on all devices. As screens get narrower so do paragraphs; two columns become one; the menu disappears but can be recalled by pressing a button. You can see these changes on your desktop or laptop computer by narrowing the browser window. We hope this will make our site more useable on all screens.
Walkable Brookline Survey
BrooklineCAN's table at Brookline Day 2019 had the opportunity to answer a
survey that asked "What should BrooklineCAN emphasize in advocating to make Brookline more walkable?" Fifteen people answered. Here are the results. We plan to offer the survey at future events.
A report on opinions of older Brookline residents
In 2018 Brookline participated in the National Citizen Survey, an effort to capture
the opinions of residents on a wide range of topics concerning the Town. We are
reporting here a special analysis that compared responses of those 65 and older
with younger respondents. The analysis shows both similarities and differences
between the responses of older and younger residents. . Full
More Beacon Street benches.
In January 2019 Frank Caro asked the Town's Department of Public Works to consider adding five additional benches on Beacon Street. Here is Frank's report. This is an initiative of BrooklineCAN's Livable Community Advocacy Committee and the Brookline Age‑Friendly City Committee.
Update, August 2019: The town has installed five new benches. Pictures here.
This report, issued April 1, 2019 by TRIPPS (Transportation Resources, Information, Planning & Partnership for Seniors), describes local transportation experiences of Brookline Seniors in the context of current research on older adults, transportation and community life.
BrooklineCAN announces its new Age‑Friendly Business campaign.
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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An article by Frank Caro, chairman of BrooklineCAN and its Livable Community Advocacy Committee. From the Brookline Greenspace Alliance's fall 2015 newsletter.
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.
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.
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