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.
Our deliberately low regular membership rates do not cover all our expenses. Your additional gift will help to keep us going.
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 Diversity, 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 – before an eviction takes place – 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. . Click here to see the 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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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.
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.