The roots of BrooklineCAN date back to a collaborative effort between the town's Council on Aging and the Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) during 2007-2010. The demonstration project – Aging Well at Home – focused on a neighborhood in North Brookline and tested a model approach to supporting older residents’ desire to continue living in their homes. Funded in part by the Weinberg Foundation, the program offered help with household tasks, fostered connections among residents, and provided education programs.
In 2010, JF&CS joined a gathering at the home of Frank and Carol Caro in Brookline’s Crowinshield Road area to discuss the creation of a neighborhood support system that would help them to remain in their homes as they grew older.
Shortly thereafter, the group invited Ruthann Dobek to offer her perspective as director of both the Council on Aging and the Brookline Senior Center. Upon learning of the bountiful services and offerings available from the Senior Center, the group concluded that the best way to pursue their objective was to combine forces with the Center.
Those gathered became the Steering Committee of what would be a town-wide initiative – the Brookline Community Aging Network (
Three public meetings were held --
- to learn from experts about how other communities have approached “aging at home” efforts
- to solicit input from Brookline residents
- to ask for the active involvement of residents
After these meetings, several committees were formed. The Brookline Community Aging Network was launched in 2010.
Brookline Community Aging Network,
Its principal purpose is to ensure that older Brookline residents remain a vital part of the town's social, cultural, and civic life.
BrooklineCAN & other organizations
, Director, Brookline Senior Center, 617-730-2756
The Steering Committee will establish policies and procedures for
This Committee keeps the community informed of
Chair: , 617-730-2756
The Education Committee responds to members' interests and needs by providing a variety of informational programs and forums. Topics range from alternative health and embracing your sexuality to housing, transportation, and legal issues. Events and forums have also included movie screenings, panel discussion and a health expo. New members are welcome to join us in brainstorming and developing programs to meet the needs of our diverse membership. All members are encouraged to suggest potential speakers and topics.
Livable Community Advocacy Committee
Chair: , 617-731-0822
While Brookline offers a great deal to its older residents, we want our town to be an even better place to live. This committee calls attention to what Brookline offers and advocates for improvements, including expanded housing for seniors, expanded property tax exemptions for seniors, improvements in specialized transportation for those with disabilities, safer sidewalks, and improved amenities for pedestrians. The committee has created three internet guides about Brookline features of interest to seniors and others: rental and condominium buildings with elevators, restrooms available to the public, and businesses with automatic door openers. The committee also deploys a team that monitors sidewalk conditions in commercial areas after snow storms. The committee provides additional opportunities through Brookline’s Age-Friendly City program, collaboration between
Chair: , 617-860-6289
Founding PartnersBrookline Senior Center
Center Communities of Brookline
Jewish Family & Children's Service
Community PartnersBrookline Adult and Community Education
Brookline Board of Assessors
Brookline Building Department
Brookline Department of Planning and Community Development
Brookline Department of Public Works
Brookline Health Department
Brookline Police Department
Brookline Public Library
Brookline Recreation Department
Brookline Community Aging Network
Brookline Senior Center
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