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Important Notice Regarding The Brookline Senior Center

The Senior Center is open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory.

Statements from Senior Center Director Ruthann Dobek

December 2, 2020

As we welcome December, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our ability to gather in large group settings. In fact, at the time of this printing, the COVID-19 numbers are increasing at a potentially alarming rate. With the addition of flu season and increased indoor activity, we are bracing for an increase in COVID-19 cases locally. The Senior Center is currently open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory. We urge you to comply with public health recommendations.

We recognize that the impending arrival of the winter holidays will add additional stress as family and friends attempt to make decisions that will keep everyone both safe and connected. With that, we also know that feelings of anxiety and sadness may occur at this time of the year. Our advice is to be mindful of your feelings, talk honestly and openly with others, and seek professional help when needed.

The Council on Aging social work staff are available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm), so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or if you would just like to say hello. You can leave messages for us at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770.

We are pleased to offer an abundance of programming online. Thank you to our staff and program leaders for making this transition. As always, be patient with technology glitches. We are aware that there continue to be issues with some of the links that we have included in our December edition. While we have resolved most of the issues, here is a direct link for the Medicare.gov link listed on page 11: https://www.medicare.gov If you experience a problem with any of the other links, please let us know.

You can find the december edition, as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here:

Are you receiving more than one copy of this email from us? Please let us know by sending an email to Jessica Milley-Gee at .

Be well!

Ruthann Dobek, LICSW
Director
Brookline Council on Aging/
Brookline Senior Center

October 28, 2020

As we welcome November, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our ability to gather in large group settings. In fact, at the time of this printing, the COVID-19 numbers are increasing at a potentially alarming rate. With the addition of flu season and increased indoor activity, we may see an increase in COVID-19 cases. The Senior Center is open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory. We urge you to comply with the public health recommendations.

We recognize that the impending arrival of the Thanksgiving holiday will add additional stress as family and friends attempt to make decisions that will keep everyone both safe and connected. With that, we also know that feelings of anxiety and sadness may occur at this time of the year. Our advice is to be mindful of your feelings, talk honestly and openly with others, and seek professional help when needed.

We encourage you to complete our “Living with COVID-19” survey. The information gathered will assist us in planning future programs and services. An online copy of the survey is available here. If you would like a hard copy of the survey mailed to you, please call us at 617-730-2777.

We are pleased to offer an abundance of programming online. Thank you to our staff and program leaders for making this transition. As always, be patient with technology glitches. We are aware that there continue to be issues with some of the links that we have included in our November edition. We are working to resolve the issue, but we have included some of the direct links below as an alternative way of accessing this content.

We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and well in the days ahead and we look forward to celebrating with you all when we are able to safely reopen the Senior Center more fully. The Council on Aging social work staff are available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm), so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or if you would just like to say hello. You can leave messages for us at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770.

You can find the November edition, as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here.

Be well!

Ruthann Dobek, LICSW
Director
Brookline Council on Aging/
Brookline Senior Center

June 5, 2020

At the time of this printing, the Senior Center is open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory.  For more information on that advisory, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/news/safer-at-home-advisory

Since it is uncertain as to when we will be able to safely begin hosting any of our special or ongoing programs at the Center, we have been working to develop a list of online programming options with some of our regular group facilitators, as well as with some of your favorite performers and presenters. Please remember that these “virtual” programs are new to everyone so there will be glitches, but we hope that you will continue to give the online programming options a try.

We realize that there are lots of questions regarding our reopening and we appreciate your patience during this uncertain time.  Please feel free to leave your questions on our voicemail or to submit your questions to info@brooklineseniorcenter.org. Many of you may have the same questions so we hope to address some of them in future editions of the newsletter.

We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and well in the days ahead and we look forward to celebrating with you all when we are able to safely reopen the Senior Center.

The Council on Aging social work staff are available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm), so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or if you would just like to say hello. You can leave messages for us at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770.

Follow This Link To Read Our June Edition:
https://www.brooklinema.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=37

March 18, 2020

In order to proactively slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the Senior Center is Closed To The Public at this time.

The Brookline Senior Center will be monitoring its phone lines during the Covid-19 emergency. Older adults can leave their names and phone numbers on our voicemail at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770. Staff will be responding to questions and concerns Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5 pm. Emergencies should be directed to 911.

In order to address the many questions and concerns that exist in the community, the Town of Brookline would like to share the following information :

For general COVID-19 questions, please call the State 2-1-1 line. For Brookline specific medical or public health inquiries, please contact the Department of Brookline Public Health at 617-730-2300. For non-medical questions specific to Brookline, please call the Brookline COVID Information Call Center at 617-879-5636. These call centers, for the time being, will be operational Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm, these hours will be adjusted as needed. Messages can be left after hours and will be returned the next day. You can also email your non-medical inquiries to: COVID19Info@brooklinema.gov.

Stay up to date on COVID-19 updates here: https://brooklinecovid19.com/senior-center/

Please remember the importance of social distancing to reduce the impact of COVID-19, and please stay home as much as possible. Thank you.

Virtual Program Offerings

Here is a list of virtual programs that the Senior Center is working on to fill the gap while we can't meet in person. Other programs are in the works.

BIG TV Weekly Senior Programming

2020-2021 Senior Health Webinar Series
A free Zoom Virtual Webinar series for patients and their caregivers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Come hear from experts in a variety o topics related to health and aging.
Virtual
Events
Virtual
Event
Cooking with Gas
Fridays, March 19, April 2 & 16, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
This virtual cooking series, led by chef and instructor Donna Keegan, will focus on three varied culinary experiences, allowing an opportunity to taste some of what Europe has to offer. Sure, eating is half the fun, but cooking is the other.

$45 per class
$120 for the series
These fees are per computer
Full announcment and registration.

Session 1: Italian
Friday, March 19, 2021
  • Simple bolognese - A deliciously rich beef sauce
  • All Purpose Pasta Sauce - A multi-purpose simple tomato sauce
  • Ravioli with a Twist - No pasta necessary, made with wonton wrappers
  • Cannoli - The perfect filling with a touch of orange and chocolate chips
Session 2: Spanish Tapas
Friday, April 2, 2021
  • Patatas Bravas - A classic potato-based tapa with a spicy dipping sauce
  • Spanish Garlic Shrimp - Garlic, smoked paprika and sherry
  • Stuffed Peppadew Peppers - Quickly sauteed to melt the goat cheese filling
  • Pomegranate Glazed Chorizo + Pineapple Bites - This sweet and savory combination makes the perfect bite
Session 3: Provence, France
Friday, April 16, 2021
  • Baby Spinach Salad - Radishes and mint and a delicious shallot vinaigrette
  • Baked Saffron Rice - Comes out perfect every time
  • Chicken Provençal - Herb coated sauteed chicken and scallops with mixed peppers and shallots in a white wine sauce
  • Red Wine Poached Pears - A classic and beautiful dessert
Light at the End of the Tunnel
Strategies and resources for the transitions ahead
Tuesday, April 6, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Virtual
Event

A special parent and caregiver presentation on how we can manage anxiety, optimize resilience, and keep our families in balance as COVID-19 restrictions relax, kids go back to school, and we resume some level of normalcy.

Please register for attendance tracking and follow-up material:

Registration  &  Event Link

Virtual
Event
Get the Facts: Get the Vax
Vaccine Hesitancy & Myths
Wednesday, April 7, 6:00pm

Prominent public health clinicians, both Brookline residents, J.Jacques Carter, MD, physician, Beth Israel/Deaconess and Julia Lee, NP, nurse practitioner, Tufts Medical Center, bring their many years of clinical experience to give you facts and answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Erik von Hahn, MD, Developmental-Behavioral pediatrician, Tufts Medical School: Medical Consultant, Brookline schools, moderates.

Click here to register (link)

Virtual
Event
Proxy Plus: An interactive online workshop
Tuesday, April 13, Friday, April 16, Tuesday, April 20, 11am - noon
Massachusetts Health Decisions, a nonprofit organization and publisher of the Health Care Proxy for 30 years, invites you to a 3-part workshop on getting the most out of your Health Care Proxy.

Details.

Virtual
Event
Town Candidates' Forum
Tuesday, April 27, 3:00pm

Again, this year the forum will be conducted through Zoom. The annual Town election is scheduled for May 4. There are 5 candidates for Select Board, 2 candidates for the 1-year term on the School Committee and 2 candidates for Moderator.

The forum will be concerned with all Town issues but will pay special attention to concerns of older residents. Michael Allen of the Council on Aging staff will serve as moderator. If you have a question for the candidates, contact Michael in advance or 617-730-2754.

To watch the forum live on April 27th, use this link . Or you can watch live on a variety of platforms at: https://brooklineinteractive.org/live

Brookline Town Election
Tuesday, May 4, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m
Contested elections for:
  • Moderator
  • Select Board
  • Library Trustees
  • School Committee
  • Town Meeting Members
  • Two Ballot Questions

Early voting and mail ballots available
Information from Town Clerk's page.

Virtual
Event
Greg O'Brien: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's
Tuesday, May 4, 1 PM
Join Us for a Speaking Event!

Master storyteller and bestselling author Greg O’Brien provides his roadmap for how to fight Alzheimer’s and how not to give up!

Diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, career journalist Greg O’Brien speaks about living with Alzheimer's, not dying with it.

O’Brien’s award-winning book, On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s is about hope, faith and humor from an investigative reporter embedded inside the mind of Alzheimer’s, chronicling the progression of his own disease.

Co-sponsored by:
  • Center Communities of Brookline
  • Brookline Community Aging Network (BrooklineCAN)
  • Brookline Senior Center

Books available at Brookline Booksmith.

Register for the Zoom Meeting here.

Virtual
Event
Immunity Boosters and Busters
Wednesday, May 5, 2:00 PM
Looking to boost your immunity? Learn which foods and lifestyle practices enhance immunity and which ones decrease your body’s ability to fight infection and illness. Join registered dietitian, wellness coach, and fitness instructor Tricia Silverman as she shares practical tips and eye-catching nutrition demonstrations to help inspire you to eat for better health and immunity.

Registration.

Virtual
Event
Meditation for Busy Mind
Thursday, May 27, 2021 02:00 PM
Have you wondered about meditation and if it’s for you? Join us to learn what meditation is and how it works to quiet the mind. Practice simple meditation techniques during the webinar and discover free apps for creating an at-home practice. New and experienced meditators welcome.

Registration.

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