Brookline Community Aging Network


Ninth Annual Meeting & Reception
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June 9 Town Election

BrooklineCAN Select Board Candidates Forum

May 20 Town-wide Candidates' Afternoon
League of Women Voters of Brookline
Town Meeting Members Association

LWVB VotersGuide

Tuesday, May 7, Town Election
Polls open 7am – 8pm
Contested elections for:
  • Debt Exlusion Proposal
  • Select Board (one opening)
  • School Committee (three openings)
  • Housing Authority (one opening)
  • Constable (five openings)
  • Town Meeting
Town Election Information Page.
Tuesday, April 30, 4pm – 6pm, Election Forum
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.

Age-Friendly Brookline on WGBH

WGBH discussed age-friendly business in Brookline on their Greater Boston show onTuesday, March 19. Producer Tina Martin interviewed David Leschinsky, owner of Eureka! Puzzles, and BrooklineCAN members Frank Caro and Elenore Parker. John Seay and Matt Weiss also appear.

You can watch the Greater Boston segment here.

Thursday, May 10,
The Power of Play:
Games, Puzzles, and Trivia
to Keep Your Brain Young.
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Coolidge Corner library to close temporarily for renovation
Will close after June 2 for approximately six months.

Press release.

At Brookline Day, September 24, 2017, BrooklineCAN offered a quiz at its table. Questions and answers
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Thursday, May 18,
How to Stay Young While Growing Older—and Have Fun Doing it
5:30 -7:30 p.m., Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street

Daylight saving time ends
Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 AM.

Turn your clocks back 1 hour.

Tuesday, November 6, Election

7 a.m – 8 p.m., Where: Find your polling place here.

Early voter and absentee voter info.

Massachusetts Information for Voters. Includes a discussion of the questions that will be on the ballot. Most people will have received this in the mail.

Massachusetts Election information. Non‑partisan ballot information from the League of Woman Voters. Enter your address to see your ballot choices.

Flag Day June 14

January 18, Martin Luther King Day Celebration
4:00 pm, Coolidge Corner Theatre. Keynote speaker: Susan Maze-Rothstein, Northeastern University Law Professor. Additional information.. Tickets are free but registration is required.

until spring!

No Farmers' Market Today!

Monday, September 5. Brookline Town & School offices, schools, libraries, public safety windows closed in observance of Labor Day.

Brookline Day 2017

September 24th, 11am-3pm at Larz Anderson Park.
We'll be there. Come visit us.   Details.

BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting

Click here for pictures from our
September 15 Annual Meeting.

Heat Advisory

Brookline's Emergency Management Team has issued a heat advisory until Saturday, July 22. Details here.

Heat Advisory

Brookline Emergency Management Team Issues Heat Advisory
Press Release with
Cooling Locations and Tips
Brookline Weather


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 town's Council on Aging and the Brookline Senior Center.

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 Twitter feed is echoed on Facebook. If you're a Facebook user, you can follow us there.

BrooklineCAN on Twitter and Facebook

Matt Weiss, BrooklineCAN's chief Tweeter (Twitterer?, Tweetmeister?), scours the Twitterverse for items of interest to Brookline seniors. Updated daily.


Age-Friendly Cities TV

The Town's Age Friendly Cities committee is offering a series of TV shows with the help of the Brookline Interactive Group.

In May, 2017, Brookline Interactive Group presented its Show of the Year award to Age-Friendly Cities TV.

Matt Weiss
Michael Allen
Corbin Reidel
John Seay

Episode 25. 3/20/2020. Affordable Housing

Older Shows

Selected Topics

Health Advisory for Coronavirus

The Brookline Department of Public Health is closely monitoring information about the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus). While the risk is currently low in Brookline, this is a rapidly changing health issue.

Complete press release including tips to stay healthy translated in multiple languages.

Press Release - Healthy Hygiene

Talk about the coronavirus, now called COVID-19, is everywhere. While the current risk in Massachusetts remains low, it’s important to practice good hygiene and stay home if you are sick. The Brookline Department of Public Health has issued a press release descibing healty hygiene practices.

Walkable Brookline Survey

Visitors to 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 report. with your questions and comments:

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.

TRIPPS report

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.

Knee pain study

DPW Winter Guide

The Brookline Department of Public Works recently mailed this Winter Guide to Brookline Residents.

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

CDC is advising consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell any romaine lettuce as it investigates an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine.
Press release.

Coolidge Corner library to close temporarily for renovation

Will close after June 2 for approximately six months. Press release.

Grand Re-Opening Sunday, December 2, 3–5pm, the Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant Street (Map). Details.

BrooklineCAN announces its new Age-Friendly Business campaign.

Details here.

Goddard House Receives 2017 LeadingAGE Massachusetts Statewide Award for Opening Minds through Art (OMA).

Goddard House been awarded the 2017 Program Innovation of the Year Award by LeadingAGEMassachusetts. The Award is given for the development and implementation of a creative and innovative program that measurably benefits residents and/or staff - and in this case, students training at Goddard House from Lesley University. More information.

New Choices for 'Younger' Seniors

What would you like to see more of? Soulful jazz? Nobel laureates? Acclaimed authors? Star chocolatiers? Post-divorce professionals? Thought leaders? Sports team wannabes? How can Brookline become more dynamic for you?

New Choices, an emerging committee of Brookline residents, is holding a focus group to make the town more vibrant based on your interests, practical needs, and pie-in-the-sky wishes.

60-minute focus groups for 55 to 75-year-olds will be held at various Brookline locations, to be determined, in the fall. Space is limited.

Interested? RSVP by August 15 to or call Deidre, 617-730-2767. Please include your name, contact information, and preference of a weekday morning, afternoon, or evening time slot.

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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Tax preparation

List of tax preparation services and other resources.

Designing Communities For An Aging America

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.

Serving Seniors in Brookline Parks

An article by Frank Caro, chairman of BrooklineCAN and its Livable Community Advocacy Committee. From the Brookline Greenspace Alliance's fall 2015 newsletter.

MCOA award to Caro & Dobek

On June 5, Ruthann Dobek, Frank Caro, and BrooklineCAN, received “Innovator of the Year” Awards from Massachusetts Councils on Aging.
Press Release here
Details and picture here

Expanded Apartment & Condo Listings

Our original apartment and condominium listings were limited to buildings with 25 units or more. Now, thanks to a grant from ReServe Greater Boston, we were able to add over 30 listings for smaller buildings. View our expanded interactive maps of Apartments here and Condominiums here. Previously only available to our members, now offered to everyone.

Scam alert

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.

Scam alert

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.