Brookline Community Aging Network Annual Meeting and Welcoming Reception
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
September 2015 Newdsletter 

The Brookline
Community Aging Network

  • Focuses on Brookline as a great place to live
  • Provides information for older residents that helps them remain engaged in the community
  • Advocates to make Brookline an even better place to live for seniors and everyone.

Become a member of BrooklineCAN! Request a membership brochure by calling 617-730-2777 or visit
our web site.
Annual Meeting and Welcoming Reception
On Thursday, September 17, BrooklineCAN will hold its Fifth Annual Meeting and Welcoming Reception at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St. from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. This year's event will focus on transportation - the many ways that Brookline residents of all ages are on the move and getting around town. Governor Michael S. Dukakis will be honored for his leadership and support of improved public transportation. The meeting will also highlight BrooklineCAN's many achievements this year. Information about transportation options and other senior services will be presented. As always, you can count on excellent refreshments and music from the Brookline High School Jazz Ensemble. All are welcome to this free event. RSVP by Thursday, September 10th at or call 617-730-2777.
Age Friendly TV Show Features Transportation
In September, following the BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting, Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) will air the third in a series of Age Friendly TV (AFTV) programs on local Brookline channels. A panel will include people involved with both bicycles and other modes of transportation. The show will feature public transportation and bicycles as a follow-on to the BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting focus on transportation issues. Once the program has aired, it will be available on the BrooklineCAN web site and the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Update to Apartments and Condominiums with Elevators
Thanks to a grant from ReServe and the work of Mary Dexter, a ReServe intern, the Apartment and Condominium Online Database has been expanded. Our original apartment and condominium listings were limited to buildings with 25 units or more. We have added over 30 listings for smaller buildings. BrooklineCAN members can view our expanded interactive maps of Apartments here and Condominiums here.

Brookline Day 2015
Brookline Day 2015 will be on Sunday, September 20 at Larz Anderson Park, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This large community event involves many town agencies, businesses, and organizations. BrooklineCAN will have a table and a special feature this year - a mini Bocce court. This is a great game for seniors and we hope our town parks will add Bocce courts. The Town will provide shuttle buses. To find out more information visit the website To Volunteer to help at the BrooklineCAN table or demonstrate how Bocce is played contact Frank Caro at or 617-739-9228. Come join the fun!

Empty Nester Alternative: Living in the City
While some empty nesters stay in their family home and some move to senior communities, others choose to move to a city condo full-service apartment building to simplify and enhance their lives. This Brookline Adult & Community Education course will cover economics, lifestyle changes, and condo association issues; purchasing versus renting; and will survey the full-service buildings located in Boston and Brookline areas. An industry expert, real estate agent and seminar leader Andrew Friedland, whose approach is to de-mystify and coach, will unravel the search and buying process so that you can focus on your goals. You'll leave with a packet full of ideas to assist you in finding your next new home in the city. One session, Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, $43. . For more information and to register:, 617-730-2700.

Coping with Memory Loss
"Making Connections around Memory Loss in the Brookline Community", an educational panel of local dementia experts, will be held at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Wednesday, September 30, 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Understanding and learning to cope with the various forms of dementia can make for a confusing time for individuals and their families affected by it. Brookline and its surrounding communities offer an array of resources, programs, and services for those facing these memory challenges. Whether you're an individual concerned with memory loss or a carepartner concerned about a loved one, come with your questions and find out how to get the best community supports possible. RSVP to Jamie Donchin, or 617-730-2753.

Senior Center Benefit
October 28

Save the Date!! The Brookline Senior Center's 14th Annual Benefit will take place on Wednesday, October 28. This year the honorees are Carol and Frank Caro, Brookline activists par excellence, senior advocates, and founders of BrooklineCAN. This grand event sells out fast! Call the Senior Center for information regarding tickets. 617-730-2770.

Homer's Odyssey and its Many Homages
As part of the Thursday evening lecture series, Brookline's Adult & Community Education will feature a talk on the classic epic, the Odyssey. Craig Lee Burket will discuss the major characters and plot points and then focus on the many cultural references the Odyssey has spawned in literature (e.g., Dante), music (e.g., Strauss), and film (e.g., Kubrick). Thursday, October 1, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, Brookline High School, $6. For more information and to register:, 617-730-2700.


Elder Resource Guide 2015
A valuable resource, the new seventh edition of the Brookline Council on Aging Elder Resource Guide, was published in May. This provides extensive information on such topics as adult learning opportunities, advocacy, assisted living, finances, fuel assistance, home health care, insurance, legal resources, support groups, and much more. Added to the new edition are the categories: companionship/friendly visitors, the Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program (REAP), and pet care. Print copies are available at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, 617-730-2777, and you can consult the guide online at

Upcoming Events
Saturday - Sept. 12th at 2:00 pm - Main Library
The Kenn Morr Band an original folk/rock/Americana act featuring three part harmony and acoustic music driven by guitar, mandolin, violin, accordion, bouzouki, bass and drums. Free.

Sunday - Sept. 27th at 2:00 pm - Brookline Senior Center
1984 The New Rep will be presenting George Orwell's classic. Price $5 including refreshments. Free for residents of Brookline Public Housing. To reserve your place, call 617-730-2777.




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