BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
April 2011 Newsletter 

Coming Events

About BrooklineCAN
  • Enables older residents to stay in their homes and remain fully engaged in the life of the community
  • Builds intergenerational networks
  • Makes our town an even better place for all

In Next Month's Issue
  • How to find good plumbers, electricians, and other contractors
  • Member discounts update
  • The purple book
Dear Brookline Neighbor,

Welcome to the inaugural newsletter of our exciting new town-wide initiative, Brookline Community Aging Network. Brookline is already an excellent place to live. Our goal is to make it even better by helping older people to stay in their homes and to remain a vital part of the life of the community.

Regardless of your age, you can join in this intergenerational effort. We hope you will enjoy this newsletter and also be a frequent visitor to the BrooklineCAN website.

Warm regards,

BrooklineCAN Website BrooklineCAN Debuts
Via Web and Window

The Brookline Community Aging Network, known as BrooklineCAN, has its official launch on April 1. The town-wide initiative is designed to help older residents remain in their homes and be fully engaged in the life of the community.
Our website,, goes "live" on April 1. At the same time, we are inaugurating this E-Newsletter and displaying an exhibit in the window of the Brookline Bank at 1340 Beacon Street, Coolidge Corner.
BrooklineCAN is the outgrowth of a year-long planning effort involving a group of Brookline residents and the town’s Senior Center. Read more

BrooklineCAN Brochure
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Charter Members... 150 and Growing
To date 150 people have become charter members of BrooklineCAN. Open to all ages, membership is just $25 per year. A bargain when you think of the program’s three major goals: to enable older residents to remain fully engaged in the life of the community; to build intergenerational networks; and to make our town an even better place for all. Learn more about member benefits and ask your neighbors to join; just forward this message to a friend.

Senior Tax Abatement?Tax Relief for Low Income Elders?
Low-income elderly homeowners in Brookline may get a break on property taxes if Town Meeting votes in May to enact a proposal suggested by the Council on Aging in cooperation with the Town Assessor. Under the measure:
  • The age at which people are eligible for abatements would be lowered to 65 from 70.
  • Income limits would be increased to $20,000 from $13,000 for single taxpayers, and to $30,000 from $15,000 for married taxpayers.
  • Assets that elders may have would be raised to $30,000 from $15,000 for individuals and to $55,000 from $30,000 for married taxpayers.
You can read Article 7 of the Town Meeting Warrant and the article explanation on the town’s website. BrooklineCAN’s Livable Community Advocacy Committee has endorsed this proposal.
HELP: Help and Escort Linkage Program For help... Call HELP
After shoulder surgery, Susan W. needed help with cooking and shopping. As a Brookline resident over the age of 60, she was eligible for a free home visit by a town social worker, who matched her with a pre-screened homemaker.

Susan paid her worker $13 an hour, selected an agreeable schedule, and received several hours of assistance per week until she recovered. Just one example of the help provided to Brookline residents by HELP.

Every Brookline resident over 60—regardless of income level—is eligible to take advantage of this program, which connects you to the workers who can assist with light housekeeping, laundry, errands, medical escort, companionship, odd jobs, heavy cleaning, and home maintenance for a reasonable rate. Read more about HELP

Paper Chase
Get your papers in order
Tuesday, April 12
Brookline Main Library
Hunneman Hall
That decision point—which papers to toss, which to keep—can stymie the most organized among us. But guidance is at hand, courtesy of a panel of experts who will discuss “Getting Your ‘Docs’ in a Row” Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. at the main Brookline Public Library, in Hunneman Hall. Participants include an attorney who specializes in estate planning and elder law (Michelle B. LaPointe); representatives from Century Bank (Michelle Houghton and Rachel Skelley); and an expert in de-cluttering and downsizing (Karen Zweig). Read more

Brookline Women Walking
Brookline Women Walking
Wednesday, April 6
Brookline Main Library
Hunneman Hall

Seasoned walkers, novices, or aspirants are invited to a meeting called Brookline Women Walking, Wednesday, April 6, at 6:00 pm, at the Brookline Main Library in Hunneman Hall. Attendees will meet other walkers or have the chance to either join or create a walking group. Topics to be covered include the health benefits—both mental and physical—of walking, as well as the how-to’s of getting motivated and getting past the “3-week” exercise hump. Read more

Aging Wisely
Agewise: Fighting Ageism in America
Tuesday, May 17
Brookline High School

Is ageism still alive and well in the land? Very much so, says Margaret Morganroth Gullett, and it feeds discontent with our bodies and accomplishments and threatens our very selfhood. The renowned cultural critic and author will explore this issue on Tuesday, May 17, in a free lecture at 7:00 pm at Brookline High. In her book Agewise, Gullett urges battling ageism as strongly as we do racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry. Read more


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