Brookline Community Aging Network REMEMBERING HELEN KASS
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.

The Brookline
Community Aging Network

  • Provides information to help residents 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
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We are saddened by the death of Helen Kass who served on the exploratory committee whose efforts led to the formation of BrooklineCAN. Subsequently, Helen was one of the original members of the Steering committee and served continuously on the Education committee. We will remember Helen as an exceptionally thoughtful and supportive member who contributed a great deal to BrooklineCAN.
Brookline Parks on Age-Friendly TV
Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) is airing Episode 7 of the Age-Friendly Cities TV (AFC-TV) programs on local Brookline channels. The program will focus on Brookline parks with guest Erin Gallentine, Director of Parks and Open Space Division of the Department of Public Works. Director Gallentine, a leader in maintaining Brookline's part of the Emerald Necklace, will introduce the latest pearl in the portfolio of Brookline parks to be upgraded, Fisher Hill Reservoir Park. Recent projects and plans and for projects pending will also be reviewed. The Town priority is insuring that public parks be inclusive. EVERYONE...all ages and abilities... is welcome to enjoy the space and feel comfortable.

Check out the Brookline Age-Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site and note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts. Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and Channel 3 via RCN, immediately following The Grandstanders live sports analysis show.

Mark Your Calendars: Annual Meeting September 15
Save the date: The BrooklineCAN annual meeting will be held on Thursday, September 15, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. The theme of the meeting is "Housing for Seniors: Trends, Resources, and Opportunities" and the keynote speaker will be Len Fishman, Director of the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston. With refreshments, information tables, and ample opportunity to socialize, this event is always an enjoyable end to the summer and beginning of the fall season.

Maxing Your Social Security Benefits
Laurence J. Kotlikoff, internationally recognized economist and economics professor at Boston University, will speak about his new book, Get What's Yours, on Monday, July 11 at the Senior Center. Prof. Kotlikoff will explain how wrong decisions about which Social Security benefits to apply for and when to apply can cost an individual thousands of dollars. Refreshments from 6-6:30 pm, presentation from 6:30-8:00 pm. This program is free but registration is required. Phone 617-730-2770.

Free Summer Concert Series
Enjoy a variety of concerts, from Classic Rock to Folk to Bluegrass Wednesday evenings at Brookline parks in July and August. The Brookline Recreation Department is again sponsoring these free events July 6 (Classic Rock Covers), 13 (Alternative), 20 (Pop Rock/Folk) and 27 (Children's) and August 3 (Beatles Tribute) at Emerson Garden on Davis Avenue, and on August 10 (Bluegrass) at Waldstein Park on Dean Road near Beacon Street. All shows begin at 6:00 pm. See details in the Recreation Department Summer Catalogue or see or call 617-730-2069.

Working with Disabilities
Having a disability does not disqualify people from working at a rewarding job. If you or someone you know wants to work in spite of a disability, attend the panel discussion at the Senior Center on Wednesday July 13, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. This informative discussion includes a panel of hard-working people with disabilities and legal experts, who will consider challenges and solutions for those with disabling conditions. Panelists include Attorney Susan Howards; Ginny Mazur, Goddard House Community Partnership Director and deaf and hearing-impaired advocate; and representatives from Boston Center for Independent Living and Boston Commission for the Blind.

The event is free and open to the public. $5 admission fee will be charged at the door for people who do not register in advance. Contact Deidre Waxman, LICSW, at 617-730-2767,

This enjoyable card game, invented in Uruguay in 1939, is an international favorite. Played with a partner in groups of four, this challenging game will sharpen up your thinking. Free classes are offered at the Senior Center by Dianne Honig, an experienced Canasta player and teacher with "lots of patience." Lessons take place on Mondays, July 11 through August 15. Limited to 12 players, so register soon at 617-730-2770.

Summer Courses at Senior Center
Choose from four intriguing courses offered by Brookline Adult and Continuing Education at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, this summer. Chamber Music of Beethoven (4 sessions, begins July 6), Mahler's Ninth (2 sessions, begins August 10), Exploring World Literature in Translation (4 sessions, begins August 1), and Exploring the Work and World of Virginia Woolf (4 sessions, begins August 1). For full descriptions, further details, and fees: see, email, or call 617-730-2700.

Saturdays, July 9 and July 23, 1 - 4:00 pm
Coolidge Corner Library Coffee House Summer Concert Series

31 Pleasant Street 617-730-2380
Local musicians, free concert, coffee and treats

Fridays, July 15 and August 19 10:15 am
Goddard House, 165 Chestnut St., Brookline
It Takes a Village Greater Boston Walking Club

For people with dementia and their caregivers. Walks leave from Goddard House: July 15, Arnold Arboretum and August 19, Jamaica Pond. RSVP: Brigit Ganson 781-718-5277.

Brookline Recreation Senior Excursions
Friday, July 8, Kennebunkport, Maine
, July 27, Red Sox Game
Monday, August 1, Portsmouth, NH
Friday, August 19, Boston Light Tour
For fees, other information and to register call 617-730-2069 or visit

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