Brookline Community Aging Network October 2012 Newsletter
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October 2012 Newsletter 

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Dear Brookline Neighbors,

Election Day is coming up next month and everyone's vote is important. This issue begins with information for those who wish to vote absentee. We also tell you about several upcoming programs of interest, including one on estate planning and one on the surrealist painter Salvador Dali, and you might consider enjoying this fall season with a visit to an orchard. You will find several other useful items as well. Please tell your friends about fact, forward this newsletter to them.


Voting Absentee?
Do you want to vote absentee in the November election? The Brookline League of Women Voters website provides this and other information you may want about registering and voting. On the website, you will find a link to the absentee ballot application. You can print and fill out the application. You can mail the application to the Town Clerk's office (Town Clerk, Town of Brookline, 333 Washington St., Brookline, MA 02445) or you can bring it to the Clerk yourself.

Important! The Clerk needs your completed absentee ballot by Election Day, November 6th. You need to apply for your ballot early so that there is enough time for the Clerk to send you your ballot and you have time to get it back by Election Day. You can save time by going to the Clerk's office yourself. You need to allow more time if you are going to rely on the U.S. mail service.

Prescribing Medication to End Life
BrooklineCAN members Alice and Philip Shabecoff and Marga Dieter invite interested neighbors to a gathering at the Shabecoffs' home on October 18, from 7 to 9 pm, to learn more about Ballot Question 2, "Prescribing Medication to End Life", which will be on the ballot November 6. A representative from the campaign to pass the law will be present to explain the proposed legislation. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, and all points of view are welcome.
For more information or to RSVP please contact Alice at (It's important to RSVP.)

Demystifying Estate Planning
Estate planning requires an understanding of how to protect assets, as well as an understanding of probate, wills, trusts, and the estate tax system. Those are the areas to be covered -- along with an explanation of health care proxies and powers of attorney -- in two courses offered by Brookline Adult & Community Education and taught by attorney Laura Days at Brookline High, October l6 and October 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Cost of the two sessions is $43, with a 30% discount for people aged 65 and older. For more information and to register, call 617-730-2700 or visit

Never Too Late to Create
As we age, creative expression can improve overall health and quality of life. Exhibit A is a group of five seniors who will share their arts and ideas at a panel discussion sponsored by BrooklineCAN on Thursday evening, October 18, at the Brookline Main Library. The free program -- It's Never Too Late to Create: The Vital Role of Arts as We Age -- will be moderated by Dr. Bennett Gurian, a musician, artist, and poet. Panelists will be photographer Riva Berkovitz; musician Anne Gamble; writer Harry Johnson; and musician/physical therapist Dr. Denise Lotufo. The evening begins with refreshments at 6:00 pm and continues with the discussion from 6:30 to 8:00. For more details see the Brookline Adult Education catalog, page 7.

Sponsored by BrooklineCAN, its founding members, Brookline Council on Aging, Center Communities of Brookline, Goddard House, and Jewish Family and Children's Service, in partnership with Brookline Adult and Community Education.

Orchard Visit
Enjoy a fall trip to the Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow, Massachusetts on Friday, October 19, 9:30am - 4:00pm. You will be able to choose from 25 different varieties of apples, take a scenic hayride, and travel through the woods and along the river on this beautiful farm. Cost is $10 for Brookline residents, $14 for non-residents. The event is sponsored by Brookline Recreation Department. Pick-up/Drop-off locations are at Soule Recreation Center and the Brookline Senior Center, and additional locations can be arranged. For more information and registration: call 617-730-2069 or visit

Reminder: Barney Frank at Fall Gala
The once-a-year, unforgettable, unmissable Senior Center benefit will honor retiring Congressman Barney Frank. Celebrate with music, dancing, camaraderie, delicious food, and entertainment. The date is October 24. The time is 6 p.m. The place is 93 Winchester Street. The cause, of course, is beyond worthwhile. To learn more visit here or call 617-730-2770.

New Hearing Aid Funding Support Program
The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has an Assistive Technology Fund Program to pay for the purchase of a hearing aid. This is a "last resort" source for funding for those Massachusetts residents whose annual income is below $60,000. Eligibility is for one hearing aid per person. They require proof of income - last year's tax return or a letter from Social Security that no income tax is due. For more information contact Mary Macone at 617-740-1653.

Learn About Salvador Dali
Expand your horizons through this lecture on Surrealist art. One of Brookline Adult & Community Education's Thursday Evening Lecture Courses is "Portrait of a Surrealist Artist: Salvador Dali", presented November 8, 7-8:30pm at Brookline High School. Born in Figueras, Spain in 1904, Dali was initially influenced by Impressionism and Cubism, but by his mid-twenties became involved with the Surrealists in Paris, a group of artists and writers who explored the subconscious. Judy Schurgin, a lecturer at the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, will offer insight into the life and art of this talented, flamboyant, and eccentric artist. Registration: $6. Call 617-730-2700 or online.

Useful Resource for Consumers
The 2012 edition of the Consumer Action Handbook has been published by the Federal Citizen Information Center at the U.S. Government's General Services Administration. It covers dozens of topics of use to buyers and users of services. Learn to create a smart money management plan, get a handle on your finances, and successfully file a complaint with a company. The Handbook covers Banking, Cars, Credit, Employment, Food and Nutrition, Going Green, Health Care, Housing, Insurance, Internet, Investing, Phones, Privacy Protection and Identity Theft, Smart Home Shopping, Telemarketing and Unwanted Mail, Travel, TV, Utilities, Wills & Funerals, as well has Filing Complaints and Key Information Resources. Order FREE copies of the Consumer Action Handbook and its Spanish-language counterpart, the Guia del Consumidor. Or view the entire Handbook online in PDF format.

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