Brookline Community Aging Network December 2012 Newsletter
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
December 2012 Newsletter 

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Community Aging Network

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

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Dear Brookline Neighbor,

In this month's newsletter you will learn about a new BrooklineCAN activity, the Professional Service Providers' Group. We inform you about the Senior Scene local TV program and the new, updated edition of Brookline's Elder Resource Guide. You can read about a series of free concerts this coming year at the public library and some of the many book discussion opportunities available in Brookline. Please tell your friends about BrooklineCAN...in fact, forward this newsletter to them.

We wish you happy holidays!

Warmly,
BrooklineCAN

 
 
BrooklineCAN Launches Service Providers' Group
BrooklineCAN recently launched a Service Providers' Group, which offers a networking opportunity to professionals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals who meet two criteria. Members must be based in Brookline and must focus on serving the needs of older adults.

The group meets regularly -- often over breakfast -- to discuss multi-disciplinary strategies for addressing the complex needs of older people; share timely information about new developments; form trusted relationships; and identify opportunities to collaborate. Members have the opportunity to present information about their organizations at the Group's meetings and will be listed on the BrooklineCAN web site. Annual dues for membership in the BrooklineCAN Service Providers' Group is $100 and includes membership in BrooklineCAN. For more information, or to find out the date, time and location of our next gathering, contact Karen Zweig, Chair, BrooklineCAN Service Providers' Group and Founder of The Move Maven. Zweig may be reached at 617.455.1964 or at karen@movemaven.com


Communicating Effectively with Doctors: A Workshop
Do you sometimes leave a medical visit confused or wishing you had asked more questions? BrooklineCAN is co-sponsoring a workshop to help you talk more effectively with your healthcare provider. You will come away with skills that you need to make the most of your medical visit.

The workshop will take place on Friday, December 7 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. Call the Senior Center 617-730-2770 for a reservation. Seats are limited; call early.


Elder Resource Guide
The sixth edition of the Elder Resource Guide (The Purple Book) is ready. Developed by the Brookline Council on Aging and the Brookline Senior Center to assist in negotiating the complex world of elder care, it is full of information on an enormous number of resources available to people over 60 in the Greater Boston area. This new edition has updates of the most current information available on all resources in previous editions of the Guide, and in addition has new sections on advocacy, errands, geriatric care advisors, information and referral, multicultural programs, the Partners in Care Spotlight: LGBT Aging Project, and residential care homes/retirement homes. The Guide is free and available at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Drop by and pick up copies.

For the online version, see tinyurl.com/cuuvn7o.


Veteran Benefits Event
Goddard House invites senior veterans and their families to an "All American" dinner and an opportunity to learn about a little-known VA benefit. Michael R. Couture, Esq., Moschella & Winston, LLP, Veteran's Benefit Specialist, will describe the cash Veterans' Aid & Attendance Benefit available to some veterans or their surviving spouses that helps pay for assisted living and other medical expenses. The event will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2012, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline. RSVP to Lance Chapman lchapman@goddardhouse.org or 617-285-0129. Learn more about Goddard House at www.goddardhouse.org.


Massachusetts State Income Tax Credit
The CIRCUIT BREAKER is a refundable Massachusetts state income tax credit for eligible seniors. Those who qualify must pay property taxes but receive a dollar credit for every dollar that property tax and water/sewer bills exceed 10% of their income up to a maximum of $980. The program also applies to renters if 25% of their annual rent exceeds 10% of their annual income. Eligibility requirements:
  • Massachusetts resident age 65 or older.
  • Own or rent residential property in Massachusetts as a primary residence.
  • Annual income cannot exceed $52,000 for a single person, $65,000 for a head of household, or $78,000 for joint filers.
For more information, see: circuit breaker web site.


Elder Law Solutions on BATV
"Senior Scene", hosted by Betty Joel, is a program for and about seniors. It airs on Brookline Access Television (BATV) on Thursdays at 7:00 pm and repeats on Fridays at 1:00pm and Sundays at 7:30 pm. The show is currently presenting a series on Elder Law Solutions (including wills, health-care proxies, and trusts) and features attorney Matthew Marcus, Esq, partner at Colucci, Colucci, Marcus, and Slavin, PC and financial planner Peter Fredericksen, MBA, Vice President, Life Solutions at Bank of Canton. Go to Senior Scene for information on upcoming airings, as well as videos of previous shows that you can watch.


Yoga for People with Parkinson's
Inner Space at 17 Station Street in Brookline Village offers an ongoing class for those with Parkinson's and their companions. The classes are on a drop-in basis, and are held on Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:15 am. For more information, visit the Inner Space website at www.yogainthevillage.com/ or call 617-730-5757.


Sunday Afternoon Concerts
The Brookline Library Music Association (BLMA) hosts a series of free concerts each season. This provides an opportunity for talented young artists to perform and for members of our community to hear them. The concerts take place Sundays at 2:30 pm in Hunneman Hall at the Main Library, 361 Washington Street. Coming up in 2013: Peter Fletcher plays classical guitar on January 6, Due Celli perform on February 3; the piano/violin Caceanova/Finehouse Duo appears on March 3, and Sivan Etedgee plays piano on April 7. See www.brooklinelibrary.org/programs/blma-concerts for more details.


Book Discussion Groups
Brookline offers many opportunities for book discussions. A Public Issues Nonfiction group meets monthly at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. On December 18 they will discuss Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum's That Used To Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. The Brookline Public Library Coolidge Corner Branch has copies of the book available. Other book groups meet at the Main Library and the Putterham and Coolidge Corner Branches; you can find out about them at on line or by calling the Main Library at 617-730-2370. A Book Column will be starting as a new feature in this newsletter in early 2013. Watch for it!


Your Favorite Walk in Brookline
Tell Us about Your Favorite Walk in Brookline and Win a Bottle of Wine. To encourage BrooklineCAN members to use a new feature of our website, we are offering an opportunity to win a bottle of wine. All you have to do is to use the Message Board feature of our website to describe your favorite walk in Brookline. We are fortunate that Brookline offers a lot of attractive walking opportunities. We want to know what walks members like best. You will be sharing the information with other members.
The winner will be selected randomly from among those who have participated by December 10.

Start by visiting the BrooklineCAN website.

1. In the upper right hand corner, click on "member login."
2. Type in your
e-mail address.
3. Create a password.
4. Using the tab on the right side of the screen, scroll down to
Message Board and click on the words "Message Board."
5. Scroll down to General Discussion. You will see my question: What is your favorite walk in Brookline?
6. In the "Comment" box, add your favorite walk.
7. In the lower right hand corner of the screen, you will see a box with the word "share." Click on the box.


If you want to receive an e-mail message informing you of new items on the message board, visit the "Message Board" a second time. On the second line, look for the word "Subscribe." Simply click on "Subscribe."


Expand Your Computer Skills--Free Microsoft Training
BrooklineCAN is collaborating with Microsoft for a series of eight training sessions that will begin in January. The training will be for members with basic computer skills who want to expand on what they can do with a computer. The classes will be help at Microsoft's store in the Prudential Center on Friday mornings at 10 am and run for an hour. Microsoft will provide refreshments. Each session will cover a different topic. Participation is free but registration is necessary. Click here to register for individual sessions.



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