BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
September 2017 Newsletter 

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
web site
annual1 Participate, Collaborate, Advocate! 
"The Power of Engagement," BrooklineCAN's 7th Annual Meeting and Exposition, will take place Thursday, September 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Refreshments and Expo from 5 to 6:15 pm, followed by a program of speakers and community service honors. The expo will offer opportunities to become involved in community activities. Dr. Judith Gonyea, the keynote speaker, is Professor of Social Research at Boston University. Community service awards will be presented to the Brookline League of Women Voters, BIG (Brookline Interactive Group), and TRIPPS (Transportation Resource Information, Planning, & Partnership for Seniors). Music will be provided by the Brookline High School Jazz Band.This is an opportunity see old friends and make new ones! Free and open to all, but registration is required--call 617-730-2770.
CaptureSeven Steps to Managing Your Memory
Come to hear Andrew E. Budson, M.D. address memory concerns: what's normal, what's not, and what to do about it. What memory loss can be expected as one gets older, and what should trigger a visit to the doctor? BrooklineCAN presents this program on Thursday, September 7 at the Senior Center. Refreshments will be served at 6:00 pm and the program with discussion runs from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Dr. Budson is professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and Associate Director for Research at the BU Alzheimer's Disease Center. The program is free of charge; call 617-730-2770 to register.

unnamedService Referral
After a period of inactivity, we are proud to announce that this BrooklineCAN service is once again active and improved.

Changes: We no longer require an application by vendors. Instead we list anyone that our members recommend. We gather information from public sources, post the listings, and give vendors an opportunity to make changes. This allows us to list many more vendors and a wider range of services. The trade-off is that we may not always get all the information that we asked vendors to provide on the application.

Click here for "The list" available for BrooklineCAN members.

phone2TRIPPS Smartphone Workshops
Wednesday, September 13 will mark the return of TRIPPS's smartphone drop‐in sessions at the Senior Center. Join us to learn how smartphones can make your life easier and give you more freedom and independence. We can help you find ways to use your smartphone for travel, entertainment, shopping, and connecting with family, friends, and your community. Be sure to bring your smartphone (iPhone or Android) along with your questions. Meets weekly on Wednesdays starting September 13, 3:00 - 4:30 pm.

adult2Classes at the Senior Center this Fall
The fall catalog from Brookline Adult & Community Education (BA&CE) is full of interesting and mind- expanding courses, many of which will take place at the Senior Center. Here are a few examples of courses that may interest you. Some do not begin until late October or November but it is better to sign up early.

Telling Your Story is a popular class that encourages us to review our lives with a more reflective frame of mind. It meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:15 to 11:45 am beginning Sept. 27th. ($74 for 8 sessions)

Word-Hoard Workshop is for the poet and would be poet. The term word-hoard was invented by poet Seamus Heaney. It refers to the rich store of words poets draw on to create their poems. Class meets Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm starting Nov. 13th. ($106 for 5 sessions)

History of the U.S.S.R. During World War II will review the history of Hitler's Germany and Stalin's U.S.S.R. from 1939 and how these two countries came to blows. It will also examine the U.S.S.R. contribution to victory in WW II. Class runs Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm starting Oct 4th. ($118 for 6 sessions)

To register for any Brookline Adult Ed class call 617-730-2700 or register online at

Groupmuse is an online social network that connects young classical musicians to local audiences through concert house parties. Share the great masterpieces of music with old and new friends in neighborhood living rooms. To learn more about Groupmuse visit the website Click the ATTEND tab and put in your zip code. A list of concerts in the Boston area including Brookline will be displayed. Choose a concert and be prepared to enjoy an intimate evening of superb classical music.

There is a $3 fee/person to register for the concert. Also you are asked to support each of the musicians with a $10 donation the night of the concert.

next3Book Talk

Testimony, by Scott Turow, is unlike his courtroom novels. Bill ten Boom, a successful American lawyer, is tapped to examine the disappearance of an entire Gypsy refugee camp--unsolved for ten years. In order to uncover what happened during the apocalyptic chaos after the Bosnian War, Boom must navigate a host of suspects.

These two powerful books by Elizabeth Strout reflect themes of love, loss, and hope:
My Name Is Lucy Barton, Barton, a successful writer, wife, and mother is recovering from so-called minor surgery when her estranged mother arrives. Their long, gossipy conversations connect them and reveal the tensions and trauma of Lucy's life with a troubled family.
Anything Is Possible, Long after her parents have died, Lucy returns to her home town, learns what has happened to significant people from her past, and makes peace with her brother and sister.


events2Upcoming Events

Monday, September 11, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Brookline Senior Center

Brookline's Senior Transportation Options
Join TRIPPS as they discuss all the transportation options provided by the Council on Aging and the Senior Center. From the Van and Bus to emergency medical rides through our Lyft Pilot, we will cover them all! Cookies and coffee will be served.

Sunday, September 24th. Check-in starts at 8:30 am and walk starts at 10:00 am.
Alzheimer's Walk
You can do either a 1 ½ or 3 ½ mile walk. Transportation will be provided from the Senior Center. For additional information call Patricia at 617-730-2743.

Wednesday, October 25, 6 to 9 pm
Brookline Senior Center
Senior Center Annual Benefit
This year Nancy Daly will be honored for her 12 years as Selectman and her dedicated support for the Senior Center. For tickets to the event contact Ruthann Dobek at 617-630-2756 or

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