BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
April 2012 Newsletter 

About the Brookline
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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Depending on your circumstances, stair-climbing can be a healthy activity or a barrier to living well. In this issue we tell you about our survey of rental and condominium buildings with elevators that allow living on one floor. We also tell you about two important talks and about a fascinating self-guided walking tour. Furthermore, we remind you that if you have a small plot of uncultivated land, there are others who would like to help make a vegetable garden. And there's much more. We hope you enjoy this issue. Please tell your friends about fact, forward this newsletter to them.


Guide to One-Floor Living
If you are searching for one-floor living in Brookline, you need look no further than BrooklineCAN's new online "Guide to Residential Buildings with Elevators in Brookline" (see This guide covers more than 75 large multi-family apartment and condominium buildings that have 20 or more units. With maps and text, the guide provides a wide range of information for each building, including number of floors, units, and bedrooms, handicapped access, laundry arrangements, parking, pet policy, and availability of outdoor space. Users can search for buildings that offer features of special importance to them. Full access to the information is for BrooklineCAN members only. For a custom search that zeros in on multiple features, contact To become a BrooklineCAN member -- for the low annual fee of $25 per person or $50 per family -- visit us on the web at or call 617-730-2777.
The guide originated in the Livable Community Advocacy Committee. Volunteers who contributed to the guide are Carol Schraft, Mary Stevenson, Nancy Peabody, Chobee Hoy, Carol Deanow, Shirley Partoll, Carol Caro, John Seay, and Frank Caro. The team received valuable assistance from Brookline's Assessor Gary McCabe and his staff.

Discusssing End-of-Life Care
When it comes to end-of-life decisions, having a choice is of paramount importance to each of us. The question of why we, as a society, "are so ill-equipped to deal with one of the absolute certainties in life" will be addressed by Dr. William Mamuya of the Lown Cardiovascular Center. His talk, "Communication and Care at the End of Life," will be on Tuesday, April 3, 7:00-8:30pm at Brookline High, MLK Room. Conversations between patients, families, and their physicians are vital and can help to reassure patients that their end-of-life care will be well-planned and personalized. The program is free; pre-registration is not required.
Sponsored by Brookline Community Aging Network and its founding partners (Brookline Senior Center, Center Communities of Brookline, Goddard House, and Jewish Family & Children's Service) in collaboration with the Brookline League of Women Voters and Brookline Adult and Community Education.

Garden Sharing Program
Bountiful Brookline is a volunteer-based local food initiative that will match those who want to grow vegetables but don't have any garden space with those who have a space but don't have the time, energy, or know-how to put in a garden. If you'd like a place to grow vegetables, or if you wish to provide another person with garden space, or work the garden together with someone, write to or call Peggy Ueda at 617-277-4575 (email contact is preferred). For more about Bountiful Brookline and its programs, see

Hidden Brookline
Hidden Brookline is a self-guided walking tour that sheds light on the enslaved people of African descent who lived and worked in Brookline. The tour begins at the Town Hall plaque listing the three slaves from Brookline who fought at the Battle of Lexington and ends at 58 Allerton St., home of Roland Hayes, the renowned tenor and first African-American to perform with the Boston Symphony. In between are the Brookline Cemetery, where slaves, slave owners, and abolitionists are buried, as well as the Tappan-Philbrick House, a stop on the Underground Railroad. To download a map of the entire tour, go to
Hidden Brookline is a project of the town's Human Relations-Youth Resources Commission.

Help for Hoarders
Hoarding disorder -- or clutter run amok -- can impair day-to-day living and interfere with the ability of people to use their homes as they would like. It also causes personal distress and frustration for those living with or near hoarders. Recent research on hoarding, as well as strategies for coping with this problem, will be the subject of a presentation by Dr. Gail Steketee, dean and professor at the BU School of Social Work, on Monday, April 30, 7:30, at Brookline High. Admission charge is $6. More information at or 617-730-2700.

Protecting Your Assets
Sorting out financial planning and health care matters can be particularly complex challenges. A helpful booklet, "The Guide for Elders: Planning That Protects You and Your Assets," is now available as a free download. Published in printed form in 2010 by the UMass Boston Gerontology Institute, this clearly written 62-page booklet addresses a range of important issues: wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and pre-nursing home planning. The guide contains sample legal forms and also explains how elders can prevent financial exploitation. Printed copies are also available for $10 at or call 617-287-7300.

Museum Passes Online
A limited number of museum passes have been available at the three Brookline Public Libraries for several years. Until now users had to make three trips -- one to reserve the passes, one to pick them up, and one to return them. Now that has changed. Just visit this web address -- -- and you can reserve passes up to eight weeks in advance to any of several museums, including the MFA, the ICA, the Gardner, the Aquarium, Puppet Showplace, and others.

Sacco-Vanzetti Film
The arrest, trial, and execution in 1927 of two Italian immigrants for murder during a shoe-factory robbery proved to be one the nation's most notorious criminal cases. A film about this controversial trial, "The Diary of Sacco and Vanzetti," will be presented by its writer/producer/director David Rothauser on Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m. at Brookline Access Television, Unified Arts Building, 46 Tappan Street. Shot on location around Boston, the story is told through the eyes, speeches, and letters of Vanzetti and traces the progression of the case from his arrival at Ellis Island to the two men's execution. Admission charge is $6. More information at or 617-730-2700.

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