Brookline Community Aging Network January 2013 Newsletter
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
January 2013 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,

Happy New Year! With the beginning of 2013 your newsletter introduces a new feature - the Book Group Column; you will learn about the many book groups in and around our town and what they are reading. This issue reminds you about free computer training workshops being offered by the Microsoft store at the Prudential Center in a joint program with BrooklineCAN. We also inform you about new parking arrangements for caregivers, volunteer opportunities, interesting programs to attend, and much more. Please tell your friends about fact, forward this newsletter to them.

Expand Your Computer Skills--Free Microsoft Training
BrooklineCAN is collaborating with Microsoft for eight individual training sessions that will begin January 4 and continue through March. 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 held 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. This month's sessions are: January 4, "Organizing, Editing and Sharing Photos", January 11, "Facebook Safety", January 25, "Creative Photo Slideshows". Future topics include "Skype" and "Password Security". Participation is free but registration is necessary. Click here to see the entire list of of topics and to register for individual sessions.

Parking for Caregivers - the P.A.R.C. Program
Are you a resident of Brookline with a caregiver, or caregiving for a Brookline resident, and affected by the two-hour or overnight parking limit on the streets of Brookline? Parking Access for Resident's Caregivers (P.A.R.C.) is a new service provided through the Brookline Council on Aging, in cooperation with the Town of Brookline Transportation Department. The program provides assistance in obtaining temporary parking permits for caregivers. For details on program eligibility and how to apply, call 617-730-2752 or obtain a copy of the P.A.R.C. brochure on line or at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.

Climate Week Teams Up With Brookline Reads 2013
The Public Library of Brookline is partnering with Climate Action Brookline this year to produce Brookline Reads: A Community Reads Together. The book selection is The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love by Kristin Kimball. Paperback, book-on-CD copies, and audio books of The Dirty Life are available at all three Brookline libraries. Everyone is invited to join the Brookline Reads community for a Climate Week/ Brookline Reads author event, an evening with The Dirty Life author Kristan Kimball, Thursday, January 31, 7:00 to 9 pm at Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library.
Click here for dozens of additional Climate Week events and displays.

Learn About Your Police Department
The Senior Citizen Police Academy is a six week program, held Fridays from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, January 4 through February 8, is designed to give participants an understanding of the Brookline Police Department and its operations. It consists of a series of classes and discussions, held weekly, and it concludes with a graduation ceremony. During the course of this program you will:
  • Meet members of the Police Department and develop an understanding of its operations
  • Learn crime prevention strategies for protecting yourself
  • Develop an understanding of community-oriented policing
  • Learn about cons, scams, and frauds
  • Tour the Police Safety Building
The program is free and open to all Brookline seniors, but space is limited so registration is required. To register, call 617-730-2770.  

An Evening of Flamenco Guitar
The flamenco guitar's roots are planted firmly in the Moorish and Spanish cultures from which it evolved. Brookline Adult & Community Education brings to our town talented flamenco guitarist Santiago Cardenas for an exciting evening of lecture and musical performance. Santiago Cardenas graduated from Berklee College of Music, spent a year in Spain studying flamenco, and now plays guitar professionally with bands, and in theaters and clubs. Participants are welcome to bring their guitars. Thursday, January 24, 7:00-8:30 pm, Brookline High School. Course Code: J469 Sec. 01: 1 $6. Register online or by calling 617-730-2700.

Zumba Gold - Dance Fitness
This combination of Latin salsa, cardio workout, and interval moves is the hottest dance craze. Get in shape and have fun doing so in this dynamic and effective fitness program given at the Brookline Senior Center. The winter season of Zumba Gold will start with a free introductory class Thursday, January 10, at 1:30 pm. The full semester will run on Thursdays from January 17 through March 7, 1:30 to 2:30 pm. The cost for the full semester is $45, but drop-ins are always welcome at $7/session. Call 617-730-2700 for more information.

This course is free for residents of the Brookline Housing Authority thanks to a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation.

Book Group Column January 2013
The Coolidge Corner Branch Library Book Discussion Group will meet next on January 28, 2013 in the downstairs meeting room of the library at 2:15 pm. January's book is GREAT HOUSE by Nicole Krauss, and copies of the book have been set aside at the circulation desk for those who wish to join in. Librarian Cathy Dooley will lead the group discussion, and usually about ten to fifteen people attend. For more information, please call 617-730-2380 or check the Library's web site.

BrooklineCAN Needs Volunteers
Start the year on a positive note by volunteering on behalf
of BrooklineCAN. What we accomplish depends entirely on volunteer effort. Especially for those who do not want to join one of our standing committees, we have identified some important assignments for volunteers. Follow the link to our website to see the assignments. If you have something you want to do that is not listed, contact Frank Caro at or 617-739-9228.

Booklet on Tips to Avoid Financial Exploitation
Financial exploitation targeting older adults is a major problem that is growing across the United States. Research shows that as many as five million older adults are victims of such elder abuse each year. Financial exploitation, also known as financial abuse, is a threat to the health, safety, dignity, and independence of vulnerable older adults, but with awareness it can be prevented.

This useful booklet, supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, talks about what is considered financial risk, who might commit financial exploitation, and what to do if you think someone, even a family member, is illegally or improperly using your money or property for his or her own benefit. Click here to access the booklet.


Visit the Gardner Museum
Take a guided tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, including its new wing, with art from cultures spanning thirty centuries. Three floors of galleries surround a garden courtyard blooming with life in all seasons. Admission to the museum, guided tour and round trip transportation are included in this event sponsored by the Brookline Recreation Department , Friday, February 22, 2013, 12:45 - 4:00 pm. Cost is $15 for Brookline residents, $21 for non-residents. Trip pick up/drop off will be at Soule Recreation Center, 652 Hammond Street and the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. For more information or to register, go to or call 617-730-2013.

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