Brookline Community Aging Network Age Friendly Brookline Access TV Launch
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
April 2015 Newsletter 

The Brookline Community Aging Network
  • Focuses on Brookline as a great place to live
  • Provides information for older residents that helps them 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
 Age Friendly Brookline Access TV Launch 
 This Spring, the Selectmen's Age Friendly Cities Committee will launch a series of programs on the existing and potential aspects of Brookline as a model age friendly and age inclusive community. Committee members Roberta Winitzer, Henry Winkelman and Matt Weiss are the producers; Matt is also the host. Introducing the six part schedule will be co-chairs Nancy Daly and Frank Caro. They will explain the project mission, identify departments represented on the Committee, talk about the 2015 Action Plan and explain the Town's long- term commitment to the World Health Organization project. After the initial broadcast, each program will be available on the Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) website and YouTube.
Have You Had the Conversation?
Ninety percent of people say that talking with loved ones about end of life care is important; 27 percent have done so. Brookline Community Aging Network (BrooklineCAN) is alerting you to an opportunity to learn about The Conversation Project ( On Tuesday evening, April 7, 7:30 pm, Pulitzer-prize winning columnist and Brookline native Ellen Goodman will speak about The Conversation Project at Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street. For more information and to purchase tickets ($10 for members; $15 non-members) go to or call 617-277-6610. Then on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 , 5:30-7:00 pm at the Senior Center the BrooklineCAN Membership Committee will sponsor The Conversation Project with tools to get started on your conversation with your family. The event is free but space will be limited. Reserve a place by calling 617-730-2770.

Spotlight on BrooklineCAN Committees: Service Referral
One of the favorite attractions on the BrooklineCAN website is the Service Referral link. Current listings include plumbers, handypersons, contractors, electricians and others who have been vetted by the committee. Now the committee is re-organizing and is looking for a few volunteers to continue its work. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help plan two educational events a year involving some of the listed services. They will also have a chance to enlarge the list by contacting and vetting additional service providers who have been recommended. The Committee will meet quarterly or as needed. Volunteers will work from home and will be in touch with each other over e-mail. Interested??? Contact coordinator Jamie Donchin at 617-730-2753 or by e-mail at

BrooklineCAN Election Forum April 30
For a Senior perspective on the upcoming Town election, come to the Livable Community Advocacy Committee's election forum on Thursday, April 30 at the Senior Center from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Candidates for the Board of Selectmen will introduce themselves and answer questions. We will also hear from speakers who favor and oppose the Override proposal.

Help Improve Mobile Healthcare Devices for Seniors
If you are you over 60 years old and using some kind of mobile device or mobile app to track your health or help you stay in shape you can participate in a research project being conducted by the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science. You will be asked to participate in a one-hour interview, and will receive $25 as compensation. If you are interested in participating in the study or have any questions, contact us at

What Do I Do Next?
ReServe is a nonprofit that matches talented professionals age 55+ with part-time service opportunities that are critical in helping nonprofits and public agencies meet their mission. These part-time opportunities allow you to serve your communities while also earning a stipend. For the first time ReServe will be holding an information session in Brookline.

When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Where: Brookline Senior Center

Registration is required at: Questions: 617-910-5158

ReServe Greater Boston is a program of Community Work Services and made possible through a grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and private donors. This information session is in collaboration with the Brookline Senior Center.

National Public Health Week April 6-14
The Brookline Public Health Department, the Brookline Public Library and the Senior Center are all sponsoring interesting events. Topics include preserving food and getting the most out of your visit with the doctor. All events are free except for the Rabies Clinic and a few require preregistration. To check out the schedule and a flyer for the events see or call 617-730-2336.

Artists Open Studios
Join in on Brookline Open Studios Weekend, an annual springtime event, Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Artists working in all media participate by opening their homes and studios to the public. There are also a number of group locations, including Town Hall, Chestnut Park Assisted Living at 50 Sutherland Road, and the Brookline Main Library. (Hours for the Library location only are Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.) For more information, see or call 617-359-4074. Brochures with maps will be available at the Main Library and other locations around town.

Brookline's Treasures - Hall's Pond
In the heart of North Brookline, off of Amory Park near Beacon Street, Hall's Pond Sanctuary is a wooded conservation land to be enjoyed by all. The Sanctuary comprises a lush growth of trees, vines and bushes, which provide an excellent habitat and nesting grounds for a wide variety of birds and animal life rarely found in an urban setting. Now that spring is here, the Friends group is sponsoring a Community Cleanup Day Sunday, April 26, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. For more details, see: or contact Frank Caro at 617-739-9228.

VOLUNTEERING? Put Your Best Foot Forward
Join REAP (Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program) for a free presentation in honor of National Volunteer Month. Judith Kidd, Volunteer Consultant and former Nonprofit Leader, will be facilitating a discussion about:
  • Identifying your personal/professional skills
  • Understanding how organizations can make the best use of what you have to offer
  • Choosing the best organizational fit for you
  • How to build solid and satisfying relationships with volunteer employers.
Come prepared to share your experiences and learn how to maximize your time spent in this important role. April 23rd, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Brookline Senior Center. Space is limited. For more information or to register please contact: Deidre Waxman: 617-730-2767 or Patricia Burns: 617-730-2743.          

Upcoming Events
Saturday, May 2, 2015, 1;30-3:30 pm
A Walking Tour of Brookline's Longwood & Cottage Farm Neighborhoods. Tour will be led by Stephen Jerome, an Architectural and Social Historian. For more information: or call 617-730-2700.

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Senior Center
Health Fair - "Healthy Brain = Healthy Life" Learn about brain health and the major role it plays in living a healthy life at every age. Call 617-730-2777 to register to attend the morning series of events. Afternoon open house, exhibits and educational sessions are open to the public; no registration is required for afternoon attendance.




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