Brookline Community Aging Network BrooklineCAN Presents "The Mind Body Connection"
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
October 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
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BrooklineCAN Presents "The Mind Body Connection" 
 On Monday, October 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Dr. Ann Webster will discuss the mind-body connection and the role it plays in successful aging. Dr. Webster is Director of the Mind Body Program for Successful Aging, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. She'll explain how seniors can reduce stress, enhance quality of life, and reduce negative thinking. Learn about the tools you need to age with wisdom, health, humor, and gratitude. Reception prior to the event 6:00-6:30 pm. Located in Hunneman Hall in the main Brookline Library, 361 Washington Street, this program is free of charge, but registration is required. Call 617-730-2770.
STRAITS to Support Brookline Seniors Who No Longer Drive
Funded by the Mass. Department of Transportation and administered by the Brookline Senior Center, STRAITS (Senior Transportation Resources, Advice, Information Training and Support) is designed for seniors and others with disabilities who no longer drive or who have reduced their driving. STRAITS is a demonstration program that will serve residents of Brookline and Newton.

BrooklineCAN member Shirley Selhub assisted the Town of Brookline in applying for the funding and contributed significantly to the writing of the successful proposal. Shirley learned about the availability of grant funds while studying senior transportation issues in the Gerontology training at UMASS Boston. She has already convened the project's professional advisory committee. STRAITS will provide training and psycho-social support in the optimal use of diverse transportation resources in the Boston Metro area. The goal is to provide a service that will be offered through Councils on Aging throughout Massachusetts.

Estelle Katz Program for Senior Renters
As a result of BrooklineCAN advocacy, Town Meeting voted in May, 2015 to fund 10 positions in the Estelle Katz employment program for senior renters. The Katz program was introduced in 2014 on a limited basis through a grant from the Hamilton Charitable Foundation. It parallels the highly successful property-tax work-off program through which qualified home owners receive reduction in property tax in exchange for service to a Town department. Renters can now earn up to $1000 annually. Town Administrator Mel Kleckner and Selectman Nancy Daly played key roles in obtaining Town funding for the program. For more information about the program contact Deidre Waxman at the Brookline Senior Center 617-730-2767 or

It's Time to Party!!
The Brookline Senior Center's 14th Annual Autumn Benefit will take place at the Center on Wednesday, October 28, starting at 6:00 pm. This is your chance to put on some party clothes and meet new friends. The gala event features hors d'oeuvres, a sumptuous buffet (catered by Vineripe), wine, and dancing to the music of the Winiker Brothers Band. Carol and Frank Caro will be honored for their community activism and leadership. Tickets are $100 or $65 for seniors. Tickets may be purchased by mail or at the Senior Center. For more information, call 617-730-2770.

Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Week
October 18-24, 2015 has been designated by the Board of Selectman as Sister City Week. For 28 years Quezalguaque, Nicaragua has been Brookline's Sister City. This year there will be activities throughout the week culminating with a fund raising celebration October 22 at the Teen Center. Following the lite buffet and musical entertainment (5:30-7:00 pm) there will be a free lecture/forum (7:30 pm) featuring international known journalist Stephen Kizner author of Blood of Brothers. Amazon describes Blood of Brothers as "... a vibrant portrait of the Nicaraguan people and their volcanic land, a cultural history rich in poetry and bloodshed, baseball and insurrection". For a full listing of activities see

Among Friends: A Physical Disabilities Support Group
This new group will meet October 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2:00 - 3:30 pm at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, and will discuss and share experiences and resources with others facing physical challenges. This will be a small, conversational supportive environment to safely express concerns and needs around physical disability. The group will be facilitated by two experienced leaders, themselves personally knowledgeable about physical impairments and disability. Resources and current thinking about interventions and helpful modalities will be presented. For information or to register contact Deidre Waxman, LICSW at 617-730-2767 or

Researching Your Roots Online
Have you ever wanted to know more about your family history? Now you can discover your family roots by studying how to delve into online records and learn the steps for exploring your history in the comfort of your home. This three session course is for seniors only and will take place at the Brookline Senior Center beginning November 2, 11:45 am to 1:45 pm. Cost is $60. Students should be comfortable using a computer. For more information and to register: visit, call 617-730-2700, or email

Brookline Rotary Welcomes New Members
Invitation from Brookline Rotary: How would you like to make lasting friendships and, at the same time, benefit your community and beyond? If so, think about joining Brookline Rotary. Members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. Last year, Brookline Rotary, part of Rotary International, raised and gave away $300,000 not only to local but also to global projects.

Meetings are held weekly which permit the opportunity to work on service goals, network, and socialize. Meetings alternate between breakfast and lunch meetings and generally include a stimulating speaker. Visitors are always welcome. For more information, visit the website www.brooklinerotary.organd/or contact Susan Rack, president, at Meeting times, locations and speakers can be found on the website.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday - Oct. 7th at 6:30 pm - Selectmen's Hearing Room Town Hall, 331 Washington St. Brookline. Brookline League of Women Voters present Anthony Flint, director of public affairs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge. Mr. Flint's topic is Where We Go from Here, Strategies in Affordable Housing and Land Use Planning. Program is free. Refreshments at 6:30 pm and Mr Flint at 7:00 pm.

Brookline Recreation Department Trips:
Wednesday, Oct 14, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Fall Foliage Trip to Meredith, NH
Tuesday, Oct 27, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm Honey Pot Orchard Stow, MA
For more information on these trips or to make a reservation call 617-730-2069.

Sunday, Nov. 8, 3:00 pm - St. Paul's Church 15 St. Paul Street, Brookline.with music of Villa-Lobos, Ginastera, and a mystery piece. $25 for seniors. To purchase tickets go to or call 617-946-6553.

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