Brookline Community Aging Network November 2013 Newsletter
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
November 2013 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
  • Engages in public policy advocacy on behalf of Brookline's older residents
  • Makes our town an even better place for all

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  • Free Library Concerts
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Dear Brookline Neighbor,

Do you find these newsletters interesting? informative? useful?
If so, and you are not yet a member, please join us. BrooklineCAN members seek to make Brookline an even better place to live, and we will be more effective with every membership. To become a member, go to or call 617-730-2777.

Membership Survey
In June, BrooklineCAN mailed surveys to 241 members and former members, of which 87 (36%) were returned. Thank you to everyone who responded. The number of surveys returned reflects the high level of interest Brookline residents have in our activities. The results have been compiled, and we are at work determining how best to use the many suggestions and requests.

A number of people asked about book clubs, current events groups, knitting, painting, writing, movies, health, and walking programs. The Brookline Senior Center and Brookline Adult Ed offers many of these activities, and the Brookline libraries offer some as well. The BrooklineCAN Newsletter attempts to keep you up-to-date on these types of offerings. Other good sources are the "Senior News and Events" newsletter, the Brookline Public Library , Brookline Recreation Department, and Brookline Adult Education.

Are You OK?
The Norfolk County Sheriff's Office places telephone calls every day to the homes of seniors who have enrolled as part of their "Are you OK?" program. If there is no answer, or the person who answers indicates they need emergency aid, the officer will summon help immediately. To sign up for this program, call the Norfolk County Sheriff's office toll free at 1-866-900-7865.

Medicare Open Enrollment Period
Now is the time to find out about changes in Medicare that take effect next year and decide on your Medicare coverage for 2014. This year's open enrollment period began October 15 and continues through December 7. Seniors 65 years old and older can change their Medicare prescription drug and Advantage plans during the Open Enrollment period. (If you already have Medicare, you already have health insurance. The new marketplace health insurance offerings are only for people who do not have health insurance.)

Trained SHINE (Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs health information program) volunteer counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. Call the Senior Center at 617-730-2777 to schedule an appointment with a SHINE counselor.

Book Groups
This month we are featuring two book groups held at the Main Library. Click on the book group for more information or on the book title to request the book.

Main Library Book Group
Mon 11/4 7:00 pm:
Ayad Akhtar, American Dervish

Mystery Book Discussion Group at Main Library
Tue 11/19 12:00 pm: Kerry Greenwood, Away with the Fairies (2001)

Brookline's Annual Holiday Fair
The Brookline Council on Aging invites you to attend its 29th Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Friday, November 8 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday, November 9 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Proceeds will benefit the programs and services provided by the Brookline Senior Center. Handmade crafts, holiday gift items, baked goods, raffles, children's items, and white elephant items will be for sale. You will be sure to find something for everyone on your list at the Fair! Admission is free and the Senior Center is handicapped accessible. For more information contact Julie Washburn at 617-730-2760.

Riding the 60 Bus to the Mall at Chestnut Hill
There are many opportunities to access the 60 Bus for Brookline residents. For those living in North Brookline the best way is by taking the B or C Trolley to Kenmore to begin the adventure on the #60. In Brookline Village you can catch the bus at Pearl and Brookline Streets. The bus then crosses Route 9 and heads up High Street to Cypress Street with a few stops along the way. At Cypress and Route 9 the bus heads west along Boylston Street (Route 9). You might want to get off at Warren Street and take a walk around the reservoir. As the bus continues west there is the possibility of stopping opposite 850 Boylston Street in case you have an appointment at the Brigham & Women's Center. The next stops of interests are the renovated Chestnut Hill shopping area now known as The Street and finally the Mall at Chestnut Hill. Happy riding!

New Hearing Loop at Symphony Hall
Symphony Hall has installed a hearing loop in the floors of the first and second balconies. The loop is a copper wire that transmits and amplifies sound automatically to patrons who have a T-Coil switch in their hearing aid or cochlear implant, so there is no need for extra equipment such as a headset with earphones. If you don't know whether or not your hearing device has a T-coil, check with your audiologist. For those who cannot access the hearing loop, Symphony Hall will continue to offer the regular Assisted Listening Device.

World War II Museum Visit December 4
The Museum of World War II is located in Natick, MA; it is a unique experience. Displaying nearly 7,000 pieces, the museum integrates the human, political and military stories. This new Brookline Recreation Department 55+ excursion will take place Wednesday, December 4, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. The cost is $10 for Brookline residents and $14 for nonresidents. Trip Pick Up/Drop Off is at the Soule Recreation Center and the Brookline Senior Center. For more information and to register: or 617-730-2069.

Flu Shots
If you missed the flu shot clinic at the Senior Center, there are other clinics available in Brookline:
Sunday, November 3, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at Devotion School; Wednesday, November 6, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Baker School; Tuesday, November 19 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at Brookline Health Department

Important Information: There is no change for the vaccine. All persons (6 months and older) should receive the vaccine each year. Bring all health insurance cards and wear loose-sleeved clothing.

Save The Date
November 7th:
Mass Incarceration & Racial Inequality: the New Jim Crow.
6:30 pm at Main Library

November 8th:
South Brookline Senior Social at Putterham Library 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

November 17th:
Brookline Poetry Series featuring Lee Sharkey 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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