BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
November 2018 Newsletter 

Community Aging Network

A membership organization that
  • Provides information to help residents 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 our
web site

Vote3Election 2018

November 6th is Election Day. Besides the candidates running for Governor, Senate, Congress, and many other state offices, there are 3 questions on the ballot. The Secretary of State has published a very informative booklet "Information for Voters". You should have received it in the mail. If not here is a link: to it. There is excellent information on the ballot questions.

Once again there will be Early Voting. It will be conducted in room 103, Brookline Town Hall starting October 22, 2018 during the following hours: Monday-Wednesday 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Thursday 8:00 am until 8:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. The last day for Early Voting is Friday, Nov.2nd.

You can vote absentee at the Town Clerk's office until noon on Monday Nov 5th. The office will have extended hours for absentee voting Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.

survey2What is Most Important in Making a Business Age-Friendly?
Our Age-Friendly Business team wants your opinion on what is most important in making a business more age-friendly. We are asking businesses to identify the age-friendly features that they offer. Business owners are often willing to do more to be age friendly but they cannot do everything at once. Hearing from us about what we believe is most important might provide business owners with useful guidance. At Brookline Day we were very successful in persuading visitors to our table to share their opinions. We ask you to take a minute to click on this link and offer your opinions. We will report on the results next month.

parksAge-Friendly Parks
The Brookline Parks and Open Space Division and the Brookline Age-Friendly City program jointly published Brookline's Age-Friendly Parks brochure. For each of these parks, you will find information on location, main features such as environmental and historical significance, and supporting features such as benches, restrooms, and easy walking areas. These brochures are available at the Brookline Senior Center, at the Brookline Main Library on Washington Street and at Town Hall in the Parks and Open Space Division office on the 4th floor. For more information on all of Brookline's parks, see

BrooklineCAN Web Site
Take a look at BrooklineCAN's web site . You will be surprised to see all that's there. The top page includes links to our Twitter and Facebook feeds, news about BrooklineCAN's activities and Town developments related to seniors, and links to current and past videos of Brookline community TV Age-Friendly Cities. The Upcoming Events section will guide you to announcements of future BrooklineCAN programs and other events of interest in the community. The Repairs section lists service providers. Other sections include Transportation, Education, Culture, and our unique "Links" to articles, blogs and other websites with material on issues related to aging and independent living.

craft1Holiday Craft Fair
Come to the 34th Annual Holiday Craft Fair at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Friday November 9, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday, November 10, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Proceeds benefit the programs and services of the Brookline Senior Center, with a special donation to Hearth, Inc., an organization dedicated to ending elder homelessness. The Fair will feature crafts, holiday gifts, children's items, baked goods, a white elephant sale and raffles. Call 617-730-2770 for more information.

Nancy2New Ways of Thinking...
"New Ways of Thinking about Emotional Health, Loneliness, and Social Engagement in Older Adults." Dr. Nancy J. Donovan, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, will present findings from her research that compares loneliness and engagement in older adults to the quality of their emotional, social and cognitive functioning. Loneliness can be as dangerous to your health as obesity or smoking. This talk will take place at Goddard House Assisted Living, 164 Chestnut Street, Brookline, on November 14. Refreshments 6:00, presentation 6:30-7:30. This free BrooklineCAN event is co-sponsored by Friendship Works. Registration is required. Call 617-731-8500.

next3Book Talk
Runaway, by Alice Munro (2004). If you have not read her stories, this is a good collection to begin. Eight short stories, several of them about the same character. A winner of multiple literary prizes, Munro is often called the Canadian Chekov. (352 pages)

Mission Hill, by Pamela Wechsler (2016). This is the first in a series of mysteries that are set in Boston. Abby Endicott, chief homicide detective in the District Attorney's office, investigates and prosecutes the most dangerous killers. (304 pages)

NINTH STREET WOMEN: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art, by Mary Gabriel. (2018) This history of the midcentury New York art scene challenges the usual clichéd story of boozy macho artists to show a different perspective. These women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation. (940 pages)

netflix2Bingeing on Netflix
Mr. Sunshine. (2018)
An addictive Korean series that traces the saga of the resistance to the Japanese conquest of Chosen in the early 1900s. A love story forms the basis of this beautifully filmed drama that exposes the dynamics of international politics, personal histories, and cultural differences. In Korean with subtitles.
24 episodes.

Upcoming Events
Thursdays, November 1, 8, and 15, 2018 10:00 - 11:30 am
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street
Getting Around Using Uber and Lyft
Curious how rideshare works? Join this free multi-session class to learn how to use your smartphone intelligently and learn to rideshare. To register call the TRIPPS line at 617-730-2644

Wednesday, November 7-19, 2018 7:00 pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre and other locations
Boston Jewish Film Festival
Information on films and theaters can be found at

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Goddard House, 165 Chestnut St, Brookline
The Healing Power of Music

Dr. Suzanne Hanser will guide the audience through some music-based interventions designed to enhance quality of life. For this free event RSVP at or call 617-731-8500.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 10 am - 3:30 pm
Patriot Place, Foxboro
Reserve your space for a holiday shopping expedition to Patriot Place, 1.3 million square feet of shopping and dining. Trip fee includes transportation ($16 R/$22 NR). Bus pick up/drop off at Brookline Senior Center and Soule Recreation Center. To register: or call (617)730-2069.

Be sure to check BrooklineCAN website for more upcoming events.

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