Brookline Community Aging Network November 2012 Newsletter
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November 2012 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,

In this month's issue you will find out about the Senior Center Holiday Craft Fair, the Brookline Theater Club, and an intriguing program about Boston's Movie House Treasures. We inform you about the three ballot questions for Massachusetts voters on Election Day, and we remind you about several health-related matters including the Medicare Open Enrollment period and flu shot clinics. Please tell your friends about fact, forward this newsletter to them.


28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Mark your calendars so you don't miss this wonderful fair that will take place at the Senior Center on Friday, November 9, and Saturday, November 10, from 10 am to 3 pm each day. Help support the Senior Center programs while buying holiday gifts and goodies for your own use among a plethora of handmade crafts - clothing, jewelry, giftware, photography, and more. Indulge your fantasies by visiting the white elephant tables. Indulge in home-baked yummies, donuts, pastry, coffee, soda. There will also be a light lunch and fun for young and old alike. For more information, call Julie at 617-730-2760.

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends December 7!
Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans may change drug covered, premiums, co-pays, and/or deductibles yearly, necessitating reviewing your options every year to ensure that your plan works for you. In addition, Medicare Part D plans come and go. If you have a drug plan that is leaving, you need to get a new plan.

Trained SHINE volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on health insurance for Medicare participants. Call the Senior Center at 617-730-2777 to make a SHINE appointment. You can also call 1-800-AGE-INFO, and leave your name and phone number for a call-back within 2 days, or call Medicare 24/7 at 1-800-MEDICARE.

Ballot Questions
Don't forget the questions on the ballot when you vote on November 6. Question 1 is a Right to Repair Initiative. (Both sides are now encouraging voters to vote no on the question since the legislature compromised was reached.) Question 2 is a Death with Dignity Initiative and Question 3 is a Medical Marijuana Initiative.

Brookline Theater Club
Treat yourself to the many theatrical banquets available in Metro Boston at a price not punishing to your pocketbook by joining the Theater Club. At the Brookline Senior Center, the New Repertory Theatre presents their production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" on Sunday, November 4 at 2 pm. Enjoy the play followed by discussion and refreshments without traveling at all.

At other locations this year, you can see "The Rat Pack," straight from Las Vegas, on November 11 with Dean Martin (Andy Dimino), Frank Sinatra (Gary Anthony), and Sammy Davis, Jr. ( Lambus Dean) for only $38. The price, as for all performances that are not at the Senior Center, includes transportation to and from the performance. Other offerings include "Pippin" December 15 ($38), "Marry Me a Little" January 6 ($40), "Haydn in Paris" February 24 ($40), and "The Glass Menagerie" March 3 ($38). For more information about transportation and club rules, call club founder and coordinator Ted Shamitz at 617-487-5573. For reservations, call 617-730-2770.

J.O.B.S. - Ask the Experts:
What do you want to know about the job search process? Have you ever wondered what happens to your resume in an applicant tracking system or why so few jobs are ever advertised? On Wednesday, November 7, 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the Brookline Senior Center, bring all of your questions to our panel of HR experts who will help you demystify the job search process. To register for this free information session, contact Deidre Waxman at
617-730-2767, or email Anne Spangler at

Communicating Effectively with Doctors: A Workshop
Do you sometimes leave a medical visit confused or wishing you had asked more questions? BrooklineCAN is co-sponsoring a workshop to help you talk more effectively with your healthcare provider. You will come away with skills that you need to make the most of your medical visit.

The workshop will take place on Friday, December 7 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. Call the Senior Center 617 730 2770 for a reservation. Seats are limited; call early.

Monitoring Sidewalk Snow Removal
The BrooklineCAN Livable Community Committee is recruiting volunteers of all ages to join our Winter Sidewalk Monitoring team. We are promoting pedestrian safety by assuring that sidewalks in commercial areas are free of snow and ice. Owners of commercial property are obligated to clear sidewalks within three hours after snow storms. The by-law is enforced only when there are complaints. After storms, our volunteers inspect the sidewalks and report problems to the Department of Public Works. We provide training to our volunteers and ask each to cover only a small area. For information, contact Frank Caro at 617-739-9228.

Computer Courses at
Senior Center

Consider taking advantage of computer courses offered by Brookline Adult & Community Education at the Senior Center. Topics range from "Introduction to Computer Basics for Seniors" to more specialized courses such as "Facebook for Seniors". See Brookline Adult Catalog or call BA&CE at 617-730-2700 for more information.

Boston's Movie House Treasures
Come to Brookline Adult & Community Education special event Wednesday, November 14, 7:00-8:30 pm at Brookline High. Author Art Singer will provide an illustrated journey through Boston's movie house treasures such as the Metropolitan (now the Wang Theatre) from its earliest days when it included its own corps de ballet and house orchestra; and The Paramount, the city's finest example of Art Deco architecture. The program will also discuss stars, from Jolson to Sinatra to Garland, who appeared on these stages. Course Code: X266 Sec. 01: 1. $6. For more information and to register, see Brookline Adult Education Catalog or call 617-730-2700.

Flu Shot Clinics
If you missed the Brookline Public Health Department's Flu Shot Clinic at the Senior Center, there are three more opportunities:  
  • Wednesday, November 14 from 3 to 6 pm at Devotion School (345 Harvard Street)
  • Sunday, November 18 from 11 am to 2 pm at Baker School (205 Beverly Road)
  • Tuesday, December 4 from 4 to 6 pm at the Brookline Health Department (11 Pierce Street)
There is no charge for the vaccine.
All persons (6 months and older) should receive the vaccine each year.
Please remember to bring all health insurance cards.
Wear loose-sleeved clothing.

Shingles Vaccine

Should I or Shouldn't I?

Shingles is a painful skin condition. Immunization is recommended for those aged 60 or over. If you missed getting a vaccination at the Senior Center in June, 2012, you can still get the vaccination at many pharmacies or check with your primary care physician. For more information click here.

"Meet Me at the Movies and Make Memories"
ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer's will sponsor this free program at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Thursday, December 13, 10 am-12 noon. There will be free parking in the lot behind the theater, popcorn, and beverages. The program is comprised of six-to-seven minute classic film clips with reminiscence and discussion between each film. While it is designed for people living with dementia and their care partners, it is a community program and open to all.

Volunteers are needed and will be offered breakfast at 9am at Panera Bread across the street from the theater. Anyone interested in either attending or volunteering can contact Dee Brenner at or 978-985-4427.

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