BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
December 2017 Newsletter 

Community Aging Network

A membership prganization 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
AFTVAge Friendly Cities (AFC-TV) 
The 14th Age Friendly Cities (AFC-TV) program on November 22 introduced and welcomed Dr. Swannie Jett, the new head of the Brookline Department of Public Health and Human Services. Dr. Jett comes to our town from Florida, where he was Health Officer/Surgeon General for Seminole County, Florida. He is a national leader in public health as Past President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

The focus of the show is on two principal areas, emergency preparedness for seniors and gun violence as a public health issue. Future shows will follow up, exploring programs designed to assist isolated individuals with emergency preparedness. Check out the Brookline Age Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site <> and note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts. Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN immediately following The Grandstanders live sports analysis show.
big2Let's Put on a Show!
If you ever have considered being on TV, or producing a TV show, it's never too late to start. Every one of any age or previous experience is welcome to get involved with BIG - the Brookline Interactive Group. You can attend classes in subjects such as "Digital Storytelling" or "Basics of Editing in Premiere". Or, view VR (virtual reality) videos on Wednesday evenings. Perhaps, you have an idea for a TV show you want to host or want to produce. BIG is open to any idea, any topic. It is a First Amendment resource for the Brookline Community. Contact Erin Kinney, Manager of Engagement & Education at, telephone 617-731-8566.

Ginny1Profile of a BrooklineCAN Member
Many BrooklineCAN members are actively engaged in our community. A prime example of such engagement is Ginny Mazur, the Community Partnership Director at Goddard House Assisted Living and Memory Support, one of BrooklineCAN's founding partners. She is a key member of the BrooklineCAN Education Committee and is the person who has come up with many of the ideas for programs and speakers over the years. Ginny introduced and guided the production of the Reunion Project at the Senior Center last year. She is active in local, state-wide, and national organizations. Her many interests include combating ageism, promoting disability rights, and using the arts and nature in creating a better life for those with cognitive impairments. Her pilot of the Opening Minds through Art program for persons living with dementia at Goddard House has received the 2017 Program Innovation Award from LeadingAGE Massachusetts. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Brookline Chamber of Commerce.

eyecare2Free Transportation to Eye Appointments
The ICare Program (Independent Clients Accessing Rides to Eyecare) is pleased to announce that it is offering free transportation to eye care appointments. Transportation is limited to the Greater Boston area and to Brookline residents. The program operates under the auspices of the Town's HELP program and is sponsored by a generous grant from ITNAmerica, the Independent Transportation Network of America. For more information, call 617-730-2752.

book1Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale!
Doors will open for the Holiday Sale on Sunday, December 3, on the first floor at the Brookline Village location, 361 Washington Street. And the sale ends when we run out of these special materials that the Friends have been saving up all year! What will you find? Gifts for all - children's books and sets, and some games as well; many shrink-wrap, unique, and pristine coffee table books; beautiful Franklin Mint, Heritage Press, and other collectable series of books; and some unique vintage "one of a kind" books. And for film lovers, some very special treats: a fabulous array of brand new "art house", Criterion Collection, and Blue Ray movies you won't see elsewhere. The sale has something for everyone, so come early and often and stock up on holiday gifts - for as long as our supply lasts - at prices that can't be beat!

hearingAccessibility at the Coolidge Corner Theater
The theater has recently revamped its assistive technology systems for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and vision-impaired audiences in all four movie houses, partnering with Boston Light & Sound to introduce state-of-the-art systems. Assistive Listening Devices have been reduced in size and improved in sound quality. The same technology provides Visual Narration for the Blind or Visually Impaired, offering narration of the films' visual content that blends along with the audio. Closed Captioning is another new or improved system. All films have Assisted Listening, but not all have Closed Captioning and/or Visual Narration; you can call or visit the box office (617-734-2501) to make sure that the movie you want to see has these features. The website schedules also carries this information for each film.

next3Book Talk
If you enjoy reading a series of books, you should try these authors.
Donna Leon is from the United States, but she lived in Venice where her 26 mysteries detail the cases of Guido Brunetti, the Commissario of Police, his family, and a host of well-developed characters. The crime in each novel highlights a social or moral issue. Start with Death at La Fenice.

Alan Furst has written 14 espionage novels that center on Europe's struggle against the Nazis. Real page turners, each book includes dashing heroes, seductive ladies, a host of colorful recurring characters, and breathless and courageous risk-taking. Begin with Night Soldiers.

Dennis Lehane has written many excellent mysteries. But this three-book series goes way beyond who-dun-its: it follows the adventures of Joe Coughlin, who starts as a beat cop in Boston in the 1920s, continues as a bootlegger and crime boss in the '30s and '40s in Florida, and then works as a consigliere to a crime family, traveling between Tampa and Cuba. Start with The Given Day.

Click the book titles for a direct link to the Brookline Library website.

Monday, December 4, 7:00 pm
Hunneman Hall, Brookline Village Library,
361 Washington Street
An Evening with Stephen Kinzer
In his new book, The True Flag, award-winning foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer will take us back to Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt's time to show us how the power of the press and "fake news" shaped our past as it does the present.

Tuesday, December 5, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Brookline Senior Center 93 Winchester Street
SPARK and GO WILD: A Mind-Body Presentation on Healthy Aging
Come to meet author John Ratey, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Reception and book-signing, 6:00-6:30 pm; talk with discussion 6:30-7:30 pm. Free of charge; call 617-730-2770 to register.

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