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

The Brookline
Community Aging Network

  • 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
storyTell Your Funny Story About Aging
BrooklineCAN's Membership Committee is planning an event on May 18th at the Senior Center which will be a light look at Staying Young While Growing Older. We are looking for members to come to one meeting with a professional story teller and be videotaped telling your light, funny story. No Experience Needed, just a light look at aging. (Example: the first time you were offered a seat on the T.) For more information or to volunteer contact

safetyHousing Modifications for Aging at Home
We continue this year's focus on housing with some guides to home modifications and home remodeling. A residence can be made more age-friendly with small changes such as removal of tripping hazards, and with larger efforts such as improved lighting or creating a step-free entrance to a shower. The AARP has a series of Home-Fit Guides and worksheets, accessed online through their web site. Paper copies of guides such as "AARP Home-Fit Guide" and "AARP No-Cost/Low-Cost Ideas" can be obtained by calling the toll-free number 888-687-2277.

The Town of Brookline offers guides such as "Aging at Home" and "Listing of Funding Programs for Home Improvements" -- for paper copies, contact the Housing Division at 617-730-2130. For home owners, see the National Association of Home Builders "Aging-in-Place Remodeling".

The BrooklineCAN web site, in its Links section, lists a number of relevant articles and web sites under the categories "Age-Friendly Design" and "Housing".

snowflakeBAC Snowflake Festival
The Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth Street, will hold its annual Snowflake Festival and opening of its Student Exhibition on Saturday, January 7 from 1:00-3:30pm. You will have an opportunity to watch demonstrations and participate in free art making activities, to learn about the BAC's class offerings, events, and to meet the board, staff, and faculty. Join in for an afternoon filled with artwork, activities and fun for all ages. The exhibition of student artwork will continue through January 27. For more information, see 617-566-5715.

housing1Age Friendly Cities TV--Housing
The February 1st Age Friendly Cities TV (AFC-TV) program will kick off a series dedicated to the subject of senior housing in Age-Friendly Brookline. Topics will include key factors influencing decisions about where to live as we get older, specific examples of housing options available to seniors in Brookline, and resources available to seniors exploring senior housing in Brookline. Guest Len Fishman, Director of the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston's John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of aging policy. Len was CEO of Hebrew Senior Life for 13 years. Under his leadership, the 110-year-old organization experienced tremendous growth, expanding to nine locations in Greater Boston and establishing an affiliation with Harvard Medical School. It is New England's largest nonprofit provider of senior housing and health care.

Check out the Brookline Age Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site and note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts.

mlkMartin Luther King Day, Brookline Events
On Monday, January 16, 2017, 3:00 pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline will hold its annual celebration of the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's theme is "Confronting Bias in Brookline." Keynote Speaker Rick Pinderhughes will describe what implicit bias is and how it affects all of us. A panel discussion about what steps can and are being taken to confront bias in Brookline will follow. This event is free but to guarantee a seat you must reserve a ticket at . Tickets are available online until 11:00 pm January 15; any remaining tickets will be available at the theater the day of the event. Those unable to get tickets online can contact Rob Daves: 617-566-7334 or

Also in the celebration: Brookline Day of Service Projects, a food drive and a book drive; see for details.

soulwitnessSoul Witness: The Brookline Holocaust Witness Project
This documentary film, Soul Witness by R. Harvey Bravman, features footage from approximately 80 hours of video interviews. Between 1990-1994, the Town of Brookline conducted video interviews of Brookline residents who survived the Holocaust. Larry Langer, considered by many the world's foremost authority on Holocaust testimonies, conducted most of the interviews and supervised all of them.

These interviews have not been seen by the public for over 20 years. Facing History and Ourselves will moderate a Q&A after the event.

January 26 at 7:00 PM. For ticket information see or call the Coolidge Corner Theatre at 617-734-2501.

book6Book Talk
This is the season to settle in with a great book. These three non-fiction selections were suggested by BrooklineCAN members.
**Elephant Company: the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II, by Vicki Constantine Croke. At the outset of World War II, Billy Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees. Suggested by Mary McConnell.

**The Big Short by Michael Lewis. In a compelling story that reads like a novel, Lewis chronicles how a handful of investment managers detected early on the growing bubble in the mortgage bond market and made a fortunes betting against it. Suggested by Carol Caro.

**The Big Picture by Sean Carroll. In a clear and forceful style, Carroll marshals an impressive array of information to convince the reader that the universe and everything in it can be explained by science. Suggested by Matt Weiss.

eventsUpcoming Events

Sunday, January 8th, 2:30 pm
Hunneman Hall, Brookline Village Library
Washington Street

Brookline Library Music Association
Free concert featuring pianist Alex Poliykov. For information on other concerts in February, March and April see

Monday, January 23rd, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tour of the Boston Public Library
Explore the nation's 1st library with a guided Art and Architectural tour of both the McKim and Johnson buildings. Tour will conclude at the Map Room Cafe for a cup of coffee and light refreshments. The $18 fee includes transportation and tour admission. To register call 617-730-2069

Saturday, January 28th, 10:30 - 12 Noon
Goddard House 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline
Outsmart the Scammers

Educate yourself to increasingly complex scamming tactics. Learn how to spot red flags of a fraudulent encounter. Lecture & refreshments. To RSVP call Jenna Henning at 617-731-8500 x152 or email

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