Brookline Community Aging Network April 2014 Newsletter
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
April 2014 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
  • 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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Dear Brookline Neighbor,

This month we tell you about an upcoming program on home-based and residential options for older adults - a panel program presented by BrooklineCAN. We also discuss one of our organization's advocacy programs, a proposal to create a pedestrian district. You will learn about the annual artists' open studios the last weekend in April, some community activities, and much more. Please tell your friends about BrooklineCAN... in fact, forward this newsletter to them.

Elder Care Program May 15
BrooklineCAN brings you a rare opportunity to hear from and ask questions of elder care experts. On Thursday, May 15, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Senior Center, you are invited to learn Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Elder Care (But Were Afraid to Ask). What are current home-based and residential options for older adults? What new services are available? What supports are there in the community for caregivers? The panel, moderated by Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs Ann L. Hartstein, includes Ruthann Dobek, Director, Brookline Council on Aging; Rhonda Glyman, Executive Director, Center Communities of Brookline; Paul Hollings, Administrator, Coolidge House Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; and Ellen Lash, Director of Healthcare Operations, Jewish Family & Children's Services. The program is free, and refreshments will be served.

Creating a Pedestrian-Friendly District in North Brookline
The BrooklineCAN Livable Community Advocacy committee is proposing that the Town create a district in North Brookline where pedestrian needs will get special attention. If adopted, the Town will make a comprehensive and coordinated effort to improve pedestrian experiences in the district. The commercial areas and the most densely populated residential neighborhoods will be included in the district. The town will make special efforts in the district to eliminate hazards around tree wells, improve maintenance of winter sidewalks, improve sidewalk illumination, make street crossings safer, and provide more sidewalk benches. The proposal is available on the BrooklineCAN website, click here.

Age-Friendly Brookline
2014 promises to be another active year for Age-Friendly Brookline. The Board of Selectmen Age-Friendly City Committee reports that key areas to watch are housing for seniors, improved pedestrian access and safety, and maximizing opportunities for older people to be productively engaged.

The committee is supporting discussions about potential sites for housing for seniors. Age-Friendly Brookline will especially support zoning changes to facilitate construction for seniors in the Beacon Street corridor and Brookline Village and will encourage older residents to use the new home-sharing advisory service provided by the Council on Aging and Building departments. Age-Friendly Brookline will advocate for improved pedestrian access and safety in areas with large concentrations of older people, including creation of a zone for enhanced pedestrian-friendly features in North Brookline.

Follow Age-Friendly Brookline activities in the Age-Friendly section on the BrooklineCAN website (which also has a full report on 2013 activities) and watch for articles in this newsletter and on BrooklineCAN's Twitter page.

Open StudiosOpen Studios April 26-27
Brookline Artists Open Studios is an artist-run, non-profit arts organization. Members are currently exhibiting at Brookline's Main Library, Hunneman Hall, and all are invited to a reception there on Saturday, April 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at which you can meet many of the artists. On the weekend of April 26-27, noon to 6:00 pm, the artists will open their studios and invite the public to visit. For details, including a list of participating artists, see or call Peg O'Connell at 617-359-4074. Brochures will be available at town libraries in mid-April. This will be the kickoff for a series of "Arts Brookline" events from the end of April to June 7

Home Energy Seminar
Climate Action Brookline is sponsoring a Home Energy Seminar. A building science specialist will show homeowners and renters of 1 to 4 unit buildings how they can access town-sponsored programs and incentives to lower home energy bills and increase overall comfort. The program will be held at Putterham Branch Library, 959 West Roxbury Parkway, April 12, 10:30 am until noon.

Deal of the Month
This month's deal is for music lovers, and it is phenomenal: free concerts at the New England Conservatory. Almost every evening, there is a free event, some in the delightful jewel-box-like Jordan Hall. Examples for April include: the Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Monday, April 7, 8:00 pm and the NEC Contemporary Ensemble, Tuesday, April 8, 8:00 pm. Also included in the schedule are master classes, piano seminars, and a Bach Ensemble. See the full schedule at or call 617-585-1100.

Meet the Candidates
The League of Women Voters, Brookline Neighborhood Alliance and the Town Meeting Members Association are co-sponsoring a Forum for Candidates on Wednesday, April 16. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm and program will start at 7:00 pm in the Selectman's Room (6th floor) at Town Hall. It will also be broadcast on and available as a video on their website about one to two weeks after the program.

Evergreen Program at Boston University
One of the many continuing education opportunities in our area is the BU Evergreen Program. Anyone 58 or older can arrange to audit regular BU courses or to attend lectures designed and delivered by BU faculty. For auditing, the cost is $175 per course, and courses are free for those who become Evergreen sponsors. The lectures are given throughout the year; the series this April include: Music of the Romantic Period (three lectures, $30) and Best Short Stories (5 lectures, $50). For details see or call 617-353-9852.

Mastering Your Kindle
Brookline Adult & Community Education offers this two-session course at the Senior Center, May 5 and 12, 11:45 am to 1:45 pm, $42. You will learn how to use this e-reader and get the most out of it. See or call 617-730-2700.

Ping Pong
For a number of seniors a wish for the opportunity to play ping pong is about to be fulfilled. The newly-renovated basement area of the Senior Center will soon be the home of a ping pong table! So warm up your paddle and get ready to enjoy yourself!


Upcoming Events
April 6, 1:30 pm A Midsummer Night's Dream at New Rep in Watertown. (Tickets $20 includes transportation)
April 27, 2:00 pm The Shape She Makes at ART in Cambridge (Tickets $39 includes transportation)
To reserve a place for either of these events, please call:
Brookline Senior Center 647-730-2770 or Ted Shamitz 617-487-5573

April 4, 10:30 - 12:30 pm South Brookline Senior Social at Putterham Library
Ben Vivante, Brookline Web Master, will do a training session on digital cameras and a box lunch will be provided by State Rep. Ed Coppinger

April 16, 1:00 pm Strengthening Medicare Presentation and Reception, Mass Senior Action Council, at Brookline Senior Center


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