Brookline Community Aging Network May 2013 Newsletter
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
May 2013 Newsletter 

About the Brookline
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

Future Stories
  • Summer Concert Series
  • Implementing Health Care Reform
  • Advocacy for Seniors

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Dear Brookline Neighbor,
This month we inform you about a program on emerging trends and changing needs in our Town and a Wellness Expo at the Senior Center. We describe a resource of useful information brought to you by our web site, several local events you may want to attend, and much more. Please tell your friends about fact, forward this newsletter to them.

Help BrooklineCAN Expand its Membership
To be a fully effective voice for seniors in Town affairs, BrooklineCAN needs to expand its membership. We are pleased to have nearly 300 members, but we want to speak on behalf of all 10,000 Brookline seniors. We want to add 100 members by July 1. If you have not yet joined, we urge you to do so today. If your membership has expired, renew today. If you are already a member in good standing, we thank you and urge you to ask a friend to become a member. Join online by clicking on this link!

Understanding Brookline
The Brookline Community Foundation is presenting a program UNDERSTANDING BROOKLINE: EMERGING TRENDS & CHANGING NEEDS, Wednesday, May 15 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.
Brookline in 2013 is a changing community. The strengths and resources of our town continue to make it a highly desirable place to live, but there are significant questions to address. Join us for a timely panel conversation about our community and how we can all work together to build a better Brookline.
Space is limited so RSVP as soon as possible.

Wellness Expo - May 2
Join in on the "Rethink Your Health Wellness Expo", May 2, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, for lively tips, talks and treats that will empower you to make the most of every day. Programs and workshops will explore a wide variety of topics including: Healthy Aging, Vigorous Mind, Exercise and Nutrition, and Health Care and Housing Options for Older Adults. The expo is co-sponsored by the Brookline Council on Aging, Covidien healthcare products, and Hebrew Senior Life. For more information call 617-730-2770.

Useful Links
BrooklineCAN's web site features an annotated list of links to articles, blogs, and other web sites with useful information about healthy aging and improved quality of life for seniors. Topics include age-friendly design, employment, finance, health, housing, interpersonal and family issues, recreation and travel, and the village movement. Check this out at

Faneuil Hall Excursion May 17
Faneuil Hall has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since1742. It was the site of speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis and others encouraging independence from Great Britain, and is now a well-known stop on the Freedom Trail. Today Faneuil Hall is the home to over 100 shops and specialty carts featuring everything from hand-made jewelry and fine art to sports gear and apparel. The Brookline Recreation Department is sponsoring a trip to the area on Friday, May 17, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The cost is $10 for Brookline residents and $14 for non-residents. Trip pick-up/drop off will be at Soule Recreation Center, 652 Hammond Street and the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. For more information and to register see or call 617-730-2069.

South Brookline Senior Social
This spring the Putterham Branch of the Brookline Public Library is holding a series of Senior Socials. The May events are Friday, May 3 and Friday May 10, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. The library is located at 959 West Roxbury Parkway, Chestnut Hill. As always, the socials serve complimentary coffees and kosher pastries. For all enquiries and offers to volunteer, please phone Regina Millette Frawley, Coordinator, South Brookline Senior Social, at 617-469-0052.

Coolidge Corner Theater
Brookline is fortunate to have a unique film resource - the Coolidge Corner Theater at 290 Harvard Street. Run by the not-for-profit Coolidge Corner Theater Foundation, the theater presents the best of contemporary art house and independent film as well as high-definition broadcasts from London's National Theatre and Europe's Grand Operas; Ballet in Cinema, live performances, Big Screen Classics; Midnite cult films and sing-alongs; weekend kids' variety shows; and sneak previews and discussion of upcoming films as part of Talk Cinema. The theater is fully accessible. Membership in the Coolidge supports the theater's programming and service to the community and offers reduced ticket prices, member-only screenings, free-to-member events and other benefits. To join the email list, to become a member, or just to learn more, see or call 617-734-2501.

Taste of Israel
Brookline Adult & Community Education and the Council on Aging invite you to an opportunity for cultural appreciation, history, and a sampling of delicious Israel cuisine inspired by a blend of cuisines from Morocco, Eastern Europe, Iraq, Ethiopia, Yemen and Lebanon. On Wednesday, May 29, 12:30 to 2:00 pm at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, you will take a virtual tour of the history and geography of this meeting place of many cultures and religions. The cost is $7 which includes lunch; Course Code is X275. For more information and to register, see or call 617-730-2700.

Book Groups
Time to read G.M. Malliet's Wicked Autumn for the Mystery Book Discussion Group at the Brookline Main Library, Tuesday, May 21, at 12:00 pm....bring your lunch! The Discussion Group will meet in the 2nd floor conference room. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library. For more information, contact Liz Mellett at 617-730-2369.

Upcoming Events

On the BrooklineCAN web site about half way down the Education page there is a list of upcoming events. Some are covered in this Newsletter but there are many more that might be of interest to you. Click here to take a look.



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