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

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Dear Brookline Neighbor,

This month we inform you about the BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting & Expo in September and a speaker in October on designing accessible and attractive living spaces. We let you know about a Chinese festival at the Senior Center and an array of local book group options. You will learn about an exercise program for seniors, an online guide to one-floor living in Brookline, and much more. Please tell your friends about fact, forward this newsletter to them.

BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting and Expo
Everyone is invited to BrooklineCAN's Annual Meeting and Expo on Monday, September 16, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Brookline. This event will provide an opportunity for members and prospective members to learn about BrooklineCAN's mission and achievements in advocating for and support of older residents remaining a vital part of the community.

The Expo, which begins at 5:00 pm, will include exhibits by BrooklineCAN's committees, founding partner organizations, and members of the BrooklineCAN Professional Service Provider Group. The Annual Meeting component, which begins at 6:00 pm, will include the presentation of awards. Brookline resident Sally Abrahms will receive a Community Service award for her reporting for AARP on aging issues. In addition, the Innovative BrooklineCAN Project award goes to Carol Caro and her team for their work on the residential guide and the Outstanding Membership Service award goes to Karin Wannamaker and the Service Referral Committee. Light refreshments, including wine, will be served and prizes given away. This is an opportunity for people of all ages to meet their neighbors and learn more about the activities of BrooklineCAN.

Designing Living Spaces for All Ages and Abilities
Author and architect Deborah Pierce will discuss her book, "The Accessible Home", on Thursday, October 3, 2013, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Brookline High School, sponsored by BrooklineCAN and Brookline Adult & Community Education. The speaker will show how a home (house, condo, apartment, and other living situation) can be accessible, beautiful, and functional, restoring capabilities, independence and the grace of everyday living. Books will be on sale and available for signing by the author at a reception following the program. Registration is not required for this free event, but to reserve a place due to limited seating, please call 617-730-2770.

Chinese Festival
Come to the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, to join in celebrating the August Moon Festival on Monday, September 9, 12:30 to 2:00 pm, co-sponsored by the Senior Center and The Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center. This ancient festival celebrates the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, the harvest, and family and friends. The observance is colorful and lively, with special holiday foods. Tickets at $7 include the program and a delicious lunch. For more information and to make reservations call 617-730-2770.

Brookline Day September 22
Family Fun for All! Brookline Day was created to promote a sense of community and town spirit while educating residents about Brookline's wide variety of businesses and service organizations. Along with these informational tables, the event will feature live music, a mini town hall, food trucks, and children's activities such as face painting and balloon art. Join in at Larz Anderson Park, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday September 22. For more information, contact: or 617-730-2069.

Excellent Exercise Program
BrooklineCAN members age 50 and over are eligible for a special offer from the Center Communities of Brookline "Get Up & Go" program. This research-based activity provides an individualized exercise regimen in a small, friendly group setting under the direction of a health and fitness specialist, and includes balance and flexibility training. The usual initiation fee of $100 is waived for BrooklineCAN members. Sessions of 30 to 60 minutes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1:00 and 3:00 pm at the CCB Fitness Center, 112 Centre Street. The fee is $75/month per person ($125/month for a couple). For more information, see <> or call 617-363-8046.

Guide to One-Floor Living in Brookline
One of the benefits of membership in BrooklineCAN is access to the online Guide to Apartments and Condominiums. This resource identifies all large condominiums and apartment buildings with elevators in Brookline and provides information on over 80 buildings. The guide provides basic information such as building location, number of floors, number of units, and number of bedrooms. For most buildings, the guide provides more information including laundry arrangements, parking, and availability of outdoor space. Members can use this guide by going to If you need assistance in logging in, click on "Login Help" on the bottom right of the screen. Once you are in the Members section, click on "For Members" where you will have the option of apartments or condominiums, and you will receive further use instructions. Members have found this information very helpful in making their housing arrangements.

Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program (REAP)
The Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program was officially launched with a very well attended meeting of people interested in discovering and considering options and possibilities in and around retirement. Expert panelists: Anne Spangler, Mia Louik, Carol Lieberman and Maureen Cosgrove-Deery shared their knowledge about paid and volunteer work including a program called "Boomers Shifting Gears" with its focus on making thoughtful transitions as we reach this new "third age." Should you have questions or wish to become part of the REAP effort, contact Deidre Waxman, REAP Coordinator, at 617-730-2767 or

Autumn Benefit
Support Brookline's Senior Center at its annual Autumn Benefit, 6:00 pm, Wednesday, October 23. The theme - Renovate-Respect-Renew-Replenish - refers not only to renovations to make the building responsive to the changing needs of the community, but also focuses on how the Senior Center respects, renews, and replenishes our seniors. The Senior Center will be transformed for the evening into a spectacular ballroom with hors d'oeuvres, wine, a sumptuous buffet, a dance band, and more. Tickets are $100 per person ($60 per senior). Consider becoming a sponsor, and being acknowledged in the program book. Sponsorship levels are:
  • Bronze - $300, includes 2 tickets
  • Silver - $750, includes 4 tickets
  • Gold - $1500, includes 6 tickets
  • Platinum - $2500, includes 8 tickets
For more information and to make reservations, call Ruthann Dobek at 617-730-2756 or e-mail her at

Book Groups
For this month's newsletter, we are listing the electronic links to Brookline's various book groups rather than featuring just one group's offering, as we have in the past. We hope you find this helpful in seeking out the wonderful variety of local book groups. See the following for information about next group meeting.

Senior Scene Discusses REAP
During August SENIOR SCENE with Betty Joel interviewed Deirdre Waxman and Anne Spangler of the REAP (Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program). A new initiative to help people who have retired or are thinking about retiring. The program will be aired in September at BATV on Thursday 7pm; Sunday 7:30 pm, and Friday 1pm Channel 3. You can also view the program from the BATV website.

Theatre Club
September Senior Center Theatre Club offerings include: All the Way (Sept. 15 at 3:00 pm) at ART in Cambridge.
Great Expectations (Sept. 29 at 1:30 pm) at the Senior Center. For more information about these offering and future offerings click here.

Save The Date
  • September 9, 2:00 pm - -BrooklineCAN information session at the Senior Center
  • October 6, 3-4:30--BrooklineCAN Membership Event at Shirley Partoll's home, 1501 Beacon Street. Come with a friend that you wish were a member of BrooklineCAN
  • October 23--"Senior Center Annual Benefit"
  • November 8 & 9--"Senior Center Craft Fair"

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