Brookline Community Aging Network Selling the Fountain of Youth
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
March 2016 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
 Selling the Fountain of Youth 
Come to hear Arlene Weintraub, author of "Selling the Fountain of Youth: How the Anti-Aging Industry Made a Disease out of Getting Old and Made Millions". Weintraub, who spent more than ten years as a science reporter at Business Week, will tell how the beauty industry has become the anti-aging industry, overrun with steroids, human growth hormone injections, and "bio-identical" hormones - all promoted as "cures" for getting old, and she will reveal the shady practices that run rampant when junk science and dubious marketing meet consumer choice. BrooklineCAN is sponsoring this free event on Monday, April 11. Light refreshments 6:00-6:30 pm; program 6:30-8:00 pm, at the Public Library of Brookline, 361 Washington Street. Call 617-730-2770 to register.
Parking for Senior Center Volunteers
On the basis of a four-year advocacy effort by the Council on Aging and BrooklineCAN, the Brookline Transportation Board has agreed to establish a new program of extended and free parking for those who do volunteer work at the Senior Center. Staff of the Council on Aging will control six permits for use of the Fuller Street parking lot and two permits for use of the Centre Street lot. The program is responsive to complaints from volunteers who need to drive their own automobiles to the Senior Center, work for more than two hours, and have been at risk of being ticketed when they park for extended periods on the street. A start date for the new program has not yet been announced.

Seniors Take Action, Town Repairs Sidewalks
Until recently, residents of the five Brookline Senior Housing developments often found that a walk to the market or the library could be hazardous due to broken, uneven sidewalks. Thanks to an innovative project initiated by BrooklineCAN and involving several Brookline organizations, many of those sidewalks have already been repaired. As a result of this project, Brookline residents of senior housing have an easier time walking to the market. Equally important, they have gained the ability to organize and advocate for issues that affect the quality of their lives. And working together, they have made walking in Brookline safer for seniors and for residents of all ages.

New Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteers who know how to exist without a car are needed as Transportation Information Specialists. The TRIPPS program is looking for people with knowledge and experience navigating the options for non-drivers. These volunteers will help research and compile detailed information on transportation options for non-drivers and this information will be published in a resource guide which will be available both online and in print. If you would like more information, please contact TRIPPS Program Director Kerri Ann Tester at 617-730-2644.

Brookline Emergency Preparedness Buddies
This program matches trained Brookline Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers with Brookline residents who may require assistance preparing for and responding to emergency situations such as a blizzard or a heat wave. The volunteer comes to your home to learn of your needs and help you create your own emergency preparedness program. If there is an emergency, the volunteer will be in contact with you before the emergency when possible, and after to make sure you are well. Brookline residents eligible to participate include those over the age of 65 and adults with disabilities; the program is focused on those who live alone and have little or no family support. For more information, contact Cheryl Snyder at or 617-730-2656.

Age Friendly Cities TV--Brookline Library
On February 18, Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) aired Episode 5 in a series of Age Friendly Cities TV (AFC-TV) programs on local Brookline channels. This program focused on the Brookline Public Libraries. Guests were Director Sara Slymon and Assistant Director for Technology Hank Sway. They noted new programs of special interest for seniors, the extensive Russian and Chinese collections, and the availability of large print books. New at the libraries this year is the expansion of the web site to full multi-lingual support as part of the IT infrastructure upgrade. All particulars and schedules are available on the library web site Proposed plans for the Coolidge Corner Branch are also available on line. Check out the Brookline Age Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site and note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Big Band Memories
Remember the Big Band era? Brookline Adult & Community Education brings us a lively evening with musician and historian Marshall Wright, who will share his personal experiences with bandleader Kay Kyser, host of the Kollege of Musical Knowledge radio and television programs. Spicing his music with large doses of humor, Kyser developed a unique style. The lecture will include live performances, a singalong, and selections from the band's rare recordings and video clips. Thursday, March 3, 7:00-8:30 pm, Brookline High School, $6. For more information and to register: or 617-730-2700.

The Kitchen at the Boston Public Market
If you haven't been to Boston Public Market you're missing something special. It is the nation's first permanent year-round market to feature all local vendors and partners. Located directly above the Haymarket MBTA station, the Market provides fresh, healthy, locally-sourced food to consumers of all income levels. In the Market is The KITCHEN, a state-of-the-art demonstration space that serves as a community teaching, learning, and gathering place. The Trustees, as lead programming partner for the Market, have invited a diverse group of culinary, health, and wellness partners to develop a selection of daily programs. For a complete schedule of classes and events see

Medical Marijuana Clinic Opens
The Medical Marijuana Clinic in Brookline at 160 Washington Street is now officially open. For hours and other information, visit the website

Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 6, 2016, 2:00 pm
First Parish Church, 382 Walnut Street, Brookline

First Parish's Historical Stained Glass Treasures

Brookline Historical Society Annual Meeting.
The windows were created between 1880 and 1945 by masters in the art of stained glass. Lecture and tour. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 19, 8:00 pm or Sunday, March 20, 2016, 3:00 pm All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline
Sibelius Symphony No 4 & Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem
Performed by the Metropolitan Chorale with the Brookline Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adam Boyles. For more information go to

Monday, March 28 thru Sunday, April 3, 2016
Brookline Climate Action Week

Full schedule of all the activities is not yet available so check the web site for the latest information.

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