Brookline Community Aging Network October 2013 Newsletter
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October 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

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  • Holiday Craft Fair
  • Library Concerts
  • Volunteer Opportunities

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Dear Brookline Neighbor,

This month we inform you about some exciting local events, including a program with a best-selling author and an upcoming holiday shopping excursion. We tell you about how the Affordable Care Act will affect Massachusetts seniors and we introduce a new feature offering tips on using the T. Please tell your friends about fact, forward this newsletter to them.

Poetry Alive and Well in Brookline
Did you know that Brookline has a Poet Laureate! In April 2012 the Board of Selectmen appointed the town's first poet laureate Judith Steinbergh. Judith will be hosting a "Poetry Brookline" Celebration October 15th, 7:00-8:30 pm at Hunneman Hall, Brookline Public Library. Student and adult poets will read their poems about Brookline places and people. The public is welcome to attend. For a sampling of the poems click here.
Other poetry groups at the library are: Taste of Poetry (Poetry Discussion Group) & Brookline Poetry Series

Affordable Care Act - Impacts for Massachusetts Seniors
With all the news about the start of "Obamacare" next year, many seniors are wondering what this means for them. January 1, 2014, will bring a number of changes to health care in Massachusetts. But for seniors who get their coverage through Medicare, not much will change because in our state most of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that impact Medicare have already been implemented. However, the new year will bring us another step closer to closing the infamous "donut hole," the gap in coverage that affects Medicare prescription drug benefits under Medicare Part D.

Another change to Medicare is stronger tools to crack down on fraud and abuse. If you suspect that Medicare is being charged for a service or supply you didn't get, or you don't know the provider on the claim, call 1-800-MEDICARE, or go to You could be eligible for a $1000 reward.

More detailed information on all of this is at:

Check Out Our Web Site "Links" Section
The "Links" section of the BrooklineCAN web site leads you to articles, web sites, and blogs related to healthy aging and independent living. The entries are arranged by topics such as age-friendly design, health/fitness/medical, finance, housing, legal, and travel/recreation. Some items currently on the site: Articles: "Elder Co-housing", "Tips for Finding the Best Retirement Jobs", "Aging Well through Exercise", "Coordinating Retirement with Your Spouse". Web Sites and Blogs: Older Women's League; Staying Healthy at 50+; ElderGadget - reviews and news about highly rated consumer electronics, highlighting senior-friendly features.

An Evening with Dennis Lehane
The Public Library of Brookline presents an evening with Dennis Lehane, author of numerous bestsellers, most recently Live by Night, which won the 2013 Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre. The event will take place at the Brookline High School auditorium, Monday, October 7, 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Admission is free; doors open at 6:30.

Mr. Lehane will relate stories of his struggles and triumphs as a young writer who spent years waiting tables, parking cars, and loading freight in his native Dorchester before his book A Drink Before the War won the coveted Shamus Award for best first detective novel. He is also renowned for his work as a writer for HBO's groundbreaking series, The Wire. Several of his books have been made into highly acclaimed films. He will share insights into the craft of screenwriting and suggest what it takes to successfully "translate the literary into the visual".

Where Can the 66 Bus Take Me?

The 66 MBTA bus travels through Brookline on Harvard Street and connects with other MBTA transportation: the "D" line in Brookline Village, or the "C" line at Coolidge Corner, or the "B" line on Commonwealth Avenue.

The 66 bus can also connect you with the 39 bus at the corner of Boylston Street (Route 9) and South Huntington Avenue if you are heading to Jamaica Plain, or the 65 bus at Washington & Walnut Streets if Brighton is your destination. The 66 bus runs daily between Harvard Square in Cambridge and Dudley Station in Roxbury.

Introduction to the Internet for Seniors
Take advantage of this opportunity for a hands-on exploration of the internet - a portal to information about art, travel, medicine, current events, and lots more. You will learn basic internet terminology and discover how to visit websites and to use email and search engines. This course requires proficiency with use of the keyboard and mouse, and familiarity with Windows or Mac OS X. Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, four Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am, beginning October 30, $73. For more information and to register: or 617-730-2700. You can also use this contact information to learn more about two other courses this fall: iTunes Tutorial for Seniors and Kindle Tutorial for Seniors.

Medical Marijuana
On Thursday, October 10, 5:30 - 7:00 pm at the Senior Center, Andy Epstein, RN, MPH and Alan Balsam, PHD, MPH will present an educational forum on medical marijuana. Come learn about: medical conditions and illnesses treated using marijuana, scientific research examining the effectiveness of marijuana for medical purposes and the zoning process and other requirements for a possible dispensary in Brookline.

Writing About Your Roots
Once you have done some research on your family history, how do you go about writing this down? This course will help you identify your audience, decide on approach (fact, fiction, charts), and organize your material. Through in-class writing exercises you will begin to develop a personalized account of your family history, complete an outline of your work, and detail an agenda of further research needed. Four Mondays, 7:00-9:00 pm beginning November 4, $97. For more information and to register, contact Brookline Adult & Community Education, or 617-730-2700.

Holiday Shopping Excursion
On Friday, November 22, 11 am to 4 pm, the Brookline Recreation Department's 55+ program is sponsoring a pre-holiday shopping trip to the Christmas Tree Shop and IKEA in Avon, MA. You will spend equal time at both places and lunch will be available at the IKEA cafe. Trip Pick up/Drop Off will be at Soule Recreation Center and the Brookline Senior Center. The cost is $10 for Brookline residents and $14 for non-residents. Contact: 617-730-2069.

Learn More About Medications
Students at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy offer monthly workshops on topics of general interest at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Scheduled for this fall are: "Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medications", October 17, and "Heartburn and GERD (acid reflux)" on November 21, both at 1:00 pm. Call 617-730-2770 for more information.

Senior Scene Discusses REAP
The Senior Scene program with Betty Joel interviewing Deirde Waxman and Anne Spangler was delayed and will now be aired during October on BATV on Thurs at 7pm;Sunday at 7:30 pm and Fri at 1pm.The program will be about retirement and work issues. You can also view the program from the BATV website.

Save The Date
October 6, 3-4:30 pm--BrooklineCAN Membership Event at Frank & Carol Caro's home, 1264 Beacon Street Unit 2. Come with a friend that you wish were a member of BrooklineCAN. RSVP 617-734-7164.

October 23 --"Senior Center Annual Benefit". For more information click here or call 617-730-2756.

November 8 & 9 --"Senior Center Craft Fair"

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