BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
September 2011 Newsletter 

About the Brookline
Community Aging Network

  • Enables older residents to stay in their homes and remain fully engaged in the life of the community
  • Builds intergenerational networks
  • Makes our town an even better place for all

Future Stories
  • Demystifying Medicare
  • Finding Restrooms
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Aging But Never Old

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Dear Brookline Neighbor,

You will find a mix of tips, news, and exhortations in this issue of the BrooklineCAN newsletter. Learn about a range of ways to exercise locally—and about a related bargain for members. Read useful tips about emergency alerts, credit card complaints, and how to get help cutting through red tape. Find out about some fascinating walks and talks you can experience—and much more. We hope you enjoy this issue. Please tell your friends about BrooklineCAN . . . in fact, forward this newsletter to them.


Shred With Us Come Shred With Us
Experts say the best way to thwart identity theft is to destroy stored records on a regular basis—but in a manner that keeps personal data from falling into the hands of dumpster-diving identity thieves. Thus, an invitation to bring your old documents to BrooklineCAN's "Shredding Party" on September 12, 4:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester St. Co-sponsored by Century Bank, the event will feature—aside from the truck-sized shredder—popcorn and animal balloons for kids, as well as additional refreshments. An informational session on BrooklineCAN will be held at 5:30 for members and prospective members. Tell your friends!

Keep On Moving Keep On Moving
There is a fountain of youth....millions have discovered it...and it is exercise! According to the National Institutes of Health, regular exercise can pay big dividends. It can prevent diabetes and heart trouble, reduce arthritis pain, anxiety, and depression, and increase energy levels. And exercise can improve balance, strength, and flexibility. Whether it is stretching, walking, yoga, or swimming—find the exercise that suits you best. For an extensive overview of Brookline exercise opportunities, click here.

Gym Discount$100 Gym Bargain
BrooklineCAN members age 50 and over are eligible for a special offer from Center Communities of Brookline's "Get Up and Go" program. This research-based program provides an individualized exercise regimen in a small, friendly group setting under the direction of a health and fitness specialist. The usual initiation fee of $100 is being waived for BrooklineCAN members. Sessions of 30 to 60 minutes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1:00 and 3:30 pm at the CCB Fitness Center, 100 Centre Street. The fee is $75/month per person ($125/month for a couple). For more information, click here.

B-CAN Reception More Than 100 Attend
BrooklineCAN Reception

BrooklineCAN attracted 110 residents to its first reception on July 27. Members and prospective members of all ages attended the event, where they met new neighbors and learned about this effort designed to help older residents remain in their homes and be fully engaged in the community. John Seay, webmaster of, received the first annual BrooklineCAN Volunteer of the Year Award for his work in creating and managing the Network's website. As a volunteer, John created a resource that keeps members connected and informed. Visit us on the web to see more about the event.

Parking problemsCaregiver Parking Problems
Brookline residents receiving home care are often served by caregivers who need a place to park—a problem in a town where on-street parking is limited to two hours and overnight parking is prohibited. To alleviate this problem, BrooklineCAN's Advocacy Committee and the Council on Aging will be asking the Transporta­tion Committee to provide special parking permits for care­givers. Our request will be strengthened if we hear from people needing these permits. Call the Senior Center's H.E.L.P. program at 617-730-2752 to register your support.

DiscountsMember Discounts
BrooklineCAN members are eligible to take advantage of the discounts offered by our business associates, now numbering more than 40. For specific details, visit the discount page of our website. Remember to bring your BrooklineCAN member card with you when you shop! To become a member—for the low fee of $25 per year—visit us on the web or call 617-455-1964.

AlertsRegister for Emergency Alerts
CityWatch is the phone notification system Brookline uses to alert residents of an emergency (such as the boil-water order following the water-main break in 2010). The Brookline Police have a database of publicly listed phone numbers. However, anyone without a listed phone, including people using cell phones or broad­band services, must register in order to receive alerts. Anyone who has recently moved should also re-register. You can register on line or call Police Officer Michael Raskin, 617-730-2734.

Credit card issues Filing Credit Card Complaints
The creation of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) provides a new, more convenient way to file complaints against credit card companies. You can submit your complaint through the agency's website. CFPB will then give you a tracking number, forward the complaint to the credit card company, and keep you updated on the status of your complaint.

Red Tape CuttersRed Tape Cutters
True to their name, the Red Tape Cutters of the Senior Center specialize in helping consumers cut through the often complicated and confusing bureaucratic miasma. For example, if you wonder what to do when your long-term care insurance is not reimbursing you for covered services, or bank fees are being charged on your checking account, call on the Red Tape Cutters. In addition, this hardy troop of volunteers can help with applications for subsidized or Section 8 housing, The Ride, handicapped placards, or other such services. If you need help—or want to offer some—email Olga Sliwa or call her at 617-730-2768.


Nature WalkNature Walk in Hoar Sanctuary
Tour this sanctuary with an environmental educator and focus on its natural history on September 23, noon to 3:00 pm. Hoar Sanctuary is located behind Baker School and borders on Gerry Road. Van pickup at noon, Soule Recreation Center, 652 Hammond St.; and at 12:15, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St. Fee: $8 with reservation; $11 without. Register with the Recreation Department or call 617.730.2069. Refer to activity #212041-5E.

Richardson/Olmstead TourRichardson/Olmsted Tour
A walking tour of several buildings and parks designed by two monumental figures of American architecture and landscape design—Henry Hobson Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted—takes place Sunday, September 25, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. The tour starts outside of Olmsted's design office (intersection of Warren and Dudley Sts.) and continues on foot and subway, ending at Trinity Church in Copley Square. Fee is $40; 30% discount for those over 60. For more information, click here or call 617-730-2700.

Beaconsfield Terraces Co-op Living – 1890s Style
A free hour-long tour explores the Beaconsfield Terraces, a development on the south side of Dean Rd. and Tappan St., where people once shared ownership of a 6-acre park and owned their own units. Meet Brookline historian Ken Liss for this one-mile walk at the Beaconsfield MBTA station, Sunday, October 2, at 2:00 pm. For more information, contact Tour Brookline or call 617-730-2468.

Stealing Rembrandts Stealing Rembrandts
The increase in prices for great artworks is matched only by the continued growth of art theft, estimated to exceed $6 billion annually in losses to collectors and galleries. Learn more about the fascinating world of art heists, when security expert and co-author Anthony Amore discusses the major Rembrandt thefts (at least 82 over the last century) on Tuesday, October 4, 7:00-8:30 pm, at Brookline High. Fee $6. For more information, click here or call 617-730-2700.

Moonlight canoeMoonlight Canoe Trip
Take a trip down the Charles through the Auburndale section, with a narrative of offshore and onshore sights. Beginning or advanced level paddlers welcome. Sunday, October 9, 6:00-9:00 pm. Meets at Charles River Canoe & Kayak, 2401 Com­mon­wealth Avenue (Rt. 30), Newton. $45. Directions mailed upon registration. For more information, click here or call 617-730-2468.

Book Discussions

Putterham Branch, Brookline Public Library
The Warmth of Other Suns
The Warmth of Other Suns
by Isabel Wilkerson

Monday, September 19, 2:00-3:30 pm

Books are available at the Putterham Library approximately one month before the meeting.

Public Issues Book Discussion Group Overdiagnosed

Senior Center, 93 Winchester St
Tuesday, September 27, 9:00-10:00 am

Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health
by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch

LastLecturebook Tuesday, October 25, 9:00-10:00 am
The Last Lecture
By Randy Pausch with Jeffery Zaslow

Books available at Coolidge Corner branch library several weeks before meeting.


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