Brookline Community Aging Network Emergency Preparedness Buddies TV Program
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
March 2018 Newsletter 

Community Aging Network

A membership prganization that
  • 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
buddyphoto1 Emergency Preparedness Buddies TV Program 
The 15th Age Friendly Cities (AFC-TV) show continued the discussion of emergency preparedness, introducing the unique Brookline Emergency Preparedness Buddies (EPBuddies) program. Guests were Cheryl Anne Snyder, Department of Public Health coordinator for emergency preparedness, and Sophie Gordon, EPBuddies coordinator. Cheryl explained the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and their role in providing coaches for EPBuddies.

Sophie explored the role of coaches and buddies, the background, and the operation of the EPBuddies program in detail. Sophie and her coaches assign buddies to individuals needing assistance in preparing for emergencies of all types that challenge our readiness for ourselves and our pets.

Check out the Brookline Age Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site and note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts. Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN immediately following The Grandstanders live sports analysis show.
Hello2Conversation Game Event
What would matter most to you in the event of a serious illness or accident? Having the conversation with a loved one so that your goals and wishes are understood does not need to be daunting. A Brookline town-wide initiative, a program of the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care, is using an engaging conversation game event, perfect for adults of all ages. Join in for refreshments and meaningful conversation with "Hello Brookline" on April 3, 1:30-3:00 pm at the Senior Center (call 617-730-2770 to register) or on Friday, April 13, 1:30-3:30 pm at the Putterham Library (call 617-730-2385 to register). Coordinated by Center Communities of Brookline, with a generous grant from the Brookline Community Foundation, the initiative's community partners include BrooklineCAN.

agisn1Ending Ageism
What is Ageism? Have you encountered incidents of Ageism?
At a BrooklineCAN-sponsored program, meet Margaret Morganroth Gullette, author of Ending Ageism, or How Not to Shoot Old People. The subtitle refers both to cameras (the power of portrayal) and to guns (the very real risks of growing old in an ageist world). One of the world's leading authorities on age and ageism, Gullette says the major obstacle to aging well is ageism, the assumption that older people are alike and that aging impoverishes us. As you see or personally experience ageism, take note of incidents you encounter or come across in magazines, newspapers, TV, or online. Thursday, March 8, at 6:00 pm at Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street. The program is free. Call 617-730-2770 to register.

sighthearingTwo Locations for Devices for Hearing and Visually Impaired Available
The Town of Brookline has (2) FM Assistive Listening Device Transmitters and (4) receivers that are available for public use for any Town of Brookline public meeting or event. The equipment is located at the Public Safety Building at 350 Washington St. Users may pick up devices themselves or alert the Town employee or chairperson of the meeting or public that they require a device for accessibility. If you have any questions regarding the Town's Assistive Listening Device, please contact Caitlin Haynes at 617-730-2345 or at

Coolidge Corner Theatre offers Assistive Listening Devices, Visual Narration for the Blind or Visually Impaired, and Closed Captioning for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing. At the theater, the box office and/or projection staff can quickly instruct people how to use the devices. For a description of these different devices and options click here

taxAARP Tax Preparation Assistance
The Senior Center again offers tax assistance by AARP Tax Aide volunteers on Tuesdays between February 13 and April 10.. It is important that you bring your 2016 returns with you; also note that the volunteers will not be able to assist you with any amended tax returns other than for the year 2016. Call 617-730-2777 to schedule an appointment.

next3Book Talk
These books were recommended by BrooklineCAN members. Readers are invited to send suggestions or comments to

They May Not Mean To, But They Do, by Cathleen Schine. (2016) A hilarious novel about aging, family, loneliness, and love, this is the story of the Bergman family and their 86-year-old mother.

Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds, by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto. (2016) This is the true story of a Japanese American family that found itself on opposite sides during World War II. An epic tale of family, separation, divided loyalties, love, reconciliation, loss, and redemption.

Origin, by Dan Brown. (2017) This fast-paced and intriguing novel, set in Spain, keeps you guessing until the end.

Upcoming Events

March 16th - April 20th
Brookline Art Center, 86 Monmouth St., Brookline

Reception: Friday March 23, 6-8 pm
Red, White + Blue, a National Juried Exhibition
Featuring work that explores the complexity of "Red, White + Blue". From the charming to the challenging, selected work expresses nostalgia, national identity, political commentary and diverse interpretations of pride.

Eight Wednesdays Beginning March 28, 10:15-11:45 am
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street
Telling Your Story: Senior Seminar in Autobiographical Writing
Seminar is offered by Brookline Adult Ed and co-sponsored by the Brookline Senior Center. Instructor is Irving Schwartz. Fee is $74. For more information or to register call 617-730-2700.

Wednesdays, March 28 - April 25, 2 -3:30 pm
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Washington Street

Managing Losses Later in Life Support Group
Come explore and discuss the different losses and changes you experience as you age in a supportive environment! This group will be focused on losses such as driving, housing, vision, mobility, memory, and more.
The group is free. A screening interview is required in order to attend the group. For further information, please call Alicia at 617-730-2772, Mondays or Wednesdays. The group is free.

Sunday, April 8, 7:00-9:00 pm
Brookline Senior Center 93 Winchester Street
Contra Dancing in the Ballroom
Featuring Linda Leslie, acclaimed local caller, known for her clear teaching style and enthusiasm. For advance ticket purchase online go to: /


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