BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
November 2017 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! visit our
web site or call 617-730-2777 to request a membership brochure.
conver2Compassionate Care and Necessary Conversations
"Hello Brookline! The Dialogue Starts Here" is a town-wide initiative led by Center Communities of Brookline, inspired by the work of The Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care fostering family conversations regarding goals, values, and preferences. On Saturday, November 4, Ron Hoffman, founder and director of Compassionate Care ALS in West Falmouth will lead a talk and discussion at Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Avenue, Brookline, at 10:30 am, followed by a reception at noon. The program is co-sponsored by BrooklineCAN. Register for this free event by contacting Michaela Barrows,, 617-731-8500, x130.
gowild3SPARK and GO WILD: A Mind-Body Presentation on Healthy Aging
Come to meet author John Ratey, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, for a talk, reception, and book signing on Tuesday evening, December 5 at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. In his book SPARK, Dr. Ratey presents his investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain. His latest book GO WILD examines how maintaining a lifestyle more like our ancestors will help restore our overall health and well-being. Civilization has rapidly evolved and our bodies have not kept pace. Reception and book-signing, 6:00-6:30 pm; program with discussion 6:30-7:30 pm. Free of charge; call 617-730-2770 to register.

LWV1The Power of Engagement and the League of Women Voters

The power of engagement was the focus of BrooklineCAN's annual meeting; in the next few issues of the newsletter we will present organizations that offer opportunities for joining with others to make a difference. Brookline's League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-partisan group whose mission is to encourage and promote informed and active participation in the civic affairs of Brookline. LWV never supports or opposes any political party or candidate, but it encourages its members, as individuals, to take part fully in the electoral process. Members work together to produce a free, informative voter's guide for town elections, hold candidate debates, and present public policy forums. They hold voter registration events and workshops on how to run for office and they advocate on important local, statewide, and national issues. To learn more about the LWV, you are invited to attend an informal gathering the second Friday of each month at Brothers Restaurant, 404 Harvard Street, Brookline, at 9:30 am for spirited discussions on timely issues.

grief3Dealing with Loss and Bereavement at Festive Times
The holidays often bring up feelings of sadness and loneliness for the newly bereaved. Join in at the Brookline Senior Center for a four week holiday themed bereavement support group, Tuesdays, November 21 and 28, December 5 and 12, 2:00 to 3:30 pm. For more information or to register, call Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767.

SteadyTypeIconsmVolunteers Needed To Test Smart Phone Software That Will Help Seniors
Do you have difficulty in typing messages on your smart phone because your fingers are not as steady as they used to be? A Brookline software developer, Andrew Shalit, is looking for a few volunteers to try out new software that makes it easier for many seniors to type on a smartphone. Volunteers are needed to help improve the instructions for use of the software. You will be asked to come once to Coolidge Corner to try out the software for 15 to 30 minutes. Andrew is offering a gift card to volunteers. Contact Andrew directly by email

soundoff1Health Care Sound-Off!
What do you want from your health care? Does the current system address your needs? What aspects of health care could be changed to improve your experience? If you have stories, concerns, opinions to share, or if you want to listen to others' experiences with health care, join us on Wednesday, November 15 at 1:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center for a timely discussion. There is no charge for the program and refreshments will be served. This event is organized by a local chapter of the Right Care Alliance, a grassroots movement that brings together health professionals and patient advocates to organize for a health care system that is affordable, accessible, equitable. To register or for more information contact Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767 or at

longer4Living Longer: New Realities, Resources, and Strategies
Are you over 60 and wrestling with issues surrounding this next chapter of your life? Given that life expectancies today are longer, we need to change our perspectives on aging. In this class, we will discuss how to apply the latest findings on longevity to our lives, how society's attitudes about aging ("ageism") affect us, and how to maximize this experience to create positive and fulfilling lives, all while acknowledging the changes in our lives. Come learn about the research, resources, and strategies to assist you in navigating this next chapter in your life. Wednesday, November 29, 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. Tuition $36. To register call Brookline Adult Ed at 617-730-2700.

next3Book Talk
These latest books by prize-winning authors demonstrate their many skills, particularly their ability to create fully-formed, knowable characters.

A House Among the Trees, by Julia Glass. Mort Lear, a world-famous author/illustrator of children's books, has died. Thomasina, his long-time live-in assistant and heir, must deal with the star of a proposed movie about Mort, a disappointed museum curator, and her own feelings as secrets about Mort emerge.

The Late Show, by Michael Connelly. Renée Ballard, a tireless detective who works the LAPD night shift, deals with harassment by her boss and solves three crimes. Connelly's first female protagonist makes Bosch look like a slouch.

Mrs. Fletcher, by Tom Perotta. In this hilarious satiric take on American suburban life, son Brendan leaves for college and empty-nester Eva Fletcher, director of a senior center, decides to explore sexuality.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, November 9, 7:00 pm Hunneman Hall, Brookline Village Library, Washington Street
Authors Among Us
Kitty Dukakis, author of "Shock," and "Now You Know Me," will be The Friends of Brookline Library's first guest, in conversation with Dr. Dan Jacobs. We often hear authors read from and talk about their latest book, but Kitty will be talking about her life as an author.

Friday & Saturday, November 10, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
& November 11, 10:00 am -1:00 pm

Senior Center Craft Fair
You will find handmade crafts, holiday gift items, baked goods, raffles, children's items, and a white elephant selection. Proceeds will
benefit the programs and services of the Brookline Senior Center, with a
special donation to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.

Thursday, November 30th, 5:00 -8:00 pm
Brookline First Light
First Light is an evening of family-friendly entertainment to inspire while you get a head start on your holiday shopping in Brookline. For more information check the website

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