93 Winchester St. Brookline, MA 02446    617 . 730 . 2770    info@brooklineseniorcenter.org

Honoring the wisdom that comes with age

Brookline Senior Center Building

Ruthann Dobek, director

The new Fitness Center on the second floor operates daily from 8:30 – 4:30.

Please call us if you need help with heating bills.  We offer free bread and produce every Tuesday.  Lunch is available weekdays.  Our concerts and movies are free.  Transportation is available at subsidized rates.  Our staff and volunteers offer counseling and direct assistance with fuel, food stamps and income tax.

If you can’t get out for groceries, please call about our SHOP programs.  We have Brookline High students ready to help.  Call:  617. 730. 2743

Annual Town Meeting is Tuesday, May 27 in the Brookline High School auditorium.

Podiatry, Blood Pressure, Flu Shots

Wednesday, April 23:  Blood pressure screening with Barbara Westley from the Brookline Health Department at O’Shea House, 61 Park St  1-2 pm

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Flu shots are available at most pharmacies and from your health care provider.  To make an appointment for a flu shot at the Health Department:  617. 730. 2320  They also have a limited amount of state-supplied shingles vaccine for uninsured people over 60.

Job Search Seminars 4/30, 5/7, 5/14

Wisdom Works:  A Job Search Program for Mature Workers

Three session class includes:

- – Skills, accomplishments and values

- – Resumes, networking and interview

- – Search:  online and applications

Materials:  $5.  Register:  dwaxman@brooklinema.gov   Call:  617. 730. 2767

Sally Matson on Margaret Bourke-White 5/19

Sally Matson’s presentation on photographer Margaret Bourke-White, Monday May 19 at 1 here.

Women's Bar Foundation Service: wills, health proxies

If you need a simple will, health care proxy, HIPPA consent, durable power of attorney or Homestead Declaration, call the Foundation:  617. 651. 2357.  There is no cost for low-income seniors.

No senior will go hungry in Brookline

We have the SNAP program, we’ll help you sign up for food stamps, we serve hot lunches here and we’ll connect you with the Brookline Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Church.

We distribute food every Tuesday 2-4 pm.  There’s bread and produce, soups, salad and sandwiches and it’s free.  Bring a shopping bag.  See Lydia Pearl Tuesday mornings if you can help.  Numbers are given out starting at 11 am.

As wise as Salamon

Suzanne Salamon, MD is chief associate of clinical geriatrics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.   Email general questions to mcosgrove-deery@brooklinema.gov or call Maureen: 617. 730. 2743.   These are excerpts.  You can read the entire column by clicking on the month under “News” to the right.

APRIL:  Bones.  “As we age our bones become fragile.  A little bone loss is osteopenia;  several loss is osteoporosis.  Things like smoking, being inactive, medications like steroids, and low calcium and vitamin D intake can make it worse.  Bones get stronger with pounding exercise from walking, dancing and weights.  Drink milk, have yogurt, take vitamin D and keep moving.”

MARCH:  Drug abuse.  This is often “under-identified, under-diagnosed and under-treated.”  Older people “rarely use alcohol or drugs to get high, but rather turn to them to alleviate physical and psychological pain, the loss of loved ones or social isolation.

“Although alcohol is most common, drugs like Klonopin or Ativan, sleeping pills like Ambien and opiates like Oxycodone have abuse potential.  These are addicting and can impair memory, cause depression, increase falls and interact with other medications.

Look for “memory trouble, loss of coordination, changes in sleep, bruising, irritability, changes in eating, having trouble concentrating and lack of interest in usual activities.”

Retirement Engagement Alternatives

  • Our Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program  (REAP)  addresses the needs of Brookline residents over 60:
  • Are you newly retired and looking for work?
  • Are you planning for retirement?
  • Do you want to volunteer?
  • Could you use part-time work?

Help wanted:  we’re seeking an experienced marketing/public relations professional.  Here’s a chance to work with our staff to attract younger seniors to our programs.  You’ll be a volunteer with a flexible work schedule.  We’d love to hear from you.

REAP places volunteers and others in nonprofits and businesses.  If your business needs help, email:  dwaxman@brooklinema.gov

REAP offers job support.  This is networking at its best to facilitate your search.  Led by Deidre Waxman and Mia Louik.  Call to register:  617. 730. 2767

Help wanted:  a market research firm needs researchers to call businesses.  You’ll be cold calling respondents.  Each project lasts two to three weeks.  There’s no selling but you need to be able to convince listeners to join these studies.  Pay range:  $13-$22/hour.  Call Deidre Waxman:  617. 730. 2767

Senior Center Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors:

PLATINUM -  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chou Chou and Michael Merrill

GOLD – Bay State Federal Savings Foundation, Eastern Bank, The Hamilton Company/Harold and Maura Brown, Chobee Hoy, Betsy Pollock, Suzanne Salamon and Alan Einhorn, Winnie and Richard Rubino, Shulamit Kahn and Kevin Lang, Goddard House Assisted Living.

SILVER – Bank of Canton

FRIENDS – Barrie Atkin, Patricia Dobek, Ruthann Dobek and Glenn Boghosian, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Center Communities of Brookline, Doris Toby Axelrod and Lawrence Marks.

BRONZE – Lucille Tawa, Jean and Peter Stringham, Carla and Dick Benka, Brighton House, Brookline Hearing Services, Brookline Municipal Credit Union, Carol and Frank Caro, Michael Chambers, Lesley and John Christian, Nancy Daly and Kevin Cavanaugh, Michael Chambers, Margie and George Chapman, Coolidge House, Leslie and John Christian, Rita and Morgan Daly, Marilyn and Andre Danesh, Betsy and Dennis DeWitt, Emily Drooker, Elder Achievers, Doris and Saul Feldman, Sidney Gelb, Demee Gambulos and Ken Goldstein, House Works, Helen and Rudy Kass, Lasky Homesmith Services, Celia Lascarides and William Manley, Alberta and Roger Lipson, Corinne Long, So Hing Mak, Margolis & Bloom LLP, Jesse Mermell, Cecily and Alan Morse, Mt. Pleasant Home, Robert O’Brien, Judy Meyers and Mark Pasternack, Providence House, Lucy and Dick Robb, Ruth Kertzer Seidman and Aaron Seidman, Enid Shapiro, Robert Sperber, Arlene Stern, Molly and Lewis Turlish, United Health Care Community Plan, Wade Horowitz LaPointe LLC; Roberta Winitzer, Sonia and William Wong

THANK YOU BROOKLINE ROTARY!  Once again Rotary will be supplying all the gasoline for our Center Van.  We couldn’t do it without you.  Millions of thanks.

Medical Equipment to Borrow

Do you need a wheelchair or a walker?  The Equipment Loan Fund has lots of medical equipment and we might have what you need.  Call first:   617. 730. 2777 to borrow or donate.

Betsy Pollock, president

Spring brings everyone out.  Please consider an extra gift to support the van that brings everyone here.Our thanks to Harold Brown whose generosity enabled us to expand our van service to Fridays.

At the end of 2013, we reached a milestone. Our endowment is now $1 million. Endowments help ensure the future of the organization with income stream and reserves. It took 11 years to reach the first million. We’re hoping to double our endowment by 2018. You can contribute directly or put the Brookline Senior Center in your will.  These gifts help maintain our programs and physical plant.

I, the board and the entire Center family thank you.

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    You can find copies of the newsletter at the library, Town Hall, banks, Stop & Shop and the Brookline Booksmith.  The best way to be sure you get one is to subscribe:   for $10 we’ll mail it to you for a year.  If you’re a retailer with space for a stack of newsletters, call us.  We deliver.

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    Planned Giving

    Consider leaving a legacy to the Senior Center.  Your bequest is a gift of hope.  Please call Ruthann Dobek, director:  617. 730. 2756 to help us secure a bright future.