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

Join me in welcoming intern Daria Taubin

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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.

Healthy Eating Workshops Wednesdays thru 8/20

Learn more about how to shop and cook for better health.  Join us Wednesdays from 1 – 3:30 in a series of workshops to help you combine nutrition with physical activity.  Workshops include a field trip to a market and how the USDA’s MyPlate plan works.  Each participant will have a manual and their own MyPlate healthy eating plan.  The series is free.  Register:  617. 730. 2770.

 - – - The series requires a minimum of ten people and is sponsored by Springwell Inc.  It is funded in part by a grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Pawtucket Red Sox 8/5

Afternoon of baseball at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI beginning at noon.  Group outing for Center and Centre Communities fans.  Pawtucket Red Sox play the Columbus Clippers.  Tickets:  $15 (reserved box seats). Be one of the first 20 people to register.

Podiatry, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Shingles

The Brookline Health Department has free shingles (zoster) vaccine for uninsured or under-insured people over 60.  617. 730. 2320 for an appointment with Barbara Westley.

Play bridge

Jan Davidson, bridge coordinator, welcomes bridge newcomers Friday mornings at 9 am.  Join us for revolving games.  Call 617. 730. 2760

Computer Help

Sign up for a one on one session Tuesdays in July.  Get help with the basics and benefits.  617. 730. 2777

Help with Prescription Drug Costs

Prescription Advantage:  800. AGE. INFO

This is a state run program.  Eligibility is based only on income.  There is no asset limit.

If you’re a Mass resident, over 65, with annual income of $58,350 (single) or $78,650 (married)

Under 65 and disabled with annual income of $21,940 (single) or $29, 572 (married)

Keep your cool cool

We’re an official Brookline cooling center so come have lunch and take a class and

  • Slow down and stay out of the sun
  • Plan outdoor activities early or in the evening
  • Use air conditioners – fans may not prevent heat exhaustion
  • Take cool showers
  • Wear light colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Hats are good
  • Drink water
  • Cook when it’s cool

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.

JULY:  “Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder of the intestines.  It is different from ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.  We really don’t know what causes IBS.  For some, dairy, caffeine, carbonated drinks, fruit, vegetables, sugar and artificial sweeteners are culprits.  For others, stress may make symptoms worse.  Some doctors recommend probiotics, good bacteria found in yogurt and pills.  A new diet called FODMAP is getting press.  They are poorly digested sugar and fiber that may add to ISB symptoms:  wheat, barley, rye, onion, garlic, beans, dairy, honey, apples, peaches, apricots, blackberries, corn syrup and sweeteners.  It would be worth eating less of them to see if you improve.”

JUNE:  Not sleeping.  Why?  “Spicy foods, heartburn, lactose intolerance, abdominal pain, caffeine from coffee, tea and chocolate; alcohol, medications like decongestants, some blood pressure, some anti-depressants and steroids; sleeping pills.  Try warm showers, reading, deep breathing, some teas. It is common to have short periods of trouble sleeping.  If they persist, speak with your doctor.

MAY:  Cholesterol.  “People with cholesterol that is too high have a greater risk of heart attack and stroke.  We consider “normal” to be total cholesterol below 200;  LDL below 130;  HDL above 60; Triglycerides below 150.  Not everyone with high cholesterol needs statins.  However, if you’ve already had a heart attack, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, or peripheral artery disease, these medicines are important.  Statins lower cholesterol and help prevent plaque buildup.  You can stop eating saturated fat (red meat, cheese), lose weight, be more active, eat fatty fish 2X/week and take fish oil to try to lower cholesterol without medication.”

Dispute Resolution Training

Metropolitan Mediation Services (MMS) offers 36-hour certificate programs in mediation, an Alternative Dispute Resolution method for reaching collaborative resolution of disputes.  MMS has been training attorneys, social workers, municipalities, human resources, educators, police officers and business people for 25 years.

MMS is looking for volunteers to train.  The next course begins October 7.  Scholarships may be available.  Call Deidre Waxman:  617. 730. 2767 or dwaxman@brooklinema.gov

Elizabeth Pollock, president

Ever lose your balance?  It’s scary.   

That’s why we offer classes like “Matter of Balance” and chair yoga.  They keep you stronger.  That’s why we’re so excited about our new Fitness Center.

But balance isn’t just important for older adults.  It’s important for the Senior Center itself!  And this winter, with all of our construction costs, we lost our balance.  To finish our renovation, we borrowed money.  

Our fiscal year ends June 30th.  We want to balance our books and put the Senior Center back in balance.  Please help by making a gift.   You can donate online here or send a check to Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St., Brookline MA 02446.  Gifts of $1,000 and over are added to our Wall of Honor.

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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  • News

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    You are a special part of us!  Thanks to your generosity we continue moving forward.  A while back, we reached out to learn what services and facilities you think are most valuable to our health.  Fitness and balance classes topped the list.  People asked for more private space, more medical services and classrooms.  So renovating our fitness center became a priority.


    This winter we launched our first major renovation since the building was built:  renovating 2,500 square feet in our four-story building.  We have two new classrooms, three new offices, a conference room,  and we moved the fitness center from the basement to the sunny second floor.  It’s fantastic. 

    The cost came to $294,000.  Out of pocket for demolition, architect, labor and materials is $234,000.  Plus, we budgeted $60,000 for computers, medical and fitness gear.  The Town of Brookline helped us get two Community development Block Grants for $108,000 and insisted we raise the rest from people like you.  We’re $92,150 out of balance. 

    Will you help?  You know the value.  You know people turn to us for fuel assistance, hot lunch, fitness and more.   With your support we can go on providing the community support you depend on.  Please use the Paypal button above.   Checks welcome.  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.


    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.