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

Our autumn benefit is Wednesday, October 29, 6 pm.  We’re honoring Elias Audy for his devotion to local civic and charitable organizations.  We’re happy to announce early sponsors:

Elias Audy

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Harold Brown

Chobee Hoy

Elias Audy

It’s a great evening of food, drink and dancing.  Tickets:  $100, $65 for seniors.  And it’s our main fundraising event for the year. If you would like to be a corporate sponsor, and we hope you will, please be in touch.  You can reach Ruthann at:  617. 730. 2756     

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We are closed Monday, October 13 in observance of Columbus Day.

Daylight savings ends Saturday, November 3 at 2 am.

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A special October welcome to those reading for the first time.  This is a great way to be connected to programs and services we offer.  So come out and join us for activities and classes.  We’re happy to mail you the paper edition of News and Events each month for $10/yr.  Send us a check.

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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.

2014 Autumn Benefit

Brookline Music School Concert Here, 11/1

Emilian Badea, faculty member at the Brookline Music School and the University of Mass, returns here Wednesday, November 1 for a concert playing the accordion and bassoon.

It's Fall: REAP

  • 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?

REAP offers job support.   Patricia J. Burns, MSc.  works with groups and individuals to enhance job search skills.    REAP also places volunteers and others in nonprofits and businesses.  If your business needs help, email:  dwaxman@brooklinema.gov


Age Diversity Workshop with Patricia Burns, 9/30

Patricia Burns, Msc, MPH, our REAP leader,  holds workshops each month on job search techniques.  Join her to explore the advantages of being part of a diverse work team.  Evaluate your attitude and identify skills each generation brings to problem solving.  Discuss the challenges of ageism and how to handle it!!

Our first meeting is Tuesday, September 30, 3-5 pm.  Register with Deidra Waxman: 617. 730. 2767  dwaxman@brooklinema.gov

Podiatry, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Shingles

Thursday, October 2 – - 9 am here, nursing staff from the Greater Medford Visiting Nurse Association will be here to do blood pressure screening and help with health questions.  781. 396. 2633

Friday, October 3, October 17 and October 31 – - Podiatry Clinic from 9-12 noon.  Dr. John Laughlin will see you here for a 15-minute session for routine foot care.    $30   Appointments:  617. 730. 2777

Wednesday, October 8 – - Blood pressure screening with Nurse Barbara Westley from the Health Department from 1-2 pm at Sussman House, 50 Pleasant St

Thursday, October 16 – - Blood pressure screening with Nurse Barbara Westley from the Health Department here from 9-10 am

There are no other blood pressure screenings in October with Barbara Westley

Thursday, October 16 – - Blood sugar screening with Jewish Family & Children’s Service Visiting Nurse here at 11 am

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Tuesday, October 28 – - Brookline Health Department flu clinic here 11-1 pm

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

Dispute Resolution Training 10/7

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

Mass College of Pharmacy Workshop 10/16

Students from the Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences workshop Thursday, October 16 at 1 pm here.  Topic:  insomnia

Your Choice Workshop with Lynn Schuster, 10/20

Lynn Schuster, RN of Greater Medford Visiting Nurses tells you what you need to know about Medicare acute care hospitals and post-acute facilities.  Join her in this patient choice workshop Monday, October 20 at 1 pm here.   Reservations needed:  617. 730. 2770    Speak up to your health care providers – it’s your right to receive:

  • a list of Medicare certified home health agencies in your area
  • full disclosure if the facility has financial interest in the place it recommends
  • discharge plan with assessment of your needs
  • case managers and physicians consult on the discharge plan which you have to sign.  You are to be aware of your rights and options.  This is patient choice.  It’s helpful to research options before you need service since it is difficult to advocate when you’re sick.
  • Ask for what you want – it is your right and your choice

Betsy Pollock, president

Our 13th Annual Autumn Benefit is Wednesday, October 29 at 6.  We’re honoring Elias Audy for his civic and charitable contributions to Brookline.  The evening promises great food, raffles and entertainment.   Catering by VineRipe Grill and  Catering.  (You can find them each day at the Putterham Golf Course,  1281 West Roxbury Parkway in Chestnut Hill.)

All proceeds fund our programs.  We welcome sponsorships from people like you, companies and nonprofits alike.  If you can donate a gift certificate or merchandise for the raffles, we’d love it.

Please call Ruthann Dobek:  617. 730. 2756.  See you there.

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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.  

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 are added to our Wall of Honor.

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.

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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  • News

  • 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.