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


Vibrant Assistive Technology Program

Mass Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired announces the VIBRANT program together with the Centers on Aging and our Center.  It’s about assistive technology.  If you’re losing sight, we’ll train you on technology to help.  Assistive is hardware or software to help with cooking, cleaning, shopping, reading, TV, creating spreadsheets, banking, travel, health and fitness.  If you have low vision or are blind, reach out.

Assessments are done by Sassy Outwater, our assistive technology coordinator.  You’ll be matched with a volunteer for training on screen magnification, text aloud, shopping online.  Call 617. 780. 9037 or email:  SOutwater@mabcommunity.org       You may also meet her (below) here Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in the computer lab.


Whatever your interests, get to know us.  Stay connected with our programs and services.  We’re here to help fill your days with creative activities and new friends whether it’s exercising, volunteering or learning something new.  Our gym has new gear and great staff.   Stop in 8:30-4:30.   And take a hike, or dance, lift weights, walk, yoga.  For every minute you exercise, you add seven minutes to your life, so says Harvard School of Public Health.

What’s the difference between the Council on Aging and the Senior Center?  The Council is a municipal department of the Town of Brookline.  The Senior Center is the building.  And then there’s the Brookline Multi-Service Center Corporation.  That’s our official name for the non-profit that raises funds.  The official name is unwieldy so we ask you to make checks out to Brookline Senior Center.  And, the Town’s budget for us covers 70% of our total costs.  The non-profit raises money to pay for the rest.  30% of our budget comes from you.  In this fiscal year, which ended June 30, private donations were $241,000.  Here’s how we spent part of it: – – – $33,000 to the Fitness Program classes for 368 participants and scholarships – – – $59,000 for a new van:  $27,000 for the driver and gas for 2,987 rides and – – – $27,000 for programs, supplies and food

Get it checked

Document Barbara Westley, public health nurse, Brookline Public Health Department

Wednesday, April 26 – – Barbara Westley, RN does blood pressure screening at the O’Shea House, 61 Park St from 1-2 pm

Podiatry Clinic – – Routine foot care with Dr. John McLaughlin: $40.  Call for appointments:  617. 730. 2777

Ali Weinberg Barton, 4/25

Reading with Ali Weinberg Barton, author of “Against Doctor’s Orders”  Tuesday, April 25 at 6 pm. Against the counsel of doctors, Ali refuses to end her pregnancy.  Register:  617. 730. 2770         http://aliweinbergbarton.com/index.php/2016/06/10/against-doctors-orders/A New Heart

Cure Alzheimer's Fundraiser, 4/26

Join the Cure Alzheimer’s fundraiser Wednesday, April 26 at 7 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.  Before the show discussion with Dr. Rudolph Tanzi followed by a one-woman musical.  Admission is free, donations welcome- – Funded in part by the Boston Foundation and the New England Conservatory   Cure Alzheimer’s website

Brookline Open Studios Here, 4/29 & 4/30

We are hosting artwork by Lora Brody, Joanne Cornell, Jean-Pierre Dubreuil, Samantha Lindsay, Maryellen Moran, Peg O’Connell, Peggy Peterson, Debra Rose, Frances Schreiber, Aaron Seidman and David Weinberg for Brookline Open Studios.  Join us Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 from 11-5 pm.

Osteoporosis Seminar, 5/5

Springwell dietician Meghan Ostrander talks about slowing the damage of osteoporosis and improving bone health Friday, May 5 at 1 pm.

Staying Young, 5/18

Thursday, May 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm BrooklineCAN presents how to stay young while growing older.  Presentations by Steve Shain and Stacey Greenspan with easy exercises.  Food and drink provided.  Open to all.  Register:  617. 730. 2770

Art for Pleasure Show @Horticultural Hall 'til 5/19

Group Show by Art for Pleasure class at Horticultural Hall, William Morris Hunt Library, 300 Mass Ave through May 19 – The exhibit, part of the MFA includes work by:  Ina Chertok, Joel Covitz, Lillian Helf, Elena Khanina, Rene Marshall, Lyudmila Rudyakov, Natalia Rutkevich, Tamara Shilmayster, Kea van der Ziel, Florence Warren and Claire Weston. Curated by Nancy Marks and Nancy Van Zant.  617. 369. 3385

Mindfulness Workshop Fridays thru 7/7

We will be using Jon Kabat-Zinn’s audio program on mindfulness which combines guidance with conversation with science, poetry and the art of living.  We meet Fridays starting through July 7 from 10:30-11:15.  Register:  Sharon Devine 617. 730. 2769

Chess Thursdays

Come play Thursdays, 1-3 pm.  Bring your own board or use ours.   Julie Washburn:  617 730.2760

Elizabeth Pollock, president


This year the endowment fund donated $47,000 to the operations budget.  By 2020 we want to double our endowment.  Areas that need your help include transportation, specifically the van and drivers.  A legacy donation supports programs and the physical plant.  We thank you.

“Exercise is the only thing that helps everything associated with aging,” says Janice Schwartz, MD, professor of medicine at UC, San Francisco.  Look for better physical health and memory.   We hope you’ll look into our fitness center and ping pong program.  Our fiscal year ends June 30.  If you can, help us with scholarships to the fitness center.  We’re grateful to Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation for their donation with much appreciation.

I care deeply about the future of the Center and so I have included it in my estate planning. Endowments help ensure the future of the organization with reserves. We’re hoping to double our endowment by 2018. You can contribute directly or put the Brookline Senior Center in your will.  Gifts of $1,000 will be added to our Wall of Honor.  Be sure to let us know you’ve included us in your will or trust so we can recognize you in our Ambassador Club.  ***   “I give $___ to Brookline Multi-Service Senior Center Corp (EIN 04-2719972), a Massachusetts non-profit corporation, located at 93 Winchester St, Brookline, MA 02445 to be used for general purposes.” – – Consult your lawyer or financial advisor


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    The Reunion Project:  The Brookline Senior Center and Goddard House will exhibit photos by Lora Brody of women from age 65 – 100 as they look now along with pictures of when they were younger.  Through June 30  http://www.thereunionproject.org/

    Reception Thursday, April 20 here 6 – 8 pm

    Receptions at Goddard House April 29 + April 30 at 2 pm

    – – Sponsored by the Brookline Senior Center, Brookline CAN, Goddard House and the Center Communities








    Artist Gary Chen gussies the van



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     – – photo by Mary Nguyen

    Thanks a million, Artists for Humanity!   

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