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


Come in and enjoy our programs all summer.  We are cool.

Monday, July 24  REAP presents Generation 2 Generation from Encore Boston Movement (Operation Able, ReServe, 826 Boston, Playworks Mass Dept of Children and Families, Jumpstart, Generations Inc, Big Brothers Big Sisters).  STAND UP FOR KIDS: Panel presentation about volunteering with and mentoring with young people.  Networking, refreshments from  1-3 pm.  Free, register with Deidre Waxman:  617. 730. 2767    dwaxman@brooklinema.gov

Monday, July 31  First meeting of the holiday craft fair (November) committee at 1.

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

Our Volunteer of the Year is Barbara Kean (photo).  The award was presented at the volunteer lunch.  Barbara is an ambassador for us who exemplifies kindness and concern.  Certificates were given to volunteers Corey Cohen, Frank d’Entremont, Rita d’Entremont, Regina Frawley, Carol Fullerton, Phil Fullerton, Rhona Hirschowitz, Charlotte Millman, Michelle Moshin, Fran Pechenick, Vera Sharma, Eleanor Small, Muriel Stark, David Weinberg, Louise Weinberg, Ada White, Roberta Winitzer.



“When the law firm she worked for closed, she was devastated. After six months, she decided to come to the BSC. She remembers opening the front door and feeling, “When one door closes, another door opens”. When asked what she likes best, Barbara said the kind people. She said that it is a place that makes her happy, that she loves the classes and the good feeling she gets when she’s here.”

Our Community Partner of the Year is Goddard House.

The nominating committee of the Council on Aging meets in August to consider new members.  If you want to serve or nominate someone, contact Ruthann Dobek    rdobek@brooklinema.gov 

Brookline Tax Work Program began July 1.  Seniors over 60 who own a home in Brookline with income under $54,750 in 2016 can apply.  Work 125 hours from July-March for a Town department and receive a property tax reduction of $1,250.

My Life, My Health Workshop, through 8/17

Six week workshop Thursdays through August 17 from 1-3:30 pm.  From Stanford University Medical Center comes a program to help people living with one or more chronic conditions as patients or caretakers.  Learn good eating habits, exercise, emotions, stress, depression, pain, relaxation, sleep and talking to doctors.  Program presented by Springwell.  Free.  Buy “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” for $15 when you register:   617. 730. 2777

Arthritis Walk Program, through 8/18

The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease program via Brookline Recreation:  One-hour classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-11 at Downes Field track at Pond Avenue and Jamaica Road.  Program began July 10 and runs through August 18.  Free.  Transportation from the Center is available for the first 13 people.  Register with Sara at Brookline Recreation:  617. 730. 2082

July Health Screenings

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


Thursday, July 20 – – Blood pressure screening by Barbara Westley, RN here 1-2 pm

Thursday, July 20 – – Brookline Hearing Services is here from 1-2 for free routine cleaning and counseling.  Batteries: $5/pack

Wednesday, July 26 – – Blood pressure screening by Barbara Westley, RN at O’Shea House, 61 Park St 1-2

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

Bereavement Support: 7/26, 8/2, 8/9

For those who lost a loved one in the last year, join us Wednesdays July 26, August 2 and August 9.  Deidre Waxman:  617. 730. 2767       Participants will be screened by phone

Senior Chorus Concert, 7/20

Annual summer concert by the Senior Chorus Thursday, July 20 at 1.  Treats follow.  Register:  617. 730. 2770

Andrew Budson, MD on Memory, 7/25

Professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine Andrew Budson talks about his new book:  “Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory; What’s Normal, What’s Not” Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30.  Join him at Goddard House Assisted Living, 165 Chestnut St, Brookline.  Reception: 6 pm.  RSVP:  Michaela Barrows    617. 730. 8500 x 130  –  Sponsored by Goddard House and Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center             mbarrows@goddardhouse.org      



Book Art Workshop, 7/26

Brookline librarian Robin Brenner is here Wednesday, July 26 at 1 to teach you the basics of making art from books.  Think paper folding and creative cutting.  You get materials to make a small ornament.  Register:  617. 730. 2770

Free Fridays from Highland St Foundation

“Free Fun Fridays offer visitors no-cost admission to venues in Massachusetts. It was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families every Friday through the end of August.”            Highland Street Foundation

July 21

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)
  • Tanglewood
  • Boston Athenaeum
  • The Museum of the NCAAA
  • Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees
  • Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History
  • Lynn Museum
  • Hancock Shaker Village
  • Sandwich Glass Museum

July 28

  • JFK Presidential Library and Museum
  • Commonwealth Museum
  • Arnold Arboretum
  • The Eric Carle Museum
  • Berkshire Theatre Group
  • Historic Deerfield
  • Cape Cod Museum of Art
  • Wenham Museum
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden

August 4

  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
  • Old State House
  • The Greenway Carousel
  • Fort Devens Museum
  • Children’s Museum at Holyoke
  • International Volleyball Hall of Fame
  • The Old Manse, The Trustees
  • JFK Hyannis Museum

August 11

  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Fuller Craft Museum
  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum
  • Worcester Historical Museum
  • Griffin Museum of Photography
  • Fitchburg Art Museum
  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance
  • Smith College Museum of Art
  • Naumkeag, The Trustees

August 18

  • The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA)
  • Old Sturbridge Village
  • Freedom Trail® Foundation
  • Buttonwoods Park Zoo
  • Cape Cod Children’s Museum
  • Concord Museum
  • Berkshire Museum
  • Emily Dickinson Museum

August 25

  • Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park
  • USS Constitution Museum
  • Plimoth Plantation
  • Nantucket Whaling Museum
  • The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River
  • Museum of African American History
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
  • Heritage Museums and Gardens

Computer Session Tuesdays

Dan Siagel is back with half hour one to one sessions Tuesdays from 2-4 pm in the lab.  He helps with basic PC skills, Smartphones Apple and Android.  Info:  Olga Sliwa 617. 730. 2768        To make an appointment:  617. 730. 2777

Elizabeth Pollock, president


Help a friend afford a Fitness Center membership.  We’re seeking donors to help others with scholarships.  It’s $35/month and $420/year.  Our fiscal year ends June 30.  Your help will sustain these programs.

Last 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.  If you can, help us with scholarships to the fitness center.  We’re grateful to Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation for their donation.

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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    Mixed media by Evelyn Berde:  A Passion for Color  through August 31 in Gallery 93, second floor


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    Arlene Stern

    director, Brookline Council on Aging  1980-2002

    Because of Arlene Stern’s advocacy, the Council on Aging was established as a professional elder care agency that hired dedicated social workers to support Brookline elders.  With the generosity of her husband Roger Stern, and with her leadership, our Center was built.  It is a state of the art organization.  Arlene’s sense of humor, her feistiness and tenacity continue to sustain us.  We miss her.

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    Artist Gary Chen gussies the van



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     – – photo by Mary Nguyen

    Thanks a million, Artists for Humanity!   

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

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