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A Note from Ruthann Dobek, Director

As Mother’s Day approaches, I think fondly of the special women in my life – such as my late grandmother, Bernice Dobek, who was my inspiration for becoming a geriatric social worker. She lived downstairs, and often took care of me when my parents worked.  I cherish some of my earliest memories of her; being in her garden, her holding me close, and sharing her fragrant lilacs. She was a true role model for aging-in-community.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I am making a donation to the Brookline Senior Center in memory of my grandmother; in honor of my wonderful mother, Patricia Dobek, who is a generous benefactor of the Brookline Senior Center and in memory of my dear mother-in-law, Gladys Boghosian, who was a fan of the Brookline Senior Center. Is there someone in your life that you’d like to honor? This is a wonderful time to do so. Please make a donation in honor of or in memory of the special women in your life.

The Senior Center is hosting a treasure trove of fabulous events in May. One special program will be a talk by Dr. Stephen Post on May 24 from 5:30-7:00 pm. Dr. Post will talk about his book, DIGNITY FOR DEEPLY FORGETFUL PEOPLE—How Caregivers Can Meet the Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease (see page 3).

In May, we celebrate Older American’s Month. The theme for this year particularly embodies the spirit of the Brookline Council on Aging –“Age My Way.” This is an opportunity for all of us to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities. Thanks to our wonderful community for caring about our older adults during this unprecedented year of the pandemic and financial distress. I am honored to work in a community that cares about its vulnerable older adults.

May is also the time to say goodbye to our excellent students- Emily and Sarah. They contributed much to our community and we wish them well in their future careers.

Again, Happy Mothers’ Day! This Sunday, May 8 is the 117th year we celebrate Mother’s Day. For those of you who are mothers, a special thank you for all the hard work, love and sacrifices you make for your families and for everyone else. Sons and daughters, honor your mothers by doing something kind for someone this month.

Ruthann Dobek, Director


Thursday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo

Sunday, May 8: Mother’s Day

Monday, May 30: Memorial Day (Please note: the Senior Center will be closed)




We are excited to announce that Kaila Atkins will begin her new role as our Communication Specialist in May! In this position, Kaila will capture the fun, inclusive, and supportive environment of the Senior Center and share it with others via our website, social media, and other news outlets.

If you would like to connect with Kaila, she can be reached at katkins@brooklinema.gov or 617-438-1790.

Please note: We are actively working to hire a new R.E.A.P. Coordinator, and an announcement will be made when the position has been filled. Click here if you are interested in applying: Employment Coordinator



Sharon Devine is retiring after 18 years as a Social Worker and Fitness Coordinator for the Senior Center. A special message from Sharon is below:

“As I settle into retirement, I want more time to pursue various interests, so I will no longer be teaching fitness classes at the center. I enjoyed working with you. You may see me at the Senior Center when I’m there for programs. Wishing you all the best!”




On Monday, May 16 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, singing guitarist Howie  Newman plays classic songs of yesteryear, including Sinatra, Dean Martin, old  rock ’n’ roll (Elvis, Beatles, Drifters, etc.), some show tunes, Neil Diamond and a bunch of popular tunes and standards from the ’60s and earlier. It’s a sing-along, toe-tapping musical journey from the early 1900s up through the 1960s. Howie also adds trivia, background stories about the songs and a little G-rated humor here and there. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Please register at 617-730-2770.






On Wednesday, May 18 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, join us for a jazzy performance from String – Swing! String – Swing is made up of 3 professional musicians each having over 40 years playing experience. The band performs swing music from the “big band” era of the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Song sets are easily recognized and audience members are encouraged to sing along and many participants dance. String-Swing has played at various music events throughout the area for the past 16 years. Register at 617-730-2770.




Come to the Senior Center on Thursday, May 19 at 1:00pm for a performance by the Mazl Tov Chorus. This group, founded in 2005, is under the direction of Boris Goldstein, who also composed some of the songs the chorus performs. Under the management of Mikhail Lifshitz, the Chorus has performed more than 100 concerts in day care centers, nursing homes, subsidized housing, rehab centers and at the Senior Center! Their repertoire includes songs in English, Russian, Ukranian, Yiddish,Hebrew, and Spanish. This performance is sponsored by the Senior Center, but the Chorus is supported by the Massachusetts Association of Russian Speaking Jews Chaverim, Inc.‐Boston. To register, please call 617‐730‐2770.



Are you looking for ways to save on transportation costs but go further? Do you want to keep healthy & stay active in your community? Are you curious how rideshare services (like Uber & Lyft) might work for you? Learn to use your smartphone intelligently and ride-share. We will introduce participants to ride-sharing, answer questions, and walk step by step through the app. Join us on Thursdays, May 19 and 26 from 2:00-3:30pm at the Senior Center. Please register at 617-730-2770. Please register by calling the Senior Center at (617)730-2770.



On Monday, May 23 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, join Robin Putman, Events & Outreach Manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, who will present on shopping rights. The presentation will include information about the Office, expressed & implied warranties, return policies, defective merchandise, pricing discrepancies, and shopping online, through the mail or television. She will also touch on credit card skimming   devices and tips on how to spot skimming devices found at gas stations and ATMs. Please register at 617-730-2770.




Join us at the Senior Center on Tuesdays May 24 through June 28 from 9:00-10:00am for Qigong with Dale Butler. Qigong (“chee-gung”) is the practice of cultivating mental and physical balance through the coordination of breath, movement and awareness. Simpler than taiji (which combines aspects of qigong and Chinese kung fu), Qigong can be practiced throughout one’s entire life to promote overall health and well‐being. To register, please call 617-730-2770.



How Caregivers Can Meet the Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease

Where: Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St., Brookline

When: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Time:  5:30 – 7:00 pm

Based on his brand new book, Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People: How Caregivers Can Meet the Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease, Dr. Stephen Post’s talk includes practical answers to common ethical questions raised by caregivers based on hundreds of dialogues with caregivers and professionals across the US and around the world. A medical ethicist and recipient of the Alzheimer’s Association Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Post offers hope to everyone caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease—regardless of race, culture, or socioeconomic factors—and shows where they can find it.

Just a few of the many insights you will learn from Dr. Post:

How to develop the practice of noticing and responding to the inner person that endures underneath the chaos of Alzheimer’s, and find hope in being “open to surprises.”

The wonder of connecting with deeply forgetful people through art, poetry, and music, can be as simple as listening to one of their favorite songs together.

The importance of maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise, preferably in nature, for those living with Alzheimer’s, and the value of a trained dementia support dog.

About the Speaker:

STEPHEN G. POST, PhD, is Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine, where he also serves as Professor of Family, Population, and Preventative Medicine. He is an elected Member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of Alzheimer’s Disease International and one of only three recipients of the Alzheimer’s Association Distinguished Service Award. His first book, The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer’s Disease (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000) was hailed as a “medical classic of the century” by the British Medical Journal.


Wednesday, June 15 Let’s Get Physical:  Bio-psychosocial Aspects of Sexuality and Aging.










Join us on Wednesday, May 25 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center for a presentation on the 100-year history (1870 to 1970) of the music that played a vital part in American women’s struggles for equal status and equal rights. It begins in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the music of women’s suffrage (“Daughters of Freedom,” “March of the Women”) and labor strikes (“Bread and Roses,” “Which Side Are You On?”). Next come the early songs of female independence associated with the “flappers” of the Roaring Twenties, like “The Charleston” and “Last of the Red Hot Mamas.” And there’s more, from World War II’s “Rosie the Riveter” to “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” and modern    feminist anthems like “I’m a Woman” and “I Am Woman.” You’ll hear songs by such widely diverse   artists as the Carter Family, Sophie Tucker, Bessie Smith, Hazel Dickens, Mimi Farina, Aretha Franklin, Peggy Lee, Lesley Gore and even country music groundbreakers like Kitty Wells and Loretta Lynn. Please register at 617-730-2770.



On Wednesday, May 25, the Let’s Go Out to Lunch Bunch will be going to Tin Tin Buffet in Brighton. Please register at 617-730-2770.








Rescheduled from April

Join us on Thursday, May 26 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center for another wonderful Piatigorsky Foundation concert with featured artist Doris Stevenson, pianist. Stevenson has won lavish praise from critics and public alike in performances around the world. She has soloed with the Boston Pops, played at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Salle Pleyel in Paris and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Her acute sensitivity and profound musicality have made her a sought-after partner with some of the leading lights in string playing. She has performed with Gregor Piatigorsky, Ruggiero Ricci and Paul Tortelier, great players of the past. Early in her career, she was invited to play with Heifetz and Piatigorsky together. She was pianist for the cello master classes of Gregor Piatigorsky, who described her as “an artist of the highest order.” She is a founding member of the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Alaska and has toured throughout that state, playing in many remote Native Alaskan communities. She has participated in many chamber music festivals and has performed in 48 of the 50 states. Miss Stevenson taught for ten years at the University of Southern California and has been Artist in Residence at Williams College since 1987. She has been playing concerts for the Piatigorsky Foundation ever since it began presenting concerts more than 25 years ago, bringing live classical music with commentary to people who wouldn’t otherwise hear it. Please register at 617-730-2770.






We are pleased to announce that the mobile shredding truck will be back at the Senior Center on Wednesday, June 1, courtesy of Norfolk District Attorney, Michael Morrissey. Clean out your file cabinets, declutter your house and shred personal documents safely and free of charge.


*Please note that we will again be scheduling appointments for drop-offs this year. The truck does shred onsite, but due to the volume of people who are registered, people will not be allowed to stay and watch their materials being shredded. You will be assigned a time when you call to register and we ask that you arrive no sooner than 5 minutes prior to your appointment time. Senior Center staff will be onsite to provide direction when you arrive. To schedule your appointment, please call 617-730-2777.




The Brookline Senior Center is seeking volunteers to staff our Information & Referral (I&R) and Reception desks. Tasks include greeting visitors, answering telephones, assisting with/triaging visitors’ requests as appropriate, and light clerical work. Volunteers must possess basic computer skills and strong customer service skills. Supervision and training will be provided as needed. Available days and times vary, but general time commitment is a 2-4 hour shift. For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Valerie Graf at vgraf@brooklinema.gov or 617-730-2743.


Bingo is held at the Senior Center on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00pm. Come have fun with this classic game!





The Monday Poetry Writing Workshop has compiled a publication called “Sharing Our Voices” that includes poetry from its group members as well as submissions from a 2021 poetry workshop led by Brookline’s poet laureate Jennifer Barber. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please contact Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753 or jjensen@brooklinema.gov


Dick Morse, ESL instructor, hosts his weekly classes for intermediate English learners on Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00pm and advanced English learners on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00pm. He welcomes new students and can be reached at richard_p_morse@msn.com or 617-734-5113.

Online Music discussion group: The Poetry of

Popular Israeli Songs

In Hebrew, we use the same word for song and poem – “shir.” Join  Dr. Miriam Rosalyn Diamond via Zoom to read, discuss, and listen to the words and music of popular Israeli songs. We will discuss the lyrics in both Hebrew and English, so knowledge of Hebrew is not required. You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you wish. We typically meet in the evening on the fourth Monday of the month. Register with Jamie at jjensen@brooklinema.gov or 617-730-2753.





Join Noah Lucia from Boston Budo at the Senior Center on Fridays from 12:30-1:15pm,

(NOTE: No class on May 27) to learn this system of self-defense that develops total body awareness, control and confidence, formatted with seniors in mind. Class techniques and concepts focus on thoughtful movement, stances, balance, blocks, kata, strikes and other techniques, as well as having a cultural experience. Sponsored through donations at Sanctuary Medicinals. To register, please call 617-730-2770.


The Brookline Senior Center is collaborating with the Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) and Steps to Success for an ongoing intergenerational storytelling experience. This project sees students interviewing Brookline seniors on immigration, COVID, careers, and other topics of interest about seniors’ life experiences. The project continues to look for interested seniors who would like to share their stories. If this sounds interesting to you, please contact Jamie Jensen at jjensen@brooklinema.gov or 617-730-2753 for information on the next session. The prior stories can be viewed at the following link which can also be emailed to interested viewers by contacting Jamie: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_kXbXA0-

Trivia for Cheaters

Do you know the best way to recall old memories and names?  Memorize new information! Retention of New Info = New  Neural Connections = Better Recall of Old  Memories.

That’s why this ongoing series, weekly at the Senior Center on Fridays at 2pm, won’t be asking you random trivia, but instead will provide you with the answers beforehand, and test you on it like a true memory champ during our live session. You’re encouraged to cheat repeatedly to prepare, but no cheating for the live session, where you will be asked to write down the answers to the questions without any aids (exact spelling not necessary). Questions will rotate each week, but some will reappear to make sure you fully commit them to memory.

The first 30 minutes will test you on 20 questions provided beforehand, with a first place ribbon for the winner each week. The second 30 minutes will be spent providing exercises and methods that help hone attention and recall, so you have tools for the next round.

Register with Jamie at jjensen@brooklinema.gov or 617-730-2753 in  order to get the questions and answers emailed to you or pick up a hand-out of the questions and answers at the Center.

Keep your noggin’ rockin’ with a daily dose of cheating and a weekly test of your new trivia superpowers!

MetroWest Legal Services

On the last Thursday of each month (this month May 26 from 12:00‐4:00pm) schedule a private, FREE half hour legal PHONE consultation. MetroWest Legal Services provides free legal aid to seniors on housing, public benefits and social security matters; durable power of attorney, health care proxy and simple probate matters; Medicaid, nursing home issues, limited domestic relations; consumer and bankruptcy.

*Please note for registration that sharing a one-or-two word subject matter will help the attorney in her preparations and this information will remain absolutely confidential. To schedule your telephone consultation, contact Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753 or jjensen@brooklinema.gov




Memory Connections Café

The Café, for people with early memory challenges and their care partners, is on hold during Winter and Spring 2022. When the Café is able to return safely in-person, it will do so, but it will no longer be available virtually for the time being.

Please reach out to Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753 or jjensen@brooklinema.gov for more information and resources and to share any interest in future Cafes.

Apply for a Senior Charlie Card with Us!

Do you need a new Senior Charlie Card? Volunteers from the TRIPPS Program at the Senior Center can help to process new Senior Charlie Cards through the MBTA online application form. Senior Charlie Cards offer a 50% discount on the subway, bus and Commuter Rail. Call 617-730-2644 to schedule an appointment. As a reminder, this is for NEW Senior Charlie Cards ONLY. Renewals can be processed by calling the Charlie Card Store at 617-222-3200.




Springwell lunch program participants have the option to take their “grab and go” lunch home with them OR to have their “grab and go” meal warmed up in the kitchen so they can eat lunch with others in our dining room.

PLEASE NOTE: We need to know one business day in advance before 10:30 am which option you prefer. Due to the preparation involved, you will NOT be able to change your decision on the day of your lunch reservation.

If you are calling in your lunch reservation, please leave your name, telephone number and state whether you plan to take your meal home or whether you plan to dine in that day.

If you are filling out a monthly menu, please check the box marked “GG” if you are going to take your meal home or “DR” if you are planning to eat in the dining room that day.

You DO NOT have to choose one option or the other for the entire month. You can choose to eat at home one day and in the dining room another day, but you DO have to notify us of your choice one business day in advance before 10:30 am.

You can make your reservation by calling 617-730-2747 or you can pick up a monthly menu from Kristine Farley, our Springwell lunch coordinator, at the Senior Center.

Springwell also is accepting cash donations for the lunch program. Suggested donation is $2.00 per meal.

ALL lunch pickups will take place on the third floor of the Senior Center, Monday-Friday between 12-12:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you then!

-Save the date-

Tuesday, May 24: How Caregivers Can Meet the Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Wednesday, June 15: Let’s Get Physical:  Bio-psychosocial Aspects of Sexuality and Aging.

Wednesday, June 1 Annual Shredding Event; Sponsored by District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey. From 1-4pm (by appointment only). Registration will be available in May.


For more information on our weekly, ongoing Senior Center events, please call 617-730-2770.


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Notifications can be sent via email and/or text message, so please indicate if you would like to receive one or both methods. Kaila can be reached at katkins@brooklinema.gov or 617-438-1790.




Springwell lunch program participants now have the option to take their “grab and go” lunch home with them OR to have their “grab and go” meal warmed up in the kitchen so they can eat lunch with others in our dining room.

PLEASE NOTE: We will need to know one business day in advance before 10:30 am which option you prefer. Due to the preparation involved, you will NOT be able to change your decision on the day of your lunch reservation. If you would like to dine-in, lunch is served at 12pm. 

If you are calling in your lunch reservation, please leave your name, telephone number and state whether you plan to take your meal home or whether you plan to dine in that day.

If you are filling out a monthly menu, please check the box marked “GG” if you are going to take your meal home or “DR” if you are planning to eat in the dining room that day.

You DO NOT have to choose one option or the other for the entire month. You can choose to eat at home one day and in the dining room another day, but you DO have to notify us of your choice one business day in advance before 10:30 am.

You can make your reservation by calling  617-730-2747 or you can pick up a monthly menu at the Senior Center.

Suggested donation is $2.00 per meal.


We are continuing to conduct our Food Commodity program outside the Senior Center. Our next distribution is on Wednesday, May 18, and registered participants will be assigned a time for pick up.

If you are a low income senior, aged 60 or older, and you would like to participate in this program to receive 35 pounds of shelf stable food on the third Wednesday of each month, please contact Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753 or jjensen@brooklinema.gov

Elizabeth Pollock, President

I continue to focus on ageism and advocacy this year. I applaud those who have stood with me and advocate for ensuring that older adults are treated fairly and with respect. I’m proud to quote Nelson Mandela as I talk with neighbors, and especially our political leaders:

“A society that does not value its older people denies its roots and endangers its future.”

As you vote in the May 3rd election, make sure that the candidate you support will also fight against ageism and support robust funding for the Council on Aging. A special thank you to all those who are running who send in their support for aging issues and especially the Council on Aging.

May is such a special month at the Brookline Senior Center. Spring is in full bloom. We have some of the most comfortable and beautiful days and nights. We honor the women in our lives. May is a great month to honor our mothers, grandmothers, and the other women (and men) who made a difference in our lives. Consider making a gift to the Senior Center in their honor or memory.

If you would like to create a tribute gift contact Ruthann Dobek at                        rdobek@brooklinema.gov or 617‐730‐2756. Families such as Marie Lavine’s daughters, Corinne Long’s family and Vivian Freeman’s family have already ensured that their mothers are honored on an annual basis with their special gift. I, the board, and the entire Senior Center family thank you!

Betsy Pollock, President, Brookline Senior            

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    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Autumn Benefit successful.  Thanks to our sponsors and individual donors, the Senior Center will continue to thrive in 2022! For a full list of our sponsors and donors, please click on the “DONOR” tab at the top of the page.


    The face covering order was lifted by the Town of Brookline as of Saturday, March 12, 2022. Indoor masking is strongly encouraged for those who are not vaccinated, including those under the age of 5 years, individuals who have a weakened immune system, or those at increased risk for severe disease because of age or an underlying medical condition. Of course, we also encourage anyone who would just feel more comfortable to wear a mask.

    Please note: some program offerings that we host may choose to require masks for their participants.



    From April 1 through May 25


    The Brookline Home and Escort Linkage Program (H.E.L.P.) is hiring!  H.E.L.P. workers assist Brookline seniors with tasks such as grocery shopping, medical escort services, light housekeeping/laundry, and meal preparation.  The H.E.L.P. Program is a vital service in our community and a great source of extra income for individuals who have flexible schedules.  To learn more or to apply, please call the H.E.L.P. line: 617-730-2752.



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    FREE TABLET AND SERVICE: The Town of Brookline, Office of Emergency Management, has received a grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council MAPC) to provide a free tablet and/or 12 months of free internet service to low to  moderate income Brookline elders or adults living alone with a disability. Phone as well as in-person technical support will be provided by volunteers.

    For more information, or to be added to our wait list, please contact Maria Foster at 617-730-2644 or mfoster@brooklinema.gov

    CLICK HERE FOR Center Connections Newsletter – Fall 2021   

    Read about our Fall fundraiser, the president’s letter, volunteers at work, Senator Creem to the rescue, shouting down ageism, food safety net, losing Frank Caro, Zumba, Etsy

    READ THE CURRENT AND PAST EDITIONS OF OUR NEWSLETTER HERE: https://www.brooklinema.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=37  

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    Consider a legacy to the Senior Center.  Your bequest is a gift of hope.  CALL Ruthann Dobek, director:  617. 730. 2756 to help us secure a bright future. Brookline Multi-Service Senior Center Corp  (EIN 04-2719972), a Massachusetts non-profit corporation.

    Shovel Our Snow Program

    Do you need help with snow shoveling? The Brookline Recreation’s “Shovel Our Snow” program is currently open for registration (for both residents and shovelers). Register online at: https://www.amilia.com/store/en/town-of-brookline/shop/programs/68160

    If you would like to register as a resident of Brookline to receive a list of students interested in shoveling jobs, you must call 617-730-2069. Recreation will enroll you and send you the list by email.