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

We sent this month’s newsletter to a wide audience so welcome if you’re here for the first time. Come see our programs, services, art, zumba, tai chi, computer lessons, classes and chorus.

Our 16th Autumn Benefit is Wednesday, October 25.  We’re honoring Nancy DalyBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Sherrill House, Harold Brown, Chobee Hoy and Elias Audy are early jewel sponsors.  More jewels welcome.


TRIPPS Wednesdays 3-4:30 pm to get help with your smartphones Android and iPhone

Tax Abatement Meeting:  Thursday, September 28 at 2.  You must be here if you’re a participant in the program.  One hour credit.  Gary McCabe will discuss changes.  Regrets only to Deidre Waxman:  617. 730.2767

Mass College of Pharmacy workshops:  Thursday, October 16 at 1, Thursday, November 16 at 1

Brookline Day at Larz Anderson

Sunday, September 24 from 11-3 at Larz Anderson park.  Food trucks, games, parking, face painting, balloon artist, town departments, shuttles, rock climbing.  http://www.brooklineday.org

Brookline Music School Concert

Wednesday, October 4 at 1here

Help soup kitchen with winter gear

We collect winter accessories for 70 people at a church-sponsored facility in Brighton:  warm hats, scarves and gloves (handmade or new).  Dotty Bell, second floor, is receiving before Wednesday, November 1

Autumn Benefit, 10/25


All sponsors will be listed on our website as well as the Senior News & Events newsletter. Diamond and Ruby sponsors will receive special signage and acknowledgment.

DIAMOND—$2,500+ 8 tickets to event, acknowledgment in the invitation with full page ad in the program

RUBY— $1,000-$2,499 6 tickets to event, acknowledgment in the invitation with full page ad in the program

SAPPHIRE—$750-$999 4 tickets to event, acknowledgment in the invitation with half page ad in the program

EMERALD— $500-$749 2 tickets to event, acknowledgment in the invitation with half page ad in the program

TOPAZ—$300-$499 2 tickets to event, acknowledgment in the invitation with business card ad in the program

Enclosed is a check for $_________ payable to the Brookline Senior Center.  Use a credit card on this page at the top where it says “DONATE”  and add Autumn Benefit under special instructions.  Individual tickets are $100 and $65 for seniors

Ruthann Dobek 617.730.2756 or rdobek@brooklinema.gov    Please give name, address, phone, email – – Brookline Senior Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

September Health Screenings

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

Thursday, September 21 – – Barbara Westley, RN does blood pressure screening here from 1-2 pm

Thursday, September 21 – – Staff from Brookline Hearing Services here from 1-2 pm for routine cleanings and counseling at no charge.  Batteries: $5/pack

Wednesday, September 27 – – Barbara Westley, RN does blood pressure screening at O’Shea House, 61 Park St from 1-2 pm

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

BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting

(L to R) Ruthann Dobek, Director Brookline Senior Center, introduces Alice Bonner, MA Secretary Elder Affairs.

Ruthann Dobek with Alice Bonner, MA Secretary of Elder Affairs – – photo by Elenore Parker

Betsy Munzer, President, Brookline League of Women Voters,receives award from Frank Caro, BCAN

Betsy Munzer, president, Brookline League of Women Voters, Frank Caro, co-chair, BrooklineCAN – – photo by Elenore Parker


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Kerri Ann Tester, program director, TRIPPS, Frank Caro, Roberta Winitzer, chair, Council on Aging – – photo by John Seay

Erin Kinney, Brookline Interactive Group (BIG), and Frank Caro, BCAN Co-Chair

Erin Kinney, Brookline Interactive Group with Frank Caro – – photo by Elenore Parker

Brookline High Jazz Band

Brookline High School Jazz Band – – photo by Elenore Parker


BrooklineCAN Honors Community Service at Annual Meeting

Surprise Guest Lauds Organization

The BrooklineCAN (Brookline Community Aging Network) 7th Annual Meeting and Exposition began with the introduction of a surprise guest: Alice Bonner, secretary of elder affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Secretary Bonner praised BrooklineCAN not only for its success but also for the organization’s efforts to make Brookline a better place to live for people of all ages. She particularly noted BrooklineCAN’s project to identify public bathrooms throughout the town. The Annual Meeting, whose theme was The Power of Engagement, was September 14.

The meeting opened with master of ceremonies, Roberta Winitzer, introducing Ruthann Dobek and Frank Caro, Steering Committee co-chairs.

Prior to the meeting, guests enjoyed refreshments and exhibits from BrooklineCAN committees and town organizations: Brookline Recreation Department, Board of Selectmen, and Public Libraries. The Brookline High School Jazz Band presented a lively concert.

Keynote speaker. Judith Gonyea, professor and associate dean of research at Boston University School of Social Work,addressed Promoting Age-friendly Communities in the Current Political Environment: Opportunities and Challenges. She discussed how life is enriched when people are actively involved in meaningful projects and goal-directed activities and stressed how vital social engagement is. She noted that isolated elders have higher rates of some illnesses. Recent research has borne out that genetic changes have been found in elders who are socially isolated.

Frank Caro, representing BrooklineCAN, presented community service awards to Erin Kinney, manager of engagement, Brookline Interactive Group (BIG); Betsy Munzer, president, Brookline League of Women Voters; and Kerri Ann Tester, program manager,TRIPPS (Transportation Resource Information, Planning, & Partnership for Seniors).

Awardees were recognized for their work around engagement: encouraging volunteerism, educating and informing and promoting access to activities that encourage citizen involvement.

Affiliated with the Brookline Senior Center, BrooklineCAN is an all-volunteer organization which enables older residents to remain independent and fully engaged in the community. The organization advocates on behalf of Brookline’s older residents, works with town agencies on behalf of Brookline seniors, provides ways for members to contribute to the community, and in general acts to make Brookline an even better place to live for people of all ages.

Visit us at http://www.brooklineCAN.org, or call 617. 730. 2777 for information and to request a copy of BrooklineCAN’s newsletter. – – Press contact: Elenore Parker 617. 232. 6444

Annual Alzheimer's Walk, 9/24

Help fund research walking with our team Sunday, September 24.  Walk 1 1/2 or 3 1/2 miles.  Transportation to and from here.  If you can’t be with us, make a donation that we send on.  Sign up:  Patricia Burns at 617. 730. 2743     pburns@brooklinema.gov

Piatigorsky Foundation Concert, 9/25

Join us Monday, September 25 at 1 for the annual Piatigorsky Foundation concert.  Artist:  Linda Rosenthal, violinist, professor of music at the University of Alaska southeast,  founder and director of Juneau Jazz and Classics, and Lake Placid chamber music seminar.  Artist:  Maxim Pakhomov, principal pianist of the Bronx Opera Company, and founding member of Bronx Chamber Players.



Hearing Tests, 10/2

Dr. Tamy S Chelst, audiologist, is here Monday, October 2 from 9-12:30 for hearing tests.  No cost if you’re on Medicare.  Bring health insurance cards. Register:  617. 730. 2770 with your address, date of birth, and phone along with contact information for your family physician: name, address, phone

Drawing for Pleasure Thursdays, 10/12-12/21

Louise Weinberg and Martin R. Anderson resume Drawing for Pleasure class Thursdays October 12-December 21 from 9:30-11:45.  Some drawing experience suggested.  Live model fee: $5.  Register:  617. 730. 2770

Mindfulness Fridays, 10/6-1/26


This program cultivates the wisdom of body, mind and heart using Jon Kabat-Zinn‘s audio seminar.  It combines gentle guidance with narratives that “weave science, poetry and the art of living to deepen your appreciation of workability.”  He is founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at U Mass Medical School.  https://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/about-us/people/2-meet-our-faculty/kabat-zinn-profile/     Class meets Fridays October 6-January 26 from 10:30-11:15 here.  NO CLASS NOVEMBER 10, NOVEMBER 24, DECEMBER 22.  Register with Sharon Devine:  617. 730. 2769

Edna St. Vincent Millay Fridays, 10/13-11/17


Stephen Collins is teaching six weeks of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poetry Fridays: October 13 to November 17 from 2-3 pm.  “She was an American poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry, and was also known for her feminist activism.” Fee: $35.  Register:  617 730. 2777

Elizabeth Pollock, president


Our 16th Autumn Benefit is Wednesday, October 25 at 6.  We’re honoring Nancy Daly.  Join us for great food, raffles and entertainment.  Proceeds benefit our programs.  We welcome sponsorship from companies, nonprofits and individuals.  As well, gift certificates, merchandise and services for raffles welcome.  Ruthann Dobekrdobek@brooklinema.gov

Help a friend afford a Fitness Center membership.  We’re seeking donors to help others with scholarships.  It’s $35/month and $420/year.  Your help sustains these programs.

“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.   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. 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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    Exhibition                 Paintings by Miriam AaronsonFruit, Flowers and Old Streets  – –   In Gallery 93 through Tuesday, October 31



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