93 Winchester St. Brookline, MA 02446    617 . 730 . 2770    info@brooklineseniorcenter.org

Honoring the wisdom that comes with age

Please pardon our appearance, as the website is currently under review. If you have any questions about a particular program or service, please contact us at (617) 730-2770. Thank you for your understanding!


Tribute to Agnes Rogers

October 15, 1919- July 29, 2022

Our legendary and beloved Agnes Rogers passed away peacefully on July 29, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. Agnes was in her 103rd year, and a lifelong Brookline resident. She was a longtime advocate for tenant’s rights at public housing, and a champion for older adults. One of her greatest efforts was fighting for the building of the Brookline Senior Center. Agnes was cherished for her political skill, and ability to read a room and respond with vigor. She will be fondly remembered for her high heels and dancing at any opportunity.

For future tributes, we will be collecting anecdotes, quotes, and pictures which can be sent to Ruthann Dobek at rdobek@brooklinema.gov.

For memorial gifts, donations in memory of Agnes may be made to the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St., Brookline, MA 02446 or by visiting www.brooklineseniorcenter.org

QUOTES FROM AGNES ROGERS

At Town Meeting, during the vote for building the Senior Center: “Don’t make me apologize for growing old. I’m proud of it and want a Senior Center for all of us.”

After volunteering in the meal program at the Senior Center: “I had no idea that when I was advocating for the Senior Center that it would be for my own benefit. I wake up and clean my tiny apartment…then what? Here, I come help people out, laugh, dance, and feel part of the community.”

Whispered to Ruthann at an Advisory Committee meeting, when she was 97: “Speak up. They’re not showing us enough respect or support. Make sure they listen to us.”


A Note from Ruthann Dobek, Director

It has been a thrill to be at the Brookline Senior Center and see our community return to programs and activities. Whether it has been dancing in the ballroom, singing in the Friday chorus, exercising in the fitness center, or picking up lunch, it is gratifying to see our Senior Center again abuzz with activity. On July 11, the Senior Center was rocking to the delightful sounds of the Winikers, and it was especially gratifying to have Ellie Kaplan (age 101) in attendance!

We continue to follow public health regulations and remain on alert for COVID-19 variants or an increase in cases around the Commonwealth. We urge older residents to obtain vaccines, and we are a face-covering friendly setting.

Your generosity and commitment to our mission have genuinely moved me. Thank you for being generous during these difficult days. Our community’s ability to rally throughout the pandemic impressed me as our neighbors experienced heartache and hardship. Your response has been tremendous-whether by donating, volunteering to help someone, or advocating for the Council on Aging and the Brookline Senior Center.

I want to share that the monthly News & Events is expanding. We are responding to so many of our older adults who were dismayed that the BrooklineTAB will no longer be printed. Read this month’s Around Town on pages 20 and 21. I want to welcome the expert journalism of Barbara Rabinovitz, who will be joining our communications team in promoting Council on Aging activities as well as community news. This month we also welcome Sharon Nicholson, MS, RD, LDN, who will be contributing articles on nutrition. Ms. Nicholson is welcoming questions, so send your nutrition inquiries to mdeery@brooklinema.gov. I’m also welcoming any comments regarding how we can fill the gap in service without a weekly TAB in print.

Enjoy these wonderful summer days, whether you are reading a book in the shade or savoring the fresh produce- two of my favorite August activities.

– Ruthann Dobek, Director


AUGUST OBSERVANCES

In August the Senior Center is open Monday through Friday all month. Sunday, August 21, is National Senior Citizens Day! In 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed this holiday to raise awareness about issues that affect senior citizens and their quality of life.

This is your day! Enjoy it any way you desire. Take advantage of the senior citizens specials and discounts that will abound! And as always check out all the wonderful opportunities at the Senior Center.


MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

CLICK HERE TO READ THE CURRENT AND PAST EDITIONS OF OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER


Council on Aging Meeting

On August 10 at 1:00pm our Nominating Committee will meet via Zoom and in-person at the Senior Center Room 304. The public is invited to attend. The COA is actively recruiting new members to serve. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please contact Ruthann Dobek at rdobek@brooklinema.gov or 617-730-2756.
Join Zoom.Gov Meeting

https://brooklinema.zoomgov.com/j/1601168514

Meeting ID: 160 116 8514

Dial by your location (toll call) +1 646 828 7666

US Meeting ID: 160 116 8514

Find your local number: https://brooklinema.zoomgov.com/u/acumwAzOBK


 


This Month's Programs & Events

ONGOING EVENTS

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


AUGUST PROGRAMS


From the Office of Congressman Auchincloss

Stephanie Gray, Constituent Services Representative from the Office of Congressman Auchincloss, will be holding Office Hours at the Senior Center on Wednesday, August 10th from 10:30am-12:30pm. You can bring your concerns and/or casework requests relating to any federal agency, including Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, Veteran’s Affairs, Housing, Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, Internal Revenue Service, the US  Postal Service, Small Business Association, Passports, or Immigration. Please register for a 15-minute  appointment at 617-730-2770.


Hot Art

Participatory Play Reading/Discussion about New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Calling would-be actors and art appreciators! On Monday, August 8 at 1:00pm at the Senior  Center, join Dr. Miriam Diamond to participate in and discuss a play about a key event in the history of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Please register at 617-730-2770.

 


Chair Dance

Join certified Yoga instructor Caitlin Moore on Tuesday, August 9 at 10:30 am and Thursday, August 25 at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Get your cardio right from your chair! Dance to your favorite tunes while improving your posture, strengthening your muscles, and fine-tuning balance and coordination. Each class includes a warm-up and cool-down.

Please register at 617-730-2770.


August COUNCIL ON AGING MEETING

On August 10 at 1:00pm our Nominating Committee will meet via Zoom and in-person at the Senior Center Room 304. The public is invited to attend. The COA is actively recruiting new members to serve. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please contact Ruthann Dobek at rdobek@brooklinema.gov or 617-730-2756.
Join Zoom.Gov Meeting

https://brooklinema.zoomgov.com/j/1601168514

Meeting ID: 160 116 8514

Dial by your location (toll call) +1 646 828 7666

US Meeting ID: 160 116 8514

Find your local number: https://brooklinema.zoomgov.com/u/acumwAzOBK


Dancing Joy with Dance Caliente

On Wednesday, August 10 at 1:30pm at the Senior Center, our friends from Dance Caliente will be back!

Please join us for a performance and improv by Eileen Herman-Haase and Raul Nieves of Dance Caliente for ballroom and Latin dances interspersed with lessons for the audience.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Please register at 617-730-2770.

 


Motown: The first decade with John Clark

 

 

 

 

 

Join John Clark on Thursday, August 11 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center for this music presentation. You will hear hits songs: Shop Around, My Guy, My Girl, I Was Made to Love Her, I’ll Be There and Marvin Gaye hit I Heard it Through the Grapevine. With the success of Motown in the sixties, black music fully entered the American mainstream and left behind a trail of unforgettable hits. Please register at 617-730-2770.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Walker and Cane Decorating

Come decorate your walker or cane with us on Friday, August 12 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center. Why keep your cane plain? Personalize your walker or cane in your own style!

We will provide the supplies, some helpful examples, and some wonderful conversation too. Not a cane user? No problem! We have a surplus of canes in our loan closet that are  longing to be spruced up, and could use help making them beautiful. Please register at 617-730-2770.

 

 

 


Summer Concert & Ice Cream Social

On Monday August 15 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, Bob DiCicco and Maureen Pilot cordially invite you to take a  musical stroll through The  American Popular Songbook. Beautiful tunes penned by the likes of ‘Cole Porter’, ‘George & Ira Gershwin’, ‘Rodgers & Hart’, ‘Sammy Cahn’, ‘Jule Styne’ and many more! We hope to see all of you there!

Afterwards, please join Presentation Rehab & Skilled Care Center who will generously provide an Ice Cream Sundae Bar! Come stay cool by enjoying this sweet treat. Seating is limited, so please register at 617-730-2770.

 

 


Scan and Make a Plan! Part 1

On Wednesday, August 17 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, the Brookline Office of Emergency Management is coming to present a two-part program called Scan and Make a Plan!

The purpose of this program is to stress the importance of being ready in case of an emergency. Having a communication plan in place will alleviate the stress of not knowing how to get in touch with the people you care about.

The plan in place will be clear on where to go if you are displaced and who to call. Once in a safe place, having your financial and medical records as well as important contact information will be crucial to start the recovery process. Taking the time now to organize and safeguard your vital documents will give you peace of mind and will ensure you have access to essential medical and prescription information and help you avoid additional stress.

Our program offers to scan vital documents on a free USB key (done during Part 2 of the program on Thursday, September 15).

Our scanners have no internal memory and are not connected to the computer or the internet. The documents are scanned directly to the key which will be handed over to the resident.

We also provide easy-to-follow instructions on how to password protect the key. We highly recommend that the key be put in a safe place and not with the papers that were just scanned.

Please register at 617-730-2770.


FOOD COMMODITY

We are continuing to conduct our Food Commodity program outside the Senior Center. Our next distribution is on Wednesday, August 17 & 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

 

 


Celebrating Olmstead’s Bicentennial!

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic

Site Tour

On Thursday, August 18 at 9:00am, join the Senior Center for a guided tour of the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. Tour by Lead Park Ranger Sophia Bass Werner Jordan.

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture and the nation’s foremost park maker. Olmsted moved his home to suburban Boston in 1883 and established the world’s first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design.

During the next century, his sons and successors perpetuated Olmsted’s design ideals, philosophy, and influence. Join the ranger for a guided tour of the nation’s first, full-scale landscape architecture office and the landscape Olmsted designed for himself, his office, and his family.

Exhibits on the first floor of the family home explore the many stories, places and people of Fairsted. Also learn more about the national Olmsted 200 commemoration and the local Olmsted Now effort.

Please note: Tour includes a lot of walking and stairs. Attendees should be comfortable with these elements (the indoor tour, not including the exhibit space, is also not wheelchair accessible). Tour space is limited, so please register at 617-730-2770.


Brookline Hearing Services

The staff from Brookline Hearing Services will be coming to the Senior Center on Thursday, August 18 from 1:30-2:30pm. They will provide hearing aid cleanings, maintenance and patient counseling at no charge. They will also be selling all sizes of hearing aid batteries for $5 per pack. All services will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

 


Karate for Seniors

Join Noah Lucia from Boston Budo at the Senior Center on Fridays from 12:30-1:15pm. Beginning on August 19. This system of self-defense 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.


DVinci Soul

DVinci Soul will visit the Senior Center on Monday, August 22 from 1:30-2:30. DVinci Soul is a six piece soul band that plays danceable Motown, Jazz and classic R&B  favorites. Get ready to listen and move to classic, soulful songs from the 60’s through the 90’s. Prepare to ‘Shake it Up and Go’ with DVinci Soul! Refreshments will be available. This special concert is co-sponsored by the Brookline Senior Center and Center Communities of Brookline. Please register at 617-730-2770.


Springwell Nutrition talk: Maximize Your

Bone Health

Join Dalia Cohen, Springwell’s Director of Nutrition on Wednesday, August 24 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center to learn what you can to do to make the most of your bone health. Please register at 617-730-2770.

 

 

 


Lets go out to lunch bunch!

On Wednesday, August 24 at 11:30am, Let’s Go Out to Lunch Bunch will be going to Hemlock Grill in Chestnut Hill. Registration is limited, so please call 617-730-2770.

 

 


Afternoon “Funday” with Kristine!

On Monday, August 29 at 1:30pm at the Senior Center, join Program Assistant Kristine Farley for a fun and casual afternoon with a variety of games and  hands-on activities with friends. Please register at 617-730-2770.

 


Vintage Car Slideshow Social

On Wednesday, August 31 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, take a ride down memory lane with John from  Orphan Car Garage, a partner of Therapy        Gardens. John will highlight some of our most notorious vehicles of the past. From Rambler to Studebaker, Corvair to Vega, come enjoy the slideshow and stories while sipping a root beer float. Please register at 617-730-2770.


SAVE-THE-DATE


Easy Travel

On Thursday, September 1 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, join COA Social Worker Conor McDermott Welch as he shares his recent road trip around Ireland from coast to coast, including highlights such as the Ring of Kerry. Please register at 617-730-2770.

 


DOWN MEMORY LANE

(postponed to September 8)

Join us at the Senior Center on Thursdays in September at 10:30am (postponed to September 8) for this interesting discussion group!

Down Memory Lane is a reminiscence program designed to re-capture life experiences that are in our minds but that we have never had the opportunity to share with like minded people.

Ruth Blackman, a specialist in the field of gerontology for 40 years, will lead this group with the knowledge that many seniors don’t have the right vehicle to comfortably talk about their lives.

As we grow older, our ability to forge new friendships can diminish along with the loss of existing cohorts. This group promotes socialization, impacts wisdom through sharing, supports validation of personal life stories, creates meaningful and enjoyable interactions, promotes communication and creativity, and gives the opportunity to form new friendships. Registration will be in the September newsletter.


Norwood Lunch-Theatre

On Thursday, September 22 the Senior  Center will be going to the theatre performance and lunch combo at the Norwood Theatre! The package  includes an 11:30am restaurant meal of a chicken dish, potatoes or rice, a small salad, a vegetable, and a dessert before the show. The performance of Chris MacDonald’s “Memories of Elvis” will begin at 1:00pm. The show runs approximately 2 hours. Cost is $39 per person including transportation. Registration is limited and must be paid in full by September 1, so please call 617-730-2770 to register.


Red Sox Raffle!

We have some exciting news! The Senior Center was offered complimentary tickets to the Red Sox game vs the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, September 29 at 1:35pm.

Tickets are limited, so please register at 617-730-2770 to be entered into a drawing. There will be two drawings: one for individual tickets and one for pairs of tickets. The drawings will take place on September 15 and winners will be called on September 15.


A TASTE OF QIGONG

Join us at the Senior Center on Tuesdays July 25-through August 30 starting at 10:30am (*please note time change going forward) 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.


H.E.L.P. WANTED!

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.


I&R/RECEPTION DESK VOLUNTEERS

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!

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

 

 


POETRY WORKSHOP PUBLICATION

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’S ESL CLASSES

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.


INTERGENERATIONAL STORYTELLING

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-


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

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!


ONGOING EVENTS

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


DID YOU MISS THE NEWS?

Weather-related closure, or the latest changes to the Senior Center schedule? Sign up to receive notifications from the Senior Center/Council on Aging and never miss a beat! To be added to the list, please share your contact information (name, email, and cell phone number) with our Communication Specialist, Kaila Atkins.

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.


Food Resources


SPRINGWELL LUNCH PROGRAM (MONDAY-

FRIDAY)

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.


MONTHLY FOOD COMMODITY

We are continuing to conduct our Food Commodity program outside the Senior Center. Our next distribution is on Wednesday, June 15 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

While the Senior Center always encourages folks to shop local and support our wonderful Brookline businesses, we know that many of you also shop on Amazon. If you are already an Amazon customer, did you know that you can simultaneously support the Senior Center?  Here’s how: Shop AmazonSmile, Amazon’s foundation supporting non‐profit organizations, and the Brookline Senior Center will benefit from your purchases – at NO cost to you! It’s easy to sign up!

To get started with AmazonSmile, visit smile.amazon.com on your web browser and sign in with your Amazon.com credentials. Select Brookline Multi-Service Center Corporation as the charity to receive donations. Now whenever you shop on Amazon, go to smileAmazon.com FIRST.

I’ve done this, and I know that the Senior Center has received several donations from  customers who have made the Senior Center part of their AmazonSmile profile. For eligible purchases (which are most items one can buy on Amazon), Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the Brookline Senior Center!  Over time that adds up! As always, we thank you for your support.

 

Betsy Pollock, Board President

 

          


Donate via Paypal

 

  • News


  • Sign up to receive notifications from the Senior Center/Council on Aging

    and never miss a beat!

    Click here: Notify Me®

     

     


    AS OF JUNE16th, the Senior Center

    NO LONGER HAS A MASK Mandate

    Health Commissioner Sigalle Reiss and the Brookline Department of Public Health announced the lifting of the face-covering requirements in town-owned buildings where the public gathers. As of June 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has transitioned Norfolk County to a  low-risk area for COVID-19 transmission. “The Department will continue to watch the data with our community partners to respond to the changing COVID trends,” Director Reiss said.

    Residents should be aware that individual organizations can still require masks. The Department encourages everyone in Brookline to maintain a mask-friendly environment.

    Residents are reminded that masking is still mandatory for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, while in healthcare facilities, including congregate care settings.

    Residents also should continue to wear a mask if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, tested positive, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19. Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should consider taking an at-home COVID-19 test. To report an at-home COVID-19 test result, please go to https://www.brooklinema.gov/FormCenter/Health-22/COVID19-Test-Self-Reporting-Portal-97

    Additionally, anyone at high risk for severe illness should consider wearing a mask indoors in public and taking additional precautions.

    Residents are reminded that a COVID-19 vaccine and booster remain the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19, which continues to pose a serious risk of severe illness to those who are unvaccinated. For more information visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine page. To find a vaccination site near you, please call the Senior Center if you need assistant finding a vaccination site near you.

    The Health Department continues to offer free COVID-19 antigen test kits. Distribution will continue Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-3:00pm while supplies last. Residents and employees of Brookline businesses may pick up test kits at the Brookline Health Department, 11 Pierce St., Brookline, MA during distribution hours. Test kits are also available at the Senior Center. Please come to the Council on Aging offices to inquire.


    GALLERY 93 EXHIBIT

    Duck Duck Goose, 2014, oil on canvas, 40×30″

    Louise Weinberg

    From June 2-Aug 31, 2022

    Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday; 8:30am-5:00pm


    H.E.L.P. WANTED

    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.


    I&R/Reception Desk Volunteers

     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.


    BROOKLINE BAZAAR

    Are you looking for a unique gift? Well, you are in luck! We are offering another fun way to find that perfect gift or treat yourself while providing much-needed support to the Senior Center. The Brookline Senior Center has opened up shop on Etsy—a global online marketplace for vintage, handmade, custom and unique items—under the name.

    Brookline Bazaar showcases a diverse collection of antique and vintage treasures and collectibles from around the globe- including many one-of-a-kind pieces. New items are added weekly.

    100% of Brookline Bazaar proceeds go to support Brookline Senior Center www.brooklineseniorcenter.org

    In fact, your support has allowed us to provide many of our virtual programs including,  our monthly ArtMatters membership videos, and Emily Brenner’s Combo Dance Fitness Class!

    Click the following link to take a look around the shop:

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/brooklinebazaar


    Brookline Older Adult Community Health Needs Assessment- NOW AVAILABLE!

    The Brookline Older Adult Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), was conducted in collaboration with the Brookline Council on Aging, Brookline Senior Center, and BUSPH Professor Harold Cox. Topics of the assessment include transportation and the built environment, healthcare access, housing, and personal and legal rights. READ THE FULL REPORT HERE


    ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE

    SOCIAL ISOLATION AND LONELINESS RESOURCES GUIDE

    Click here: Resources Guide_BuildConnections


    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


    THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR AUTUMN BENEFIT DONORS!

    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.


    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  

    The best way to get one is to subscribe: $10/year.  (If you’re a retailer with space for newsletters, call us. )  Advertisead specs


    AGE FRIENDLY BUSINESSES

    Be one: http://www.brooklinecan.org/age_friendly_business.html


    WONDER WOMAN, RUTHANN DOBEK:  

    wickedlocal.com/news/20180315/ruthann-dobek-brookline-senior-centers-wonder-woman


    BOSTON 25 TV: SHOP PROGRAM

    http://www.fox25boston.com/news/shopping-for-seniors-brookline-program-creates-bond-between-seniors-students/704932381


    PLANNED GIVING

     

     

    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.