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Honoring the wisdom that comes with age

Brookline Senior Center Building

Ruthann Dobek, director

All the best:  Congratulations to Jamie Donchin who got married and is now known as Jamie JensenCarol Malinowski, clinical social worker, retired in December.  Dotty Bell also retired in December and writes:  “It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with the team at the Brookline Senior Center.  The staff truly cares about people.  I take with me fond memories of all I have had the opportunity to meet.”  Thank you, Brookline Elks for the wonderful tree.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness all year long.

TRIPPS Class: 1/31, 2/7, 2/14:  Use your smartphone for Uber and Lyft.  Learn about ride sharing and take short trips.  Bring your smartphone and an Apple or Google password.  Three session class meets at the Brookline Main Library, Washington St.  Wednesday, January 31 and Wednesday, February 7 from 1:30-3:00 pm.  Wednesday, February 14 from 12:30-1:15pm.  Register with TRIPPS:  617. 730. 2644

I am always eager to start the new year with a new calendar and make my list of goals and resolutions.  I also start January by expressing my gratitude for my many blessings.  I hope you will join me.

The Center is here to help you fill your days with creative activities and programs, and making new friends.  We’re here to help you achieve your resolutions whether it’s exercising, volunteering, staying healthy and learning something new.  Whatever your interest consider getting to know us.  Resolve to donate your time and talents.  Our van runs every day.  We’ve extended our hours for programs. I am especially grateful for those who included kind words with their holiday wishes:  “Always with gratitude for your powerful creative leadership of all things “senior” in Brookline.”  “Congratulations on this year’s excellent programming.”  “Thank you for all of you who work to add to the lives of seniors in Brookline.”

The Center is a bargain and place to stretch your dollar.  We offer free bread and produce Tuesdays and lunch every day.  Concerts and movies are free.  Transportation at subsidized rates is available.  Staff and volunteers provide benefit counseling and help with fuel assistance, SNAP food stamps and taxes.  I wish each of you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.  Be kind and welcoming to all.

Dobek on Councils on Aging

Excerpts from the Mass Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy Times Fall newsletter

Staying involved with others in the community as you age is an important way to prevent loneliness and depression.  Like other Councils on Aging across the stage, the COAs in Brookline and Chicopee help accomplish this goal with programs and services.

“Our whole mission is to keep people active and engaged,” says Ruthann Dobek, COA director in Brookline.  “If people can’t come to the senior center, we do our best to reach them in their homes.”

At the Brookline Council, support groups are one of the hallmark programs to help seniors make connections with others, especially during times of change.  Bereavement groups, Alzheimer’s support groups, a support group for seniors without children and a newcomers group are some of the opportunities for building new relationships.

“It’s helpful for people to connect with other who are going through the same experience to know they are not alone,” says Dobek.

The Brookline Council also offers groups that meet around interests like ping pong, chorus and current events.

“The groups often take on a life of their own with group members exchanging phone numbers or getting together for potlucks,” says Dobek.

For those who cannot get to the center, the “Home Line” programs offers help to the home-bound for a small fee.  The Council also teams up with Brookline High School students who do grocery shopping and provide home visits.

“We carefully match students with the seniors,” says Dobek.  “Both the students and the seniors get a lot out of it.  It’s one of the most popular community service programs at the high school.”

Read the story and the newsletter from Blue Cross via PDF

January Health Checks

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

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

Wednesday, January 24 – – Blood pressure screening with Barbara Westley, RN at O’Shea House, 61 Park St from 1-2 pm

Reunion Project, 1/20


Lora Brody’s Reunion Project exhibit is back at the Main Library January 16 – March 13.  Gallery reception in Hunneman Hall Saturday, January 20, 2-4 pm with Lora.  See familiar faces from the Senior Center, Center Communities and Goddard House.  – – Thanks to support from BrooklineCan, Brookline Council on Aging, Center Communities of Brookline, Goddard House Assisted Living          Lora Brody profile at Brandeis  

Independent Living + Work Seminar, 1/25

Margie Gillian, job placement specialist and Kevin Beaulieu, rehab counselor, both from the Mass Rehabilitation Commission are here Thursday, January 25 at 1.  Get help finding a job and enhancing skills.  Register with Deidre Waxman:  617. 730. 2767          dwaxman@brooklinema.gov                                                   

Russell Museum at Mass General, 1/22

tumblr_inline_nr6syhnWbx1tq32mi_540Sarah Alger, director of the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Mass General is here Monday, January 22 at 1.  She’ll talk about its founding, surgical anesthesia and the hospital’s work as the largest hospital based research center in the country.  “The Russell Museum is a great place to explore some of the medical history and research innovations that have paved the way for the Mass General Research Institute.” – – Mass General            Register:  617. 730. 2770      https://mghresearchinstitute.com/tag/sarah-alger/

Uber and Lyft Classes, 1/31-2/14

Use your smartphone for Uber and Lyft.  Learn about ride sharing and take short trips.  Bring your smartphone and an Apple or Google password.  Three session class that meets at the Brookline Main Library, Washington St.  Wednesday, January 31 and Wednesday, February 7 from 1:30-3:00 pm.  Wednesday, February 14 from 12:30-1:15pm.  Register with TRIPPS:  617. 730. 2644

Cooking for One, 1/31

Cooking demonstration with Chef Ellis Garvin from Landmark at Longwood Wednesday, January 31 at 1pm.  Recipes for you and tastes for all.  Register:  617. 730. 2770

Chinese New Year, 2/5


It’s the year of the dog.  We celebrate Chinese New Year Monday, February 5 at 12:30.  Cost: $7   Register starting Monday, January 22.  617. 730. 2777

Tax Filing, 2/13 - 4/10

AARP tax aide volunteers will be here TUESDAYS from February 13 through April 10 to help you file.  You must bring your 2016 return.  (Amended returns ONLY for 2016.)  Call for appointments beginning January 16:  617. 730. 2777

Elizabeth Pollock, president


Thank you for thinking of us for your end of year gifts.  In winter, many seniors become home bound and find it difficult to get out to us.  Thanks to you, they’ll be able to get here.  Your generosity ensures the van keeps rolling all year long.  We thank you!

Help a friend with a Fitness Center membership.  Our gym has equipment and supportive staff.  We’re open weekdays 8:30-5pm. We’re seeking donors to help others with scholarships.  It’s $35/month and $420/year. 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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