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Honoring the wisdom that comes with age

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A Note from Ruthann Dobek, Director

Please join us for the annual Marie Lavine concert on July 11. We will be celebrating the Great American Songbook with a fabulous concert by the Winikers (see page 1)!

I used the following analogy last year in dealing with the ever-changing, but never-ending COVID-19 situation, and it bears repeating: We are all standing at a beach in front of an ocean. Some will look into that water and say, “I’m not going anywhere near it. There can be sharks, jellyfish, and maybe a deadly infection in those waters!” Others will be part of the “L-Street Brownies” or “Polar Bears” and look forward to their New Year’s swim, even if the temperature is below freezing and it’s snowing! The vast majority, however, are somewhere in-between these extremes. We will put our feet in the water and say, “Maybe today I will go up to my knees, and if the temperature stays comfortable, take a quick swim.”

This is how we continue to navigate COVID-19 in the summer of 2022. As we have been vigilant during the pandemic, we remain a place to try out your comfort, ask questions, or resume your    activity level. I believe we have all learned a great deal, and continue to have the opportunity to adapt to changes and being resilient. I, along with the staff at the Council on Aging, look forward to meeting you wherever you are on your journey and to ensure that you feel safe, comfortable, and socially connected.

In addition, we are now paying attention to indicators including regional wastewater data, Brookline community case counts, Brookline Public School case counts and regional COVID-19  hospitalization admissions. These factors determine the CDC “risk category.” When we are at a high risk level, we need to be more vigilant with mask-wearing, testing, and staying physically    distant. This all takes patience, education, and an ability to adapt. Check out the town’s COVID-19 Hub at https://www.brooklinema.gov/2275/Covid-19-Hub for further updates.

Finally, I want to wish a happy Fourth of July to all. My family always has a big party to watch the glorious fireworks and enjoy the delicious summer foods. I especially look forward to eating juicy grilled burgers, sweet watermelon, and fresh corn on the cob. Summer flies by so quickly when you are an adult so make sure to savor your favorite tradition! Keep cool- come to the Senior Center to enjoy our air-conditioned building, drink extra water this month, and join me at the Farmer’s Market for yummy summer treats and socializing with your neighbors.

– Ruthann Dobek, Director


JULY OBSERVANCES

On Monday, July 4, the Senior Center will be closed as we celebrate Independence Day.


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-Save the date-

August 1: Beach Memories in Acrylics

August 10: Dance Caliente performance


Council on Aging Meeting

There is no regular July or August Council on Aging meeting. Our next regular meeting will be September 14. The COA is actively recruiting new members to serve. If you are  interested or would like to nominate someone, please contact Ruthann Dobek at 617-730-2756 or rdobek@brooklinema.gov


 


This Month's Programs & Events


JUNE PROGRAMS


BROOKLINE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

FARMER’S MARKET COUPON DISTRIBUTION

Staff from the Public Health Department will be at the Senior Center on Wednesday, June 29 from 10:00am-12:00pm. Coupon books for the Farmers’ Market will be distributed at the time of registration.

Coupons will be valid at the Farmers’ Market starting July 1, 2022 and continuing through the season. Individuals and families of two will receive $50 in coupons while households of three or more will receive $100 in coupons.

Brookline individuals and families who reside in Brookline Housing Authority sites or whose household income meets federal poverty guidelines are eligible to participate. Families whose children attend a Brookline school through programs such as METCO and who meet the financial guidelines also are eligible for the coupons.

Brookline DPH will be at various other locations throughout Brookline in June. For more information, visit www.brooklinema.gov/health in early June.


ANNUAL SIDEWALK SALE

We have all been cleaning our closets and cupboards and we have a variety of treasures for our annual “white elephant” sidewalk sale at the Senior Center on Wednesday, June 29 from 10:00am to 2:00pm, rain or shine. Come and take your pick of the goodies that are available!

All proceeds will benefit the programs and services of the Brookline Senior Center. There are many bargains to be had so be sure to stop by and shop!

If you are interested in making donations for the sale, please do so in the bins located outside the Council on Aging offices on the second floor of the Senior Center. *Please note, we do not accept any items with plugs, clothing, linens, and large items. For any questions, contact Jamie Jensen at jjensen@brooklinema.gov or 617-730-2753.


NEW ENGLAND’S LGBTQ+ PLACES OF PRIDE PRESENTATION

On Wednesday, June 29 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, join Joan Ilacqua, Executive Director of The History Project, for a journey through New England’s LGBTQ+ places of Pride.

She’ll share stories about summering in Provincetown and Ogunquit, a 19th-century lesbian marriage in Vermont, and sites of historic significance in the Greater Boston area.

The History Project is Boston’s LGBTQ community archives. Our mission is to document, preserve, and share LGBTQ+ history. Learn more and support our volunteer-driven work at www.historyproject.org.

Please register at 617-730-2770.


HOW WHAT YOU EAT CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

On Thursday, June 30 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, join us for this informative presentation. Even small changes to your eating habits can have a big impact on how you feel. Research has shown that a healthful diet can be as helpful as genetic factors for helping seniors avoid the health challenges associated with aging. Making healthy and nutritious choices can decrease the risk of chronic disease, slow disease progression, and reduce disease symptoms.

Alegria Cohen, MS, RD, LDN, Outpatient Dietitian from Hebrew SeniorLife, will share expertise about healthy eating that can help you avoid or manage chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Learn easy ways to integrate healthy foods into your daily diet and how to stay on track. Please register at 617-730-2770.


METROWEST LEGAL SERVICES LEGAL CLINIC

On the last Thursday of each month (this month June 30 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


JULY PROGRAMS


ONGOING EVENTS

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


WOODEN SIGN-MAKING CLASS

On Wednesday, July 6 from 1:00-3:00pm at the Senior Center, join facilitator Karen Kelly to create a lovely wooden sign.

We will handprint (with acrylic paints) a welcome sign. You can also choose to paint hydrangeas or some lovely sun flowers. If you have something else in mind please feel free to create on your own. Please register at 617-730-2770.


LGBTQ+ DISCUSSION GROUP

The Brookline Senior Center will be hosting an LGBTQ+ discussion group for older adults on Wednesdays in July from 1:00pm-2:00pm at the Senior Center. Please register at 617-730-2770.


JEWELRY MAKING

Join us on Thursdays July 7 through July 28 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center. Learn how to make bracelets, earrings, and rings, using wire and beads. And learn how to add your own personal touch to the jewelry you wear.

 

All abilities welcome. No experience is necessary. Please register at 617-730-2770.


EASY TRAVEL

On Thursday, July 7 at 1:00pm (*please NOTE time change) at the Senior Center, join Program Manager Jamie Jensen as she shares highlights from her recent “staycation.”

She welcomed a cousin from Denmark, to whom she showed interesting local attractions that are fun and worth checking out. Highlights include Boston landmarks and plenty of wildlife. You may also catch a glimpse of baby Lucy! Register at 617-730-2770.


MARIE LAVINE MEMORIAL CONCERT

Join us at the Senior Center for our annual Marie Lavine Memorial Concert, featuring the Winiker Band, on Monday, July 11, at 2:00pm.

The concert is a tribute to the memory of Marie Lavine, a beloved Senior Center volunteer who loved concerts and theater. The concert is lovingly underwritten every year by Marie Lavine’s daughters, Eileen Solomon and Kathy Sue Lavine.

The Winikers certainly need no introduction to Brookline and it seems all the more fitting that they knew Marie personally.

In addition to the wonderful Bill and Bo Winiker, vocalist Cindy Gale and pianist Steve Heck will also be performing. The band will entertain us with an eclectic program with each member featured in different ways playing a lot of the music that Marie loved.

Afterwards, join your friends for some delicious desserts, including homemade chocolate chip cookies, Marie’s favorite. To register, please call 617-730-2770.


NEW CHINESE OUTREACH WORKER &

WELCOME TEATIME EVENT

The Senior Center welcomes new Outreach Worker Xiaojie Yin (Jane) from the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center! Jane will have office hours at the Senior Center on Mondays from 1:30-3:30pm to meet with Chinese residents about their needs. Jane speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese. She is also a certified SHINE counselor who can counsel on health insurance options.

On Monday, July 11th from 1:30-3:30pm at the Senior Center, we will welcome Jane with a special “Teatime!” event to get to know her and what programs and services she can provide. Jane looks forward to meeting you and your family! As this date is also the Marie Lavine concert, come early to meet Jane and then join us upstairs for the music!

RSVP & Questions: Xiaojie Yin (Jane) at 617-730-2764 or xyin@gbcgac.org


HALL’S POND TOUR

On Tuesday, July 12 at 10:00am, join us for a walk through Hall’s Pond and Amory Woods led by volunteer Fran Perler.

Hall’s Pond Wildlife Sanctuary is a local treasure in the heart of urban Brookline. It’s one of the smallest wildlife sanctuaries in the state and one of the busiest. It’s home to many birds and animals. One often sees a Cormorant or a Great Blue Heron fishing in the pond.

Outside the sanctuary fence is the much larger Amory Park. The area was originally a white cedar swamp. We will walk around the pond, discussing its history, wildlife and its role in flood control. Those wishing a longer walk can join us in Amory Woods. The walks around the pond and the woods are about a third of a mile each, so you might want to bring some water. There are benches in the formal garden, Amory Woods and outside the sanctuary gates.

We will meet at the Beacon Street sanctuary gate. T riders should take the Beacon St. green line to the Hawes St. stop, where you will see the entrance at the end of the apartments. Free parking is available on Amory St. or in the parking lot at Freeman St. on the north end of the park. Restrooms are available one block away from the sanctuary gate at the tennis courts on Amory St. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Space is limited, so please register at 617-730-2770.


JELLYFISH: HOW TO PASTEL PAINT

Award-winning artist Gregory Maichack will make his annual “visit” this year via Zoom on Wednesday, July 13 from 1:00‐3:00pm to present his Oceans of Possibilities workshop. This “Jellyfish” pastel painting workshop is designed for sheer beginners to experienced artists. This workshop has unfathomable possibilities for creativity, from design to colors! This fun, two-hour workshop, with materials included, guides everyone in producing their very own original pastel of a stunning Jellyfish. The possibilities are bottomless! All will become excited in seeing the colors produced by pastels in their creation of subtle colors as everyone becomes experts at blending pastel. For the first time, creating translucency will be our special effect. As always, all will keep their 12 X 18 painting. All will be supplied pastels, pencils, paper, blending material, and photos for tabletop references for pickup at the Senior Center. Co-sponsored by Waterstone at the Circle.

To register and receive the Zoom link and materials, please contact Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753 or jjensen@brooklinema.gov.


“DON’T CHOKE ON THE BONES” BOOK

READING

On Thursday, July 14 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, join local author Michele Minott   for a reading from her recently published book “Don’t Choke on the Bones.”

“Don’t Choke on the Bones” is a book of   essays, many of which are autobiographical. The book is in three parts. The first part, Rockaway Days, chronicles Michele’s early childhood between the ages of six and eight, during which she spent three enchanted summers in a coastal town in Queens called Rockaway. This was in the late 1950s, a time when life was slower, simpler, and sweeter.

Part 2, Ode to my Dad, is a tribute to her father, with whom she had a special relationship. He would often tease her and make her laugh, saying “now you know what it’s like to have an older brother.” He was so empathetic and kind that he once took a homeless man out for breakfast.

Part 3, Don’t Choke on the Bones, includes a number of essays reflecting more widely on social and political issues. As a political junkie, Michele frequently wrote letters to the editors of both the Boston Globe and the Brookline Tab. Many of her essays are filtered through a philosophical lens, which is how she sees life.

Copies will be available for purchase and Michele is happy to autograph. Books can also be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Choke-Bones-Michele-Minott/dp/B0B28KJ4FD/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1RZXGLZXNX475&keywords=dont+choke+on+the+bones&qid=1655223381&sprefix=%2Caps%2C58&sr=8-1 Refreshments will also be available. Please register at 617-730-2770.


WALKER AND CANE DECORATING

Come decorate your walker or cane with us on Friday, July 15 at 1:00pm. 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.


BOSTON’S BACK BAY

On Monday, July 18 at 1:00pm, join us at the Senior Center for another interesting talk by author Anthony Sammarco!

In his book “Back Bay through Time,” Anthony M. Sammarco outlines the Back Bay of Boston, a neighborhood of the city that is not just the quintessential Victorian neighborhood of the 19th century, but one that was infilled and planned as the premier residential and institutional development.

Begun in the late 1850s when the marshlands west of the Boston Public Garden were infilled through the ingenuity of John Souther, the Back Bay was to become a massive project that took over three decades to complete. With fill brought by gondola cars from Needham, Massachusetts six days a week, twenty-four hours a day, every 45 minutes, the fill had an average depth of 20 feet and the expanse of the Back Bay to be filled was roughly 460 acres. A monumental task, it was said that so successful was the venture that by 1885, only a small area was left to be infilled near the Back Bay Fens.

In this photographic history of the Back Bay of Boston Anthony M. Sammarco, with the contemporary photographs of Peter B. Kingman, has created a fascinating book and talk that chronicles the neighborhood from the late nineteenth century through to today.

Walking along Arlington, Boylston, Newbury Streets, Commonwealth, Huntington and Massachusetts Avenues and stopping at Park Square and Copley Square, this visually fascinating book and talk offers a fascinating glimpse of the Back Bay of Boston through time. Please register at 617-730-2770.


BROOKLINE HEARING SERVICES

The staff from Brookline Hearing Services will be coming to the Senior Center on Thursday, July 21 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.


SPECIAL MID-AFTERNOON MEAL &

TRIVIA EVENT

On Thursday, July 21 at 3:00pm at the Senior Center, the team at Heart to Home Meals is offering a free hot mid-afternoon meal to honor the seniors of Brookline.

Come join the team for a free meal, trivia, and prize give away at the Brookline Senior Center! For more information about Heart to Home Meals, please visit their website. Information will also be provided at the event.

CHOOSE one meal option:

  1. Crumb-Topped Cod in Lemon Sauce: Cod fillet, topped with a parsley crumb, in a lemon butter sauce. Served with rice, asparagus and green beans.
  2. Chicken Teriyaki: Authentic teriyaki sauce mixed with chicken and vegetables, served with a fluffy vegetable rice pilaf.

 

 

 

Please note: meal must be consumed on premises. RSVP REQUIRED as space is limited! Call 617-730-2770 to reserve your space and your meal choice.


AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

The Brookline Senior Center is hosting the American Red Cross for a Blood Drive on Monday, July 25 from 9:00am-2:00pm. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: SCBrookline. When you register, you will have to select your time and donation type (“blood” or “Power Red”). Please see the Red Cross website for more information.


CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR SENIORS

PRESENTATION

Join us on Thursday July 27 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center for this presentation on recognizing and responding to senior bullying sponsored and presented by Goddard House Assisted Living. We will explore the psycho-social aspects of bullying with an in-depth look at the bullying of seniors.

We will explore positive interventions that can be employed to transform a community into a people friendly environment through discussion, case studies and role playing. Participants will discuss the various losses seniors experience and understand why bullying could be conceived as a reaction to loss and a gain of control. This workshop will also examine how dementia can elevate both the effects and occurrences of bullying and how to address bullying in a cognitive, friendly way. Register at 617-730-2770.


LETS GO OUT TO LUNCH BUNCH

On Wednesday, July 27, the Let’s Go Out to Lunch Bunch will be going to the Flaming Grill & Buffet in Roslindale. Registration is limited, so please call 617-730-2770.

 

 


WINTER & WOO CONCERT

Join us on Thursday, July 28 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center. Anything that needs saying can be said with music from The Great American Songbook and a pair of musicians to bring those tunes alive. This concert is just what the doctor ordered. Renowned Boston Pops pianist Bob Winter and vocalist and former MGH internist Elaine Woo will serenade you with old favorites and some sparkling new ones as well. Please register at  617-730-2770.

 

 

 

 

 


CRAFTING WITH KRISTINE

On Friday, July 29 at 1:30pm, join Program Assistant Kristine Farley for a casual crafting time with materials included. Come check out some fun ideas for crafting and other events Kristine has in mind for some summer Fridays. Please register at 617-730-2770.


METROWEST LEGAL SERVICES LEGAL

CLINIC

On the last Thursday of each month (this month July 28 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


BUY A BAG & SUPPORT THE COA

STOP & SHOP COMMUNITY BAG

PROGRAM

The Brookline Council on Aging has been selected by local Stop & Shop store leadership as the benefiting non-profit in the Community Bag Program!

For the month of July 2022, Brookline Council on Aging will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Stop & Shop store located at 60 Everett Street, Allston MA.


-SAVE THE DATE-


BEACH MEMORIES IN ACRYLICS

On Monday, August 1 at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, join Expressive Arts Therapist Carolyn Melbye for this interactive art workshop. Mary Cassatt’s Children Playing on the Beach is a longtime favorite painting by Cassatt as it captures the summer air and the warm, playful feeling of children in the sand.

Do you remember your first trip to the beach? Join us to be inspired by Cassatt and paint your beach memories in acrylics. Please register at 617-730-2770.


WOOSOX GAME

On Wednesday, August 3, join us for a trip to the new Polar Park stadium to cheer on our Red Sox future stars vs the Durham Bulls minor league team for Tampa Bay. Game is at 12:15pm and the cost is $20.00 for this trip. Tickets come with $2 ballpark credit pre-loaded onto each ticket. Registration is required and space is limited for this special event. To register, please call 617‐730‐2777. Payment due by Monday, August 1st. Please keep in mind that the van will leave the Brookline Senior Center at 10:00am sharp!


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.


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.


KARATE FOR SENIORS ON VACATION

The class will be on vacation for part of the summer but will resume in mid-August. Please note: Sensei Noah Lucia is also planning to do a presentation on personal safety, either in August or September.

 

 


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!

 

 


WELCOME BLANKET

Join other Brookline knitters, crocheters, quilters, and weavers for the monthly Welcome Blanket Brookline meetup. Weather-permitting, we will meet on Sunday, July 17, from 3:00-4:00pm. We will meet in front of the Florida Ruffin Ridley School (345 Harvard Street, 02446), where there is a lawn with picnic tables. Please bring a mask and your craft.


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

The New York Times Article, Exploring the Health Effects of Ageism from April 23, 2022 is by Paula Span, who has been one of our distinguished author/guests at the Brookline Senior Center. The article describes more than three decades of research by Yale psychologist Becca Levy that has demonstrated how age discrimination can take years off one’s life.

Dictionary.com defines ageism as follows:

Ageism is defined as “discrimination against persons of a certain age group” or “a tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment.” According to the World Health Organization, “Ageism refers to the stereotypes (how we think), prejudice (how we feel) and discrimination (how we act) towards others or oneself based on age.” The WHO considers ageism to be a serious global problem that contributes to hostility between generations and can have significant medical and economic impacts.

Advocating against ageism remains a personal goal. I urge the whole community to join me in “shouting down ageism and finding your voice.” Your voice is important and must be heard! If you’d like to join our advocacy team, please let Ruthann Dobek know by emailing rdobek@brooklinema.gov or calling 617-730-2756. If you would like to show your support by wearing our “Shout Down Ageism- Find Your  Voice” t-shirt, you can get one for a $10 donation.

Thank you for keeping the needs of older adults front and center. The community’s generous donations in keeping the Senior Center solvent are an essential part of this battle.

We still have work to do to create a community in which the rapidly increasing older adult population can age in place successfully. We need to build a sustainable transportation system. We need to find adequate mental health services for older adults. We need to plan for additional space for our overcrowded Senior Center. Funding a strategic plan for the immediate and long-term needs of the Senior Center will be key.

Let’s keep Brookline’s reputation as a forward-looking community for the entire population. On behalf of Brookline’s older adult community, I thank you.

Betsy Pollock, Board President

 

          


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    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.