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

Honoring the wisdom that comes with age

Autumn Benefit, 10/24 (click)


Ruthann Dobek, director

I am personally inviting the entire community to attend our 17th annual Autumn Benefit October 24. This year we honor the law firm of Wade Horowitz LaPointe LLC for their dedication to older adults and the community. The benefit is our biggest fundraiser of the year. I guarantee a phenomenal time of celebrating our community with scrumptious food, fabulous music, entertaining conversation and mingling with neighbors. Buy your tickets early and show support for the center. If you cannot be with us, please consider a tax deductible contribution by check or make an online donation here through Paypal (right).  Each dollar will help us reach our goal of $50,000 for the year.  Special thanks to diamond sponsors Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Michael Merrill.

October is great time when the weather is glorious and the trees wear brilliant autumn colors of scarlet, yellow and orange.  Enjoy the last days of our farmers market with juicy apples and festive pumpkins.  Please don’t forget to wish Agnes Rogers (below) a happy birthday October 15.


Wednesday, October 24 – – The Annual Benefit at 6.  Join us as we honor the law office of Wade Horowitz and LaPointe LLC, elder care advocates and long-time supporters of Brookline older adults.  Valet parking will be available.  See sponsorship levels above

Thursday, October 25 – – Have lunch and a tour of Providence House in Brighton.  Learn more about their assisted living.  Transportation leaves here at 11:45, a restaurant quality meal, tour and back by about 2 pm.  Register: 617. 730. 2770 – – Sponsored by Providence House

Thursday, October 25 – – Final holiday craft fair planning meeting at 2

Tuesday, October 30 – – Flu Clinic here from 11-1 pm.  Free, bring insurance cards

Thursday, November 8 – – Students from Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences workshop on diabetes at 1 pm

Transportation continues to be a major concern for elders. Our TRIPPS program can help you find alternative transportation options. Call Maria Foster @ 617. 730. 2644 for more information.  We are committed to improving our transportation service. One way you can help is making a donation to support the van fund, which depends on your gifts to continue.  Another way is completing our short transportation survey @ https://bit.ly/2Lx6jXQ    Paper copies are available here as well.

The Brookline Age-Friendly City committee needs new members.  The group seeks “to strengthen the Town’s response to its senior population through collaboration with the Town, the Council on aging and BrooklineCAN.  Attend monthly meetings and contribute to committee projects.”  Committee members are appointed by the Select Board for three year terms.  Information:  co-chair Frank Caro   frank.g.caro@gmail.com

Autumn Benefit Sponsors as of 10/1

DIAMOND:  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Michael Merrill

RUBY:  Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Brookline Bank, Goddard House Assisted Living, Hamilton Company Harold and Maura Brown, Shulamit Kahn and Kevin Lang, Betsy Pollock, Sue B. Reamer, Winnie and Richard Rubino, Suzanne Salamon and Alan Einhorn, Sherrill House, Wade Horowitz LaPointe LLC

SAPPHIRE:  Patricia H. Dobek, Ruthann Dobek and Glenn Boghosian, Rogerson House

EMERALD:  Atkin Associates LLC-Barrie Atkin, Laurde and Elias Audy, Doris Tobey Axelrod and Lawrence Marks, Center Communities of Brookline/Hebrew Senior Life, Rev. George and Margie Chapman, Lesley and John Christian, Marilyn and Andre Danesh, Sidney Gelb, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Elaine Kwiecien, V. Celia Lascarides, Pathway Home Realty Group, Ruth K. Seidman, Waterstone at the Circle, Wingate Residences at Boylston Place, Sonia and William Wong

TOPAZ:  Always Best Care Senior Services, Dr. Michele Baker and Rabbi Jim Morgan, BAYADA Home Health Care, Brookline Community Foundation, Brookline Hearing Services, Brookline Municipal Credit Union, Carol and Frank Caro, Judith Chasin, Eleanor Clarkson, Nancy Daly and Kevin Cavanaugh, Betsy and Dennis DeWitt, Eastern Bank, Elder Achievers, Doris and Saul Feldman, Nancy Heller, Home Instead Senior Care, Georgia and Bruce Johnson, Joyce and Barr Jozwicki, Rudolph Kass, Pat Krol and Steve Chiumenti, Lasky Home Smith, Levine Chapels, Alberta and Roger Lipson, Longwood Dental Group, Margolis & Bloom LLP, Sylvia and Ralph Memolo, Judy Meyers and Mark Pasternack, Judith B. Mir, Cecily and Alan Morse, Mojtaba Mostashari and Zahra Hendi, Mount Pleasant Home, The Move Maven, Providence House Assisted Living, Evelyn Roll, Carol and Morry Sapoznik, Roberta S. Winitzer, Susan and Neil Wishinsky

October Health Checks

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

Wednesday, October 17 – – Peer led low vision support group meets at 1 pm

Thursday, October 18 – – Staff from Brookline Hearing Services is here from 1-2 for routine cleanings and counseling.  Batteries: $5/pack

Wednesday, October 24 – – Barbara Westley, RN does blood pressure screening at O’Shea House, 61 Park St from 1-2


Thursday, October 25 – – Blood sugar screening from 11-12 noon with Olga Abamelik, RN from Central Home Care.

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

Brain Healthy Cooking, 10/17

Wednesday, October 17 at 1 our friends from Goddard House Assisted Living talk about brain healthy cooking and the Mediterranean diet.  After, a light healthy lunch.  Register: 617. 730. 2770

Why you need a flu shot, 10/19


Armenie Varadian, clinical nurse liaison for CareOne at Brookline is here Friday, October 19 at 1.  Learn why the flu shot is important, the difference between a cold and the flu, and when you need medical attention.  Light refreshments.  Register: 617. 730. 2770. – – Sponsored by CareOne at Brookline and Ascend Hospice

TRIPPS Trips, 10/18,10/29

Thursday, October 18 – – Learn how to use SmartPhone apps for travel,  1-2:30 pm

Monday, October 29 – – License renewal and Real ID wordshop with the MassRMV, 1-2 pm

Thursday November 1, November 8, November 15 – – Getting around with Uber and Lyft, 10-11:30 am

Wednesday, November 28 – – MBTA Senior CharlieCard applications and renewals, 1-3 pm

Rodgers, Hart, Hammerstein, 10/22

Historian Bruce Hambro is here Monday, October 22 at 1 with a multimedia presentation on Rodgers and Hart and Rodgers and Hammerstein.    Bruce on Frank:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkqZFlpjJQg        Register: 617. 730. 2770

Long Term Care, 10/23

Tuesday, October 23 at 6 Jennifer Read from Brookline Investment Services talks about long term care and how to pay for it.  Register: 617. 730. 2770 – – Investment and insurance products offered by Infinex Investments. Brookline Investment Services is the name of the bank. They are not affiliated and  products are not insured by FDIC.

Register of Deeds at Town Hall, 10/25

The Norfolk Country Register of Deeds will be at Brookline Town Hall Thursday, October 25 from 10-12 noon in room 111.  Register O’Donnell and staff will answer questions about the Homestead Act, status of mortgage discharges, print copies of your deed, and how the Registry’s online database works with real-time work stations.  Conduct Registry business close to home.  No appointment needed.

Elizabeth Pollock, president


Our 17th Annual Autumn Benefit is Wednesday, October 24 at 6.  This year we’re honoring the law firm of Wade Horowitz and LaPointe LLC. They have been a significant contributor to the Center.  The attorneys volunteer in our monthly legal clinic and offered educational programs.  The benefit includes great food, raffles and entertainment.

We gratefully accept donations to our nonprofit and they are completely tax deductible.  They keep the van running as well as funding furnishings, improvements and innovative programs.  This month as we celebrate the 17th annual benefit, we invite you to attend our special evening of festivities.  We are proud of our strong community and need your help to sustain it.  Please be as generous as you can.  The Board and the Center family thank you.

We are still accepting gift certificates for the raffles.  We have received a $200 Village Mobil gas card, Coolidge Corner Theatre tickets, a weekend at the Marriott Courtyard, and certificates from local restaurants.  You can buy raffle tickets here on the second floor.

Sponsorships are welcome from individuals, companies and nonprofits. We welcome gift certificates, merchandise and services to raffle. For more information, contact Ruthann Dobek  rdobek@brooklinema.gov      617. 730. 2756     With much appreciation, Betsy Pollock

Marie Lavine memorial concert


– – Eileen Solomon, daughter of Marie Lavine with Ruthann Dobek

“Exercise is the only thing that helps everything,” says Dr. Janice Schwartz, professor of medicine at UC San Francisco.  I’m amazed at the research that confirms the value of fitness for older people.  It improves health, memory and helps prevent dementia.  We’re also raising funds for scholarships to our fitness center.  Join me in supporting this program.  Our fiscal year ends June 30.  Your contribution will sustain us.

If you would like to create a tribute gift, contact Ruthann DobekMarie Lavine’s daughters, Corrine Long’s family, and Vivian Freeman’s family have insured their mothers are honored each year with their special gift.

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

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 support. I, the board, and the entire Senior Center family thank you!

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