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

Honoring the wisdom that comes with age

Brookline Senior Center Building

Ruthann Dobek, director

The theme for this year’s volunteer lunch April 11 was “Volunteers are the heart of our team.”  Volunteers give heart and soul to the Center.  Your kindness shines through and makes a difference. Please accept our thanks for all the great work you do.  You make this a better world and we’re delighted to honor you. Your thoughtfulness and words of appreciation are inspiring.

According to a study by Harvard University Public Health, for every minute you exercise, you’re adding seven minutes to your life.  They recommend exercising at least 150 minutes/week.  Activity benefits cancer, heart, arthritis, diabetes and respiratory illness.  Research also links exercise with better mood and cognition.  After a difficult day nothing makes me feel better than a brisk walk.  So dance, lift weights, walk, yoga.  Join our fitness center.


Wednesday, April 18 – – Be a Savvy Consumer with Mim Cole, co-director of the Newton-Brookline consumer office (with the Mass Attorney General) at 1.  Hear about taking care of disputes with businesses and consumer rights.

Thursday, April 19 – – Gift Cart red tag sale from 10-2 pm

Monday, April 23 – – Sing Along with Mel Stiller at 1: show tunes, standards, classic rock.  Register: 617. 730. 2770


April 28 and April 29 – – We’re hosting Brookline Open Studios 11-5 pm.  See work from Leah Abrahams, Jean-Pierre Dubreuil, Maryellen Moran, Peggy Peterson, Esther Robbins, Frances Schreiber, Aaron Seidman, Julie Smith, Patt Timothy

Wednesday, June 13 – – Council on Aging meets at 1 with Dr. Deepak Kumar, department of physical therapy & athletic training, BU School of Medicine, and researchers who will talk about knee pain and improving physical activity. (rescheduled from March)


Welcome Kate Jovin, MSW, LCSW, a recent grad from Simmons College of Social Work.


April/May 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, April 18 – – Peer-led support with the Low Vision Group at 1

Thursday, April 19 – – Blood sugar screening with Olga Abamelik, RN from Central Home Health Care Inc. is here from 11-12 noon.

Thursday, April 19 – –  Blood pressure screening with Barbara Westley, RN  here from 1-2 pm

Thursday, April 19 – – Staff from Brookline Hearing Services is here from 1-2 pm for routine cleanings and counseling at no charge.  Batteries: $5/pack

Thursday, May 3 – – Ask a Nurse with Lynn Schuster, RN from the Greater Medford Visiting Nurse Association at 11.


Ending Ageism, 4/19

Gullette RESCHEDULED flyer

Colson Whitehead, 4/25

Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, speaks at Brookline High School auditorium at 7, Wednesday, April 25.  Register with the Library: 617. 730. 2370   “His new novel, The Underground Railroad, also has passages of astounding physical violence, yet they are more deeply disturbing than any bloodshed in his previous book. Whitehead depicts the perversions and horrors of slavery in 19th-century America through the story of the multiple escape attempts of a woman named Cora.” – – courtesy of The Christian Science Monitor review:   The Underground Railroad


TRIPPS, 4/26

Join TRIPPS for a discussion of options to driving.  Van, bus, Lyft Concierge Pilot, ICare, MBTA, The Ride, and Uber options Thursday, April 26 from 1-2:30.  Light refreshments.  Register on the TRIPPS line: 617. 730. 2644

BrooklineCAN Election Forum, 4/26

Thursday, April 26 from 4-6 pm meet candidates in preparation for Town election May 8.  We will be voting for two Select Board members, five Library Board members, ballot questions for an override and debt exclusion.  Candidates make brief statements and address questions.

Denya LeVine, Fiddler 5/1

Tuesday, May 1 at 1 pm Denya LeVine is here.  LeVine plays fiddle and ukulele with roots in classical, folk, Jewish and Irish music.  Register: 617. 730. 2770                  http://denya.us/



Reiki Therapy Tuesdays

Akemi Minami, certified Reiki therapist, offers 25-minute appointments to Brookline residents over 60 and Senior Center volunteers.  Sessions: 9-12 noon Tuesdays.   $7/session  Five-treatment books:  $25    617. 730. 2777

Chess Thursdays and Fridays

Play Thursdays, 1-3 pm.  Bring a board or use ours.   Julie Washburn:  617. 730.2760

Beginners!  Three Brookline High School seniors, co-captains of their chess club, will be here Fridays from 3-5 for lessons and games.  Patricia Burns:  617. 730. 2743

Senior Chorus Fridays

New members welcome, no audition.  Led by Joe Reid, Fridays at 10:30

Elizabeth Pollock, president


This year our endowment fund donated $47,000 to the Center’s operations budget.  An endowment ensures the future of the organization by providing an income stream and reserves. Our new goal is doubling our endowment by 2020. We hope you’ll join us.  Contribute directly or add the Center to your will.  When you do, let us know so we can include you in our Legacy Society.

And consider an extra gift in support of the van and its faithful drivers who get seniors out and over to the Center.

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.


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  • News

  • Wonder Woman Ruthann Dobek:  


    Thanks Boston 25 News for your piece on the SHOP program:


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    “Off the Wall,”  photographs by Julie Smith

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    BCAN Age Friendly Businesses

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    Volunteers on January 30 at 1:30 pm

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    Planned Giving



    – – Consider leaving a legacy to the Senior Center.  Your bequest is a gift of hope.  Please call Ruthann Dobek, director:  617. 730. 2756 and help us secure a bright future

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