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

New Year’s Open House – – Thursday, December 28, 1:30 – 3:30.  Entertainment at 1:30, light food at 2:30.  Register:  617. 730. 2770

We close Monday, December 25 for Christmas

We are open Tuesday, December 26 but there is no food distribution

We wish them all the best:  Congratulations to Jamie Donchin who married in November and is now known as Jamie JensenCarol Malinowski, clinical social worker, retires at the end of December.  Dotty Bell is also retiring in December:  “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.”


Senior Chorus Holiday Concert and craft fair check presentation Friday, December 15 at 10:30

Charlie Card applications here Wednesday, December 20 from 1-3.  Bring picture ID with date of birth.  Applications and photos here.  MBTA mails card in 6-8 weeks.  Or visit the MBTA Charlie Card store at Downtown Crossing’s Red and Orange Lines and get it while you wait.

REAP Event:  Thursday, December 21 at 2.  Meet other REAP members and share this year’s accomplishments.  Refreshments.  RSVP:  Deidre Waxman:  dwaxman@brooklinema.gov                                    617. 730. 2767

“Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.” – – Erich Fromm

More than half of all charitable giving takes place between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.  This holiday season I’m grateful for your generosity.  Our seniors give their time, energy and money to keep the Brookline Senior Center a welcoming haven for our community’s elders.

I know that many of you share this vision and I hope you will consider a holiday gift to us.  Know that no matter whether a few dollars or more, all donations are appreciated and well used.  To make a donation with a credit card, use Paypal “DONATE” to the right at the top of this page.

I invite everyone to celebrate the holidays here.  There is an abundance of riches to be enjoyed.  Start with the Elks dinner on Saturday, December 2 and finish with our New Year’s open house Thursday, December 28.  Hope to see you here and bring a friend.

Also, my wish to all is that no one ever goes to bed cold, hungry or lonely and I am convinced in this remarkable town that with your help we can ensure that all seniors are warm, well fed and befriended.  Peace 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


New resource guide coming with gogo grandparents, help around town and Brookline based program for rides to eye care appointments.

No smartphone workshops this month.

Our office hours:  Wednesdays 10-12 noon and Thursdays 11-1pm.  617. 730. 2644      info@trippsmass.org

December 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

Thursday, December 21 – – Blood pressure screening with Barbara Westley, RN here from 1-2

Thursday, December 21 – – Brookline Hearing Services is here from 1-2 for routine cleanings and counseling, no charge.  Batteries: $5

Wednesday, December 27 – – Blood pressure screening with Barbara Westley, RN at O’Shea House, 61 Park St, from 1-2

Holiday Desserts, 12/18

Our friends from Wingate Residences at Boylston Place are here Monday, December 18 at 1 with holiday desserts from the kitchen of Chef Randy.  Register:  617. 730. 2770

Zumba Gold Thursdays thru December

Zumba gold with instructor Emily Brenner Thursdays from 1:30 – 2:30.   New classes Thursday, December 14 and Thursday, December 21.  Session:  by the class $7,  free to Brookline Housing Authority residents.   – – Sponsored by the Brookline Multi-Service Senior Center Corp

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

Mahjong Mondays, Thursdays

Social games of mahjong Mondays and Thursdays 12:30-3 pm

Senior Chorus Fridays

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

Elizabeth Pollock, president


The holiday season is a special time.  I hope everyone enjoys celebrating with family and friends.  This is also the time when we think about giving to those less fortunate.  Please consider giving to the Brookline Senior Center as you are making your holiday donations.

The money raised by our Autumn Benefit goes to support programs and services that help our most needy elders access benefits like fuel assistance, SNAP program and emergency resources.

As the holidays approach, I am reminded of how many people give their time, money and other resources to help Brookline’s seniors live with dignity and respect.  Thank you to all.  And best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

Thank you to everyone who attended and volunteered at the Autumn Benefit.  You made the evening a wonderful time.  To our sponsors: thank you for caring about Brookline’s seniors.  This year you set a new record.  With special thanks to our diamond sponsors:

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Frank McNulty

Michael Merrill

Sherrill House

and to sponsors and supporters who donated tickets so low income elders could enjoy the evening.

Help a friend afford a Fitness Center membership.  We’re seeking donors to help others with scholarships.  It’s $35/month and $420/year.  Your help sustains these programs.  “Exercise is the only thing that helps everything associated with aging,says Janice Schwartz, MD, professor of medicine at UC, San Francisco.  Look for better physical health and memory.   If you can, help us with scholarships to the fitness center.  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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  • News


     Exhibition here in the Gallery



    Photographs by Sally Chapman: 

    Yards of Faith/Heritage 

    Through December 29


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    BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting

    (L to R) Ruthann Dobek, Director Brookline Senior Center, introduces Alice Bonner, MA Secretary Elder Affairs.

    Ruthann Dobek with Alice Bonner, MA Secretary of Elder Affairs – – photo by Elenore Parker

    Betsy Munzer, President, Brookline League of Women Voters,receives award from Frank Caro, BCAN

    Betsy Munzer, president, Brookline League of Women Voters, Frank Caro, co-chair, BrooklineCAN – – photo by Elenore Parker

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    Kerri Ann Tester, program director, TRIPPS, Frank Caro, Roberta Winitzer, chair, Council on Aging – – photo by John Seay

    Erin Kinney, Brookline Interactive Group (BIG), and Frank Caro, BCAN Co-Chair

    Erin Kinney, Brookline Interactive Group with Frank Caro – – photo by Elenore Parker

    Brookline High Jazz Band

    Brookline High School Jazz Band – – photo by Elenore Parker

    Surprise Guest Lauds Organization

    The BrooklineCAN (Brookline Community Aging Network) 7th Annual Meeting and Exposition began with the introduction of a surprise guest: Alice Bonner, secretary of elder affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Secretary Bonner praised BrooklineCAN not only for its success but also for the organization’s efforts to make Brookline a better place to live for people of all ages. She particularly noted BrooklineCAN’s project to identify public bathrooms throughout the town. The Annual Meeting, whose theme was The Power of Engagement, was September 14.

    The meeting opened with master of ceremonies, Roberta Winitzer, introducing Ruthann Dobek and Frank Caro, Steering Committee co-chairs.

    Prior to the meeting, guests enjoyed refreshments and exhibits from BrooklineCAN committees and town organizations: Brookline Recreation Department, Board of Selectmen, and Public Libraries. The Brookline High School Jazz Band presented a lively concert.

    Keynote speaker Judith Gonyea, professor and associate dean of research at Boston University School of Social Work,addressed Promoting Age-friendly Communities in the Current Political Environment: Opportunities and Challenges. She discussed how life is enriched when people are actively involved in meaningful projects and goal-directed activities and stressed how vital social engagement is. She noted that isolated elders have higher rates of some illnesses. Recent research has borne out that genetic changes have been found in elders who are socially isolated.

    Frank Caro, representing BrooklineCAN, presented community service awards to Erin Kinney, manager of engagement, Brookline Interactive Group (BIG); Betsy Munzer, president, Brookline League of Women Voters; and Kerri Ann Tester, program manager,TRIPPS (Transportation Resource Information, Planning, & Partnership for Seniors).

    Awardees were recognized for their work around engagement: encouraging volunteerism, educating and informing and promoting access to activities that encourage citizen involvement.

    Affiliated with the Brookline Senior Center, BrooklineCAN is an all-volunteer organization which enables older residents to remain independent and fully engaged in the community. The organization advocates on behalf of Brookline’s older residents, works with town agencies on behalf of Brookline seniors, provides ways for members to contribute to the community, and in general acts to make Brookline an even better place to live for people of all ages.

    Visit us at http://www.brooklineCAN.org, or call 617. 730. 2777 for information and to request a copy of BrooklineCAN’s newsletter. – – Press contact: Elenore Parker 617. 232. 6444



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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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