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

Brookline Senior Services

Hours:  8:30 – 5pm weekdays

Address:  93 Winchester St, Brookline, MA  02446

Information:  617. 730. 2770

Social Services:  617. 730. 2777

Ruthann Dobek, director:  617. 730. 2770      rdobek@brooklinema.gov  



Real Estate Tax Exemptions, 11/16

Sandy Spector is here Tuesday, November 16 from 10-12:00 noon with information on real estate tax exemptions.  Find her in the gallery and drop by.

Memory Connections Cafe, 11/17

The Café, for people with early memory challenges and their care partners to connect with peers through socialization and programming is meeting on ZOOM Wednesday, November 17 from 1:30 – 3:00. A haiku poet will lead us in a workshop where you can write your own poems.

REGISTER ZOOM:  Jamie Jensen   jjensen@brooklinema.gov   617. 730. 2753

Vibrant Assistive Technology Wednesdays+Thursdays

Vibrant assistive technology programs by the Mass Assoc for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Get help with reading, walking,cooking, cleaning, shopping, reading, TV, creating spreadsheets, banking, travel, health and fitness.  Anyone with low vision or blindness is welcome, along with those interested in how we are treating vision loss. Lessons here Wednesday and Thursday afternoons

CALL    Rachel Castle: 617. 608. 4150        rcastle@mabcommunity.org 

Brookline Hearing Services Thursdays, 11/18

Staff is here Thursday, November 18 from 1:30-2:30.  Free cleanings and counseling, batteries $5.  No appointments.

Hearing Tests, 11/18

Dr. Tamy Simon Chelst, audiologist, is here Thursday, November 18 all day to test your hearing. Medicare covered service. Bring your health insurance cards and name and number of your doctor.  Appointments from 9-12 noon and 1-3 pm.

REGISTER:  617. 730. 2770

Medicare SHINE, 10/15 – 12/7

Our SHINE counselors: Sonia Wong, Steve Maas and Sybil Levisohn, are doing telephone appointments to help you explore your health insurance choices only.  Their schedule for Medicare Open Enrollment only is October 15 through December 7.  You need your Medicare card, drug list and Medicare account username and password.

REGISTER:  617. 730. 2777

Food Pantry at United Parish Church

The new location of the Food Pantry is United Parish Church at 210 Harvard on the corner of Marion St across from the Mobil station.  Open Wednesdays: 2-5 pm only.

The Pantry accepts non-perishable food donations Wednesdays from 10:30-12:30 and Fridays from 9:30-12 noon.

Other locations – – https://www.brooklinefoodpantry.org/

Death Cafe, TBA

Our next Death Cafe is TBA.  Death Cafes are for people of all ages to socialize, eat and drink and talk about death and dying. There is no agenda, advertising, objectives or themes.  We aim to increase our awareness of death so as to make the most of our lives.  No registration.  More about death cafes: https://deathcafe.com/what

LEADER:  Michael Allen, LICSW   617. 730. 2754


Kaila Atkins is the REAP coordinator. Her hours are Wednesdays 7:30-6 pm; Thursdays (10:30-4:30 pm remote); and Fridays (12:15-6:15. This is a good time to connect with her if you’re looking for work.  REAP is for Brookline residents over 60 who want to stay active in the community.  This program enhances your retirement by connecting you with part-time paid or volunteer work.

CONNECT:  Katkins@brooklinema.gov  617. 730. 2767

Podiatry Clinic

Routine foot care (nail and callous trim) with Dr. John McLoughlin.  $40.

APPOINTMENTS: 617. 730. 2777

Brookline Senior Center Services

BETS (Brookline Elder Taxi System) –   Maria Foster: 617. 730. 2644 or mfoster@brooklinema.gov

BROOKLINE TRIPPS – For alternatives to driving:  MBTA, TheRIDE, Uber, Lyft and medical transport: Maria Foster: 617. 730. 2644


HELP – with meals, errands, cleaning and shopping:  617.730.2752

EQUIPMENT LOAN FUND  –  Donations and loans of lots of gently used equipment including walkers, tub seats, tub benches, wheelchairs, rollators, canes, raised toilet seats.  CALL:  617. 730. 2752 or mallen@brooklinema.gov

FILE OF LIFE Forms that tell first responders how to help. You carry one and the other is on the refrigerator.  Ruth Brenner  617. 730. 2777

SHINE Explore health insurance options by telephone only with Sonia Wong, Steve Maas and Sybil Levisohn.   617. 730. 2777

VAN – – Call to get a ride here one business day ahead:  617. 730. 2750. Donations welcome

CARE Caregiver Assistance Relief

We provide Brookline families free respite and companionship through the CARE program, which operates under the auspices of the HELP program.  CARE provides Brookline caregivers a break from caring for an older adult family member.  It does not include personal care like dressing, bathing or medication services.

CALL 617. 730. 2752

Clutter Consults with HELP

Is your stuff piling up? Ask about a free, one‐time visit with a social worker to help you make a plan for your stuff.

CALL 617. 730. 2752

Ride with Springwell

Brookline people over 60 can get rides from Springwell through Alternative Transportation Systems. https://alt-trans.com/springwell

CALL:  857. 364. 6570

Medical Rides

Modern Ride uses taxis to Longwood Medical, Mass General, Mass Eye & Ear, Faulkner, Boston Medical Center, VA Hospital and St. Elizabeth’s.

HOURS:  Monday-Friday, 7:00am-6:00 pm. Masks are required. Limited weekend service.

CALL: 3 business ahead with name, address, phone and date: 617. 730. 2750

Help from Brookline High School Students

Our SHOP program has activities for people over 60 in Brookline with students from the High School.  Together you can be

♠ Pen pals, ♠ Zooming vocals or instruments, ♠ Playing games and crosswords,♠ Talking on the phone,♠ Reading short stories and poetry, ♠ Going on museum tours and ♠ Help students with their school work!  Spelling and grammar haven’t changed since you were in school.

CALL:  617. 730. 2770

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support

Ted Sturman

CALL   617. 803. 6105

Rides to Eye Appointments

We have free rides to eye appointments from a TTP Trusted Transportation Partner grant and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

CALL  617. 730. 2752 at least one week ahead


Brookline Transportation Program with Lyft

Lyft could be a good option if you want to avoid the T. We process applications by phone and email. 

This program is limited to income eligible seniors (60) and over (individual $70,750 maximum; couple $80,850 maximum). Lyft is a ride sharing company that offers curb-to-curb service nationwide. The Brookline program offers four discounted rides per month of up to $10 per ride.  Passengers pay the first $2; the coupon pays up to the next $10. Coupons automatically download each month into the Lyft app on your smartphone. This option will be available 24/7 without restrictions on miles or pick-up location. For more information, Maria Foster, transportation coordinator,  617. 730. 2644 or mfoster@brooklinema.gov

Metro Cab
Metro Cab in Brighton: 617. 782. 5500 DOES NOT ACCEPT Brookline Senior Taxi Coupons.  They do have wheelchair accessible vans.

GoGo Grandparent
Gogo Grandparent www.gogograndparent.com orders and monitors rides on your behalf through ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. Gogo Grandparent calls the ride on your behalf, so users do not need a smartphone to use the service. If you have a smartphone call Maria Foster: 617. 730. 2644

Operators and oversight fee of .27 per minute from when they start monitoring to when they stop. In addition, you are charged the ride-share network fare. support@gogograndparent.com
855-464-6872 or 888-755-1775

MBTA – Ride
The Ride provides door-to-door, shared transportation if you are unable to use the MBTA bus, subway, trolley some or all of the time.



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