Brookline Senior Center Services
Hours: 8:30 – 5pm weekdays
93 Winchester St, Brookline, MA 02446
General information: 617. 730. 2770
Social Services: 617. 730. 2777
Ruthann Dobek, director: 617. 730. 2770 email@example.com
Memory Connections Cafe, 10/18
Join us for the Memory Connections Cafe Wednesday, October 18 from 1:30 – 3pm. People with early memory challenges and their care partners (must accompany those who need assistance) invited. Call Jamie Donchin to register: 617. 730. 2753 – – Supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Groups
There are two sessions of the Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support group. The day group meets mornings on the 4th Tuesday. Please call the daytime facilitator Debby Rosenkrantz: 617. 571. 3742.
The evening group is full. It meets the last Thursday. Evening facilitator is Susan Kanian-Andriole 617. 730. 2754 for the wait list
Vibrant Assistive Technology Program
Mass Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired announces the VIBRANT program together with the Centers on Aging and our Center. It’s about assistive technology. If you’re losing sight, we’ll train you on technology to help. Assistive is hardware or software to help with cooking, cleaning, shopping, reading, TV, creating spreadsheets, banking, travel, health and fitness. If you have low vision or are blind, reach out.
Assessments are done by Sassy Outwater, our assistive technology coordinator. You’ll be matched with a volunteer for training on screen magnification, text aloud, shopping online. Call 617. 780. 9037 or email: SOutwater@mabcommunity.org You may also meet her (photo) here Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in the computer lab.
If you’re enrolled in Medicare Prescription Drug or a Medicare Advantage HMO or PPO, you’ll be receiving info from your plan in September. It explains changes for next year including premiums, deductibles, co-pays and drugs. During open enrollment, October 15 to December 7, you can change your plan. SHINE counselors are ready to help. Call us for an appointment.
Rides to Eye Appointments
We have a program, ICARE, with a grant from ITN America (Independent Transportation Network of America). Our HELP program provides free transport to eye care appointments in Greater Boston. Call 617. 730. 2752 at least one week before your appointment.
A.B.L.E. Senior Service Employment Program
Over 55 and unemployed? Resident of Brookline, 55 and up, meet federal low-income guidelines and committed to finding work? The program includes paid on the job training in your community ($11/hr), updating your skills, job search help. Info: Greg Haig 617. 542. 4180 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Newton-Brookline Consumer Office works in cooperation with the Mass Attorney General to help resolve disputes with businesses, your rights as a tenant, things too good to be true. Call 617. 796. 1292 from 9:30-3:45 pm. Directors Mimi Cole and July Zohn. Open to Newton, Brookline, Watertown and Belmont residents.
Transportation Resources, Information, Planning and Partnership for Seniors provides education and support to Brookline seniors over 60 looking for alternatives to driving. Whether it’s age, ability or choice, volunteer transit advisors will help you choose transportation options when you’re unable or opt not to drive. They will provide support as you learn to use new ways of getting around. We are looking for volunteers.Come join the team to support our members and educate everyone about car-free choices.
Call Kerri Ann Tester, program director and Maria Foster: 617.730. 2644 or email@example.com and TRIPPS@brooklinema.gov– – TRIPPS is funded by MassDOT Community Transit Grant under the Dept of Transportation’s enhanced mobility of seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program
Fighting Cancer Together
This Newton group provides support and educational services. Professionally facilitated programs promote hope and connection for the patient and their loved ones. For info, to register: Facing Cancer Together, 430 Walnut St, Newtonville, 02460 617. 332. 5777 http://www.facing-cancer.org
REAP: Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program
- REAP addresses the needs of Brookline residents over 60
- Are you newly retired and looking for work?
- Are you planning for retirement?
- Do you want to volunteer?
- Could you use part-time work?
REAP is designed for people who wish to remain engaged and active in the community while in retirement or partial retirement. The goal of the program is to enhance the retirement experience by linking participants with either part-time paid or volunteer work either in the community or at the Brookline Senior Center.
THE BROOKLINE SENIOR CENTER partners with other local organizations to offer fulfilling and interesting opportunities. These include: BrooklineCAN, Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Brookline Adult and Community Education, Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Brookline Town Departments in addition to the Tax Work-Off, and limited grant funded employment at the Brookline Senior Center for qualified Brookline residents.
REAP OFFERS: Confidential, free consultation around skills and interests
• On-going skills based workshops and training for employment seekers
• Employer-employee matching service
• Matching participants to meaningful volunteer opportunities
• Networking support groups
WORKSHOPS and training include: Wisdom Works Job Search Training, networking support groups, resume writing and online job search
STAFF: Deidre Waxman, LICSW REAP Coordinator and Employment Skills Counselor Patricia Burns
WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Brookline residents age 60 and over
1. An initial interview with the program coordinator to determine interests, skills and background
2. Complete a confidential application
3. On-going support in job search and volunteer placement
Deidre Waxman: 617. 730. 2767 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a caregiver of an older or disabled person in Brookline, Parking Access for Resident Caregivers (PARC), can assist with parking restrictions and permits. This is a service provided by Brookline’s Council on Aging and the Transportation Department. 617. 730. 2752
The Greater Boston Food Bank Commodity Program provides shelf stable food to low income seniors. Two bags are delivered for each participant to the Senior Center, Sussman House and O’Shea Housezs. Deliveries are made the third Wednesday of the month. We are recruiting new applicants right now. You need to reapply each year. Eligibility is by age, income and size of household. Call Patricia Burns: 617. 730. 2743
Home Modification Loans
A program provided by the Mass Rehabilitation Commission offers loans up to $30,000 to help homeowners make modifications enabling them to remain in their homes: ramps, hand rails, lifts, wider doorways, home security alarm systems, safety windows, floors. 95% of borrowers qualify. There are no monthly repayments. You pay back when the home is sold. www.cedac.org/hmlp Susan Gillam: 866.500. 5599
No senior hungry in Brookline
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) helps seniors stretch food dollars with food stamps. We’ll help you sign up for food stamps, we serve hot lunches here and we’ll connect you with the Brookline Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Church. Sonia Wong: email@example.com 617. 730. 2774
Food Distribution Tuesdays 2- 4 pm – – The selection of free produce and food varies. Please bring a bag. This is a busy program that depends on volunteers. If you can help, see Patricia Burns, our volunteer coordinator, Tuesday morning or 617. 730. 2743 Numbers are given out starting at 11 am
Every Tuesday shop with us. Bring a bag and help yourself.
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Medical Equipment: donate/borrow
The Equipment Loan Fund (ELF) program has bariatric equipment, transport wheelchair, rolling walker and commode. Donate or borrow, please call first: Jamie Donchin @ 617. 730. 2753 firstname.lastname@example.org or See the list at equipment exchange
We collect cell phones, eyeglasses and soda can pull tabs. The Lions Club gets the glasses. Cell phones are sent to the National Council on Aging. Shriners Hospital gets the tabs. Collection boxes in reception.
ABCD (Fuel Assistance) – We are taking appointments for the ABCD program: 617. 730. 2777 As well, you can visit ABCD Inc at 178 Tremont St, Boston. They have Chinese, Polish, Spanish, Vietnamese, Burmese, Mandarin and Taiwanese speaking workers.
BETS (Brookline Elder Taxi System) – Taxi discount program via coupons. BETS can be used in all cab companies based in Brookline; it’s the law. They cannot be used for tips; use cash. Alicia Ebrat, the BETS coordinator, is at the Center Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12-4 pm, to take applications and sell coupons. You’ll need last year’s tax return to establish income. 617. 730. 2740
BLAB (Brookline Legal Assistance Bureau) – Brookline residents only, no charge, no appointment needed. 617. 730. 2777
FILE OF LIFE is emergency medical information cards. Ruth Brenner coordinates the program. 617. 730. 2777
HELP – Home and Escort Linkage Program finds trained workers to help you with meals, errands, cleaning and shopping at affordable rates. All workers are screened and trained. 617. 730. 2752
REAP – Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program with Deidre Waxman facilitates job search, resumes and networking. email@example.com 617. 730. 2767
SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps stretch food dollars. 617. 730. 2777
SHINE – Explore health insurance options with counselors Sonia Wong, Ed Levin, Sybil Levisohn and Oliver Buckley. By appointment: 617. 730. 2777
SHOP – matches seniors with high school students who earn community service credits shopping for them. Brookline High School is recruiting students. For a student shopper, Patricia Burns: 617. 730. 2743
TRIPPS – Transportation Resources, Information, Planning and Partnership for Seniors provides education and support to Brookline seniors over 60 looking for alternatives to driving. Whether it’s age, ability or choice, volunteer transit advisors will help you choose transportation options when you’re unable or opt not to drive. They will provide support as you learn to use new ways of getting around. We are looking for volunteers. Kerri Ann Tester, program director: 617.730. 2644 or TRIPPS@brooklinema.gov
7th edition of the resource guide is available at the Center. You can also read it here: Click to read the resource guide