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Details here from the Brookline Emergency Management Team.

The Party of a Century
The Party of a Century, a special centenarian party for area residents 100 years or older at the Brookline Senior Center on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

Elinor "Fuzzy" Down, 103, of Jamaica Plain reads a selection from her memoir.
U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Wins Third World Cup

Brookline 'Best Suburb in America'

Brookline Patch reports that Niche has ranked Brookline number 1 in its “Best Suburbs in America” survey.

Brookline Day 2015

September 20th, 11am-3pm at Larz Anderson Park.
We'll be there. Come visit us.   Details.

days until spring!

MCOA award to Caro & Dobek
On June 5, Ruthann Dobek, Frank Caro and BrooklineCAN, received “Innovator of the Year” Awards from Massachusetts Councils on Aging.
Press Release here

Details and picture here
June 18, Disruptive Demographics:
How Our Aging Population is Re-Envisioning Longevity
Thursday, June 18th, 2015 2:00PM
Brookline Senior Center – 93 Winchester Street
Open to all – Free of Charge
To register, please call 617-730-2770
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Brookline Community Aging Network – BrooklineCAN – is an all-volunteer organization that focuses on Brookline as a great place to live. It provides information for older residents that helps them remain engaged in the life of the community and advocates to make Brookline an even better place to live for seniors and everyone.

Best of all, Michael Dukakis will be at our annual meeting in September. Donald Trump will not.

This website is a clearing house of information detailing Brookline's extensive network of services and activities that help make our town an eminently livable community. Here you will find the abundance of social, educational, and recreational programs that can enrich our lives, build a sense of community, and make our town an even better place for all.

Free Screening

You and a guest are cordially invited the following screening of Fox Searchlight’s CALVARY

Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00PM
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St. Brookline

This invitation is not valid for admission. To download a pass, click

More details


BrooklineCAN on Twitter and Facebook

Matt Weiss, BrooklineCAN's chief Tweeter (Twitterer?, Tweetmeister?), scours the Twitterverse for items of interest to Brookline seniors. Updated daily.

Our Twitter feed is echoed on Facebook. If you're a Facebook user, you can follow us there.

Age Friendly Cities TV

The Town's Age Friendly Cities committee is offering a series of TV shows with the help of the Brookline Interactive Group.

Discussion with Melissa Battite, Brookline Recreation Department, and John Dempsey, Bicycle Advisory Committee. Matt Weiss is the moderator. Click for larger version

Older Shows

Hot Topics

Mosquito-borne viruses

The Brookline Health Deparment has asked us to share this information with our members.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health identified West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes in traps located in South Brookline. As a result, the risk level is Moderate. Details here.

MCOA award to Caro & Dobek

On June 5, Ruthann Dobek, Frank Caro and BrooklineCAN, received “Innovator of the Year” Awards from Massachusetts Councils on Aging.
Press Release here

Details and picture here

Forum for Seniors on Brookline’s Upcoming Override Ballot Question

The rapid expansion of the school population has created a need for more classrooms and more teachers. Voters will be asked to approve a substantial increase in property taxes to provide the necessary financing. Details and video here.

Senior Center Parking

Frustrated by the two-hour parking limit on streets near the Senior Center? Want to know what people are trying to do about it? Read a short summary or the whole story.

Annual Reception a Success

On September 17 BrooklineCAN members and prospective members celebrated Brookline becoming a World Health Organization “Age-Friendly City”. Pictures here.  

BrooklineCAN 2014 Annual Report

BrooklineCAN was launched three years ago. Much has been accomplished in a short period of time. We are delighted to share with you highlights from the past year in our first Annual Report. Read the report here.

Snow Removal Win for BrooklineCAN!

Town Meeting agrees with BrooklineCAN on the need for more proactive snow removal monitoring. More here.

Brookline - an Age-Friendly City

Late in 2012, Brookline became the first municipality in New England to be admitted to the World Health Organization's Network of Age-Friendly Cities. Click here to read our First Annual Progress Report.. We think you'll be impressed and will want to support our work.

Scam warnings

The Brookline Police Department would like to warn Brookline residents about several recent telephone scams which appear to be targeting Brookline residents. Read the details on the Brookline Police Blog.

BrooklineCAN's Livable Community Advocacy Committee analyzes automatic doors

Map and story here.

What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for Massachusetts Seniors?

An article written for BrooklineCAN by Brian Rosman, Research Director, Health Care for All

BrooklineCAN Governance

BrooklineCAN is now operating under written governance guidelines. In September 2013, the Steering committee adopted the guidelines after seeking recommendations from members. Officers will be elected by the Steering Committee in June for two-year terms. The elected offices are co-chair, vice-chair/secretary, and treasurer. The Governance Guidelines are posted here.

Although BrooklineCAN has its own governance arrangements, it remains affiliated with the Brookline Senior Center, a non-profit organization that serves as fiscal agent for BrooklineCAN.

Age-Friendly Cities

Brookline has been accepted as a member of the World Health Organization's international network of Age-Friendly cities. The WHO network includes more than 100 cities in 18 countries. Brookline is the first municipality in New England invited to join.

Betsy DeWitt, Chair of Brookline's Board of Selectman, commented, "We are excited to be recognized by the World Health Organization. Brookline is a great place to live for people of all ages."  

BrooklineCAN launched the effort to bring Brookline into the program. Brookline's application was supported by a preliminary plan entitled: Age-Friendly Brookline: An Assessment of Brookline's Age-Friendly Features and Plans to Pursue Additional Age-Friendly Features.

Caregiver Parking on Brookline Streets

In April 2012, the Brookline Transportation Board revised its regulations for temporary on-street parking to improve options for providers of in-home care. The revised regulations reflect recommendations from BrooklineCAN's Livable Community Advocacy Committee. Click here for key features of the regulations.

Guide to Residential Buildings with elevators

See our new guides to Condominiums and Apartments for detailed information on over 80 rental and condominium buildings in Brookline with 20 or more units and elevator access.

Public Restrooms

BrooklineCAN's Livable Community Advocacy Committee has just added seven restaurants to the existing list of 17 public restrooms. These restaurants have agreed to make their restrooms available to BrooklineCAN members even when they are not customers.

Click here for map
Click here for Restroom List
Click here for Press Release (pdf)

New Service for BrooklineCAN members

  • Screened service providers listed
    • Computer Support
    • Electricians
    • Home Contractors
    • Handyman Services
    • Painters (added April 14)
    • Plumbers
    • Roofers (added March 26)
    • Snow Removal (added April 14)
  • Licenses & references checked
  • click here for more