Brookline Community Aging Network


7th Annual Meeting & Reception
September 14, The Power of Engagement
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Thursday, May 18,
How to Stay Young While Growing Older—and Have Fun Doing it
5:30 -7:30 p.m., Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street
Cold Weather Tips
The National Weather Service is forecasting extreme cold across our area beginning Thursday night and lasting into Friday morning. Dangerously cold wind chills are forecast as overnight lows drop into the single digits with sustained northwest winds of 15-25 mph and gusts of up to 55 mph possible. As a result of the forecast, the Brookline Emergency Management would like to offer these Cold Weather Tips.

Election Day
Tuesday, November 8

7:00 A.M. to 8 P.M.
Town Elections & Voting Page.
Early voting has ended. Absentee voting only at Town Hall November 7, 8 am - 12 noon.
November 4
Last day for early voting
Absentee voting still available at Town Hall November 5 & 7.
Town Officials and BrooklineCAN
celebrate park renovation
On September 29, 2016 BrooklineCAN joined with the Town's Parks and Open Space Division to celebrate a newly renovated pocket park at John and Green Streets near Coolidge Corner.
Baldwin Site Chosen For School
The Board of Selectmen and School Committee members voted to use the Baldwin site in South Brookline as a location for the ninth elementary school in a joint meeting on Thursday night. The site of the Brookline Stop & Shop at 155 Harvard Street is no longer under consideration. Boston Globe.

Flag Day June 14

Remembering Helen Kass
We are saddened by the death of Helen Kass, a member of the exploratory committee that formed BrooklineCAN. Subsequently, Helen was one of the original members of the Steering committee and served continuously on the Education committee. We will remember Helen as an exceptionally thoughtful and supportive member who contributed a great deal to BrooklineCAN.
Brookline Climate Week
March 28-April 3
Events, activities, art installations.
All events are free and open to the public.
Details here.
Part Time Work Opportunity
BrooklineCAN is seeking a Membership Assistant.
Applicant should have an understanding and some experience with database, spreadsheet, email, and mail merge software. The Assistant will also be responsible for office related tasks for the Membership Committee. Four hours a week on Fridays at the Brookline Senior Center. Salary is $13.45/hour. If interested or for more information

Brookline Emergency Management Team offers tips to deal with cold weather

January 18, Martin Luther King Day Celebration
4:00 pm, Coolidge Corner Theatre. Keynote speaker: Susan Maze-Rothstein, Northeastern University Law Professor. Additional information.. Tickets are free but registration is required.

until spring!

Monday, September 5. Brookline Town & School offices, schools, libraries, public safety windows closed in observance of Labor Day.

Brookline Day 2015

September 18th, 11am-3pm at Larz Anderson Park.
We'll be there. Come visit us.   Details.

BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting

Click here for pictures from our
September 15 Annual Meeting.

Daylight saving time ends
Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 AM.

Turn your clocks back 1 hour.

Heat Advisory

Brookline's Emergency Management Team has issued a heat advisory until Saturday, July 22. Details here.

2017 Reception pictures & video

New and improved Service Referral program

New volunteers have re-launched this program! They have added new vendors and categories. We currently list 108 providers (86 new) in 28 categories (18 new). Members can read more and see updated listings here.
Find more about Weather in Brookline, MA


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. It is separate from but works with the town's Council on Aging and the Brookline Senior Center.

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.

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.

In May, 2017, Brookline Interactive Group presented its Show of the Year award to Age Friendly Cities TV.

Episode 13. 9/7/2017. Guests talk about two events in September: BrooklineCAN’s Annual Meeting and Brookline Day.
Roberta Winitzer, Chair, Council on Aging
Sara Nelson, Coordinator, Brookline Day, Brookline Recreation Department. Click here to view on YouTube.

Older Shows

Hot Topics

New Choices for 'Younger' Seniors

What would you like to see more of? Soulful jazz? Nobel laureates? Acclaimed authors? Star chocolatiers? Post-divorce professionals? Thought leaders? Sports team wannabes? How can Brookline become more dynamic for you?

New Choices, an emerging committee of Brookline residents, is holding a focus group to make the town more vibrant based on your interests, practical needs, and pie-in-the-sky wishes.

60-minute focus groups for 55 to 75-year-olds will be held at various Brookline locations, to be determined, in the fall. Space is limited.

Interested? RSVP by August 15 to or call Deidre, 617-730-2767. Please include your name, contact information, and preference of a weekday morning, afternoon, or evening time slot.

The Silent Call Procedure

The “Silent Call Procedure” is used when a caller is unable to verbally communicate their emergency over the phone. If a resident of Massachusetts calls 9-1-1 and is unable to speak for any reason.
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Tax preparation

List of tax preparation services and other resources.

Designing Communities For An Aging America

In an aging nation, what makes an age friendly community? We look at what U.S. cities can do to help seniors live better. On Point radio show, WBUR 90.9, Click here to listen to or download the podcast

Scams directed toward the elderly

Brookline Police issue warning about scams directed toward seniors. Click here for details.

Serving Seniors in Brookline Parks

An article by Frank Caro, chairman of BrooklineCAN and its Livable Community Advocacy Committee. From the Brookline Greenspace Alliance's fall 2015 newsletter.

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

Expanded Apartment & Condo Listings

Our original apartment and condominium listings were limited to buildings with 25 units or more. Now, thanks to a grant from ReServe Greater Boston, we were able to add over 30 listings for smaller buildings. View our expanded interactive maps of Apartments here and Condominiums here. Previously only available to our members, now offered to everyone.

Scam alert

Facebook post from Brookline Police:
Today we have received several calls from Brookline residents, who have reported receiving suspicious calls from people claiming to be the IRS. The callers then stated that they were filing a lawsuit against the residents before asking for personal information. If you receive such a call, it is NOT the IRS, it is a scam.
Non-emergency number is 617-730-2222.

Scam alert

Tweet from Brookline Police:
Extortion SCAM from local 617 telephone #. Be wary if you receive demand for money due to "Accident" "Kidnapping," etc. Call Police for help.
Non-emergency number is 617-730-2222.

New Windows 10 scam will encrypt your files for ransom

A cautionary tale in being patient, and not skipping the line. Details here.