The Brookline Community Aging Network


Brookline Farmers Market

starts this Thursday, June 19.

Tips for Successful Wandering or How to Get Lost and Found. Thursday, June 26, 6-7:30 pm, Goddard House Dinner Lecture Series, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline. Details here.

Brookline Complete Streets Forum

BrooklineCAN is co-sponsoring an educational forum on Complete Streets on June 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Main Library in Hunneman Hall. Details here and here.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Elder Care
(But Were Afraid to Ask).

Thursday, May 15,
6:00 to 8:00 pm, Senior Center,
93 Winchester Street.
Presented by BrooklineCAN. Details here.

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Successful Members' Meeting

An enthusiastic gathering of current and prospective members met at 93 Winchester Street on July 18 for BrooklineCAN's annual mid-summer reception. They networked, heard about opportunities and challenges, and honored some of the organization's volunteers. All enjoyed refreshments, and this year's added bonus: Frank Caro's prize-winning home-brewed beer. Door prizes from various merchants were awarded. View some pictures here.

Brookline Issues Cold Weather Alert

February 12-16. Click for warming locations, cold weather tips, and emergency information.

days until spring!

Spring starts tomorrow!

We're counting down to spring because the webmaster,
who usually likes winter, is sick of it this year.

Embracing Sexuality As We Age

Monday, March 23, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Brookline Public Library
Click for Details

Senior Center Transportation

Did you know that there are two convenient ways to get to and from the Brookline Senior Center? Click for more information about The Senior Center Van and Elderbus.

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

New Video Available
A question in the May Town election will ask voters
to approve a substantial increase in property taxes
to provide financing for more classrooms and teachers.
Details and video here.
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How about giving a BrooklineCAN membership. It's easy and it benefits Brookline. Download your gift form 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
May 19, Have you had THE Conversation?
90% of Americans say that talking with loved ones about end-of-life care is important; 27% have done so. Join us for a talk by Jerry Goldberg, PhD, a trained volunteer with The Conversation Project. Dr. Goldberg will share his own story of conversations with his family and lead us through “starter packets” to get us ready for our own conversations.
  • Tuesday, May 19, 5:30-7 pm
  • Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St.
  • Call 617-730-2770 to reserve a free ticket

May 28, White House Conference on Aging Regional Forum

Find more about Weather in Brookline, MA
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Pest Control Panel

Wednesday, October 22, 5:30 - 7:00 pm.
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street

Brookline Day 2014

September 14th, 11am-3pm at Larz Anderson Park.
We'll be there. Come visit us.   Details.

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, no member of BrooklineCAN has ever, or will ever, illegally deflate a football.

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

Brookline Interactive Group round table discussion  

Hot Topics

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