Brookline Community Aging Network


Age Friendly Cities program

Brookline’s Age Friendly City initiative has released a report on its accomplishments in 2014 and 2015. The report documents accomplishments in many aspects of Brookline life including health, employment, housing, transportation, community participation, and public safety. The report is available here.

In December 2012, Brookline was accepted as a member of the World Health Organization's international network of "Age Friendly" cities. In March 2016 the WHO network included 287 cities and communities in 33 countries. Brookline was the ninth municipality in the United States and the first in New England to join the network.

The Brookline Age Friendly City initiative is collaboration among the Town of Brookline, the Brookline Council on Aging, and BrooklineCAN. The initiative is guided by a Selectmen’s committee co-chaired by Selectman Nancy Daly, Council on Aging director Ruthann Dobek, and BrooklineCAN co-chair Frank Caro. For more information, .

Brookline's application in 2012 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.


BrooklineCAN co-founders, Frank Caro and Ruthann Dobek, present a framed certificate to the Board of Selectmen of Brookline's acceptance to the WHO (World Health Organization) Age Friendly initiative.

The photo includes from Left to Right: Betsy DeWitt, Board Chair; Frank Caro, co-founder BrooklineCAN (Brookline Community Aging Network); Mel Kleckner, Brookline Town Administrator; RuthAnn Dobek, co-founder BrooklineCAN and Director Brookline Council on Aging; Dick Benka, Brookline Selectman, Nancy Daly, Brookline Selectman; and Ken Goldstein, Brookline Selectman. Photo credit: Carol Caro.

What is an Age Friendly City?

Read the World Health Organization's Checklist of Essential Features of Aged-friendly Cities

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. Host: Matt Weiss. Executive Producer: Roberta Winitzer. Producer: Shirley Selhub. Graphics: Henry Winkelman.

Episode 11. 3/23/2017. Volunteer program supported by the Brookline Senior Center. Guests are Volunteer Coordinator Patricia Burns and Student Coordinator of the SHOP program Nick Brown. Click here to view on YouTube.

Episode 10. 1/26/2017. Introduction to a future series on housing for seniors in Age Friendly Brookline. Guest Len Fishman, Director of the Gerontology Institute of UMASS Boston Graduate School of Policy and GlobalMeet Studies. Click here to view on YouTube.

Episode 9. 11/17/2016. Saralynn Allaire, Chair of the Brookline Commission on Disability

Contact information for resources for Brookline Residents with Disabilities:

  • Brookline ADA Coordinator: , 617-730-2345
  • Reduced fare Brookline taxi coupons: Brookline Elder Taxi System coordinator Alicia Ebrat, 617-730-2740,
  • Brookline Commission on Disability: , 617-730-2345,
  • Playground equipment suitable for children with different levels of ability: Brookline Recreation Department, 617-730-2069,
  • New England ADA Center: 7-800-949-4232,
  • Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL): 617-338-6665, 617-338-6662 (TTY),
  • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (Mass Rehab or MRC): 1-800-245-4563,
  • Disability Law Center of Massachusetts: 1-800-872-9992,
  • Massachusetts Architectural Access Board: 617-727-0660,
Click here to view on YouTube.

Episode 8. 9/22/2016. Neil Wishinsky, Chair of the Board of Selectmen Click here to view on YouTube.

Episode 7. 6/30/2016. Erin Gallentine, Director of Parks and Open Space
Brookline Parks & Open Space Web Site Click here to view on YouTube.

Episode 6. 4/14/2016. TRIPPS Transportation Advisory Program for 60+ year-olds. Guest: Kerri Ann Tester, Program Director.
Phone: 617-30-2644. Website: Click here to view on YouTube.

Episode 5. 2/11/2016. Brookline Public Libraries. Guests: Sara Slymon, Library Director, and Hank Sway, Assistant Library Director of Technology. Library web site: - contains links to the web sites mentioned in the video. Click here to view on YouTube.

Episode 4. 11/23/2015. Guest: Chris Chanyasulkit. Click here to view on YouTube.

Episode 3. 10/15/2015. STRAITS (Senior Transportation Resources Advice Information Training Support). In November 2015 STRAITS was renamed TRIPPS (Transportation Resources, Information, Planning, and Partnership for Seniors). Guest: Shirley Selhub. Click to view on YouTube

Episode 2. 5/28/2015. Discussion with Melissa Battite, Brookline Recreation Department, and John Dempsey, Bicycle Advisory Committee. Click to view on YouTube

Episode 1. 4/23/2015. Round table discussion with Age Friendly Committee Chairs Frank Caro and Nancy Daly. Click to view on YouTube