WGBH discussed age-friendly business in Brookline on their Greater Boston show onTuesday, March 19. Producer Tina Martin interviewed David Leschinsky, owner of Eureka! Puzzles, and BrooklineCAN members Frank Caro and Elenore Parker. John Seay and Matt Weiss also appear.
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.
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Matt Weiss, BrooklineCAN's chief Tweeter (Twitterer?, Tweetmeister?), scours the Twitterverse for items of interest to Brookline seniors. Updated daily.
The Brookline Department of Public Health is closely monitoring information about the
COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus). While the risk is currently low in Brookline, this is a rapidly changing health
Talk about the coronavirus, now called COVID-19, is everywhere. While the current risk in
Massachusetts remains low, it’s important to practice good hygiene and stay home if you are
sick. The Brookline Department of Public Health has issued a press release descibing healty hygiene practices.
Walkable Brookline Survey
BrooklineCAN's table at Brookline Day 2019 had the opportunity to answer a survey that asked "What should BrooklineCAN emphasize in advocating to make Brookline more walkable?" Fifteen people answered. Here are the results. We plan to offer the survey at future events.
A report on opinions of older Brookline residents
In 2018 Brookline participated in the National Citizen Survey, an effort to capture
the opinions of residents on a wide range of topics concerning the Town. We are
reporting here a special analysis that compared responses of those 65 and older
with younger respondents. The analysis shows both similarities and differences
between the responses of older and younger residents. . Click here to see the full
report. with your questions and comments:
More Beacon Street benches.
In January 2019 Frank Caro asked the Town's Department of Public Works to consider adding five additional benches on Beacon Street. Here is Frank's report. This is an initiative of BrooklineCAN's Livable Community Advocacy Committee and the Brookline Age-Friendly City Committee.
Update, August 2019: The town has installed five new benches. Pictures here.
This report, issued April 1, 2019 by TRIPPS (Transportation Resources, Information, Planning & Partnership for Seniors), describes local transportation experiences of Brookline Seniors in the context of current research on older adults, transportation and community life.
Knee pain study
DPW Winter Guide
The Brookline Department of Public Works recently mailed this
to Brookline Residents.
Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak
CDC is advising consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, serve,
or sell any romaine lettuce as it investigates an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections
linked to romaine.
Coolidge Corner library to close temporarily for renovation
Goddard House been awarded the 2017 Program Innovation of the Year Award by LeadingAGEMassachusetts. The Award is given for the development and implementation of a creative and innovative program that measurably benefits residents and/or staff - and in this case, students training at Goddard House from Lesley University. More information.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.