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Age Friendly Cities program

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 Select Board committee.

World Health Organization

In December 2012, Brookline was accepted as a member of the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities In March 2016 the WHO network included 287 cities and communities in 33 countries covering over 155 million people. Brookline was the ninth municipality in the United States and the first in New England to join the network.


In September 2023 AARP accepted the application, prepared by the Age-Friendly Cities Committee, and submitted by the Select Board, to become part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.

The AARP age-friendly network encourages states, counties, cities, towns and rural areas to prepare for the rapid aging of our nation’s population. The network encourages elected officials and local leaders to focus on and strengthen the features and services that help to make communities livable for residents of all ages, from the cradle through retirement.


BrooklineCAN co-founders, Frank Caro and Ruthann Dobek, present a framed certificate to the Select Board 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 Select Board Member, Nancy Daly, Brookline Select Board Member; and Ken Goldstein, Brookline Select Board Member. Photo credit: Carol Caro.

What is an Age Friendly City?

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

Brookline Encourages Businesses To Keep Senior Shoppers In Mind

WGBH discussed age-friendly business in Brookline on their Greater Boston show on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. 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.

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.

Production Team

Matt Weiss
Michael Allen
John Seay

Former Production Team Members

Cornelia Andrus, Shirley Selhub, Roberta Winitzer, Henry Winkelman

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

All episodes


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