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Important Notice Regarding The Brookline Senior Center

The Senior Center is open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory.

Statements from Senior Center Director Ruthann Dobek

December 2, 2020

As we welcome December, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our ability to gather in large group settings. In fact, at the time of this printing, the COVID-19 numbers are increasing at a potentially alarming rate. With the addition of flu season and increased indoor activity, we are bracing for an increase in COVID-19 cases locally. The Senior Center is currently open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory. We urge you to comply with public health recommendations.

We recognize that the impending arrival of the winter holidays will add additional stress as family and friends attempt to make decisions that will keep everyone both safe and connected. With that, we also know that feelings of anxiety and sadness may occur at this time of the year. Our advice is to be mindful of your feelings, talk honestly and openly with others, and seek professional help when needed.

The Council on Aging social work staff are available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm), so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or if you would just like to say hello. You can leave messages for us at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770.

We are pleased to offer an abundance of programming online. Thank you to our staff and program leaders for making this transition. As always, be patient with technology glitches. We are aware that there continue to be issues with some of the links that we have included in our December edition. While we have resolved most of the issues, here is a direct link for the Medicare.gov link listed on page 11: https://www.medicare.gov If you experience a problem with any of the other links, please let us know.

You can find the december edition, as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here:

Are you receiving more than one copy of this email from us? Please let us know by sending an email to Jessica Milley-Gee at .

Be well!

Ruthann Dobek, LICSW
Director
Brookline Council on Aging/
Brookline Senior Center

October 28, 2020

As we welcome November, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our ability to gather in large group settings. In fact, at the time of this printing, the COVID-19 numbers are increasing at a potentially alarming rate. With the addition of flu season and increased indoor activity, we may see an increase in COVID-19 cases. The Senior Center is open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory. We urge you to comply with the public health recommendations.

We recognize that the impending arrival of the Thanksgiving holiday will add additional stress as family and friends attempt to make decisions that will keep everyone both safe and connected. With that, we also know that feelings of anxiety and sadness may occur at this time of the year. Our advice is to be mindful of your feelings, talk honestly and openly with others, and seek professional help when needed.

We encourage you to complete our “Living with COVID-19” survey. The information gathered will assist us in planning future programs and services. An online copy of the survey is available here. If you would like a hard copy of the survey mailed to you, please call us at 617-730-2777.

We are pleased to offer an abundance of programming online. Thank you to our staff and program leaders for making this transition. As always, be patient with technology glitches. We are aware that there continue to be issues with some of the links that we have included in our November edition. We are working to resolve the issue, but we have included some of the direct links below as an alternative way of accessing this content.

We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and well in the days ahead and we look forward to celebrating with you all when we are able to safely reopen the Senior Center more fully. The Council on Aging social work staff are available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm), so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or if you would just like to say hello. You can leave messages for us at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770.

You can find the November edition, as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here.

Be well!

Ruthann Dobek, LICSW
Director
Brookline Council on Aging/
Brookline Senior Center

June 5, 2020

At the time of this printing, the Senior Center is open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory.  For more information on that advisory, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/news/safer-at-home-advisory

Since it is uncertain as to when we will be able to safely begin hosting any of our special or ongoing programs at the Center, we have been working to develop a list of online programming options with some of our regular group facilitators, as well as with some of your favorite performers and presenters. Please remember that these “virtual” programs are new to everyone so there will be glitches, but we hope that you will continue to give the online programming options a try.

We realize that there are lots of questions regarding our reopening and we appreciate your patience during this uncertain time.  Please feel free to leave your questions on our voicemail or to submit your questions to info@brooklineseniorcenter.org. Many of you may have the same questions so we hope to address some of them in future editions of the newsletter.

We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and well in the days ahead and we look forward to celebrating with you all when we are able to safely reopen the Senior Center.

The Council on Aging social work staff are available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm), so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or if you would just like to say hello. You can leave messages for us at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770.

Follow This Link To Read Our June Edition:
https://www.brooklinema.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=37

March 18, 2020

In order to proactively slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the Senior Center is Closed To The Public at this time.

The Brookline Senior Center will be monitoring its phone lines during the Covid-19 emergency. Older adults can leave their names and phone numbers on our voicemail at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770. Staff will be responding to questions and concerns Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5 pm. Emergencies should be directed to 911.

In order to address the many questions and concerns that exist in the community, the Town of Brookline would like to share the following information :

For general COVID-19 questions, please call the State 2-1-1 line. For Brookline specific medical or public health inquiries, please contact the Department of Brookline Public Health at 617-730-2300. For non-medical questions specific to Brookline, please call the Brookline COVID Information Call Center at 617-879-5636. These call centers, for the time being, will be operational Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm, these hours will be adjusted as needed. Messages can be left after hours and will be returned the next day. You can also email your non-medical inquiries to: COVID19Info@brooklinema.gov.

Stay up to date on COVID-19 updates here: https://brooklinecovid19.com/senior-center/

Please remember the importance of social distancing to reduce the impact of COVID-19, and please stay home as much as possible. Thank you.

Virtual Program Offerings

Here is a list of virtual programs that the Senior Center is working on to fill the gap while we can't meet in person. Other programs are in the works.

BIG TV Weekly Senior Programming

Veterans Day Program
Wednesday, November 11, 11 a.m.

World War Monument at the Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street.

Residents are invited to attend Brookline’s annual Veterans Day Program, and join various town officials, veterans, veterans groups, and the general public in honoring local veterans for their service.

Due to COVID-19, participants will be required to wear a cloth face covering and practice social distancing.

Details.

Brookline Women Virtual Get-together
Wednesday, November 11th, 7:30-8:30 PM
Join the Brookline Commission for Women for our second gathering of the year with friendly, low-key conversations. Share what you've been experiencing, your thoughts about what's next, and how we as women and those identifying as female can support each other as a community.
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Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3odkric
Questions? email

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Faster, Virtual Book Talk and Discussion
Thursday, November 12, 7pm
Faster — How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best by Neal Bascomb

Details.

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Brookline to hold Town Meeting Warrant Article forums
Monday, November 9 and Thursday, November 12, 7 to 9 pm
The town of Brookline will hold its Town Meeting Warrant Article forums from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 and 12 online.

Town Meeting will start Nov. 17 and continue Nov. 18, 19, 30 and Dec. 2 and 3.

The forums on Nov. 9 and 12 will present brief explanations of some of the most important warrant articles, with short presentations for and against, and a chance to ask questions. Town Meeting members and all Brookline residents are encouraged to attend.

Those interested should email with a full name and phone number and whether or not they are a Brookline resident. The Zoom link will be distributed shortly before the event.

2020-2021 Senior Health Webinar Series
A free Zoom Virtual Webinar series for patients and their caregivers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Come hear from experts in a variety o topics related to health and aging.
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The East Side of Addiction
Wednesday, November 18th, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Isolation & Substance Abuse Among Seniors.

Dr. James DiReda and Jack Maroney along with their childhood friend, Henry Grosse (in memoriam) co-authored The East Side of Addiction, a story of an inner city neighborhoods coming of age during the drug culture of the 60’s.

This virtual presentation's objectives include:

  • Understand the risk factors and signposts of addiction among seniors
  • Identify the impact of substance abuse among the elderly using a bio-psycho-social framework
  • Discuss strategies for managing substance abuse disorders in the over 50 population
  • Understanding the challenges posed by COVID-19 in treating substance abuse disorders

Register Here You will receive the Zoom meeting details after registering. with any questions.

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Coping with the Holidays during COVID-19
Monday, November 23, 2:30-4 pm
The holidays can be a stressful time, or even a mournful one. This year, the challenges of COVID-19 are adding another layer of stress and uncertainty. Join us as we talk about these challenges and share some coping strategies that can help. No matter your situation or stage of life, you’ll come away with practical tips and a new perspective.

This program is a partnership between the Brookline Senior Center, BrooklineCAN, and the Public Library of Brookline.

Join the Zoom meeting here.
Meeting ID: 870 4431 2721
Passcode: 994Ffa

To join by telephone, please dial (929) 205-6099.
Enter the Meeting ID 870 4431 2721 and the passcode 462871.

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Mindful Aging
Starts October 8,
Every Thursday, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Register here for Zoom event or call 617-731-8500. Designed specifically for older adults and facilitated by Bed Hermin (MA in Expressive Arts Therapy and experienced Buddhist practitioner), this eight week course is an introduction to mindfulness-based practices within the context of the aging process. This program is sponsored by Goddard House and is free.
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Laura Wetzler in Concert
Monday, December 7, 1:30 pm
“The Hitmakers in Hollywood: Great Songs from the Movies”

Join us virtually for a wonderful performance by singer-songwriter guitarist Laura Wetzler. Laura will explore songs from classic American films and celebrate their creators. Musical selections will include songs by Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Hamlisch, Bacharach, the Bergmans, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, & others. This program is sponsored by Center Communities of Brookline, Goddard House Assisted Living and Memory Care and the Brookline Senior Center.

To join by computer, simply click here at the designated time: If you have any trouble using the above link, please contact Julie Washburn at and she will send you the link directly.

To join by phone, dial 1-301-715-8592 (toll call) and enter the meeting ID: 828 6346 0620 and passcode: 4243433

We hope to see you there!

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Identity Theft & Fraud Prevention
Monday, December 14, 1 pm
Robin Putnam from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation & Amy Schram from the Better Business Bureau will offer a virtual presentation on identity theft. The presentation will include information about the Office and what they do. It will also cover how to spot and avoid the latest scams, how to prevent identity theft and what to do if you think you may have fallen victim to a scam. To register and receive the Zoom link for this presentation, please contact Julie Washburn at or at 617-730-2760.
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Brookline Budget Forum
Thursday, January 14, 7-8:30pm
Town Administrator Mel Kleckner announces that Brookline residents are invited to a virtual information session next week on the town’s budgeting process.

The Brookline Budget Forum will serve as an opportunity for residents to hear directly from Kleckner as he provides insight on municipal finance and the town’s annual budget process.

To register and access the online event, click here. The meeting will also be broadcast by Brookline Interactive Group online here and on BIG’s Civic Channel — Comcast channel 23 and RCN channels 15/613.

More information.

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MLK Day Celebration 2021
Monday, January 18, 1pm
Please join together for Brookline's celebration of the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 1 pm Monday, January 18, 2021. This year, our event will be virtual and you can access the Premiere at http://brooklineinteractive.org/mlk or on Channel 3. The recorded event will also be available to stream afterwards.

"Pursuing Social Justice"
This year's program will feature a Moderated Conversation on “Philosophical Mentoring and the Impact of Words on a Generation”. The conversation is hosted by Nick Bates, the Assistant Director for Thurman Center Networks in the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground.

More Information.

Living happily despite the challenges of aging and COVID-19
Tuesday, January 19, 2-3:30 pm
Join us for a presentation with Katharine Esty, PhD on how seniors can continue to live happy, fulfilling lives despite the challenges of aging and COVID-19. Dr. Esty is a best-selling author, practicing psychotherapist, a widow, a mother, a grandmother, and an activist for aging well. She’s on a mission to dispel myths about "old age" and to end ageism, which limits and undermines the most experienced among us. Dr. Esty recognizes that older adults have survived much and that the resulting resiliency and their ability to tolerate uncertainty can serve them well in
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these difficult times. Her most recent book is Eightysomethings- A Practical Guide to Letting Go, Aging Well, and Finding Unexpected Happiness. You can learn more about her and purchase her book here.

This program is being offered collaboratively by Center Communities of Brookline, Goddard House Assisted Living, BrooklineCAN and the Brookline Senior Center. To join by computer, simply click here at the designated time. If you have any trouble accessing the link above, please contact Julie Washburn at and she will send you the link directly. To join by phone, dial 1-833-548-0282 (TOLL FREE) and enter meeting ID: 858 118 6414 when prompted. Please note that there will be time allotted for questions at the end of the presentation.

Florida Ruffin Ridley School Renaming Ceremony
Friday, January 29, 3:30 P.M.
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Event
Please join us on Florida Ruffin Ridley's birthday as we celebrate the official renaming of the school in her honor.

The renaming ceremony will be vitually streamed live by Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) at this link.

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COVID-19 Vaccine, Brookline Update
Tuesday, February 2, 7:00 PM
What's the latest news about vaccines?
How is vaccine distribution working throughout Massachusetts?
When can I get vaccinated in Brookline?

For more information or to register: www.brooklinema.gov/health.
Contact Lynne Karsten or phone - 617-730-2336.

Brookline's Pan-Asian Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 6, 4-5pm
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  • Register to view on Zoom
  • BIG Live Stream Link: brooklineinteractive.org/live - YouTube, Facebook
  • BIG Cable Information: Community Channel - Brookline RCN and Comcast Cable Channel 3

Program of Events:

  • Celebrate the first year that the Brookline Schools will honor the Asian Lunar New Year as a Holiday
  • New Year Messages from Special Guests
  • Performances from BHS Students
  • A Cooking Demonstration from Irene Li of Mei Mei
  • A Craft Demonstration
  • and a Sneak Peek of our Video Project Combating Anti-Asian Racism

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Health Care Proxy Workshop
Tuesday, February 16, Friday, February 19,
and Tuesday, February 23, 11:00 - noon
Massachusetts Health Decisions, a nonprofit organization and publisher of the Health Care Proxy, invites you to a 3-part workshop on getting the most out of your Health Care Proxy. It will be facilitated by David Clarke, JD, MPH, Director, Massachusetts Health Decisions, and Katie Dudzik, MSW, MDiv Candidate, Harvard Divinity School.

Whether or not you have completed a Health Care Proxy, this workshop, run especially for the Brookline Council on Aging, is for you! Do you still have questions about how the Proxy is used? Are you wondering just how you will talk with others about your values? Why is the Proxy not just for end-of-life care? This interactive workshop is set up to be useful and fun.

There is no cost. MHD asks that you participate in all three parts. Limited to 16. To register, ask questions, or to request a full workshop outline, please email with your name and contact information to:

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