Author Archives: Michael Oates

The Power of Engagement and the League of Women Voters

LWV1The power of engagement was the focus of BrooklineCAN’s annual meeting; in the next few issues of the newsletter we will present organizations that offer opportunities for joining with others to make a difference. Brookline’s League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-partisan group whose mission is to encourage and promote informed and active participation in the civic affairs of Brookline. LWV never supports or opposes any political party or candidate, but it encourages its members, as individuals, to take part fully in the electoral process. Members work together to produce a free, informative voter’s guide for town elections, hold candidate debates, and present public policy forums. They hold voter registration events and workshops on how to run for office and they advocate on important local, statewide, and national issues. To learn more about the LWV, you are invited to attend an informal gathering the second Friday of each month at Brothers Restaurant, 404 Harvard Street, Brookline, at 9:30 am for spirited discussions on timely issues.  www.lwvbrookline.org

SPARK and GO WILD: A Mind-Body Presentation on Healthy Aging

gowild3Come to meet author John Ratey, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, for a talk, reception, and book signing on Tuesday evening, December 5 at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.  In his book SPARK, Dr. Ratey presents his investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain. His latest book GO WILD examines how maintaining a lifestyle more like our ancestors will help restore our overall health and well-being.  Civilization has rapidly evolved and our bodies have not kept pace.  Reception and book-signing, 6:00-6:30 pm; program with discussion 6:30-7:30 pm. Free of charge; call 617-730-2770 to register.

Compassionate Care and Necessary Conversations

conver2“Hello Brookline!  The Dialogue Starts Here” is a town-wide initiative led by Center Communities of Brookline, inspired by the work of The Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care www.maseriouscare.org  fostering family conversations regarding goals, values, and preferences. On Saturday, November 4, Ron Hoffman, founder and director of Compassionate Care ALS in West Falmouth will lead a talk and discussion at Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Avenue, Brookline, at 10:30 am, followed by a reception at noon.  The program is co-sponsored by BrooklineCAN.  Register for this free event by contacting Michaela Barrows, mbarrows@goddardhouse.org, 617-731-8500, x130.

Living Longer: New Realities, Resources, and Strategies  

longer4Are you over 60 and wrestling with issues surrounding this next chapter of your life? Given that life expectancies today are longer, we need to change our perspectives on aging. In this class, we will discuss how to apply the latest findings on longevity to our lives, how society’s attitudes about aging (“ageism”) affect us, and how to maximize this experience to create positive and fulfilling lives, all while acknowledging the changes in our lives. Come learn about the research, resources, and strategies to assist you in navigating this next chapter in your life. Wednesday,  November 29, 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. Tuition $36. To register call Brookline Adult Ed at 617-730-2700.

Volunteers Needed To Test Smart Phone Software That Will Help Seniors

SteadyTypeIconsmDo you have difficulty in typing messages on your smart phone because your fingers are not as steady as they used to be? A Brookline software developer, Andrew Shalit, is looking for a few volunteers to try out new software that makes it easier for many seniors to type on a smartphone. Volunteers are needed to help improve the instructions for use of the software. You will be asked to come once to Coolidge Corner to try out the software for 15 to 30 minutes.  Andrew is offering a gift card to volunteers. Contact Andrew directly by email ashalit@steadytype.com.

Dealing with Loss and Bereavement at Festive Times

grief3The holidays often bring up feelings of sadness and loneliness for the newly bereaved.  Join in at the Brookline Senior Center for a four week holiday themed bereavement support group, Tuesdays, November 21 and 28, December 5 and 12, 2:00 to 3:30 pm.  For more information or to register, call Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767.

Health Care Sound-Off!

soundoff1What do you want from your health care? Does the current system address your needs? What aspects of health care could be changed to improve your experience? If you have stories, concerns, opinions to share, or if you want to listen to others’ experiences with health care, join us on Wednesday, November 15 at 1:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center for a timely discussion. There is no charge for the program and refreshments will be served. This event is organized by a local chapter of the Right Care Alliance, a grassroots movement that brings together health professionals and patient advocates to organize for a health care system that is affordable, accessible, equitable. To register or for more information contact Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767 or at dwaxman@brooklinema.gov.

Age-Friendly Cities TV Celebrates the Power of Engagement

Roberta Winitzer

Brookline’s community TV Age-Friendly Cities program for September featured Roberta Winitzer, Chair, Council on Aging, talking about the BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting September 14 and Sara Nelson of the Brookline Recreation Department discussing this year’s Brookline Day September 24.

The theme for the Annual Meeting was “The Power of Engagement”—volunteerism and active participation in the community. The evening featured a reception, Brookline High jazz band entertainment, information booths for BrooklineCAN activities and other volunteer opportunities, community awards, and a keynote speaker. Brookline Day, the biggest event in town held annually at Larz Anderson Park, involves many Brookline Town agencies, organizations, and businesses and is a prime example of the Power of Engagement in Brookline.

The program is aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN, and can be viewed on the top page of the BrooklineCAN website http://www.brooklinecan.org/

Getting to Know the Uber & Lyft App

smart4Have you been hearing a lot about Uber and Lyft in the news? Curious how this new way of getting around can work for you?  The TRIPPS program will present two workshops in October. On October 6 there will be an introduction to ride-sharing, common concerns, and the experience of using options from a senior perspective. On October 13 the TRIPPS instructor will show you how to set up your smartphone so you can test out this new mode of transportation. The two session class is free and will be held October 6 and 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Senior Center.

Brookline Sister City Week

nica1aVisitors from Quezalguaque, Nicaragua, guests of the Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project will share their experiences of aging with Brookline gerontologists. This cross-cultural event will take place at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, on Thursday, October 12; starting at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.
For a schedule of all the events of Brookline Sister City week see http:/www.brooklinesistercity.org.