The HELP Program at the Senior Center maintains a list of carefully screened helpers who can assist with a wide range of tasks, from simple household chores to shopping to escorting you on errands, or even visiting and playing cards or other games. After a home visit to assess your situation, a home care worker is assigned. The fee is $13-$15 per hour, with a minimum of two hours. Brookline residents age 60 – up are eligible. For information, call the HELP line at 617- 730-2752. Here are some examples of satisfied HELP clients.
*Mrs. G. lives alone and during recovery from knee replacement surgery, she needed help with laundry, weeding her flower garden, and taking walks. The HELP program matched her with Mrs. T, who continued to work with her long after her recovery.
*Mrs. H. needed to install a new air-conditioner, and when the HELP home care worker arrived, he found that the new air-conditioner was defective. He accompanied Mrs. H. to return it, then carried the new unit into the house and installed it.
*Mrs. L. was recovering from surgery. Her HELP home care worker’s tasks included laundry, trash removal, tidying the kitchen, shopping, and changing bed linens.
*Mr. A. has vision issues. He needed help with transportation to eye care appointments so his wife would not always need to bring him. He continues to get ongoing rides from the home care worker who he claims he “hit it off well” with on the first ride.
*Mr. T. lives in subsidized housing and the laundry was in the next building. He couldn’t walk there due to short-term physical issues. His home care worker did his laundry. He was very happy with her as she was “very sociable and got things done efficiently.”
BrooklineCAN has launched an Age-Friendly Business Campaign with two aims. First, Brookline businesses are encouraged to add features that make them hospitable to seniors. Second, we want to encourage members to patronize local senior-friendly businesses. Propelling the campaign is the major demographic shift now underway. Between 2010 and 2030, Brookline’s senior population is expected to increase by over 40%. Businesses can be accommodating to seniors in many practical ways such as providing print material in large sizes, making web sites easy to navigate, providing bright lighting, providing doors that are easily opened, controlling noise levels, making rest rooms available to customers, and offering discounts to seniors. Participating businesses will be listed on our website and will receive decals for their windows. They will also be recognized at a public event that will serve as the climax for the Campaign.
Brookline businesses are being encouraged to apply for recognition as “Age- Friendly.” Application forms are available on the BrooklineCAN website. http://www.brooklinecan.org/age_friendly_business.html We are looking for volunteers who will help to reach out to Brookline businesses to join the campaign. Contact Frank Caro at 617-739-9228 or email@example.com
Margaret Morganroth Gullette, Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, will speak on her book, Ending Ageism, at the Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street, on Thursday, March 8. Refreshments will be served from 6 to 6:30 pm with the program and discussion 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Gullette believes that a major obstacle to aging well is ageism; she asks people to move from silence about their experiences to justified resistance. This BrooklineCAN program is free of charge; please call 617-730-2770 to register.
If you still need a flu shot, contact Brookline’s public health nurse, Barbara Westley at 617-730-2320 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Since its inception in 2011, BrooklineCAN’s efforts for seniors have improved sidewalk safety, provided transportation support, and brought us valuable information through speakers, community TV shows, and online guides to residential buildings with elevators, restrooms available to the public, and licensed service providers and contractors. Our organization advocates with the Town to make Brookline even more age-friendly. Membership dollars support these activities, and membership numbers enhance BrooklineCAN’s advocacy influence. This year a small dues increase, the first since the organization began, is necessary. Individual annual dues, previously $25, will now be $35, and household dues, previously $40, will now be $55; a $10 discounted rate is available for those with income below $35,000. Your membership donation is greatly appreciated and it makes possible BrooklineCAN’s important work.