The Town of Brookline has (2) FM Assistive Listening Device Transmitters and (4) receivers that are available for public use for any Town of Brookline public meeting or event. The equipment is located at the Public Safety Building at 350 Washington St. Users may pick up devices themselves or alert the Town employee or chairperson of the meeting or public that they require a device for accessibility. If you have any questions regarding the Town’s Assistive Listening Device, please contact Caitlin Haynes at 617-730-2345 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coolidge Corner Theatre offers Assistive Listening Devices, Visual Narration for the Blind or Visually Impaired, and Closed Captioning for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing. At the theater, the box office and/or projection staff can quickly instruct people how to use the devices. For a description of these different devices and options click here
What is Ageism? Have you encountered incidents of Ageism?
At a BrooklineCAN-sponsored program, meet Margaret Morganroth Gullette, author of Ending Ageism, or How Not to Shoot Old People. The subtitle refers both to cameras (the power of portrayal) and to guns (the very real risks of growing old in an ageist world). One of the world’s leading authorities on age and ageism, Gullette says the major obstacle to aging well is ageism, the assumption that older people are alike and that aging impoverishes us. As you see or personally experience ageism, take note of incidents you encounter or come across in magazines, newspapers, TV, or online. Thursday, March 8, at 6:00 pm at Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street. The program is free. Call 617-730-2770 to register.
What would matter most to you in the event of a serious illness or accident? Having the conversation with a loved one so that your goals and wishes are understood does not need to be daunting. A Brookline town-wide initiative, a program of the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care www.maseriouscare.org, is using an engaging conversation game event, perfect for adults of all ages. Join in for refreshments and meaningful conversation with “Hello Brookline” on April 3, 1:30-3:00 pm at the Senior Center (call 617-730-2770 to register) or on Friday, April 13, 1:30-3:30 pm at the Putterham Library (call 617-730-2385 to register). Coordinated by Center Communities of Brookline, with a generous grant from the Brookline Community Foundation, the initiative’s community partners include BrooklineCAN.
The Senior Center again offers tax assistance by AARP Tax Aide volunteers on Tuesdays between February 13 and April 10.. It is important that you bring your 2016 returns with you; also note that the volunteers will not be able to assist you with any amended tax returns other than for the year 2016. Call 617-730-2777 to schedule an appointment.
The 15th Age Friendly Cities (AFC-TV) show continued the discussion of emergency preparedness, introducing the unique Brookline Emergency Preparedness Buddies (EPBuddies) program. http://www.brooklinema.gov/530/Emergency-Preparedness Guests were Cheryl Anne Snyder, Department of Public Health coordinator for emergency preparedness, and Sophie Gordon, EPBuddies coordinator. Cheryl explained the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and their role in providing coaches for EPBuddies.
Sophie explored the role of coaches and buddies, the background, and the operation of the EPBuddies program in detail. Sophie and her coaches assign buddies to individuals needing assistance in preparing for emergencies of all types that challenge our readiness for ourselves and our pets.
Check out the Brookline Age Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site http://www.brooklinecan.org/ and note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts. Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN immediately following The Grandstanders live sports analysis show.