Monthly Archives: January 2021

FORUM | COVID-19 Vaccine – Brookline Update

Brookline residents can learn the latest about the COVID-19 vaccine and its rollout in Massachusetts at an evening virtual program Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 7:00 pm.  The forum, COVID-19 Vaccine: Brookline Update, features Brookline public health professionals who work at the forefront of COVID-19 vaccine activity in Massachusetts. The discussion will explore the status of the vaccines in Brookline and in the Commonwealth, including insight into their development and distribution.  Registration for the program, which is free and open to the public. Click here to register

The featured speakers are Lindsey Baden, MD, Director of Clinical Research, Division of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and principal Investigator of the Moderna vaccine clinical trials at Brigham and Women’s. Larry Madoff, MD of the COVID-19 leadership team at the Mass. Department of Public Health (MDPH) and serves as Medical Director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences for MDPH. He will discuss the Commonwealth’s plan for distributing the vaccine throughout Massachusetts. Dr. Swannie Jett, Director of Brookline’s Public Health Department, will outline how administration of the vaccine will occur in Brookline.

Natalia Linos, MSc, ScD, serves as Executive Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard Chan School of Public Health.  Dr. Linos will serve as Moderator for the program.

Senior Planet

Senior Planet is a relatively new national organization that offers free programs, classes and tutorials online for people over 60 who want to stay active and involved.  Their motto is “aging with attitude.”

Recognizing the importance of technology in our lives today, many of their offerings provide help with new technologies, such as smart phone photography, hosting a Zoom meeting, and using Youtube.

Another specialty is health and exercise classes — stretching, chair tai chi, and chair yoga.  Although classes are free, Senior Planet encourages people to make a donation in any amount and become a member, or just sign up for their newsletter to keep informed about upcoming events. They also have a national hotline to answer technology questions.

Senior Planet is an outgrowth of OATS, Older Adults Technology Services.  They have 6 centers in various locations, but none in the Boston area.  You can find all information on their website — seniorplanet.org.

Gentle Chair Yoga

Join a free gentle chair yoga class on Zoom with Keith Beasley Friday mornings from 10:30-11:30. To access the class, visit the Brookline Library website and click events. The class is designed for those who are seeking improved strength, flexibility, and balance.

Health Care Proxy Workshop

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 held Tuesday, February 16, Friday, February 19, and Tuesday, February 23, from 11:00 – noon each day and 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: dclarke@masshealthdecisions.org

Living Musically with Parkinson’s

Thursdays starting February 4 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, you can experience the positive effects of music on the symptoms of Parkinson’s in this 12-week music therapy program. Musician and neuroscientist, Joshua Min, specializes in working with older adults, and those living with Parkinson’s, to help improve their quality of life through the power of music. This program is part of Goddard House’s Parkinson’s in Motion series. To register Email Erica Curcio at ecurcio@goddardhouse.org or call 617-731-8500

Senior Center Equipment Loan Fund (ELF)

If you have gently used medical equipment (walker, bath seat, etc.) you are welcome to donate it to the ELF. And if you need a piece of medical equipment, you may arrange to borrow it.    Call 617. 730. 2752 or e-mail mallen@brooklinema.gov. Note: PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE SENIOR CENTER WITHOUT SPEAKING TO STAFF FIRST.