Bulletins from the Front Lines—Speaker May 24

paula_spanBrooklineCAN is pleased to present New York Times writer Paula Span, who will give the Helen Kass Memorial Lecture Thursday, May 24, 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Senior Center.  Span writes the column “The New Old Age”, reporting on a variety of subjects related to aging and caregiving.  She will discuss trends, opportunities and challenges. This event honors the memory of Helen Kass, a cherished and dedicated member of Brookline CAN from its earliest days.  Helen served on the Education Committee and helped develop the speaker events that are now so valuable to the community; at the Senior Center she was a leader of the Alzheimer’s support groups. The program is free of charge; call 617-730-2770 to register.

“Ending Ageism” Program Rescheduled for April 19

agisn1Due to inclement weather, Margaret Morganroth Gullette’s talk and book signing on “Ending Ageism” planned for March at the library, has been rescheduled for Thursday,  April 19, at the Senior Center.  Refreshments 6 to 6:30 pm, program and discussion 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Free of charge, call 617-730-2770 to register.  If you have already registered for the original date, you DO NOT need to register again.

The Power of Play

MemberEngage in “The Power of Play: Games, Puzzles, and Trivia to Keep Your Brain Young.” at BrooklineCAN’s  annual Spring Membership Celebration at the Senior Center on Thursday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 pm.  Play alone or in groups as participants compete with the same game or puzzle at the same time, ensuring a lively, informative, interactive, and thoroughly enjoyable evening.  Refreshments will be served at tables throughout the room and attendees are free to work with others across the room.  Nancy Linde, author of two books of games, will lead the program.   This event is free for current BrooklineCAN members. A charge of $10 for non-members, payable at the door (cash or check), can be applied to membership. For information call 617-730-2777.

BrooklineCAN Election Forum on April 26

CandidatesBrooklineCAN is sponsoring an election forum on Thursday, April 26 at the Senior Center from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This year in the annual Town election (May 8), voters will choose two Select Board Members plus three School Committee members, five Library Board members, and consider ballot questions for an Override and a Debt Exclusion. The forum will focus on the contested races, the Override, and the Debt Exclusion. Candidates will have opportunities to make brief opening statements followed by questions from the audience. Candidates and Override advocates will be asked to give special attention to senior concerns.

Two Locations for Devices for Hearing and Visually Impaired Available

sighthearingThe 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 chaynes@brooklinema.gov.

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

Ending Ageism

agisn1What 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.

Conversation Game Event

Hello2What 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.

AARP Tax Preparation Assistance

taxThe 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.

Emergency Preparedness Buddies TV Program

buddyphoto1The 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.

Need Some HELP?

help1The 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.”