Age-Friendly Cities TV Is BIG’s “Show-of-the-Year”

big_award_small (1)The Age-Friendly Cities TV show has been awarded the Brookline Interactive Group’s “Show of the Year” award for 2017. The series is produced by Age-Friendly Cities Committee volunteers Shirley Selhub, Matt Weiss, and Henry Winkelman. Roberta Winitzer was the show’s founding producer. All of the volunteers are BrooklineCAN members. Programs are shown on BIG channels. In 2016 the volunteers delivered five new shows on the Brookline Commission on Disability, the Brookline Board of Selectmen, Brookline Parks, the TRIPPS travel advisory service, and the Brookline Public Library.  Links to all of the shows are on the BrooklineCAN website:

Brookline Adult & Community Education Summer Lecture Series

lecture1BA&CE Summer Lecture Series has two offerings you may find interesting.  June 20, 7:oo-8:30 pm at Brookline High School.  Understanding Memory and Aging – “What exactly goes on with our memories as we get older?”  Dr. Irene Piryatinsky will present an overview of the science of memory and typical aging patterns.
June 27, 7:00-8:30 pm at Brookline High School.  The Art of Remembering Names – Neil Kutzen (a professional memory coach) will introduce you to a four-step process for any type of memorization and how to apply it to remembering names.
There is a $6 fee for each of these lectures. For more information contact BA&CE  at 617-730-2700.

Nancy Daly Featured on Age-Friendly Cities TV

NancyThe May 3 Age-Friendly Cities (AFC-TV) program was a celebration of 12-year Board of Selectmen member Nancy Daly’s service to that body and to Brookline residents of all ages.  Nancy has since been elected unopposed as a Town Meeting Member from Precinct 12.

Appearing on the show to thank Nancy for her service were Neil Wishinsky Board Chair; Frank Caro, Nancy’s Co-Chair on the Age Friendly Cities Committee which is the sponsor of the AFC-TV show; and Ruthann Dobek, Executive Chair of the Council on Aging, along with Roberta Winitzer, Chair of the Council on Aging. Check out the Brookline Age-Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site

Theatre Club Summer Schedule

theatreThis summer the Senior Center Theatre Club is offering the opportunity to see three popular musicals at the Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham.
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm: ʺJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coatʺ
Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 2 pm: ʺShow Boatʺ
Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 2 pm: ʺ42nd Streetʺ

The cost of each show is $39 which includes transportation. To register, please call 617‐730‐2777. Payment can be made via cash or check.  Make checks payable to the Brookline Senior Center.

Shred Your Documents and Prevent Identity Theft

Shred3A mobile shredding truck will stop at the Senior Center on Monday, June 5, from 1 – 4:00 pm. Brookline residents are encouraged to clean out their file cabinets and shred everything. No need to sign up in advance. Shredding can be viewed through a screen in the truck. Then come into the Center at 2:00 for refreshments and a free presentation about identity theft, courtesy of Suffolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey. To register for the presentation portion of the event, please call 617-730-2770.

Health Policy Forum June 21

PHFLed by former governor Michael Dukakis, the 21st Annual Public Health Policy Forum will take place Wednesday, June 21 at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served 6:00 to 7:00 pm with the panel discussion 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  The program is free of charge and pre-registration is not necessary.  Panelists are Monica Bharel, MD, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health; Jennifer Childs-Roshak, MD, MBA, President, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts; and Jon M. Kingsdale, PhD, who was appointed by Governor Romney to organize and lead our state’s Health Connector, the model for health insurance exchanges under the national health reform.  Join in to learn the latest developments.

Creative Use of Extra Space in Your Home

HouseBrooklineCAN is sponsoring a workshop for seniors and their families on how to put extra space in their homes to good use. The workshop is scheduled for June 1 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Senior Center. Len Fishman, a senior housing expert and Director of the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston, will provide an overview of the possibilities. Staff of the Brookline Building, Planning, and Health Departments will be on hand with information on what the Town allows people to do with their homes and what obligations homeowners have if they rent space to others. Some Brookline seniors who are already making creative use of the space in their homes will share their experiences. The workshop is designed to stimulate thinking and provide answers to questions. This event is free.  You are encouraged to register at 617-730-2777.

JFK Birth Centennial Celebration

jfk3John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born near Coolidge Corner in Brookline May 29, 1917.  The Centennial of his birth will be celebrated this month in many places, most specially at the JFK National Historic Site, 83 Beals Street, Brookline, 617-566-7937.  On May 26 there will be a ceremony, “What JFK Means to Me” with local Devotion School students and on May 29, the JFK Centennial Celebration will include speeches, tours, music, cake and more.  Additional historic site and Brookline community events associated with the Centennial are listed on the National Historic Site web page:

This Chair Rocks! A Manifesto Against Ageism

chair2Ashton Applewhite has written books and blogs and she has spoken widely in a movement to make discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind.  She will be speaking at the Brookline Senior Center Thursday, May 4.  Refreshments will be service from 6 to 6:30 pm and the program with discussion runs from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  See for more information. The program is free of charge; call 617-730-2770 to register.

Membership Program May 18th

youngJoin us on May 18, from 5:30 -7:30 pm at the Senior Center, for “How to Stay Young While Growing Older—and Have Fun Doing It”.

Refreshments, light beverages and wine will be served.  Guests will be treated to an amusing look at aging through cartoons, as well as presentations by Steve Shain and Stacy Greenspan on easy exercises you can do at home and also ways to “Make it Safe” at home.  Steve is the popular exercise coach at the Center and Stacy has been an active member off BCAN’s Providers Network.  Ample time will be scheduled for interactive table discussions.

This gathering will educate, enlighten and amuse you so be sure to bring a friend who may not  already know about BrooklineCAN or has become inactive.  Sign-up information will be sent to all.  Space is limited so sign up early for yourself and your friend(s)!