Wednesday, September 13 will mark the return of TRIPPS’s smartphone drop‐in sessions at the Senior Center. Join us to learn how smartphones can make your life easier and give you more freedom and independence. We can help you find ways to use your smartphone for travel, entertainment, shopping, and connecting with family, friends, and your community. Be sure to bring your smartphone (iPhone or Android) along with your questions. Meets weekly on Wednesdays starting September 13, 3:00—4:30 pm.
Town Meeting passed all proposals supported by BrooklineCAN.
1. An article has been added to the Town’s By-laws that specifies the responsibilities of the Commission on Disability. The addition to the By-laws reinforces recent efforts to strengthen its contributions.
2. Lower speed limits on Brookline streets. The Transportation Board was authorized to reduce general speed limits on Brookline streets to 25 miles per hour and 20 miles in various “safety zones.”
3. Brookline joined a growing number of municipalities that have committed themselves to supporting and adhering to the Paris Climate Change Agreement of 2015. Some BrooklineCAN members are deeply involved in Brookline’s climate action efforts.
4 Resolution to support state legislation that would permit municipalities to adopt new local taxes to finance pedestrian, bicycle, and mass transportation infrastructure improvements. Additional revenue would enable Brookline to do a better job of maintaining its sidewalks.
The Walking Club, sponsored by Goddard House Assisted Living and the Brookline Council on Aging, is offering attractive programs for people with dementia and their care partners on two Fridays this summer. On July 21 they will visit Hall’s Pond Reservation in Brookline and on August 18, the Gardner Museum Gardens in Boston. A complimentary lunch follows. Call 617-730-2770 to arrange for 9:30 am pick up from the Senior Center or call 617-730-8500 for pick up at Goddard House at 10:00 am or to arrange to meet at the site.
Have you ever felt that you were the last to know about what is going on in Brookline Town Government? Well, you can stay up-to-date by using a service offered through the Town’s website – Notify Me. Through the “Notify Me” service, you can be notified by email or text message about all of the Town boards or committees that interest you.
Here is how to use the service. From the Town of Brookline website, click on Notify Me. On this page, you will be asked to sign in with your email address. Once signed in, you can choose the committees, boards, or town services that interest you. Each item has two icons, one for e-mail and the other for text messages to your cell phone. You can request both. For text messaging, you will need to include your cell phone number. Once you select an item, a green arrow will appear. If you find that you are receiving too many notices, you can return to Notify Me and de-select the items that are no longer of interest. The website address is http://www.brooklinema.gov/list.aspx#agendaCenter
Camp Memory Connections, a pilot day camp experience for people living with memory changes and their care partners, will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 11:00 am-2:00 pm at Larz Anderson Park picnic shelter in Brookline. Sponsored by Brookline Senior Center, Goddard House Assisted Living, and Brookline Recreation, this free outdoor (rain or shine) event will include conversations with peers over camp-themed lunch and snacks, music, art, exercise, and haiku. A care partner must accompany those who require any care assistance. To RSVP or book available transportation (parking will be available in small lot off Goddard Ave): Jamie at 617-730-2753 or email@example.com. This program, which is in place of the monthly Memory Connections Cafe for August, is supported by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation.
BrooklineCAN’s annual meeting is taking place on Thursday, September 14 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Senior Center. “The Power of Engagement” will be the theme. Professor Judith Gonyea of Boston University will be our keynote speaker. The meeting will begin with an expo featuring Brookline organizations that provide outstanding opportunities for seniors to be engaged in community life.
This 90 minute tour, hosted by Charles Riverboat Company (CRC), offers spectacular views of historic contemporary architecture along the Boston Harbor, the Charles River Locks, and the Charles River basin. The tour, narrated by a guide from Boston By Foot, includes landmarks such as Marriott’s Custom House, the Prudential Building and the Hancock Tower, as well as cutting-edge design by today’s top architects. Tours depart from the CambridgeSide Galleria. For dates, pricing and reservation see the CRC website.
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: http://www.brooklinecan.org/#TV
BA&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.
The 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 http://www.brooklinecan.org/