BrooklineCAN has launched an Age-Friendly Business Campaign with two aims. First, Brookline businesses are encouraged to add features that make them hospitable to seniors. Second, we want to encourage members to patronize local senior-friendly businesses. Propelling the campaign is the major demographic shift now underway. Between 2010 and 2030, Brookline’s senior population is expected to increase by over 40%. Businesses can be accommodating to seniors in many practical ways such as providing print material in large sizes, making web sites easy to navigate, providing bright lighting, providing doors that are easily opened, controlling noise levels, making rest rooms available to customers, and offering discounts to seniors. Participating businesses will be listed on our website and will receive decals for their windows. They will also be recognized at a public event that will serve as the climax for the Campaign.
Brookline businesses are being encouraged to apply for recognition as “Age- Friendly.” Application forms are available on the BrooklineCAN website. http://www.brooklinecan.org/age_friendly_business.html We are looking for volunteers who will help to reach out to Brookline businesses to join the campaign. Contact Frank Caro at 617-739-9228 or email@example.com
Margaret Morganroth Gullette, Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, will speak on her book, Ending Ageism, at the Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street, on Thursday, March 8. Refreshments will be served from 6 to 6:30 pm with the program and discussion 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Gullette believes that a major obstacle to aging well is ageism; she asks people to move from silence about their experiences to justified resistance. This BrooklineCAN program is free of charge; please call 617-730-2770 to register.
If you still need a flu shot, contact Brookline’s public health nurse, Barbara Westley at 617-730-2320 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Since its inception in 2011, BrooklineCAN’s efforts for seniors have improved sidewalk safety, provided transportation support, and brought us valuable information through speakers, community TV shows, and online guides to residential buildings with elevators, restrooms available to the public, and licensed service providers and contractors. Our organization advocates with the Town to make Brookline even more age-friendly. Membership dollars support these activities, and membership numbers enhance BrooklineCAN’s advocacy influence. This year a small dues increase, the first since the organization began, is necessary. Individual annual dues, previously $25, will now be $35, and household dues, previously $40, will now be $55; a $10 discounted rate is available for those with income below $35,000. Your membership donation is greatly appreciated and it makes possible BrooklineCAN’s important work.
Residents can help to assure that Brookline sidewalks are free of snow and ice by reporting hazardous sidewalks to the Town. Brookline has a bylaw that requires property owners to keep adjacent sidewalks in a “non-slippery” condition. The Town has a complaint-driven enforcement system. When a complaint is received, an inspector investigates. Violators receive a warning or a fine.
BrooklineCAN monitors continue to inspect sidewalks in commercial areas after storms. You can help by reporting on sidewalks in residential areas close to your home.
The Town makes is easy for residents to report slippery sidewalks. One possibility is to download the free BrookONline app for use with a smart phone. Another possibility is to fill out the online Citizen Reporter Form located on the Town website: http://www.brooklinema.gov/. During business hours, residents may also call DPW at 617 730 2156.
Martin Luther King Day provides an opportunity for Brookline residents to remember a hero martyred in the effort to achieve equality in America. This year’s celebration is at 3:00 pm Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Keynote speaker is Dr. Chad Williams, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University. Dr. Williams will ask us to think about how Dr. King’s words and actions can be applied to today’s troubling times.
The program also features the poet/performer Regie Gibson, Brookline Poet Laureate Zvi Sesling, Brookline High School slam poet Carolyn Parker-Fairbain, and acapella group Testostatones. To reserve a free ticket, visit BrooklineMLK.eventbrite.com until Sunday, January 14. Remaining tickets will be available at the Theater box office on the day of the event. Sign language interpretation will be provided and the theater is accessible to persons with disabilities. For further information, contact Caitlin Haynes: email@example.com, 617-730-2345.
BrooklineCAN member Shirley Selhub is the featured artist in the current Gallery 93 exhibit at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. This display of watercolor paintings, entitled “Group Meditation”, is being shown January 3 through February 28. Shirley says of her watercolor classes: “My classmates are mostly retirees who enjoy painting as I do, and most weeks we also share a good chuckle. This is my meditation, a kind of group meditation!” Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. A public reception with the artist will take place on Tuesday, January 9, 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
On Thursday January 25 at 1:00 pm the Brookline Senior Center will be hosting an information session with Margie Gillian, Job Placement Specialist and Kevin Beaulieu, Rehabilitation Counselor at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. Learn how MRC can help seniors with disabilities enhance their quality of life and discover how they can assist you with your job skills and employment search. This program is free and open to all seniors in Brookline. For more information or to register please contact: Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TRIPPS (Transportation Resources, Information, Planning, and Partnership for Seniors) program helps seniors find and use alternatives to driving. Connect with a volunteer network of trained, background-checked Transit Advisors (TAs) who will help work out what’s best for you. Brookline/Newton TRIPPS is a grant-funded joint venture of the Newton & Brookline Councils on Aging and BrooklineCAN providing individual help, group workshops, and a valuable, detailed transportation resource guide http://trippsmass.org/guide/. Just some of the many options for transportation include walking and cycling, Senior Center bus and van, senior MBTA Charlie Card, faith and residential communities, ride-hailing and travel planning apps, and delivery services. For more information see www.trippsmass.org, email email@example.com, or call 617-730-2644.
The 14th Age Friendly Cities (AFC-TV) program on November 22, introduced and welcomed Dr. Swannie Jett, the new head of the Brookline Department of Public Health and Human Services. Dr. Jett comes to our town from Florida, where he was Health Officer/Surgeon General for Seminole County, Florida. He is a national leader in public health as Past President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
The focus of the show is on two principal areas, emergency preparedness for seniors and gun violence as a public health issue. Future shows will follow up, exploring programs designed to assist isolated individuals with emergency preparedness. 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.