Brookline Community Aging Network (BrooklineCAN) is a member-driven, volunteer organization primarily for older Brookline residents that promotes services and activities to enable independent living and improved quality of life.

Its principal purpose is to ensure that older Brookline residents remain a vital part of the town's social, cultural, and civic life.

BrooklineCAN works with town departments, businesses, and other organizations to make the town a better place to live for all Brookline residents.

Women dancing & laughing - Photo by Mimi Katz

This website is a clearing house of information detailing Brookline's extensive network of services and activities that help make our town an eminently livable community. Here you will find the abundance of social, educational, and recreational programs that can enrich our lives, build a sense of community, and make our town an even better place for all.

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BrooklineCAN Governance

BrooklineCAN is considering adoption of written governance guidelines. Until now, BrooklineCAN has been conducting its affairs informally through a Steering Committee consisting of residents, staff of the Senior Center, and representatives of nonprofit organizations who are founding partners. The Steering committee has drafted governance guidelines.

The Steering Committee is seeking feedback from members about the proposed governance guidelines. The draft guidelines are posted on the BrooklineCAN website so that they can be reviewed by members.

Members can provide feedback by using the Message Board in the Members section of the website. They can also contact Steering Committee Co-chair, Frank Caro at 617739 9228 or frank.g.caro@gmail.com.

BrooklineCAN is not proposing to become an independent nonprofit organization at this time. BrooklineCAN handles its finances through the nonprofit organization that is responsible for the Senior Center and will continue to do so.

Age-Friendly Cities

Brookline has been accepted as a member of the World Health Organization's international network of Age-Friendly cities. The WHO network includes more than 100 cities in 18 countries. Brookline is the first municipality in New England invited to join.

Betsy DeWitt, Chair of Brookline's Board of Selectman, commented, "We are excited to be recognized by the World Health Organization. Brookline is a great place to live for people of all ages."  

BrooklineCAN launched the effort to bring Brookline into the program. Brookline's application was supported by a preliminary plan entitled: Age-Friendly Brookline: An Assessment of Brookline's Age-Friendly Features and Plans to Pursue Additional Age-Friendly Features.

Caregiver Parking on Brookline Streets

In April 2012, the Brookline Transportation Board revised its regulations for temporary on-street parking to improve options for providers of in-home care. The revised regulations reflect recommendations from BrooklineCAN's Livable Community Advocacy Committee. Click here for key features of the regulations.

Guide to Residential Buildings with elevators

See our new Residential Guide for detailed information on over 75 rental and condominium buildings in Brookline with 20 or more units and elevator access.

Public Restrooms

BrooklineCAN's Livable Community Advocacy Committee has just added seven restaurants to the existing list of 17 public restrooms. These restaurants have agreed to make their restrooms available to BrooklineCAN members even when they are not customers.

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Click here for Restroom List

Click here for Press Release (pdf)

New Service for BrooklineCAN members

  • Screened service providers listed
    • Computer Support
    • Electricians
    • Home Contractors
    • Handyman Services
    • Painters (added April 14)
    • Plumbers
    • Roofers (added March 26)
    • Snow Removal (added April 14)
  • Licenses & references checked
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