BrooklineCAN's roots date back to a collaborative effort between the town's Council on Aging and the Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS) during 2007-2010. The demonstration project – Aging Well at Home – focused on a neighborhood in North Brookline and tested a model approach to supporting older residents' desire to continue living in their homes. Funded in part by the Weinberg Foundation, the program offered help with household tasks, fostered connections among residents, and provided education programs.
In 2010, JF&CS joined a gathering at the home of Frank and Carol Caro in Brookline's Crowinshield Road area to discuss the creation of a neighborhood support system that would help them to remain in their homes as they grew older.
Shortly thereafter, the group invited Ruthann Dobek to offer her perspective as director of both the Council on Aging and the Brookline Senior Center. Upon learning of the bountiful services and offerings available from the Senior Center, the group concluded that the best way to pursue their objective was to combine forces with the Center.
Those gathered became the Steering Committee of what would be a town-wide initiative – the Brookline Community Aging Network (BrooklineCAN).
Three public meetings were held --
- to learn from experts about how other communities have approached "aging at home" efforts
- to solicit input from Brookline residents
- to ask for the active involvement of residents
After these meetings, several committees were formed. The Brookline Community Aging Network was launched in 2011.
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.
BrooklineCAN is a volunteer-driven organization. All of the following committees are looking for new members. Most committees meet once a month. Feel free to sit in on any of these meetings to see if one interests you before joining. Meeting dates and times are in the Senior Center Calendar and the Brookline Tab. You can also contact a chairperson to ask the date of the next meeting.
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Acting Chair: Frank Caro
Telephone: 617 739 9228
Media Relations: Elenore Parker
This Committee keeps the community informed of BrooklineCAN programs and services through newsletters, promotional materials and our website – www.BrooklineCAN.org This committee seeks individuals to draft newsletter articles, help create promotional materials and make suggestions to help bring BrooklineCAN to the attention of all Brookline residents. If you have skills in journalism, public relations, or photography, please join us.
| Elenore Parker, Media Relations |
John Seay, Webmaster
Aaron Seidman, Technical Specialist
Ruth Kertzer Seidman
Service Referral Committee
Contact: Karin Wannamaker, HELP Counselor
This Committee is responsible for establishing an approved list of reputable and vetted trades people (e.g., repairers, plumbers, electricians, etc.). We need people to help by contacting the appropriate state agency to confirm licenses are up to date and that liability insurance is in force. We will also follow up when a contractor is hired to confirm that work was done in a proper and complete manner so that we know the contractor should stay on our approved list. We need people with good organizational and communications skills; knowledge of a trade is not necessary.
| Joanna Baker |
| Susan Kanian-Andriole |
| John Seay |
Livable Community Advocacy Committee
Chair: Frank Caro
While Brookline offers a great deal to its older residents, we want our town to be an even better place to live. This Committee calls attention to what Brookline offers and advocates for improvements in the availability of services, such as public restrooms, park benches and safer sidewalks. We're also working on a resource guide that will provide information about apartment buildings in Brookline that are particularly appealing to older residents. There is more information here.
Member Discount Committee
Chair: Gail Gordon
This Committee encourages Brookline merchants and service providers to offer discounts to BrooklineCAN members. Among the 40-plus businesses and other organizations included so far are clothing, gift, hardware, book, and jewelry stores, restaurants, hair and nail salons, and in-home service providers. We welcome new committee members to help us expand the list of businesses that support BrooklineCAN in this way.
| Ellen Bick |
| Karen Fisher |
Co-Chair: Molly Turlish
This Committee encourages residents to join BrooklineCAN, to take advantage of our programs and services, and to get more involved in its workings. We welcome new committee members who might enjoy staffing a table at community events, helping to plan and host informational meetings for members and prospective members, sending out mailings and/or making follow-up phone calls to new members.
| Peter Ames |
| Doris Feldman |
| Sonia Wong |
Chair: Marsha Frankel
The Education Committee responds to members' interests and needs by providing a variety of informational programs and forums on topics ranging from housing to legal or health related issues. We offer a series of forums called "Envision Your Future" that encourages lively discussions with both presenters and other members. New members are welcome to join us in brainstorming and developing programs to meet the needs of our diverse membership.
| Michele Berry |
| Helen Kass |
| Ginny Mazur |
Chairs: Maureen Giovannini
Telephone: 617 277 5453
Volunteering is an important part of a meaningful life and a successful retirement. Our committee is investigating the various volunteer opportunities that exist in Brookline and the surrounding area for people of all ages. We'd like to centralize this information and make it accessible to people with a dedicated website, volunteer clearing house, or both. As we learn about interesting opportunities, we are currently posting them here. Please join us if you would like to be part of this effort.
| Peg Senturia |
Brookline Adult and Community Education
Brookline Board of Assessors
Brookline Building Department
Brookline Department of Planning and Community Development
Brookline Department of Public Works
Brookline Health Department
Brookline Police Department
Brookline Public Library
Brookline Recreation Department
Brookline Community Aging Network
Brookline Senior Center
93 Winchester Street
Brookline, MA 02446