Brookline Community Aging Network

Brookline Senior Center
Virtual Program Offerings

Virtual programs that the Senior Center is working on to fill the gap while we can't meet in person. Other programs are in the works.

Brookline Bees Sewing Group
Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am

The group is hosting weekly Zoom meetings to stay connected while the Senior Center is closed. For information on how to connect, please send an email to brooklinebeehive@gmail.com.

Living Our Values
Wednesday mornings from 9-10 am

This discussion group is hosting weekly Zoom meetings to stay connected while the Senior Center is closed. To obtain a copy of the discussion material and for information on how to connect, please send an email to editor@businessforum.com

Qigong
Tuesday evenings from 6-6:30 pm

Laura Kandziolka, our former Qigong instructor who relocated to Pennsylvania, is offering FREE live qigong classes on Facebook on Tuesday evenings from 6-6:30 pm. You don't need a Facebook account to attend. Just click here and click on the video menu to the left. You can also find past recorded sessions here as well. These sessions also come highly recommended by our current instructor Dale Butler.

Combo Dance Fitness/Yoga Dance
Saturday mornings from 11-11:50 am

Emily Brenner, our wonderful Zumba Gold instructor is offering a FREE virtual Combo Dance Fitness/Yoga Dance class on Saturday mornings from 11-11:50 am thanks to a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield. She is also offering some other donation based classes throughout the week:
  • Monday: 10 am Zumba®
  • Tuesday: 10 am Strength/Low-Impact fitness (chair suggested, light hand weights or cans/water bottles as light weights optional)
  • Wednesday: 10 am Let Your Yoga Dance®
  • Thursday: 5 pm All levels Fitness (weights optional)
  • Saturday: 11 am Combo Dance Fitness/Yoga Dance (FREE class thanks to a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield)

To join any of Emily's classes, please click here.

If you need to join by typing in the Meeting ID and the password, here it is:
Meeting ID: 556 335 6908
Password: 1853

Online Dance Party with Lynn Modell
Thursday afternoons from 2-2:30pm

Lynn will play music from 40s, 50s, and 60s as well as some from film musicals and we'll dance together. You don't need much space in your home to participate. Just make sure there aren't any scatter rugs, uneven floor surfaces or objects on the floor that are trip hazards. Contact Lynn if you are interested at lemodell@gmail.com

Mindfulness Practice Sessions
Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Starting on the week of April 13th, the Brookline Senior Center will be offering semi-weekly online mindfulness practice sessions. Join a video call from your computer or by phone every Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to practice mindfulness with members of your community. No previous experience is needed. Sessions will be facilitated by Michael Allen, LCSW, and Conor McDermott Welch. Mindfulness helps with relaxation and bolsters attention and insight, all of which are needed now more than ever! To join the video call, you can go to https://us04web.zoom.us/j/137115626 when it is time for the meeting to begin. Please email or call Michael at mallen@brooklinema.gov and 617-730-2754 with any other question.

Virtual Memory Cafe
Wednesday, April 22 from 1:30-3:15 pm.

The session will be led by Jamie Jensen, Memory Connections Cafe Coordinator from the Brookline Senior Center. We will reminisce over “icebreaker” questions and then be joined by Cailey Biles, Reference Librarian from the Brookline Public Library, who will discuss what’s happening at the library with current online program offerings, as well as answer any questions about accessing resources. We will then be joined by Music Therapist Emily Higgins who will lead the group in an upbeat music therapy session. We are thankful to Season’s Hospice & Palliative Care for their sponsorship of this special Café! More information.

Medicare Wellness Webinars

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts wants to help you stay well, with no-cost health education webinars brought to you in partnership with the Brookline Council on Aging. Join a webinar to participate in educational activities, practice new hobbies, stay connected to other community members while remaining at home, and learn more about how to stay healthy and safe during these challenging times.

Additional information about each webinar offering... is available when you visit the link to register. All are welcome. You do not have to be a Blue Cross member to participate.

Webinar Schedule (June 2-June 10)

Tuesday, June 2 from 10-11 am
Calming Anxiety in Times of Uncertainty
Presenters: Heather Hurd & Janet Fontana
Register Now at: https://well-b.zoom.us/w…/register/WN_2ZMN5n5QTsGV_8Y0m7jpUQ

Thursday, June 4 from 2-3 pm
Six Strategies for Supporting a Healthy Immune System
Presenters: Susan Flanagan & Tricia Silverman
Register Now at: https://well-b.zoom.us/w…/register/WN_yuYYkBSYQgCN4PsojbKrwQ

Tuesday, June 8 from 10-11 am
Boost Your Health with Better Sleep
Presenters: Heather Hurd & Janet Fontana
Register Now at: https://well-b.zoom.us/w…/register/WN_ttmHh0XZTVuJXNS6AhKjjQ

Thursday, June 10 from 2-3 pm
Taming Your Mind with Mindfulness Techniques
Presenters: Susan Flanagan & Janet Fontana
Register Now at: https://well-b.zoom.us/w…/register/WN_2akuejTRQL-WxPWQiEdacg

Important Notice Regarding The Brookline Senior Center

The Brookline Senior Center reopened to the public June 1. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and programming is gradually resuming. Additional updates on program offerings will be provided as they become available.

Statements from Senior Center Director Ruthann Dobek

AUGUST 2021 BROOKLINE SENIOR CENTER UPDATE & NEWSLETTER

Elvis will be back in the building on Thursday, August 12 at 1:00 PM! Seating is limited, so please call 617-730-2770 to register. As always, there is an abundance of information in our monthly News & Events. You can find the August edition as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here.

In June, the Senior Center was pleased to formally welcome everyone back with a concert from Center favorite Tommy Bahama! The mood was a festive one that we hope will continue as we ramp up ongoing, new, and in-person programming in the coming months. Please be aware that there is a variety of both in-person and virtual programming at this time. Please be mindful of the location of each program listed before you register and/or come in person to the Senior Center. If you have any questions about the location of a program, please contact Jamie Jensen at or 617-730-2753.

We along with the whole country are monitoring the next development of COVID-19 along with the variants. Please remember that the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions back in June does not signal the end of the pandemic and that the best protection continues to be vaccination. If you are still in need of a vaccination, please contact the Health Department at 617-879-5636. On July 27th, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its masking recommendations as it grows more concerned over the Delta variant of COVID-19, urging vaccinated people in certain areas of the country to resume wearing masks indoors in public areas.

As we transition to this “new normal”, we want to assure you that the Town will continue to remain vigilant with the intent to keep our staff and members of the Brookline public safe. We will comply fully with CDC guidelines and we will continue to provide updates as they become available. We thank you for your patience as we navigate this next step together.

Be Well,

Ruthann Dobek, Director
Brookline Council on Aging/ Senior Center

P.S. The Brookline Senior Center is seeking volunteers to assist with the Springwell Community Dining Program. We are in need of volunteers to assist with checking consumers in for lunch at the registration desk. We also need volunteers to assist with setting the lunchroom tables, serving the meals to registered consumers, and assisting with clean up at the end of lunch. Time commitment is 11 am-1 pm on mutually agreed upon weekdays. For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Mark Catalano at 617-730-2743 or .

JULY 2021 BROOKLINE SENIOR CENTER UPDATE & NEWSLETTER

Wishing everyone a wonderful 4th of July holiday! The town will be celebrating on Monday, July 5th, and the Council on Aging/ Senior Center will be closed.

As always, there is an abundance of information in our monthly News & Events. You can find the July edition as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here: https://www.brooklinema.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=37

The Senior Center has been open to the public during regular business hours (M-F 8:30AM-5:00PM) since June 1st, and we have enjoyed welcoming back programs and participants.

Please remember that the lifting of these COVID-19 restrictions does not signal the end of the pandemic and that the best protection continues to be vaccination. If you are still in need of a vaccination, please contact the Health Department at 617-879-5636. As we transition to this “new normal”, we want to assure you that the Town will continue to remain vigilant with the intent to keep our staff and members of the Brookline public safe. We intend to comply fully with CDC guidelines and we will continue to provide updates as they become available. We thank you for your patience as we navigate this next step together.

December 2, 2020

As we welcome December, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our ability to gather in large group settings. In fact, at the time of this printing, the COVID-19 numbers are increasing at a potentially alarming rate. With the addition of flu season and increased indoor activity, we are bracing for an increase in COVID-19 cases locally. The Senior Center is currently open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory. We urge you to comply with public health recommendations.

We recognize that the impending arrival of the winter holidays will add additional stress as family and friends attempt to make decisions that will keep everyone both safe and connected. With that, we also know that feelings of anxiety and sadness may occur at this time of the year. Our advice is to be mindful of your feelings, talk honestly and openly with others, and seek professional help when needed.

The Council on Aging social work staff are available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm), so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or if you would just like to say hello. You can leave messages for us at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770.

We are pleased to offer an abundance of programming online. Thank you to our staff and program leaders for making this transition. As always, be patient with technology glitches. We are aware that there continue to be issues with some of the links that we have included in our December edition. While we have resolved most of the issues, here is a direct link for the Medicare.gov link listed on page 11: https://www.medicare.gov If you experience a problem with any of the other links, please let us know.

You can find the december edition, as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here:

Are you receiving more than one copy of this email from us? Please let us know by sending an email to Jessica Milley-Gee at .

Be well!

Ruthann Dobek, LICSW
Director
Brookline Council on Aging/
Brookline Senior Center

October 28, 2020

As we welcome November, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our ability to gather in large group settings. In fact, at the time of this printing, the COVID-19 numbers are increasing at a potentially alarming rate. With the addition of flu season and increased indoor activity, we may see an increase in COVID-19 cases. The Senior Center is open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory. We urge you to comply with the public health recommendations.

We recognize that the impending arrival of the Thanksgiving holiday will add additional stress as family and friends attempt to make decisions that will keep everyone both safe and connected. With that, we also know that feelings of anxiety and sadness may occur at this time of the year. Our advice is to be mindful of your feelings, talk honestly and openly with others, and seek professional help when needed.

We encourage you to complete our “Living with COVID-19” survey. The information gathered will assist us in planning future programs and services. An online copy of the survey is available here. If you would like a hard copy of the survey mailed to you, please call us at 617-730-2777.

We are pleased to offer an abundance of programming online. Thank you to our staff and program leaders for making this transition. As always, be patient with technology glitches. We are aware that there continue to be issues with some of the links that we have included in our November edition. We are working to resolve the issue, but we have included some of the direct links below as an alternative way of accessing this content.

We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and well in the days ahead and we look forward to celebrating with you all when we are able to safely reopen the Senior Center more fully. The Council on Aging social work staff are available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm), so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or if you would just like to say hello. You can leave messages for us at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770.

You can find the November edition, as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here.

Be well!

Ruthann Dobek, LICSW
Director
Brookline Council on Aging/
Brookline Senior Center

June 5, 2020

At the time of this printing, the Senior Center is open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory.  For more information on that advisory, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/news/safer-at-home-advisory

Since it is uncertain as to when we will be able to safely begin hosting any of our special or ongoing programs at the Center, we have been working to develop a list of online programming options with some of our regular group facilitators, as well as with some of your favorite performers and presenters. Please remember that these “virtual” programs are new to everyone so there will be glitches, but we hope that you will continue to give the online programming options a try.

We realize that there are lots of questions regarding our reopening and we appreciate your patience during this uncertain time.  Please feel free to leave your questions on our voicemail or to submit your questions to info@brooklineseniorcenter.org. Many of you may have the same questions so we hope to address some of them in future editions of the newsletter.

We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and well in the days ahead and we look forward to celebrating with you all when we are able to safely reopen the Senior Center.

The Council on Aging social work staff are available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm), so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or if you would just like to say hello. You can leave messages for us at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770.

Follow This Link To Read Our June Edition:
https://www.brooklinema.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=37

March 18, 2020

In order to proactively slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the Senior Center is Closed To The Public at this time.

The Brookline Senior Center will be monitoring its phone lines during the Covid-19 emergency. Older adults can leave their names and phone numbers on our voicemail at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770. Staff will be responding to questions and concerns Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5 pm. Emergencies should be directed to 911.

In order to address the many questions and concerns that exist in the community, the Town of Brookline would like to share the following information :

For general COVID-19 questions, please call the State 2-1-1 line. For Brookline specific medical or public health inquiries, please contact the Department of Brookline Public Health at 617-730-2300. For non-medical questions specific to Brookline, please call the Brookline COVID Information Call Center at 617-879-5636. These call centers, for the time being, will be operational Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm, these hours will be adjusted as needed. Messages can be left after hours and will be returned the next day. You can also email your non-medical inquiries to:

Stay up to date on COVID-19 updates here: https://brooklinecovid19.com/senior-center/

Please remember the importance of social distancing to reduce the impact of COVID-19, and please stay home as much as possible. Thank you.

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