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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

Most events cancelled

See our upcoming events page.
Important Notice Regarding The Brookline Senior Center

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: COVID19Info@brooklinema.gov.

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.