For more information on weekly, ongoing Senior Center events, call 617-730-2770.
Springwell grab-and-go hot lunches
The center is now offering hot “grab and go” lunches Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays in collaboration with Springwell. To reserve a hot lunch, residents must call the Senior Center at 617-730-2747 two business days in advance. There will be no admission to the Senior Center for any reason at the time of pickup. Those who are not feeling well and/or have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should stay home and contact their physician. Face coverings (i.e., scarf, mask, bandana) are required when picking up the meal. Residents will be required to follow the directions provided by staff and volunteers at the time of arrival. Employees will ask residents for information on the phone so that they do not need to fill out forms at the time of pick up. For more information on the menu selections, call 617-730-2747.
The Piatigorsky Foundation will host a concert with featured artists Katsuya Yuasa, clarinetist, and Miles Goldberg, pianist, at 1 p.m. May 13 via Zoom. Yuasa has performed widely in the U.S. as a soloist and chamber musician. Presently, he is the concert artist of Mu Phi Epsilon, professor of clarinet at Florida A&M University and a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University, where he is pursuing a doctoral degree. He explores a wide repertoire of classical, jazz, ethnic and contemporary music and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall. To register, contact Jamie Jensen at [email protected] or 617‐730-2753.
Virtual Elder Law Education Program
Elder Law Attorney Timothy Loff will hold an overview of updates and changes on many legal issues important to seniors, including updates that may apply to Estate and Healthcare Planning, Estate Administration, Medicaid rules for both nursing home and community care, Medicare, Social Security, Long-Term Care Insurance, Special Needs Planning and Reverse Mortgages at 1 p.m. May 10. This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association with assistance and continued collaboration from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Register by contacting Jamie Jensen at [email protected] or 617-730-2753. For access to the MBA’s most recent Elder Law Education Guide, also contact Jamie.
Prescription Advantage Virtual Presentation
Kathy Devine from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs will explain how Prescription Advantage can lower prescription drug costs at 1 p.m. May 19 via Zoom. Prescription Advantage does not replace existing coverage, it supplements it. It can lower copays if residents reach that coverage gap also known as the “donut hole.” It allows people to change their Medicare plan outside of Medicare’s open enrollment. At certain income levels, it’s free. To register with Jamie Jensen to get a Zoom link, email [email protected] or call 617-730-2753.
Dot Mandala Workshop
Erica Curcio will lead a virtual workshop at 1:30 p.m. May 25 where resident will learn the ancient art technique of Dot Mandalas. Mandalas are known for their ability to create inner peace, increase focus and have been known to help with anxiety and depression. In this workshop, participants will learn basic dotting techniques to create their own dot mandala. Participants will receive a supply list for this workshop when they receive the Zoom link. To register, contact Jamie Jensen at [email protected] or 617-730-2753.
Memory Connections Café
The café is for people with early memory challenges and their care partners to connect with their peers through socialization and programming. It is being held virtually until the Senior Center reopens. The next session will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. May 26. Contact Jamie at 617-730-2753 or email her at [email protected] to RSVP and to get the Zoom link. This month’s cafe is sponsored by Wingate at Chestnut Hill.
Metrowest Legal Services Legal Clinic with Attorney Stephanie Ozahowski
Seniors can schedule a private and free 30-minute legal phone consultation between noon and 4 p.m. May 27. MetroWest Legal Services provides free legal aid to seniors on housing, public benefits and social security matters; durable power of attorney, health care proxy and simple probate matters; Medicaid, nursing home issues, limited domestic relations; consumer and bankruptcy. To schedule a telephone consultation, contact Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753. Sharing a one-or-two word subject matter will help the attorney in her preparations and this information will remain absolutely confidential.
“Ducks on Parade”
Sculptor Nancy Schön, who created the famous “Make Way for Ducklings” sculpture dressed up for various occasions at the Boston Public Garden, has a new book, “Ducks on Parade,” now available on her website. This book is a tribute to the people of Boston, to the people who dreamt and devised the costumes and to the photographers who took delight in the spectacle so colorfully displayed in these pages. It is also a record of the life of the city and of the country over the past decades. Furthermore, it is a testament to the power of public art. To order the book and have it personally autographed, especially for Mother’s Day, write in the “add note” section. For access to the website, email Jamie Jensen at [email protected] or 617-730-2753. Save the date for 1 p.m. June 14, as Schön will be giving a talk on Zoom about the book and her life’s work with time for questions. Contact Jamie to register.
“The Bubbe Diaries”
Paula Span, who writes the Generation Grandparent column for the New York Times, has been thinking about the transition to a new role of grandparent, including challenges and potential pitfalls, since her own granddaughter’s birth four years ago. Span has also been talking to developmental psychologists and other experts about the part grandparents can play in an expanding family. She has adapted her columns into an audio title, “The Bubbe Diaries,” to be released by Audible on April 29. She reads it herself. She’ll share her findings and ideas, and invite residents to share theirs, in a virtual discussion, sponsored by BrooklineCAN, Center Communities of Brookline, Goddard House Assisted Living and Memory Care and the Brookline Senior Center. To participate and/or to read about and/or pre-order/order “The Bubbe Diaries” audiobook, contact Jamie Jensen at [email protected] or 617-730-2753.
While participants cannot get together to play in person, the center has an opportunity for them to play virtual games on a computer or iPad. If interested, contact Jamie Jensen at [email protected] or 617-730-2753.
The Brookline Senior Center is collaborating with the Brookline Interactive Group and Steps to Success for an ongoing intergenerational storytelling experience. This project has so far seen students interviewing their grandparents as well as Brookline seniors on immigration, COVID-19 and other topics of interest about seniors’ life experiences. The project continues to look for interested seniors who would like to share their stories. If this sounds interesting, contact Jamie Jensen at [email protected] or 617-730-2753 for information on the next session. The prior stories can be viewed online (for link, contact Jamie).
Bloomin’ 4 Good Program
The Bloomin’ 4 Good Program is a brand new program from Stop & Shop that works to fight hunger in local communities. For the month of April, Brookline Senior Center — Grab and Go Meals has been selected to receive a $1 donation for every $9.99 Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet with the red circle sticker sold at the store located at 155 Harvard St., Brookline. Residents should look for the bouquets with the red circle sticker to make sure it is a Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet that will benefit the Brookline Senior Center.
Craft-along with the Public Library of Brookline
The Public Library of Brookline has created craft-along kits. Each month, residents can reserve a free kit containing all the materials they need to create a one-of-a-kind craft plus DVD video instructions recorded by one of the local librarians. Participants can keep everything in the kit — no returns necessary. In April, participants will be celebrating Earth Day by making seed paper and plantable bookmarks. The Senior Center is partnering with the library on this project and will have 15 kits available for distribution in April. To reserve a kit for pick-up at the Senior Center, call Julie Washburn at 617-730-2760. Limited delivery is available for homebound Brookline residents.
Brookline Vaccination Program for Homebound Residents
The Brookline Health Department wishes to inform the public that it will oversee and administer COVID-19 vaccinations for homebound residents under a local option provided by the state. The town asks residents to call the Vaccination Call Center at 617-879-5636 to ensure that all eligible homebound residents have an opportunity to receive the vaccine. For more information on eligibility, contact this number from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Those who call after hours may leave a voicemail and their messages will be returned when the call center is open. Questions may also be submitted via email to [email protected]
Brookline Bees Weekly Sewing Group
The group is hosting weekly Zoom meetings at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. To view Brookline Bees creations posted for sale on the BSC Etsy site, visit https://etsy.com/shop/brooklinebazaar. The group would love to receive donations of fabric, sewing notions and sewing machines. Donations are tax deductible. For information on how to connect, email [email protected]
Living Our Values
This discussion group is hosting weekly Zoom meetings from 9-10 a.m. every Wednesday while the Senior Center is closed. To obtain a copy of the discussion material and for information on how to connect, email [email protected]
This discussion group is hosting weekly Zoom meetings from 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday mornings while the Senior Center is closed. For information on how to connect, send an email to [email protected]
Online Dance Party
Lynn Modell will play music and lead participants in a virtual dance party from 1-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Very little space is needed. Participants should choose a flat floor clear of small rugs and objects that are trip and fall hazards. For information on how to connect, send an email to [email protected]
Combo Dance Fitness/Let Your Yoga Dance
Emily Brenner, Zumba Gold instructor, is offering a free virtual Combo Dance Fitness/Yoga Dance class from 11-11:45 a.m. Saturdays to Brookline seniors thanks to the sponsorship of the Brookline Multiservice Senior Center. Brenner is also offering some other donation-based classes ($5 per class) throughout the week.
10 a.m. Monday: Low Impact Zumba
10 a.m. Tuesday: Strength/Low-Impact Fitness (chair suggested, light hand weights or cans/water bottles as light weights optional)
10 a.m. Wednesday: Let Your Yoga Dance
5 p.m. Thursday: Combo Zumba and Fitness (cardio, strength and abs with some mat work)
For more information on how to connect, email [email protected]
Weekly Zoom Exercise Classes with Sharon Devine
Sharon is offering “Exercises for Aching Joints” from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. This class is very similar to the Arthritis Exercise class with its focus on improving joint flexibility. “Exercises to Improve Your Physical Balance” will also be offered from 2-2:30 p.m. Fridays. These classes are open to any interested older adult. Contact Sharon Devine at 617-730-2769 or [email protected] for the meeting ID and meeting password, or to join by phone.
Virtual French Conversation Group
The French Conversation Group is now meeting online from 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays. New members, regardless of level of proficiency in speaking French, are invited to join the group. For additional questions and for more information on how to connect, email Monique Richardson at [email protected]
Singing Together Virtually
The Senior Center started a gathering of people who would like to sing together and will be meeting periodically at 4 p.m. Mondays for about 45 minutes. The group will be doing mostly folk songs, but the group can help decide what to sing. When singing together, everyone has to be muted except the song leader. To join on Zoom, contact Judy Chasin at [email protected]
Computer One-on-One Assistance
Thirty-minute appointments are available by phone to answer computer and smartphone questions. This includes assistance with setting up Zoom. For an appointment, call 617-730-2777.
Tripps Transportation Resources
The town of Brookline Council on Aging offers subsidized transportation services to older adults aged 60 and older. Some programs are income limited. Others are open to all residents. In addition, staff and volunteers are available to answer questions about other transportation resources including the RMV, MBTA, “The Ride” and Uber/Lyft. For questions, contact Maria Foster, transportation coordinator at the Senior Center, at 617-730-2644 or [email protected]
Non-emergency Medical Transportation
The Senior Center is piloting a program to provide transportation to non-emergency medical appointments within Brookline and the Longwood Medical area only using the Senior Center van and bus. Priority will be given to those residents who are currently using the BETS Program. The hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pickups in Brookline will begin no earlier than 9 a.m., and the last pickup in the Longwood area will be at 3 p.m. Face coverings are required and there will be a limit of one passenger per vehicle, although each person will be able to bring a PCA or companion if needed. To schedule a ride, call the Senior Center Van Line at least three business days in advance at 617-730-2750.
Support for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
Given that the Senior Center is open on a limited basis, currently by appointment only, Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups are not meeting in person at this time. However, facilitator Ted Sturman has offered to be available by phone to support caregivers who are coping with the stress and demands of caring for a loved one who is struggling with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Those who need support can call Ted Sturman at 617-803-6105.
The Brookline Senior Center has opened up shop on Etsy — a global online marketplace for vintage, handmade, custom and unique items — under the name Brookline Bazaar. Brookline Bazaar showcases a collection of antique and vintage treasures and collectibles from around the globe, including many one-of-a-kind pieces. New items are added weekly. 100% of Brookline Bazaar proceeds go to support Brookline Senior Center. Residents’ support has allowed the senior center to provide many virtual programs, including monthly ArtMatters membership videos and Emily Brenner’s Combo Dance Fitness Class. To take a look around the shop, visit https://etsy.com/shop/brooklinebazaar.
New no-contact activities with Brookline High School SHOP students
COVID-19 has put many Brookline Senior Center programs on hold in the way that they have been implemented for so many years. This includes the SHOP program. However, the students are still eager to help seniors with no contact activities. No contact is essential as seniors are in the very high-risk category and young people who often do not exhibit symptoms may be positive and could inadvertently and unwillingly spread the virus. The Senior Center is excited to work with BHS on new no-contact activities as part of an interim SHOP program. These might include pen pals – handwritten or by email, Zoom vocal or instrument sharing, virtual/on-line game playing, crossword puzzles and other online games, phone calling, taking turns picking a short story to read and discuss, reading poetry together, going on virtual museum tours together, having seniors help students with school work, critique an essay or paper or be interviewed for a class, helping seniors with their technology, teaching a senior a skill they don’t know or letting them teach one. Brookline seniors over 60 who are interested should contact Patricia Burns at [email protected] or 617-730-2743.
The Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone program provides free, confidential and unbiased health insurance information, assistance and counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. While the Senior Center is closed during the COVID-19 emergency, SHINE counselors Sonia Wong, Steve Maas and Sybil Levisohn are offering telephone appointments to help individuals explore their health insurance options. To schedule a telephone appointment with a SHINE counselor, call 617-730-2777 and leave your name and telephone number. Callers will receive a call back to schedule a time.
The program is loaning out and accepting donations of durable medical equipment, with precautions in place and with limitations on available days and times for pickups and drop-offs. Only certain items will be accepted for donations. Contact the HELP line at 617-730-2752 to request items or to learn what is available, as there are many special miscellaneous items too. Do not come to the Senior Center without speaking to the staff first.
Due to COVID-19, the senior center conducts its modified Food Commodity program outside the senior center. Participants pick up their food at specified appointment times wearing masks and maintaining strict social distancing. Any low-income seniors older than 60 wishing to participate in the program to receive 35 pounds of shelf stable food on the third Wednesday of each month should contact Patricia at 617-730-2743 or [email protected]
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program is accepting applications through April 2021 to help with home heating bills. Eligibility guidelines are based upon gross annual income. A one-person household annual gross income cannot exceed $39,105. For two people, it cannot exceed $51,137. For three people, it cannot exceed $63,169. For four people, it cannot exceed $75,201. Due to COVID-19 and the Massachusetts State of Emergency, applications are only by phone 617-348-6599. Current fuel assistance applicants who need information about their application should call 617-348-5411. This application is also the way to apply for weatherization, heating system repairs and replacement, conservation, arrearage management and discount rates. A limited number of appointments are available for Brookline older adults at the Council on Aging at 617-730-2777.
Brookline Senior Center Online Mindfulness Practice
The Brookline Senior Center is offering semi-weekly online mindfulness practice sessions. Brookline and surrounding community residents age 60 and older are invited to join a video call by computer or phone from 10-10:45 a.m. any Wednesday and/or Friday am to practice mindfulness with other community members. No previous experience is needed. Sessions will be facilitated by Michael Allen, LCSW. Email or call Michael at [email protected] or 617-730-2754 with any questions or for instructions on how to join.
Drop-in Coffee Hour
The Senior Center will be hosting an open coffee hour from 10-11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Drop in on Zoom to say hello, see some friendly faces and chat. For more questions or to find out how to attend, contact Michael Allen at 617-730-2754. For support around how to use Zoom, contact the Senior Center staff at 617-730-2777.
Short Story Social
A good short story can provide the basis for a great discussion. The story will be sent by email or hard copy. Participants will then meet up on Zoom (accessible via computer or telephone) from 10:30-11:30 a.m. twice a month on Mondays. For more information and to sign up for the story and discussion, contact Kate Jovin at 617-730-2753 or at [email protected]