Community Aging Network
The Brookline Community Aging Network, known as BrooklineCAN, is a town-wide initiative designed to help older residents remain in their homes and be fully engaged in the life of the community. It was founded in 2011.
The Network’s website, Brooklinecan.org, is a focal point of the organization. At the same time of its inception, BrooklineCAN inaugurated an E-newsletter and mounted a display in the window of the Brookline Bank at 1340 Beacon Street, Coolidge Corner. Click here to be taken to BrooklineCAN’s website!
The new organization, which is open to people of all ages, is in the midst of a drive to increase its membership. To date more than 150 people have become charter members. The membership fee is $25 per year.
Membership benefits include discounts from town businesses; information about preferred contractors and service providers, regular bulletins; educational forums; and involvement in an intergenerational volunteer network.
BrooklineCAN is the outgrowth of a year-long planning effort involving a group of Brookline residents and the town’s Senior Center. The group’s Steering Committee is co-chaired by Ruthann Dobek and Frank Caro. Dobek is director of the Brookline Senior Center, and Caro, a Brookline resident, is the former director of the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston.
“We know that older people want to remain in their homes, whether apartments, condominiums or single family houses,” Dobek said. “And we know older people want to be part of the community. We see BrooklineCAN as the connection between these two objectives.”
Frank Caro said, “BrooklineCAN is member-driven. Older people in Brookline want to continue to control their own lives. BrooklineCAN provides them with a voice in designing supports that will be available when needed.”
In addition to the website, BrooklineCAN issues a monthly newsletter with updated information. Following is information from the May newsletter.
Discount Program Launched
BrooklineCAN welcomes its first group of business associates, who are generously offering discounts to our members. For specific details, visit the Discount page of our website (brooklinecan.org/discounts). Check back often to learn about additional businesses providing discounts. Please patronize our business associates. Remember to bring your BrooklineCAN member card with you! (If you have not received yours, please contact Karen Zweig at email@example.com or 617-455-1964.)
Help to Inventory Public Toilets
Finding a toilet in Brookline’s commercial areas can be a challenge. BrooklineCAN is preparing a directory of public toilets in Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village, and Washington Square. Volunteers are needed to help identify the locations of these facilities. The Livable Community Advocacy Committee is collecting this information during the month of May. Volunteers will be given a small area to cover and guidelines for collecting information. They may work independently or in small teams. To participate, contact Frank Caro, LCAC convener at 617 739 9228.
All Brookline residents are encouraged to sign up to receive future newsletters. However, to take advantage of BrooklineCAN’s exciting new Discount program, you must be a member of the organization. BrooklineCAN, which is open to people of all ages, is in the midst of a drive to increase its membership. The membership fee is $25 per year.
To obtain more information about BrooklineCAN, to receive the members’ newsletter, or to join telephone 617-730-2777.
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