JANUARY 20, 2022

Effective today, Thursday, January 20, 2022, due to the continuing rising COVID case numbers and the highly contagious nature of the current variants, all in-person programming at the Senior Center will continue to be suspended through Friday, February 4, 2022. 

The Senior Center building will remain open during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm) throughout this time; however, we will provide essential services, including Springwell Grab & Go lunch, scheduling AARP tax appointments and podiatry appointments, and transportation services. *Please note that the Chinese New Year celebration on Thursday, January 27, 2022 will pivot to a “Grab & Go” Chinese takeout meal. The programmatic part of this event has been canceled. Reservations are required before Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Meals must be picked up between 1-2pm. Please call 617-730-2770 for reservations.

Given that this is a rapidly evolving situation, we will plan to reassess our programming plans on Thursday, February 3, 2022 with the hope of resuming on Monday, February 7, 2022. Our staff will continue to monitor the phones and respond to incoming calls.

Due to the current guidelines requiring individuals exposed, symptomatic and/or diagnosed with COVID to isolate or quarantine, we may experience staff shortages that will result in delay and/or disruption of services.

For the most current information, please call 617-730-2770. We thank you for your cooperation and patience during this challenging time. Please stay healthy and well and let us know if we can be of assistance to you.  

 Ruthann Dobek, LICSW
 Director, Brookline COA/ Senior Center


downloadAt the top of the Town of Brookline’s organizational chart are its residents: we are in charge. Therefore, to do its job, Brookline’s government must engage with the community: Brookline is strongest when ALL of its residents are full partners in the Town’s leadership. To support this partnership, we have developed Brookline’s first Community Engagement Plan, prepared following the adoption by Town Meeting of the Community Engagement Bylaw in fall 2019.  

CLICK HERE to read the Community Engagement goals specific to the Council on Aging. 

For the Town of Brookline's full Community Engagement Plan document, CLICK HERE.  




As always, there is an abundance of information in our monthly News & Events. You can find the January edition as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here:

 As I write this, COVID-19 and its variants are causing an increase in case numbers as well as hospitalizations. We will be adhering to public health protocols and recommendations throughout this time. This may necessitate an unexpected cancellation of or a shift to virtual programming.  Please call the Senior Center at 617-730-2770 in advance to hear updates regarding the status of programming.

In addition, I continue to urge older adults to get vaccinated and booster shorts. The Town will be hosting two vaccine clinics for all ages at the Ridley School on 12/29 and 1/4. Folks can get a 1st, 2nd, or booster of Pfizer/Moderna shot at either of these clinics. You will need to register first.  Please use this link to register: 

The pandemic continues to require resilience, flexibility, patience and monitoring. Brookline continues to be under a face-covering mandate. If you need a mask while at the Senior Center, please come to the Council on Aging offices on the 2nd floor. Your cooperation in respecting the mandate is appreciated and necessary to combat the pandemic.
 Thanks to all who donated their time, talent and money to the Brookline Senior Center. You made a difference in the lives of older adults!

Wishing you and your families a healthy, happy new year! 

All the Best,
 Ruthann Dobek, Director
 Brookline Council on Aging/ Brookline Senior Center

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Welcome From Director Ruthann Dobek

On behalf of the Council on Aging board and staff, I welcome you to our website. I am pleased to present information about the services and programs that we provide for Brookline residents age 60 and over and their families.

About the Council on Aging

The Brookline Council on Aging is a town agency responsible for planning, coordinating and providing comprehensive services for Brookline residents age 60 and over. We work with other town agencies and community service providers to enhance the quality of life for our elders.

Programs & Services



The Brookline Council on Aging’s (COA) Senior Center is indisputably one of the most active centers in Massachusetts. The Brookline COA is a Town agency responsible for planning, coordinating and providing comprehensive services for Brookline area residents age 60 and over. We work with other Town agencies and community service providers to enhance the quality of life for our elders. The Brookline Senior Center (BSC) is a gathering place dedicated to enriching the aging experience by providing a diverse environment with a wide range of opportunities, programs and services (the majority of which are provided by volunteers) in the areas of health, learning, art, socialization, nutrition, and recreation. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, the Brookline COA provides Brookline area seniors a strong and inviting community in which to meet new friends, socialize, volunteer and stay active. 

Quote from Ruthann Dobek, Director:

“Our goal is to help seniors maintain their independence and continue to be or become active members of their community. We believe wholeheartedly in enhancing growth, dignity and a sense of belonging while encouraging individual contributions and the sharing of diverse life experiences. The Senior Center welcomes all who walk through our doors, regardless of age, income, disability, ethnic, religious or sexual orientation.

One of our strengths is recruiting volunteers. We have >433 volunteers of all ages – 14 – 96 performing 693 activities. Many are active in more than one activity; many have volunteered with us for ten years or more. These volunteers, most of whom are seniors themselves, donate the equivalent number of hours of more than 20 full-time staff. Without our volunteers who execute the programs, the BSC could not provide the number and variety of programs and activities that we offer to seniors”

Assistance Programs:

Social workers and volunteers provide help with accessing Fuel Assistance, SNAP, AARP Tax Preparation and Information and Referral. They also provide legal assistance (BLAB), assistance with identifying Medicare supplement options (SHINE), Job Search Support with individual appointments and workshops (REAP), Home and Escort Linkage Program (HELP), Equipment Loan Program (ELF), Real Estate Tax Workoff Program (TAP), the Elder Resource Guide, and the Caregivers’ Respite Program.

Exercise and Fitness:

Our on-site fully equipped, supervised Fitness Center provides – Mat & Chair Yoga, Flexibility, Resistance Training & Balance and Aging Backwards as well as individual sessions. In addition, Tuesday Dance Party, Zumba Gold, Tai Chi, Solemates Walking Club, Ping Pong, Strength Training for Seniors, Senior Stretch, Exercise for Health & Rejuvenation and Arthritis Exercise provide exercise/fitness options for every taste and ability.


Programs to support seniors’ health at the Brookline COA include: Podiatry Clinic, Memory Café, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Hearing screenings, as well as Reiki and Acupuncture. Health support includes: Ask a Geriatrician, Ask a Nurse, Low Vision Group and a Health Coach. Talks on Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Aphasia and Fall Prevention are also offered.

Food and Nutrition:

Programs to assure that no Brookline area senior goes to bed hungry include Monday-Friday hot and cold lunches provided by Springwell, the monthly Greater Boston Food Bank Federal Food Commodity program providing shelf stable food to 72 low income seniors and the SHOP Program where Brookline High School students shop for seniors as part of their community service requirement.

Arts & Crafts


Programs include: Quilting, Beading, Knitting & Crocheting, Flower Arranging, Basic Drawing, Water Color, Still Life Workshop, Art for Pleasure, exhibits in the Brookline Senior Center Gallery supporting local artists and our Annual Holiday Craft Fair.


Tuesday Movies, Easy Travel, Theatre Club, Senior Chorus, Ukulele Group, Coolidge Corner Community Chorus, Swing Band, Chess, Mah Jong (US & Chinese), Scrabble, Bridge, Canasta and Bingo as well as the Let’s Go Out To Lunch Bunch and the LGBT Out 2 Lunch Bunch, concerts and theater productions and many other special events such as ‘Genius of George Gershwin’ and ‘Dance Caliente’.


ESL Conversation, Spanish Immersion, French Conversation, Current Events Discussion, One-On-One Computer and Open Computer Lab, A Taste of Poetry, the Book Discussion Group, Living Our Values and Telling Our Story.



Various Support Groups provided by social workers and volunteers throughout the year include: Bereavement Support, Job Search Support, Depression Support, Grandparent Alienation Support, Retired Men’s Club, Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support, and the Low Vision Support groups.

 Additional Information

The Senior Center welcomes all who walk through our doors, regardless of age, income, disability, ethnic or religious background, or sexual orientation.

We recognize the efforts of all our program collaborators and are grateful of their support.