COUNCIL ON AGING
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.
WHAT MAKES BROOKLINE'S COUNCIL ON AGING SO EXTRAORDINARY?
The Brookline Council on Aging’s (COA) Senior Center is indisputably one of the most active centers in Massachusetts. We provide a vast selection of FREE programs and services (in the areas of health, fitness, learning, art, socialization, nutrition, and recreation). We have a fully equipped supervised on-site Fitness Center, as well as varied health and exercise related programs and services, including clinics for podiatry, blood pressure, hearing, and health support.
"Our goal is to help seniors maintain their independence and continue to be or become active members of their community.” Ruthann Dobek, Director
The Brookline COA/Senior Center's social workers, staff and 250+ volunteers work with other Town agencies and community service providers to enhance the quality of life for our seniors and to assist them with transportation, food, housing, and their health. We help them access benefit programs, including fuel assistance, food security, SNAP, AARP Tax Preparation, information and referral, legal assistance with identifying health insurance options for Medicare eligible individuals (SHINE), and transportation, as well as providing bereavement, job search, depression, Alzheimer's caregiver, and low vision support.
The Brookline COA/Senior Center ensures that every area senior 60+ that enters our doors feels welcome, regardless of age, immigration status, income, disability, ethnic, religious or sexual orientation and is met with a strong and inviting community to meet friends, socialize, volunteer, discover new passions, stay active and thrive.
To learn more about the Brookline COA/Senior Center, please visit brooklineseniorcenter.orgDIRECTOR'S MONTHLY LETTER to learn about all of our programming/services and sign up here to receive our packed monthly newsletter.
READ OUR NOVEMBER 2023
BOUND & ELECTRONIC COPIES OF THE 3RD EDITION OF ASK A GERIATRICIAN HAVE ARRIVED!
We are pleased to announce that the electronic version of the third edition of “Ask a Geriatrician” is available. Click here to access and download this compilation which includes all of Dr. Suzanne Salamon’s “Ask a Geriatrician” columns that have appeared in The Brookline Beacon Newsletter, as well as updated articles. Each professional column addresses topics and readers’ questions ranging from Abdominal Aortic Aneurism to Vitamin D usage, helping to make medical information less confusing and daunting.
For over a decade Dr. Suzanne Salamon has shared her professional expertise and thanks to the generosity of donors and sponsors, we are able to distribute this compilation of articles without cost, and provide older adults with significant health information. Promoting healthy aging is an essential part of BSC’s mission and we welcome this opportunity to provide our community with this wonderful book that encourages health and wellness. Hardcopies are available at the Brookline Senior Center while supplies last.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & THE COA
At 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. You can click this link for the Council on Aging's Community Engagement Goals.
Or click this one for the For the Town of Brookline's full Community Engagement Plan.
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