Aging in Community

The Aging in Community Committee gathers the voices of BWC’s older members and works to create a community that can sustain and nourish us as we age.
We provide opportunities for learning, support and activism. 

 

Our 2019-2020 Program Calendar includes: 

All programs will take place on Sundays, 10:30 AM at BWC's new accessible home at 6 Webster St. Brookline 02446 (unless otherwise noted) right around the corner of Harvard St. in Coolidge Corner.
We hope you will join us! 

 

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6TH, 10:30-12:00pm 
By popular demand, we are starting off our season gathering in small groups to talk about topics chosen by those who participate. Facilitated by a member of the planning group, the discussions that emerge have been thoughtful, informative and supportive and contribute to increasing connections among Aging in Community participants. 

INTER-GENERATIONAL SHABES - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH, 6:30pm
The Shabes we planned last year in collaboration with Young Adult leaders was so well received, we are doing this once again! Join us for an evening of ritual, songs, readings and conversation across the generations.

HOUSING/LIVING ARRANGEMENTS AS WE AGE - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15TH, 10:30-12:00 
We have gotten many requests to once again return to this topic, first discussed a few years ago. For some of us, our situations have changed; we are still pondering what comes next etc etc. Stay tuned for details about this important topic. 
 

The 2019-2020 Aging in Community programs are supported by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation. The Brookline Community Foundation (BCF) shines a spotlight on community needs, inspires philanthropy and awards strategic grants to build a more vibrant, engaged and equitable Brookline. To support this mission, each year BCF makes grants that address needs and opportunities in the community, encourage collaborations and partnerships to better serve the town and our residents, and strengthen local non-­‚Äźprofits. 
 

Previous Committee events have included:

Book Discussion of Philip Roth's "Everyman"
Facilitated by Mike Felsen and Ava Cheloff, we hope you will join us having read the book first. We anticipate a lively conversation about this honored, and controversial titan of American literature.   

Film and Discussion
Join us for a screening and discussion of the PBS documentary "Grow Old Along with Me: The Poetry of Aging". In the film, artists, actors, writers and others reveal how aging can be a creative process that allows us to access our full humanity.

"Aging with Wisdom." 
A book talk and slide show with author Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle. Her first book was the award winning  "Ten Thousand Joys and Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple's Journey Through Alzheimer's."  In "Aging with Wisdom", she "explores the ways readers can nourish their inner lives and spirit even as their bodies age and facilities diminish."

Housing Options As We Age
Panel presentation with Emily Saltz, geriatric care manager along with Boston Workmen Cirlce members Miriam Habib and Sandy Sachs who will share their journeys in making housing choices as they grew older. There will be opportunity for small group conversation following the panel. We encourage all those who are interested to join us whether or not you participated in the first session.

"Identity, Meaning and Generativity -  How to keep on keeping on"
Who are we once we retire?   Where do we find meaning in our lives? How do we continue to feel like we’re making a difference: for ourselves, our community, our world. Join with other BWC members to share experiences; examine our feelings; consider options and enjoy one another’s company.