Aging in Community

The Aging in Community Committee was formed in 2016 to gather the voices of BWC’s older members and determine if and how our community 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 the Runkle School 50 Druce St., Brookline unless otherwise noted. We hope you will join us! 

  • January 27th: Small Group Discussions with the theme "Unfinished Business"
  • March 3rd: Public Policy Choices: Yes or No to Physician Assisted Suicide?
  • March 24: Two short stories from "Tell Me a Riddle" by Tillie Olsen. We will read and discuss "I Stand Here Ironing" and the story "Tell Me a Riddle." Published in 1961, these two stories are about reflecting back on life from old age and family relationships in the face of the illness and death of an aging wife and mother. One reviewer called it "heartbreaking, bittersweet, insanely brilliant prose."
  • May 5th: Small Group Discussions
  • June: Party Time! Date and Details TBD. 

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:

Discussion groups (Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9):
Back by popular demand, this fall we will host a series of facilitated discussion groups on growing older, with opportunities for personal sharing and reflection. With specific topics suggested by participants, we will consider how to live our lives in the best and most satisfying ways as we age. Topics might include relationships with significant others; concerns about housing or finances, or staying involved and active in community. 

Intergenerational Shabes Dinner (Oct 19):
Join us for a Shabes Dinner in conjunction with BWC's young adults on October 19, 2018.  This is a wonderful opportunity to build bridges between our younger and older members.   


Book Discussion of Philip Roth's "Everyman" (Dec 2):
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.

Small Group Discussions. 
 Back by popular demand, we will convene in small groups to continue to talk about and support one another on this journey. 

"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."

End of season social gathering 
Join us at the Boston Workmen's Circle Building at 1762 Beacon St in Brookline for a fun social gathering!

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.