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 Fall/Winter 2020/2021 Program Calendar: 

All of our programs have moved online!  If you're not already on our Aging in Community email list and would like to be added, email co-chairs and and they can send you the link for the sessions. New to Zoom? Click here for a step-by-step how to use Zoom guide. All sessions listed will be at 10:30am unless otherwise listed. We hope you will join us! 

Sept. 13: The Joys and Challenges of Giving & Receiving Care

Oct. 4: Planning Ahead for End of Life Care

Nov. 22: Small Group Discussions
An open and unstructured opportunity to discuss issues that emerged from the Ageism session OR whatever is on the minds of participants.

December: Caregiving Support Group (Learn More)

January 14: Housing/Living Arrangements as We Age (4pm)
For the first time, we will be meeting during a week day. This will make it possible for Kate Granigan, CEO of LifeCare Advocates to join us. Kate has  20+ years of experience as a Geriatric Social Worker, and ran a successful Care Management Practice for 17 years prior to joining LifeCare Advocates. Kate will present the continuum of housing options in Greater Boston for us to consider, ranging from aging in place in our homes to congregate settings. There will be plenty of time for Q&A's. She is looking forward to joining us and sharing her expertise!

February 7: Aging in Community Small Groups Discussion

March 7: Death & Dying Small Group Discussions

Join the Aging in Community Committee for a "Death Cafe," where we'll divide into small groups to discuss whatever is on our minds regarding death and dying.  Participants will receive prompts beforehand to stimulate their thinking, but the discussion will form from whatever people are bring that day. This is the second time we've offered this's a fascinating, judgment-free opportunity to explore whatever aspect of death and dying is on your mind.




Previous Committee events have included:

Are you providing care for others?  Receiving care from others?  How does this all feel?  What are strategies to keep yourself and your caregivers/care receivers sane and as independent as possible.

Let’s Dismantle Ageism, facilitated by AIC member Kathy Dalton
What is ageism? How does it appear in our lives? What can each of us do to dismantle it? We’ll explore how ageism affects each one of us.  We’ll do an exercise to help us see ageism in our lives. We will look at some of our own attitudes about aging and some of the messages we’ve heard all our lives from the media, the entertainment industry, and others to sell us an ageist agenda. We’ll take some steps, practice a response to ageist experiences, and identify what else we can do to be the change.

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.





Thank you to the Brookline Community Foundation (BCF) for a grant in support of the work we are doing to build connection in this time of isolation.