Senior Nation: Talbot Senior Center Fundraising Event is a Success

Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center announces the success of their Summer of Love event. The event was held on August 4th from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at the Easton Elks Lodge (#1622) in Easton, Md.

Almost 75 people registered for and attended this high-energy event. Notable attendees included State Senator Adelaide (Addie) Eckardt and Delegate John (Johnny) Mautz IV. At the end of the evening,State Senator Eckardt presented Childlene Brooks, manager of Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center, with a resolution from the Senate of Maryland congratulating the Center on the fundraiser event. At the event, attendees enjoyed dancing to the music stylings of DJ Steve Moody, eating “groovy” foods, and bidding on silent auction items.

This event was made possible by local sponsors (listed in the order of amount of sponsorship) including Michael & Nancy Klein Foundation; The Henker Group; Dock Street Foundation; Bay Imprint; Flowers for the Tables; Talbot County Health Department; What’s Up? Eastern Shore; Cecil H. Gannon and Sons, Inc.; and Shore United Bank. In addition to these sponsors, four local donors provided generous donations.

Center Manager Childlene Brooks remarked, “Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center’s fundraising committee is thrilled with the success of the Summer of Love event. Everyone in attendance had a fantastic time and I cannot thank our sponsors, donors, staff members, volunteers, and Easton Elks Lodge enough for making this event possible.”

The profits raised from this event will go towards Brookletts Place’s Fundraising Campaign that is currently underway to raise money for needed programs and services at the Center as well as developing a satellite senior center in St. Michaels.

About Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center

Brookletts Place is dedicated to serving residents 60 years of age and older from all walks of life in Talbot and surrounding counties. Brookletts Place strives to create an environment where individuals can create, thrive and participate in life-long learning that enhances their physical mental and emotional lives. To learn more, please visit www.brooklettsplace.org or call 410.822.2869.

Senior Life: Dixon House on the Trail

It It doesn’t matter how old you are when it comes to enjoying a perfect summer day. The Spy found that to be true when spotting some of the residents of Dixon House on the Easton Rails to Trails the other day soaking in the sun.

While the average age at Dixon House is close to 95 years old,  the residents and staff don’t hold back when it comes to getting out for some fresh air and frequent trips to area restaurants for lunch.

For more information about Dixon House please go here.

Senior Nation: The Artists of Londonderry

It makes sense to visit the Academy Art Museum and smaller art galleries in Easton and St. Michaels when one wants a sense of the local art scene on the Mid-Shore, but sometimes of the best examples of native talent can be found in the most unlikely places.

One of those is at Londonderry on the Tred Avon, just off of Port Street in Easton. This very special retirement community counts among its residents highly accomplished retired professionals in almost every field, from college professors to well known corporate leaders, but it has also attached some exceptional visual artists who continue to produce stunning landscapes, portraits, and few abstract paintings to the pleasure of the entire community.

Last week, the Spy took some time to capture a small sample of the kind of art now on display in the public spaces at Londonderry.

Senior Nation: Londonderry Once Again Named Best Senior Living Facility

For the second year in a row, Londonderry on the Tred Avon has been named Best Senior Living Facility by What’s Up Magazine in its annual “Best of Eastern Shore” competition.

Located in Easton, Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and up, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline.

For Peggy and Jim Sloan, residents for the past year, there were a number of things that drew them to Londonderry. The couple lived in Florida for more than a decade before deciding to move back to the Eastern Shore to be closer to some of their adult children, and immediately
knew Londonderry was the place for them.

“Everybody was just so friendly,” Peggy Sloan said. “It felt like home.”

Since moving in, the Sloans have come to love Londonderry’s roster of activities, the quality of its residents and staff, and the amenities offered in its cottage. The retirement community also offers both housekeeping and dining, which are important features for the Sloans.

“As we get older we can’t always do those things as well for ourselves, so those were some really nice aspects,” Peggy Sloan said.

According to Chela Hernandez, an accounting assistant who’s worked at Londonderry since 2015, “Best Of” is a title that really applies. She attributes it to how friendly and close knit both the staff and residents are.

“I heard great things about Londonderry before coming here, and as soon as I walked in for my first interview, I immediately felt at ease and very welcomed,” Hernandez said. “I never dread coming to work, because a day of work here is not a boring day by far.”

For more information about Londonderry, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Free Legal Clinics

Mid-Shore Pro Bono offers FREE legal advice on a broad range of civil legal issues. The program’s goal is to increase access to justice within the Mid-Shore community by providing free limited legal advice in a clinic setting.

Meet with a volunteer attorney to review your legal issues and receive FREE advice on how to proceed in order to resolve those issues. If you have questions about a specific matter, call us to schedule an appointment.

To make an Appointment call 410-690-8128

Talbot County: District Court House, Dover Street, Easton, MD. Every other Friday from 1p.m. – 3 p.m.
Kent County: Kent County Public Library, Chestertown. Third Monday of the month from 1p.m. – 3 p.m.
Dorchester County: Dorchester County Public Library. Second Friday of the Month from 10am- 12 noon
Queen Anne’s County: Chesapeake College Library. Second Tuesday of the Month 1-3pm

BANKRUPTCY CLINICS: Every month throughout the Mid-Shore.

ELDER LAW CLINICS: Clinics are held once a month:

Talbot County Senior Center – 4th Thursday of the Month
Kent County Senior Center – 2nd Wednesday of the Month
Queen Anne’s County – MSPB Office 108 Broadway, Centreville – 3rd Wednesday of the Month
Dorchester County – 3rd Wednesday of the Month – Pleasant Day Adult Day Care Center
Caroline County Senior Center – 2nd Thursday of the Month – 10am – 12 noon

For more information on Mid-Shore Pro Bono visit www.midshoreprobono.org.

Senior Nation: ‘Age Safely With Technology’ Workshop Planned

“Age Safely With Technology,” a presentation for those 50 & older who may have trouble adjusting to the latest technology available is planned for September. Learn how to keep in touch with your loved ones. Caregivers and families are invited to attend as well. A variety of vendors will be present to demonstrate their latest technology. This event to be hosted by Commission on Aging.

3-5 PM
Thursday, September 21, 2018
Brookletts Place , Easton, Maryland

Senior Nation: Brookletts Place to Host “Summer of Love” Fundraiser August 4

Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center will be hosting a fundraiser to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The event will be held on August 4th from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at the Easton Elks Lodge (#1622) in Easton, Md.

The Summer of Love was a famous and unique social event during the summer of 1967. Around 100,000 hippies – mostly youth – congregated in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood to live and celebrate hippie culture. Although hippies also converged in other major cities in the U.S, Canada, and Europe, San Francisco was the most publicized city for this social phenomenon.

Childlene Brooks, Center Manager remarked, “Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center’s fundraising committee wanted to organize a fundraiser that would commemorate a historical event that many senior citizens would remember.” Also, Brooks said, “We welcome anyone 21 and over to join us on August 4th!”

Guests are encouraged to wear their “grooviest” attire. The skills of local DJ Steve Moody playing popular era-music, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, a cash bar, and “groovy” food will round out the evening. Various sponsorship opportunities varying from $250-$2,500 are available with more information at https://www.brooklettsplace.org/summer-of-love. Individuals may register for the event by July 28, 2017 via buying tickets online at https://mscf.givezooks.com/events/summer-of-love or mailing a check payable to “Mid Shore Community Foundation” to Attn: Brookletts Place Summer of Love, 102 E. Dover St, Easton, MD 21601.

The profits raised from this event will go towards Brookletts Place’s Fundraising Campaign that is currently underway to raise money for needed programs and services at the Center as well as developing a satellite senior center in St. Michaels.

About Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center
Brookletts Place is dedicated to serving residents 60 years of age and older from all walks of life in Talbot and surrounding counties. Brookletts Place strives to create an environment where individuals can create, thrive and participate in life-long learning that enhances their physical mental and emotional lives. To learn more, please visit www.brooklettsplace.org or call 410.822.2869.

Talbot Hospice Appoints Five New Board Members

Talbot Hospice board president Diane Rohman recently announced the appointment of five new directors to the board. They include Brenda Forbes-Butler, Liz Freedlander, Roberta Lilly, MD, Rev. Leonard Palmer and Elizabeth Todd. “I am pleased to welcome these new board members as ambassadors for Talbot Hospice,” said Rohman. “We are fortunate and honored to benefit from their time and talents. I am confident that during their tenure they will contribute to the well-being of Talbot Hospice as they help guide our institution through the next several years.”

Brenda Forbes-Butler will be serving a one year term as President of the Festival of Trees. Forbes-Butler is a consumer loan officer with 1880 Bank in Easton. She served as Chair of the Festival of Trees in 2014 and has been a Friends of Hospice board member for three years.

Seated (l-r) Talbot Hospice board president Diane Rohman, Rev. Leonard Palmer, Roberta Lilly, MD; standing (l-r) Talbot Hospice executive director Vivian Dodge, Brenda Forbes-Butler, Elizabeth Todd.

Liz Freedlander was Executive director of Talbot Hospice Foundation for 14 years from 1990 until 2004. During her tenure the Hospice House was constructed and the Pathways pre-hospice, non-medical volunteer program was instituted. Since then she has served as Director of Advancement at The Country School and has been Director of Development at Horn Point Laboratory for the past ten years. She is a registered Fund-Raising Counsel in Maryland and has provided consultant services to nonprofit organizations including the Talbot County Library Foundation, the Maryland Arts Council and Channel Marker. Freedlander is a past president of the board of directors of Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland.

Roberta Lilly, MD is a breast surgeon and the medical director of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center in Easton. She originally trained in transplant surgery, but after the death of her husband, the need to have more time for her young daughter led her to complete a fellowship in surgical oncology of the breast at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Lilly is board certified by the American Board of Surgeons and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Lilly was honored as a Hometown Hero at the American Cancer Society’s Colors of Cancer in 2015.

Rev. Leonard Palmer is pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Bellevue. He was previously pastor of St. George United Methodist Church in Worton. For the past 14 years, Palmer has been employed by the Department of Social Services in Anne Arundel and Talbot Counties. He is a member of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century task force and volunteers for the Talbot Healthy Communities Coalition and the Mid-Shore Mediation Center.

Elizabeth Todd is currently a Risk Manager with Maryland Medicine Comprehensive Insurance Program. For 16 years prior, Todd was employed by the UM Shore Regional Health System in the Dialysis Unit, the Neurology Unit at the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation and as Nurse Navigator at Shore Comprehensive Rehabilitation. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Bioethics. Todd’s professional activities include serving as co-chair of the Patient Care Advisory Committee and the Quality and Performance Improvement Council, Rehabilitation Services.

Leaving the board are Jack Anthony, Susan Piggott, Bill Rolle, Adrienne Rudge and Tom Seip. Rohman said, “These directors have brought a wealth of diverse talents and experience as well as passion and commitment to our mission. We were immensely fortunate to have these distinguished community leaders on our board.”

Local Business Owner Gives Back to The Community

Business owner, FayeAnn Carson of Cambridge, Maryland and resident of Talbot County, made a generous donation to Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center in honor of her late grandmother, Mrs. Alice C. Jackson, who was a regular member.

Left to right: FayeAnn Carson, Joan Muzzillo (fundraising committee member, and Childlene Brooks (Manager of Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center).

In addition to her donation, Carson expressed her desire to give more back to the organization that gave her grandmother another place to call home. Initially wanting to offer complimentary services as a nail technician to the Center’s members, FayeAnn’s idea evolved into a larger fundraising event called “Spa Day” after consulting with the Fundraising Committee. “Spa Day” was the first event of its kind to be held at the Center and received very positive reviews from the members.

In addition to Carson’s manicures, the “Spa Day” fundraiser included several other vendors that offered services to the members such as chair massages by Stephanie Latham, LMT of Massage plus, yoga sessions lead by Dee Dee McQue of Eastern Shore Yoga, and intuitive medical readings and chair pilates by Jena Latham.

Carson is now also a member of the Brookletts Place- Talbot Senior Center Fundraising Committee.

About Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center

Brookletts Place is dedicated to serving residents 60 years of age and older from all walks of life in Talbot and surrounding counties. Brookletts Place strives to create an environment where individuals can create, thrive and participate in life-long learning that enhances their physical mental and emotional lives. To learn more, please visit www.brooklettsplace.org or call 410.822.2869.

Partners In Care Sponsors a Support Group for Visually-Impaired Seniors

If you are older person with an eye condition such as macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma, you most likely have questions or concerns about how your vision issues will affect your ability to carry out your everyday life.

Partners In Care (PIC) Upper Shore is sponsoring a support group for visually-impaired seniors, both for PICmembers and for additional older adults in the community with their families and caregivers .

The group held their first meeting in June at the Brookletts Place, Talbot Senior Center which was well attended, and there was much input from those in attendance.  Attendees were very enthusiastic as they shared ideas and concerns andwere eager to learn more about products and services available to them.  Also, the caregivers, friends and families who attended learned much about their role in the life of visually-impaired individuals.  Future plans include topics such as transportation, services and tools for the blind.

The next meeting will be Tuesday July 18th from 1 to 2:30 pm at Brookletts Place, Talbot Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton.  The featured speaker is Amanda Gonzales of the Maryland Library with information about free books on tape for visually impaired and handicapped individuals.  There will be applications to fill out and instructions on how to receive books on tape via pre-paid mailers.

Seating is limited to 20 visually-impaired members and 20 family, friends and caregivers. There is no charge for attending; however, an RSVP is required to the Partners In Care-Upper Shore office.  To reply, please contact Pam at 410-822-1803.

Partners In Care is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to help older adults remain independent via services provided by volunteer members.  Membership is open to those who are age 50 +, who are ambulatory and willing to participate as good neighbors.  Membership is not based on income, and there is no monetary cost for membership or services.

Partners In Care provides many additional services including transportation and advocacy to help older adults remain independent in their homes. Partners in Care is supported by multiple community funding, including the United Fund of Talbot County. The United Fund enables Partners In Care and other non-profits serve the many areas of need in our community.