The residents of Talbot County have suffered considerable hardship in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last fourteen months. From losing loved ones, facing unemployment, or adjusting to remote schooling, the entire community faced many challenges as the region finally shows signs of recovering from a very dark time.
And few groups of people have been more impacted than Talbot County’s seniors. Beyond simply being more at risk in catching the virus, the area’s elders had to retreat from their favorite gatherings places, which placed this vulnerable population into another serious risk category; that of social isolation.
One of those favorite gathering spots has been Brookletts Place, Talbot County’s senior center in Easton. And for Childlene Brooks, who has been running that facility for more than a decade, nothing has been more worrisome to her and her staff since the pandemic started than the Brookletts Place members who found themselves unable to enter the building.
But a few weeks ago, Brookletts Place has started opening up again. Slowly, safely, but surely, the Center is welcoming back dozens of elderly to the popular daily luncheons, fitness programs, card games, and other activities. All of this was good news to Childlene, but she also notes that it will be a slow recovery for Brookletts. As she notes in her most recent Spy interview, her members are still cautious, still concerned about getting affected, which only indicates to her how long it will take to get back to “normal.”
This video is approximately two minutes in length. For more information about Brookletts Place please go here.