Morristown Senior Citizens Center Director Debbie Thayer looked outside before the Senior Health Fair began Friday and wondered if people would stay away.
“I looked outside about 8:30 a.m., we thought it’s probably not good (rainy skies), but to me (the weather is) comfortable,” she said. “It’s not hot, it’s not cold. Right now, the weather is perfect.”
Around 18 vendors came to the Senior Health Fair drive-through on the grounds of the Senior Citizens Center. Thayer wanted to do something for those seniors who still don’t feel comfortable getting out to go to the center.
“We are open, but due to COVID-19 and the age population that we serve, there are still a lot who still do not feel comfortable coming,” Thayer said. “We wanted the health fair to be their opportunity to be a part of us, even though they are not able to come to play their cards, shoot pool or visit with their friends inside. At least they can come by and visit, plus we’ve got goodies for them.”
Unlike the first event held when the center was able to reopen, there were several new vendors who had fresh information.
“We as seniors, we may not need the information now, but six weeks from now, we may need it,” she said.
Thayer said that since the senior center has reopened, things have been slow.
“We have some of our folks who feel comfortable coming in,” she said. “We take their temperature, wear the masks and we feel comfortable with that. We have some of the people with the more severe health issues who are not quite ready to do that, but that’s okay.”
Thayer said that the center is not able to do the group activities, such as trips and lunches, at this time due to COVID-19.
“It’s been hard to readapt since we’ve been an active group of people. We stayed going and doing all of the time,” she said. “We don’t really like to sit. We’re trying to be safe and protective of our seniors by wearing masks, taking temperatures and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
“It’s just a change,” Thayer said. “Not one that we like, but one we have to adapt to.”
For more information about the Morristown Senior Citizens Center, call 423-581-5166