Weekly Mary Mitchell, a well known expert on gerontology who is very skilled in leading reminisce groups, comes to the McLean Assisted Living Center to engage residents of The Robinson, The Atwater, and Day Program clients in fun and interesting exercises.
She had Mary Keefe, a member of The Village at McLean, come and share her stories of growing up in Stockbridge, MA. She explained how the residents acted as models for many of Norman Rockwell's famous paintings and covers for Saturday Evening Post. In fact, Mary was the model for his cover of Rose the Riviter. She brought along a print of the painting.
Alice Hoppi, who has attended the Day Program for years, brought in at Mary's urging a copy of Girls of a Tender Age, written by her niece Mary-Ann Tirone Smith. It is a fascinating story of growing up in Hartford woven around a mystery about a murder of a young girl. Alice passed the book to the group participants pointing out a family picture that included her as a young women. Alice's wonderful smile is the same!