Nationally recognized motivational speaker, coach and author, Dr. Steven Sobel visits McLean on September 18th. All are welcome

 Dr. Sobel will be speaking on “The Power of Attitude – Creating an Extraordinary, Healthy,  and Joyful Future,” on Thursday September 18th  at 2:30PM in the Pfirman Dining Hall.   Thanks to the generosity of the McLean Auxiliary, we are looking forward to a wonderfully  uplifting and joyous presentation with nationally adored motivator, educator, coach and  author, Dr. Steve Sobel.

 Steve will bring his trademarked humor, insights and wisdom that helps all of us to gracefully manage life's inevitable changes and challenges, both professionally as well as personally. Steve is the author of The Good Times Handbook-Your Guide to Positive Living and an Exciting Life and numerous CD and DVD programs.

He writes for several healthcare publications and has been featured on INSIDE EDITION and also has been profiled in the Hartford Courant, Boston Globe and many other large newspapers. Steve is also the head coach of the premier men's summer pro-am basketball team in New England, The Springfield SLAMM, where he has coached many players from UCONN, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, University of Hartford and other CT based schools. He is also a former award winning school principal.

Come enjoy an afternoon with the man who regards "boring presentations as truly slow forms of torture”, our friend, Dr. Steve Sobel on Thursday, September 18th from 2:30-3:30pm at McLean, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury

Activities for the week of September 6

Click here for the Activities calendar for September 6-September 12

Michelle McLenithan pairs McLean Hospice Volunteers with Patients and their Families

Meet our Hospice Volunteer Coordinator

McLean Hospice volunteers welcomed Michelle McLenithan (front row, second from left) during their monthly meeting in August.   “Michelle is responsible for volunteer assignments to our palliative and hospice patients. She offers a wealth of knowledge and experience from working with nurse’s aide assignments for McLean’s Home Health and Hospice patients and their families.  She will coordinate and support our team of dedicated volunteers with skill and caring,” said Sara Szafranski, RN, McLean’s Hospice Director.

McLean’s Warm Water Pool Offers Exercise for Every Body

Water therapy, group fitness classes, and open swim times make exercise easy and fun.

 Located in the McLean Wellness Center, the Virginia Darling Young Therapeutic Pool remains at a soothing 92 degrees all year-round. A variety of group fitness classes and open swim sessions, as well as water therapy offered through McLean’s Outpatient Therapy department, offer exercise options for just about every body.

Aquatic exercise in a warm water pool provides joint support, muscle relaxation and pain relief. Participants can improve flexibility, strength, and aerobic fitness while reducing stiffness and pain. Ideal for individuals who have had sports related injuries, arthritis, lower back pain, diabetes, or other conditions that effect circulation, water exercise can help ease circulation, as well as improve balance, mobility and breathing.

McLean’s Wellness Center is handicap accessible. Parking is close and convenient. Follow the signs to the back of the McLean Health Center, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury.

Aquatic Class Schedule and Open Swim Times:

Cardio Fit: Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 8:45 a.m.

Cardio Wellness: Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:45 a.m.

Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Class: Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 10:45 a.m.

Water Toning: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Hydro Fit: Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.

Cardio Blast: Tuesday and Thursday at 5:15 p.m.

Open Swim Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 7:45 – 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Pre-registration is required for aquatics classes. Call 860-658-3750 to register or for more information.

Monthly and annual memberships are available and can be tailored to meet specific needs, including pool use, pool classes, and/or gym use. The gym is open Monday – Thursday 2:30 – 6:00 p.m., Friday 2:30 – 4:30,  and Saturday 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. Day and evening water exercise classes range from low to high intensity. Meet with a member of the Wellness staff to help determine the right class for you.

McLean to host the "So Much More" Educational Series this Fall

Downsizing: The Benefits of Moving During the Winter Months and

What your Family Heirlooms are Really Worth.”

Monday, September 15

McLean, 75 Great Pond Road The Burkholder Community Center

RSVP: Karen (860) 658-3786

*The first 15 people to RSVP are invited to bring an item to be appraised

  McLean will host a free presentation on “The Benefits of Moving During the Winter Months and What your Family Heirlooms are Really Worth” September 15, 2014, in The Burkholder Community Center at 1:00 PM. The presentation will feature a panel discussion with three experts in the fields of Real Estate and Estate Liquidation. Downsizing and moving during the winter can have its benefits. Since many Americans downsize and move during the warmer months, typically May through September, many may find less sales competition due to fewer houses on the market, and more attention from real estate professionals, banks, and moving companies as they try to stay busy during the typically slower, colder months. Also, as part of the downsizing process, many people have trouble parting with beloved family heirlooms. Learning what their value is, both monetary and emotional, can help make the decision easier. Information and handouts will be provided and light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please contact Karen Murphy at (860) 658-3786, or Meet our


Kris Barnett: Kris has been a full time realtor for 13 years starting her career at Prudential Connecticut Realty which changed to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties. She is a longtime resident of Simsbury and has an extensive knowledge of the Farmington Valley and Connecticut.

Sheila Gschwind: Sheila has been a realtor for 4 years starting her career at Prudential Connecticut Realty which changed to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties. She is a longtime resident of Connecticut and has lived in communities both east and west of the Connecticut River. She has lived in Simsbury for the past thirteen years with her husband and three children.

 Linda Stamm: The owner of Winter Associates, Inc., Linda has been doing business since 1979. She oversees the management of the firm while also acting as auctioneer and appraiser of estates, antiques, and fine art. The firm specializes in estate liquidation selling approximately 25,000 items per year. Linda is a member of the Appraisers Association of America, and has successfully completed the National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course and exam.

 Mark your calendar. October 6: “Maintaining Winter Wellness: How Nutrition, Exercise and Emotional Well-Being Impact Aging.” November 3: “Financial Readiness for Year-End and Beyond.”

McLean Hospice Volunteers Prepare Hospice Quilt of Remembrance

Gail Kostruba of Granby, CT has been a volunteer with McLean Hospice since October 2011.  As a hospice volunteer, Gail visits with patients, provides administrative support to the Hospice Team and helps with special projects such as the Hospice Quilt of Remembrance. 

She is shown here with just a few of the quilt squares created by family members to honor the memory of loved ones who passed away in 2013.

Quilter and artist Dorothy Szypulski of Barkhamsted will assemble the squares into a quilt that will be unveiled at McLean in November during National Hospice and Palliative Care month.  

For more information about volunteer opportunities at McLean, visit our website at or call 860-658-3700.

Your charitable support is also welcomed and appreciated.  Go to our website to make a donation at or call Deene Morris, Director of Development at 860-658-3736 for more information.

Simsbury Airport Over the Years: From Piper Cubs to Ferraris

Simsbury Airport Over the Years: From Piper Cubs to Ferraris.

Wednesday, September 3 ,3:00 p.m.

McLean, Burkholder Community Center 100 Sarah Lane Simsbury, CT

RSVP 860-658-3786

 Bill Thomas, Officer of the Simsbury Flying Club, will present the history of the Simsbury Airport at McLean on Wednesday, September 3 at 3:00 p.m. in the Burkholder Community Center at McLean. Come learn how this small airport nestled in the heart of Connecticut played a significant role in local history, dating back to the original flyers in the late 1930's. To RSVP, call 860-658-3786. The Simsbury Airport is maintained and operated by the non-profit Simsbury Flying Club for the benefit of its members and transient general aviation aircraft. To learn more about Simsbury Airport or the upcoming Simsbury Fly-In event on September 14, please visit

McLean Memory Care Volunteers Give the Gift of Time to Those with Dementia and their Families

McLean Memory Care Volunteer training session begins September 15

Generosity comes in many forms. For the Memory Care Volunteers at McLean, it means sharing a few hours a week providing personalized attention and participating in activities that bring meaning, enrichment, satisfaction and joy to those with memory loss. McLean’s Memory Care Volunteer Program will begin a training session for those interested in giving the gift of their time September 15. This unique program matches specially-trained Memory Care Volunteers with clients who live at McLean or in the community. Volunteers are supported by a mentoring program and monthly in-service training on timely and useful subjects. For more information call Gao Vang or Kathy Garneau at 860-658-3941 or to download the application go to Application deadline is August 29.

Photo caption: Volunteers Terry Gellin, Linda Ernst, Suzanne Moran and Judith Westman, pictured here with Gao Vang, Memory Care Volunteer Coordinator (second from left) enjoy their time sharing the enriching and rewarding experience of working with those with memory loss and their families.

Training sessions to become a Memory Volunteer at McLean begin September 15. For more information, call Gao Vang, McLean Memory Care Volunteer Coordinator at 860-658-3941.