News from McLean

Older Americans Month - Researchers Find Three Causes to Ageism

As someone who works with vibrant seniors daily and who is about to be Medicare eligible myself, I’m fascinated with this research on ageism and with the conversations especially about healthcare reform and who will pay and for what.

McLean May 2013 Assisted Living Events Calendar

Chickens and Ducks Arrive on Skyview Terrace

chickens on the rooftop terrace at McLeanA highlight of spring for the residents of the Health Center Skyview Terrace and Birch View neighborhoods is when their favorite volunteer family brings in chickens to pat. This year they also brought in two ducks who loved pecking in the Rooftop Garden but not being patted. It was a beautiful sunny warm day on the rooftop garden. The residents delighted in the visit with the pets.

May Day Flowers Abound at McLean

McLean Hospice volunteers Charlotte Sullivan, Dolores Gutfran, Marlene Snecinski, Jean Ann Buffo, Kathy Mock and Stoddard Reynolds create May Day arrangements to deliver to patients across the neighboring towns. Early in the morning McLean Hospice volunteers gathered in the greenhouse to arrange dozens of flower arrangements. They then spread out to many towns delivering their May Day best wishes to patients and their families. The volunteers purchased the flowers and gathered them from their own gardens. Kathy Mock of East Granby is chair of this annual service project called Operation Hope which brings hope to families in the end of life journey. Operation Hope is one of many McLean Hospice Enhancing Life Programs called HELP.

A bit later in the morning, nineteen members of the McLean Auxiliary Nineteen McLean Auxiliary members including several residents of The Village at McLean assemble bud vases before their May Day visits with all resident sand patients at the McLean Home.gathered in the craft room to assemble bud vases for residents of the McLean Home and short term rehab patients in the Health Center Post Acute Center. The best part of the day were the personal visits the Auxiliary members enjoyed with each resident or patient. This annual tradition has been carried out for several decades. Gloria Knierim, Cindy Ash and Helen Molsted chaired this event.

Understanding the Senior Care Services Alphabet

We had more than 40 people come to our two workshops today. At these we focused on assisted living, skilled nursing and home care. If you missed the workshops and would like the handouts, please email me.

I welcome calls and email and would be happy to help you through the maze so you can find the best level of services and best place for yourself or your loved one.

Freddi Hoffmann 860-658-3744

McLean 23rd Annual Golf Tournament, Dinner & Auction

It's time to mark your calendar! McLean's 23rd Annual Golf Tournament and Auction, Monday, September 9th at Hop Meadow Country Club. Your participation in our tournament will help ensure that McLean Home Care & Hospice will continue to provide services to our community members in need. Last year, tournament sponsors netted more than $45,000 to benefit our community members.

Click here to view the brochure.

McLean's Sorenson Media Center Offers Residents an Alternative View of History

Jack Lampert and Stephen Root

McLean resident, Jack Lampert (right) and Stephen Root, Sorenson Media Center Coordinator (left) enjoy a recent episode of “Connections.”

Music Unlocking Long Lost Memories at McLean

A McLean Home resident and Stephen Root share the joy she receives listening to her i pod on which he has recorded her favorite musicby Freddi Hoffmann

What songs trigger wonderful memories for you, Glen Miller, The Beatles, The Dead? At the McLean Health Center Sorenson Media Center Coordinator Stephen Root reaches out to families to learn about residents’ musical passions even for those residents with advanced dementia. He notes that the McLean families are so pleased to provide this information and have told him that some played instruments, others loved dancing, and others just had favorite musicians. Steven then locates the songs or genre and puts them on iPods.

After dinner several evenings a week, different small groups of residents listen to their individual iPods with Stephen’s assistance. On Tuesday, I had fun joining a session. Fingers started to strum, smiles came over faces that can be quite blank due to dementia, and one lady sang along. Steve told me that she often tells her daughter about listening to “her music” when the daughter visits so she remembers the experience well afterwards.