Helping those with Alzheimer’s enjoy the holidays

McLean and the Alzheimer’s Association of CT offer ideas and tips

to help ensure a happy holiday season for all.

 Hectic holidays can fluster anyone, but for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the noisy crowds, breaks in the routine and unfamiliar visitors can trigger extreme anxiety and spoil festivities for everyone. There are ways to help manage the holidays for those with Alzheimer’s, and their caregivers.

On Thursday, December 12, Patty O’Brian, regional director of the Alzheimer’s Association of CT presented a free seminar for caregivers, “Dementia Comes to Dinner. Managing the Holidays for those with Memory Loss” at The New McLean in Simsbury. During the presentation, Patty O’Brian offered ideas and tips to help everyone manage the holidays. “One of the most important things to do is understand the disease and where your loved one is in the process,” O’Brian began. “Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and knowing where your loved one is along the journey will help caregivers and families structure the holidays to create the most comfortable and enjoyable experience as possible.”

The Beauty of Voice and Song

                              Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship Lifts Hearts and Spirits at McLean                             during the 5th Annual Concert Simsbury

 Bob Darling loved many things, including Simsbury, McLean, music and The Bushnell. On Sunday, December 8th, these interests merged together when the Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship performed its 5th Annual Concert at McLean Health Center. The Fellowship is a program of The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and created through the vision and generosity of Bob Darling. A full-scholarship program, the Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship provides conservatory-like training for students in Connecticut. Many will remember Bob as a member of the Simsbury Light Opera. Additionally, the Darling Pool and Wellness Center at McLean also bears his family name. His generous legacy continues to serve our community and lift hearts and spirits.

Darling concert

For more information on any of the programs and events at The New McLean, please call Karen Murphy at (860) 658-3786 or visit

McLean Hospice Memorial Quilt of Remembrance Unveiled

On November 13th, the McLean Hospice Team unveiled the 2012 McLean Hospice Memorial Quilt of Remembrance for families and friends who lost loved ones in 2012.

Attendees had contributed personalized quilt squares in honor of patients who had died in hospice care. In a brief ceremony prior to the unveiling, Bonnie Lillis, Hospice Spiritual Counselor, spoke of the relevance of the National Hospice and Palliative Care theme for November’s National Hospice Month …“care on your terms.” Lillis said, “that each unique square … provides another special way to honor … loved ones…and provide a small measure of comfort. This year’s quilt is inspiring to all of us at McLean Hospice who cared for your loved ones as it reflects such amazing and abundant love.” Lillis thanked the volunteers, including the quilter, Dottie Szypulski of Barkhamsted,(pictured at left), Elizabeth Scheidel of Burlington, who cross-stitched a poem for the quilt, and the Hospice volunteers who worked with the families to create the squares. Dottie, in her address to the audience, admitted that creating the quilt was a challenge that she relished. She went on to explain that her choice of the floral quilting fabric was inspired by a vision of afterlife as a beautiful garden. As volunteers unveiled the quilt, there were tears, joy, appreciation and applause. Many remarked “it was exquisite” and they were so glad they could be part of the ceremony. A 2013 Memorial Quilt of Remembrance will be created following the McLean Hospice Annual Memorial event held in the Spring of 2014.For additional information about events, see News and Events listed on the McLean Website

Give the Gift of Wellness

Looking for that perfect gift?

Give the “Gift of Wellness” to a loved one.

McLean Wellness Center offers gift certificates for all the wellness programs, including many levels of aquatic classes and fitness classes for all levels

Please call 860-658-3750 or stop in the wellness office.

 see attached schedule

Holiday Music at The Village

On Tuesday, Dec. 5 over 50 residents and guests of The Village at The New McLean were serenaded with holiday music by three talented musicians from the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra (FVSO). Debbie Gilbert, principal violin, Concert Master, Gail Reynolds, violin and viola, Shannon Borror, cello.

Wine and cheese was served with each cheese being paired with a complimentary wine. The evening ended with a holiday sing-a-long. Residents and guests had a wonderful evening, enjoying the holiday music, and mingling with friends.

We would like to thank Michael Galluzzo, President, FVSO Board of Directors who was also in attendance, as well as, Philip Janes, FVSO volunteer, who helped to make this a wonderful evening for all.

December 2013 Activities Calendar

Artist Reception honors resident’s needlework

Sappho Petrowski was honored on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at an Artist Reception at McLean’s Chapel Crossing. 

Sappho developed a passion for needlepoint shortly after high school and enjoyed both counted cross-stitch and petit point. She has created at least 30 pieces which she has framed and given to her relatives.

Mclean Auxiliary Gift Shop

Looking for great holiday gift ideas, come and visit the McLean Auxiliary Gift Shop

 The gift shop is operated entirely by McLean Auxiliary volunteers and all proceeds directly benefit McLean.


 Monday – Friday 10am – 4:30pm Saturday 11am – 4pm Sunday 11:30am - 4pm 

Dementia Comes to Dinner: Managing the Holidays for People with Memory Loss

A free Seminar for Caregivers 

"Dementia Comes to Dinner: Managing the Holidays for People with Memory Loss"

Thursday, December 12, 2013

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Mclean, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT

December 2013 Newsletter


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