Remember a Senior This Valentine’s Day

by Freddi Hoffmann

Imagine outliving your friends, your spouse and many of your family members. We think about seniors being alone or feeling lonely during the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. But often Valentine’s Day can be a bittersweet time, too.  We all remember the fun of cards when we were in elementary school.  Even as a little girl my father gave us Valentine’s Day cards. He kept that up until he passed away at 89. I loved getting them and miss him even more on Valentine’s Day.

Think what it must be like not to get a card from anyone after a lifetime starting in elementary school having the fun of opening cards and hearing folks liked you and often loved you. You’d get a kick out of seeing the walkers at the McLean Health Center all decorated with cards folks receive. They love sharing them with others. One famous lady gets many with cats as everyone knows she loves cats.

But what about the person who doesn’t’ get a single card?  Think of an elder you know from church who may be home alone. Think of elders who used to be in your community organizations and no longer attend meetings. Send them a card.

Are you a teacher? Have your class make cards and bring them to a nursing home or the senior center. The staff will share them with seniors.

The very best idea is to visit an elder in their home or in an assisted living center or nursing home. Spending time is the best gift of all and even better than a card. Of course, you can bring a card, too.

McLean Wellness Center Welcomes New Members to Join our Fitness Center Warm Water Pool

 Whether you are just starting and exercise routine or have prior gym experience, you’ll be sure to find our exercise center and warm water therapeutic pool a great place to improve your health and fitness. Our 92° pool offers a wide variety of specialized classes, as well as open exercise programming designed to help you build strength and flexibility, as well as relieve aches and pains! Membership offers SilverSneakers® Muscle Stengthening & Range of Movement classes twice a week, and we also offer our own Group Strength class. Call to learn more about the McLean Healthy Living Center and the programs it runs for seniors of all ability levels, or stop in during one of the open enrollment days.

McLean Chefs’ Zucchini Loafs Popular at Share Our Strengths No Kid Hungry Campaign Bake Sale

We received this nice note:

I just wanted to take a little time to say THANK YOU for your contribution to our first annual Farmington Valley Great American Bake Sale.  With very little time to promote the bake sale on December 15th we managed to raise $1,180 in five hours at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton.  The money raised goes to Share Our Strengths No Kid Hungry Campaign – a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.  Overall our Teen Battle Chef students had a wonderful time making and selling baked goods for a good cause prior to the holidays.

Again, BIG, BIG THANK YOU for your support and contribution!  Your zucchini loafs were a huge hit!

Warm regards!

Todd Christopher, Registered Sanitarian, Farmington Valley Health District

New Year's Resolution to Stay Healthy

January is National Stay Healthy Month.

There are many ways to stay healthy and many things that people should know. Staying healthy includes proper diet, removing allergens from home, exercise and much more. Staying healthy or getting more healthy is good advice for any age. The number one thing to stay healthy as one ages is companionship. So grab a friend and do something together. Go to the senior center to enjoy the company of others, or consider moving to a community with many seniors and things that will keep you active mentally and physically. Walk daily with a friend or join a gym. Some programs specialize in safe and fun exercise for seniors like SilverSneakers®, which may be paid for by your insurance, or the McLean Wellness Program. Physical activity is very important even for those with dementia.  Caregivers may click to learn more helpful tips from two McLean therapists.

McLean Hospice Bereavement Support Groups Offer Help to Those Who Have Experienced a Loss

Whether you have lost a spouse, a child, a friend, a partner, a significant other, or a close associate, a McLean Bereavement Support Group may be of help. We recognize how difficult it can be for you when someone close to you dies. Our Bereavement Support Groups provide a safe and supportive environment to help those who are grieving.

The following Bereavement Support Groups are offered to registered participants at no cost.

Daytime Spousal Loss Support Group – facilitated by Bonnie Lillis, LPC, meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 10-11:30 a.m. at the McLean Health Center’s Cole Conference Room (located on the second floor). Call (860) 658-3955 to register.

McLean Elects New Trustees – Paine, Hensley and Schofield

McLean Trustees Paine, Hensley and SchofieldThe McLean Fund was established by the Trust of Senator and Governor George P. McLean in 1932. Today McLean Affiliates, Inc., as subsidiary of The Fund, is a vibrant senior living and healthcare continuum serving more than 4,000 people annually on the campus in Simsbury and in their homes in thirteen towns with McLean Home Care & Hospice. The McLean Game Refuge, Inc. is another not-for-profit subsidiary of The Fund that manages the 4,400 acre refuge in Simsbury, Canton and Granby. The Senator’s will specifies that there be up to nine Trustees to oversee The Fund. These Trustees also serve as Directors of The Affiliates and The Game Refuge. Mark Wetzel, Chair, welcomed three new Trustees to the Annual Meeting on Monday, December 17th.

ACES Adult Community Education Series

In partnership with Trinity College in Hartford, please join us for an exciting new four-part lecture series - "The Women of Ancient Israel." Click here to view the brochure.

McLean Volunteers Bring a Surprise to Hospice Patients and Families

McLean Hospice holiday bagsThere was a flurry of activities on Saturday morning, December 8th, as 24 Hospice volunteers were busily packaging items as a holiday surprise for 60 active McLean Hospice Families. They were busy wrapping scrolls containing the names of contributors, sorting beautiful prayer shawls, attaching tags, selecting fudge and adding delicate lace snowflake ornaments and tissue. 

The theme this year centered on snowflakes and was carried though on the hand- stamped snowflake tags.  The tags read “people are like snowflakes, everyone is unique but they are most beautiful when they come together.” Each turquoise bag contained a hand - knit prayer shawl donated by local churches and individuals; a loaf of bread in the design of a snowflake baked and donated by students at The Lincoln Culinary Institute; fudge made by the volunteers and a delicate snowflake ornament designed by a PA artist.

Mrs. Martin's 107th Birthday with two TV stations at her luncheon

Mrs. Martin still keeping going 107 at McLean HomeImagine being 107 years old. Mrs. Martin remembers all those years clearly and is looking forward to more. She was delighted to have Ann Baldwin arrive with a gigantic box of chocolates and film crews from Channel 3 WFSB and Channel 30 NBC. All the McLean Home residents joined in singing happy birthday as balloons were tired to Bernice's chair.

McLean Honors Employees for Service

David Bordonaro, President, recognized McLean employees at a special reception on December 4th for their long Rita Rozantes is thanked by David Bordonaro, McLean President, for her thirty years of service.service and commitment to providing excellent customer services. He noted that McLean staff includes professionals in many disciplines who provide healthcare in the Health Center, Home Care & Hospice and Outpatient Rehab Clinic. Other staff provides exceptional services for assisted living residents and The Village community members. “I always begin by saying, what would McLean be without you? McLean’s history of quality and care is what makes McLean special. This year we were honored to receive a Top Workplace Award from The Hartford Courant/Fox News. The healthcare environment requires all of us to embrace change and adapt quickly as the industry of healthcare and elderly services evolves. I am proud that we are doing this as on organization and as individuals especially those who are being honored today for long service. Think of all the changes, new programs and services over your time here. This makes us a better organization today and positions us well for the future. Thank you.”


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