National Physical Therapy Month Celebrates Baby Boomers and How They Can Stay Active and Healthy

According to the 2011 "AARP Bulletin Survey on Exercise," approximately 7 in 10 adults age 45 and older (71%) are physically active. If you are a baby boomer, physical therapists can help you stay physically active, including helping you deal with common injuries associated with aging, such as tendinitis and meniscus tears as well as the effects of arthritis.

Beginning October 1 and continuing through November 19, the American Association of Physical Therapy will be hosting its "50 Days 50 Ways – Fit After 50" challenge. During this challenge they will be providing 50 days’ worth of tips to boomers on how to prevent injury and get and/or stay fit and mobile with the help of a McLean physical therapist who is passionate about working with boomers and seniors.

The Need is Great - The Rewards are Real - McLean Meals-on-Wheels is in need of Volunteers

The McLean Meals-on-Wheels program is a fantastic way for residents to get involved in their community. Volunteers deliver nutritious meals to homebound seniors. They also provide companionship and a safety check for residents in the community. All it requires is a two-hour commitment once or twice a month, and access to a car. Become one of the Meals-on-Wheels volunteers and make a difference in someone’s life. Drivers are needed for the Avon, Canton, Granby, and East Granby routes. The meal pick-up points are McLean and Avon Valley Baptist Church. 

A lovely note from a daughter

Reminisce with Mary Group had Two Special Guests This Week

Remminisce with Mary Group at McLean Assisted LivingWeekly 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.

A Family Reunion at McLean

Jean Douglas,  a resident of The Robinson an assisted living neighborhood at McLean, was delighted when her family suggested they hold their Douglas family reunion at 'her home' at McLean Sunday afternoon, August 12. Four generations from six states planned for over a year to 'gather at Grandma's house' following family vacation week at Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. Moms, Dads, children, grandchildren, cousins, aunts and uncles gathered in Simsbury for an afternoon of fun, reminiscing, talking, playing games, looking at old pictures, and eating together like old times.

Mrs. Martin entered in national photo contest on who inspires us...

McLean Continues Popular Senior Wisdom Series

McLean is once again offering its free Senior Wisdom Series to help you plan for the retirement lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of. All lectures will take place on Mondays, from 1-2:30 PM at The Village at McLean, Burkholder Community Center, 100 Sarah Lane, Simsbury (located behind the McLean Health Center).  R.S.V.P. 860-658-3906.

Helping Your Loved Ones Consider Assisted Living

McLean is offering a free lecture series for individuals considering Assisted Living or Memory Care Assisted Living for themselves, friends or family. The lectures will take place at either McLean Health Center or at McLean Village, Burkholder Community Center. R.S.V.P. 860-658-3906.

McLean Hospice Seeks New Volunteers

Hospice provides holistic care for individuals who are making life’s final journey.  The McLean Hospice Interdisciplinary Team - nurses, social workers, counselors, home health aides and volunteers - prides itself on helping patients find comfort to enjoy the richness of time they have left with loved ones, while surrounding families with the caring support and 24/7 availability of the professional team. Our Hospice focus is ensuring this final journey is filled with a rich sense of dignity and the best quality of life possible.

We are seeking mature individuals who can commit time to volunteer with our Hospice program, and can effectively support our mission, program and team.  Trained volunteers may visit patients and families in the community in their homes, apartments, or in assisted living or nursing facilities to provide social support, respite, companionship, a listening ear, and a caring presence.  They may also help families with specific tasks such as running an errand, planting flowers, walking a dog, or making a meal. 

McLean Hospice Volunteers Participate in Cutting Edge Training

More than twenty-five of the sixty-five McLean Hospice Volunteers attended the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Volunteer Day.  It was a day set aside especially for Hospice volunteers to continue education and was a component part of the national 2012 Hospice Volunteer Leadership Virtual Conference entitled Ignite the Future. 

 While the week had been primarily set aside as a virtual conference for leaders of hospice volunteers, the Volunteer Day was a specially designed webinar conference.  The day featured expert speakers, six relevant topics, facilitator discussion guides and ability for national chats amongst volunteers themselves.


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