about us

Your Life. Your Community. Your way.

The Cedars, Maine and Northern New England’s most comprehensive, non-profit senior community, was founded in 1929 as the Jewish Home for Aged. With an 89-year history of innovation, The Cedars offers a full continuum of senior living options, including: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Care.

A Bold Change to Transform Senior Care

In September, 2018 The Cedars celebrated the groundbreaking for the Sam L. Cohen Households for skilled nursing care and introducing a new, vitally needed memory care assisted living, as well as renovating our current neighborhoods into households.

The Household Model of Senior Living

The visionary and person-centered Household Model is earning praise across the country and fast becoming the best practice as an enlightened approach to senior care. The Household Model features a home environment where residents have choices, including when to wake up, what to eat, and how to spend each day, just like we do at home. It’s a model we believe will not only meet and exceed the expectations of our senior population but will also be a shining example to our entire industry and will shape the way forward for the improvement of senior healthcare across the nation.

For more information on how The Cedars is transforming senior care, go to http://www.thecedarsportland.org/growbold/




Kathryn Callnan is president and CEO of The Cedars. She began her work with the community’s elderly at The Jewish Home for Aged on Portland’s Eastern Promenade, before the nursing home moved to Ocean Avenue in 1991 and was renamed Cedars. Kathy is a visionary leader and a passionate advocate for Maine’s seniors. A recipient of the Dr. Herbert Shore Young Executive Award for her accomplishments in the field of long-term senior care, Kathy draws on her years of experience as a registered nurse as well as her years of executive leadership in senior care as she charts the course for our community.