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Researching Bold New Ideas

The Cedars Learning Community™ Continues to Advance Senior Care

DO YOU REMEMBER THE RUSH of freedom that filled you the first time you rode a bike? Residents at The Cedars were able to revisit that feeling as part of a new research project on mental health in collaboration with the University of Southern Maine graduate program in Occupational Therapy and the Portland Wheelers.

The Portland Wheelers are familiar faces on our campus. These hardy cyclists volunteer to take mobility-challenged seniors on regular rides on specially equipped tandem bikes. While these rides are always popular at The Cedars, the students at USM were looking … Read more here.

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Are You Ready to Live 100 Years?

Tips from Kathryn Callnan, The Cedars President and CEO, on active, healthy, rewarding aging.

Drawing from her life experience as a nurse and as the leader of the largest not-for-profit senior living community in northern New England, Kathy offers her best advice on preparing for and making the most of your later years:

Plan on living to the age of 100.
Find the best providers for healthcare, rehabilitation, long-term care and assisted living. Decide where you would like to receive care in the event you are hospitalized.
Don’t assume that you’ll always be able to live at home.
Determine if you will be happier and better cared for at home with services or by moving to a … Read more here.

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Making Bold Plans? Meet Daniel Hoebeke, Charitable Gift Planner

A retired attorney, Daniel has spent the majority of his career helping individuals achieve their charitable giving goals through tax-wise planning techniques including wills and charitable trusts. He comes to us from the Jewish Home of San Francisco where he was the senior development director for nine years. Previously, Daniel also presented charitable estate planning seminars across the country for the Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago.

Daniel is delighted to now call Maine his permanent home. He lives on Orr’s Island with Ellen, his wife of 45 years. In his spare time, Daniel serves on local charitable boards and is an avid wildlife photographer.

For information on tax-wise charitable giving options, please contact Daniel Hoebeke, … Read more here.

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A Bold View: A Spectacular House Party Sends an Important Message About Home

 

A thrilling view of the Maine coast—and a thought-provoking point-of-view on aging—captivated guests at The Cedars End-of-Summer Cocktail Party, hosted by Marjorie and Robert Ory on September 27.

 

THE ORYS, LONGTIME FRIENDS OF The Cedars, divide their time between Boston and a stunning oceanfront home in Kennebunkport. In 2003, when Marge’s mother became a resident at The Cedars, they became strong supporters of our innovative programs.
Knowing that the Grow Bold With Us campaign is poised to transform not only The Cedars … Read more here.

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Mindful Connections: An Innovative, Community-Based, Therapeutic Program at The Cedars

For seniors in the early stages of memory loss still living at home, Mindful Connections provides powerful, personalized therapy to preserve independence, cognitive function, and hope.

BY THE AGE OF 60, between 5 and 7 percent of people will suffer from some form of memory loss. By the age of 85, 50 percent will show symptoms of cognitive impairment, usually diagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease. Whether it affects us or someone we love, dementia will touch all our lives—but The Cedars believes it should not define our lives.

It’s a bold view, and it is true: people with memory loss have the ability to lead rich … Read more here.

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The Cedars Celebrates Groundbreaking for the Sam L. Cohen Households

The Cedars welcomed our community to join us in commemorating a powerful and pivotal moment in the Grow Bold With Us Campaign.

THE DAY BEFORE the groundbreaking ceremony for the much-anticipated Sam L. Cohen Households, construction crews arrived at The Cedars to begin tearing down a building set on the corner of our campus, clearing the way for the construction to come. By the time honored guests, supporters, community members, staff, and residents arrived on September 21, enormous excavators surrounded the crisp white event tent. The air was charged with excitement, optimism, and change. After so much hope and hard work, the … Read more here.

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