Category Archives: Assisted Living

Making Connections As We Age, at The Cedars

Researchers are gaining a better understanding of the effects of loneliness and isolation on our health, such as the studies outlined in the recent New York Times article. Scientists have found that loneliness can raise our levels of stress hormones and inflammation, which then increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes and dementia. Interestingly, findings indicate that individuals can be surrounded by people and still feel lonely – if their relationships are not emotionally rewarding. Essentially, isolation does not definitively lead to loneliness. The question arises, how to counter the effects of loneliness, particularly in our older years.

At The Cedars, … Read more here.

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Once a Gardener … at The Cedars

bob-callnanBob Callnan, resident at The Osher Inn assisted living at The Cedars, grew up farming. He lived most of his life in Houlton, Maine – an area which is synonymous with agriculture and the Maine potato industry. In fact, when his granddaughter’s family was named the 2014 Farm Family of the Year by the Maine Potato Board, Erica Fitzpatrick Peabody thanked her grandfather and added, “My grandfather, Robert Callnan, worked the harvest for many years, and we have farmed his home farm for more than 25 years.”

After serving in WWII and graduating from college, Bob joined his father in the feed mill … Read more here.

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Fall Senior Expo in Freeport

senior-expoThis Tuesday October 11 from 9AM to 3PM, The Cedars will join other senior living providers at the Hilton Garden Inn for the Fall Senior Expo. Along with The Cedars, you’ll find information on senior living options, travel, home care, hearing help, and much more. There will 41 exhibitors, speakers, free flu shots, antiques appraisals, a Zumba Gold Demonstration. This event is hosted by Maine Senior Guide and Beach Glass Transitions.  The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 5 Park Street in Freeport. We hope to see you there!

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Assisted Living Open House

Tour The Osher Inn Assisted Living,
meet our staff, enjoy refreshments
Wednesday November 18 from 5-7PM
FMI call 221-7150

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Matters of the Heart: Finding New Love in Our Later Years

Bob and Lauretta

BOB NEEDED A PLUS ONE. His daughter, Kathryn Callnan, President and CEO of The Cedars, wanted him to join a family birthday celebration in Old Orchard Beach. He’d only been living at The Osher Inn for one month, but he knew exactly who he wanted to bring. “I’d noticed Lauretta in the dining room,” he explains, eyes twinkling. “This was my big chance.”

“And we’ve been together ever since!” Lauretta says.

Talking with Bob Callnan and Lauretta Torraca, they feel as though they’ve been together for years, not less than six months. Both widowed, they had each raised large families … Read more here.

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The Magic of Music: Assisted Living Week at The Osher Inn

Print“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of our souls.”
–PLATO 

This week is National Assisted Living Week, an annual event sponsored by the National Center for Assisted Living.  This year’s theme, The Magic of Music, celebrates the music we’ve all created, played, listened to and enjoyed throughout our lives.  Throughout the week the residents at The Osher Inn at The Cedars will play games, sing and listen to their favorite melodies as guests share their music with us.

Music is such as powerful force that brings evokes feelings of love, comfort, joy and memories of days gone by.   For people with memory issues, several studies have demonstrated the soothing … Read more here.

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The Cedars Thanks Our Nursing Assistants

CNA Day“They’re the backbone of our healthcare at The Cedars,” Chief Operating Officer Angie Hunt explains, pictured here with CNA April McDonald.  “We wouldn’t be where we are as an organization today without them.”

At last week’s ‘CNA Day” celebration, Angie was extolling the tremendous value that our Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) bring to The Cedars.  These men and women,  several who have been working with The Cedars for greater than ten years, provide the daily support and care to our residents living at our Skilled Care and Rehabilitation Centers as well as The Osher Inn, assisted living at The Cedars. Angie continued, “They provide excellent care and are the most kind and compassionate people … Read more here.

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Assisted Living at The Cedars – Residents Knitters Reach Out

Osher Knitters compressedWhat do you do when you hear about someone in need?  At The Osher Inn, assisted living at The Cedars, a group of more than six residents dusted off their knitting needles and joined forces to help.  A few months ago, a few residents at The Osher Inn heard of a man receiving services from VNA Hospice – who just couldn’t stay warm. They didn’t miss a beat and gathered their friends at The Osher Inn to create a blanket as a donation to hospice.

“It took around three months, with more than six of us working on it”, the group explained.  None of the knitters had picked up … Read more here.

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Assisted Living at The Cedars Welcomes Wellness Manager

Nancy KuligaThe Cedars is pleased to welcome Nancy Kuliga back to The Cedars as the Wellness Manager at The Osher Inn, assisted living at The Cedars.   Nancy is no stranger to our community as she was the Director of Nursing for several years at our Skilled Care Center at The Cedars.

Nancy has a multitude of experiences in senior care: she has served the Director of Resident Services at an area assisted living specializing in dementia care, acted as a Professional Services Consultant/ Director of Clinical Services for North Country Associates and Manager of Clinical Operations for Genesis Health Care.

Nancy has worn many different hats throughout her nursing career and possesses strong skills with nursing … Read more here.

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Assisted Living at The Cedars Senior Living Community: Setting a Higher Standard

The Six Dimensions of Wellness – Setting a Higher Standard

Therapeutic Recreation Department, The Cedarswellness 2

During the past decade, assisted living communities have offered exercise, social, creative and educational opportunities. In recent years, senior care has been trending toward broader and deeper approaches to wellness. You’ll want to look for this higher standard as you visit assisted living communities for yourself or your loved one. The best assisted living communities have embraced a wellness philosophy that infuses the entire organization.  

What are the Six Dimensions of Wellness?

It is commonly accepted that six dimensions of wellness need to be present in order to age successfully. There are tangible signs … Read more here.

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