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The Cedars Residents Reflect: Where Were They on December 7, 1941?

Margot Cliff was 7 and living in Hilo, Hawaii, when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. “I didn’t really know what the ramifications would be,” she said. “How do you describe war to a young child?” Staff photo by Derek Davis

In anticipation of the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, our residents met with Gillian Graham of the Portland Press Herald to reminisce about hearing the news 76 years ago today – and how it shaped their lives in the years after. Thank you, Gillian Graham for this wonderful article. Visit PPH for the full article.

She was 7 and … Read more here.

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Healthy Living is Easy at The Atrium

We’ve all heard that physical activity and exercise are good for us. In fact, being physically active on a regular basis is one of the best things older adults can do for themselves. According to the National Institute of Health, even moderate exercise can improve the health of people who are frail or who have diseases that accompany aging.

Being strong and fit can allow us to continue doing the things we enjoy as we age. Making exercise a regular part of our lives helps improve our health and maintain our independence as we age.

At The Atrium, independent living at … Read more here.

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Nine Decades Group at The Cedars on MPBN

On January 24, MPBN journalist, Patty Wight featured a story on Maine Things Considered on The Atrium’s group of 90+ year olds. The Nine Decades Group shared their various perspectives at this stage of their lives. The audio is available here, and below is a piece we shared when the group was first formed.

On the first Monday of each month at The Atrium, a select group of members meet. The only requirement for admission? Living on this earth for at least ninety years.

What’s so different about being ninety? If you ask nonagenarians, they may explain that life changed for them when they hit this milestone. Many of the responsibilities of estate and life … 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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Celebrating Kathryn Callnan at The Cedars

kc-40-years-1“We look forward to a bright future because of Kathy.” – Richard Borts, Chair, Board of Trustees

In late August, The Cedars Board of Trustees and senior management gathered at a Portland restaurant to toast a tremendous achievement: Kathryn Callnan, President and CEO at The Cedars, was celebrating 40 years of service.

Kathryn shared both memories of The Cedars’ rich past and a bold vision for its future around long tables filled with longtime friends. She began her career at The Cedars in 1976, when it was still The Jewish Home for Aged on Munjoy Hill, right after graduating from nursing school at the University of … Read more here.

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Senior Living Options

Thursday September 22, enjoy lunch and
learn about retirement lifestyle options and get your
questions answered at this engaging presentation
Space is Limited – RSVP to 207-221-7100

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Benefits of Tango: Research at The Cedars

TANGOThe Atrium, independent living at The Cedars, has partnered with Maine Medical Center in a research program under the direction of Dr. Christina Holt, MD called TANGO-Gold: Therapeutic Activity Negates Gait Obstacles: Older Adults Opportunity Learning Dance.

TANGO-Gold is a program that uses the Argentinian Tango’s smooth movement, gentle connection and musicality to strengthen for better balance and fitness.  Studies have shown dancing tango is good for balance, coordination, feelings of well-being, and connection and many communities have found that the learners want to keep dancing into their nineties. The purpose of the study is to show that tango dance lessons help improve … Read more here.

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In Good Company with Angie D’Amours from The Cedars Retirement Community

Angie D'Amours 002As I get to know the many, wonderful members at The Atrium at The Cedars in my role as Marketing Representative, I frequently find myself surprised by what I hear.  Members often explain their reasons for choosing our retirement community: proximity to downtown Portland, sense of security from our continuum of care, or relief from the burden of home ownership.  Once they arrive, although they may have expected the warm welcome from our community, they are often amazed to find themselves developing new friendships. Real, true friendships with peers who share their stories, provide fellowship and offer support.  It seems that this facet of their lives, this idea … Read more here.

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Movie Theater Opening at The Atrium at The Cedars

Theater Opening 3On March 18, the members and staff at The Atrium, independent living at The Cedars, celebrated the grand opening of their new movie theater at a ribbon cutting ceremony. “You’ve exceeded our expectations!” one member exclaimed. Members of our community are thrilled to be offered a variety of current films, three times daily, seven days per week, in such a comfortable setting. The only issue they expressed was the challenge of fitting so many wonderful programs and events into their already busy days! Now that’s a good problem to have. For more information on life at The Atrium, contact Angela D’Amours at 207-221-7100.

 

 

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Blue Ribbon Health at The Atrium

The Atrium has Exercise Bikeincreased our commitment to our members at The Atrium to provide more opportunities for health and wellness than ever before. We started by establishing baseline strength, flexibility and balance assessments for our members and then jumped into twelve weeks of customized classes.

Sarah Bartell, our Wellness Coordinator, teaches strength training, water aerobics, balance training, and we bring in specialists in Tai Chi, Yoga, and Zumba.  The first round of Wellness re-assessments are in, and they are amazing! Our members have worked so hard and it shows. See the results below!

Exercise Class Participation: UP 14%
Lower Body Strength: UP 50%
Upper Body Strength: UP … Read more here.

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