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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.
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.
This 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!
“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.
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
The 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.
On 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.
Thursday November 19, 2015
Join us for an afternoon listening to
pianist Michael Beling, enjoying refreshments,
meeting our staff and residents.
Space is limited – RSVP to 207.221.7100
Bring a friend!
Each Friday morning this fall, the residents at The Cedars Skilled Care Center are opening their minds through art. Thanks to a partnership between The Cedars and the Occupational Therapy (OT) Department at the University of Southern Maine, seniors and students are spending this semester learning, creating and growing together.
Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia, founded on the basis that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. There is a growing body of evidence that creative expression actually improves the physical and psychological well-being of people with dementia.
At The … Read more here.
The Cedars Wellness Coordinator, Sarah Bartell, recommends Chair Stands to strengthen your abdomen and thighs. And when you exercise remember:
Check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program
Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing, and proper shoes that offer safety and support
Drink water before, during and after exercise
Make sure you stretch after you exercise
In a seated position with good posture and feet flat on the floor, cross your arms over your chest or hold a ball with both hands at chest level. Keeping your weight
on your heels, stand up, using your hands as little as possible or not at all. As you
bend slightly … Read more here.