Category Archives: Caring for Aging Parents

The Benefits of Retirement Living in the Winter Months

On wintry days like today, we find our residents expressing how thankful they are to have made the decision to move to a retirement community. “I love snowy days now,” one individual recently exclaimed. “I get to enjoy the beauty from inside, while having everything I need, right here.” At The Atrium, independent living at The Cedars, our residents relax in the privacy of their own apartments while having immediate access to friends, fine dining, fitness, entertainment and more. Here are some of the more popular winter activities older adults at The Cedars are enjoying this winter.

Fitness Classes
When the temperature drops, it can … Read more here.

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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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Opening Minds through Art

Everyone who visited the UMVA Gallery at CTN5 during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk in June saw first-hand the beauty and insight our artists express and felt how much it meant to them to share it. With help from the Union of Maine Visual Artists, The Cedars mounted a breathtaking gallery show filled with our artists’ work, their words, and photographs of their process, and opened it to the public.

Our artists mingled with a joyous multigenerational crowd of local art enthusiasts, friends, family and community. They received enthusiastic praise and thoughtful questions from the First Friday crowds, an affirmation that they can still communicate with and contribute to their world.

Grow bold with us.


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Caring for the Caregiver Discussion Group

The Cedars Elaine Crasnick Kahaneris hosting a support group for caregivers focused on topics such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and other related subjects on caring for aging relatives. The discussion will be led by professional group leader Elaine Crasnick Kahaner and held in a quiet, comfortable space where coping strategies are discussed and supported. Upcoming meetings are being held Tuesday July 7 and July 21 at 4:45PM at The Atrium at The Cedars.

Elaine Crasnick Kahaner is Portland native who divides her time between Connecticut and Maine. She is a psychotherapist who has worked in the area of family support for many years. As … Read more here.

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Opening Minds through Art at The Cedars

_SAH5547What can an art therapy program for seniors with dementia teach all of us?

All the participants in this Opening Minds through Art (OMA) class sing “You Are My Sunshine” as sunlight pours across worktables and paint is poured into palettes. Before the studio work begins, Pamela Moulton, artist in residence, sparks curiosity and delight with a performance art piece.

“I want to wake us all up,” Pamela explains, showing off her vibrant hat and whimsical apron. “Intergenerational play infuses all my art. We all crave that joy.”

It’s true. Smiles are everywhere as the artists, who are residents of The Cedars with dementia, … Read more here.

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The Cedars CNA Awarded Excellence in Care

Misty Seeley Excellence in LTC The Cedars

Melissa Jensen, Skilled Care Nurse Manager; Misty Seeley, CNA; Maine First Lady Ann LePage; Angie Hunt, COO at The Cedars

On September 18, the Ombudsman Program held its 13th Annual Excellence in Long-Term Care Awards event at the Blaine House in Augusta. Sixteen of Maine’s direct care workers were honored with the Excellence in Long-Term Care Award – including The Cedars very own Misty Seeley, CNA.

Maine’s First Lady, Mrs. Ann LePage participated in this special event presenting awards to the workers. Each recipient was chosen by an … Read more here.

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Choosing a Senior Living Community: 5 Important First Impressions

Mother and Daughter

When starting the search for a senior community for either yourself or your parent or loved one, first impressions are  key to finding the best fit.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when making your initial visits.

1. Do you like the community’s location and outward appearance?

Is the community convenient to restaurants, shops, symphony, theater, physicians, hospitals and pharmacies?  Does it connect you to opportunities beyond the campus that allow for enjoyment of a larger community?  Are the grounds and building well maintained, with plenty of gardens and walking trails?

 2. Are you welcomed with a warm greeting from the staff?  And does the staff address residents by … Read more here.

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The Cedars at The White House Conference on Aging

logo-WHCOA2015Kathy Callnan, President and CEO at The Cedars, joined other leaders in long term care at the May 28 Regional Forum in Boston Massachusetts. At the fourth and final regional forum leading up to the Conference in Washington, DC in July, gathered together are seniors, caregivers, advocates and community leaders to discuss the issues facing older Americans. Check out the video of the morning’s presentations, which was followed by four breakout sessions: Elder Justice, Retirement Security, Long Term Services and Support, and Healthy Aging.

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging will highlight the contributions of older adults today and help inform the landscape of aging … Read more here.

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Music and Memory Gives the Gift of Music

Nick Viti“We experience a deeper connection to events in our lives that we associate with music,” says Nick Viti, OTR/L, Manager of Life Enrichment at The Cedars. “Certain songs conjure up very rich and specific memories. For anyone experiencing memory loss, music is a powerful tool.”

Thanks to a generous new grant from the nonprofit group Music and MemorySM, The Cedars has exciting new ways to use the power of music to help residents preserve and protect their memory, calm or uplift their emotions and enrich their lives.

The Cedars received the entire … Read more here.

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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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