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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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Three Reasons to Move to a Retirement Community

Independent retirement living provides convenience and ease within a welcoming community that offers amenities and services to support your daily lifestyle and preferences. There are many aspects to independent living that can help eliminate the challenges of maintaining a home and inspire a new chapter of adventures and friendships in your life. When talking with residents at The Atrium at The Cedars, here are some of features that have brought them peace of mind since making their move.

Socialization when you want it.
The beauty of an independent living community is that you can choose to be as busy or as social as … Read more here.

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Maine Jewish Film Festival: Free Senior Screening

The Cedars is pleased to continue sponsoring the MJFF’s Free Senior Screening. This year, the documentary, Essential Link: The Story of Wilfred Israel will show at the Portland Museum of Art on Wednesday, March 13 at 2PM. Dessert reception to follow. There is no cost for seniors to attend, but you must get tickets by calling the MJFF at 207-523-3422 or emailing filmfest@mjff.org.

Here is the scoop: The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfred Israel / Documentary / 2016 / Israel / Hebrew, German w/ Eng ST / 82 min

Documentary / Dir: Sam Pollard / USA / 2017 / 100 min Free Senior Film

Why is the story … Read more here.

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Stressful to Successful: Downsizing Seminar

After many years of living in the same home, Downsizing can be a very real dilemma for many – especially those who are considering a move to a retirement community. In fact, the reason many people don’t take action is that they don’t know what to do with their all of their ‘stuff’!

To help overcome some of the stress of downsizing, The Atrium is offering a free seminar: “Stressful To Successful:  Helping Parents Downsize”.  It’s taking place on Wednesday, February 27, from 5-6 pm. Angie D’Amours, Marketing Representative will offer tips to anyone who may be working with someone who wants to declutter, or who would … Read more here.

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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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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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Tips for Staying Healthy During Flu Season

“Ask The Nurse is a program at The Atrium, independent living at The Cedars that gives our residents the chance to touch base with Nancy Kuliga, RN and ask health questions, get their blood pressure checked, or help them decide if they need to contact their physician. In addition to this twice-weekly clinic, Nancy also oversees the Home Health Services at The Cedars that provides support for our residents. Nancy enjoys getting to know so many of the residents and always looks forward to this part of her week.  Here is her advice on how to stay healthy this flu season:

1. Get the flu vaccine! The best time to get the vaccine is from October through November but it is … Read more here.

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