Category Archives: Older and Wiser

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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Growing Bold through Learning Circles

As we progress on our transformation into the Household Model, The Cedars is learning and evolving in many ways. One helpful tool in our process has been the Learning Circle. Staff throughout the community are finding the value of this communication method where trust and understanding are fostered and diverse perspectives are welcomed, shared and respected.

The Learning Circle begins when the facilitator poses a question or issue for the group, and then a volunteer responds with their thoughts on the topic. The person on the left or the right of that person goes next, followed one by one around the circle … Read more here.

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The Cedars and MECA at Portland’s Art Walk

The Cedars and Maine College of Art (MECA) are celebrating the their collaboration at Portland’s First Friday Art Walk on April 7 from 5-8PM.

Starting in February, MECA students enrolled in the Art for Social Change course moved their classroom every Monday morning to The Cedars. The course goal was to bring the MECA students opportunities to learn about the history of what it means to directly create social and public change through a creative practice.

Part of the course integrated the practice of socially engaged art where the students worked collaboratively with seniors from The Cedars in creating an engaging intergenerational … 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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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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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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It’s What You Give That Defines You

Kurt MesserschmidtThe Atrium at The Cedars is honored to include Kurt Messerschmidt among our residents. Here is a recent story that Susan Kimball, reporter at the Portland Press Herald, wrote about Kurt and his journey.

To celebrate his 100th birthday last January, Kurt Messerschmidt bought a car.

“Brand new!” exclaims the former cantor at Temple Beth El in Portland.

His unbridled optimism doesn’t surprise those who know him. It’s the product of a faith that has never wavered – even during one of the darkest chapters in human history.

In the late 1930s and early ’40s, Messerschmidt was a cantor in a synagogue … Read more here.

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Celebrating Nine Decades: Member Group at The Cedars

portrait-100-year-01On 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 planning are behind them and they can focus on new priorities and interests. Celebrating Nine Decades is an opportunity to process and share their ideas, goals and bucket lists. Members find renewed meaning in their lives and reflect on the significant experiences and individuals influencing them.

More … Read more here.

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The Cedars Hosts Film at MJFF

aboveandbeyondThe Cedars is once again  honored to be sponsoring the Maine Jewish Film Festival’s Free Senior Screening at the Portland Museum of Art. This year’s film is the documentary by Nancy Spielberg, Above and Beyond, showing March 19 at 1PM in the PMA’s downstairs theater. FMI or to reserve tickets, contact MJFF at 207-523-3422 or filmfest@mjff.org

In 1948 despite its surplus of World War II aircraft, and with five Arab armies preparing to attack upon declaration of the state, the U.S. Neutrality Act forbade the sale or provision of aircraft to Israel. In secret and at great personal risk, a … Read more here.

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“I’ll Be Me” Screening: Glen Campbell’s Final Tour

Glen Campbell and daughter AshleyNASHVILLE TN: LEADING AGE CONFERENCE
This week The Cedars participated in the annual conference for Leading Age, the organization representing non-profit aging services providers across the country. During the opening night of the events, over 7,000 attendees gathered for the premier screening of the film “I’ll Be Me” – a documentary of country singer Glen Campbell’s final tour. Following a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in 2011, Glen and his family courageously embarked on a 151 concert tour and invited the cameras along.

The film was both raw and emotional as it provided both insight into the disease and … Read more here.

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