Category Archives: Supporting our Seniors

Community Education: Liliane Willens at The Cedars

The Cedars was  honored to recently host Dr. Liliane Willens  as she presented to a packed house, sharing her riveting story of growing up in China during World War II under the pressures of foreign invaders and civil war as recounted in her most recent book, Stateless in Shanghai.  Lily spoke energetically for more than an hour about her experiences living in Shanghai, often injecting humor among the political and social details of this tumultuous time.

Scholar, memoirist and humanitarian, Dr. Willens has conducted hundreds of lectures and interviews across the United States, Europe, Asia and into Africa. She … Read more here.

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The Cedars Volunteer Awarded by Leading Age

On April 11, Jennifer Butcher, long time volunteer at The Cedars received the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Leading Age Maine/New Hampshire Standing Ovation Award ceremony. Here is what they shared about Jenn.

Jennifer first came to The Cedars to visit her grandmother, an Assisted Living resident. It was easy to see that she felt comfortable with and easily related to our residents. Since 2009 and long after her grandmother’s passing, Jennifer has logged over 3/500 hours of service. She has faithfully made the on-hour commute to The Cedars at least two full days each week, and often returns for … Read more here.

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Celebrating Our Heroes at The Cedars

Each month, The Cedars celebrates our Culture Change Heroes – those staff that stand out for their leadership and team work, while embracing person-centered care in their interactions with the older people living at The Cedars. Since December, we’ve had the chance to recognize the following heroes: Joe Gerardo in Environmental Services; Melissa Deering, Amber Schmidt, Connie Poole, Tracy Coburn in Nursing; and Amy Callison, Neighborhood Homemaker. Here is what makes these heroes standout, in the words of their peers:

Going above and beyond to improve the quality of life and care for our residents. Through hard work with maintenance repairs and improving residents’ day … Read more here.

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Remembering Greg Shapiro

The Cedars community mourns the passing of our friend, Greg Shapiro. Greg was on The Cedars Board from 1974 until recently, and served as Board President during the very formative years of 1990 to 1994. During that period, his visionary thinking and faith in the community brought the Jewish Home for Aged from Munjoy Hill to our residential neighborhood, and the Jewish Home to transition to The Cedars.

“The Cedars was part of his DNA,” Kathy Callnan, President and CEO recalls. “It was wonderful to see how elated he was at the recent educational seminar in Boca Raton – he was so proud of what … Read more here.

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A Bold Beginning: Transformational Gala

George Marcus, The Cedars Board of Trustees and Campaign Chair, introduces Elizabeth and Sidney Geller to announce their historic $4 million leadership gift.

ELIZABETH AND SIDNEY GELLER ANNOUNCED their historic gift at The Cedars Transformation Gala on November 5. This inspiring and energizing intergenerational kickoff of the Grow Bold With Us Campaign gathered over 150 distinguished guests, including former governor John Baldacci and Action Pact President Steve Shields, to learn about the big challenges ahead of us—and The Cedars bold plans to meet them.

The Cedars wishes to thank the Geller family, our event sponsors Action Pact, … Read more here.

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Opening Minds through Art – The Cedars is Recognized

_sah5394Nick Viti (OMA Facilitator Class of 2015) has launched a highly successful OMA program at The Cedars in Portland, Maine. The facility has already begun their third OMA session. They partner with the University of Southern Maine and the University of New England, where students receive college credit to participate in the OMA program.

The site had their first art show in June as a part of Portland’s First Friday Art Walk, a monthly community event. They also plan to exhibit at partnering universities. OMA Artists have an exhibit at USM in Lewiston, ME right now! Check out their video featuring an OMA … 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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Giving to The Cedars: Henni Polak

Meet Our Bequest Donors …

Henni PolakHenni Polak was an exceptional woman who learned to live life very fully.  In 2001, after her husband Bernard passed away, Henni Polak moved to The Atrium at The Cedars where she was one of The Atrium’s first residents.   She lived at The Atrium until 2013 when due to her declining health she moved next door to assisted living at the Osher Inn at The Cedars.  After a long illness, Henni died peacefully at home, at the age of 94, on April 5, 2015.  Her family has given a bequest to The Cedars in recognition of the compassionate care that Henni received during the 14 years … 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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The Cedars and Music and Memory: In the News

Music and MemoryMPBN visited The Cedars this week to learn more about Music and Memory, a relatively new program at The Cedars. Full audio here.

PORTLAND, Maine – Of the 1.3 million people living in Maine, about 37,000 have dementia. Over the next five years that number is expected to increase to more than 50,000. There is no cure, so treatment focuses on managing symptoms.

One nursing center in Portland recently employed a new strategy. The Cedars is the first in the state to use the “Music and Memory” program, which advocates say can tap deeply into dementia patients’ memories to help connect them to the present.

Inside The Cedars nursing home … Read more here.

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