Category Archives: Wellness

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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Employee Wellness Fair 2018

On Thursday August 9, The Cedars celebrated its employees with the ninth annual Wellness Fair! Several vendors, including some of our volunteers arrived ready to inspire, educate and engage our staff with healthy lifestyle tips and wellness offerings.

The focus included healthy eating demonstrations from our kitchen staff with fresh Gazpacho and other tasty treats. A variety of practitioners were present, sharing their knowledge and treatments in reiki, acupuncture, thermal image screening, and essential oils. In addition our employee benefit representatives were also available to provide information and resources tailored to individual needs.

Several of our staff members were the recipients of wonderful prizes, … Read more here.

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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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New Educational Program: Living with Heart Failure

When you are walking through a grocery store, have you ever stopped to wonder why there are so many cereal boxes advertising for heart health? According to Emory University, approximately 550,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure each year! That is a lot of people who are affected by this diagnosis; this does not account for the people who have had a stroke or a heart attack. Many of these people have to go to rehab facilities, like The Cedars, in order to better take care of themselves.

To help address this issue, The Cedars has introduced the CHF Program … Read more here.

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Written by Sara Martin, Wellness Coordinator at The Cedars as seen in the Senior Sourcebook 2017

It’s never too late to make a healthy lifestyle change that can lower your risk for chronic disease and depression. Did you know that 35% of health and longevity is determined by our genes, and 65% can be modified by us? You can take control of your quality of life by making some healthy lifestyles changes that are sustainable- not quick diet fads or extreme activity. It’s all about maintaining or even improving your functional movements, health, and quality of life.

Increase Your Physical Activity

MOVE, move, move – no matter how much or how little, just … Read more here.

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Healthy Living is Easy at The Atrium

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.

At The Atrium, independent living at … 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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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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Blue Ribbon Health at The Atrium

The Atrium has Exercise Bikeincreased our commitment to our members at The Atrium to provide more opportunities for health and wellness than ever before. We started by establishing baseline strength, flexibility and balance assessments for our members and then jumped into twelve weeks of customized classes.

Sarah Bartell, our Wellness Coordinator, teaches strength training, water aerobics, balance training, and we bring in specialists in Tai Chi, Yoga, and Zumba.  The first round of Wellness re-assessments are in, and they are amazing! Our members have worked so hard and it shows. See the results below!

Exercise Class Participation: UP 14%
Lower Body Strength: UP 50%
Upper Body Strength: UP … Read more here.

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