Tag Archives: aging parents

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.

Posted in Featured | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Best Retirement Living, Best Senior Living Community, Featured, Older and Wiser | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Best of Senior Living, Best Retirement Living, Best Senior Living Community, Caring for Aging Parents, Featured | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

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.

Posted in Caring for Aging Parents, Featured, Skilled Care, Wellness | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Cedars: The Value of Companionship As We Age

“We have the same basic needs and desires in our later years,” explains Richard Marino, MD, Medical Director at The Cedars. “We need friendships and companionship. Relationships improve the quality of our lives, and can actually extend our lives.”

It has been observed that mortality rates slightly decrease just prior to major holidays and life events, suggesting that spending time with those that we love has a beneficial effect on our survival. Research has shown that sexual activity and other forms of physical and emotional affection lowers the risk of depression in seniors.*

That’s why Dr. Marino makes it a priority to support healthy, consensual relationships that form at … Read more here.

Posted in Best Senior Living Community, Featured, Supporting our Seniors | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday Tea and Tour

tea and tour shine compr

See what makes us shine!
Join members of The Atrium for an afternoon of festive live music, holiday fare and tours of our beautiful apartments.
Thursday December 4, 2014
FMI and RSVP to 221-7100

Posted in News and Events | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Retiring Parents: Downsizing with Kate Lowry

kate lowry
At some point we are all faced with that difficult decision about when and how to talk with our parents about downsizing and moving.  Whether they’re fit and healthy, or ailing and need care, the conversation is inevitable.
The best scenario is when our parents decide to move to a retirement-type place on their own, while they’re in good enough health to complain about all the packing.
But when this kind of move is reactionary to illness or death, or to a cooking fire that sets off the internal alarm of the family, the stress is magnified.  Moving is hard enough as it is.  When you complicate it with age, depression, illness and quick decision-making, this kind of … Read more here.

Posted in Best of Senior Living, Best Senior Living Community, Caring for Aging Parents, Featured | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

L’Shana Tova: Happy New Year

As Rosh Hashanah approaches, The Cedars extends to you this insightful message written by a gentleman residing in a retirement community in Canada. Thank you, Association of Jewish Aging Services, for sharing these words with us.


As my life unfolds with all its mysteries and surprises
As my world becomes a smaller place
I learn to paint on a smaller palette
I pay attention to the small details,
they are as important as the big ones.
I try to do Tikkun Olam Katan: fix the little things within my reach.
It really comes down to relationship,
how I act and react with others.
Every morning when I … Read more here.

Posted in Featured, Older and Wiser | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Magic of Music: Assisted Living Week at The Osher Inn

Print“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of our souls.”

This week is National Assisted Living Week, an annual event sponsored by the National Center for Assisted Living.  This year’s theme, The Magic of Music, celebrates the music we’ve all created, played, listened to and enjoyed throughout our lives.  Throughout the week the residents at The Osher Inn at The Cedars will play games, sing and listen to their favorite melodies as guests share their music with us.

Music is such as powerful force that brings evokes feelings of love, comfort, joy and memories of days gone by.   For people with memory issues, several studies have demonstrated the soothing … Read more here.

Posted in Assisted Living, Caring for Aging Parents, Featured | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Cedars: Setting the Standard for Long Term Care

From the Medical Director …

Dr. Richard Marino, Medical Director

Dr. Richard Marino, Medical Director at The Cedars

When we create a personalized care plan at The Cedars, we want to know what each resident’s needs are – even if they can’t express them verbally.  We never stop asking residents and their families, “What’s right for you?” We then decide how to meet those needs with the fewest number of medications possible while using the most current medical research and protocols.

This approach is showing significant results. Our hospital readmission rates have dropped to just 9%, less than half the national average. We have also … Read more here.

Posted in Caring for Aging Parents, Featured, Rehabilitation, Skilled Care | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment