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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 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.

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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.

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Maintaining a Healthy Brain

LWWD2Does playing cards or studying a foreign language help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease?  A recent study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen found that these kinds of activities support the “use it or lose it” theory in that they lead to greater brain volume as seen on neurological imaging tests.  Although the study did not reveal that brain games prevent Alzheimer’s Disease altogether, it did show they lead to better learning, memory and information processing.  The best evidence suggests that a healthy lifestyle of exercise, a balanced diet and not smoking, combined with activities such as going to museums, doing puzzles and reading books … Read more here.

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Providing Support for Caregivers at The Cedars

    senior woman and mature daughterFour in 10 U.S. adults are now caring for a sick or elderly family member as more people develop chronic illnesses and the population ages, a new study from the Pew Research Center has found. And at The Cedars, we are reaching out to those individuals through our Memory Support Group for both the caregiver and the person with dementia.

   Every month, caregivers and their loved ones gather at The Cedars to share their stories, challenges and wisdom while Lenora Trussell, RN facilitates the discussion. Lenora is an expert on aging and dementia – and provides wonderful inspiration to us all. “I think everyone … Read more here.

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Caring for Aging Parents: Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing

Resident with a small child.Intergenerational Programs offer younger and older generations an opportunity to interact.  


By Kimberly Doyon, CTRS, Life Enrichment Coordinator

At The Cedars we offer an intergenerational program for our assisted living and skilled care residents where we sponsor a play group for children aged six months to one year. (As some of you know, there has been a baby boom amongst our staff here in the last year and we are very excited to share our beautiful children with the residents.)  

The play group is geared toward residents with dementia and/or depression. and provides emotional support, mental and sensory stimulation and addresses social … Read more here.

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Best Retirement Community: Music That Heals

Several recent studies have highlighted the benefits of music for older adults.  In particular, the healing and connective power of familiar music for people with Alzheimer’s disease.  At The Cedars, our Recreational Therapists have been incorporating music into the lives of our residents for years. 

Kim Doyon, Manager of Life Enrichment Services at The Cedars for over 10 years, brings music to our community not only through professionals from the Portland area, but also from several volunteers as well. “The experience of music can truly transform them (our residents).  Some residents with more advanced dementia are able to … Read more here.

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Best Retirement Community: Therapy Award for The Cedars

Angie Hunt, Director at The Cedars and Lisa Clark, Occupational Therapist

The Cedars Retirement Community incorporates wellness into all that we do – for our staff, members and residents.  One of our newest outpatient programs, Living Well With Dementia offered from our Sam L. Cohen Rehabilitation Center, is gaining increased recognition.  This past weekend, the Maine Occupational Therapy Association (MeOTA), honored our Angie Hunt with their OT Advocate Award, specifically for the work she has done to create Living Well With Dementia.  Angie is the Executive Director of the Assisted Living, Rehabilitation Center and Skilled Care at The Cedars.

Here is the … Read more here.

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Best Retirement Community: Memory Support Group at The Cedars

The Cedars growing outpatient program for those living in their homes with the early stages of dementia, Living Well with Dementia, is introducing a Memory Support Group for those with dementia and their family/friends.

August 23 was our first group and proved to be a tremendous success.  The facilitator, Lenora Trussell, did an outstanding job of discussing the goals of the program, some of the issues individuals find when living with dementia and current research aimed at slowing the progression of the symptoms.  Lenora is a registered nurse who is also a story teller and educator, utilizing both facts and humor.  She is an excellent … Read more here.

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Best Retirement Community: Visits at Skilled Care, Part III

Mother and daughter visiting

Help with Aging Parents: Four More Ways to Make the Most of Visits – Part III

By Melanie Desjardins, Manager of Care Coordination at The Cedars

The third part of our series on making the most of a visit with a loved on at The Cedars, senior living community. For more help, contact our Care Coordination department.

1.   Have grandchildren bring or send along artwork, papers  or projects from camp or school.  The delight that many residents get from seeing the works of children is wonderful – and the children benefit as well, receiving input and kudos from … Read more here.

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