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Help with Aging Parents: Reminiscence Therapy

Many of us have the opportunity to visit a parent or grandparent at their home in an assisted living or skilled care community like The Cedars.  We may see them frequently, if they live nearby, or only on occasion if they’re out of state.  Either way, we want to make the most of the these get togethers – and revisiting fond memories can bring lots of smiles to everyone.

Reminiscence Therapy is a wonderful way to enhance quality of life through laughter, sharing and feelings of acceptance.  This can be a great thing to do while visiting a loved one at The … 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 significantly decreased … 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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Richard Marino, MD named in Down East Magazine’s “Maine TopDocs Physician Survey 2014”

Dr. Marino 2013Dr. Richard Marino, Medical Director at The Cedars, was chosen in Down East Magazine’s “Maine TopDocs Physician Survey 2014” as the top physician providing Geriatric Services in the State.  The physicians who made the list were chosen through a peer review in which Maine doctors were asked the question: If you or a family member had a problem in the following areas, who would you select as the best specialist in Maine?

Providing medical care to our patients and residents in the Rehabilitation Center, Skilled Care Center, and the Osher Inn Assisted Living at The Cedars, Richard T. Marino, Jr., MD, is a board certified … Read more here.

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Wellness at The Cedars Retirement Community: Better Living, Better Choices

healthy eating The Wellness Program at The Cedars retirement community received an award from Harvard Pilgrim for our commitment to health and wellness, community-wide.  As a result, The Cedars staff has benefitted from ongoing education and programming through a wellness grant.  Recently, Heidi Roth, Registered Dietician, paid us a visit to discuss plant-based eating.

Heidi began by clarifying the differences between the ‘vegan’ and ‘vegetarian’ diets.  “It’s not about giving up meat, it’s simply about infusing our diets with more fruits and vegetables.”  Several studies tout the health advantages resulting from more plant-based eating, which include decreased risk for stroke, heart attacks, and certain forms of cancer, as well … Read more here.

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Better Senior Living: Improved Wellness with Osteoporosis

In recognition of National Bone and Joint Awareness month, The Cedars is focusing on osetoporosis and how to improve your ‘bone health’.

     Osteoporosis is the most prevalent bone condition among Americans with nearly half of all women and one-quarter of men likely to suffer from its’ effects in their lifetime.  Each year, approximately one and a half million Americans suffer a bone fracture related to osteoporosis.  Fifty years ago, physicians believed that weak bones were a natural part of aging, but today we know that we can do something about it.  It is important to remember that you are never too old to do something to improve … Read more here.

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More Pet Therapy at The Cedars Retirement Community

In addition to The Cedars Pet Therapy program, The Skilled Care Center at The Cedars has partnered with another wonderful animal assisted therapy group.  Silent Sidekicks is a nonprofit organization located in Lincoln, Maine that provides animal assisted therapy/activities under the services of trained volunteers to communities throughout the State of Maine and the Canadian Province of New Brunswick. Their mission is to enrich people’s lives and promote health and happiness through positive experiences with animals.  Silent Sidekicks accomplishes this by providing comfort, support, and companionship through animal assisted therapy and activities as well as by increasing public awareness of the benefits of the human-animal bond.

While at The Cedars, the program will … Read more here.

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Assisted Living at The Cedars: Our Dining Experience

Sitting down for a delicious meal is something we all look forward to, both to nourish our bodies as well as to gather with friends and families.  At The Osher Inn Assisted Living, our residents look forward to joining in our dining room that is elegant yet intimate, and feels just like home in our small community of 30 apartments.

For lunch or dinner, we often have family members join their loved ones to catch up on busy lives.  Breakfast time is an opportunity for our residents to plan their days and visit with friends over a lingering cup of coffee.  Our Dining Director, David Kessler, … Read more here.

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Retirement Living in Maine: Watercolors at The Cedars

When Nancy Meyer arrives at the Osher Inn at The Cedars Retirement Community, she unpacks watercolor paints, brushes and paper. Eager hands await the materials, ready to get to work adding color and personal flair to the watercolor paper. Teaching and facilitating watercolor painting with seniors has had a great effect on Meyer, a New York native who now calls Baldwin home. “It’s so rewarding,” said Meyer. And the Osher residents love it, her many loyal attendants wouldn’t miss her class.

Nancy focuses on nature in her watercolor sessions, bringing pieces of the natural world inside especially for those who are unable to go out-of-doors. It may be apple blossoms, … Read more here.

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Rehabilitation at The Cedars Retirement Community in Portland, Maine

Making Progress Every Day: The Sam L. Cohen Rehabilitation Center

“My therapists helped me create a plan and achieve my goals.  When I was discharged, I knew I was ready to go home. – Wendy Bush

LAST AUGUST, Wendy Bush stepped off the front porch of her son’s Long Island vacation home and missed the bottom step. Her leg was broken. Her son was able to drive her back to Maine for treatment, but the journey back to her own home would take much longer. 

  As the Vice President of Marketing at F.L. Putnam and a member of the Mercy Hospital board of directors, Wendy knows how to assess a difficult situation and make … Read more here.

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