Tag Archives: Independent Living

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.

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Choosing a Senior Living Community: 5 Important First Impressions

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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.

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Book Clubs, Lectures and Cook-Outs at The Atrium

books460[1]This week at The Atrium at The Cedars, in addition to their regular water aerobics, strength training and yoga fitness classes, they are enjoying a lecture by historian, Jerry Wiles about Dolly Madison; the Longfellow Book Club discussion on All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr; and a mid-winter cook-out as we raise our glasses to the warm weather ahead.  If you’re interested in finding more out about life at The Atrium, call Angela D’Amours, Marketing Representative at 207-221-7100.

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Holiday Tea and Tour

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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

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The Atrium at The Cedars: Music and Healing

meditationThe members at The Atrium recently experienced a new kind of spiritual journey. Visitor, Todd Glacy shared with us his musical instruments including gong, didgeridoo, Native American flute and singing bowls that he uses in his sound healing, rhythm and meditation workshops. Over the 45 minute session, the members sat back and received the musical vibrations that Todd created. The reactions immediately following the session included: “Powerful” “Emotionally moving” and “When can we do this again?”

Here is a glimpse of Todd’s perspective on his work:

“I am constantly fascinated and amazed by these incredible instruments. Their history, mystery and sounds … Read more here.

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Retiring Parents: Downsizing with Kate Lowry

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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.

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Downsizing with Kate Lowry

Please join us for a seminar in downsizing
with expert  and president of Kate Lowry Designs, LLC
at The Atrium
Thursday November 20, 2014

FMI and RSVP 207-221-7100

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Portland Maine’s Congress Street: Top Ten Great Streets in America

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What makes Congress Street so special? Here’s a taste of what it offers –

 A delightful mix of historical architectural styles from 18th century Colonial and 19th century Federal to 20th century International and 21st century Post Modern
Arts District with numerous art galleries, theaters, museums, institutes, and schools
First Friday Art … Read more here.

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An Afternoon of Watercolors: The Atrium at The Cedars

Gloria's watercolor class 001For the past several months, member at The Atrium at The Cedars, Gloria Hodgkins has been guiding her fellow members through an afternoon of watercoloring.  On this particular fall day, Gloria was just getting started with a member and her daughter.  “So many of us have painted before, and we love it because we can spend as much or as little time in an afternoon as we’d like,” she explained.

Gloria came to The Atrium from Bremen, Maine where she was an avid painter.  She recalls how she worked alongside the late Chip (Alfred) Chadbourne of Yarmouth during her more prolific years of painting.  Together, they would often gather friends on Saturdays to … Read more here.

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Considering a Retirement Community?

Angie D'Amours 002Reasons Not to Move to a Retirement Community … and Some Reasons Why You Should

by Angela D’Amours, Marketing Representative at The Cedars

Every day, during my conversations with the seniors considering a move to The Atrium at The Cedars, I hear a number of reasons why they haven’t taken action yet.  The ones listed below I hear most often, and if I had a nickel for each time I heard them……well, you know the rest!

“I’m healthy.”   Great news – you are the perfect candidate for Independent Living!  And even better news, our community offers tai chi, yoga, strength training, an indoor pool, and a fitness center all under … Read more here.

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