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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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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.

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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.

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Volunteering at The Cedars

Young volunteer in retirement houseThe 89 year history of The Cedars as a non-profit is steeped in the tradition of volunteering. In 1927 The Cedars Auxiliary was formed and these dynamic women collected a nickel a week to build The Jewish Home of Aged on Portland’s Munjoy Hill.

Today, volunteering at The Cedars is as important – and robust – as ever. The Cedars has over 70 volunteers who give their time to the residents who live here – and last year graciously contributed over 3200 hours! What do these generous men, women and young adults do at The … 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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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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Staff Volunteer Spotlight at The Cedars Retirement Community

Mike MorrillMike Morrell has been working at The Cedars for the past 22 years in the Environmental Services and Medical Supplies Departments.  For the past six years, Mike has volunteered his own time to The Cedars through one-on-one visits with our residents, providing assistance with dining on the Neighborhoods, and coming in on Thanksgiving and Christmas to help with the holiday meals. Last year he brought in his young grandson, Harry to join the fun.

Anyone who knows Mike is aware of two things: he has a huge heart and he has a passion for collecting sea glass. “It’s very … Read more here.

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Retirement Living at The Cedars: Burgeoning Community of Bridge Players

BridgeWhen Les Brewer first moved to The Atrium at The Cedars  in the spring of 2013, he was pleased to hear that there was a standing bridge game every Thursday evening.  At the time, there were a few tables of avid bridge players who would routinely meet.  Over the course of the year, Les has taken on the role of coordinating the game and opening the fun to new players and novices alike.  “Everyone enjoys the hour and a half on Thursday nights – it keeps the mind occupied and it’s very social,” Les explains.

When Les was growing up he would watch his grandparents play bridge, learning the game through observation.  Whenever there was an opportunity to play, he … Read more here.

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The Inward Journey – Senior Living at The Cedars

balance“Elders are the jewels of humanity that have been mined from the earth, cut in the rough, then buffed and polished by the stonecutter’s art into precious gems that we recognize for their enduring value and beauty. We sense their radiance in our youth, but we cannot contain it.  It requires a lifetime’s effort to carve out the multi-faceted structure that can display our hidden splendor in all its glory” – Zalmon Schachter-Shalomi 

The Atrium at The Cedars is excited to bring a new program to our community, “The Inward Journey: Discerning the Call of the Second Half of Life.” This six-week course will be facilitated by members of … Read more here.

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Assisted Living at The Cedars Senior Living Community: Setting a Higher Standard

The Six Dimensions of Wellness – Setting a Higher Standard

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During the past decade, assisted living communities have offered exercise, social, creative and educational opportunities. In recent years, senior care has been trending toward broader and deeper approaches to wellness. You’ll want to look for this higher standard as you visit assisted living communities for yourself or your loved one. The best assisted living communities have embraced a wellness philosophy that infuses the entire organization.  

What are the Six Dimensions of Wellness?

It is commonly accepted that six dimensions of wellness need to be present in order to age successfully. There are tangible signs … Read more here.

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