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The Cedars Retirement Community Benefits from Portland Public Library Grant

SStarting this month, The Cedars is the fortunate beneficiary of a grant received by the Portland Public Library from the Eunice Frye Foundation. Through this grant, representatives from the Library will host a total of three programs in our community for the residents and members of the Osher Inn Assisted Living and The Atrium Independent Living.

The first program, starting on January 22 at The Atrium, is Adult Storytelling with Michael Parent. Michael is a nationally known storyteller who has performed across the country since 1977. He will perform stories and song in a 45 minute presentation at the Atrium from January thru April. The Library is … Read more here.

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Celebrating Hanukkah at The Cedars Retirement Community

For the first time since 1888—and the last time for another 77,798 years—a rare phenomenon brought Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah together this year.   At The Skilled Care and Rehabilitation Centers at The Cedars, our residents, families and staff welcomed the first night with festive flair.

Thanks to the Gordon family, who have been leading the first night of Hanukkah at The Cedars for the past 40 years.  On November 27th, Bobbi and George Gordon rang in the holiday with their sons and grand-children, pictured above.  The Gordons led the group of residents and staff in songs, lit the first candle and even showed the uninitiated how to … Read more here.

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The Cedars Retirement Community: Where Were You 50 Years Ago Today?

Channel 13 News joined members at The Atrium at The Cedars, today to ask them about their memories of John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.  Four members gathered in the living room to share their recollections and the ‘loss of innocence’ that followed.

Bob Ryan recalled living in New York and, once hearing the news, followed the television broadcasts and the insanity that followed.  On the day of JFK’s funeral, he closed is office and production facilities for the day.  “Everyone went to church,” he explained, ” and that was the first time I recall ever hearing the National Anthem played at Catholic mass.”

Margaretmary … Read more here.

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The Cedars Retirement Community: Innovative and Active Aging

It really takes the fog out of the brain … just great mental exercise.” —HENRY GAGNON 

Train Your Brain

 “STAY SHARP,” Henry Gagnon encourages everyone, and laughter and applause ripple through the room as someone solves another crossword clue. Henry and his friends at The Atrium are working together to solve a Never2Late puzzle after a brisk walk in the September sunshine, and the combination of physical and mental exercise is doing exactly that: sharpening their thinking. It’s a brand-new program at The Atrium called Train Your Brain, and it is already a big hit with members. 

“The Cedars is committed to a holistic approach to wellness, Lifestyle Coordinator Janine … Read more here.

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Retirement Planning: How Do You Want to Spend Your Days?

by Anna Guest, Occupational Therpy Intern at The Cedars

So, you’re thinking about retiring.  You’ve likely considered the financial implications and planned accordingly to allow for a comfortable retirement experience.  But have you planned beyond the dollar sign and considered how you’ll actually spend your time in retirement? 

Research shows that many retirees, and perhaps men more than women, underestimate the complex nature of the retirement transition and face the unpleasant realization that the absence of employment isn’t always the golden age they had anticipated.  We often overlook the subtler aspects that our jobs provide: a sense of purpose, daily routine, unique social relationships with co-workers, and time away from … Read more here.

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The Cedars Retirement Community – Congratulations Red Sox!

Bill and Kevin, Channel 8 News

After a long week of staying up late, Bill Lehman (shown above with Channel 8’s cameraman Kevin) cheered the Red Sox into their final win last night.  His neighbors at The Atrium know about Bill’s passion, and not just for the Fenway sign he sports outside of his apartment.   He’s a true baseball enthusiast.  So when Aly Myles of Channel 8 News called looking for a resident Red Sox fan to interview – ‘Bill Lehman’ were the first words to come to mind.

Bill explains that he was a Padres fan, having lived in California for many years.  When his son, Ken, moved to … Read more here.

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Preserving Mental Acuity in Retirement

Members at The Atrium at The Cedars retirement community have been sharpening their skills and adding new ones lately.  For the past eight weeks, Betty Ann Brown has joined us every Tuesday morning to lead her class, Easy Level Bridge Instruction. 

The Atrium already has a healthy group of bridge players who meet weekly – and several additional members have expressed an interest in honing their skills or learning the game from the start, as they’d never played before.  Now, as this session winds down, we’re thrilled to welcome more bridge enthusiasts to the roster.

Research in recent years has suggested that in order to preserve mental sharpness, we … 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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The Cedars Senior Living Community: Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

Tom Bell and Carl Walsh of the Portland Press Herald joined us at yesterday’s service, here is what they had to say …. Forgiveness, atonement mark the Jewish calendar

With the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah beginning Wednesday, Rabbi Carolyn Braun plays a Shofar, (a horn-like instrument made from a bovine horn) part of a 30-minute ceremony at The Cedars retirement community in Portland on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

But like any new year celebration, Rosh Hashanah is also a time for rejoicing, feasting and festivities

Jews after sundown on Wednesday filled synagogues to observe the start of Rosh Hashanah, a holiday that marks … Read more here.

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