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Are You Ready to Live 100 Years?

Tips from Kathryn Callnan, The Cedars President and CEO, on active, healthy, rewarding aging.

Drawing from her life experience as a nurse and as the leader of the largest not-for-profit senior living community in northern New England, Kathy offers her best advice on preparing for and making the most of your later years:

Plan on living to the age of 100.
Find the best providers for healthcare, rehabilitation, long-term care and assisted living. Decide where you would like to receive care in the event you are hospitalized.
Don’t assume that you’ll always be able to live at home.
Determine if you will be happier and better cared for at home with services or by moving to a … Read more here.

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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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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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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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Tips for a Successful Return Home: Rehabilitation at The Cedars

Exercise BikeAre you anticipating a rehabilitation stay in the new future?  Whether you have an upcoming surgery scheduled, or you or a loved one is experiencing an unexpected rehabilitation stay, here are a few tips that may help your return home easier.

1. Expect things to be different.  Recovery can take a while and in some cases you may need to make modifications around the house or get extra assistance from caregivers. Recognizing that these adjustments will ultimately result in a safer and more comfortable living environment may relieve some of the stress associated with the transition.
Start planning early. If you think you’ll need to make some changes around the house, or … 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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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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Rehabilitation Therapy at The Cedars Senior Living Community

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN INPATIENT REHABILITATION STAY by Heidi Graf, Manager of Rehabilitation Services at The Cedars

Heidi 1Are you anticipating a short-term, inpatient rehabilitation stay in the near future?  If so, The Cedars Rehabilitation Team would like to provide you with some insight into the experience.

As patients enter the rehabilitation process, we recognize that they are not feeling as “whole” as they had been; they’re suffering a loss of health and may be uncertain about putting trust into the rehabilitation team.  This key team consists of physical, occupational and speech therapists, nursing staff, dietician, physician and care coordinators who are all there to assess your needs … Read more here.

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