The Cedars: Innovations and New Advances

The Cedars develops new programs and technologies, advances critical research, and expands person-centered care.
Here are just a few examples:

Advancing Clinical Excellence
The Cedars Skilled Nursing was one of only 500 programs nationwide recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement as an Age-Friendly Health System Committed to Care Excellence, a national initiative to improve quality of care for older adults.

Advancing Programs for Residents
As part of our diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion program, The Cedars partnered with the Portland Museum of Art to provide the first museum-based art program for people living with dementia and their care partners, a creative, supportive way to connect with their greater community.

Advancing Research
The Cedars partnered with the University of New England (UNE) in a groundbreaking study of people living with dementia to explore best practices for engagement and growth, and to change perceptions about memory loss.

Advancing Workforce Development
The Cedars joined the Harold Alfond Center for Advancement of Maine’s Workforce, Jobs for Maine Graduates, and Southern Maine Community College in a pilot program for students facing barriers to education, offering new Mainers and new graduates a successful career in healthcare.

 

A Message from Kathryn Callnan, Pres. & CEO: Transforming Aging Takes All of Us

September 2023

THE CEDARS CONTINUES to take an innovative leadership role in older adult living and healthcare in Portland and throughout Maine. Our commitment to the people we serve, our amazing staff, and the community leaders who help guide us never wavers. We are extraordinarily proud of how our community has responded to the international health crisis, COVID-19, we have all faced.

We have great optimism about the future and would like to reflect on The Cedars recent accomplishments. Since the Grand Opening of the Sam L. Cohen Households in March 2021, the transformation to person-centered care has been incredibly successful. In the Households, residents live life their way in a place they call home.

This experience has led the leadership to commit to creating more Households in the future. The Cedars has advanced from its well-earned reputation as a top performing care community to a nationally recognized research institution informing and leading the field nationwide with person-centered care, best practices, and innovative translational care advances.

Over the last few years, the University of Maine Center on Aging and The Cedars collaborated on a project funded by The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation for the creation of a designation of excellence in person-centered care. Additionally, The Cedars implemented a research project with The University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, to study Optimal Engagement for People Living with Dementia. Both research projects will have national influence and help change the face of quality care provided for older adults across the nation.

As the effects of the pandemic wane, we have redoubled our commitment to re-engaging and connecting with community partners to support innovative, person-centered programs for older adults. We continue to surpass the traditional standards, providing intergenerational, inclusive programs in cooperation with colleges and universities, the Portland Museum of Art, the Maine Jewish Museum, and many other organizations throughout the Greater Portland area and across the United States.

Thanks to our donors, The Cedars continues to lead the way forward, being a premier provider of living options, healthcare, and advocacy for older adults. With many exciting and innovative projects underway and in the planning stages, The Cedars continues to push the boundaries when it comes to providing the best-in-class services it has been known for in Portland and Maine for nearly a century.

Kathryn Callnan, President and CEO
Richard Borts, Chair, Board of Directors

 

National Research Project: Optimal Engagement for People Living with Dementia

On July 25, 2023, Dr. Susan Wehry spoke about Optimal Engagement at a cocktail party held at the home of Judy Glickman Lauder and Leonard Lauder. Bernard Osher was recognized for his contribution to this important project. The Cedars partnered with the University of New England (UNE) to study better supports for people with dementia.

An interdisciplinary group of UNE graduate students in healthcare fields dug deep into scientific literature to identify best practices, evidence-based strategies, and gaps in knowledge under the direction of Susan Wehry, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, UNE College of Medicine, who co-leads the initiative with Angela Hunt, RPT, MS, our Chief Innovation Officer.

The team’s recommendations will be reviewed by panels which include people living with dementia. This feedback and insight will inform the development of widely accepted, person-centered best practices that will have a transformative impact on older adults living with dementia and their care partners.

Distinctive Memory Care Programming

At the Lunder Memory Care Assisted Living Household, we believe that people with an Alzheimer’s and/or a dementia diagnosis, can continue to engage in meaningful activities and participate in their overall health and wellness when receiving support from healthcare partners trained in their specific needs. For each person, the dementia journey will be different, and the needs will change along the way with time. At the Lunder Memory Care Household, we believe that through careful and thoughtful evaluation and intervention, we can anticipate and prepare for predicted changes in cognitive function. Our interdisciplinary team approach provides opportunities for successful socialization, choice, personal care, and self-direction, all within the environment of home. Care is organized around resident choices and preferences for the day. Our program identifies strengths and allows for resident positive interactions enhancing resident self-worth and life satisfaction.

 Commitment: The Lunder Memory Care Program Offers residents a daily person-centered program designed as a general structured daily resident routine. It identifies the flow of the resident’s day and incorporates such elements as daily pleasures, meaningful activities, clinical care, and personal and social pursuits. Resident dynamics and interests at the time will influence the content of the program. This will include reasonable flexibility to account for the need for spontaneity and variety.

 Resident Program Philosophy: Each resident of the Lunder Memory Care Household comes to our community with their own history, preferences, interest, and skills. Throughout the life span and despite disability, all individuals have the potential for personal growth. The goal of the Lunder Memory Care Program is to assist our residents to continue to experience personal growth and to maintain those activities that give them pleasure now and in the past. Enhancing the lives of residents is integral to the mission of our community.

The Lunder Memory Support Program: Specialized Programs

 1. Opening Minds through Art: Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders. Its failure-free program provides opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for people with dementia. The Cedars has multiple employees certified in this program and a professional artist who participates in the art sessions of the Lunder Memory Care Household. Professional art supplies and materials are utilized in this program. Residents (artists) are paired with volunteers (family members, students, and/or caregivers) who are trained to rely on imagination instead of memory and focus on remaining strengths instead of lost skills. OMA enables our residents to assume new roles as artists and teachers and leave a legacy of beautiful artwork. The program has been offered six times to all residents of the household. Selected artwork is framed and will be displayed in the household.

 2. Memory Lane TV: Affectionately dubbed the “Netflix” of dementia care, Memory Lane TV is a simple to use ultra-specialized video-on-demand streaming service providing meaningful engagement to people living with dementia residing in the Lunder Memory Care Household. This program leverages the science behind multisensory stimulation as a means of enhancing meaningful engagement to moderate common behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease & other forms of dementia. Memory Lane TV is truly designed for people living with dementia throughout all stages; films do not have complex plots, reflect local culture, person-centered, and designed to produce positive effects on mood, behaviors, engagement, socialization, reminiscing, relaxation, and temporal referencing. Methods such as guided imagery, chronobiology, temporal referencing, and multisensory interventions are captured in films, pictures, music, sounds, and smell all incorporated into a diverse, five hundred plus portfolio of sessions. Content can be customized to the person’s likes/preferences, stage of dementia, and/or desired results. This program is projected from a 60” television and can be used 24/7 for all the residents. All residents participate in this unique program.

3. Music and Memory: Our Music and Memory program is geared to providing very personalized music through digital music technology. An extensive life music assessment is performed with our residents to tap into the benefits of this modality. The Cedars is a certified organization in the Music and Memory Program. Residents are provided with their own digital music device containing their individualized playlists. There is ample research, including objective brain imaging, that demonstrates personal meaningful music is an alternative route for communicating with individuals with dementia. Studies have exhibited improvement of attention, mood, and elicitation of memory. This evidence-based program is easily administered and utilized by all staff 24/7. The staff is currently working to provide this program to all residents residing in the household.

4. Timeslips: Timeslips is an evidence-based, award-winning storytelling program that sparks the imagination. A trained facilitator guides the residents in the development of a story as they view a picture. Timeslips brings residents together, connects emotions, builds relationships with others, and infuses creativity. This program has been offered since the fall of 2022 for all residents

5. Portland Wheelers: During the warner months, the Portland Wheelers, in collaboration with The Cedars, offer an adaptive biking program for the residents of the Lunder Memory Care Household. This unique program allows the residents to experience the feeling of a bike ride in a three wheeled trishaw as a volunteer pedals the electric bike through The Cedars neighborhood. This person-centered, evidence-based activity promotes an opportunity for resident engagement as residents participate in natural social interactions, enjoy the outdoors, and have a pleasurable, happy experience. Residents connect with nature, feel the wind in their hair, visit the neighborhood, wave at neighbors, see the comings and goings of the neighborhood along with experiencing various scents, sounds, and sights. This program brings back nostalgic memories of their youth and bike riding stories.

 6. Education: High quality training drives the transformation of quality care and quality programing. Dementia care training leads to improved communication, engagement, a reduction in dementia related behaviors and improved quality of life between staff and residents. In order to provide these specialized programs specifically designed for residents with dementia, the staff needs foundational training and skills development.

 7.Teepa Snow “Positive Approach” to Dementia Care (PAC): “Positive Approach to Dementia Care” is a unique program that explains the brain’s physical changes with dementia and why performing tasks, thinking, reasoning, and processing become difficult for someone with dementia. The Cedars Life Enrichment Manager is a certified trainer of “Positive Approach to Care.” “Positive Approach to Care” teaches us to celebrate individuality and uniqueness of each person and is considered a cornerstone to our educational program. All employees of the Lunder Memory Care Household are mandated to participate in this educational program.8

8. Future Art Programing: As part of a diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion program, The Cedars will partner with Portland Museum of Art to provide the first museum-based transformational art program for people living with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners. The program, “The Cedars Art

 

Encounters at the Portland Museum of Art for People Living with Dementia”, will positively engage a population with unique needs in a non-stigmatizing setting, allowing them to connect with the greater community. Residents of the Lunder Memory Care Household and their family members will be invited to participate in this program for the near future, fall 2023. Together, The Cedars and Portland Museum of Art will develop, implement, and evaluate the benefits of adopting it into a consistent, self-sustaining program focused on diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion for this rapidly growing population. This first program will serve as a blueprint for additional community-based programs offered to people living with dementia in the greater Portland area.

Artwork adorning the Lunder Memory Care Household donated by the Lunder Foundation, Peter and Paula Lunder, brings beauty, joy, engagement, and way-finding for the residents, staff, and visitors of the Lunder Memory Care Household. The pieces elicit memories and conversation and contribute to the feeling of home in the household.Several unique, evidence-based programs are offered to residents of the Lunder Memory Care Household through the Lunder Memory Support Program that are not offered at other memory care assisted living communities in the greater Portland area. We are profoundly grateful to The Lunder Foundation, Peter and Paula Lunder Family for their support. We are excited and honored to be offering a new level of service, memory care, with these innovative evidence-based programs.

For more inflammation on The Lunder Memory Care Household or The Cedars, contact June O’Neill at 207-2217192 or j’oneill@thecedarsportland.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aquasize for a Low Impact and Effective Workout

Exercising in the water is low impact and delivers tremendous benefits to your cardiovascular and respiratory systems, not to mention, it can be a lot of fun!

When you exercise in the water you are generally able to do a lot more than your body may allow on dry land. Along with some increased flexibility and balance, the push and pull of the water allow both increased muscle training and a built-in safety barrier for joints. The water also helps to reduce lactic acid buildup and offers a gentler natural resistance while training.

Aquacising at The Atrium is offered three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The class is a go at your own pace and begins at 9:15am and lasts until 10:00am. The trainer stands outside of the water giving instructions and motivating the participants. Join a class today!                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

 

Age Friendly Health Systems Award

The Cedars is pleased to be the recipient of The Age friendly Health Systems award.
Recognized as a leader in the rapidly growing movement committed to care for older adults that is:
· Guided by an essential set of age friendly evidence-based practices across the 4 M’s (What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility).
· Causes no harm and is consistent with What Matters to the older adult and their family.
The Cedars continues its 93- year commitment and legacy of providing outstanding care for older adults.
We are excited to be part of a nationwide movement to improve health care for older adults.

Age-Friendly Health Systems is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the​ Catholic Health Association of the United States.

Go Beyond Bingo! Explore Senior Living Activities at The Cedars in Portland

When you think of senior living communities, do you imagine playing bingo all day? Think again! From day trips to exciting destinations around southern Maine to sensory gardening, reiki massage, and wine and cheese parties, The Cedars finds fresh ways to keep older adults active, engaged, and connected to each other and the world.

Yes, you can join a rollicking bingo game at The Cedars, (Free Money Monday Bingo is cutthroat competitive, so bring your game face!) But activities for seniors at The Cedars go far beyond bingo. Our life enrichment team fills our assisted living activities calendar with vibrant, diverse, and lively opportunities to socialize with others, learn new skills and find new passions, improve health and cognitive functioning, experience the natural world, and make meaningful contributions to the wider community.

Maine Jewish FestivalHere are just some of the unexpected and innovative ways our residents make the most of this exciting chapter in their lives.

Finding Your Inner Artist
Crafts for senior citizens at The Cedars include sewing, knitting, flower arranging, card making, holiday decorating, baking, watercolor painting, and many more. Our residents bring so much rich knowledge of handicrafts and exceptional creative talent to our community and are so eager to share it with others.

On any given day, you can find residents knitting hats for cancer patients or making a baby quilt for a new grandchild. Creating stunning floral arrangements to decorate our common living areas or a unique card to commemorate a loved one’s special day. Capturing Maine’s changing seasons or a treasured memory in a lovely photograph, drawing, or painting. Learning a tricky new recipe from one of our talented chefs during a cooking class or decorating sugar cookies for a holiday party.

Freed from housekeeping responsibilities and able to request the help they need with activities of daily living, our assisted living residents have the time, energy, and creativity to express themselves in so many different mediums while enjoying all the benefits of cognitive art therapy.

Group Trips with Friends
Residents at The Cedars take full advantage of our amazing location in the heart of Maine’s largest city, close to the glories of the rocky coast. They hop ferries to Casco Bay islands, enjoy and ice cream after touring lighthouses, go apple picking at local farms and stock up on cider and donuts for the ride home.  They enjoy meals at the region’s top-rated restaurants or tuck into Pier Fries by the sand and surf of Old Orchard Beach.

Lifelong learners, our residents travel together to take OLLI courses at the University of Southern Maine or take in the latest gallery opening at the Portland Museum of Art. They attend live theater performances, world-class classical concerts, and dance or tap their feet to swing and jazz bands while sampling artisan wines and cheeses.

The Cedar’s attentive staff and safe transportation options set our residents free to explore to their heart’s content, enjoying the fresh air, community connections, all the benefits of art and music therapy, and a limitless sense of possibility.

Getting Outside and Enjoying the Fresh Air

Sensory garden ideas for adults unlock the calming, healing powers of nature, and The Cedars makes sure our residents can fully experience the glories of Maine’s changing seasons.

From shady patios cooled by sparkling fountains to our warm, glowing greenhouse to carefully cultivated sensory gardens offering a dazzling array of colors, textures, and aromas, our residents are never far from

nature. Residents help us choose and tend plantings around our campus and comfortably cultivate our elevated garden beds. The greenhouse is a particularly popular place to spend time during Maine’s cold winters, breathing in the scents of warm earth and budding flowers. And our sunporches and patio tables are regular gathering places for al fresco dining or chatting over a cup of coffee or tea.

And it isn’t all quiet and meditative contemplation! Our adventurous residents take long rambles along our many nature paths—and even take fitness classes that supplement these walks with cardiovascular exercises and cognitive challenges. They sign up for thrilling bike rides with the Portland Wheelers. They indulge their inner child with water balloon tosses and lawn games and challenge each other on the putting green. And they enjoy garden tours, area flower shows, the annual Portland Museum of Art flower show, and exploring the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Field trips

Maine is known for its stunning, unspoiled scenery, and The Cedars campus is a serene and green oasis within a vibrant city. We make it possible for our residents to have a strong connection to and appreciation for the natural world that truly enhances their lives.

Would you like to learn more about the many, MANY more recreational activities and learning, fitness, and entertainment opportunities assisted living at The Cedars provides? Talk to our senior living specialists at 207.221.7000 today.

The Cedars to Implement New Resident Centered Dementia Care Toolkit

The Cedars was selected out of many long-term care communities to participate in the Maine Dementia Care Partnership (MDCP) free, virtual education program, Addressing Root Causes of Cognitive Decline: A Guide to Preventing and Reducing Antipsychotics and How a New Maine Dementia Care Toolkit Can Help. Held on February 8 & 15, 2022, the program introduced the Partnership’s new resident-centered dementia care toolkit  entitled “Is it for me, or for you?” Resident-Centered Dementia Care Toolkit .

The toolkit is the result of grant-funded work by Partnership members and clinicians, over the course of several months. It provides a conceptual framework, roadmap, and step-by-step guide to help nursing homes successfully reduce off-label antipsychotic drug use within their settings. It includes strategies for educating and collaborating with various constituencies, fostering community wide commitment to reducing A/P utilization, using data to inform decision making, developing dementia care competencies for staff, and identifying specific individuals for gradual dose reduction. The Cedars will be one of 40 nursing homes in a formalized effort to implement at least one toolkit item. 

Angela Hunt, Chief Innovations Officer here at The Cedars and one of the many members and clinicians involved in the development of the toolkit, states that the “toolkit provides long-term care communities with a solid foundation on how to implement person-centered care practices and non-pharmacological approaches in support of dementia care.”

The Maine Dementia Care Partnership is very excited to kick off this initiative and offer the toolkit for free to Maine nursing care communities.

Strategies to Help Your Parents Feel at Home in a Retirement Community

 

Strategies to Help Your Parents Feel at Home in a Retirement Community

Moving your parent(s) into a retirement community can be a very difficult process. We’ve met with hundreds of families and have put together some of the best tips we’ve seen for children to make the transition easier.

Your family worked together to help your aging parents make a big decision: moving into a retirement community, like assisted living or long- term skilled nursing care. Their lives are about to become safer, simpler, and more rewarding, and the transition to a retirement community does not need to be stressful. Our quick tips guide can get you started on moving elders with ease.

Yes, moving a parent to a retirement community is a big change—a change for the better. These benefits include more opportunities to socialize, make new friends and engage in meaningful activities, with caring supportive staff to assisting with activities of daily living, around-the-clock access to healthcare, nurses, CNA’s and much more. Your aging parents are about to start a wonderful new chapter of their lives and you will soon be able to breathe a big sigh of relief.

That said, change isn’t easy for any of us, and adjusting to a retirement community is a big change, and we all find change unsettling at first. How can you support your elderly parents as they make this transition?

Community
Many older adults avoid retirement communities even if they are struggling to age in place, because they associate care options such as long term skilled care and assisted living with social isolation. This style of living Is not lonely. It is not abandonment. It is exactly the opposite! Retirement living offers a welcoming community of older adults just like your parents, who now have the free time and support to make and socialize with new friends.

A new retirement community for elderly parents is a bit like starting a new job or a new school and first-day jitters are understandable. Acknowledge your parents fears about being lonely in their new home and listen sympathetically as they express them. Make it a priority to be close by during the first few days or weeks and reassure your parents that you will visit them frequently to help them settle in. Consider reaching out to their friends or neighbors and asking them to pop by to see the new apartment and admire the amenities. Encourage your parents to join group activities or sit with someone new in the dining room and send emails or texts throughout the day to ask how things are going.

If you can help them make this initial adjustment, your parents will soon be making connections and finding activities they enjoy. You might have a hard time keeping up with their busy social schedule!

Perspective
If your elderly parents express frustrations with a new environment, new routines, and new people, see if you can reframe their feelings in a more positive light. “The kitchenette in our apartment is so small” can be an opportunity to ask about the best new dish they’ve tried in the dining room, or how great it is to no longer need to do dishes or clean every night.

As they make new friends, try new activities, and start exploring their new community, celebrate these wins and talk openly about these improvements. Keeping small frustrations in perspective can really help improve their mindset.

Technology
Make sure they have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer they feel comfortable using to stay organized, engaged, and connected. There are many easy-to-use devices that can make it easier for your elderly parents to remember important milestones or routines, track their medications and fitness goals, participate in remote gatherings and family group chats, and more. Not sure which type of tech makes the most sense? The Cedars has a great guide on how the latest technology can keep older adults connected to their families and their communities.

Routines
Familiar routines are very reassuring for everyone, and the move to retirement community living for elderly parents disrupts the rhythms of the day. Once your parents have moved in, however, they can begin re-establishing (or reinventing) their routines.

At The Cedars, our passionate care team practices true person-centered care, and every resident can choose when they wake up, when they go to bed, and what they do with the time between. As your parents make choices about how they wish to spend their days, encourage them to keep meaningful rituals and activities—a cup of coffee while reading the morning news, an afternoon walk, a weekly phone call with loved ones, tea and cookies before bed—while adding new, fun, and engaging elements to their daily lives.

Now that your parents have more free time and support, they can pursue favorite hobbies, learn new skills, make new friends, join new groups, and try new things.

Home
Believe it or not, at some point soon after moving into their new community, It will start to feel just like home! The Cedars strives to create a home like atmosphere with cozy and private living spaces and staff who truly care like family.

 

Not sure how to help move your parent into a retirement community where they can thrive? The Cedars can help. Call 207.221.7000 to speak to a senior living specialist today.

 

Helpful Books to Prepare Your Parents for Retirement Living

There are many resources on transitioning to a retirement lifestyle, but sorting through them can be overwhelming. We’ve compiled our favorite books on retirement living to make it easier for you to get important information you can trust.

Retirement planning books, books on aging parents, and guides to retirement living are everywhere. How do you sort through them all to find a book that can speak to the challenges you and your loved ones are facing? Our senior living professionals here at The Cedars have compiled their favorite books on how to prepare for retirement and adjusting to assisted living so you can find retirement resources you can trust.

Are your parents thinking about retirement or moving into assisted living—or avoiding thinking about these steps? Are you and your siblings struggling to start important conversations or finding you can’t agree among yourselves? These life changes are not easy, and you are not alone. As retirees make up more and more of Maine’s population, more grown children find themselves worrying, planning, and stepping in to assist their parents with big decisions about this next chapter of their lives.

A good book can help guide you through the journey ahead.

A Bittersweet Season by Jane Gross
Author Jane Gross did not expect to find herself caring for her 85-year-old mother. The role reversal between being parent and child was lifechanging, emotional, so difficult, and so rewarding. Learning as she went, she gathered critical insight and deep wisdom during her journey that will help and comfort anyone walking the same path today.

From finding and moving her mother into an assisted living facility to figuring out how to finance the move to balancing the needs of her own family with her mother’s, Jane Gross navigated a sea change in her family life and her book can help your family chart your own course.

 Navigating Assisted Living by Kristi Stalder
If you and your family are just beginning to have conversations about assisted living, Navigating Assisted Living can get you up to speed on what to expect, what your options are, and how to make your way through what lies ahead.

In simple, non-medical language, Kristi Stalder shows you how to start and hold hard conversations successfully. What to ask when you tour a senior living facility. How to understand the relationship between Medicare and Medicaid, how to see the warning signs of a decline in mental or physical health, and how to find the right level of care for someone you love deeply.

 How to Care for Aging Parents by Virginia Morris
Informally known as “the caregiver’s bible,” Virginia Morris’s smart, straightforward guide covers not just how to prepare for retirement and how to find the right kind of care for an aging parent, but the process of aging itself.

By walking you through what happens to the body in old age, she helps adult children understand the changes their parents are experiencing and empathize with the emotional and physical challenges they face while setting appropriate boundaries. She skillfully sets out respectful markers for when adult children should consider intervening in their parents’ lives. And because so many residents of The Cedars have family out-of-state, the chapter on “caregiving from a distance” has been particularly helpful for many in our community.

 Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Adult children who find themselves tasked with making healthcare decisions on behalf of incapacitated parents can find this to be an agonizing and harrowing experience if they have not discussed these issues with their parents first. But how do you start a conversation with your parents about death and dying?

Despite its title, this important book is not about death. It is a guide to living a good life—to the very end. Physician Atul Gawande draws on his learning and practice to reveal the limits of modern medicine and demonstrate how our anxieties about death can keep us from making the best decisions about how we live (or try to extend) our lives.

Residents at The Cedars have found this book so moving and illuminating they have held book clubs and discussions around it, so adult children may want to consider reading the book alongside their parents and checking in regularly to share the thoughts and learning it inspires.

 Elderhood by Louise Aronson
What does it really mean to be “old”? For most of human history, it meant living to age 60. Today’s older adults can reasonably expect to live 30-40 years past that date, as elders. Yet most people claim to dread or fear becoming an elder, as if aging were a disease.

Louise Aronson, a Harvard-trained geriatrician, has cared for older adults for over 25 years and she is wonderful news for all of us: old age can be filled with hope, health, and humanity. If you and your parents are overwhelmed by the decisions you are making about their retirement living, medical care, finances, or futures, Elderhood can be a bracing reminder of all the sweetness and vitality that still lie ahead.

If you and your parents have started thinking about retirement planning or assisted living, spending some time in a senior living center can help dispel fears and inspire action. The Cedars staff would love to welcome you for a personal tour! Call 207.221.7000