Category Archives: Featured

Volunteers: at the Heart of The Cedars

Looking back over the years, it’s clear that The Cedars would not be the thriving community it is today had it not been for our volunteers raising nickels and uniting a strong passion for “change” to support our residents.

Today that spirit is fully ignited and contagious as ever, with a diverse variety of volunteers sharing their talents and giving back in unique ways that offer immeasurable returns. Our volunteers continue to be the cornerstone of the compassionate care that we strive for, offering creative approaches that enhance lifestyle choices and honor individuality.

It has been said that the heart of … Read more here.

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CNA Plus Graduation at The Cedars

On June 25, The Cedars graduated another class of certified nursing assistants from The Cedars CNA Plus. For the past year, The Cedars has been partnering with Southern Maine Community College and the Root Cellar to provide opportunities for bright, compassionate people to start a career in healthcare while addressing the growing need for caregivers, particularly for our aging population.

Angie Hunt, Chief Operating Officer and Susan Dionne-Jones, Director of Nursing, congratulated our graduates and gave a heart-felt thanks to Nancy Rodick, RN Instructor for her guidance and expertise over the past several months of class and clinicals. CNA Plus not only provides … Read more here.

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The Cedars Hosts Symposium on Aging, Workforce, Creative Solutions

The Cedars, one of Maine’s most comprehensive senior living communities, recently hosted a panel of national experts at the symposium, A Silver Lining for an Aging State: A Bold Approach to Boost Maine’s Economy. Presenters examined the critical issues facing the State of Maine as our population rapidly ages and workforce steadily declines.

They each offered insights into workforce and labor issues at the local, state and national level, shared innovative partnerships to benefit the people and the economy of Maine, and introduced creative solutions through a powerful new model of senior care that will transform how we live the later stages of our lives.

The conversation was … Read more here.

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The Benefits of Community Retirement

Thinking about a move to a retirement community?  Although this transition can seem overwhelming at first, people who have made the move report that it was one of the best decisions they have ever made for themselves.  They are able to enjoy a rich social life, . And their reasons are as much practical as they are personal.

Most people are either moving from the home that they’ve lived in for years or from a residence to which they’ve already downsized.  Some move from out of the area to be closer to their adult children while others have lived in Maine … Read more here.

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Community Education: Liliane Willens at The Cedars

The Cedars was  honored to recently host Dr. Liliane Willens  as she presented to a packed house, sharing her riveting story of growing up in China during World War II under the pressures of foreign invaders and civil war as recounted in her most recent book, Stateless in Shanghai.  Lily spoke energetically for more than an hour about her experiences living in Shanghai, often injecting humor among the political and social details of this tumultuous time.

Scholar, memoirist and humanitarian, Dr. Willens has conducted hundreds of lectures and interviews across the United States, Europe, Asia and into Africa. She … Read more here.

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The Cedars Volunteer Awarded by Leading Age

On April 11, Jennifer Butcher, long time volunteer at The Cedars received the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Leading Age Maine/New Hampshire Standing Ovation Award ceremony. Here is what they shared about Jenn.

Jennifer first came to The Cedars to visit her grandmother, an Assisted Living resident. It was easy to see that she felt comfortable with and easily related to our residents. Since 2009 and long after her grandmother’s passing, Jennifer has logged over 3/500 hours of service. She has faithfully made the on-hour commute to The Cedars at least two full days each week, and often returns for … Read more here.

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The Benefits of Retirement Living: The Cedars

Socializing 2Thinking about a move for you or a loved one to a retirement community?  Although approaching this transition can seem overwhelming, our members at The Atrium at The Cedars have told us that it was one of the best decisions they have ever made for themselves.  And their reasons are as much practical as they are personal.

We find that our new members are either moving from the home that they have lived in for years or from a residence to which they’ve already downsized.  Some members have moved from out of state to be near their adult children and others had lived in Maine for much of their … Read more here.

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The Cedars and the Maine Jewish Film Festival 2018

The Cedars is proud to sponsor the Maine Jewish Film Festival’s Free Senior Screening. The Festival has come such a long way in the eight years that we have been a sponsor – and this year’s line up of films is better than ever!

The 2018 free senior film will be Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, a 100 minute documentary by director, Sam Pollard. The film is being shown on Thursday March 15 at 2PM at the Portland Museum of Art. Dessert reception to follow film.

Through fantastic performances, star-studded interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage, this documentary pays tribute to the legendary Sammy Davis, … Read more here.

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Celebrating Our Heroes at The Cedars

Each month, The Cedars celebrates our Culture Change Heroes – those staff that stand out for their leadership and team work, while embracing person-centered care in their interactions with the older people living at The Cedars. Since December, we’ve had the chance to recognize the following heroes: Joe Gerardo in Environmental Services; Melissa Deering, Amber Schmidt, Connie Poole, Tracy Coburn in Nursing; and Amy Callison, Neighborhood Homemaker. Here is what makes these heroes standout, in the words of their peers:

Going above and beyond to improve the quality of life and care for our residents. Through hard work with maintenance repairs and improving residents’ day … Read more here.

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Staff Spotlight at The Cedars: John Roy, Dining Director

John Roy is the Director of Dining Services for The Cedars community. Staff can usually spot him cooking in one of our kitchens, helping staff during service, or talking with residents about their meals and dining preferences. His passion is preparing healthy, delicious meals for our community with the freshest local ingredients.

A graduate of Johnson and Wales College and a recipient of the Cordon Bleu Medal and Who’s Who Award, John has over 30 years in culinary management from educational settings, to hotel and restaurants, corporate environments, healthcare and retirement communities.

John was born and raised in Waterville, Maine and today lives with his wife in Newcastle. He commutes over 50 miles each way daily. He … Read more here.

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