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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 active and passionate throughout the room. The audience included members of the healthcare community, educational partners, local business representatives, policy analysts and more. Panelists and some key points include: John Dorrer, Workforce Development Consultant and former Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor shared some...

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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 for much of their lives.  In either case, the benefits of living in a retirement community are many and include a rich social life, worry-free living, and freedom from the hassles of home repair and maintenance. Freedom from Managing a Home. No more worries about maintaining a home, managing...

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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 has presented at Georgetown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stonehill College, the University of Maine, the Library of Congress, and to the Joint Harvard/MIT Washington Clubs. Born of Russian parentage in the former French Concession of Shanghai China, Liliane and her family experienced World War II under the Japanese military occupation and...

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The Cedars Volunteer Awarded by Leading Age

Jenn-Butcher 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 a third day to support staff vacations. With her natural ability to tune into the needs of others, combined with her understanding of dementia, Jennifer uses humor and warmth to relate to residents. Jennifer is a natural leader, responding to needs as they arise. Form comforting residents...

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Kelly Yattaw Receives Excellence in Long Term Care Award

Kelly has been working at The Cedars for 10 years – as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Rehabilitation Aide and super valuable team member. She was recently honored with the Maine Ombudsman Program Excellence in Long Term Care Award. The Cedars is blessed to have Kelly in our community. Here are some of Kelly’s special characteristics that we highlighted when nominating her for the award: Understands the value of person-centered care and makes the residents her priority Cultivates excellence and strong leadership qualities Demonstrates sincere compassion and understanding of residents with dementia An inspiration to watch as she makes difficult situations appear easy Embraces a challenge Willing to assist staff, always States what is on her mind Infuses her incredible sense of humor with everyone she encounters Takes on the transition to the Household Model of care through Learning Circles with staff and residents, storytelling as a means of learning, numerous...

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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 to day experiences. Constantly striving for excellence, she helps to coach staff when they need it and constantly supports and encourages everyone she meets. Between taking extra shifts and orienting new staff, she tirelessly helps all of our residents and ensures all tasks are...

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The Benefits of Retirement Living in the Winter Months

On wintry days like today, we find our residents expressing how thankful they are to have made the decision to move to a retirement community. “I love snowy days now,” one individual recently exclaimed. “I get to enjoy the beauty from inside, while having everything I need, right here.” At The Atrium, independent living at The Cedars, our residents relax in the privacy of their own apartments while having immediate access to friends, fine dining, fitness, entertainment and more. Here are some of the more popular winter activities older adults at The Cedars are enjoying this winter. Fitness Classes When the temperature drops, it can be challenging to get outside and exercise. The Cedars offers many fitness choices including Yoga, Tai Chi, Strength Training, Water Aerobics in our indoor, heated pool, and more. Residents can take advantage of our Fitness Center, swim laps or enjoy the whirlpool spa. Our Wellness...

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Making Connections As We Age, at The Cedars

Living Options The Cedars Portland Researchers are gaining a better understanding of the effects of loneliness and isolation on our health, such as the studies outlined in the recent New York Times article. Scientists have found that loneliness can raise our levels of stress hormones and inflammation, which then increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes and dementia. Interestingly, findings indicate that individuals can be surrounded by people and still feel lonely – if their relationships are not emotionally rewarding. Essentially, isolation does not definitively lead to loneliness. The question arises, how to counter the effects of loneliness, particularly in our older years. At The Cedars, we have various living options for seniors including independent living, assisted living, long-term care and short-stay rehabilitation. Over the years, we’ve had the honor of witnessing the effects of new relationships on our residents’ wellbeing. One resident at The Atrium independent living recently exclaimed, “I...

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New Educational Program: Living with Heart Failure

When you are walking through a grocery store, have you ever stopped to wonder why there are so many cereal boxes advertising for heart health? According to Emory University, approximately 550,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure each year! That is a lot of people who are affected by this diagnosis; this does not account for the people who have had a stroke or a heart attack. Many of these people have to go to rehab facilities, like The Cedars, in order to better take care of themselves. To help address this issue, The Cedars has introduced the CHF Program involving interactive weekly classes in the Rehabilitation Conference Room. These classes help educate our patients with heart problems, and their families.  This program started a year ago when Hannah Temple, Nurse Manager on Black Wolf, thought there should be more formal education about Congestive Heart Failure and how to...

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Bold Transitions: Defining Leadership at The Cedars

In the Households at The Cedars, we are committed to encouraging leadership through high involvement, communication, a learning climate, conflict resolution, and teams. Leadership is a characteristic, not a position – and it’s for everyone, not just for those who have been given a title or managed a department.  Leadership is finding everyday ways to make a difference. We lead when we tune into the bigger environment, listen to critics, challenge assumptions, search for information and knowledge – and see something that others don’t see. Think of a time in your life when you’ve been a leader – helping your children through a tough time, supporting your families, choosing to take the high road in a conflict, influencing others when you see the hidden value in a situation or individual. “Leadership is a calling on every one of us … it’s about becoming the person we were meant to...

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