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National Survey of Individuals 60+ Living Independently

SHARE:The Designation of Excellence (DoE) in Person-Centered Long-Term Care project team is looking for your input. The University of Maine Center on Aging and its research partner, The Cedars of Portland, Maine are looking for older persons aged 60 or over currently living independently (not in a nursing home or assisted living community). If you or someone you know fits that description, please take this survey about your expectations and preferences about person-centered care should you or a loved one ever need to live in a long-term care setting. A better understanding of your concerns and integrating your preferences and priorities into the DoE will ensure its relevance for future users and for long-term care providers engaged in strategic planning. The survey is entirely anonymous and should take you about 15-20 minutes . When you click on the link below, you will first review a project flier and an...

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Lunder Foundation Donates $500,000 to Memory Care at The Cedars

Paula and Peter Lunder, The Lunder Foundation SHARE:The Cedars is delighted to announce that The Lunder Foundation – Peter and Paula Lunder Family has awarded a $500,000 grant toward The Cedars’ memory support programs serving older adults in Maine.  In recognition of this gift, The Cedars will name the “Lunder Memory Care Household” for assisted living on the first floor of the newly constructed Sam L. Cohen Households, which will officially open in March 2021.   The gift will create a permanent endowment to support the development and operation of the “Lunder Memory Support Programs” serving residents of The Cedars. Richard Borts, Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Cedars, remarked that “This wonderful investment from Paula and Peter Lunder and The Lunder Foundation is an affirmation of The Cedars’ leadership work in caring for the most vulnerable among us, and a direct result of creating the first Household Model in Maine and Northern New England serving...

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Caring and Connecting at The Cedars

SHARE:Adapting increased technology and personal connection within The Cedars community In these days of social distancing and ‘stay safe at home’ orders, it’s critical to keep our residents and members connected to their loved ones and community, for happiness and overall well being.  As we learn to adapt and navigate our current situation under COVID-19, we want to take a moment to share some of the platforms, personal connections and virtual technology in place, as well as our approach to offering special events and activities. The satisfaction, fulfillment, health, and safety of our community members is our main objective and we look forward to a continued offering of enriching and enhancing programs and experiences. Our traditional in-house activity programs have been transformed to virtual visits and programs such as strength training videos of our Lifestyles Manager, yoga class with our long-standing yoga instructor, lectures from Maine Audubon, chef demos,...

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Construction Update February 2021

SHARE:    Our construction continues through the winter months and we are on the last elevation of the brick façade. Completing flooring, painting, and finishes on the first floor, and final touches being completed by all trades on the second and third floors this month. The high ceilings, large windows, spacious apartments, and gathering spaces will be comfortable and cozy. We cannot wait to welcome our new residents to the Memory Care Assisted Living and Long-term, Skilled Nursing Care Households. For more information, contact June O’Neill, Household Representative at...

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Healthy Living is Easy at The Atrium

SHARE:We’ve all heard that physical activity and exercise are good for us. In fact, being physically active on a regular basis is one of the best things older adults can do for themselves. According to the National Institute of Health, even moderate exercise can improve the health of people who are frail or who have diseases that accompany aging. Being strong and fit can allow us to continue doing the things we enjoy as we age. Making exercise a regular part of our lives helps improve our health and maintain our independence as we age. At The Atrium, independent living at The Cedars, our residents can attest to that. Our Wellness Coordinator develops customized wellness plans based on each person’s goals and abilities. After just one year of exercise, our residents have experienced significant gains. Here are some of their gains: 38% more upper body strength 63% more lower...

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Three Reasons to Move to a Retirement Community

SHARE: Independent retirement living provides convenience and ease within a welcoming community that offers amenities and services to support your daily lifestyle and preferences. There are many aspects to independent living that can help eliminate the challenges of maintaining a home and inspire a new chapter of adventures and friendships in your life. When talking with residents at The Atrium at The Cedars, here are some of features that have brought them peace of mind since making their move. Socialization when you want it. The beauty of an independent living community is that you can choose to be as busy or as social as you like! While the offerings of activities, lectures, wellness programs and social engagements are plentiful, there is the opportunity to have restful and quiet moments in the privacy of your own home. The convenience of visiting friends and neighbors without the hassle of inclement weather...

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The Benefits of Retirement Living in the Winter Months

SHARE: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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U.S. News & World Report Names The Cedars a 2020-21 Best Nursing Home

SHARE:U.S. News & World Report’s, Best Nursing Home for 2020-21 has given The Cedars an overall rating of High-Performing for both Short-term and Long-term Care. The Cedars earned Best Nursing Homes status by achieving a rating of “High Performing,” the highest possible rating, for the care provided in both our short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing care centers. U.S. News gives the designation of Best Nursing Home only to the top 21% of communities that satisfy U.S. News’ assessment of key services and consistent performance in quality measures. Now in its 11th year, the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly all of the nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes. The Best Nursing Homes ratings reflect U.S. News’ exclusive analysis of publicly available data using a methodology defined by U.S. News that evaluates factors that it has determined...

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Five Steps to Helping a Parent Move to Assisted Living

Moving Your Loved One into an Assisted Living Facility in Portland, Maine SHARE: Moving elderly parents to an assisted living facility can be a scary step for everyone involved. Our five-step checklist is easy to follow, eases the transition to an assisted living community, and will put your whole family at ease. The steps for transitioning someone into a nursing home or assisted living facility are not as difficult as they seem. In fact, the hardest part is simply getting started. No one wants to share with aging parents that they no longer seem to be thriving in their home and many adult children struggle to express their concerns about health and safety with their loved ones. After all, our aging parents have always taken care of us. When we suggest a transition to assisted living, we start taking care of them. At The Cedars, we offer a full range of award-winning living options for elderly parents. We see every day...

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Construction Update October 2020

SHARE:We are getting there! The building is in place, sheet rock is up, and the living spaces are coming to form. The high ceilings, large windows, spacious apartments, and gathering spaces will be comfortable and cozy. We cannot wait to welcome our new residents to the Memory Care Assisted Living and Long-term, Skilled Nursing Care Households. For more information, contact June O’Neill, Household Representative at...

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