November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness month. With more than 5 million Americans currently living with the disease and someone in the US developing Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds, the need for funding for the support of treatment, care and research is critical.
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. As part of this effort, Legacy Memory Care at OceanView held its 2nd annual walk on-campus to raise awareness and collect donations. Both residents and staff from our independent living, assisted living and memory care communities participated.
OceanView’s Fitness Team created multiple routes across our 80-acre campus, utilizing wooded paths and sidewalks to provide walks of different lengths with various levels of terrain. Along the way, stations were set up with waters, apples and energy bars.
Our fundraising total for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is currently at $7,500! All funds directly benefit the Alzheimer’s Association’s Maine Chapter. A huge thank you to our residents and staff for volunteering, spreading the word, walking, fundraising, and helping us all realize a world without Alzheimer’s!
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Last Friday OceanView celebrated its 31st anniversary with an Egyptian-themed bash! Our Blueberry Commons room was transformed into the “Valley of Kings” desert, complete with the Great Pyramids, Sphinx and King Tut’s sarcophagus.
Residents, some of whom were in costume, enjoyed appetizers and drinks seated around tables decorated with stones, scarabs, grasses and reeds. Music group “Zapion” added to the exotic atmosphere with performances of Turkish, Arab, Iranian, Balkan, Greek and Armenian dance music.
Residents then adjourned to the Main Dining Room where they were met by our waitstaff dressed in bright belted drapes, and golden head and neck pieces. The special dinner started with Roasted Carrot Soup and Hummus Plates. Entrees included Citrus Marinated Salmon over Tabbouleh, and Hazelnut Encrusted Chicken Breast over Eggplant Caponata. The dinner concluded with Egyptian Basbousa Cake (recipe below!) with Rose Petals and Macerated Strawberries, along with refreshing mint tea.
And so we raise a glass in gratitude to the remarkable OceanView community of residents and staff for making these past 31 years truly unforgettable. Here’s to another memorable year!
OceanView resident Ruth Johnson was just featured on the WCSH 6 show “207” for her outstanding commitment to multiple volunteer roles. Reporter Rob Nesbitt did his best to keep up with Ruth, which isn’t easy, as “sitting still” seems to be quite the foreign concept to her! You’re truly an inspiration Ruth. Watch the segment below.
Left to right: Ross Schneider, Fitness Specialist; Shelby Poduch, Fitness Specialist; Jameson Skillings, Personal Trainer; and Kate Foley, Fitness Manager, accepting plaque from Katie Rooks, Go Red Director, from the American Heart Association.
The 2017 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced, with OceanView achieving Bronze Level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.
The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 30 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to improving their employees’ overall health. More than 800 companies completed the assessment this year.
OceanView’s Fitness Manager, Kate Foley, says “Every day the Fitness Team works on the health and fitness of our residents. We’ve realized that incorporating programming for the staff, boosts morale and creates a fun environment for the whole community. Our residents recognize and appreciate this, and are often curious about the programming we have in store for the employees!”
This September, OceanView will hold its second annual on-campus Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This month, our Legacy Legs team had a tasty kick-off to their fundraising efforts with a Gelato Fest!
Gelato Fiasco of Brunswick, Maine, generously donated an assortment of gelato and sorbet. Flavors included Espresso Chip, Cookie Therapy, Dark Chocolate Noir, Madagascar Vanilla, and Wild Maine Blueberry – made with blueberries handpicked in Blue Hill, Maine, only a couple of days before!
Gelato Fiasco staff member, Alisa, talked about the founding of this local Maine company, what gelato is and how it is made. For a suggested $5 donation, OceanView residents and staff lined up for the sinfully-delicious treat, perfect for the sunny summer afternoon.
The event raised over $500 – an excellent start to our fundraising efforts in anticipation of the OceanView Alzheimer’s Walk right here on campus on September 26th! All funds raised directly benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter.
“Tableau vivants,” French for “living picture,” were popular forms of entertainment before radio, film and television. Some tableaus were used to recreate works of art on stage with props and posed, costumed actors, who did not speak or move during the display. A couple of weeks ago, OceanView residents and staff staged their own take on a tableau, calling it “Masters on Display!”
OceanView’s Catering and Food Services Manager, Steve, had the idea to stage a painting centered around food. Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party” was chosen and OceanView residents Mabel and Didi took charge coordinating “models” and props!
The “Display” was staged in our Gazebo, which sits just beyond the patio of our Gazebo Grille Café. Additional chairs were set up on the lawn to accommodate a large audience of residents who watched the scene come together, while enjoying wine, cheese and French music.
It certainly was a fun and unique way to kick-off the summer. So what’s the next piece of art to be taken on by OceanView’s Masters on Display? We’ll just have to wait and see!
Myron’s daughter-in-law, Sue Hager (left); Myron’s son, Bill Hager (center); Myron Hager (right); and OceanView Director of Operations, Maureen Connolly (standing).
In 1986, Myron and Gladys Hager met John Wasileski, who was building a new retirement community called OceanView. The Hagers were the first residents to move in, with Myron becoming the first Chairman of the OceanView Resident Council.
31 years later, on May 26th, Myron celebrated his 100th birthday here at Falmouth House, which was decked out in a baseball theme. Boston Red Sox “tickets” showed the lunch menu which included Cracker Jacks, hot dogs and Maine lobster salad. John Wasileski was unable to attend the party, but gave a video speech from out of state, where he was attending a conference.
Donna Brookings, Quilts of Valor Maine State Coordinator and a retired Falmouth House nurse, presented Myron with a certificate, recognition letter and quilt made by a group in Yarmouth for his military service (above). Falmouth fourth grade students, who participate in our Senior Teachers program, had stopped in the day before to deliver over 100 handmade cards to Myron!
Residents, staff, family and friends sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” with Myron and shared pieces of a baseball field cake that was made by OceanView Dining Room Manager, Angela.
“Slugger,” the Portland Sea Dogs baseball team mascot, paid a special visit to Falmouth House, bringing birthday wishes to Myron. Myron saw Slugger again that weekend when he threw a ceremonial first pitch at a Sea Dogs game, and the stands erupted with cheers!
Happy Birthday Myron, and thank you for continuing to bring such kindness and joy to the OceanView community since our birth!