For years, scientists and researchers have extolled the benefits that exercise can contribute to our physical wellbeing. They now are discovering the positive impacts physical activity also has on mental health. This was the topic of discussion today on Maine Public’s call-in show “Maine Calling.”
OceanView’s Fitness Manager, Kate Foley, was invited on as a guest, along with Scott Douglas, Contributing Editor for Runner’s World; and Glenn Stevenson, Associate Professor of Psychology and Program Coordinator for Neuroscience at the University of New England. Hosted by Jennifer Rooks, the panel of experts addressed listeners’ thoughts and questions on ways to get more exercise into your life and how it can help you feel better—both physically and psychologically.
Listen to the show here: http://mainepublic.org/post/exercise-and-mental-health-how-do-they-correlate
Each summer, different OceanView residents volunteer to host “Block Parties” within our different cottage neighborhoods, welcoming those from all over the campus to come join in the fun!
OceanView’s Activities staff takes care of the outdoor seating and awnings, and our Dining Services provides the catering.
This particular gathering was hosted by residents Arlene, Betty, Joan and Sally. Spanning across the yards of four cottages, the crowd enjoyed sun, food and company among beautiful plantings nestled against a wooded backdrop.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be summer in Maine without our famous lobster rolls!
At the request of our residents, we are excited to announce that our heated four-season pool has been upgraded with a salt water treatment system! Salt water pools offer a more convenient sanitization method over chlorine, with the salt only needing to be replenished after heavy splash out or drainage, and can be done while the pool remains open.
Special pool-grade salt is dissolved in the water and run through a chlorine generator, which converts the dissolved salt into active chlorine, and then the freshly treated water is returned to the pool. Salt water is also more environmentally-friendly, and extends the life of the pool liner and bathing suits!
The change to salt water from chlorine not only reduces skin and eye irritation and eliminates the harsh chemical odor, but also produces water that is silky-smooth and luxuriously soft to swim in. Our lap swimmers are amazed at how much easier they can glide through the water, and attendees of our water aerobics classes have been saying how nice the water feels to move in!
After exercising in the pool, our residents can relax in the adjacent hot tub spa, knowing that it is also salt water treated.
Visit our Fitness for Life page to learn more about our extensive fitness offerings!
OceanView’s Dining Services has launched its Culinary Academy, where residents learn to prepare creative dishes from our skilled chefs. The sessions are held in the historic Whipple Farmhouse, home of our Distinctive Dinning venue. Each class has a theme, and this month’s was maple, as it is the season for syrup making. The class started with a maple syrup tasting – one store-bought, and one our chefs made directly with sap tapped from trees on the OceanView campus! Residents said OceanView’s syrup had a more complex flavor.
Chefs Jean and John then proceeded to demonstrate how to prepare Maple and Spice Mulled Wine, Maple Rosemary Glazed Walnuts, Savory Pain Perdue with Thyme Infused Maple Syrup, Strawberry Arugula Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Candied Maple Bacon Ice Cream!
After the cooking demonstrations were complete, everyone adjourned to one of the dining rooms for a luncheon with the foods prepared. As the food was enjoyed, residents discussed how excited they were to take the recipes back to their own kitchens to try.
The theme ingredient for the next class is chocolate – which will include not only sweet, but also savory applications, as well as a sampling of fine Belgium chocolates that Chef Jean brought back from her recent trip overseas!
Don’t miss our upcoming Entertaining Taste of OceanView Luncheon, where our chefs will demonstrate how to prepare some of their favorite brunch dishes, and attendees will get to sample them!
Last Friday, our chefs went “ladle-to-ladle” for our annual Soup Challenge, where OceanView residents voted for their favorite. Last year’s winner, Chef Betsy, went on to also win the Peoples Choice Award at the Town of Falmouth’s Hot-in-a-Pot contest.
This year’s contenders included: Chicken Tortilla, Wild Mushroom and Marsala, Grammy’s Ham and Noodle, Purple Cabbage with Horseradish and Rye, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and Shrimp and Hake Bouillabaisse.
A hundred residents had the difficult task of sampling the savory soups and having to decide on just one to nominate as the best. The suggested $5 donation to participate benefits OceanView’s Resident Assistance Fund, a resident run non-profit organization that grants funds to residents in need.
While people enjoyed freshly baked cookies and coffee, the votes were tallied. Chef Keegan (right) came in third with his Chicken Tortilla soup, Chef Johnny (left) received second place with his Wild Mushroom and Marsala, and Chef Betsy (center) took first place once again with her Chicken Cordon Bleu!
OceanView residents certainly look forward to this popular event every year – especially knowing they will continue to enjoy our chefs’ delicious homemade soups all year round at one of our on-campus dining venues!
Check out our Chef Specialty for one of our chef’s soup recipes!
The new issue of our newsletter “OceanViews” is here! View previous editions on our Newsletters page and be sure to contact us to receive your own glossy copy in the mail.
West Falmouth Manufacturing Company, 1880.
All this year, the Town of Falmouth is celebrating the 300th anniversary of its incorporation with a variety of special activities and events. The commemoration has also inspired a number of “legacy projects,” one of which is “The Story of Falmouth” Traveling Exhibit.
View of Casco Bay from Falmouth, 1910.
The first-ever exhibit to explore Falmouth’s unique story, twelve panels showcase the town’s rich history through rarely seen images and fascinating accounts of Falmouth residents. Beginning with the area’s first inhabitants 12,000 years ago and concluding in modern times, topics such as early settlement, recreation, governance, war, and education are examined.
OceanView was honored to be selected as one of the stops on the exhibit’s tour schedule. All twelve panels will rotate between our independent living, assisted living and memory care buildings on campus, allowing all of our residents an opportunity to take a little trip back in time.
To learn more about the Falmouth 300 calendar of events, the town’s history and where you can see The Story of Falmouth exhibit yourself, visit: falmouthme.org/falmouth-300 .
Here at OceanView, we understand that people’s needs can change as they age. This is why our stress-free independent retirement living includes the future peace of mind of a care continuum with two assisted living residences – Falmouth House and Legacy Memory Care. Both offer priority access to our independent living residents, but are also options for those living outside our community.
Left to right: Rita Dennis, Marketing Associate; Andrew Jones, Marketing Specialist; Gloria Walker, Director of Sales & Marketing; Tamera Vogel, Assisted Living Sales Consultant.
New to these two residential communities is Tamera Vogel, Assisted Living Sales Consultant, who joined the OceanView Sales and Marketing Team this past December. Tamera brings to the position an impressive background in sales, long term care, and finances.
With four levels of care, Falmouth House offers private apartments situated among beautifully appointed sitting areas, libraries, dining and activity rooms, with access to lovely gardens. Each individual is actively involved in their own personalized care plan. Supervised by licensed professional nurses 24-hours a day, the certified staff’s goal is to help the residents live life to the fullest, with daily assistance at their fingertips.
Legacy Memory Care is a secure community for individuals with memory loss and dementia, implicitly designed to provide cues to guide residents to areas through the use of architecture and color. A private garden offers shaded patio seating, walking path and opportunities for gardening. The compassionate staff is specifically trained to deliver person-centered care, ensuring every resident enjoys meaningful life experiences and the feeling of success every day.
Call Tamera for more information at:
At Falmouth’s Annual “Hot-in-A-Pot” Cookoff, OceanView once again won the People’s Choice Award! This year, it was Chef Betsy’s Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato with Smoked Gouda that delighted people’s tummies. The event was part of Very Merry Falmouth which kicked-off the Falmouth 300th Celebration.
Held as a benefit for the Falmouth Food Pantry, attendees got to sample some of the best chili, chowder, soup, and stew in town. Betsy and one of our Servers, Heather, were busy dishing out cups of soup, with each serving getting garnished with a mini grilled cheese.
Of course, the real winners are our residents who get to enjoy our chefs’ award-winning soups and other outstanding culinary creations daily at our various on-campus dining venues.
The latest issue of the OceanViews Newsletter is HERE! Read it and previous versions on our Newsletters Page.