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Upcoming Events & Programs

Following are upcoming events and programs that are open to Quarry Hill residents and the general public.

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Protecting Seniors from Exploitation
Wednesday, October 18, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenters: Meegan Burbank, Esq., attorney, Legal Services for the Elderly; David Leach, MPA, principal consumer credit examiner, Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection

Fraudsters and scam artists often prey on older adults. Fight back by learning to recognize the telltale signs of a scam, avoid identity theft, and protect your credit. And find out what steps to take if you do get caught in a fraudster’s web.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

Women After 50: Finding Your Balance
Wednesday, October 25, 9:00 a.m. to noon

women50_emblemLocation: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenters: Katy Morrison, ND, L.Ac, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist, Camden Whole Health; Brenda Hamilton, LCSW, consultant in healthy aging and geriatrics

Life’s a balancing act—especially for women after 50. Soak up a naturopath’s wisdom on maintaining balance through the physical changes of the mature years, plus a specialist’s tips on moving through emotional/spiritual issues that often surface during these watershed years. Complimentary continental breakfast included.

Free and open to women age 50-plus. Registration required. Please call 207-921-6116 or email.

Osteoporosis: Fact and Fiction
Monday, November 6, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenter: Deirdre Gramas, MD, Pen Bay Rheumatology

Information abounds about the “brittle-bone disease” that afflicts half of American women over age 50.  But not all of what’s passed off as fact passes the reliability test. Bone up on what’s real and what isn’t in this no-nonsense presentation by one of Maine’s leading osteoporosis specialists.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s Going Strong series.

A Good Man with a Dog: A Retired Game Warden’s 25 Years in the Maine Woods
Wednesday, November 15, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenter: Roger Guay, author and retired Maine game warden

Lost in the woods? Guay’s your man. He’s an expert on the warden service and in the life-and-death matter of finding missing persons. But to hear him tell it, he owes it all to his dog….

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England
Wednesday, December 13 (snow date: 12/20), 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Camden Public Library

Presenter: Kenneth C. Turino, manager of community engagement and exhibitions, Historic New England

It all began upon a midnight clear. But since the 1600s, the celebration of Christmas in New England has undergone many transformations. In the heart of the season, join us for this illustrated look at yuletides past.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

Cosponsored by Camden Public Library

Recurring Events & Programs

New Pathways for Parkinson’s
Every Friday, 10:00 a.m.

Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden

This holistic fitness program is designed specifically for persons with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Participants Gordon Guist and Dan Avener co-lead this class. Free.

Alzheimers Disease Support Group
First Tuesday of Each Month, 6:00 p.m.

Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden

The Alzheimer’s Support Group provides information and support to area residents who have loved ones coping with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

Free. For details, please contact Cheri Alexander, LSW at (207) 921-6237 or at calexander@pbmc.org.

Parkinsons Disease Support Group
First Tuesday of Each Month, 12 noon

Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden

The Parkinson’s Support Group is for people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, friends, and caregivers.

Free. Attendees should bring a bag lunch. Drinks and desserts are provided. For details, please contact Cassie Walters at 596-3978.

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Quarry Hill Launches 15th Anniversary Celebration with Lobster Feed
August 21, 2017

Quarry Hill Ice SculptureQuarry Hill Lobster Bake FunCamden, Me., August 21, 2017 Quarry Hill used the occasion of its summer Lobster Bake, August 18, to launch the celebration of its 15th year as the area’s most extensive residential community for adults age 55 and better.

An end-of-summer tradition at Quarry Hill for more than a decade, the Lobster Bake brings together residents, prospective residents, and staff members for an outdoor bash complete with steamed lobster and other seafood, live entertainment, and neighborly socializing. This year’s fête also featured special anniversary-related decorations, a massive 15th anniversary ice sculpture created by a Quarry Hill dining services team member, and a display honoring the 25 current residents and 31 current staff members who have lived or worked at Quarry Hill since it opened in 2002. A jazz ensemble headed by local musician Glen Sargent kept toes tapping into the evening and brought a few guests to their feet to dance.

Quarry Hill will continue celebrating the 15-year milestone by weaving the theme into the numerous events and social gatherings it hosts for residents and the wider public year round.

The area’s only extended-care community traces its roots back to 1996, when a citizens task force began looking for new uses for the site of the former Camden Health Care Center, a nursing-care facility that was razed after the opening of Penobscot Bay Medical Center. The concept of an extended-care community emerged as the best way to serve the needs of older adults, and construction of Quarry Hill’s 45 cottages and central Anderson Inn began.

Today, Quarry Hill provides independent living and assisted living for adults age 55-plus, as well as short- and long-term nursing care and rehabilitation. The community has become a respected source of information and inspiration for older adults regionwide with diverse educational programs, support groups, and other events offered throughout the year.

Quarry Hill Plans Assisted Living Open House
August 16, 2017

Camden, Me., August 15—Older adults and family members interested in learning more about assisted living are invited to attend an Assisted Living Open House at Quarry Hill on Wednesday, September 13, from 5 to 6 pm at Quarry Hill’s main building, the Anderson Inn. The event is planned as part of Quarry Hill’s annual observance of National Assisted Living Week, scheduled this year for September 10–16.

The open house is an opportunity to explore Quarry Hill’s traditional assisted living community, meet residents and staff, and pick up free literature on helping loved ones make the transition to assisted living. Visitors can learn more services, apartment types, and other specifics and get a sense of what it’s like to live in the Midcoast’s premiere community for older adults.

The open house is free and open to the public on a drop-in basis. To schedule a visit on another day, Monday through Friday during regular business hours, or to request literature, please call the Marketing Office at 207-921-6116.

Parkinson’s Group to Celebrate 13th Anniversary
August 16, 2017

Camden, Me., August 15, 2017 – Individuals living with Parkinson’s disease, as well as their family members and caregivers, are invited to attend the 13th anniversary celebration of the Parkinson’s Support Group that meets each month at Quarry Hill in Camden.

The party will take place during the group’s Tuesday, September 5, meeting, beginning at noon at Quarry Hill’s main building, the Anderson Inn, and will feature cake, ice cream, and time to socialize and reflect on the group’s accomplishments over the years. Afterward, participants will divide into discussion groups where those living with Parkinson’s, their family members and caregivers can explore each other’s unique perspectives and insights.

The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at Quarry Hill on the first Tuesday of each month during the noon-to-2:00 p.m. time slot. Meetings typically feature an educational component, followed by small-group discussion. Attendees are generally encouraged to bring bag lunches, with Quarry Hill providing beverages and desserts.

For more information about the September 5 anniversary celebration or about the Parkinson’s Support Group in general, please contact Cassie Walters at 596-3978 or via email at ckwalters66@gmail.com.

Quarry Hill to Showcase Cottages in September Open House
August 16, 2017

Camden, Me., August 15, 2017–Quarry Hill will hold the fifth in a series of open-house events designed to introduce the public to its cottage homes for adults age 55-plus on Saturday, September 16, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the community’s 26-acre campus in Camden.

Visitors will be welcome to tour cottages that are available for purchase or rental, meet with staff members and residents, and pick up information concerning pricing, services, floor plans, and more. Signs and balloons will be placed to direct drivers to cottages open for viewing; light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the September open house, or to arrange a visit on any day, Monday through Friday, please call the Marketing Office at 207-921-6116.

Physician to Speak on Shoulder Health
August 16, 2017

Camden, Me., August 15, 2017 Adults age 50-plus who live with shoulder pain—and those who hope to avoid shoulder pain–are invited to attend a presentation by Jeff Rasmussen, MD, on Monday, September 25, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill in Camden.

In his remarks, Dr. Rasmussen, an orthopaedic surgeon with Pen Bay Orthopaedics in Rockport, will explain how to maintain healthy shoulder function and outline treatment options for those experiencing difficulty with this critically important joint.

Dr. Rasmussen received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and completed medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

The September 25 program is part of Quarry Hill’s Going Strong series, devoted to health-related issues of particular concern to older adults. Admission is free; advance registration required. To sign up, call Quarry Hill at 921-6116 or email qhinfo@penbayhealthcare.org.

Educator to Speak on “The Art of Nonviolent Communication”
August 16, 2017

Camden, Me., August 15, 2017 Returning by popular demand, Lincolnville-based Nonviolent Communication educator Peggy Smith will guide a further inquiry into empathy-based communication strategies in “The Art of Nonviolent Communication” on Wednesday, September 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill in Camden. The program is part of Quarry Hill’s ongoing Adventures in Living Well series aimed at enriching the lives of adults age 50-plus; admission will be free.

 

In her interactive presentation, Smith will explore the “calming gift” of empathy, or “warm accompaniment,” and show how it can be used to connect authentically and compassionately with others, even in the face of challenging or oppositional points of view. She’ll explain what judgmental thinking tells us about ourselves and suggest ways to convert such thoughts into positive, life-serving energy.

 

Smith is certified as a Nonviolent Communication educator by the International Center for Nonviolent Communication® (cnvc.org). She is a cofounder of the Maine NVC Network and creator of the online curriculum Courageous Communication, based on her experience with men exiting the prison system. She runs two consulting businesses—Open Communication (opencommunication.org) serving individuals, and Clarity Services (clarityservices.us) serving businesses and nonprofits—and is also known for her work with educators through the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield, Maine.
Smith holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught in Maine schools for more than 30 years before deciding to devote her professional energies to enhancing sustainable human relationships.

 

Advance registration for Smith’s presentation is required. To sign up, please call Quarry Hill at 921-6116 or email qhinfo@penbayhealthcare.org.

CNA Students Give to Music & Memory Program at Quarry Hill
June 1, 2017

From left: Students Jenna Taylor, Briana Garner, and Kelsie Merrill present funds they raised on behalf of the Music & Memory program at Quarry Hill. Receiving the gift are Music & Memory volunteer Kristine Lerner and Quarry Hill administrator Nancy Marcille, RN, BSHA.

From left: Students Jenna Taylor, Briana Garner, and Kelsie Merrill present funds they raised on behalf of the Music & Memory program at Quarry Hill. Receiving the gift are Music & Memory volunteer Kristine Lerner and Quarry Hill administrator Nancy Marcille, RN, BSHA.

Camden, Me., May 26, 2017 — Three local students concluded months of fundraising today by formally presenting a check for $2,615 as a donation to the Music & Memory dementia-care program at Quarry Hill in Camden.

Currently pursuing nursing assistant (CNA) certification through the Midcoast School of Technology, high school seniors Jenna Taylor of Camden, Brianna Garner of Union, and Kelsie Merrill of Hope said they decided months ago to make Music & Memory the focus of a community-service project they hoped to enter in the 2017 national SkillsUSA Championships. The competition challenges students to design and complete service projects on behalf of community causes.

The girls organized two spaghetti dinners and canvassed local businesses to raise funds for the Music & Memory project. Having received the top score at the SkillsUSA state competition in March for their efforts, the students will now now shifts to the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference set for June 19 through 23 in Louisville, Kentucky, where the threesome will compete against some 6,300 other entrants from across the United States.

Taylor and Merrill said they developed the idea for the campaign after hearing a talk by local Music & Memory volunteer Kristine Lerner. In addition, both girls had worked at Quarry Hill–one of only two older-adult communities in Maine that are certified to offer Music & Memory to residents with dementia—and had seen the program in action.

“We saw the difference it made for people,” Taylor said.

Music & Memory is a nationwide nonprofit that trains elder-care professionals and volunteers to use music to help those with dementia reconnect with their memories, their loved ones and themselves. Trained caregivers set up playlists of recipients’ favorite music, load the music onto iPods or CDs and then help recipients and their families enjoy the equipment.

According to the Music & Memory website, listening to music they’ve loved over the years “brings residents and clients back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present.” In some cases, say practitioners, music can even succeed where dementia medications fall short.

SkillsUSA is a nationwide organization serving high school and college students enrolled in training programs related to healthcare and other skilled and technical occupations. The organization is based in Leesburg, Va.

Quarry Hill Honors Volunteers
May 3, 2017

Quarry Hill executive director Mary Sargent.

Quarry Hill executive director Mary Sargent.

Camden, Me., May 3, 2017 – It took not one but two separate do’s—a brunch on April 26 and a tea on May 2– to honor adequately the 100-plus good souls whose volunteer efforts enriched the lives of our residents in 2016. This year’s celebrations, in conjunction with National Volunteer Recognition Week, featured delicious food, remarks by the volunteers themselves, and words of gratitude from executive director Mary Sargent (pictured here). “The hours that our volunteers contribute toward the greater good,” said Sargent, “transform this community from just a place to live to a place we’re happy and proud to call home.”

Quarry Hill Bids Farewell to Chef Roy
March 7, 2017

john_royCAMDEN, Me., March 7, 2017 – Quarry Hill bid adieu last week to the man who developed and managed the Camden older-adult community’s highly regarded dining program.

John Roy served as executive chef at Quarry Hill for more than 13 years before leaving February 25 to begin a new position in Portland. Earlier that week, it had been standing room only as residents, employees and others packed a farewell reception held in his honor.

Roy was the first person hired to help shape the resident experience at Quarry Hill. He joined the management team three months before the community’s main building, the Anderson Inn, officially opened and began designing the program from the ground up, from outfitting the kitchen to hiring staff and crafting menus. In 2011, his management role was expanded to include dining services at the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland, another Pen Bay Healthcare (now Coastal Healthcare Alliance) member.

Among those singing John’s praises during the reception were former Pen Bay Healthcare CEO Roy Hitchings and current Quarry Hill executive director Mary Sargent. Sargent gave the chef a Quarry Hill fleece jacket and umbrella, and Leigh Smith of the residents’ advisory Food Committee presented him with a New York Times cookbook signed by committee members.

Maine Health Care Association Lauds Quarry Hill Staffers
October 6, 2016

MHCA award winner Mike Flanagan (center) outside Quarry Hill’s Anderson Inn with residents Eleanor McClelland (left) and Hannah Williamson.

MHCA award winner Mike Flanagan (center) outside Quarry Hill’s Anderson Inn with residents Eleanor McClelland (left) and Hannah Williamson.

Doug Gilson (center) poses at the pond with a few of the many residents who took part in the trout-stocking initiative. From left: Skip Gambell, Ann Bex, Phil Dufour, and Mary Carlson.

Doug Gilson (center) poses at the pond with a few of the many residents who took part in the trout-stocking initiative. From left: Skip Gambell, Ann Bex, Phil Dufour, and Mary Carlson.

CAMDEN, Me., October 6, 2016 – The Maine Health Care Association (MHCA) has named two Quarry Hill Maintenance Department employees as recipients of MHCA’s 2016 Celebrating Excellence Awards. Mike Flanagan won an Excellence in Caregiving award, while Doug Gilson was honored for Excellence in Innovation.

A veteran of 14 years at Quarry Hill, Flanagan was nominated as a “go-to person” who not only knows how to find and fix everything but has endeared himself to residents as a caring friend and sympathetic ear.

“Mike never hesitates to go the extra mile to make sure every individual that comes to him leaves feeling heard and cared about,” noted colleagues in their letter of nomination. “[He] never gives up until a crisis is averted, a problem is solved and everyone is reassured and comfortable.”

Innovation winner Doug Gilson drew praise as the driving force behind a project that invited Quarry Hill residents to relive “old fishing hole”memories by helping to stock the community’s man-made pond with 113 rainbow trout from the Maine Department of Fish and Wildlife. The initiative grew to involve residents and staff throughout Quarry Hill in acquiring, releasing, and feeding the fish and ultimately reaping the rewards: a series of catch-and-release fishing parties. Residents and employees whose donations offset the costs of the initiative won the right to name the fish, resulting in monikers ranging from Jaws to Free Willy.

The 2016 Excellence in Innovation award is Gilson’s second. In 2015, the avid outdoorsman was honored for organizing a daylong snowmobiling trip for residents in collaboration with the local Lincolnville Mountain Goats Snowmobile Club. The outing has become an annual tradition, combining a half-day trail ride in Camden Hills State Park with a hot lunch served by club members at a ski lodge along the way.

Flanagan, Gilson and other honorees received their awards from Maine First Lady Ann LePage during a recent recognition ceremony at the Augusta Civic Center. The annual MHCA event spotlights long-term care employees who exemplify commendable levels of caregiving, dedication and professionalism in caring for elderly and disabled citizens in Maine nursing homes and assisted living centers. Nominees must meet criteria related to quality of caregiving, attention to residents’ rights and leadership among their peers. Nominations are submitted by long-term care communities; an independent panel of judges with expertise in the field of long-term care selects the winners.

According to MHCA president and CEO Richard Erb, “Maine’s direct care and support staff provide compassionate quality care and in many cases fill a family role for long-term care residents and consumers….[The awards program is] a tribute to their dedication and our way of saying thank you.”

MHCA is a nonprofit trade association representing Maine’s 250 long-term care providers, including nursing homes and assisted living communities.

Hannaford Helps Program Provides Boost to Resident Activities Fund
September 21, 2016

Camden, Me., September 21, 2016—Quarry Hill’s time as beneficiary of Hannaford Stores’ “Hannaford Helps” reusable-bag community fundraising program finally ended on August 31, and the results have been most gratifying. In Quarry Hill’s four months as beneficiary, a total of 968 of the initiative’s blue “good karma” shopping bags were purchased at Hannaford stores in Rockland and Camden, resulting in $1,206 in donations from Hannaford. We’ve applied all monies raised to the Resident Activities Fund, where they’ll translate into more and better programs for our residents. A big thank-you to all who helped by purchasing “Hannaford Helps” bags.

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