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Upcoming Events & Programs

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

Learn more about ongoing resident activities, and those planned for this month »

AARP Driver Safety Course
Monday, October 6, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

At Anderson Inn, Quarry Hill, Camden. 

Presented by Paul Sheridan

This one-day refresher course is designed for drivers age 50 and better and features an updated 2014 curriculum, dubbed Smart Driver. Attendees will experience a new, research-based workbook and video material. The course covers defensive driving, existing and new rules of the road, and the impact of recent changes in automotive technology on the driving environment. Also discussed are age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time and how to know when it’s time to give up the keys.

The entire training takes place in the classroom. There is no actual driving and no exam.

Maine drivers age 55 years or older who successfully complete the course qualify for a three-year, state-mandated discount on their auto-insurance premiums.

Attendees will be asked to pay $20 ($15 for AARP members) at the door to cover instruction and materials.

AARP membership is not a prerequisite, but registration is required. Call Quarry Hill at 230-6116 or email.

Words to Music: The Poetry of Dave Morrison
Wednesday, October 15, 10:30 am to 12 noon

Location: Quarry Hill

Presented by Dave Morrison, poet

Morrison’s poetry bends literary rules—and minds. Arresting imagery and crisp rhythms play against a background of gentle music as Maine’s musician-turned-poet reads from his works.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-230-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

Terra Optima: The Farm, the Market, the Mission
Wednesday, November 19, 10:30 am to 12 noon

Location: Quarry Hill

Presented by Cheryl Denz, owner, Terra Optima Farm and Terra Optima Farm Market

Optimizing the well-being of people, animals, and the environment is the taproot beneath Denz’s Terra Optima Farm and Terra Optima Farm Market in Rockland. Whet your appetite for Thanksgiving with this slide-illustrated celebration of earth’s bounty, replete with samples of Terra Optima meats and other products.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-230-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

In Touch with Touch
Wednesday, December 10, 1:00 to 2:30 pm (snow date: Wednesday, December 17)

Location: Camden Public Library

Presented by Antje Roitzsch and Deborah Cautela, Phenomenal Touch practitioners, The Maine BeeHive

Are you getting the recommended daily allowance of touch? Gentle touch is vital to our physical, mental, and emotional health, say Roitzsch and Cautela—and most of us aren’t getting enough. Join us as we explore noninvasive, nonsexual ways to feed the human need for touch.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-230-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

Recurring Events & Programs

New Pathways for Parkinson’s
Every Friday, 10:00 am

Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden

This holistic fitness program is designed specifically for persons with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Instructor Carol Woodbury Witham, a local clinical exercise specialist, leads this class. Cost is $5 per class, payable at the door.

Alzheimers Disease Support Group
First Tuesday of Each Month, 6:00 pm

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) 230-6237 or at calexander@penbayhealthcare.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 Carol Witham at (207) 594-1637 or at cawitham@me.com.

News from Quarry Hill

Quarry Hill Quarterly Newsletter (PDF)

 

Articles and Press Releases

Poet to Speak at Quarry Hill
September 22, 2014

CAMDEN, Me., September 25, 2014 – Camden poet Dave Morrison’s rule-bending approach to poetry will take center stage when Quarry Hill presents “Words to Music,” the next installment in its popular Adventures in Living Well series for older adults, Wednesday, October 15, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Quarry Hill in Camden.

Morrison’s arresting imagery and crisp rhythms will play against a background of gentle music as the musician-turned-poet reads from his works. Copies of several of the writer’s published books, including his latest, Stethoscope, will be available for purchase and signing.

Morrison has nine published collections of poetry to his credit, among them Clubland (2010), Six (2009), The Lonely Life of Spies (2009), and Sliver (2008). His poetry has also been featured in numerous anthologies and literary magazines and heard on Writer’s Almanac on public radio stations nationwide.

“There is no voice quite like [Morrison’s],” wrote publisher Alice Persons of Moon Pie Press. “What shines in every poem is musical sound and rhythm, grittiness, reality, humor, and the rare ability to tackle serious subjects without taking himself too seriously.”

Admission to all Adventures in Living Well events is free, but registration is required. To sign up, call Quarry Hill at 230-6116.

For information about future Adventures programs, call 230-6116 or visit www.quarryhill.org/news-and-events.

Upcoming Program Designed to Help Older Adults Overcome Fear of Falling
September 1, 2014

CAMDEN, Me., August 26, 2014–Spectrum Generations is taking reservations now for “A Matter of Balance,” a series of classes beginning October 7 at Quarry Hill in Camden.  The series will run twice a week onTuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks from 9:00 to 11:30 am. 

 

“A Matter of Balance” has been proven to help seniors improve their quality of life and remain independent while building  strength, stamina, and balance. The curriculum is designed to benefit adults age 60 and older who live in their own homes or in communal settings and is of particular interest to those who are concerned about falls, have sustained a fall in the past, or restrict activities because of concerns about falling. 

 

Participants  learn:

 

¨       to view falls and fear of falling as controllable,

¨       set realistic goals for increasing activity,

¨       change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and

¨       learn exercises to increase strength and balance.

 

Participants also learn to identify safety risks at home, master techniques such as getting out of a chair or the shower safely, and share tips with one another. 

 

Spectrum Generations periodically offers “A Matter of Balance” at all of its seven community centers spread across central Maine, as well as at residential facilities in Kennebec, Somerset, Waldo, Lincoln, Knox, and Sagadahoc counties.  There is a suggested donation of $10 to help cover the cost of materials.  To register for the class, or inquire about future classes in the midcoast area, contact Tina DeRaps at 620-1657 or tderaps@spectrumgenerations.org.

Volunteers Honored at Quarry Hill
May 2, 2014

CAMDEN, Me., May 2, 2014 –The efforts of more than 100 residents and others who donated their time and talents to the betterment of Quarry Hill in 2013 were highlighted as the Camden community held its annual Volunteer Recognition Tea, April 29.

Addressing those in attendance, interim executive director Mary Sargent praised volunteers’ ability to roll with the punches. “When you agree to volunteer, you never know what will happen. And that’s the fun of it,” she said.

Activities director and coordinator of volunteers Noreen Clark added generosity, understanding, empathy, compassion, patience, and dedication to the list of attributes associated with serial givers. “You all have shown all these qualities and so much more,” she told the volunteers.

Several of the residents who attended the event spoke about their pro bono experiences . Mary Carlson, who last winter began playing piano for her neighbors several evenings each week, thanked those who’d encouraged her to play. “It’s been therapeutic for me during a difficult year,” she said. Another resident, expert seamstress Carol Wardell said she’s “glad to help my neighbors out” by mending and altering clothes.

Rockport retiree Phil Cucinotta (shown here)  began his volunteer career at Quarry Hill running the Anderson Inn gift shop; now he’s “Coach Phil,” offering weekly Wii bowling and golf sessions for growing numbers of enthusiastic residents.

“The little rewards you get [from volunteering] really make you feel good,” he said.

Attendees received specially boxed cupcakes as added thanks for their good works.

Quarry Hill Hosts Mid-Coast School of Technology CNA Graduation
April 4, 2014

Graduates of MST’s Spring 2014 Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program include, left to right, Megan Green, Susan Turner, Nikki Hayes, Kevin Vanleer, Scott Ewen, Cameron Kunesh, Catherine McDonald, Sherilyn Callahan, and Maya Dunning, with instructor Marian Rector, RN, center.

April 4, 2014, Camden, Me.—Quarry Hill Retirement Community in Camden played host as Mid-Coast School of Technology (MST) awarded certificates to nine new graduates of its Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, April 2.

Addressing the graduates, Quarry Hill interim executive director Mary Sargent said, “You are embarking on a marvelous adventure. Thank you for accepting this honor and the privilege of serving and caring for others. If you choose to work in long-term care, you will meet some of the most extraordinary people and enjoy getting to know them. I know I have.”

Four of the nine graduates have already been offered positions at Quarry Hill.

Mid-Coast’s nine-week, 216-hour CNA curriculum covers a wide range of basic nursing skills. In addition to classroom instruction, students complete clinical training at nursing-care centers at Quarry Hill and the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland.

“We’re thankful to Pen Bay Healthcare for the varied, practical experience that its  senior-living centers provide for our students,” said MST instructor Marian Rector, RN. “The nurses at both centers do a fantastic job of welcoming our students and nurturing them in their training.”

McKeown Announces Retirement from Quarry Hill
March 3, 2014

CAMDEN, ME, March 3, 2014 – Bob McKeown, executive director of Quarry Hill, has announced that he will retire from his position at the Camden senior-living community, effective March 7.

McKeown began his 36-year career with Pen Bay Healthcare, Quarry Hill’s parent organization, in 1978, when he was appointed manager of material services at Pen Bay Medical Center. He served as nursing home administrator at the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland beginning in 1993. In September 2001, he took over as executive director for both the Knox Center and Quarry Hill. He played a central role in the planning process that led to the creation of Quarry Hill and in the construction and development of the community itself.

Asked to name his proudest achievement at Quarry Hill, McKeown pointed to the satisfaction of seeing the original vision for the community come to fruition.

“An organization like Quarry Hill is a living, multilayered entity that evolves continuously over time. For me, the most rewarding thing has been helping to ensure that the working parts all come together in a way that reflects the founders’ original concept and values,” he said.

He cited the 2009 opening of a primary care practice at Quarry Hill—the first of its kind in Maine—and the 2010 launch of a clinic offering onsite monitoring for patients on the prescription blood thinner Coumadin as examples of services launched for the convenience and well-being of the community’s residents.

Looking ahead, McKeown sees opportunities for further enhancements. “On the drawing board are plans to introduce cutting-edge technologies that will enhance communication and improve convenience and safety. We’re also looking at expanding the range of dining options and introducing a variety of supportive services—from assistance with personal care to transportation and errand-running—for residents of our independent-living apartments and cottages,” he commented.

“Maine’s position as the state with the third oldest population in the nation suggests a bright future for Quarry Hill,” McKeown said.

Former Pen Bay Healthcare CEO Roy Hitchings, who worked closely with McKeown on the development of Quarry Hill, had high praise for the soon-to-retire executive.

“From Quarry Hill’s inception 15 years ago, Bob led the feasibility study, design, construction, opening, marketing, and day-to-day operations. He is the most important reason why so many of my friends, colleagues, and physicians call Quarry Hill ‘home,’ both for themselves and their parents. He is a visible, hands-on leader who cares very much about how every resident and staff member is treated, and he knows each of them personally,” he commented.

Quarry Hill administrator Mary Sargent, who has worked with McKeown for more than 20 years, similarly reflected on his “competent, calm” leadership style.

“Bob is the type of leader who doesn’t use a lot of words or speak too often. However, when he does share his opinion, you know it’s one that is well thought out and has the best interest of Quarry Hill residents at its core. Bob is a consummate professional in all his interactions and business dealings and is highly regarded by his peers in the field of senior living. I will miss his day-to-day gentle guidance, warm smile, and thoughtful manner.”

McKeown and his wife Cathy, who will retire soon from her position as human resources manager for Pen Bay Healthcare, plan to spend winters in Florida and the warmer months at a home they own in eastern Maine.

Administrator Mary Sargent will serve as interim executive director at Quarry Hill while a search is conducted for a permanent candidate for the post.

 

Quarry Hill Extends “Cottage Cash” Incentive
January 23, 2014

CAMDEN, January 31, 2014 – Quarry Hill, a community for adults age 55-plus located in Camden, has announced that it will extend into 2014 its popular “Cottage Cash” incentive for those interested in purchasing one of its cottage-style homes.

Under the terms of the incentive, prospective new residents who sign an agreement to purchase a cottage can receive up to $5,000 with which to customize the home or reimbursement of up to $5,000 in documented moving expenses. The extension will continue for a limited period and is subject to expiration at any time.

 Quarry Hill residents who have already taken advantage of Cottage Cash say they’ve used the offer to put a personal stamp on the homes they purchased.

“For our cottage, we had the choice of either carpet or a wood floor. The $5,000 made it easy to decide. Today we enjoy a beautiful maple floor,” said resident Art Zur Muhlen.

Cottage owner Rita Elliott commented: “When I purchased my cottage in 2012, the $5,000 bonus was surely a boon. I used it to purchase the kitchen appliances I wanted and to have a custom entertainment center built in my living room.”

Quarry Hill cottages offer one-floor, maintenance-free living. Residents enjoy priority access to a full range of onsite living options, including assisted living and nursing care services, and other amenities tailored specifically to the needs of older adults. To learn more about Quarry Hill, the Cottage Cash program, or cottages currently available for purchase, call 230-6116, or visit www.quarryhill.org or www.facebook.com/QuarryHillCamdenMaine.

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