winter safety tips for seniors

How to Stay Safe During the Maine Winter: 8 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

The winter season brings with it festive cheer, hot cocoa, and cozy evenings indoors. Unfortunately, it also brings icy sidewalks, cold winds, snow-covered driveways, and slippery roads that can pose a serious risk to seniors. However, there are many simple steps that seniors can take to protect themselves! In this blog post, we will outline 8 winter safety tips for seniors and discuss how a senior living community can help you stay safe and happy during the Maine winter. Read more

Falmouth House resident honored with the Boston Post Cane

Congratulations, Betty!

“In recognition of the 23 years of residency in the Town of Falmouth, and that you have been declared the oldest female citizen of the Town at the age of 101, it is with great pleasure that we hereby honor you as our 33rd recipient of the Falmouth Boston Post Cane.” – Hope Cahan, Town Council Chair

Betty posing with the Boston Post Cane

The Boston Post Cane is a tradition dating back to 1909 honoring the oldest residents in a town. It is celebrated across hundreds of towns in New England to this day.

Falmouth House resident Betty was born in New Jersey but has spent most of her life in Maine. She and her family lived in Raymond for more than 40 years before settling into an OceanView cottage in 2000.

Betty moved to Falmouth House almost two years ago.

Surrounded by her neighbors and staff at Falmouth House, her close friends and family, and officials from the Town of Falmouth, Betty accepted the historic Boston Post Cane.

Sadly, Betty passed away in our care in January of 2024. 

best exercises for seniors

How to Make Exercise a Part of Your Lifestyle: A Pocket Guide

Aging is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean that we have to let it rule our lives. One of the best things that seniors can do to maximize daily quality of life is to exercise regularly. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the health benefits of exercise for seniors, offer six tips for working regular exercise into your retirement schedule, and list some of the best exercises for seniors. Read more

Wildflower Meadow Blooms at OceanView

Our new wildflower meadow is in full bloom, and it’s wishing you a happy summer solstice!

This week is National Pollinator Week, and it’s a fitting time to introduce you to our beautiful meadow packed with wildflowers.

This new project is an effort to make our 80-acre campus a more friendly environment for our local pollinators, like bees and butterflies, which play an important role in our ecosystem and are shrinking in population.

We have also designated many locations on campus to be naturalization areas, where we will allow the plants and grass to grow naturally, including the grass around the wildflower meadow. This will encourage biodiversity and help our pollinators.

This is all part of OceanView’s Commitment to Sustainability.

The meadow is near our conservation area and can be seen from Middle Road with the historic Whipple Farm House in the background.

The meadow is composed of a mix of a pollinator-friendly native flowers, and the bees are loving it!

Explore these images and expect more in the weeks ahead!

360 Dining | retirement communities in Maine

Incredible Advantages of Retirement Community Dining

As we age, our nutritional needs change, and it becomes increasingly important to pay attention to what we eat. That’s why many seniors choose retirement communities that offer meal options that cater to their specific needs. OceanView at Falmouth, one of our active retirement communities in Maine, offers a wide range of dining options that cater to seniors’ nutritional needs. In this blog, we will explore all of the advantages of dining at retirement communities like OceanView and how it can benefit residents! Read more

Whipple Farm Solar Project is Complete

More than 50% of OceanView’s cottages are now solar powered!

The Whipple Farm Solar Project is complete, marking an important milestone in OceanView’s Commitment to Sustainability.

Scroll down to see a gallery of images from the solar panel installation.

Our friends at ReVision Energy installed 818 solar panels across 38 cottages in the Whipple Farm neighborhood over several weeks in March and April. Their team worked hard, often in chilly and rainy early spring weather, to make quick progress in this large project.

In addition to powering these homes with clean energy, the panels will also benefit the entire community by powering communal spaces like the Whipple Farmhouse and adjacent pool and locker rooms as well as the many OceanView community areas, like the Hager Fitness Pavilion, Main Lodge Dining Room, and other hallways and stairwells. The solar panels will also power streetlights along Whipple Farm Lane and Blueberry Lane.

The new panels are estimated to produce about 343,074 KWh of electricity annually, a substantial carbon offset that is equivalent to 17,160 gallons of gasoline not burned.

This is a major leap forward in our goal of becoming a carbon neutral campus!

 

stroke symptoms in seniors

May is National Stroke Awareness Month: Here Are 5 Important Things to Know

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. According to the National Institute on Aging, strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and risk increases with age. The good news is that strokes can often be caught early and properly managed if you know what to look for. Keep reading below for important facts about stroke symptoms in seniors – plus, what you can do to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Read more

transportation for seniors

5 Benefits of Senior Transportation for Older Adults

It can be a bit harder to get around the older we get. As needs change and it’s not as easy to just hop in the car, you may feel like you’re losing your independence. But don’t let yourself feel defeated! Transportation for seniors is a vital solution offered by active retirement communities like OceanView to ensure you can stay on the go without missing a beat. Keep reading to learn the incredible advantages of senior transportation for older adults! Read more

how to eat more fiber

6 Easy Ways to Work More Fiber Into Your Diet

Fiber is an incredibly important part of our diet – it helps us maintain digestive and gut health, which is essential to overall wellness. As we age, the body’s metabolism will naturally slow down and can lead to a harder time keeping weight off, higher levels of blood sugar and cholesterol, and other possible health risks. Fiber lessens the impact of these health concerns by regulating digestion and keeping you healthy! Read more

seasonal depression in seniors

Seniors and Seasonal Depression: What You Should Know

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal depression, is a common mental health condition that can be exacerbated in the darkness of winter months. It’s especially common in areas that have more intense winters like Maine, where the days become shorter and there are longer periods of darkness. Though seasonal depression can impact individuals of any age, older adults may be especially vulnerable. This is why it’s essential to understand seasonal depression in seniors and learn how you can counter the effects of SAD during the winter months. Read more