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!


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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

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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

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Retirement is a time to enjoy your freedom after a lifetime of planning and hard work. You’ve earned it! But how do you know when it’s time to retire and move to an active retirement community? Whether it has always been your plan or is a relatively new idea as you’ve gotten closer to retiring, there are a lot of personal factors to consider when it comes to timing. Below, we take a look at active retirement living and what to consider when moving to a senior living community. Read more

OceanView’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2023

Happy New Year from OceanView at Falmouth!

A new year is a new opportunity to set goals to improve yourself. If you haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions yet, it’s never too late! We have some suggestions for healthy new year’s resolutions, and you can read what some of our residents are striving for in 2023. Good luck!

“I want to reach out and help others. I want to exercise at least twice a week.” – Kathy

“I want to be less fearful about speaking my mind clearly on matters little and big. The truth is a balm.” – Sue

“In 2023, I look forward to good health and projects with my wonderful friends at OceanView!” – Mabel

“I aim to keep my visions of the future positive & creative, remembering that smiles from the heart shine through the eyes.” – Deena

“I would like to be kind like Lois.” – Patricia

Learn & remember residents’ names. I have always had a problem with remembering names. I will work on it this year!” – John

“I resolve to do one fitness activity every day, and I resolve to plan a weekly activity with my family.” – Sue

“I’m resolving to tell my kids NOT to give me any more chocolates for Christmas!” – Connie

“My resolution is to prepare a binder with all the information my children will need to settle my estate after I die like account numbers, insurance policies, investments, names and addresses of people to contact, memorial service and burial plans.” – Nancy

“My resolution is to master the principles of an anti-inflammatory diet and understand which foods cause inflammation.” – Carol

“To make someone smile every day.” – Darlene

“My New Year’s resolution is to keep clearing out! I need to get rid of a lot of STUFF.” – Cynnie

“I have to admit, my car is not neat.
There are wrappers and dog hair all over the seats!
I’ll vacuum and polish and discard the mess;
So, it will help make the New Year less stressed!” – MMM

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There is so much that goes on during the holiday months between late November and early January. From cooking and planning to travel and socializing, often combined with overindulgence and less-than-ideal amounts of exercise, you may feel like you need a reset. That post-holiday slump is normal, and luckily there are various simple ways to help your body and mind detox after holiday festivities! Here are 6 easy tips to get you started. Read more

Recognizing Hearing Loss and Knowing What to Do

This is part of an ongoing series of lectures about issues impacting older adults, which OceanView at Falmouth sponsors for residents and members of the community. To find out about future programs at OceanView at Falmouth, go to oceanviewrc.com.

Recognizing Hearing Loss and Knowing What to Do

Hearing loss is surprisingly common — roughly one in three people between ages 65 to 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing, according to National Institute on Aging. And yet those with hearing loss wait an average of seven years to seek help, after they first start experiencing symptoms.

Waiting can have consequences, as undetected hearing loss is linked with a myriad of health issues, including diabetes, hypertension, social isolation and anxiety. What’s more, those with hearing loss experience cognitive decline up to 40% faster than those with normal hearing, research shows.

“There’s a lot of denial,” says Debra Bare-Rogers, an Advocate for Telecommunications Relay Services for Disability Rights Maine. “People think, ‘I’m  not old enough,’ but they don’t realize it can happen at any age.” Bare-Rogers, who sits on the board of the Association of Late Deafened Adults, began experiencing hearing loss when she was in her early 40s.

Bare-Rogers, who serves on the board of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and is a certified Hearing Loss Peer Mentor, recently came to OceanView at Falmouth to speak with the community about the effects of untreated hearing loss, and tell them about resources for support.

Here are five insights she offered:

Recognize the signs

The signs of hearing loss can be different for each individual, but it’s a good idea to get checked if you find yourself frequently asking people to repeat themselves, or turning up the volume of the radio and TV on a regular basis. It may sound like people are constantly mumbling or muffling their words, or you feel like you’re constantly catching just parts of conversations.

See your family doctor

The doctor can do an exam to find out if there is some physical cause of the hearing difficulties, like a buildup of earwax, or some other obstruction in the ear, which can be easily remedied in an office visit. In some cases, inflammation in the ear, or structural abnormalities in the bones of the ear can cause issues. The doctor can also conduct some basic screening tests to find out how you’re responding to sounds. If necessary, the doctor will refer you to an audiologist or an Ears, Nose, and Throat doctor (ENT), for further screening.

Be patient with the process

If you do find that you need a hearing aid, or another type of amplification device, be patient. Often people think that once they spend the money on hearing aids, it should be a quick fix, but it takes a while to adjust and have hearing aids adjusted to meet your needs, and getting used to wearing them in your everyday life.

Get comfortable with new communication habits

If you are having trouble hearing, regardless of whether you have any sort of amplification device, it’s important to let people know that you have a hearing problem. Ask them to face you and speak slowly and more clearly, and let them know if you don’t understand.

Reach out for help

If you’re struggling with hearing loss, there are many resources and services that can help make everyday life easier, from free speech-to-text apps for smart phones to teleconference captioning services to pocket-sized assisted listening devices which amplify incoming sound. You can also take advantage of services like Maine Relay, a free statewide service that connects telephone users with individuals who are experiencing hearing loss. Qualified applicants can receiver specialized phones or hearing aids through the Telecommunications Equipment Program: https://drme.org/deaf-services/tep

Contact Debra-Bare Rogers at Disability Rights Maine at drogers@drme.org

 To find out about future programs for older adults at OceanView at Falmouth, go to oceanviewrc.com.

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