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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
Friday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presented by Paul Sheridan

This one-day refresher course is designed for drivers age 50 and better and features an updated 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. Please bring a bag lunch; complimentary desserts and beverages will be provided.

AARP membership is not a prerequisite, but registration is required. Call Quarry Hill at 207-921-6116 or email.

Behind the Numbers: What You Need to Know About High Blood Pressure
Monday, May 8, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenter: Colin McCabe, MSN, FNP-BC, Maine Medical Partners, MaineHealth Cardiology, Rockport

You’ve heard about high blood pressure (a.k.a., hypertension). But do you know how to prevent it, how to control it if you have it, and why it’s so important that you do? By the end of this fact-packed, myth-busting hour, you’ll know everything that’s critical to know now about preventing and treating this common—and potentially life-threatening—condition.

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.

Quarry Hill Cottages Open House
Saturday, May 13, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Thinking about making the switch to an easier, freer way of life? Then you won’t want to miss the Quarry Hill’s Cottage Open House. Whether your interest is in home ownership or renting, we may have just the right cottage for you—maintenance-free and available now. Learn more about the opportunities waiting for you at the Midcoast’s premier community for adults age 55-plus. Meet Quarry Hill residents and staff. And consider this: if you see a cottage you love and sign a purchase agreement we’ll give you $5,000 to put toward customizing your new home.

Bring your family, bring your friends—and get a view of your future from the Hill!

For more information or to arrange another time to visit, call Quarry Hill at 207-921-6116 or send us an email.

Rockland’s Maritime Heritage
Wednesday, May 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenter: Captain Jim Sharp, sailor, author, and museum manager of Sail, Power and Steam Museum

No fish stories here, as Rockland’s own Cap’n Jim unfurls the salty history of sailing vessels and schooners in Rockland Harbor. Dive into the big role this small city has played in U.S. maritime history and learn how Rockland’s Sail, Power and Steam Museum celebrates and preserves our area’s generations-old ties to the sea.

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

Quarry Hill Annual Yard Sale
Saturday, May 20, 8 am - 12 noon

At Anderson Inn, Quarry Hill, Camden (just off Rt. 1). Don’t miss this year’s event! There will be great finds for people of all ages. Furniture, books, electronics, glassware, puzzles, and much more.

Shoppers: This event is rain or shine. No early birds, please.

Summer Wildflowers in Maine
Wednesday, June 21, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Camden Public Library

Presenter: Wanda Garland, local botanist

Embrace summer in all its natural glory! Immerse yourself in Garland’s dazzling slides—and explore the many surprising ways Maine’s wild blooms have been used for food, medicine, and fiber.

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 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. Participants Gordon Guist and Dan Avener co-lead this class. Free.

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) 921-6237 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 Cassie Walters at 596-3978.

News from Quarry Hill

Quarry Hill Quarterly Newsletter (PDF)

 

Articles and Press Releases

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.

Quarry Hill Plans Celebration of National Assisted Living Week
September 9, 2016

Camden, Me., September 9, 2016—Residents of Quarry Hill’s assisted living community are celebrating National Assisted Living Week, September 11 through 16, with a variety of activities and events in keeping with this year’s national “Keep Connected” theme.

Among the planned gatherings are a nondenominational Sunday service emphasizing the importance of maintaining personal and spiritual ties, a special lunch showcasing locally grown ingredients, and outdoor campfire and barbecue get-togethers for residents and their families. Residents will also enjoy two special programs: a presentation on early-American cooking with Maynard Stanley of Owls Head, and a performance by the ladies a cappella chorus Mainely Harmony.

Quarry Hill’s Marketing Office reminds those interested in exploring assisted living for themselves or a loved one that National Assisted Living Week can be an especially opportune time to tour its assisted living community. Visitors can learn more about 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. To schedule a visit anytime, year round, during regular business hours, or to request literature, including an introductory packet on how, when, and why to consider assisted living, call 207-921-6116.

Quarry Hill offers two assisted living settings. The Terraces, a traditional assisted living community, emphasizes autonomy and independence in a warm, close-knit setting; the Courtyard offers specialized assisted living care for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. All assisted living residents receive three meals daily; weekly housekeeping; 24-hour monitoring; personal care assistance as appropriate; scheduled transportation; a varied menu of social, recreational, and cultural activities; and other amenities.

Hannaford Program to Continue Benefiting Quarry Hill Through August
August 3, 2016

Camden, Me., July 29, 2016—Quarry Hill in Camden, named by Hannaford Stores as beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps reusable-bag program in April, May, and June at its Rockland location, will continue as the program’s beneficiary through August 31 at the company’s Camden store.

Hannaford’s Bags4MyCause initiative is designed to provide a helping hand to local nonprofit organizations. The company’s selection of Quarry Hill means that for every blue Hannaford Helps reusable shopping bag purchased through August at the Camden Hannaford, Quarry Hill will receive a $1 donation to help it fulfill its mission of caring for adults age 55-plus.

“We feel honored to have been chosen for Bags4MyCause,” said Quarry Hill executive director Mary Sargent. “Throughout its almost 14-year history as a nonprofit community organization, Quarry Hill has remained a values-driven, people-first enterprise, and our commitment to older adults throughout the Midcoast is woven into everything we do. We’re grateful to Hannaford for extending for another month its recognition and support for our efforts.

Sargent said funds raised through the initiative will benefit Quarry Hill’s Resident Activities Fund, which promotes residents’ overall well-being by providing access to a variety of stimulating social and educational programs.

Hannaford Helps reusable shopping bags are imprinted with the initiative’s “good karma” message and sell for $2.29 each. They can be found at the Camden store’s reusable-bag rack and at registers at the front of the store.

Quarry Hill offers a full spectrum of living options for people age 55 and better. It includes independent living cottages and apartments, assisted living, secure assisted living for those with memory impairment, short-term nursing and rehabilitation, and long-term nursing care.

For more information on the Hannaford Helps bag program, visit hannaford.bags4mycause.com or facebook.com/hhbagprogram.

Hannaford Reusable-Bag Sales in April to Benefit Quarry Hill
March 15, 2016

Camden, Me., March 11, 2016—Hannaford Stores has selected Quarry Hill in Camden as a beneficiary of the organization’s Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of April.

The Bags4MyCause program is designed to provide a helping hand to local nonprofits, such as Quarry Hill. For every blue Hannaford Helps reusable shopping bag purchased in April at Hannaford’s Rockland store, Quarry Hill will receive a $1 donation to help it fulfill its mission of caring for adults age 55.

“We feel honored to have been chosen for Bags4MyCause,” said Quarry Hill executive director Mary Sargent. “Throughout its almost 14-year history as a nonprofit community organization, Quarry Hill has remained a values-driven, people-first enterprise, and our commitment to older adults throughout the Midcoast is woven into everything we do. To be recognized for, and supported in, those efforts is truly gratifying.”

Sargent said funds raised through the initiative will benefit Quarry Hill’s Resident Activities Fund, which promotes residents’ overall well-being by providing access to a variety of stimulating social and educational programs.

Hannaford Helps reusable shopping bags are imprinted with the initiative’s “good karma” message and sell for $2.29 each. They can be found at the Rockland store’s reusable-bag rack and at  registers at the front of the store.

Quarry Hill offers a full spectrum of living options for people age 55 and better. It includes independent living cottages and apartments, assisted living, secure assisted living for those with memory impairment, short-term nursing and rehabilitation, and long-term nursing care.

For more information on the Hannaford Helps bag program, visit hannaford.bags4mycause.com or facebook.com/hhbagprogram.

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