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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 »

Quarry Hill Cottages Open House
Saturday, July 22, 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.

Out from Under the Tuscan Sun: My Life in Tuscany
Wednesday, August 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenter: Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Mediterranean cuisine author, speaker and radio and television commentator

Who hasn’t dreamed of a life in Tuscany? The culinary force-of-nature behind some of Quarry Hill’s most popular tasting events hangs up her apron to tell us what it’s really like to live, work and yes, eat in the bucolic  paradise that’s on almost everyone’s bucket list.

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 Science of Empathy and the Art of Nonviolent Communication
Wednesday, September 20, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenter: Peggy Smith, certified Nonviolent Communication educator

Back by popular demand, Peggy facilitates a continued exploration of ways to connect authentically and compassionately with ourselves and others, even in the presence of conflict.

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

Exploring Joint Issues: Shoulders
Monday, September 25, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenter: Jeff Rasmussen, MD, Pen Bay Orthopaedics

One of Maine’s most respected orthopaedic surgeons explains how to maintain the health of your shoulders—as well as options for treatment if you’re already among the millions of older adults coping with shoulder pain and/or limited range of motion.

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.

AARP Driver Safety Course
Friday, October 13, 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.

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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Parkinson’s Community Invited to Barbecue
July 19, 2017

The Parkinson’s Support Group hosted by Quarry Hill in Camden invites all those living with Parkinson’s, as well as their family members and caregivers, to attend its 13th annual indoor barbecue, scheduled for Tuesday, August 1, from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Quarry Hill’s main building, the Anderson Inn.

 

For $5 per person (payable at the door), Quarry Hill will provide hamburgers and hot dogs, hot off the grill. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite picnic salad or side, beverage or dessert as a contribution to the potluck spread.

 

To sign up to attend, please contact Cassie Walters, 596-3978 or ckwalters66@gmail.com, by Monday, July 24.

 

The Parkinson’s Support Group meets regularly 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 discussion groups—one for those living with Parkinson’s and another for family members and caregivers.  Attendees are generally encouraged to bring bag lunches, with Quarry Hill providing beverages and desserts.

 

For more information about the Parkinson’s Support Group, please call Cassie Walters, 596-3978.

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.

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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