22 River Road, Newcastle, ME 04553

Independent and Assisted Living
Memory Loss Community
In Home Care in Midcoast Maine

Since 1927

The Lincoln Home Thanks Employees

In celebration of National Assisted Living Week, A Heartfelt Thank You to the Entire Staff at The Lincoln Home, Harbor View Cottage and One 2 One Care for All You Do for So Many.
Julie Adams
Terrie Banker
Lari-Ann Gordon Beaucage
Paula Beckett
Kevin Benner
Laura Benner
Timothy Berry
Gertrude Blagdon
Leroy Blomquist
Maureen Bryan
Lois Burnham
Michelle Carter
Dean Cartier
Bernice Clark
Michelle Collamore
Lindsay Cough
Katherine Creamer
Bridget Crowley
Meagan Cushing
Dawn Davis
Melinda Doane-Jumbo
Lelia Dyer
Teri Everett
Barbara Follett
Kacie Gallant
Nancy Gorden
Rita Grant
Stephanie Gray
Jeremi Green
Alisa Grierson
Kathryn Hagar
Rhonda Hanna
Sara Hanna
Debra Harrison
Debra Hebert
Carolyn Howard
Kingkaew Iamnumsin
Nancy Jean
Christine Jones
Mildred Jones-Farnham
Layne Kaler
Deanna Kurtz
Ann Leavitt
Orville Lee
Nikita Lemar
Rose Libby
Valerie Lovelace
Benjamin Mank
Karen Mank
Shay McClintick
Laurie Mcguire
 Brittney Meservier
 Linda Morrison
 Teresa Mullins
Chrissy Nichols
 John Nichols
 Lyndyn Norgang
Meaghan Orff
 Linda Perry
 Lisa Powell
 Steve Raymond
 Cynquany Read
 Katie Ruzyckij
Ashley Sodergren
 Irene Sodergren
Pamela Soule 
 Pauline Labelle Weeks
 Barbara Whitsit
 Julie Williams
 Jackie York
 Shana York

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Lincoln Home Resident, Dr. Douglas Tigert Honored at Remember Me Celebration

Harold Schramm, Pat Schramm, Maryjane Tigert, and seated, Dr. Douglas Tigert

Rhonda Hanna, Lincoln Home, Dr. Douglas Tigert, Maryjane Tigert,Harold Schramm, and Pat Schramm

On April 10th  The Lincoln Home was proud and delighted to honor its resident, Dr. Douglas Tigert of Bremen, at the Maine Health Care Association’s Annual Remember ME Celebration in the Civic Center in Augusta. This is the day set aside each year to honor and recognize seniors  from every corner of the state of Maine, to hear their unique stories and  honor their achievements and all they have given of themselves to so many. 

Dr. Tigert was chosen as on honoree for his many professional and personal achievements. He was born and raised in St. Catherine’s, Ontario. His parents were both high school teachers and he and his three siblings were expected to go on to college. Douglas struggled in his first year of college at the University of Toronto and transferred to Queens University in Kingston, Ontario where he received his Bachelor’s Degree.  He received his Masters at Northwestern in Chicago, and his PHD in marketing from Perdue. 

Douglas taught 3 years at the University of Chicago before returning to the University of Toronto as Dean for sixteen years followed by another 16 years at Babson College in Boston where he was the first person to hold the newly established chair of retailing.  During his years at Babson as Professor of Retail Marketing he developed a retailing course, started an executive program, mentored young professors and wrote publications.  Douglas and a partner, Lawrence Ring, developed a strategic planning and retailing program in 1989. With a few revisions in 2001 and 2011 the program is still in use today.  He specialized in consumer research, strategic planning, financial and productivity analysis in the retailing arena.  His research covered a myriad of retailing sectors which took him to thirty-nine countries. 

As a member of the Rotary Club’s International Program and making a trip to Thailand, Douglas became involved with the Clean Drinking Water for Schools Program.  He describes it as being a good feeling when you can help financially support and see students become healthier and able to attend school. A second project he worked on was an addition that would handle 35 students on an existing school in South Africa. While on his yearly seminar trip to South Africa, he was able to visit the school and was pleased to see the difference it made in the life of the students. 

Doug was a very busy man, but always made time for family. While on sabbatical, he took his whole family to the Netherlands.  During a Christmas vacation, Doug took his daughters to the Alps. This was their first skiing event which led to many more in various resorts throughout the US and Canada.  The family also enjoyed sailing, camping and boating.

Doug’s wife, Maryjane and his dear friends, Harold and Pat Shramm joined him at the Remember ME Celebration. It was a very special day to honor those seniors in our state who have set the example of sacrifice and achievement for all of us to follow. 

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Chef Adams shares her Holiday Oyster Recipe:

Damariscotta River Oysters 12ea.

Unsalted Butter: 2 Tbsp Divided

Shallots: 1 Tbsp Minced

Champagne or White Wine: ¼ cup

Heavy Cream: ¼ cup

Leeks: 2- white part only sliced thin

Honey: 2 tsp

Fresh Dill: 1 Tbsp Chopped

Shuck oysters, place oysters on oven proof dish. I like to use muffin tins. In a sauce pan melt 1- Tbsp butter, add shallots, sauté until translucent. Add champagne and reduce by half. Add cream and reduce on medium low heat until thick. Melt remaining butter in a sauté pan and add leeks. Sauté until all the moisture is cooked off. Add honey and reduce until thick. Divide leeks among the oysters, sprinkle with fresh dill. Spoon a tablespoon of champagne cream over each oyster and bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes until browned and bubbly.

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December 9 Harbor View Cottage at The Lincoln Home Hosts Open House

Discover what makes Harbor View Cottage a very unique Memory Loss Community in midcoast Maine. Join us at our Open House on Saturday, December 9, from 10am – 2pm, to learn more about our holistic approach to memory loss care.

Our safe and secure community at Harbor View Cottage is a home-like haven of professional and loving care for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments. Specially trained staff engage each resident individually and personally promoting feelings of success and accomplishment, contentment and self-esteem, enrichment and engagement, appropriate to the level of each resident.

Lois Burnham, dedicated caregiver, Father Christmas and Betty H. at Harbor View Cottage

A high staffing ratio of licensed staff certified in dementia care, on-staff RN’s, and a holistic approach to medication management, ensures top notch medical support. Working in partnership with the individual, family, and physician, we develop a lifestyle plan that addresses each person’s physical, psychosocial and activity/recreational needs. Ongoing communication with families encourages family involvement and understanding of the program to enhance the life of each resident.

Healthy, well balanced home cooked meals are served around our dining room table. In the warmer months, we enjoy outdoor garden walking paths, and a lovely patio with views of the harbor. Our bus takes residents to fun and engaging outings in and around the beautiful midcoast. Each resident has their own Ipod, with music chosen specifically geared to their interests.

We have an opening for your loved one to become part of our family. Join us to learn more on Saturday, or call Steve Raymond for an individual tour, 563-3350. Please park at The Lincoln Home, 22 River Road, Newcastle, and we will transport you across the street, as parking is limited.

Daily respite programs provide socialization and companionship.

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Double the Fun

It is always fun when Stewart Hanley and his sidekick Pogie visit both his grandmothers, Olive Hart and Ruby Hanley who are living at The Lincoln Home.  Having both grandmothers here together is a rare pleasure for all!

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Age Friendly Communities in Maine

Steve Raymond & Jill Wallace,
Age Friendly Seniors

I want to start this post with a bold statement. Every politician in this state at any level of government should be judged in great part by their knowledge and proactive engagement with senior-related and workforce issues in Maine. This is because Maine’s aging demographics … both our growing aged population, as well as our shrinking young worker population … will directly affect every single citizen, every business, our overall economy, and the resilience of the social fabric of our communities.

Our representatives and senators need to be held to account for policies that move Maine forward with clarity and purpose. We also see that it is particularly town selectmen and managers all over the state who can play crucial roles in decentralized, grassroots, community-based efforts to create age-friendly towns and cities.

As the public representative for The Lincoln Home Senior Retirement Community, I have great pride in the industry of residential care for seniors, and great pride in the excellence of The Lincoln Home. However, I also recognize that residential care is an excellent consumer choice if you can afford that choice, however, residential care is not the social solution to the evolving senior housing and care deficiencies in our state. This is why the management and Board of Directors of the not-for-profit Lincoln Home work in support of age-friendly communities in Lincoln County.

Today I’m focusing on the Town of Bowdoinham, which has a demonstrated commitment over the last several years of providing the authority and leadership to create an age-friendly community. The Maine Council on Aging and the AARP have recognized Bowdoinham as an age-friendly leader, and Bowdoinham was the first Northern New England town designated as an age-friendly community by the World Health Organization in 2014.

The Town of Bowdoinham Select Board completed an assessment of the needs, supports and services for optimal aging in Bowdoinham during 2012. The assessment identified five key areas: Access to information; coordinated town leadership and advocacy for older residents; transportation; housing; and a central gathering place for seniors and community members.

The needs assessment led to the creation of a nine-member Advisory Committee on Aging to provide advocacy for all local senior-related issues, and to report back to the five elected select people and town manager on age-friendly actions to be taken.

Patricia Oh, LMSW, was appointed coordinator of older adult services to lead this committee. One measure of the brilliance of the work accomplished by the Bowdoinham Advisory Committee on Aging is that they used assessment criteria for age-friendly communities created by the World Health Organization, and specifically adapted the WHO recommendations to their local needs. In 2014, Patricia Oh and the ACOA submitted a very thorough report to town leaders and to the World Health Organization titled, “Measuring the Age-friendliness of Bowdoinham, Maine, United States of America.”

It is the appointment of this committee with a paid leader chairing it, and then the proactive engagement and cooperation of the town manager and select board, along with hundreds of volunteer hours by the advisory committee in community projects, that has led the little town of Bowdoinham to accomplish many projects large and small.

They have done everything from improving the walkability of the village and increasing accessibility of public spaces and buildings, to organizing a variety of social activities, and organizing volunteers who contribute their unique gifts and time to make the town a better place for everybody.

Just this past week, the AARP recognized Bowdoinham with a grant for funds to purchase building supplies to make raised garden beds for those who can no longer kneel or sit on the ground to plant, but who still want to raise their own vegetables.

Of note is the winning proposal expands these age-friendly efforts beyond the Town of Bowdoinham. The grant will engage other gardeners from Bowdoinham, Bowdoin, and Richmond to form a regional garden club and will feature guest speakers from the University of Maine Co-operative Extension. The simple measures undertaken are simultaneously addressing issues of food insecurity and social isolation in an easy, simple way that generates much good.

So … Whoddathunk? Bowdoinham is a community of about 2,800 residents, and look at its amazing accomplishments. Bowdoinham demonstrates that dedicated people in the smallest towns can create and implement amazing and even revolutionary ideas.

There are 80 other communities in Maine working to make their communities more age-friendly. Harpswell, Bowdoinham and Boothbay are powerful examples right here in the Midcoast.

Communities are learning from each other. At the Maine Council on Aging Wisdom Summit last week, Patricia Oh led a panel discussion, titled “Maine’s Aging in Place Revolution.” There were town representatives from Bethel, Cumberland, Harpswell and Readfield, each describing the efforts of their towns in creating age-friendly communities.

Maybe your town managers would like to move towards a more age-friendly community, too. Ask them about it in your next town meeting. Patricia Oh tells me that she receives three to four requests for information every month from towns around Maine.

For more information about the Bowdoinham Advisory Committee on Aging, visit www.bowdoinham.com/aging-bowdoinham-committee.

For information on age-friendly communities all over the country, visit www.aarp.org/livable-communities/network-age-friendly-communities.

For information on The Lincoln Home’s independent and assisted living, or safe and secure memory care, contact Steve Raymond at 207-563-3350.

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Culinary Specialties at The Lincoln Home

 

One may not associate the art of fine dining with senior living communities, but the chefs at The Lincoln Home in Newcastle take their food preparation very seriously. Head Chef Julie Adams, along with Chef Shana York and Chef Brittney Meservier have a healthy competitive and creative spirit that drives the of level of culinary excellence in everything they serve at The Lincoln Home. Residents look forward to meals and rave about the repertoire and quality of the food choices. Chef Adams and her staff believe in using locally sourced seafood from Fisherman’s Catch and Mill Cove Seafood, local produce from Spear Farm, Clarks Farm and the Farmer’s Market, to create delicious and healthy meals every day, 365 days a year.

Uniquely situated on the banks of the Damariscotta River, residents can watch the Norumbega Farm oyster operation from the dining room windows. These locally harvested oysters are the very ones served at The Lincoln Home. Chef Adams shares her Holiday Oyster Recipe:

Damariscotta River Oysters 12ea.

Unsalted Butter: 2 Tbsp Divided

Shallots: 1 Tbsp Minced

Champagne or White Wine: ¼ cup

Heavy Cream: ¼ cup

Leeks: 2- white part only sliced thin

Honey: 2 tsp

Fresh Dill: 1 Tbsp Chopped

Shuck oysters, place oysters on oven proof dish. I like to use muffin tins. In a sauce pan melt 1- Tbsp butter, add shallots, sauté until translucent. Add champagne and reduce by half. Add cream and reduce on medium low heat until thick. Melt remaining butter in a sauté pan and add leeks. Sauté until all the moisture is cooked off. Add honey and reduce until thick. Divide leeks among the oysters, sprinkle with fresh dill. Spoon a tablespoon of champagne cream over each oyster and bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes until browned and bubbly.

On December 5, a special holiday meal will be served to residents and family members. The menu consists of roasted red pepper and tomato soup, mint crusted rack of lamb, orange balsamic cornish game hen, apple raisin stuffing, creamed spinach and parsnips, mustard glazed carrots and shallots, with potato and celery root gratin. Dessert will be The Lincoln Home signature Triple Layer Cheese Cake, always a holiday favorite, or Pumpkin Pie.

Chef Adams shares, “I can not remember a time when I was not passionate about food and I always know when a meal is prepared with love and respect for the ingredients being used.” Perhaps when The Lincoln Home residents and guests sing praises to the chefs on a daily basis, that is the best reward of all.

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In-Home Assistance for Veterans with One2One Home Care

Amazingly, almost 20 percent of all people are military veterans. Forty-two percent of men who are age 65 and older are veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs statistics show that close to one-third of veterans live with disabilities.

In the senior care world, “living with a disability,” describes a person living with an inability to manage one or more “activities of daily living.”

The best way to understand this is to think of the things we need to do when we first wake up in the morning. We have to come to a standing position from our bed and get to the bathroom; be able to bathe and dress ourselves and prepare breakfast. These are things able-bodied people take for granted, but can pose minor or impossible degrees of difficulty for people “living with a disability.”

There can be more complex care needs, such as medication management and wound care. One veteran client previously served by The Lincoln Home’s One2One Home Care was a quadriplegic veteran who was mostly cared for by her veteran husband, with assistance from in-home caregivers.

In other words, veteran care needs of any age can be incredibly challenging and complex. And sometimes the care needs are as simple as some help with household chores. The services available for veterans living with disabilities can be in-home care assistance; assisted living residential care; nursing home care; and memory loss care.

The Lincoln Home’s One2One Home Care has become a significant provider of in-home care services in the Midcoast and reaching into Augusta and Waterville and Cumberland County. Manager Valerie Lovelace is herself a Navy veteran, and takes great pride in expanding the services to our local veterans.

The AARP has recently released a state-by-state report on long term services and supports. The report measures 25 different Quality of Care factors, with state-by-state rankings, and showing how the care factors in each state have either improved or declined.

The clearly stated intent of the AARP is to exert political influence to improve the Quality of Care for veterans throughout our country. Maine is ranked 18th overall in the country relative to other states. Our neighboring states of New Hampshire ranked 16th; Massachusetts at 11th; and Vermont is ranked third in the country.

It’s nice to know that Maine is ranked somewhere above the median in our country, however, that number does not tell the entire story. There is room for improvement in some areas, while other factors are difficult to improve upon because we are such a rural state.

As we say so often, everything that makes Maine such a beautiful place to live also makes it a challenge to provide healthcare. For example, the problem Valerie Lovelace and her staff in One2One Home Care face every day is the logistics of providing a caregiver to a veteran living in a very rural location, down on a peninsula, and possibly in terrible weather. It’s not always easy to do!

If you or someone you know is a veteran aged 65 or older and you’re having a difficult time managing at home, you may qualify for a few hours per week of assistance in your home. You’d be surprised at just how helpful a little assistance can be.

The best way for Maine veterans to inquire about in-home care assistance is to have a conversation with your physician at Togus VA Medical Center. Your physician will certify your need if you qualify, and make the referral to their social service department.

A final thought … it is common for veterans to not want to ask for help. We hope that you will not stay stuck in that trap, and be willing to start a conversation with your doctor that can provide you with some beneficial assistance.

You can contact Val Lovelace with One2One Home Care at 207-563-3038 for more information.

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Lincoln Home Resident Celebrates Twenty Years of Service to Skidompha Library

    Family and friends gathered on November 7th at Skidompha Library  to thank and celebrate Billy Flanagan for her  twenty years of volunteer work at the library. Billy has monitored the reading / computer room every Tuesday morning for over 20 years, helping those with questions and making all feel welcomed.  Billy will be missed by many as she suspends  her volunteer duties for the winter.
    Pam Gormley, director of Skidompha, thanked Billy for her loyal volunteer hours. She presented a lovely wooden carved ‘wise owl’  to Billy in gratitude, while sharing some fun stories about their times together at the library. Billy sets the example to all of us about the importance of volunteering, making this community a better place for all of us. 

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If “Age is Just a Number,” What Can We Do When We Really Try?

Pat Gallant-Charette
Photo Credit: Brian Fitzgerald

We’ve all heard the expression, “He’s 93 years old, and sharper than a tack.” It expresses our admiration and awe for people who have unusual abilities at an advanced age. Whether those abilities are athletic, artistic or cognitive, people tend to feel surprised that older folks can accomplish things that seem larger than life.

At the Maine Wisdom Summit, hosted by the Maine Council on Aging, I met keynote speaker 66-year-old Pat Gallant-Charette from Westbrook. This past June, Pat successfully swam the 34-mile English Channel in just under 18 hours. She set a record by being the oldest woman to ever make this swim.

You’d think that would be enough for one year. But this year Pat also became the oldest woman to swim the 26-mile crossing between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu. For good measure, she threw in the 32-mile crossing from Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario to the provincial capital of Toronto.

So far, this Westbrook mother, grandmother and retired nurse has set five world records in marathon swimming. She has also swum the Catalina Channel in California; the Tsugaru Strait in Japan, and the North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland. The prestigious Swimming World Magazine has named Pat “one of the greatest open water swimmers of all time.”

Pat started swimming at the relatively older age of 46. She began as a response to her grief and depression over the sudden death of her younger brother Robbie, who was an avid swimmer and died of a heart attack at the young age of 34.

Robbie had twice won the Peaks to Portland 2.4 mile swim. His untimely death left behind his wife and 3-year-old son and bereaved family. Pat told the audience the story of her son Tom wanting to swim the Peaks to Portland “as a tribute to Uncle Robbie.”

Pat says she responded, “Tom, that’s so sweet, I wish I could do the same.”

Tom replied, “You can, if you try.”

Those few simple words inspired Pat to begin swim training with the goal of swimming the Peaks in honor of her brother. She completed the Peaks, coming in last, and met by her nephew, Robbie’s son, at the finish. Now, all these years later, her life has been radically transformed by her progressively longer and more challenging swims, becoming a multiple world record holder, fueled by her mantra, “You can, if you try.”

Pat still swims the Peaks every year.

So is Pat a superwoman? Well, yes, but also, she was a woman who started her journey swimming laps in a pool at the age of 46. Paraphrasing the old Chinese expression, “Her journey began with a single stroke.”

But what’s the moral of this story? The moral is actually a question. For those of us who are aging, what can we accomplish that would be totally unexpected, if we try? It is a very partial perspective to place Pat’s accomplishment on a pedestal. We see her as an example that we all can have potentials that could enrich our lives, if we try. We don’t have to break world records to enrich our aging years with new endeavors. We can start small and see where it takes us.

Maybe you are drawn to writing poetry, taking a painting class, volunteering your time for useful causes, or walking a mile. Maybe you want to gain control over your diet and blood sugar. Or now that you’ve had that knee or hip surgery, really embrace the rehabilitation exercises and get a new lease on life. Maybe you want to finally downsize the decades of belongings you’ve put off for so long, or heal a damaged relationship that needs communication and reaching out.

Or maybe you’d like to do something seemingly wild like training for an event in the Maine Senior Games. They actually had a 93-year-old javelin and discus thrower this year who had rehabbed herself from back surgery!

Whatever it is that calls to us … Our age is not necessarily the obstacle. It’s our thoughts about our age that can obstruct us, but we can change that.

We can do it if we try!

If you’d like to learn more about Pat Gallant-Charette, you’ll see her blog at www.patgalant.blogspot.com. She has written some cool and inspirational stories.

For more on the Maine Senior Games, visit www.smaaa.org.

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