Frequently Asked Questions about Senior Living

Contemplating the move to a senior living community like Dirigo Pines is a big step. You have lots of questions. What will work best for you and for your family? Can you stay as independent as you have been — and what happens if you need more assistance in the future? Here are just a few of the questions we hear everyday — and our contact information so you can ask even more…

Q: How do I find the best senior living option for me?

A: Consider your current lifestyle needs to prioritize what makes your ideal senior living option. While every experience is unique, you can gather insight from those who have already made the transition to senior living. Talk to family and friends — and speak to people living at the community you’re considering about their experience.

Q: How does the cost of senior living compare to remaining at home?

A: Start by totaling all of your current living expenses and compare that number to the total cost for living at one of our communities. You may find that senior living is more cost effective than you thought. Click here for our comparison worksheet.

Q: How do I begin the conversation with my loved one?

A: We’re here to remind you that you are not alone in navigating potentially difficult discussions. Engaging in open, honest dialogue from the beginning sets the stage for a positive journey.

Click here for FAQs and resources.

Have more questions about your specific situation? To learn more about Dirigo Pines or schedule a visit, call 866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

Proud of our Veterans

Dirigo Pines is honored to be home to a great number of veterans from all branches of our nation’s military. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 — the first anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. It was declared a holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 as a day to reflect on the sacrifices of those who had served in the military during World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday in 1938.

Did you know in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Then, in 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.

We’ve very proud to have so many veterans at Dirigo Pines – and we thank you for your service.

Locally, you can celebrate Veterans by participating in or watching the Greater Bangor Area Veterans Day Parade on Monday, Nov. 11, kicking off at 10:15 a.m.

Participants and their vehicles will begin to assemble for the one-and-a-half mile parade beginning at 9 at Vista Way, beside the Brewer Shopping Center (Hannaford).

The parade will march down Wilson Street and across the Chamberlain Bridge, taking a right and down Bangor’s Main Street, and then onto State Street before finally ending on Exchange Street.

Prior to the Parade, the Rotary Club of Bangor Breakfast will be serving up pancakes and all the fixings at Jeff’s Catering at 15 Littlefield Road in Brewer. It’s all you can eat, $7 for Adults, $4 for kids and veterans eat free! The hours are 7 until 10 a.m. and of course it’s open to the public!

Lunch and Learn Series from Rudman Winchell – Part 4

Join us Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Dirigo Pines for another Lunch & Lunch event from Rudman Winchell. We’ll be discussing Planning with Trusts.

Attorney Kristy Hapworth will help answer the following questions:

What is a Trust?

Why do I need a Trust?

How and when do I create a Trust?

Learn how to protect yourself and your family in case of incapacity.

This is the final part of a 4-part series brought to you by Dirigo Pines, Rudman Winchell and Maine Elder Law Firm.

This presentation will take place Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dirigo Pines, 9 Alumni Drive in Orono.

You can reserve your spot today by calling Dawn Spinney at 992-2302 or emailing dspinney@rudmanwinchell.com. Or click here for more details and to register online.

Planning a Holiday Trip? Respite Care is Here for You

Did you know Dirigo Pines offers short-term respite services to seniors and their families? Let us host your loved one while you’re away for Thanksgiving or the holidays. Plan ahead now to transition their care to the well-trained staff of Dirigo Pines. Special pricing will apply if you call before Nov. 8 — $250 per day!

This is also a great way to take Dirigo Pines for a test drive. Short-term stays offer guests a chance to explore our community before making the decision to move in. Whether looking to tap into a renewed sense of purpose and re-energize or to try on our community for size, a short-term stay is sure to relax, refresh and renew, giving guests the time to decide whether our community will be theirs. Participate in our life enrichment activities, enjoy our delicious cuisine, and get to know who we are.

Spooky Happenings for Halloween

Don’t be spooked – it’s Halloween time! If you have little goblins to entertain or just want to get in the spirit of things, there is plenty happening all around Dirigo Pines and greater Bangor this time of year!

Pick a Pumpkin

There are lots of farm and pumpkins patches to visit in our area. One local favorite is Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant, featuring a giant corn maze with a “Blueberries for Sal” theme, pick your own apples, fresh apple cider, ice cream, hay rides, friendly goats to pet, and a 5-acre pumpkin patch.

treworgyorchards.com

Fright at the Fort, Fort Knox

Consider yourself warned – this one is no joke. The scariest haunted experience in Maine takes place through the passageways of Fort Knox in Prospect every year, and it’s recommended for older kids and adults. For a total scream-fest, check this one out.

Click here for details

Gaslight, Penobscot Theatre

Get creepy with a new show a historical theatre. A Broadway hit first produced on the West End under the title Gaslight and filmed twice as Angel Street, this classic melodrama gave rise to the popular term “gas lighting”. The tale of the Manninghams, in 19th century London appears to be the essence of Victorian tranquility. However, it is soon apparent, that things may not be as they seem. Join us as we stage this victorian melodrama in the truest sense, with no better atmosphere than the historic Bangor Opera House! Running Oct. 17- Nov. 3.

penobscottheatre.org/show/gaslight

Take the Stephen King Tour

For the full Stephen King spook-tacular experience and visits to many nearby spots that inspired King, check out SK Tours of Maine. Stu Tinker offers private narrated tours seven days a week all year round. The tour features about 30 stops at places King worked, lived, spots that have inspired him, and actual film locations from his movies.

Check out more here. 

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UMaine’s Homecoming Weekend

The University of Maine, just down the road from Dirigo Pines, is the alma mater of many Dirigo residents and the “college of our hearts always.” Whether you were once a graduate or just looking for some fun this weekend, Homecoming is the perfect time for a visit. Here are just a few of the activities happening around campus Oct. 25-27…

  • UMaine football takes on William & Mary at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. Tickets available online at goblackbears.com or at Alfond Stadium. Click here for details about tailgating at this event. Tailgating begins at 10 a.m. and is a great way to reconnect with alumni and have some fun before the big game!
  • Maine Marketplace: Check out Maine-made products from 150+ vendors at one of the largest craft shows in the state! Admission is only $2 (and if it’s your reunion year, receive complimentary access). The craft show starts Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Balance Field House.
  • Welcome Home Social: Join fellow alums and representatives from across the campus for a social hour. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Takes place Friday, Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m. at the Buchanan Alumni House. Click here for tickets.

There’s more to discover! Click here for a full list of events and activities during Homecoming Weekend 2019.

Special Holiday Pricing for Short-Term Respite Services

Dirigo Pines provides short-term respite services to seniors and their families. Plan ahead for the holidays and reserve your loved one a place to stay while you are away. Special pricing will apply if you call before Nov. 8 — $250 per day!

There has never been a better time to make Dirigo Pines your new home!

Join Us in the Fight to End Alzheimer’s

One of our very favorite causes around Dirigo Pines is the Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. All year long we raise money through various events and fundraising to support Team Dirigo and this important organization. Dirigo Pines is one of the top 5 fundraisers this year, with over $3,000 raised! Want to support our team and the cause? Click here!

You can also join more than 400 participants on Saturday, Oct. 19. Check-in time is 8 a.m., the ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. and the Walk begins at 10 a.m. at the Bangor Waterfront. You do need to register ahead of time, so click here to sign up now. Every registered participant will receive a T-shirt after achieving the fundraising minimum of $100. On Walk day, you will also receive a wristband, and each registered walker with a wristband will receive a flower to add to the Promise Garden. It’s a great way to remember a loved one, support a family member or just support the general cause.

We’ll see you there!

Dirigo Dish: Sriracha-Glazed Chicken and Squash

Brr! Warm up with a spicy fall meal. This tasty recipe from the American Heart Association combines Asian flavors and butternut squash for the perfect mix of spice and all things autumn. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!

For the butternut squash:

  • 1, 4-lb large butternut squash (peeled, seeded, diced)

    OR

  • 2, 2-lb medium butternut squash (peeled, seeded, diced)
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika or smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

For the Sriracha-glazed chicken:

  • 2 Tbsp. Sriracha hot sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4, 6- oz. thinly sliced chicken breasts

Directions

For the butternut squash:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut the butternut squash in half vertically. Use a vegetable peeler or a knife to remove the peel. Remove the seeds with a spoon and discard. Cut squash into a 1-inch dice.
  3. Add butternut squash cubes onto a large foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, paprika, salt, and pepper. Use a spatula or clean hands to toss ingredients together. Make sure the squash is on a single layer on the baking sheet.
  4. Cook in preheated oven until soft, about 30 to 35 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through the cooking process. Serve with the chicken.

For the Sriracha-glazed chicken:

  1. Into a large resealable plastic bag, add marinade ingredients: Sriracha, canola oil, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper. Add chicken breasts into the bag, making sure the chicken is well-coated with marinade. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes (and start the butternut squash while it sits) or place chicken in the refrigerator to marinate for up to 24 hours.
  2. To cook, into a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add chicken breasts and all the marinade liquid. Use tongs to frequently turn the chicken breasts to be coated in marinade, and sauté until chicken is fully cooked, around 8 to 10 minutes depending on thickness. Remove from heat and serve.

The American Heart Association’s website is a great place for seniors and people of all ages to find delicious heart healthy recipes. Click here for more AHA recipes!

Learn About Yom Kippur

Most of us have heard of Yom Kippur, but if you didn’t grow up in the Jewish faith, you might not fully understand this important holiday. Yom Kippur is the second of the Jewish High Holidays and a time to focus on self improvement. The holiday begins in the evening of Tuesday, October 8 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, October 9. This time is traditionally observed with a full day of fasting and prayer, often spending much of the day in synagogue services. 

Yom Kippur is also known as the Day of Atonement. According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person’s fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to “seal” the verdict. During that time, you’re to gain introspection, change your behavior and seek forgiveness for wrongs against God and other humans. The evening and day of Yom Kippur are set aside for public and private petitions and confessions of guilt. At the end of Yom Kippur, one hopes that they have been forgiven by God.

Large meals and festivities often mark the time just before and after Yom Kippur, with special food like challah. Challah is a special braided bread — click here for recipe to try making it at home.

According to Time magazine, “the best greeting to give to someone observing Yom Kippur in English is ‘have an easy fast.’ For those who are not fasting, but are observing the Yom Kippur, you can wish them a ‘Good Yuntif,’ or ‘Yom Tov’ which is Yiddish and Hebrew, respectively, for ‘Have a good holy day.’”

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