Have a Question? Check out our new Chat feature!

Have a question about senior living or retirement at Dirigo Pines in Orono? There’s no need to wait for an answer — simple visit our newly revamped website at DirigoPines.com and click the “Chat Now” button that pops up. You’ll be automatically connected with a retirement living representative who can answer your question.

Did you know you can also schedule a visit from our website? Click the Schedule a Visit link (or just click here) and answer a few quick questions, like are you interested in retirement living for yourself or a loved one? Then select a date and time. It’s that easy!

And you can always call us directly at 207-866-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

How Sweet!

Dirigo Pines’ residents love raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association, and what sweeter way than sending Candy Grams? Our residents have been purchasing Candy Grams all month long for a $1 each, to be delivered by our Activities staff on Valentine’s Day — to send some love and brighten each other’s day. The proceeds are all going to support Team Dirigo’s fundraising efforts for the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. What’s not to love?!

Cottage Available Now!

Ready to make the move to retirement living? There’s a beautiful cottage at Dirigo Pines ready and waiting for you! This 1,400 square foot cottage is tastefully finished with warm colors and modern details, such as slate appliances and an unpainted wooden mantle over the gas fireplace. The kitchen is open to the combined dining and living area, perfect for gathering friends and family. Lift-from-the-bottom, honeycomb shades increase privacy without limiting natural light. Enjoy a master suite with private bath, and a quiet loft ready for guests. And did we mention the heated sun room and nearby nature trail? Come take a look today!

Click here for all the details. For more living options, visit our site by clicking here.

Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a visit.

Get Outside this Winter!

Retirement living means more time for activities like skiing and snowshoeing! Dirigo Pines nature trails are great to explore on snowshoes in the winter, and nearby you’ll find lots of trails perfect for a winter hike or cross-country ski outing.

The Penobscot Valley Ski Club offers a great list of nordic trails on its website (click here). PVSC grooms several trail systems that are free and open to the public. Trails around Orono include the Caribou Bog Ski Trail, trails behind the Orono schools, and University of Maine trails (click here for a UMaine trail map).

Just down the road in Bangor, try out the open trails groomed around the Bangor Municipal Golf Course, or head to Hampden’s middle school and try out the Reeds Brook trails.

Ever been snow shoeing? It’s another great and super fun way to enjoy the snow! Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in nearby Alton (about 10 minutes from Orono) offers some amazing snow shoeing opportunities, as well as the University of Maine. 

What’s your favorite winter activity? Share it below!

Lunch and Learn Series from Rudman Winchell

Did you miss our last presentation from Rudman Winchell about Financial Powers of Attorney and Substitute Decision Making? Attorney Tracy Collins stopped by to talk about protecting yourself and your family in case of incapacity. This was the first part of a 4-Part Series presented by Rudman Winchell and hosted at Dirigo Pines. We were pleased to have such a great turnout!

Stay tuned for our next featured presentation with Rudman Winchell coming up on Tuesday, April 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ll be hosting an Advanced Health Care Directive Workshop.

Part 3 of the series will be held Sept. 10 regarding Wills & Beneficiary Designations. Part 4 will be held Nov. 12 on Planning with Trusts.

You can reserve your spot today by calling Dawn Spinney at 992-2302 or emailing dspinney@rudmanwinchell.com.

Field Trip: Emera Astronomy Center Outing

One of the best parts of living at Dirigo Pines is our proximity to the University of Maine and all their great shows and offerings. Have you checked out the Emera Astronomy Center yet? Our residents recently took a trip to experience “Expedition Reef.” This full-dome planetarium show provides an up-close look at a part of our planet many people have never experienced, exploring the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea” and embarking on an oceanic safari to the world’s most vibrant and endangered marine ecosystems – coral reefs.

The Emera Astronomy Center is open to the public and very affordable. Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for adults, $5 for UMaine students, veterans and seniors, and $4 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 207.581.1341, or at the ticket box office prior to the show. The Expedition Reef show is going on through Jan. 25.

Learn more at astro.umaine.edu/publicevents.



Join Us for Some Fun Upcoming Events!

There’s never a shortage of things to do at Dirigo Pines. If your New Year’s resolutions include getting out more, socializing, and learning, here are 4 great ways to do just that! Check out these interesting upcoming speakers and events at Dirigo Pines:

Nathaniel Child Coast to Coast: A photographic journey across North America, exploring some of the continent’s most amazing natural events. Tuesday, January 15 at 7:15 p.m. in the Penobscot Media Room.

Dr. Mary Freeman: African Americans and Antislavery Politics in Maine. Thursday, January 17 at 7:15 p.m. in the Penobscot Media Room.

Paint & Sip with Valerie Wallace: Join Valerie for a fun painting class. Wine and cheese will be served. Thursday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kenduskeag Gathering Place.

Professor Doug Allen: He will discuss his new book “Gandhi after 9/11: Creative Nonviolence and Sustainability.” Thursday, January 31 at 7:15 p.m. in the Penobscot Media Room.

5 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s resolution making time! If you’re resolving to be more active and social (what a great resolution!), Dirigo Pines makes it easy to keep your resolutions with tons of activities, wellness groups, fitness classes and more. Check it out:

  1. Move and groove. No matter what your activity level, there’s a class for you at Dirigo Pines. From yoga to sittercise, Dirigo Pines offers regular opportunities for residents to stretch and move. 
  2. Get social. Making new friends and staying social is an important part of aging. At Dirigo Pines, there’s no shortage of things going on and ways to meet new people – from movie nights and matinees on the big screen in the Kenduskeag Gathering Place to non-stop musical entertainment, books clubs, guest speakers, crafting, paint and sips, games of pool in the billiards room and more.  
  3. Get outside. Dirigo’s trails connect in with the Orono Land Trust’s Sklar Park trail system, a 40-acre parcel situated at the west end of Main St., between Route 2 and I-95. Pick up a  trail brochure – developed by our residents and available at the trail entrance behind the Dirigo Pines Inn – and get walking and discovering! Click here for more about our trails.
  4. Off campus fun. Dirigo Pines has a strong tie to the University of Maine, whose campus is just minutes away. In addition to its excellent library and museums, residents enjoy access to the school’s many sports facilities, including tennis courts, an indoor pool, cross-country skiing trails and bike paths. Seminars and lectures are regularly presented on campus, and academic courses offer endless ways to fulfill lifelong desires for learning.

Click here to check out other upcoming activities!

Happy Winter!

Happy First Day of Winter! Make a resolution to get to know Maine better! Dirigo Pines is situated right in the heart of Maine, conveniently distanced from southern, northern, western and coastal attractions.

Winter in Maine brings its own flurry of fun with plenty of local skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skating and more. The Maine Ski Association offers a long list of mountains for alpine skiers for all levels as well as Nordic ski areas at skimaine.com. The nearby University of Maine offers cross-county ski trails as well – click here for more information.

Did you know Maine offers 3,500 miles of groomed interconnected trails for snowmobilers? Millinocket’s New England Outdoor Center offers rentals for newbies to try out the popular Maine winter pastime. Check out the Maine Snowmobile Association’s website for trail conditions, maps, and much more.

What’s your favorite Maine winter activity? Share it in the comments below!

The Care You Need

One of the best parts of retiring to Dirigo Pines is having a variety of care options available, all in one place. Getting older often means we need a helping hand with certain activities, like getting up from a chair or out of bed, cooking dinner, or doing laundry. For those needing additional help, Meadowbrook Commons at Dirigo Pines offers Specialized Care.

People often ask us the difference between our Assisted Living and Specialized Care settings. Our routine Service Plan meetings help to determine when more assistance can make for a more enjoyable lifestyle. The number of activities with which a resident needs assistance, as well as the amount of time required for those activities, determines whether the resident can benefit from either Assisted Living or Specialized Care.

What Specialized Care Can Offer

Our specialized care neighborhood provides a higher level of personal care for those who need more assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, getting in and out of chairs or bed, walking, and eating.

We provide assistance around the clock, and medical care is close at hand. Eastern Maine Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital, each just 15 minutes away, provide state‐of‐the‐art specialty services for our residents needing advanced care.

Services & Amenities

  • Therapeutic assistance with activities of daily living (eating, ambulation, transfer, bathing, dressing and toileting)
  • Scheduled transportation to medical appointments with attendant
  • Medication administration and monitoring
  • Professional care planning to enhance residents’ health
  • Three nutritious and delicious meals daily
  • Linen and laundry service
  • 24‐hour on‐site care associates
  • Wellness programs
  • On‐site emergency response system
  • Routine housekeeping
  • Social, recreational, and cultural programs
  • Utilities, including cable TV, heat, air conditioning, and electricity
  • Medical Director oversight available

Meadowbrook Commons even offers residents special activities every day – check out our monthly Calendar of Events to learn more. 

Click here to learn more about our Specialized Care and other living options. To schedule a visit, call 866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.