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The Best Fit For You

Debating between independent or assisted living? Not sure what is the best fit for you or a loved one? Our Senior Living Spectrum guide can help. Click here to view. 

Find the level of care you need and discover which senior living option is best suited for you. One of the many benefits of living at Dirigo Pines is the availability of a variety of levels of care. As our residents needs and independence levels change over time, Dirigo Pines can continue to offer the right level of care. For more information about our various communities, click here. 

Living Independently at Dirigo Pines

Retirement living means something different to everyone – some want to relax, some plan to head out on a new adventure, and most of fall somewhere in between. But what we all agree on is that a worry-free, low-maintenance lifestyle sounds just about right. 

The Inn at Dirigo Pines offers independent living apartments, complete with moving assistance and one monthly fee that covers rent and utilities, daily dinner, weekly housekeeping, 24-hour emergency response system and scheduled transportation.

The apartments form a welcoming community within the Inn, which is the heart of social activities at Dirigo Pines. Here you will find a lovely gathering room with a large fireplace, the dining rooms, library, hair salon, media/game room, fitness studio, and arts and crafts studio. There is even a private dining room, which you are welcome to reserve for your own gatherings. With summer visitors, it’s the perfect place to gather with friends and family.

Choose from five different apartment styles designed with comfort and convenience in mind. Maximize your lifestyle and pursue your personal interests with a variety of wellness, cultural, and educational programs offered daily. Join a book club or cribbage game, catch a movie or concert, or attend senior college. Perfect your stroke on the putting green, walk the nature trails or go fishing at the trout ponds. You will also receive your own Pines Pass, with an annual allowance for purchases at The University of Maine. Use it to pay for tickets at the Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine athletic events, classes at the New Balance Recreation Center, and more.

Dirigo Pines can meet a variety of living arrangements without moving out of the Dirigo Inn with independent living, assisted living, memory loss, and specialized care all available to residents. When you compare the apartments, the service, the price, and the amenities, we think that you’ll want to make Dirigo Pines your home.

Visit www.dirigopines.com/independent-living to learn more about our Independent Living Apartments and other living options. To schedule a visit, call 866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

Healthy Eating Tips

salmon-518032_1920Who doesn’t have eat healthier on their list of New Year’s Resolutions? A healthy diet is one of best ways to take good care of yourself and benefit your heart this February! Keep that old food pyramid in mind as you’re shopping, and focus on adding a wider variety of fruits and veggies and whole grains into your daily menu. We love sharing heart healthy recipes – click here for a list of Dirigo Dish recipes! 

Here are a few other healthy eating tips:

  • Get friendly with fish and work salmon, trout, herring and other fish containing omega-3 fatty acids into you diet at least twice per week
  • Choose low-fat (1%) or fat-free dairy and milk products
  • Need to lower your cholesterol? Try reducing your saturated fat to no more than 5 to 6 percent of your total calories. So if you’re eating 2,000 calories per day, that’s about 13 grams of saturated fat.
  • Lose the soda and foods with added sugar
  • If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. That’s no more than one drink per day for women or two drinks per day for men.

Want more great tips and healthy recipes? The American Heart Association website is full of tips and healthy recipes. Click here!

Bake Sale to Benefit Alzheimer’s Association

12916130_1031078026930055_2480372115232475573_oDon’t miss our 4th annual Bake Sale to benefit Team Dirigo’s fundraising total for the Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Join us Thursday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. Dirigo Pines residents and staff are baking up a storm of goodies to tempt every sweet tooth! We’ll see you there! For more information, visit our Facebook Event page by clicking here. And stay tuned for more information coming soon about other ways you can support Team Dirigo in the Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

Did you know Dirigo Pines hosts an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group every month? Join Judy Tredwell and Tracy on Wednesday, April 13 at 4 p.m. in the Dirigo Pines Conference Room. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Talks at Dirigo – Join Us!

Maine Wabanaki

January 21 at 7:15 p.m. 

Come join us for a discussion by Barbara Kates on Maine Wabanaki REACH on Thursday, January 21 at 7:15 p.m. in the Penobscot Media Room at the Dirigo Inn.

Footprint of the Last Great Glacier

January 26 at 7:15 p.m.

Our guest speaker and resident Hal Borns will have a presentation on Footprint of the Last Great Glaciation in North America – A Long Lost Document for the 17th Century on Tuesday, January 26 at 7:15 p.m. in the Penobscot Media Room at the Dirigo Inn.