Win Prizes and Support a Great Cause!

Team Dirigo Pines and Geaghan’s Brewing present the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Raffle Fundraiser! Buy a ticket for just $1 each and you’ll be entered to win lots of great prizes! Tickets are available at Geaghan’s Tasting Room in Brewer, at Dirigo Pines in Orono, or via email by contacting arsmith@dirigopines.com or tcomer@dirigopines.com.

Then plan to join us Thursday, September 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Geaghan’s Tasting Room for prize drawings and specials on pints. Enjoy a select draft for just $3.50. Snacks will be available by donation.

All raffle and snack proceeds will benefit Team Dirigo Pines’ fundraising efforts for the 2019 Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Click here to discover more about this fun event!

Fashion for a Cause!

Check out all the latest styles and support the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Dirigo Pines’ Fashion Show coming August 22 from 1-3:30.

Christopher Banks and Valentine Footwear will be showcasing beautiful designs with Dirigo residents and staff serving as the fashion models!

Christopher Banks will also be offering 40% off items that they will have available at the show for purchase, and raffling off a complete outfit to one lucky winner! Enjoy other prizes, along with free refreshments!

All proceeds will be donated to the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Katie Luce, Community Events Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter will be in attendance!

RSVP by August 10 to lcates@dirigopines.com or call 866-3400!

Take a Stroll Around the Orono Bog Walk

Summer in Maine is best enjoyed outdoors! Very nearby Dirigo Pines is the Orono Bog Walk — a popular destination for walking, as well as running and biking on the connected trails of the Bangor City Forest (click here for more about the City Forest).

The Orono Bog Walk is a 1-mile boardwalk loop that begins at the forested wetland edge in the Bangor City Forest, and after 800 feet crosses the Orono town line into the portion of the Orono Bog owned by the University of Maine. Along the way, the boardwalk passes through a wide range of changing vegetation and environments on its way to the open, peat moss carpeted center of the Orono Bog.

It’s a fascinating and educational walk, allowing visitors to observe the colorful bog, its tranquil beauty and the amazing plants and animals that call the bog home. Signs with illustrations help visitors spot interesting plant and animal life along the way. 

Hours through Labor Day are 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The boardwalk is a wheelchair-friendly facility, and benches for rest and contemplation are provided at least every 200 feet. Please note that dogs are not permitted on the Bog Walk.

Nature walks are scheduled throughout the summer, guided by experts in their respective fields that provide insights into the ecology and natural history of the flora and fauna found along the boardwalk. Learn more and find a calendar by clicking here.

On Saturday, August 31, Allie Gardner, University of Maine Assistant Professor of Arthropod Vector Biology, School of Biology and Ecology will lead a tick and mosquito walk at the Boardwalk. Meet at the cabin at the start of the Boardwalk at 9 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to retirement, there are so many questions you need answered. Making the best decision for you and your family means having all the information you need to make the right choices. Here are just a few of the questions we receive to help you along your path to retirement living…

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

A. Start by totaling all of your separate 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 a handy comparison guide.

Q. How do I financially plan for senior living?

A. Understanding the available financial options is an important step that should be made early in the process. From Veteran’s Benefits to tax benefits, our resources can make senior living more affordable.

Q. What should I expect when I move?

A. The prospect of moving can be overwhelming, which is why our team is here to provide support and preparation. From finding the ideal living option to moving into it, our goal is to make the process simpler than ever.

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 more tips for talking with parents about senior living options.
Find more questions and answers by clicking here. To learn more about Dirigo Pines or schedule a visit, call 866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

Test Your Knowledge: Summer in Maine

Summer in Maine is full of endless opportunities for travel and staycationing at its finest. Summon your knowledge of Maine day-trips within a short drive of Dirigo Pines, and take the quiz — or better yet, quiz your friends on the way to your summer destination.

  1. Maine’s famed Acadia National Park is only about an hour from Dirigo Pines.

    John D. Rockefeller, Jr. donated more than 10,000 acres of land to the park, and helped designed the road system that runs through the park. Name that road system: 

    1. Acadia Avenues
    2. Island Explorer Trails
    3. Carriage Roads
  2. A visit to Portland (just 2 hours from Dirigo Pines) isn’t complete without a visit to the state’s oldest lighthouse. Name that lighthouse:
    1. Portland Head Light
    2. Bug Light
    3. Spring Point Ledge
  3. Ogunquit (about 2.5 hours from Dirigo Pines) offers tourists miles of sandy beaches and the famed Marginal Way walking path. In Algonquin, “Ogunquit” means:
    1. Beautiful Place By The Sea
    2. Many Will Visit Here
    3. Excellent Fishing
  4. Just an hour and a half from Dirigo Pines, you’ll find Moosehead Lake and the town of Greenville. Visitors can tour the lake on a steamboat built in 1914 that was once used to tow logs. Name that boat:
    1. The Big Moose
    2. The Katahdin
    3. The Lily Bay

Bonus Question: The Maine Lobster Festival (www.mainelobsterfestival.com) is being held this week in Rockland (only 1.5 hours away), another popular tourist destination. Maine is the world leader in lobster. Last year, how many millions of pounds of lobsters were caught in Maine?

Answers:

  1. C. The Carriage Roads and stone bridges in Acadia National Park were constructed between 1913 and 1940 for hikers, bikers, horseback riders and carriages.
  2. A. Portland Head Light is in nearby Cape Elizabeth and was commissioned by George Washington.
  3. A. Ogunquit’s Marginal Way connects the center of town to Perkins Cove, a small fishing village.
  4. B. The boat is known as the Kate around town and was built at Bath Iron Works.

Bonus: In 2018, the Maine Lobster catch was 119 million pounds, over $484 million worth.

Dirigo Dish: Avocado and Shrimp Salad

Summer is a time to eat light and fresh — and what sounds fresher than an Acocado and Shrimp Salad? Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!

Ingredients

Servings  4

  • 2 Tbsp fat-free, plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoon canola oil
  • 3 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 small apple, cored and finely diced
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery (about 3 stalks)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 pound large cooked, peeled shrimp, tails removed and chopped
  • avocado (pitted, peeled, diced)
  • 4 large pieces Bibb lettuce (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, add yogurt, oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Use a fork to whisk until combined.
  2. Core the apple and finely dice it; finely chop the celery too. Add both apples and celery into the bowl. Chop both the cilantro and scallions, adding into the bowl too.
  3. If tails remain on the shrimp, remove and discard each of them. Chop the shrimp and add to the bowl, mixing together to combine all the ingredients.
  4. Slice the avocado in half and remove the pit. Use a knife to gently make a cross-hatch pattern into the avocado’s flesh. Use a spoon to scoop out diced avocado from the flesh and add to the bowl.
  5. Gently mix ingredients together. Serve immediately or chill salad in the refrigerator for a couple hours. If desired, spoon salad onto Bibb lettuce cups to 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!

Fun and Fashion!

Enjoy fun and fashion for a great cause on Thursday, August 22 from 1-3:30 at Dirigo Pines.

In partnership with Christopher Banks and Valentine Footwear, Dirigo Pines is sponsoring a fashion show featuring all the latest styles and fashions.

Christopher Banks will also be offering 40% off items that they will have available at the show for purchase. Please join us for what is sure to be a great time for all. Residents and Staff of Dirigo Pines will serve as our fashion models!

Christopher and Banks will also be raffling off a complete outfit to one lucky winner and there will be other prizes, along with free refreshments!

All proceeds will be donated to the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Katie Luce, Community Events Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter will be in attendance!

RSVP by August 10 to lcates@dirigopines.com or call 866-3400!

Try a Geocaching “Treasure” Hunt

Summer in Maine is great time to get outside and explore. All around Dirigo Pines are amazing spots to hike, walk and enjoy the great outdoors. One fun way to explore is geocaching — finding small treasures hidden all around you along common hiking and walking trails.

There are lots of geocaches to discover around Dirigo Pines. Using your phone or GPS device, download a geocaching app, and you’ll can find hundreds of local “treasures” — usually a small waterproof container containing a logbook. The app on your phone will provide precise coordinates — usually just to the side of a trail, often semi-hidden under a unique rock formation or interesting tree root.

Searching and discovering a cache or two or three is a fun way to spend a sunny afternoon with friends or family. After signing the logbook, the cache must be placed back exactly where you found it. Larger containers can also contain items for trading, such as toys or trinkets — bring a tiny treasure with you to trade!

Discover summer fun and health with a hike to hunt for hidden treasure — try these nearby spots for lots of geocaching fun:

Assisted Living at Dirigo Pines

Enrich everyday experiences and receive care that stands out from the rest in Kenduskeag Commons at Dirigo Pines. In our assisted living lifestyle, residents enjoy the comforts of a place to call their very own while getting the personalized assistance they need throughout their daily routines. From planned activities to social events, assisted living residents participate in fulfilling experiences throughout the day and have 24/7 help at their fingertips.

Apartments

Choose from a variety of one‐bedroom, one bath apartment styles and become a part of one caring community. Click here to check out the floor plans of various apartments.

Services & Amenities

  • Choice of multiple one-bedroom floor plans with kitchenettes
  • Housekeeping and maintenance, including linen service
  • Many utilities included
  • Outdoor courtyards with putting green, nature trails, and trout ponds
  • Fitness Center
  • Beauty Salon/Barber Shop
  • Media room, library, and arts and crafts studio

Click here to learn more about Assisted Living at Dirigo Pines. 

If you’re looking for a community that understands and honors you as a unique individual, you’ve come to the right place. To schedule a visit, call 866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

Test Your Knowledge: Happy 4th!

The 4th of July is a time to celebrate America — let’s see how much you know about the history and traditions of this special holiday. Quiz yourself or quiz your friends and test your Independence Day knowledge…

  1. Independence Day first became a federal holiday in:
    1. 1776
    2. 1870
    3. 1920
  2. The Declaration of Independence was signed by how many men from the 13 original colonies?
    1. 13
    2. 39
    3. 56
  3. Who was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence?
    1. Benjamin Franklin
    2. Thomas Jefferson
    3. John Hancock
  4. Only 2 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence went on to become president. Name them.
  5. Three of the first five U.S. presidents died on July 4. Name all 3. 

Bonus Question: Name the 13 original colonies. 1 point per colony!

Answers:

  1. B. 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
  2. C. 56
  3. A. Benjamin Franklin — he was 70 years old. Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) was the youngest.
  4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Elbridge Gerry also signed and later served as vice president under James Madison. He was also known for dividing electoral districts for political gain — now known as “gerrymandering.”
  5. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams and Jefferson (who both signed the Declaration) died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.

Bonus: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.