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News from The Highlands

PORTLAND (WGME) – Monday was a day to remember the victims of 9/11. Governor Paul LePage has ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff. Sixteen years ago, terrorists attacked the U.S. using hijacked planes that hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The governor says it’s important to remember those who were injured or lost in the attacks. Continue reading 

For social worker Amy Berube, it’s all about being good neighbors

Midcoast Maine’s preeminent retirement community, announced today it has selected Amy C. Berube, LMSW, as Director of Community Relations and Graceful Aging. Her work, offering meaningful opportunities for residents to engage with the Midcoast community, will support the retirement community’s mission of providing quality retirement living for its members.

We want to be the best neighbor possible, by being a resource for and partner with the larger Midcoast community,” Berube stated in a recent interview. Residents at The Highlands support local causes and non-profit groups like the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. Berube plans to further existing and create new relationships to build stronger community ties for The Highlands. She is very much looking forward to working with; Mt. Ararat High School, Maine Pines Racquet and Fitness, Bath Area Family YMCA, Frontier Café, People Plus and Mid Coast Hospital to offer more fitness offerings, and provide more opportunities for creative and social expression.

Berube, is a licensed Master of Social Work with a degree from the University of Southern Maine, will also offer care management services to residents as part of the Wellness Team at The Highlands. “I am truly passionate about working to improve the lives of older adults,” explained Berube of her new role. “I look forward to helping residents and their families become better informed about their care options.” She eagerly anticipates sharing her experiences and expertise to help residents of The Highlands understand their lifestyle and healthcare options, and enable them to grow older with grace, dignity, purpose, and self-determination.

           Berube has served the Midcoast community for the past 12 years as both a geriatric and medical social worker and as an outreach and communications coordinator and maintains strong ties to the area. A Maine native who lives in Topsham, Berube enjoys gardening, traveling, and being on the water. She is a planning committee member of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Midcoast Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s, a board member of the Bath Area Family YMCA, and a field supervisor for the University of Southern Maine’s School of Social Work.

The 95-acre campus of The Highlands provides a beautiful setting for a maintenance-free lifestyle, with a variety of housing and care options, state-of-the-art amenities, and unlimited opportunities for social, physical, intellectual and creative activities and programs. For more information about The Highlands, visit or call (207) 725-2650.

World War II Veteran receives Legion of Honor award from French Government

TOPSHAM, Maine – Nearly 71 years ago a young Army warrant officer was doing his best to keep himself and his buddies alive during the infamous Battle of the Bulge. “Fortunately, I didn’t get killed. I guess I was just lucky, that’s all…just plain lucky,” says now-94-year-old Samuel Alderete with a shrug. The French government begs to differ, however, and by decree of President Francois Hollande his country is appointing a “Chevalier” of the Legion of Honor to Alderete. Continue reading

Day-long fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Association

The Highlands, Midcoast Maine’s premier retirement community, turned the longest day of the year into a fun day, as well as a fun way to raise donations and awareness of a disease which more and more seniors and their families are living with: Alzheimer’s. The Highlands hosted a big fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, with fun, silly, and healthy things to do throughout the day. No sadness, no regrets here, just living for the moment and for the smiles generated by the fun. Continue reading

Retirement community residents supply non-profit with essentials

When those in need turn to local food banks for help, it’s not always just food that they need. Other essentials, like toilet paper, personal hygiene items, and laundry soap, are not covered by food stamps. That’s why seniors living at The Highlands, Midcoast Maine’s premier retirement community, stepped up to help. Continue reading

One key to life longevity is staying healthy and physically fit. The residents at The Highlands of Topsham are living proof of this. Now, thanks to the recent expansion of our campus fitness center, they are even more enthusiastic about it. The newly enlarged and improved space was recently completed and it offers so much to choose from: A heated, indoor swimming pool with a salt water filtration system, workout equipment including two treadmills, two stationary bikes, an arc trainer and universal weight machine, as well as classes and personal training are available for our residents to use. Other amenities include lockers, a shower and changing areas. Continue reading