Portland senior living center gets gift to transform senior care

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PORTLAND — The Cedars senior living community has received a legacy gift from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation to build a new health-care facility.

The $1.5 million dontaion will help The Cedars “transform senior care in Maine and around the country,” according to a press release.

“The board was looking for a meaningful way to honor Sam’s legacy,” foundation President Jeffrey Nathanson said. “We decided that The Cedars’ pioneering work to create a new kind of senior community that recognizes every resident as a unique individual was a worthy recipient.”

The Cedars is also partnering with local colleges and universities to create The Cedars Learning Community, an in-house teaching program and learning lab to help train a new generation of healthcare workers focused on senior care.

“Sam (Cohen’s) quiet generosity made a difference in the lives of so many people,” George Marcus, chairman of The Cedars’ capital campaign, said “He was always there when someone needed him. I think he would be pleased to know that he is helping to create a real home for seniors.”