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Kendal at Oberlin Blog

Why an RV Could be the Best Option for Your Next Adventure

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Oct 27, 2016 3:55:26 PM

One hot summer day in the 1980s, a Cincinnati Post editor sent a photographer and myself to cover a Recreational Vehicle convention in Lexington, where it was even hotter. Dozens of enthusiastic owners insisted we step inside their RV, which were even hotter, and hear all about their travels.

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Topics: Active Lifestyle

“Out of the Box” Fitness Activities

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Oct 25, 2016 1:49:21 PM

Grab a hula hoop and head outside.


Find a place where you and a friend can swing a table tennis paddle.


Lace up your tap shoes and sign up for a dancing class.


Come up with your own activity to get your body moving and keep it physically healthy.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Start a New Chapter: Benefits of Book Clubs

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Oct 20, 2016 3:10:08 PM

Like books, book clubs come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, too.

There is fiction and nonfiction, of course, but there are book clubs devoted to memoirs and mysteries, best sellers and classics, spirituality and poetry, women’s history and civil rights.

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Topics: Active Lifestyle, Lifelong Learning

Exercising with Your Younger Friends

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Oct 18, 2016 11:24:36 AM

Ask your favorite young friend to “exercise” with you, and you’ll likely be heading out the door alone.

But what about an invitation to walk, bike, hike, swim or golf together? One of those activities could easily turn into a fun – and healthy – intergenerational outing.

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Topics: Intergenerational, Active Lifestyle

The Why and How of Travel

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Oct 13, 2016 4:10:08 PM

A steamboat river cruise in the Northwest along the route Lewis and Clark traveled more than 200 years ago?

Two weeks exploring Rome’s historic treasures and driving along the picturesque Amalfi coast?  

A train trip through the Canadian Rockies?

They all sound like great getaways, and they might just be great for your health too.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Healthy Eating Habits You Need to Start

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Oct 11, 2016 4:11:19 PM

Do you eat well?

Well, depends what you mean by “well.”

Fast food meals only once a week?

Meat and potatoes every other night?

Vegetables daily, but often canned or frozen?

Ditto for sodas, but always diet?

Member of clean plate club?

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Topics: Healthy Aging

8 Benefits of Strength Training That Will Get You Motivated

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Oct 6, 2016 4:10:22 PM

All you need is a sturdy chair and pair of athletic shoes, maybe some hand or ankle weights, and you can ease arthritis pain, improve sleep, reduce falls and more.

Sure, you also need motivation, but after learning all the health benefits of strength, training you just might be moved to get moving, especially if you are an older adult.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Must Know Tips When Traveling Abroad

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Oct 4, 2016 1:10:03 PM

Is a trip to Canada, Mexico or another foreign country in your upcoming travel plans?

Well, before you get lost searching websites, reading guide books and watching Rick Steves videos, let’s start with “A,” as in “A Passport.”

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Topics: Active Lifestyle

iPhone Tips and Tricks

Posted by Terry Kovach on Sep 30, 2016 2:50:40 PM

Do you have a smartphone? Maybe you’re even reading this blog on one. According to the Pew Research Center, 68% of Americans have smartphones, and 45% have tablet computers. The percentage of adults that use them seems to get smaller as age increases, but the rate of use among older adults continues to rise dramatically faster than younger age groups. They become more commonplace every day.

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Topics: Active Lifestyle

Coping with Death in the Workplace

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Sep 28, 2016 11:31:56 AM

People who work the night shift at a retirement community’s care center often form a special bond.

The hustle and bustle of an active community is still, yet the needs of the sick and dying continue. Nurses and other night staff have few visitors, phone calls or other distractions to lighten the load or bring a laugh. They lean on each other, and when times are tough, they hold each other up.

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Topics: Retirement Community

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