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Kendal at Oberlin Blog

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

Intergenerational Programs Thrive in Oberlin

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Sep 26, 2016 4:46:09 PM

When Polly and Al Carroll moved to Kendal at Oberlin in 2003, they were excited to meet new people, especially those who shared their interest in foreign countries and diverse cultures.

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Topics: Intergenerational

Where is the Best Place to “Age in Place?"

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Sep 22, 2016 2:39:56 PM

My mother had her end game all figured out.

In her early 70s, she moved to a first-floor condominium, near friends, shopping, doctors, golf, restaurants, church and all the other joys and necessities of the full and active life she was then leading.

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Topics: Retirement Community

A Fast Look at Slow Medicine

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Sep 20, 2016 3:18:27 PM

When we were young, fast came easy.

We ran fast, maybe drove fast and lived in the fast lane, could fall fast asleep.  Our body and mind moved at a fast pace. Fast was our friend.

But now that we are older, slow has become our soul mate, and in more than just the obvious ways.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Genealogy

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Sep 16, 2016 10:43:22 AM

Interested in starting a hobby that might be addictive, never-ending and revealing of a dark side of your family?

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Topics: Lifelong Learning

Retiring to a College Town

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Sep 14, 2016 1:24:39 PM

Years ago, when older adults headed back to college it was usually to attend a reunion or sporting event. Today, many older adults are returning to a college town for much more than an overnight visit.

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Topics: Intergenerational, Lifelong Learning

Benefits of Intergenerational Relationships

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Sep 12, 2016 1:17:01 PM

The joys of being a grandparent are pretty much universally accepted and understood, even among those who do not wear such an insignia. Grandchildren also benefit in ways small and big, from “My grandma lets me eat ice cream in bed” to exciting vacations and college funds.

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Topics: Intergenerational

Cultivating a Positive State of Mind

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Sep 8, 2016 9:57:45 AM

Imagine feeling your problems and anxiety grow smaller as your creativity and happiness loom larger.

That’s just one of many mental benefits made possible by a regular meditation practice.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Kendal at Oberlin Early Learning Center Showcase

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Sep 6, 2016 3:22:23 PM

Every day, young and old come together for a spirited, often educational activity at Kendal at Oberlin. Pre-schoolers and residents gather in the Country Kitchen to cook; meet in the Care Center and Gathering Room to sing, play games and paint; and settle down in the Early Learning Center to read books.

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Topics: Intergenerational

Let’s Eat, in Three Languages

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Aug 26, 2016 8:24:41 AM

For a couple dozen residents at Kendal, a weekly dinner date means speaking Spanish, German or French.

The language dining tables are not meant to teach novices, but rather to help residents with basic skills improve their conversation. Some residents are foreign-born. Others learned a foreign language in college or have lived or traveled extensively in foreign countries.

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Topics: Lifelong Learning

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