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Kendal at Oberlin Blog

Molly Kavanaugh

Recent Posts

Kendal’s Community Garden

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on May 23, 2017 12:29:18 PM

Come spring, Joyce Parker turns her attention to two 10 x 10 plots of land located in Kendal’s community garden. She plants lupine, baby’s breath and other flowers for arrangements, spinach and lettuce for meals, and decorates the beds with driftwood and garden plaques, such as “Hope Never Dies in a Gardener’s Heart.”

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Topics: Retirement Lifestyle

Age Out Loud

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on May 16, 2017 3:28:00 PM

In 1963, when President John F. Kennedy designated May the month to highlight older adults, only 17 million Americans were 65 or older.  Today, more than 46 million men and women have reached 65, and by 2060, that population will more than double.

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Lifelong Learning

Stop Hypertension with the DASH Diet

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on May 12, 2017 8:26:18 AM

Every year, U.S. News & World Report and its expert panel of nutritionists and physicians evaluates and ranks the best diets for healthy eating. For the seventh year in a row, DASH has been ranked as the Best Diet Overall. This eating plan is also the number-one diet for healthy eating and diabetes control and tied for first with Ornish Diet for heart disease prevention.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Holistic Medicine – an Overview

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on May 10, 2017 8:57:18 PM

Visiting a new doctor means filling out lengthy forms about your health — surgeries, medications, chronic illnesses and the like. Does the paperwork include a wellness quiz with such questions as:

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Active Lifestyle

Downsizing: Much Ado About Stuff

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on May 4, 2017 10:10:00 AM

A tape measure and assorted colors of sticky dots, notes and masking tape.

A list of local charities in need of donated stuff.

A “less-is-more” frame of mind.

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Topics: Retirement Community

Your Nose Knows: The Benefits of Aromatherapy

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on May 2, 2017 3:31:55 PM

A freshly baked batch of ginger snaps

A bouquet of gardenias

A pot of jasmine tea

A lavender-scented candle or body lotion

These casual encounters with aroma can evoke vivid memories of people, places and experiences. “This smell reminds me of…” most of us have said or thought at least once.

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Active Lifestyle

Volunteering is Good for You

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Apr 27, 2017 9:35:00 AM

Mention that you volunteer at a homeless shelter or your local school or church, and the response is often, “That’s so wonderful you want to help others."

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Retirement Community

4 Myths about Growing Older

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Apr 20, 2017 9:04:00 AM

Julia Cameron believes in the lifelong pursuit of creativity and, through her workshops and books, has helped thousands of people connect with their creative energy.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Ways to Record Your Memories

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Apr 18, 2017 8:44:31 PM

Jewelry box. Photo albums. Recipe box. Bookcase. Artwork.   

These are some of the visual things that tell the story of who we are.

When we are gone, these things will live on, but will our stories?

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Topics: Intergenerational

Down and Dirty of Downsizing

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Apr 13, 2017 8:54:00 AM

Moving to a smaller house is at least 3 years down the road for my husband and me, but I’m already thinking about downsizing. Like many baby boomers, our house is full of our stuff, our adult child’s stuff and stuff from our deceased parents. Bookshelves and closets are overflowing, assorted figurines and knick-knacks line table and counter tops, and extra furniture fills the rooms. And don’t get me started on the garage and attic.

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Topics: Retirement Community

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