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Kendal at Oberlin Blog

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

The Hidden Epidemic Among Older Adults

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Apr 12, 2017 10:51:47 AM

Consider these statistics from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence:

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Telemedicine: Convenience and Cost Savings

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Apr 6, 2017 2:32:37 PM

I remember watching Neil Armstrong land on the moon in 1969. Maybe Walter Cronkite reported that Neil was wearing a cardiac monitoring device, but I doubt he used the term “telemedicine.”

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Is a Continuing Care Retirement Community for You?

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Apr 4, 2017 9:50:06 PM

Many of us baby boomers entered our 20s imagining that “starter” home when we finally decided to settle down. Criteria might have included a safe neighborhood, convenient to work and shopping, family-friendly living space and affordable.

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Topics: Retirement Community

Ways to Reduce the Risk of Dementia

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Mar 30, 2017 2:55:59 PM

First the disturbing news.

An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Kendal at Oberlin: Defying Attitudes about Aging

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Mar 28, 2017 8:10:11 AM

I recently had a senior moment, but not your typical one of forgetfulness. This was more like a senior memory moment.

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Topics: Intergenerational, Retirement Community

Strategies to Deal with Chronic Illness

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Mar 24, 2017 12:10:55 PM

At first, and for a while, the news shakes your world. Learning that you have diabetes, arthritis or another disease that is incurable and likely to be with you for a long time, maybe forever, disrupts your sense of security and well-being. The diagnosis brings a host of questions, fears and what-ifs for you and your loved ones.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Does Hollywood See Us Through An Ageist Lens?

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Mar 21, 2017 3:20:00 PM

Going to a movie is entertaining and an easy way to escape the pressures of daily life for a few hours. But older adults sometimes leave the theater more annoyed than relaxed. Why is an older character called a “relic” and depicted as a technological dunce?

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Topics: Active Lifestyle

Pros & Cons of Vacationing with Your Friends

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Mar 17, 2017 10:33:05 AM

You can pick your friends, but not your family. And many of us are blessed to have an array of friends who have diverse interests, abilities, lifestyles and cultures.

But do you want to travel with your friends? Yes? No? Or more likely, depends on the friend.

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Topics: Active Lifestyle

Best Diets for Older Adults

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Mar 14, 2017 10:12:01 AM

Going on a diet is a perennial New Year’s resolution. No surprise as we continually hear about the obesity epidemic facing our country.

But all of us, regardless of shape, size and age, are on a diet. Diet is what we eat and drink daily to stay alive and active.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

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