At a recent gathering in Heiser Auditorium, a couple hundred Kendal residents and staff gave Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov a warm welcome and a heartfelt send-off.
As we grow older and the demands of home and work ease, many of us begin to view traveling as an opportunity for enrichment rather than relaxation.
Afternoons poolside with a good book and cold drink no longer sound appealing. Instead, we want to broaden our horizons as we board an airplane to travel across the ocean or climb into an RV and head west.
Some men and women really enjoy wandering through malls, shopping centers, department stores and superstores looking for holiday gifts. It puts them in that feel-good “holiday spirit,” they cheerfully declare.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The dog days of summer are upon us, which is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the sultry sunny days and easy-going evenings with your favorite younger friend, whether she or he is a grandchild, neighbor or college-age friend.
“When the wisdom of age is mixed with the energy of youth, it creates a powerful combination that benefits everyone”
- Donna Butts from Generations United
Over the years many have asked me the question, “How did you become interested in the field of nutrition?” I give credit to my grandfather, Steve. He often brought me to his kitchen table and introduced me to exotic foods like dates, macadamia nuts, and carob. He took me out to the garden and showed me his home grown tomatoes which tasted much better than their grocery store counterparts. He took a lot of pride and time in creating his homemade soups which were full of vegetables, little meat and tasted wonderful. He lived to be a healthy 99 years old.