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Kendal at Oberlin Blog

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

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

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

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

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

Kendal Residents Express Creativity

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Mar 9, 2017 11:31:00 AM

“Creativity” may not be listed in Kendal at Oberlin’s mission statement, but it is certainly a major part of the framework of this life plan community.

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Topics: Active Lifestyle, Retirement Community

Farewell to Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Feb 28, 2017 10:49:22 AM

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.

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Topics: Intergenerational, Retirement Community

Love and Friendship Grow at Kendal

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Feb 9, 2017 4:07:49 PM

Loneliness can be bad for our health. We need meaningful relationships to thrive, no matter our age. Research focused on older adults has found that the lack of close connections can lead to poor physical and mental health and premature death.

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Topics: Retirement Community

Life Events with Tax Consequences for Older Adults

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Feb 7, 2017 2:41:54 PM

When was I just beginning my newspaper career, filing taxes was EZ.

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Topics: Retirement Community

2016: Final Year for Special Senior Tax Deductions

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jan 17, 2017 9:38:21 AM

Many men and women 65 and older keep an annual tally of medical and dental expenses for one main reason: They spend a lot of money on medical and dental and often can deduct the expenses from their federal taxes.

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Topics: Retirement Community

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