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Molly Kavanaugh

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Romantic Getaways

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jan 3, 2019 12:48:26 PM

Romantic getaways are hardly a one-size-fits-all, and often our preferences change as we grow older.

Spending a week at an all-inclusive, adults-only resort on a tropical island might fit the bill when we were busy with children and careers, but now we are retired and have more leisure time to create our special getaway. Spending a couple weeks meandering along Italy‘s scenic Amalfi coast in a convertible or getting snowed in during Michigan’s Upper Peninsula winter wonderland might be the ticket.

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Topics: Retirement Lifestyle

Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Dec 20, 2018 11:52:28 AM

Holiday music and movies,

Colorful lights and ornaments,

Religious and spiritual meetings,

Presents made and bought,

Festive parties and gatherings,

And food every step of the way.

Often during the holidays, we pass over healthy food and forgo good eating habits when confronted with scrumptious appetizers, plentiful buffets, cookie platters galore and festive drinks.  What’s the harm, we think as we overfill a plate with pastry puffs and rich dips, followed with the excuse, I don’t want to be rude, as the host passes around desert trays.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Remarkable Memoirs Published in 2018

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Dec 20, 2018 9:04:04 AM

At a recent creative non-fiction conference I attended, the organizer asked the 300 writers what kind of book they were writing or interested in writing. When “memoir” was mentioned, almost everyone’s hand went up.

“Once upon a time, fiction ruled the market. Today, however, nonfiction is just as heavily competitive – and memoir is a key corner of that genre,” writes Jack Smith in The Writer.

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Topics: Lifelong Learning

Aging and Self Reflection

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Dec 13, 2018 1:56:51 PM

My mother rarely turned down a dinner invitation or get-together with friends. In later years when she lamented that her “social calendar” was skimpy, she tried to find creative ways to fill it.

But like many older adults, my mother also cherished solitude, often with a good book, devotional or Lexi, her toy fox terrier, in her lap.

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Topics: Intergenerational, Future Planning

Holiday Scams

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Dec 6, 2018 11:57:14 AM

For many of us, the holidays bring out our best as we go the extra mile to make a special gift for a loved one, plan a dinner party for friends or donate money to our favorite charity.

But for con artists, holidays bring out the worst as they look for new and clever ways to prey on our generous spirits, especially those of older adults.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Baby Boomers and Aging

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Nov 21, 2018 1:22:37 PM

Like every chapter of their lives, Baby Boomers have redefined what it means to work and play, form relationships and find inner peace, and now grow old.

Even our language is undergoing a change as we talk about Boomers. For some Boomers, full retirement age is defined by Social Security as 65, for others 66 or 67. But many “retired” Boomers are or plan to continue working.

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Topics: Retirement Community, Healthy Aging

Downsizing Tips: Where to Donate Your Belongings

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Nov 15, 2018 3:00:00 PM

If you’re thinking about moving to a retirement community, condo or smaller home, you’ve probably read an article or two about downsizing and these 3 key points are not new:

  1. Your children don’t want your stuff;
  2. Your stuff isn’t worth what you think it is;
  3. You have too much stuff.
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Topics: Retirement Community

Winter Travel in Northern Ohio

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Nov 8, 2018 2:37:18 PM

I am a native Buckeye and have lived in Ohio almost my entire life. Yet, I still find new places to explore and old favorites worth a second or — in the case of Lake Erie — 100th visit.  

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Topics: Active Lifestyle

How Does Music Benefit Brain Health?

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Oct 23, 2018 4:15:00 PM

It was June 1970, New York City. I had just graduated from a Cincinnati high school and was riding in a taxicab with my friend Mary Gene, heading to Star Lake Camp for a summer job.

The radio was on:  

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Book Lovers: Must-Read Books Published in 2018

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Oct 11, 2018 12:37:34 PM

I like books and I like lists and I’m a baby boomer so I’ve got a bucket list, which is why this book got my attention: 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich.

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Topics: Lifelong Learning

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