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Molly Kavanaugh

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Meet Three of Kendal's Lifelong Learners - And See How You Can Get Involved

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Feb 8, 2019 10:24:24 AM

A few years ago, 99-year-old Doreetha Daniels received her associate’s degree in social sciences. Her goal was simple – she wanted to better herself.

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Topics: Lifelong Learning

Romantic Dinners

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Feb 6, 2019 3:16:39 PM

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many couples like to find a restaurant with dim lights, candle-lit tables, a vase of fresh roses, maybe a fireplace and other warm touches.

When it comes to romantic dining, a few restaurants in Northeast Ohio top the list year-round. Other restaurants amp up the romantic quotient this time of year.  In other words, lots of choices for couples who want to eat out on Feb. 14, a Thursday this year, or the weekend before or after.

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Topics: Active Lifestyle

A Healthy New Year

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jan 31, 2019 11:28:40 AM

We start the new year with a new date, but often with an old resolution – eat better or exercise more or a variation of the two. Something is obviously awry. Yes, change is not easy.

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Topics: Active Lifestyle

Winter Regional Travel

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jan 22, 2019 10:19:48 AM

One of the many perks I’m looking forward to when my husband and I retire is traveling when we want, not at the whim of workplace calendars. Years ago, my husband was a photographer for a TV station and could not get time off during the rating “sweeps” periods. (OK, they did make an exception for the birth of our May baby.) Now he’s a teacher, and travel is limited to school breaks and the two months in the summer when the rest of the country is also on the move.

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Topics: Active Lifestyle

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: Healthy Aging, Retirement Community

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