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Kendal at Oberlin Blog

Benefits of Mindfulness for Healthy Aging

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Mar 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Mindfulness is on a lot of our minds these days. We are encouraged to eat slowly, to practice gratitude and yoga, to power down the smartphone and look up at the sky, all with the aim of cultivating more mindfulness.

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Retirement Community

Beyond the Tax Deduction: Why and How to Support Favorite Charities

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Mar 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

As we prepare our tax returns for 2017, we do so with a curious eye on how the new tax law will impact our bottom line in the coming year.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) signed into law by President Trump at the end of 2017 changed tax rates and brackets, and raised standard deductions . The standard deduction increase—$12,000 for individuals, $18,000 for heads of household and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly—means fewer people will find it financially feasible to itemize.
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Topics: Healthy Aging, Retirement Community

Eating for a Healthy Mind and Body

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Mar 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Eating the right foods to maintain a healthy mind and body is a year-round activity. That said, even super-nutrition minded men and women occasionally fall off the “good food” wagon.  

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Emotional Intimacy is Important at Every Age

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Feb 20, 2018 9:30:00 AM

When we think about love, lots of images come to mind, from the serious to the small. We think about who we love, like our family and friends, including our furry four-legged ones, and what we love, such as walking along a sandy beach or indulging in our favorite sweet.

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Retirement Community

Marriage After 60

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Feb 15, 2018 9:35:03 AM

At their 50th reunion at Oberlin College in 2008, Louise Luckenbill greeted her old classmate, Harvey Culbert, with a hug and condolences for the death of his wife the previous year.

“Something clicked, and afterwards I emailed Louise saying, ‘Let’s stay in touch,’” says Harvey, who had moved to Kendal at Oberlin in 2002.  

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Retirement Community

Myths about Sexuality and Aging

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Feb 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Many of us enter old age with ageist untruths stuffed in our backpack.

Dementia. Falling.  Not if, but when.

Playing tennis, running, gardening, dancing. Now, but not for much longer.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Boomer Celebs and Other Prominent Figures Talk Sexuality

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jan 26, 2018 12:55:33 PM

Baby boomers have impacted the American cultural landscape ever since they began arriving in droves, beginning in 1946 and continuing through 1964.

One area of the landscape they definitely redefined was sex and sexuality.  Boomers had access to birth control pills, legalized abortion and no-fault divorce. Now as they reach their 70’s, these boomers are continuing to speak out about sexuality, with encouragement from men and women even older.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Diet Goals for 2018: A Fresh Start

Posted by Sue Campbell, RD, LD on Jan 23, 2018 5:17:41 PM

There is something great about the beginning of a new year. It’s a blank slate full of promise, and an opportunity to re-evaluate and make changes to those habits that aren’t working for us.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Vitalize 360

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jan 17, 2018 3:06:54 PM

During Christina Graf’s visit to Kendal at Oberlin, she first heard about Vitalize 360, a comprehensive holistic coaching program available to all residents.

“It was a selling point, one of many,” says Christina, who moved to Kendal in late 2017.

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Retirement Community

Retired Episcopal Priest Talks About Dementia

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jan 16, 2018 4:18:39 PM

A little over a year ago, Tracey Lind looked in the mirror and did not recognize the face reflected in the glass. 

Thus began an unchartered road that Tracey now travels. Diagnosed with early onset dementia, Tracey ended her 17-year tenure as Dean of Cleveland’s Episcopal Trinity Cathedral and spends her time traveling with her spouse, Emily, writing, preaching and giving speeches as she is able.

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Topics: Healthy Aging