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Kendal at Oberlin Blog

Celebrating Our Fathers

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jun 10, 2019 4:30:00 PM

Father’s Day is kind of a Johnny-come-lately holiday, having been a national celebration only since 1972. Mother’s Day, on the other hand, got the country’s blessing years earlier.

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Topics: Intergenerational

Celebrating Our Mothers

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on May 9, 2019 5:05:54 PM

I was born on Mother’s Day. Over the course of our 63 years together, the second Sunday in May meant dual celebrations, including Mother’s Day 1989, a week after I became a mother (pictured here). The best celebrations, my mother would tell you, were the ones we spent together.

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Topics: Intergenerational

Intergenerational Relationships Flourish in the Dining Room

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on May 3, 2019 10:46:09 AM

Brendan Ortiz started working at Kendal in the dining rooms when he was a freshman at Oberlin High School. During the past four years he says he learned not just time management and responsibility, but also what life is like at Kendal.

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Topics: Intergenerational, Retirement Community

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

4 Ohio Day Trips Perfect for Summer

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jul 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Northern Ohio residents can get away for a day and feel like they’ve been gone a week. We have a Great Lake in our backyard or we can step back in time, explore a big city and escape into nature.

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Topics: Intergenerational, Active Lifestyle

College Podcast Project Highlights Kendal

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

During her first week on campus, Sarah Dalgleish visited Kendal at Oberlin for Oberlin College’s annual day of service.

“A cool place with amazing people,” she thought.

Sarah’s interest in Kendal continued to grow, and as she looked for a topic for her Winter Term 2018 project, she decided to combine her interest in radio journalism with older adults.

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Topics: Intergenerational, Retirement Community

Intergenerational Programs Benefit Older Adults

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Feb 13, 2018 3:10:18 PM

One of the cornerstones of Kendal at Oberlin is a rich intergenerational atmosphere that provides residents with lots of opportunities to engage with younger generations.

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Topics: Intergenerational, Retirement Community

Appreciating Generational Differences

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Oct 5, 2017 2:04:00 PM

Ask a roomful of people to describe today’s young adults and you’re apt to hear words like impatient, entitled, self-centered and fun-focused.

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Topics: Intergenerational

Ars Moriendi Introduces Students to Lessons of Aging

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Sep 14, 2017 7:34:32 PM

In 2004, the year after Robert Taylor and Ted Nowick moved to Kendal, an Oberlin College professor offered a fall course on death and dying that involved matching first-year students with Kendal community residents. The couple signed up and liked it so much they continue to participate when their schedules permit.

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Topics: Intergenerational

Ways to Record Your Memories

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Apr 18, 2017 8:44:31 PM

Jewelry box. Photo albums. Recipe box. Bookcase. Artwork.   

These are some of the visual things that tell the story of who we are.

When we are gone, these things will live on, but will our stories?

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Topics: Intergenerational

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