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Kendal at Oberlin Blog

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

Dementia Advocacy at Kendal

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Sep 12, 2018 10:02:25 AM

There are currently estimated to be over 46 million people worldwide living with dementia, and by 2050 the number of people affected is set to rise to over 131 million.  

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Topics: Retirement Community

Kendal’s 25th Anniversary: A Year-long Celebration

Posted by Kendal at Oberlin on Sep 5, 2018 11:54:37 AM

It’s no secret that Kendal at Oberlin is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It’s also no surprise, given the creative, talented and energetic men and women who call Kendal home, that the celebration is eclectic and extensive.  

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Topics: Retirement Community

How is Kendal a Resident-Driven Community?

Posted by Kendal at Oberlin on Aug 28, 2018 8:54:22 AM

More than 25 years ago, future residents of Kendal at Oberlin planted the seeds for how the retirement community would operate. The community would be based on Quaker values and practices, and residents would have a strong voice in all aspects of community life — social, cultural, intellectual and governance.   

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Topics: Retirement Community

Top 5 Financial Questions to Ask a Prospective Life Plan Community

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Aug 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

For many of us, buying a starter house years ago meant taking a crash course in homebuying  101. Mortgage points? PMI? Title insurance? Closing costs? We had a lot to learn, but most of us passed the test and made a sound financial decision.

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Topics: Retirement Community

Top 3 Spots to Paddle in Northeast Ohio

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Aug 1, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Ed and Anne Wardwell’s marriage began in 1970, and so did their affection for canoeing.

For years they explored the Cuyahoga River and other waterways near their home in Shaker Heights. Now residents of Kendal at Oberlin, the couple heads south to Findley State Park in Wellington or north to their favorite spot, Old Woman Creek in Huron.

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Topics: Active Lifestyle, Retirement Community

Memory Enhancement Course

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jul 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Megan Caracciolo was looking for a meaningful internship that would further her college studies in gerontology.

Retired geriatric physician Lal Arora was looking for a meaningful opportunity to use his expertise.

The two joined forces this summer and the result is a meaningful intergenerational collaboration that created a memory enhancement course for Kendal at Oberlin residents.

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Retirement Community

LGBT and Aging

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jul 11, 2018 10:28:20 AM

Kendal residents Robert Taylor and Ted Nowick have been partners since 1975.  

“As you can see, the LGBT community here at Kendal at Oberlin has grown significantly since 2003, when Ted and I moved here as the first openly gay residents,” Robert told a recent crowd of several hundred people who had gathered to hear personal stories from Kendal’s gay, lesbian and transgender residents.

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Topics: Retirement Community

Kendal Creates Part 3

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

Kendal at Oberlin residents are a creative bunch, and the biennial “Kendal Creates” celebrates their collective creativity.

They are photographers, painters and potters, woodworkers and fiber artists, and more.

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Topics: Retirement Community, Healthy Aging

Kendal Creates Part 2

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jun 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Sheila Eckstein has sketched and painted her way through Oberlin and the Southwest states. Two very different landscapes for sure, but using watercolors and mixed media sketches she finds colors and patterns to illuminate their special features.

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Topics: Retirement Community, Active Lifestyle