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Kendal at Home Blog

Creating an Advance Directive: 3 Things to Consider

Posted by Kendal at Home on August 22, 2017 at 8:30 AM

advance directiveYou’re healthy, active and independent. As a result, you might not give much thought to your end-of-life wishes. After all, you’re healthy, what’s there to worry about?

But consider this: Planning ahead can help you get the medical care you want and relieve the burden of decision-making from family or friends.

An advance directive can help you do just that. Here, we’ll look at what you need to know about this document.

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Topics: long-term care insurance

Forgetfulness: What’s Normal and When to Ask for Help

Posted by Kendal at Home on August 16, 2017 at 8:45 AM

forgetfulnessMaria is an active, independent older adult. She lives alone and on her weekly trip to the grocery store, she finds that she has forgotten where to find the bread. During a subsequent trip, Maria enters the grocery store, but has forgotten what she came to the store to buy. Are Maria’s experiences the process of aging or could something more sinister be at work?

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Topics: brain health

3 Tips to Provide Stress Relief for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on August 10, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Are older adults stressed? Compared with their younger counterparts, it seems older adults would experience less stress than those working high-pressure jobs, raising families or dealing with other midlife stressors. 

olderadultsstress.jpgBut just because you’re retired — or about to be — doesn’t mean you’re living a stress-free life. As we age, our stressors change — we may be dealing with a chronic condition or caring for a spouse or a friend, the loss of a friend or family member or moving — and our ability to deal with and bounce back from those stressors changes, too. Here’s what you need to know about how stress affects older adults and ways to find stress relief.

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Topics: mental health

5 Ways Older Adults Can Protect Hearing

Posted by Kendal at Home on August 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

protect hearingHearing loss is expected to become a “major public health issue,” according to a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery in March 2017. Taking current population data and using population growth projections for adults aged 20 and up, researchers believe that nearly 74 million Americans will have hearing challenges by 2060, with the older adult demographic experiencing the most increases. Although these are only projections, scientists are urging a greater proactive focus on hearing loss prevention. Here are five strategies you can use to protect hearing.

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Topics: hearing loss

Everyday Habits to Prevent Cognitive Decline

Posted by Kendal at Home on August 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM

prevent-cognitive-declineAccording to the Alzheimer’s Association, rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s are increasing. Last year, 5.4 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease and it’s the sixth leading cause of death in the country today. Fortunately, there are everyday habits you can incorporate into your daily routine to strengthen your brain power and fight back against a decline of your cognitive abilities.

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Topics: boost brain health

How to Plan for Long-Term Care

Posted by Kendal at Home on July 27, 2017 at 8:30 AM

plan-for-long-term-careDid you know that if you’re 65 or older you have a 70 percent chance of needing long-term care in the future? If that statistic frightens you, don’t worry — that means that at least a third of adults over 65 may never need it. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should not plan for any possible care needs.

Here’s a look at how to plan for long-term care services for adults 65 and older.

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Topics: long-term care

Brain Health: Learn the Types of Dementia

Posted by Kendal at Home on July 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM

types-of-dementiaWhen you think of brain health, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Like most people, you probably think of conditions that affect cognitive abilities like memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. But brain health goes beyond Alzheimer’s and memory loss.

You might be familiar with the most common form of dementia — Alzheimer’s disease — but did you know there are several forms of dementia?

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Topics: dementia

Summer Recipes: 3 Seasonal Fruit and Veggie Dishes to Try

Posted by Kendal at Home on July 19, 2017 at 8:30 AM

summer-recipesWho doesn’t love dipping into a container of juicy, ripe strawberries? Or taking a bite of a crisp bell pepper? Buying seasonal fruits and veggies saves you money and allows you to support local farmers. And since you’ve got the freshest ingredients, you can prepare fresher, tastier meals. The next time you make a trip to the grocery store or your local farmers market, keep these seasonal fruits and veggies in mind.

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Topics: healthy recipes

Hot Weather Safety Tips for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on July 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Summer can be a wonderful time of year, a time when you can enjoy outdoor walks, gardening, swimming and so much 

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more. Summer is therefore a time when it can be easier to be  physically active, which is a boon for your health.

This season also comes with risks, though, especially for older adults. Nearly 200 adults in the United States—most of them at least 50 years of age—die from complications caused by heat and humidity each year.

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3 Long-Term Care Insurance Myths, Busted

Posted by Kendal at Home on July 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM

long-term-care-insuranceYou’re a healthy older adult. Then, one day you’re struck with a chronic illness that requires you to receive long-term care in a nursing home. Because you’re not living at your home, your assets — like your home or your car — aren’t of use to you. To help you pay for the costs of long-term nursing home care, you and your family sell these assets.

As you’ve aged, you probably have considered purchasing a long-term care insurance policy. Maybe your job offered a policy as part of your pension or perhaps your family or friends have encouraged you to get one. It seems like a smart financial investment. After all, long-term care insurance is designed to help you cover the costs of a nursing home stay or skilled nursing care if you need it.

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Topics: long-term care insurance

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