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Older Adults’ Mental Well-Being: How a Green Space can Help

Posted by Kendal at Home on May 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM

3rd_May Blog.jpgWho doesn’t enjoy a little time outdoors? Taking a little time to enjoy nature can help us feel better physically, and now research shows spending time in green spaces can help boost older adults’ mental well-being.

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Topics: mental health, green living

5 Common Vision Issues for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on May 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM

vision issues for older adultsDo you often find yourself holding the newspaper at arm’s length to read the daily headlines? Are you squinting at your computer screen? When you go out to eat, do you have a difficult time reading the menu? If so, you’re not alone. Many older adults experience vision issues as part of of the aging process.

Here, we’ll look at some common vision issues for older adults and what you can do to protect your eyesight.

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Topics: healthy aging, eye health

Tornado Safety for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on May 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Tornado-safety.jpgEach year, more than 1,000 tornadoes touch down in the United States. Though most of these storms aren’t deadly, the combination of high winds and little to no warning could result in damage to property and injuries to unsuspecting people. In fact, tornadoes can uproot trees, destroy sturdy structures and hurtle large objects through the air.

Now that spring has arrived, so has the possibility of tornadoes. Here are some tornado safety tips for older adults.

First, let’s look at the difference between a tornado watch and warning.

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Topics: safety

Vitalize 360 Helps Kendal at Home Member Stay Fit, Keep Cruising

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

kendal at home vitalize 360There’s nothing Kendal at Home member Norma Maraschin loves more than going on a cruise. Not content to just spend a week at sea, Norma goes on month-long excursions. But after her mother died, she began to notice some changes that could affect her ability to step back onto a cruise ship.

“I would sit down in the afternoon and start reading and would fall into a very deep sleep and I would sleep for hours,” Norma explained. “It hit me one day, ‘This is exactly what happened to mom.’ This is what she did. She would sleep late in the mornings. Get up, have breakfast and coffee, go back to bed and sleep. Get up for lunch, go back to bed and sleep and I go, 'Oh, my God, I am too young for this.'"

It was this realization that spurred Norma to make some changes to ensure she could keep doing the things she loves. Not sure where she should start, she picked up a packet of Vitalize 360 forms she received from her life plan coordinator, Joanne Cornell.

The Vitalize 360 program is a personal coaching program designed to help you live your best life through the pursuit of the goals and activities important to you.

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How LGBT Older Adults Can Get the Support They Need

Posted by Kendal at Home on May 4, 2017 at 8:30 AM

lgbt older adults“As a trans person, I am afraid of services so I avoid or refuse preventive care. I do not know what I will do if I am unable to care for myself,” a 62-year-old trans bisexual woman recently told a research group.

Many lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT) older adults share these sentiments, which is why many LGBT older adults don’t come out as often as they should to their doctors. While many LGBT older adults struggle to get their healthcare needs met, a study from the University of Washington’s School of Social Work found they are finding ways to promote health and reduce disparities through communities of mutual support.

By 2060, more than 5 million adults 50 and older will identify as LGBT — that’s up from about 3 million today. As the healthcare landscape changes and baby boomers age, it's essential support networks remain strong.

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Topics: mental health, LGBT

6 Simple Spring Cleaning Tips for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on May 2, 2017 at 8:30 AM

spring cleaning tipsFor many of us, the change of seasons isn’t just a change of the weather, it’s the chance for us to make some changes in our lives as well. Whether that’s swapping clothes and shoes, making necessary seasonal home maintenance repairs or simply adopting new habits the beginning of a new season is a chance for a fresh start.

The beginning of spring is a chance for most of us to throw back the curtains, open the windows and take care of those cleaning tasks we’ve neglected during the energy-zapping winter months.

In a previous post, we talked about some essential spring home maintenance projects to tackle. Now let’s take a look at some simple spring cleaning tips that are often overlooked.

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Topics: spring cleaning

How Older Adults Can Spot and Stop Health Scams

Posted by Kendal at Home on April 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM

health scamsThis won’t really work. It’s actually just a combination of worthless powder and maybe some vitamins.

You’ll never see this statement emblazoned on bottles of health supplements or skin care creams. Whether you’ve got arthritis, high blood pressure, want to lose a little weight or achieve healthier skin, you’ve likely scanned the shelves of a health food store looking for an alternative or additional solution to treat what ails you.

And as you’ve considered your options, you’ve likely seen the phrases “alternative to prescriptions” or “revolutionary breakthrough” on a few bottles or boxes claiming to be a miracle cure. These kinds of products and claims are what as known as health scams, and they’re just as dangerous — possibly even more — than financial scams.

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Topics: senior scams, scams

3 Easy and Tasty Spring Holiday Dishes

Posted by Kendal at Home on April 12, 2017 at 8:30 AM

rosemary potato recipeSpring has arrived! Along with bunnies, brighter colors and hopefully some spring flowers, this holiday brings with it the chance to enjoy some tasty spring dishes. Whether you are hosting an Easter or Passover celebration or are attending one, wow your fellow diners with these easy and tasty spring holiday dishes. These dishes can also be used to add some variety to your weekly meals.

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Topics: healthy recipes

5 Common Oral Health Problems Among Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on April 6, 2017 at 8:30 AM

oral healthChristopher Smith found himself in the intensive care unit of a Kentucky hospital hooked to a ventilator and a feeding tube after he went to the emergency room. It wasn’t a catastrophic injury or illness that landed Smith in the ICU — it was his tooth.

He hadn’t been to the dentist in years, but had lost a filling in his tooth. What began as a toothache quickly evolved into a dangerous infection.

The health of your mouth is just as important as the health of your heart or brain. Poor oral health can be linked to issues like heart disease, diabetes, stroke or pneumonia. Untreated oral pain can cause problems with chewing and eating, which can harm your nutrition, and could possibly land you in the hospital like Smith.

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Topics: Oral Health

How Older Adults Can Keep Their Immune Systems Strong

Posted by Kendal at Home on April 4, 2017 at 8:30 AM

immune system healthHave you ever noticed when your grandchild catches a cold, it hardly seems to faze her? She may be coughing and sniffling, but she’s usually still playing and running around.

For you, however, a cold can wipe you out, leaving you cooped up on the couch for a few days.

What’s the difference between a child’s and a grandparent’s ability to manage an illness?

Aging affects how our bodies — and immune systems — function, but that doesn’t mean we have to be more susceptible to germs and illnesses as we get older. Consider these ways older adults can boost their immune systems.

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Topics: healthy aging, staying healthy

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