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Kendal at Home Blog

Suicide and Older Adults: What You Can Do to Help

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on November 22, 2017 at 7:30 AM

When someone dies by suicide, people often will remark that they “didn’t see it coming.” However, some people struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts — especially older adults — will disclose their intentions to end their life before doing so. NSPL_Logo.jpg

A recent study revealed that more than 1 in 5 older adults disclosed their suicidal thoughts to someone at least a month before attempting suicide. Researchers also found disclosure rates for suicidal thoughts were higher among those who deal with chronichealth issues or suffer from depression, and people tended to disclose to an intimate partner or close family member.

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3 Simple, Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Your Holiday Menu

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM

thanksgiving side dishesWhen you think of Thanksgiving, images of turkey and a table covered in elaborate entrees and sides that took the day — or many days — to prepare come to mind. Whether you’re hosting a holiday celebration, attending one or are simply looking for something easy to add to your weekly menus, these side dishes have what you need.

Here are three simple and delicious Thanksgiving side dishes to add to your everyday or holiday menus.

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How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Could Affect Continuing Care at Home Members

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on November 14, 2017 at 7:30 AM

Several provisions in the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will significantly impact members of continuing care at home.

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How Our Brain Changes As We Age

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

brain changesAs we age, our brains lose weight, shrinking by a few ounces by the age of 80. Because we are losing mostly water weight, our brains actually dry out, something that can’t be addressed by drinking more water or living in cooler climates. 

What isn’t true: Significant amounts of brain cells are lost during the aging process. In fact, the process is much more subtle. Psychology Today provides a great summary of sensory changes related to brain changes: “Overall, it simply requires more to get our brain's attention. Older people need stronger light to read something, louder volume to hear the music playing, stronger pressure to sense touching and stronger tastes and odors to enjoy food or wine. Oddly, sweet and fruity odors are the most vulnerable to age-related changes while musky or spicy odors are relatively stable with aging.”

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Topics: brain health

Why Putting off Retirement May Be Good for Your Health

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 2, 2017 at 8:00 AM

putting off retirementMultiple studies are focusing on the connection between retirement and overall health, with many of them suggesting that staying on the job can be quite good for you. A 2016 study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, for example, was reported on by Health.Harvard.edu, and it goes so far as to say that retiring early may even boost your chances of dying early.

Let’s take a deeper look at why putting off retirement may be good for your health.

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Topics: active retirement

3 Tasty Fall Recipes to Try

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 31, 2017 at 8:30 AM

fall recipesWhen autumn arrives, we tend to cook differently, in part because the types of fresh produce available change, and in part because we want foods that are more warming. Here are three tasty fall recipes that you might want to try this week.

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Medicare Open Enrollment: What You Need to Know Now

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on October 25, 2017 at 7:30 AM

 The Medicare open enrollment period ends Dec. 7, and you may have some questions about whether you should change your plan, what to consider and medicareopenenrollmentresources.jpgwhere you should go for help.

This blog post will provide resources and answers to common questions.

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What to Do If You Have a Fear of Falling

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

fear of fallingAccording to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in older adults. Even if you fall and don’t experience injury, it can impact your life.

Consider this: Falling is a common fear among older adults — whether they’ve experienced a fall or not. While this is a normal fear, leaving the fear of falling unchecked actually can increase your risk of falling as well as diminish your quality of life. If you have a fear of falling, you may find yourself going out less often, being less physically active, or spending less time with family and friends.

But the good news is you can do several things to quell your worries if you are afraid of falling. Let’s look at a few.

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Topics: fall prevention

3 Brain Health Myths, Clarified

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 17, 2017 at 8:15 AM

brain health mythsIf you’re like most of us, chances are you’ve done a little research on how to keep your brain healthy and some of the common cognitive afflictions that can occur as we age. Or maybe you’ve heard a friend or family proclaim that because his father had Alzheimer’s disease, he should be in the clear because the disease skips a generation. That’s a lot to digest — whether you’ve read research, the news or just talked to friends.

To provide some clarity, here are some brain health myths that are just myths.

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Topics: brain health

Kendal at Home Launches Falls Prevention Program

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 11, 2017 at 7:30 AM


One in four older adults in the United States will fall this year. Fallsalso are the No. 1 cause of injuries resulting in emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths among Ohioans 65 and older.

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