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Kendal at Home Blog

Winter Driving: How to Winterize Your Car

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 16, 2020 at 7:30 AM

When you live in an area like Northeast Ohio, roads can often get covered with snow and ice during the winter — and when those roads get covered with snow and ice, driving conditions can become significantly more challenging. To help, here are several safe driving tips to help you effectively navigate road conditions in winter weather.

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Looking for Love Online? Online Dating Tips for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 14, 2020 at 7:30 AM

If you’re like most people, online dating can conjure thoughts of apps like Tinder or sites like Plenty of Fish. And while swiping left or right may sound appealing to the 20-something crowd, it can seem overwhelming to anyone over the age of 25.

These days, dating is a little more complex than simply meeting or being introduced to someone, exchanging phone numbers and chatting. Online dating has taken the GettyImages-828523802“traditional” meet-cute and turned it on its ear, letting singles connect easier and quicker than ever.

If you’re looking for love or companionship in the age of technology, here’s what you should know to stay safe.

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Work and Retirement: What Older Americans Need to Know

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 2, 2020 at 7:30 AM

retirement work imageThis has truly been a year of transition, with the last of the baby boomer generation turning 55 in 2019. Because of the aging population in the United States, overall participation in the labor force is naturally expected to decline as more people retire. Having said that, more older Americans are working than in years past — and this trend is also anticipated for the future.

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How Sleep Affects Your Brain

Posted by Kendal at Home on December 31, 2019 at 7:30 AM

sleep brain image“Quality sleep — and getting enough of it at the right times — is as essential to survival as food and water . . . Everyone needs sleep.” (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)

Although plenty about the purpose of sleep still remains a mystery, experts know that, if you don’t get enough quality sleep, your brain can’t form or maintain pathways that allow you to learn or create memories. With poor sleep, it’s difficult to concentrate or to react quickly to situations. A recent study showed that sleep likely plays a key role in removing toxins from your brain, ones that accumulate while you’re awake.

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The Rise of Elder Orphans: What You Should Know

Posted by Kendal at Home on December 26, 2019 at 7:30 AM

According to a elder orphan image2016 study, about 22% of older adults in the United States can be considered elder orphans or solo agers, or are at risk of becoming one. The first group—elder orphans—are older people who don’t have a spouse or children they can depend upon, while solo agers are older adults who are living alone and don’t have children. In either case, this is a population of older people who don’t have a safety net if they need support, whether that’s physical, emotional or practical.

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Brain Health News to Know for December

Posted by Kendal at Home on December 19, 2019 at 7:30 AM

brain health imageMany Older Adults Underestimate Dementia Risk

A survey of older adults revealed many older adults underestimate their risk of developing dementia and do unnecessary things to prevent it. Those who took the survey didn’t understand the connection between physical health and brain health, researchers found. Many people with poor or fair physical health thought their dementia risk was low, while those with good or excellent health were more worried about developing the condition.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Avoid These Social Media Scams

Posted by Kendal at Home on December 17, 2019 at 7:30 AM

social media scamsAfter a long day, you sit down on the couch, pull out your mobile device and open Facebook. That’s when you see it. A message from your best friend Nora telling you she’s on vacation in another country, she’s lost her purse and needs you to wire her $800. The message looks like it’s from Nora’s account, it has her name and associated profile picture. But is it Nora?

Impersonation scams like the one above are common on social media platforms. Scammers will hack into someone’s account and message their friends asking for money, hoping someone will oblige.

Or, perhaps you follow the hashtag #italy on Instagram. One day you may find you have a DM from someone with a link to what seems like cheap airline tickets to Rome. All of these are examples of common social media scams.

Here’s what you need to know to keep yourself — and your social media accounts — safe.

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What to Know About Medical Marijuana

Posted by Kendal at Home on December 11, 2019 at 7:30 AM

medical marijuana imageIn the summer of 2016, Ohio lawmakers passed HB 523, making medical marijuana legal across the state. Medical marijuana has been reported to help conditions like chronic pain, nerve pain, nausea and vomiting, glaucoma and other conditions.

And while many users prefer it to traditional medications, which may be less effective or have unwanted side effects, there is a lot to know about medical marijuana. Let’s look at some of the things to consider about this emerging treatment.

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Dementia Risk: Genetics and Lifestyle and How They Play a Role

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 28, 2019 at 7:30 AM

dementiaAlthough dementia is not a natural part of aging, it’s true that the risk of developing dementia increases as you age.

You might wonder if there are genetic and lifestyle factors that can increase the risk for yourself or your loved ones, and if so, what lifestyle changes can you make to reduce the risk?

Researchers and clinicians are delving into those questions with one goal being to provide information that can help reduce the risk of developing dementia in the first place.

Because there are so few treatments right now for the various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, it’s preventive measures that are currently in the spotlight.

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Renovations That Could Lower Your Home's Value

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 26, 2019 at 7:30 AM

home renovationsWhen you engage in home improvement projects, you’re doing one of two things:

  • trying to enhance its value and appeal because you’re selling your home and want a good return on investment as you’re attracting potential buyers
  • performing home remodeling projects for your own safety and comfort, perhaps so you can age at home

Here’s what isn’t very likely: that you’re doing home improvements with the goal of lowering the value of your home or otherwise choosing ones that are a financial drain — but sometimes that’s exactly what happens. Here are four examples.

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