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Kendal at Home Blog

Benefits of Hiking for Older Adults

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

The warm sun on your face, the sounds of nature, the feel of the wind in your hair. It’s been reported that spending time outdoors in green spaces can positively impact your mental health.

According to the National Park Service, hiking can provide mental and physical benefits, and what better time to hit the trails than at the end of summer and early fall?

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Preventing and Treating Summer Bug Bites

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

treating-bug-bitesDuring the summer, we usually spend more time outdoors going for walks, swimming, enjoying picnics and more. The same weather that’s attractive to us can also be ideal for insects, which means we’re at increased risk for bug bites and stings during the summer months.

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Should You Have a Medical Billing Advocate?

Posted by Kendal at Home on July 24, 2019 at 7:30 AM

medical-billing-advocate“ . . . a 2014 NerdWallet study found mistakes in 49 percent of Medicare claims. Groups that review bills on patients' behalf, including Medical Billing Advocates of America and CoPatient, put the error rate closer to 75 or 80 percent.” (NBCNews.com)

When you review your medical bills, you may have questions about how much your health insurance covered — and why more wasn’t. When you ask your providers, their answers may not really clarify the matter, or you may disagree with their reasoning. Or the scenario may play out like this: The medical billing office blames your health insurance company while your health insurance is blaming the doctor and/or hospital.

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Video: How Kendal at Home Helps the Dawson’s Keep Doing What They Love

Posted by Kendal at Home on July 18, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Dawsons-1When Kathy Dawson took a vacation to a hot air balloon festival out west, she wasn’t expecting to need Kendal at Home. Kathy and her husband, Dick, had just become members of Kendal at Home a week before their trip. So when Kathy had an accident in the middle of their vacation that resulted in a broken wrist and both knees, she had to be brought back to Ohio for treatment. 

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Robocalls: The Latest Stats and How to Stop Them

Posted by Kendal at Home on July 16, 2019 at 7:30 AM

how-to-stop-robocallsDefinition of a robocall: “a telephone call from an automated source that delivers a prerecorded message to a large number of people” (Merriam-Webster.com)

If you have a phone, then you’ve almost certainly received unwanted robocalls. In May 2019 alone, there were approximately 4.7 billion of these calls made in the United States. AAPR.org breaks this down even further to provide some startling context:

  • This equals nearly 153 million of these calls every single day of the month.
  • Breaking this down even further, that’s almost 6.4 million every hour . . .
  • . . . which is almost 1,800 every single second.
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What is Lewy Body Dementia?

Posted by Kendal at Home on July 10, 2019 at 7:30 AM

When the actor Robin Williams died in 2014, he was suffering from undiagnosed Lewy body dementia, according to his wife. Lewy body dementia is the second most common form of dementia behind Alzheimer’s disease. It often exhibits Parkinson’s disease-like characteristics, which is what Williams was diagnosed with shortly before his death.

Here’s what you should know about this common form of dementia.

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Do You Need a Measles Booster Shot?

Posted by Kendal at Home on July 2, 2019 at 7:29 AM

senior-measles-booster-shotMeasles outbreaks are in the news, with more than 700 cases in the United States alone during the first four months of 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the largest number since the disease was considered to be eliminated in the United States in 2000. The largest number of cases in our country in 2019 have been in New York and Washington, but cases have already been documented in more than a third of the states so far.

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3 Foods that Fight Inflammation

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

foods-fight-inflammationResearch shows that chronic inflammation can play a role in the development of memory loss. In fact, as AAPR.org points out, you could “Name any common disease associated with aging — cancer, dementia, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, Type 2 diabetes — and chronic inflammation will play a role.”

When low-grade chronic inflammation exists, your immune cells “silently attack your own body — your blood vessels, brain cells and organs included.” Stress is known to boost these undesirable inflammatory compounds, as does obesity and genetics.

Fortunately, there are inflammation-fighting foods you can add to your diet to fight back. They help you to reduce your risk of chronic inflammation, while providing you with a whole slew of health benefits.

Here are three types of food that are at the heart of an anti-inflammatory diet, along with the types of food to avoid. Foods given the thumbs up are a core part of the Mediterranean diet.

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Kendal at Home Member Prepares to Swim from Alcatraz to Raise Awareness for Dementia

Posted by Kendal at Home on June 20, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Dr. Charlie Farrell wants people to know dementia doesn’t have to be a prison. To help raise awareness for the condition, the 82-year-old Kendal at Home member is going to swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco on July 24.

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Why Getting the Right Dementia Diagnosis Matters

Posted by Kendal at Home on June 18, 2019 at 7:30 AM

right-dementia-diagnosis“Dementia is not a diagnosis. Dementia is a general term indicating that thinking and memory are impaired enough that day-to-day function is compromised, such as difficulty with grocery shopping, preparing meals, using a telephone, or balancing the checkbook.” (Psychology Today)

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