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May 16, 2012

Innovative Programs Promote Independent Lifestyle for Older Adults

An AARP survey of its members found that 90% of adults ages 50-plus would prefer to live out their lives in their own homes. Few people willingly give up the independence they worked so hard to achieve in their earlier years. The loss of independence – whether through normal aging, illness, disease, accident, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease— is the single greatest fear people associate with aging. The desire to live independently in the familiar surroundings of your own home, aging in place surrounded by cherished possessions and memories, is nearly universal.

Interestingly, many people 62-plus do not define “my own home” as the house where they have lived for most of their adult life or the family home where they raised their children. Many older adults are only too happy to give up the responsibilities of yard work and home maintenance for the more carefree lifestyle of an active adult community like Kendal at Oberlin. The sentiment attached to “my own home” is tied more to the ability to live independently than to a specific structure.

A commitment to independence has drawn many people to Kendal’s three programs:

  • Kendal at Oberlin is an active adult retirement living community built around the vibrant campus life of Oberlin College and its renowned Conservatory of Music.
  • Kendal at Home is a unique personalized wellness program designed to help you stay healthy and live independently in your own home for as long as possible.
  • Senior Independence provides home health care and companion services so you can get the quality help you need to remain in your own home.

For more information about any of our entities, feel free to contact us today.


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