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Wellness for Older Adults: Getting Started with Lifelong Learning

Posted by Kendal at Home on July 21, 2015 at 8:30 AM


There is no doubt staying physically active is important to stay healthy as you age. But, to quote an article in Westchester Magazine, “Anything you do to exercise your mind is money in the emotional and cognitive bank. Studies have shown that the more you find intellectual, social, and cultural stimulation, the more likely you are to age in a healthy way.” 

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Topics: older adults, wellness, lifelong learning

6 Apps Older Adults Will Love

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on February 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM


Mobile devices like phones and tablets put the world at our fingertips. These devices are often easier for older adults to use than a desktop computer because they’re portable and work with a touch of a finger. You can get the most out of your devices by downloading apps. There’s an app for everything (and we mean everything), so feel free to explore your options when it comes to games, reference, travel guides, cooking, weather, photos and anything else that suits your fancy.

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Topics: lifelong learning, medication reminder app, technology for older adults, apps for older adults

Start the New Year Right by Enrolling in Lifelong Learning

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on January 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM

enroll-lifelong-learning-1The New Year is here, and you’ve already begun putting into motion the resolutions you made to improve your health and happiness in 2014. But it’s important not to forget about the goals you were working toward before the clock struck midnight. Goals like keeping your mind sharp. 

There are many ways older adults can boost brain power, including engaging in new aerobic exercises, seeking new experiences, and even eating certain foods. But as recent research shows, one of the most effective ways to help your brain stay in shape is lifelong learning.

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Topics: lifelong learning, center of lifelong learning, ohio lifelong learning opportunities, why enroll in lifelong learning

Online Review Sites Can Help Inform Older Adults’ Consumer Choices

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on September 20, 2013 at 8:06 AM

online review sites older adultsWhen it comes to hiring a new accountant or finding out what restaurant in town serves the best turkey sandwich, you’'ve probably relied on advice from family and friends for most of your life. You’'ve likely even returned the favor with some recommendations of your own. The truth is people love talking about their experiences – positive or negative – with businesses, products, events, and services. Now, thanks to the Internet, many, many opinions are readily available for you to check out.

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Topics: older adults, lifelong learning

4 More Reasons Older Adults Should Learn to Use Facebook

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on May 1, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Join FacebookThere’'s no getting around it, –we'’re living in the information age. Technology is everywhere, and it’'s increasingly becoming a fixture in everyday life. While some older adults are intimidated by the change in our culture, many are embracing the challenge of learning something new. A recent Pew Research Center project shows more than half of Americans over age 65 use the Internet or email. Of those older adults who are online, a third use social networking sites. While there are many social networking options on the Internet, Facebook is by far the largest and most widely used.

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Topics: older adults, lifelong learning, facebook

Discover Greek Myths and More at the Academy of Lifelong Learning

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on January 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM

greek mythologyFor Jim, it’'s always been about the classics. The former Oberlin College Professor has dedicated his life to the study of ancient Greek and Latin language, literature, culture and history and their role in the formation of the modern West.

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Topics: Oberlin, Oberlin College, lifelong learning

LCCC Offers Lifelong Learning for Older Adults

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on December 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM

lifelong learningLearning is a given; we naturally acquire new information and skills informally in our day-to-day lives. And while this learning is worthwhile, it’'s often beneficial for older adults to supplement informal learning with more structured, formal learning when possible.

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Topics: older adults, Lorain country, lifelong learning

Lifelong Learning: Secrets of the Civil War Exposed in Lakeside

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on August 7, 2012 at 9:20 AM

kendal civil war weekIn partnership with Lakeside Chautauqua, Kendal Northern Ohio will sponsor the 9th Annual Civil War Week this month. Join the fun August 20 to 24. Take part in riveting seminars, including Life in a Civil War Prison, Wednesday Walking Tour of Historic Central Lakeside, Financing the Civil War, and Bard of the Battlefield: The Civil War as Seen from the Eyes of Poet Walt Whitman.  Special events include:

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Topics: Kendal at Home, events, lifelong learning, Kendal at Oberlin

Older Adults Should Not Ignore Their Foot Health

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on June 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

caring for feetWhen asked to rank the body parts most important to health and well-being, Americans recognized the importance of their heart, eyesight, teeth and skin but ranked foot health at the very bottom of the list, according to a 2010 Public Opinion Research on Foot Health and Care survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association. Despite the fact that most people have experienced at least one significant foot problem and 50% suffer from periodic or chronic foot pain, the majority of Americans take a laissez-faire attitude toward foot health, consulting a physician only when a foot problem impacts their lifestyle by interfering with walking or causing severe pain.

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Topics: Kendal at Home, mature adults, Senior Independence, older adult, lifelong learning, Kendal at Oberlin

Lifelong Learning: Octogenarians Packing in Broadway Crowds

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on June 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

older adults are still performing on broadway“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream,” said author C.S. Lewis. That life view was evident at the recent 2012 Tony Awards when 80-year-old director Mike Nichols accepted his eighth Tony for Broadway’s latest incarnation of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” From the director’s chair to the spotlight, octogenarians are packing them in on Broadway. Veterans of stage and screen, some of America’s best-loved actors and actresses are still “beating the boards” when they could be hanging up their dancing shoes.

The Best of Broadway

In a delightful NBC Nightly News segment, reporter Chris Jansing interviewed Broadway stars who are still going strong after half a century on stage. “I can’t quite believe I’m as old as I am because I don’t feel it. I really, really don’t,” confided Angela Lansbury, 86, who is starring with James Earl Jones, 81, in Gore Vidal’s hit play “The Best Man.” Just down the street, fellow octogenarian Joel Grey, 80, who first wowed crowds as the Master of Ceremonies in “Cabaret” 45 years ago, is still singing and dancing in the Broadway revival of “Anything Goes.”

The stars say the challenge of memorizing lines and performing eight shows a week keeps them young but takes discipline and extra sleep. But the standing ovations are still a thrill. As Angela said, “Providing I can put one foot in front of the other, I will continue to act.” And we’ll be in the audience applauding!

Create your own stage for the next chapter of your life at Kendal at Oberlin or with home support from Kendal at Home.

Photo Credit: Jens Dahlin

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Topics: Kendal at Home, Senior Independence, lifelong learning, Kendal at Oberlin, retirement community

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