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Staying Healthy: 5 Myths About Older Adult Falls

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on February 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

myths-about-fallingFalls are a normal part of aging, right? Wrong! There are many myths surrounding falls among older adults. Some people misunderstand how falls can be prevented. In fact, some people believe falls can’t be prevented at all. This misinformation is counterproductive when it comes to really understanding falls affect older adults and what can be done to improve safety.

Here we take a look at a list of myths about falls from the National Council on Aging:

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Topics: remaining independent, staying healthy, older adult health, older adult falls, myths about falling

Steady U: Helping Older Adults Find Balance & Prevent Falls

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on January 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM

balance-for-older-adultsFalls happen to people of all ages. But when your 5-year-old granddaughter takes a tumble, she bounces right back up. For older adults, recovery sometimes isn’t so simple. Fortunately, many falls are preventable with a little bit of foresight and preparation. That’s the idea behind the Ohio Department of Aging’s new program, Steady U. Its goal is to educate older adults, families, health care providers, businesses, and community leaders about falls and how to prevent them.

The initiative has a number of key components:

Create a One-Stop Resource for Fall Prevention

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Topics: remaining independent, balance exercises, steady u, fall prevention

Remaining Independent with Kendal at Home Healthy Aging Initiative

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on October 7, 2013 at 7:27 AM

healthy aging at homeIn September, 64-year-old Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage. After 53 grueling hours, Nyad emerged on the beach in Key West and said, “I have three messages: One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you’'re never too old to chase your dream. And three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team.”

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Topics: Kendal at Home, remaining independent, healthy aging

Adding Supplements to Your Diet: What Older Adults Need to Know

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on July 22, 2013 at 7:33 AM

hands and vitamin bottleMaintaining a healthy diet is essential for remaining happy, healthy, and independent in your home as you age. According to ChooseMyPlate.gov, women 51 years and older should consume 2 cups of vegetables and 1 ½ cups of fruit every day. For older adult men, it’'s 2 ½ cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit. This is in addition to lean proteins like fish or chicken, beans and peas, and nuts and seeds, as well as whole grains.

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Topics: older adults, remaining independent, healthy diet

Kendal Offers Independence for You and Your Pets in Your Own Home

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on January 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

mastiff pet

Mim has been a member of Kendal at Home for about seven years, but she has been an animal lover her entire life. Between full-time pets and foster pets, she has cared for at least seven or eight English Mastiff dogs over the years. “Two were actually therapy dogs that came with me to work every day,” says Mim, who was a clinical social worker and psychotherapist for about 35 years.  “They were big dogs you could put your head on and just cry,” she says, “which happens a lot in a therapist’'s office.”

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Topics: Kendal at Home, remaining independent, kendal

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