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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.”

Nyad’'s story is an inspiration to us all. Her historic swim proves that, despite all the obstacles and naysayers, if you’'re willing to give it your all, you can achieve your personal best. And while most older adults’ personal best doesn’'t include a 110-mile swim, taking control of your physical, social, and mental health can help you lead a fulfilling independent life, no matter your age or physical ability.

With this sentiment in mind, Kendal at Home is pleased to announce the launch of a new yearlong Healthy Aging Initiative. Designed to support Kendal at Home Members in taking personal responsibility in their health, the Healthy Aging Initiative will offer members a wide variety of fun educational events that will give them the opportunity to socialize with other members while gaining information to assist in remaining independent in the home.

Join Kendal at Home for Healthy Aging Day

To kick-off the Healthy Aging Initiative, Kendal at Home is hosting Healthy Aging Day at Mustard Seed Market & Café in Solon, Ohio, Monday, October 14, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The day will be packed with food and friends and interesting speakers who will share ideas for creating spontaneous happiness, improving balance, creating your life story, and using technology to stay in touch with loved ones to help lead a more fulfilling life.

Jennifer Brush, M.A., CCC/SLP, is the keynote speaker for Healthy Aging Day. Brush has been working to change the face of dementia care in hospitals, assisted living communities, nursing homes, and home care for more than 20 years. She is a nationally recognized researcher known for her work in memory, swallowing, and environmental interventions for people with dementia. Look for an article by Brush in your Kendal at Home newsletter this month.

Also at the event, Kendal at Home Medical Director Lal Arora, M.D., will be available to answer health questions in a special “Ask the Doctor” session, and Kendal at Home staff will be administering flu shots and fall risk assessments. In the afternoon, Lynne Giacobbe, Kendal at Home Executive Director, and Christine Sweeney, Vice President at Independa, will debut an exciting new technology Kendal at Home will be rolling out to members to use in their homes.

All Kendal at Home members are welcome to attend Healthy Aging. Registration is required. Call 440-835-8681 or email jscarlato@kahome.kendal.org. Please contact the Kendal at Home team if you need assistance with transportation.

Get more information about remaining independent in your home by downloading the free guide “11 Ways to Age Successfully at Home” today!

Photo Credit: SalFalko

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Topics: Kendal at Home, remaining independent, healthy aging

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