What's to do at Kendal: Why Socializing Matters as You Age

Jan-Mollica-3-400wMany prospective residents tell us they're not ready to come to Kendal at Granville yet, as they enjoy living in their own home.

They like their outdoor patio, their lawns, their gardens, space for the grandchildren and maybe their pool. They like the interior rooms — the dining room, living room, bedrooms, family room, a spacious kitchen and perhaps workrooms for crafts or hobbies.

But all that is available at Kendal, so you don't have to give up anything to join this retirement community, except perhaps some space, some house maintenance, cooking and a few other chores, which will be done for you! You can still have your garden, your patio, a pool, a spare bedroom for when the kids or grand Montgomery-21-300wkids come to visit, a very adequate kitchen with the latest appliances and space for your hobbies.

Living at home comes at a cost for older adults. Their social circle of family and friends is limited and usually diminishes as they age. People who study aging find that seniors who join retirement communities tend to live longer, fuller, more satisfying lives. That's certainly true at Kendal at Granville. We have 13 residents who are between 95 and 100 years old, and one who just recently celebrated 100!

Dick-7-300x400On the other end, we have younger people in their 70s and 80s who feel like they're in their 60s because they get out, exercise, get with friends to pursue common interests and lead an active life. While you can be a couch potato at Kendal and no one will chide you for it, most people like to participate in the many activities available. Some residents have never been busier, and they love it that way!

Kendal activities are self-funded and self-determined. In independent living, we don't have an activities director. We take it on ourselves to govern and fund our own activities. We have over 25 groups in the Residents Association. Some meet weekly, some meet twice a month or monthly, and others meet when needed. Some need funding to do what they do and are granted a budget. Others need nothing and do what they do without a budget.

Activities include the:

  • Peggy-Cagle-31-300x450Archives Group, which collects, labels and preserves photos of Kendal events and residents for posterity.
  • Artist-in-Residence Committee, which guides our Denison University summer intern in art or music (or both).
  • Monthly Book Group, which selects, reads and discusses books that they arrange to get copies of from the local library—both best-sellers and classics are included.
  • Bulletin Board Group, which tracks, posts, updates and changes the big calendar on the main bulletin board, listing many ongoing events at Kendal, Denison, Granville and Newark. Want to know what's happening tomorrow? Check the bulletin board!
  • Computer Users Group — Need help with your Apple tablet, computer or phone? Join this group and get it! Future plans call for Android and PC help as well.
  • Council — This group is the residents who have been selected by the Residents Association to govern the organization and all its groups and committees. The Council has a president, a president-elect, a secretary and a treasurer, plus a half dozen other members at large who meet monthly.
  • Decoration Committee, which is responsible for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza decorations that adorn the Kendal lobby.

Agnes,-Harold,-Steve-and-Susan-1-850wThe list goes on and on, and we're only up to D, but we're out of blog room. You get the idea. When you come to Kendal, you can be as busy and involved in hobbies and activities as you want to be. You can join as many groups and committees as your time and interests and energy allow. You will be welcomed and encouraged to participate.

It's socializing like this that you can't get by living alone in your home. It's community involvement, especially in a caring community like Kendal that makes the difference between putting years in your life and putting life in your years! Kendal is a fun place to live life to the fullest and it truly does transform the experience of aging.

 

 

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