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00:00:00 - Marrying into Kendal: Services, community and quality end-of-life care

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Partial Transcript: Caroline: All right, so to start out could you just tell me how and why you came to live at Kendal Oberlin?

Resident: Yeah, I married into it! It was 10 years or so after my first wife died, I met a woman and was practically love at first sight, and at that point in time, she had already gotten on a waiting list on Kendal. And she had – I think – a specific reason for doing that, um, and that was because Kendal's attitude… towards… ending one’s own life was a little more liberal than some other places. She had seen her mother get pulled down by Alzheimer and what a miserable situation that was, and she was pretty much caring for her mother. Um she didn’t want to go through that…, so um, she assumed that– I think– after talking with Kendal’s administration that…she wanted to end her life by… getting, just not eating any food or water, that, you know, there was no law against that, and Kendal couldn’t be held responsible, nor could I. And that’s what she gets. But, that was her– plus the fact that she had some friends that were here, I looked at it as going on vacation for the rest of your life. I mean um– It just was on a silver platter, a community of pretty much like-minded people of similar interests. And you just wouldn't find that sort of um, um community just being on your own, so you know, I have no problem, we even wrote it into our– what was the term for it– prenuptial agreement, as to how we would split the expenses coming here. And that, you know, that worked fine. So, I married into it.

Segment Synopsis: This resident married into life at Kendal. His wife was attracted to Kendal because of its policies toward end-of-life care that give residents autonomy over how they wish to end their lives. This resident was attracted to the wide-ranging services and the community of people at Kendal. This resident and his wife planned to move to Kendal from the start of their marriage.

Keywords: Alzheimer's; End-of-life Care; Like-Minded People; Marriage; Silver Platter; Similar Interests; Wife

Subjects: Community; Family; Finances; Moving

00:02:36 - Quarantine during the first days of the pandemic

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Partial Transcript: Caroline: Um, so now if, I’m gonna, like, start with my pandemic questions, um, if you could think back to those first– very first couple of days before the pandemic, um when everything was shutting down and everything. What was your first reactions and anticipations for what was to come?

Resident: Yeah I was um, in Seattle, north of Seattle, visiting my son when the nursing home in the neighboring town announced that several people had died from COVID, uh so next day I was on a plane heading back to Cleveland, I was the first, I think, one of the first people coming back on campus that went into quarantine ‘cause I had been in an area and that next town over, sort of in the area, in my son and his wife and family, you know we’re not, um, what you would say, in, out and about the people that had COVID. But anyway, um, going back to Cleveland so was on, um, wait for….

Caroline: Quarantine?

Resident: Um, I’m sorry what?

Caroline: Quarantine?

Resident: Quarantine, yeah, right. But that wasn’t too bad. Um, they didn’t want you to leave your cottage but, as far as I was concerned, if I didn’t mingle with other people, I could get out and walk outside, and I was still on you know, from a safety standpoint, wasn’t doing anything that was… dangerous. [pause] It’s a, you know, a feeling of “oh shit we’re going to be in for a long slog,” um I kinda figure, that was in March, beginning of March, um, where if they could come up with getting people vaccinated by the next year, by mid-summer. I thought, boy that would be absolutely amazing if they could work that fast. So, um, I’m figuring if, you know, that would be when things were starting letting up a little bit.

Segment Synopsis: This resident was one of the first Kendal residents to quarantine because he was in visiting his son in Seattle when the first Seattle nursing homes were hit with Covid-19. During quarantine, this resident continued to go on walks outside because he figured that wasn't a danger to others. At this point, he was already hoping that vaccine development would resolve the pandemic.

Keywords: Dangerous; Nursing Home; Quarantine; Seattle; Slog; Son; Vaccinated; Walking

Subjects: Covid Cases; Family; First Reactions; Outdoors; Personal Freedoms; Safety; Travel

00:05:21 - Kendal response: Unreasonable rules and restrictions fueled by paranoia

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Partial Transcript: Resident: And I was amazed at how quickly, that, our our administration got vaccinations to us, um, the COVID broke out in the beginning of March, um and by, um January the next year, we had vaccinations. First one, second one and then a month or two later, booster. So um, I’m really, um, grateful to the administration here for being able to work that fast. On the other side of the coin, I don’t know to what extent the rulemaking came from outside of Kendal, but in my opinion, the way the rules were administered and the way they were set up, didn’t show a lot of smarts. What they were doing, let’s say, okay this zone, this physical area is risky, wear a mask. Mingling was risky behavior. So from my standpoint, they should have said, hey look, if you got to mingle, you got to wear a mask, if you’re not mingling, don’t! But of course, they didn’t do it that way. So there was a stupid rule that whenever you’re walking outside, even on under covered walkways, you have to have a mask on, [slams] where 99% of the time I’m walking outside, there’s nobody around. So why the hell should I wear the fucking mask? I mean, you know, that sort of stupidity like the people making the rules are sitting in a closet and they’re not seeing what’s going on outside and maybe I’m, you know, over-emphasizing this but to my standpoint, I really don’t like– I see the value in it– but I really don’t like wearing the mask. It fogs up my glasses, interferes with my breathing, and I feel claustrophobic with it. And that was, that was an issue as far as I’m concerned. So I’m kinda pissed that the rules were made by somebody who was: ahh just wear a mask, no problem. There was a problem, in fact, I think there was many people in my situation that really detested wearing a mask as there were people that were immune-deficient, that we had to protect, but all the rules seem to be in favor of the immune-deficient, not anybody else. But of course, that’s my very narrow-minded view of the situation. But you know, um, paranoia was another thing that, from my standpoint, um [pause] people got paranoid. I think, the way emphasis was, the rules and everything, tended to make people paranoid about the situation. I think from my standpoint, what I’ve been telling is that okay, I want to be safe as everybody else, you know, expects me to be, but I’m gonna do it my way. Was it, you know, I’m not walking under covered walkways, nobody around, why wear a mask? So I might take it off. Am I being.. Is that risky behavior? Absolutely not. So I would kind of modify the rules, to suit my middle attitude, and that kept me sane.

Segment Synopsis: Rules and Restric

Keywords: Claustrophobic; Closet; Didn't Show a lot of Smarts; Grateful; Middle Attitude; Mingling; Modify; Narrow-Minded; Opinion; Paranoia; Pissed; Problem; Risky; Rulemaking; Sane; Stupidity; Vaccinations; Vaccines

Subjects: Administration; Masks; Outdoors; Personal Freedoms; Resident Disagreement; Rules and Restrictions; Safety

00:08:44 - Kendal's overly cautious policies did not follow the logic of the pandemic but kept the campus safe

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Partial Transcript: Resident: Never was [pause] paranoid about the situation, but I would read about what they’re finding. Spraying surfaces was doing absolutely, no good whatsoever, so what do they do? They continue to spray surfaces, well that’s stupid. It was passed by little particles in the air, you have to breathe in, you could catch it, breathe it out, you have to give it. Okay, so, you walk past somebody, hold your breath! For ten seconds, until you’re more than six feet away. There was other ways of handling besides just oh put on a mask all the time. I see people driving around in a car, with a mask on! I mean how st– I guess people figure well, I’ll just stick the mask on the first thing in the morning and I’ll take it off when I brush my teeth, when I go to bed at night, and just you know. Well I’m not that way, I’m sorry. So anyway, you can see I have an attitude, but I will say that, I give the management credit, I don’t think, here at Kendal, anyone died of COVID the first year. Um there are a few people that were elderly that had other conditions, they passed away and may have tested positive, but I don’t think that the COVID was a contributing factor, uh to their death. And that was [intelligible] very few people. So, yeah I guess being overly cautious certainly has their rewards, and I praise the administration on that. So, you know, there’s two sides to the coins, and they did their side of the coin very well, as far as people not getting sick and dying. So I give them all the credit for that, I’m very grateful for that. But I thought it was overkill.

Segment Synopsis: This resident felt like many of Kendal's safety policies, such as sanitizing surfaces, did not follow the science of Covid-19. He never understood the people who wore a mask all the time and everywhere. On the other hand, he gives Kendal leadership credit for no one dying of Covid-19 on Kendal's campus.

Keywords: Covid Findings; Credit; Death; Grateful; Management; Overcautious; Overkill; Sickness; Spraying surfaces; Stupid; Two Sides

Subjects: Administration; Covid Cases; Masks; Personal Freedoms; Rules and Restrictions; Safety

00:10:29 - Languish during the pandemic // Maintaining a positive attitude and making the most of lockdown conditions

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Partial Transcript: Caroline: Yes, yeah yeah yeah. So how, I mean, yes, and I’ve heard it’s been a through-line that has– throughout these interviews with other people. You know, Kendal is really safe but it was also a little, it felt overbearing. How did that, like, especially during lockdown. What, what did your day-to-day life look like during that time period?

Resident: Um, there’s another question, you said what one word you would describe.

Caroline: Yeah.

Resident: Languish. Where you get into the sort of middle condition, oh why should I do it today, we’re just gonna be hanging out, not much happening. I’ll just put it off till tomorrow. I mean it just, I can see how people in prison, you know, relate to what we were doing. So languish would be the word. Um, but on a positive side, things really worked out quite well. Um they let us have a, a bubble relationship. Um you know, folks that were married your wife, your partner whatever, or they have somebody to relate to. Single people had it a little more difficult I think, for my standpoint. But I bubbled with a friend that was over in the apartment, and uh and and the COVID situation sort of reinforced the importance of that bubbleship. Um and she happened to have a little Jack Russel terrier, a dog with a lot of energy. And so walking the dog got to be my exercise program when they shut down all the other exercise classes. So twice a day, I would be over there walking the dog, and you know it’d be half hour, twenty minutes, something like that brisk walking and the, and this woman, was a good chef, so I would have meals over there occasionally. It was very delicious. Better food than Kendal, so my–the tastiness of my meals improved, never been better. My exercise level improved during the pandemic, my um, um frame of mind stayed pretty positive because of those two reasons and um, um also sort of just having an attitude that I know what you’re trying to achieve, as far as the rules are concerned, I’m just going to do it my way wherever I can. There are obviously places where you are really expected to wear a mask. And so I would do that, but when I’m not there, you know. So you know my attitude is one of, you know, not letting them make me feel paranoid, um. Another thing that has been a little bit difficult is getting off campus. Um, but I did get off campus to go skiing, uh there’s a skiing area down at Mansfield that was really really good. Um that was last winter, um and I was a member of a sailing club, that I belong to. So I could get off campus, go skiing, go sailing, so I had something to do, something to look forward to. But things like going to the movies, going to um the opera, you know a movie theater, going to shows or going to uh, what’s that place, Riverdog, where there’s performances outside, that all got curtailed quite a bit. Also the music program at Oberlin College, which is so terrific, that got curtailed. So there was a bit lack of the nice things that Kendal is known for. So that sort of contributed to the languish.

Segment Synopsis: This resident would describe his pandemic experience as languish because of the lack of impetus to participate in life activities. This resident compared his experience to prison. On the other hand, this resident increased his exercise routine, improved his meals, and maintained an overall positive attitude throughout the pandemic. One of his main coping mechanisms was to make up his own rules whenever he could.

Keywords: Attitude; Dogs; Exercise; Food; Improved; Lack; Languish; Meals; Movies; Music; My Way; Oberlin College; Paranoid; Performances; Positive; Prison; Skiing; Walking; Wife

Subjects: Bubbles; Coping Mechanisms; Friendship; Masks; New Habits; Outdoors; Self-Discovery; Single Residents; Travel

00:14:42 - Looking back on the pandemic in a positive light // Adoption of new online activities

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Partial Transcript: Caroline: Yeah, for sure, um. And that yeah, that that balance between the rekindling certain aspects of your life and then other part just being kinda stuck. Were there any–any other things that you found were just like the greatest personal challenge you faced throughout the pandemic?

Resident: I looked at the pandemic situation, um, it had, it’s positive aspects, and it had negative aspects. I don’t think there was any– besides the general feeling of languish, um, I don’t look back at it as a traumatic experience for me. It was pretty much not a traumatic experience for me. ‘Cause I didn’t let them convince me that I have to be paranoid. For one. And I took pride in sort of, reworking the rules in your own mind, trying to maintain the degrees of safety that the rules were intended for but maybe not doing exactly what they wanted, and that gives me a little bit of a challenge to stay positive.

Caroline: Yeah, and then other than exercising, going out, going to your friend in the apartments. Was there any coping mechanisms? Any hobbies that you picked up because of this time, where you had to stay in Kendal?

Resident: I saw a lot more movies! On a Turner classic movies or Kendal was running some movie like Saturday night, um little more email, communication, little more going online and buying a couple things, or communicating on Zoom, we put on a couple of plays on Zoom that I took part in. So there were, I mean if I had done at home, or where I lived before coming to live at Kendal, um, it would have been a riskier situation. So I’m grateful being here, that you know the risks were manageable.

Segment Synopsis: Other than the general feeling of languish, this resident will not look back on the pandemic as a traumatic experience. He was able to maintain his sanity by avoiding the paranoia and sticking to his own notions of reasonable safety precautions. For coping mechanisms, the resident watched more movies, spend more time online, and participated in Zoom activities. The resident recognizes that the risks would have been higher if he had not been living at Kendal.

Keywords: Challenge; Email; Grateful; Languish; Manageable Risks; Movies; Negative; Not Traumatic; Paranoid; Plays; Pride; Rework; Risky; Stay Positive; Zoom

Subjects: Communication Technology; Coping Mechanisms; Rules and Restrictions; Safety; Self-Discovery

00:17:08 - Kendal's response: Overkill, overcautious, overdone

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Partial Transcript: Caroline: So I’m gonna skip to question number 8, especially ‘cause I feel like a lot of um, obviously you know, a lot of communities of older adults, have been in the news recently because of COVID, you know because of COVID outbreaks and things like that, and the rules and regulations Kendal applied, and I’m wondering if you were to talk to someone about what it was like to actually live in one of those communities of older adult during a pandemic, what would you say to them, what might be the misconceptions that people have?

Resident: Um, um, [long pause] I think I jotted down some ideas on that. [book flipping] Pretty much what we’ve been talking about. Kendal management aired on a balance of being overly safe, um I thought it was some degree of overkill, and I guess it’s a matter of people kind of thinking about what their risk level is, um, there is a, you know, Kendal was supposed to be run on… Run on… principles of um Quaker values. Um, I had the impression that maybe that was a little bit overdone during the pandemic. Um, certainly the first year, definitely protecting those folks with immune-deficiency, very important. But then when we all got vaccinated, you know the ability of the virus to exist when everybody’s vaccinated, and we don’t have all the people from– well we have help coming in and and you know the workers here, but they have to wear mask all the time, and there was a big emphasis on getting them vaccinated. Um what am I, where am I going with this.

Caroline: After we got vaccinated…?

Resident: Yeah, um – the values, um, that we go by, um maybe gets, overdone. Um, I’m not a person that enjoys meetings and running stuff, and being in the administration, and all that, I’m just here to enjoy what we got, and um so, you know thinking in that level of organizational aspects of running a place, that’s not me. Um so my attitude is a little bit different. I think that, well, I don’t know. In spite of all the things I’ve been saying that are generally negative, Kendal’s a good place. And I guess if I was going to be in a place where there’s uh, if I could choose between one that one that is overkill and a little bit less so, um, risky. You know I might choose the overkill situation.

Caroline: It’s interesting that you say that ‘cause I have, I heard of quite a few people who, you know, served on the New Normal committee and like and were like, very vocal throughout the process of deciding different Kendal policies. Did you feel you had a voice in, in those processes?

Resident: No, there was a committee that was formed, the New Normal committee, and I really think that was overstocked with people that were paranoid. Where enough weight was in the side of paranoia, were overkill on that committee, my opinion, you know, just, what I was observing. There was a time where they could have been modified the rules, or changed the rules, or, but they didn’t.

Segment Synopsis: This resident felt like the application of Quaker values was overdone during the pandemic. This resident was frustrated with ongoing pandemic restrictions after the residents got vaccinated. On the other hand, he says that he would have preferred to be in an overly cautious community than the opposite. In addition, the resident felt that the New Normal Committee was stacked with paranoid residents.

Keywords: Balance; Immune Deficiency; Management; Meetings; Negative; New Normal; Organization; Overdone; Overkill; Overly Safe; Protect; Quaker Values; Risk Level; Risks; Staff; Vaccinated; Virus

Subjects: Administration; Masks; New Normal Committee; Personal Freedoms; Resident Disagreement; Rules and Restrictions; Safety

00:22:13 - Daily dog walking became a crucial exercise program and a joyous routine

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Partial Transcript: Caroline: Well if there’s nothing else you want to say about the Kendal response, ‘cause I know we’ve covered that a lot. Did you pick out an object that has gained significance for you since the start of the pandemic? If you didn’t, that’s totally fine.

Resident: I’m not, you know, I don’t have an awful lot of photographs, so my previous life, when I was married the first time. You know I’m not one to live in the past, so um, and I’m not particularly superstitious, you know so much objects. I guess if I have to claim something as an object, that might be my friend’s little Jack Russell terrier, as the foundation of my exercise program. So yeah, if I wanna think about an object that got me through the pandemic would have been the… that dog.

Caroline: Oh lovely!

Resident: And longer walk in the noon time if maybe half an hour, go around the campus you know, um peripheral drive, um… or modifications to that. And then, in the evening, maybe sort of half of a loop around, um. So that was a regular everyday activity, and since this dog has a lot of energy, it likes to walk faster, back and forth, you know, I’m walking fast too. When we’re in a house, human beings are the dominant personality, so I figured, when you’re outside, walking the dog, let the dog have the feel that he’s the dominant personality. So, that worked fine. We alternated, during any particular walk, we alternated back and forth, as to who was a particular dominant personality at that particular moment.

Segment Synopsis: This resident selected his neighbor's Jack Russell Terrier as his pandemic-related object. The dog facilitated his exercise routine during lockdown. This resident developed a special connection through their routine walks where the dog would take on the "dominant personality."

Keywords: Dogs; Dominant; Energy; Exercise; Personality; Terrier

Subjects: Coping Mechanisms; Friendship; New Habits; Outdoors

00:24:02 - The ongoing toll of pandemic-related restrictions // Permanent changes when approaching social situations

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Partial Transcript: Caroline: [laugh] Cute. I haven’t– I didn’t list this as one of the questions, but, um, your, you’ve made me think of it. Do you feel like the, at this point, that things have gone back to how you’ve liked it to be in terms of restrictions and everything? You feel like you’re more able to do the things you’re able to do? To live your fullest life?

Resident: We’re like, I don’t know if we have the number, but 80% all the way back. You know, we can get together in the dining room, um, for meals, um, and they’re gonna start having, in fact they already have, including breakfast. So get all your meals in the dining if you want, and you can sit with anyone in the dining if you want. Um, they still have some lingering, gotta wear a mask, when, but it’s for a less of that. I guess one of the things I felt was so absurd, um, when everybody’s been vaccinated, boostered, there’s just has been absolutely no COVID among the residents, if we walked into a meeting room, and somebody said I want you to wear a mask, everybody had to wear a mask. You know, I, I, that to me, is absurd. If the person wants to wear a mask, look, sit in the back of the room, go home or don’t bother me just because you want to be co-dependent on other people. Co-dependency really went rife here on campus, is the way things were set up, that, this is my opinion, what I observe, I’m not in people’s shoes or in their minds, but they were relying on other people wearing a mask to protect them. Well what about making up your own decisions as to how you’re going to safe and not rely on other people always wearing a mask, always be there for you, you’re gonna have to go off campus some of these days and start living a life, where people aren’t gonna be wearing a mask all these times, so start to learn, to make decisions to make your life safe. But when people put on a mask just to, it was emphasizing the wrong thing. Once we have reached a certain level of less risk, I don’t think there was enough emphasis in talking about how you can be self-sufficient, keep yourself safe, in a world that’s changing to non-masking. Lots of these folks, yeah you know, are gonna have to get used to shedding their paranoia, and living um more carefully, you know, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

Caroline: Yeah, do you, because another throughline that I’ve seen is just like people’s habits have changed even if the restrictions have lifted. Are there any positive or negative aspects of your life that have just you feel like your own habits or um you know wants or desires have changed because of the pandemic? Did that question make sense?

Resident: Um, yeah it makes me more cautious when I’m off campus. Um keeping track of the rate of Covid cases you know in this part of the country. Lorain County and Oberlin itself. So yeah I think I’ve gained a certain amount of caution concerning interaction or mingling. So I guess I have–now in my mind, a permanent couple of, I don’t know, decisions that if I’m gonna be in an area where mingling is expected, I have a different way of looking at it than from before the pandemic. I’m an introvert actually. So I think introverts probably had an easier time of Covid. Extraverts want to stop and talk all the time. They want to mingle. Well, when you have to wear a mask, okay that’s your choice.

Segment Synopsis: This resident continues to be frustrated with the dependence on other people to maintain personal safety. For instance, he disagrees with policies where everyone has to where a mask if one person wants them to wear a mask. He contends that people have to prepare themselves for life outside of Kendal where they will have to take their own risks and adopt personal safety precautions. The resident says that he has increased is own caution when leaving Kendal's campus or approaching social situations. However, as an introvert, he does not enter as many highly social situations.

Keywords: Absurd; Bother; Careful; Cases; Caution; Cautious; Co-dependency; Introvert; Meals; Meeting; Mingling; Paranoia; Protection; Risks; Self-sufficient; Vaccinated

Subjects: Community; Covid Cases; Dining; Masks; New Habits; Personal Freedoms; Resident Disagreement; Safety

00:28:59 - Vaccinations mean hope for the future of the pandemic

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Partial Transcript: Caroline: Yeah, for sure. So, my last question is just about what your plans for the next couple of months look like. I know with the iterations of different variants and things like that the whole world has kind of fluctuated between hope and pessimism about where this pandemic is going. But I’m wondering how you’re looking at the next couple of months of your life and whether you’re feeling more hopeful or more pessimistic about where we’re headed.

Resident: Oh definitely more hopeful. I think that people are beginning to understand that we’re never gonna get rid of Covid. It’s always gonna be there. So how do you manage it? How do you handle it? Well, a little more caution when you’re with other people. There’s gonna be vaccination every year. You know for the flu, okay for Covid, it’s just one of several different vaccinations that people have to get. And maybe it’ll be twice a year for a while. I don’t know. Maybe it’s four times a year. What is it–getting a vaccination takes about half an hour from the time you decide to go somewhere to get it. Or you walk down to the clinic here at Kendal and get your arm pinched. You know, so that’s a minor inconvenience. But we’re gonna have to live with it. I just–and it’s gonna be harder for the paranoid folks to get used to that.

Caroline: For sure. Umm this is a side note–do you have plans to go see your family in Seattle? Like any traveling? Or no, not yet.

Resident: Umm…yeah I think that umm I may be flying up to Seattle to go see my son and his family sometime within the next couple of months, three months or so, two months. I don’t know I mean that’s a possibility. Well airfares are still fairly low.

Segment Synopsis: This resident is hopeful for the future of the pandemic because of the potential of yearly vaccinations to keep people safe. He also looks forward to traveling to see his son in Seattle at some point.

Keywords: Caution; Flu; Handle; Hopeful; Manage; Paranoid; Vaccination

Subjects: Family; Future; Travel

00:31:07 - The future brings physical decline and the loss of favorite activities

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Partial Transcript: Resident: Umm I’ll be participating in events with my sailing club this summer. That’s outdoors. Umm I gave up skiing this year. Umm that was not traumatic but umm beginning to put me on a trajectory of sliding down the backside of life. You know [laughs] it’s something I enjoyed doing ever since I was about 25 years old. Umm and giving that up is umm it’s more of an indicator to my emotional self that there may be more things similar to that. I mean I don’t have the energy I used to have…riding a bike. In fact I just rode a bike yesterday afternoon just to my cottage over to Heiser and back and I was worn out! I mean maybe it’s because I hadn’t been riding very much and I haven’t been using those muscles. It’s a matter of…I think that to get totally back to normal, I’m going to have to do some exercise classes on a regular basis. I’ve been doing water aerobics three times a week, which has really been good. That’s been very much a help. But I think I have to add to that, maybe another two or three times a week with some strength and some stretching exercise. But you know here at Kendal they’re in the process of recreating those classes, so it’s nice being here. On a silver paddle! You have some solutions to my problems! That’s very nice.

Caroline: Yeah! Water aerobics sounds like basically the hardest form of exercise you could possibly do.

Resident: No actually it isn’t.

Caroline: You’re not treading water the whole time, are you?

Resident: No, you just stand up.

Caroline: Okay [laughs]

Resident: You’re not in over your head.

Caroline: Good, okay. Still sounds fun, though.

Resident: And there are various aspects, some I like more than others. There’s dumbbells but they’re floats, they aren’t weights. Umm really exercise your shoulders and muscles around your shoulders. But doing exercises that have to do with pushing the dumbbells down into the water to weigh yourself up. Changing position in the water. It’s an awful lot of arm and shoulder. And that’s you know, I’m lacking on my arms and shoulders. So that’s been very helpful. But it’s not…it’s…if you do it in a relaxed manner particularly…it’s not…a nice way of doing exercise.

Caroline: Yeah. I’m super happy that Kendal is bringing back all their exercise things thought. It seems…because there was so much going on at Kendal before…it is going to take a while to get the staff and the residents back into the swing of things. But hopefully this summer, that’s what I hope for too. Well, is there anything else you’d like to add that I haven’t touched upon?

Resident: Umm not really. Thanks for letting me vent.

Segment Synopsis: While this resident looks forward to picking up sailing again, he is sad that he had to give up skiing, which he sees as an indicator of his old age. He fears that his lack of energy will force him to give up other physical hobbies he enjoys. To prevent this, he hopes to take advantage of Kendal's exercise program. He already takes water aerobics at Kendal.

Keywords: Backslide; Biking; Emotion; Energy; Exercise; Normal; Skiing; Sliding; Strength; Vent; Water Aerobics; Worn Out

Subjects: Hobbies; Loss; Outdoors; Physical Health