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Heart Health Tips for National Heart Month

February 2
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Did you know February is Heart Month? And of course, it’s the season of love as well. It’s no coincidence that the two go hand in hand! So if you want to continue your Valentine’s Day traditions for years to come, heart health should become a priority.

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Senior Malnutrition: A Growing Problem?

January 25
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As people get older, they often need better nourishment to stay healthy. A new problem is rising within America’s growing senior populace in senior malnutrition. According to recent reports, senior malnutrition is now affecting one out of every three seniors coming into hospitals for treatment. Because patients who are seniors are already in a debilitated condition when they reach the hospital, treatment centers may find deficiencies making it harder to treat them overall. It’s estimated that senior malnutrition increases treatment costs by 300 percent. With disease related to malnutrition costing over $157 billion a year, senior malnutrition is an area often forgotten as compared to childhood malnutrition and food insecurity.

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Good Samaritan Hospice Medical Director Explains Hospice Care | Video

January 20
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A few months back, Good Samaritan Hospice Associate Medical Director Dr. Dina Dosch, DO was a guest on a local access television program in western PA (Moon Community Access, to be specific) called “The Doctor Is In,” where she talked about a number of hospice-related topics. We got our hands on a copy and wanted to share it with you!

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How Staying Fit Can Possibly Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's

January 19
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Cognitive decline and memory loss have long been thought to be dreadfully unavoidable.  However, some seniors in senior living communities are discovering that staying active and fit can help promote memory function and are incorporating exercise into their lifestyle.

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Common Injuries and Winter Fall Prevention Tips

January 12
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Concordia Physical Therapist Assistant Marcy Reott contributed to today's article. At Concordia Outpatient Therapy, we have the expertise and resources to help get patients back to life.

As the weather gets colder and the snow becomes more regular, falls become more of a concern for those of us who are compromised - but also those who are perfectly healthy. It’s important that you take measures to prevent falls this season if you want to remain injury-free for the months to come.

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Former Teacher Celebrates 100th Birthday With Her Students... Who Live in the Same Building

January 5
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Outstanding teachers make an impression on their students because they’re patient, knowledgeable, and tough (if necessary), and, above all, they know how to truly connect with their students. Even though students don’t always get to see these special teachers after they finish school, the bond remains, sometimes for many years. Concordia of Monroeville resident and former schoolteacher Helen Livengood has been able to reconnect with past students over the last eight years because they live so close to her – in the same building! Two of these students even got to celebrate Helen’s 100th birthday with her. Their stories and memories show just how much teachers matter to their students.

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Top 10 Concordia Blog Posts of 2015

December 30, 2015
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It was another great year at Concordia – and we are so blessed to count you as supporters and members of our extended family. As we look back at 2015, we thought it would be neat to compile our Top 10 most popular posts for the year. Hint: Pictures were REALLY popular this year!

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6 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Caregivers

December 29, 2015
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According to reports, there are around 34 million Americans who provide unpaid care to a 50+ year-old friend or relative in their home. Of those, nearly 10 percent of the caregivers are over the age of 75. And if you ask any of them if their job is easy, you’re likely to be met with a confused look.

At Concordia, we understand the rewards and difficulties of caring for a senior loved one on your own. And while we want you to know that we are always here if needed, we also want your loved one to remain as independent as possible, for as long as possible.

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Year-End Charitable IRA Rollover can Benefit Donors

December 23, 2015
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Exciting news from the end-of-year Season of Hope campaign!

The Protecting Americans Against Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 has been signed into law. The package makes permanent a number of provisions that have previously gone through a constant cycle where they expired at the end of a given year, only to have Congress extend them for a limited time. One of many provisions made permanent by this bill is the Charitable IRA Rollover.

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Power of Active Aging – White Paper

December 22, 2015
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It’s no secret that aging can bring its share of challenges. Our health, mental wellbeing, and physical capabilities can all deteriorate with age if we are not careful, but there is an answer.

Seniors who remain active as they age can avoid the most common obstacles associated with aging, improving their physical wellbeing as well as their mental acuity and stability. Physical and mental wellbeing aside, active seniors are much more likely to engage in a healthy lifestyle while being surrounded by caregivers, friends and their family.

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