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Video: Addressing Some of the Retirement Community Concerns

September 29
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Thousands of people have chosen Concordia and other providers for their retirement living needs. But for many, there is still some hesitation, and that's understandable. Our goal is to help you – we never want you to make a decision if you’re not ready! In this video, we talk about three of the major concerns people have before moving to an independent living retirement community: 1) "It's too expensive" 2) "I'm too young" and 3) "I'm not ready for a nursing home."

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Beautiful Day for the 2014 Good Samaritan Hospice 5K

September 23
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Another Good Samaritan Hospice (GSH) 5K is in the books, and judging by the perfect weather, the smiling faces and the funds raised for patient programs, it was another great event! (Photos below)

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Concordia Employee's Dance Experience Benefits Patients

September 16
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With last night being the premier of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” we couldn’t think of a better time to tell a story about one of our team members at Concordia of Monroeville. Read on – you’ll see what we mean! And as usual, feel free to leave a comment below.

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Video: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Assisted Living

September 15
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When it comes to assisted living facilities, many people don’t know where to start their search. Unless you or a loved one lives at one of these facilities, you may not be entirely certain as to what an Assisted Living Facility can offer senior citizens or how it differs from other types of senior living communities. While it may be easy to confuse the benefits of assisted living with those of nursing or retirement homes, it is important to understand the differences in levels of care and services offered.

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Retired Akron Influencers Believe No Retirement Community Around Compares to Sumner

September 9
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Below is a story published in a previous issue of Faith in Caring magazine about a couple at Concordia at Sumner who have been active in the Akron community for years. To be added to the mailing list or e-mail distribution list, e-mail us here or call the Concordia Public Relations Department at 724-352-1571, ext. 8266. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment below!

Say the name “Hay” in any of 20 community boards in the Akron area and it’s one that is sure to be recognized. Serving as president of the Akron Chamber of Commerce in the early 1990s, Karl Hay was the force behind the $33 million investment that helped lay the foundation for redevelopment efforts in downtown Akron. When the John S. Knight Convention Center opened in June 1994, a room was named in his honor.

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Healthy Living for Aging Seniors

September 4
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Fitness and physical activity is important for people at any age, but it is especially important as we grow older. Unfortunately, some people feel as if they cannot be as physically active once they become senior citizens. Potential loss of bone density, arthritis and other signs of aging admittedly don't lend themselves well to a regular workout routine, but many of these issues can be fought with the right exercise regimen. In fact, regular exercise is one of the keys to aging gracefully.

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The Decision: Moving or Staying for Seniors

September 3
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Choosing to move to a new living arrangement or stay in a current home is big decision for most seniors. These days, many people age 55 and older like to make plans ahead of time. Fortunately, there are many residential options that cater to seniors, from trendy senior living apartments to long-term care facilities, if the need arises. The key to making the best choice is to match housing needs with lifestyle, health, and financial needs. From entertainment opportunities to health care services, there are a lot of things to consider when looking into whether to move to a new place or stay put.

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Concordia Residents Share Favorite Memories of Grandparenthood

September 2
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At last count, throughout the entire Concordia system, we have roughly 1,900 beds/apartments/suites/villas/rooms for patients and residents to live/recover/thrive/enjoy life. We’re going to estimate that, at any given time, we have… a BOATLOAD of proud grandparents in our ranks! Yeah… that’s a pretty scientific measurement. And that number doesn’t even include all the grandparents we serve in their very own homes through Concordia Visiting Nurses!

So in celebration of National Grandparents Day, which is observed Sunday, September 7, we thought we would ask some of those proud Grams and Paps their favorite moments as grandparents.

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Adjusting to Senior Living Communities

September 1
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For many seniors, moving into a personal care home or other types of senior living communities is the best solution for enjoying their retirement years safely. Personal care facilities provide seniors easy access to healthcare, and they allow them to maintain a measure of independence that they may not have in a nursing home. Unfortunately, the transition into senior living can sometimes be difficult. Seniors do have more independence and freedom in a personal care home, but they are still there because they have difficulty taking care of themselves. That is a hard truth for anybody to swallow, and some people accept it more readily than others. On top of that, many seniors who relocate to personal care or assisted living are leaving their homes and entering a completely new living situation.

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Importance of Proper Nutrition for Seniors

September 1
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Proper nutrition is necessary for people of all ages. However, it is of great importance for seniors to maintain a proper diet.

Proper nutrition for seniors differs from one individual to the next due to the difference in age and activities they engage in. Long-term care facilities make it easier for seniors to meet their nutritional requirements due to the expertise of the staff. Carbohydrates are essential for the human body, but come with a lot of calories. Seniors should, therefore, consider diets with fewer carbohydrates, due to the fact that their bodies typically require less energy.

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