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Exceptional Stories of Care: Family Experiences Four Levels of Care at Concordia

January 27
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Longtime Concordia resident George Boggs and his wife Mary (better known to friends and loved ones as Frances or Fran) first moved to Concordia at Cabot's Haven Apartments in October of 2001. Concerned for their wellbeing after Fran began having health problems, their children had suggested they consider moving someplace where assistance would be available to them whenever they needed it. Since they lived locally, they knew of Concordia through word-of-mouth and decided to check it out.

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Call to Care: Avoiding “Pink Thinking”

January 20
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge and is part 15 of the "Call to Care" series. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being.

To help caregivers relate to those who are suffering, Dr. Kenneth Haugk, in his book entitled Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart, includes a chapter called "Pink Thinking." "Pink thinking" can be just as harmful as "words that hurt, not heal" - but it is more subtle.

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7 Money-Saving Tips for Seniors

January 13
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Following the excess of the holiday season, and with resolutions fresh in our minds, January is such a good month to start improving a few not-so-good habits in our lives. One such area might be our finances and the way we spend money.

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Put Me In Coach: Concordia Rehab Helps Butler Coach Regain Strength After Injury

January 6
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Below is a story published in a previous issue of Faith in Caring magazine (click here to see the January 2015 issue!) on how Concordia helped a Butler High School coach and teacher get back to life after severely tearing his shoulder while playing football in college. To be added to the mailing list or e-mail distribution list, contact us here or call the Concordia Public Relations Department at 724-352-1571, ext. 8266. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment below!

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4 Misconceptions About Life After Retirement

January 5
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Retirement is often thought of as a goal most of us strive for. The thinking is that once we reach a certain age and have saved up enough money, we can enjoy our later years at home without having to work. Unfortunately, not everyone knows what to expect once they are able to retire. There are plenty of misconceptions about retirement that need to be debunked. Here are just a few of the most common ones.

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How Senior Living Communities Can Help Combat Depression

December 31, 2014
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Many of us spend our whole lives dreaming about the day we can finally retire, and spend our days doing what we want—instead of what we have to do. Even if you enjoy your profession, most people work primarily to provide for their family and to fulfill financial needs. This is why it comes as a shock to many seniors and their family members when retirement leads to depression—particularly when mobility begins to decline. Believe it or not, an excellent way to combat depression as you age is to move into senior housing or an independent senior living community. Below are a few benefits to senior living that can oftentimes turn your depression around.

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Concordia's 2015 New Year's Resolutions

December 30, 2014
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According to a University of Scranton study, almost half of all Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. We all know the popular ones: lose weight, quit smoking, save money, spend more time with family, volunteer, go to church more regularly, etc. The website USA.gov actually offers a number of popular New Year’s Resolutions ideas, and links to websites to help support you on your journey.

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Your Diet and Aging

December 29, 2014
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You know what they say: “You are what you eat.” What your diet comprises of can determine how well you age. While there are foods that you should favor, there are others that you should limit—if not stay away from entirely. Here are three of the worst foods for aging, as well as three of the best foods for potentially slowing down the aging process.

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The Gift in the Manger

December 25, 2014
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From the Concordia Family to yours: Merry Christmas! Today's post was written by Concordia Deaconess Heather Wathall. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being, especially around this time of year. Enjoy!

Mark Lowry’s song Mary, Did You Know? is all over the Internet this season with different artists sharing their beautiful arrangements. The song explores with wonder the relationship between the virgin Mary and her Son – God’s Son, our Lord Jesus. The song brings into perspective the miracle of our Savior’s birth to a humble girl from an unknown town. What did Mary know about her Son?

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7 Signs Your Aging Loved One May Need Some Extra Help | Video

December 23, 2014
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"Mom is starting to slip." "Dad just seems a little off lately." "There's something a little different about grandma, but I can't put my finger on it."

If you have an aging loved one, you might know these phrases all too well. The problem with those phrases, though, is that they aren't very specific. In this video, we briefly talk about a few of the signs that your aging loved one may need some extra help at home, or that it might be a good idea to start looking into a senior care community.

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