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4 Benefits of Volunteering (Happy National Volunteer Month!)

April 26
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Did you know that April has been National Volunteer Appreciation Month? We’re grateful for our volunteers all year round, but we had a number of special events this month just to say “thank you” for all of their hard work. This year, one of those events was a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at our Cabot campus – where staff members served over 175 volunteers!

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Why Fishing is a Great Activity for Kids

April 19
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Have you marked your calendars and registered yet for the 2016 Concordia Fishing Derby for kids 14 and under? If not, what are you waiting for?! This year’s event will be Saturday, May 7 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Saxony Farm Estate. Hot dogs and refreshments will be available, and prizes will be awarded. A limited number of fishing poles will be on hand to lend, but if participants have one, please bring it. Bring lawn chairs as well, if possible. Concordia will provide bait.

And did we mention, everything is free?

Since the event will be here before we know it, we thought we would give you a quick list of reasons fishing is a great activity for kids. Come to think of it… adults may need reminded of these things as well!

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It’s Almost National Healthcare Decisions Day: The Time to Talk is NOW!

April 12
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There are very few things more precious than a newborn baby. Perhaps it’s then no coincidence that most people plan for a new baby with the same fervor of NASA planning to launch a rocket into outer space. Every detail is meticulously evaluated - and rightfully so!

We’ve all heard of birth plans, right? We put a LOT of thought into a child's birth and pre-plan as much as possible: the hospital, the physician, the method of birth, the medication options, the time off from work and more. We decorate a nursery, stock up on the essentials - diapers, formula, vitamins, adorable outfits, etc. - and hold several parties/occasions (remember when Babymoons and Gender-Reveal Parties weren’t things?).

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How your Immune System can help keep you young

April 6
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As we age, our immune system isn’t quite as strong as it was in our younger days. It is for this reason that seniors should make a few health changes to their daily and weekly routine. Boosting your immune system is easier than you might think, especially for those who have chosen senior living centers in the Pittsburgh area.

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Car Talk: Inside a Vehicle Donation Program

April 5
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Today’s article was written by Concordia Chief Development Officer Scott Koskoski. The Foundation Office is responsible for all fundraising efforts, which includes annual giving, planned giving, corporate giving, fundraising events and more. Enjoy!

A few years ago, when a doctor surprised my wife Melissa and me by announcing (when Melissa was 22 weeks pregnant!) that we’d soon be parents of not one new addition but twins, I had the same first thought as most males in that situation would have:

Oh no – our small car is going to be one seatbelt short after these twins get here.

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Signs That Being a Family Caregiver is Becoming Too Much

March 30
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It is not uncommon for family members to step up and take on the increasing care needs of an aging or ill loved one. However, sometimes the need for professional care simply outweighs what the family caregiver can manage. Below are a few indicators that you may be burning out, or having trouble providing a sufficient level of care for your loved one. If this article is hitting close to home, you may want to consider beginning conversation about making the move to a senior living facility.

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Concordia Residents Recall St. Patrick’s Day Flood of 1936

March 29
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This year marked the 80th anniversary of the St. Patrick’s Day Flood, an event that left an impression on MANY people in the greater Pittsburgh area – especially those directly affected by the deadly waters that spring. Heavy rain and melting snow caused major flooding in the Pittsburgh region and other areas. With water levels as high as 46 feet, the death toll climbed to over 150 throughout the Ohio Valley.

Five Concordia at Cabot retirement living residents talked about the flood and what they experienced during this trying time. And since all of them were only children in 1936, they remember the tragedy from a child’s perspective – a time of great loss, but also of great perseverance. Take a look at their stories, and if you or someone you know experienced the flood, feel free to share your memories in the comments below!

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4 Types of Hospice Care

March 23
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Hospice care is specialized healthcare for terminally ill patients that is intended to ease their pain and allows them to live the rest of their lives in comfort. When most people imagine hospice, what usually comes to mind are inpatient hospice services, which are delivered in a healthcare setting. What they may not know is that there are generally four types of hospice care, two of which are carried out in the home. If you or a loved one will be in need of hospice services in Pittsburgh, here are some things you should know about each type of hospice care.

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7 Springtime Activities for Seniors (2016)

March 22
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While most of us in Concordia Land spent the first day of spring indoors watching snowflakes fall to the ground, it’s pretty exciting to know that regular sunshine and warm weather are in our very near future – especially for our senior loved ones, who may be more susceptible to bouts of wintertime depression.

There are many reasons to be happy in the spring – new life is emerging, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming – but for individuals with mobility concerns, having the ability to get out and about has to be at the top of the list. So now you have the opportunity, but what are some fun or therapeutic activities you can do with your senior loved one?

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Incorporating Technology into Senior Living Communities

March 16
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When most people imagine cutting-edge technology and how it impacts their lives, a senior living community probably doesn't immediately come to mind. The older members of our population didn't grow up with television, let alone smartphones and the Internet. Even those born just a generation ago didn't have regular access to computers like many of today's children. And yet, many senior housing communities are embracing technology as a means to keep their residents active, healthy and happy.

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