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Oktoberfest Celebrates Concordia's German Heritage

September 27
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Below is a story published in the September 2016 issue of Faith in Caring magazine (click here to check out the full issue online) on the history of Concordia’s Oktoberfest! To be added to the mailing list or e-mail distribution list, message us through the contact form on our website or call the Concordia Public Relations Department at 724-352-1571, ext. 8266. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment below!

Did you know that many of Concordia Lutheran Ministries’ early records were written in German? Concordia was first opened as the Evangelical Lutheran Concordia Orphans and Old Peoples Home in the early 1880s by a group of German Lutheran pastors, and the housefathers who ran the Home kept a running journal in German until 1922.

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Concordia Fall 2016 Event Calendar Filled to the Brim

September 20
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Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” -- Well friends, as of September 22, autumn will officially be upon us. Out will be the sunscreen, watermelon, flip flops and shorts. But in will be the changing leaves, apples and pears at their freshest, hooded sweatshirts and pumpkin-flavored everything. Another reason to get excited for the fall: the events happening at Concordia!

In the coming weeks and months, we have a lot of community events that have grown in recent years, attracting more families than ever. Here is a quick preview of a few of the upcoming events that are open to the public and promise to be either fun, educational or inspiring – sometimes all three!

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Making the Most of Your Visit with a Loved One in Hospice Care

September 15
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Visiting a loved one in hospice care can be a difficult experience on some levels, and people don’t always know how to handle it. They may not want to see someone they love in a physically or mentally deteriorated state, or they may be overcome by the fact that this person is no longer seeking curative treatment. And yet, visiting someone who is receiving hospice care at home or inpatient hospice care in a nursing home, hospital or stand-alone hospice facility is one of the most important things you can do for them. Hospice care and other nonprofit senior care services are intended to make people comfortable, but physical comfort isn’t the only comfort needed. Many hospice patients are yearning to see those they love, and you can help by simply being there.

With that said, there are some things you should remember when you visit someone in hospice care.

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Grand Memories: Concordia Residents Share Their Favorite Moments as Grandparents

September 13
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Grand [grand] – adjective. Impressive in size, appearance, or general effect; stately, majestic, or dignified; noble or revered; of great importance, distinction, or pretension…

Parent [pair-uh nt] – noun. A father or a mother; an ancestor, precursor, or progenitor; a source, origin, or cause; a protector or guardian; any organism that produces or generates another…

When you look at the definitions of the two words that combine to make “Grandparent,” it’s pretty easy to see why they are such important people in our lives. And not just our ACTUAL grandparents, but any of the seniors in our lives who we respect, admire, cherish and love.

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5 Downsizing Tips for De-Cluttering Your Life

September 6
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In every season of life, we accumulate new and different items – furniture, clothes, tools, knick knacks, toys and more “stuff” than we can even imagine. For most people, it’s important to take inventory of our belongings at certain points and decide what we still want to keep around, because, believe it or not, clutter can play a significant role in our mental and emotional health. According to research, clutter can cause stress, difficulty focusing, anxiety, guilt, lack of productivity and more.

This clutter conundrum is typically most prevalent among seniors. Often, they have lived in – and accumulated belongings in – the same house for three, four, even five decades. So when they hit their retirement years and decide to downsize to a smaller home or retirement community, that’s usually when the reality of just how much stuff they have REALLY sets in.

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Fitness Programs That Can Have You Feeling Young Again

August 30
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Exercise is important for people of all ages, yet many senior citizens don’t always get the exercise they need to stay healthy. While it is true that people tend to slow down as they get older, there are still plenty of easy exercises that seniors can do to stay healthy and feel young even after they’ve moved into a retirement community. Many senior care facilities and senior apartments provide exercise programs for residents, but here are some things you can do on your own.

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2016 Concordia Dog Show Another Doggone Good Time

August 23
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Cats vs. Dogs – it’s a rivalry as old as time. The conflict between our favorite pets has become so passionate over the years that it has even caused division between us humans. After all, we’re all either a dog person or a cat person, right? Whichever pet you believe reigns supreme, odds are, you have a pretty good argument in their favor.

While one could easily argue that cats win the battle for funniest YouTube videos, dogs were the stars of the show at Concordia the other day, as the Cabot Activities Department hosted the 16th annual Dog Days of Summer Dog Show!

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Intercom Devotions: Focusing on Those in Need and Those Giving Care

August 16
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Most people familiar with the senior care services at Concordia know that faith plays an integral part in everything we do. What some people may not realize, however, is the scope of our Chaplaincy Department, which provides spiritual care to the MANY people we care for each year. The numbers are pretty staggering.

In 2015, they visited over 1,000 people in the hospital and 450 in hospice; they conducted over 1,100 worship services and 1,200 Bible studies; and as for the individual prayers with patients and residents, well, those are countless. There are even daily devotions, including email devotions for employees and devotions read over the intercom for residents who can’t leave their rooms.

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Picking the Right Backpack for Your Kids/Grandkids

August 9
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Today's post was written by Concordia Physical Therapist Assistant Marcy Reott. At Concordia Outpatient Therapy, we have the expertise and resources to help get patients back to life - regardless of age.

It's that time of year again when kids will be heading back to school before we know it. For many parents and grandparents, this means it's time to go backpack shopping. But things are a little different than they were years ago, when the biggest decision was which cartoon character you wanted to grace the front or which color you preffered. Did you know that in 2013, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 3,000 children were treated for backpack-related injuries?

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Simple Solutions to Help Pay for Personal Care Expenses

August 10
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Assisted living and personal care are both very important for those who need it, but covering the costs of assisted living or senior assistance can be very difficult for families who are on a tight budget. Fortunately, there are often solutions within the nonprofit community that can help you pay for these services. Here are just a couple solutions to keep in mind.

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