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Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Ann Birsa

March 24
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Mary Ann Birsa is a person with great compassion who understands the importance of putting a smile on someone’s face. Since August 2002, she has been brightening the days of the residents at Concordia. Not only is Mary Ann putting smiles on the beautiful faces that she comes across during her visits, but so is Pepper and Petey, her Bichon Frise Therapy Dogs. 

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6 Key Nutrients for Healthy Aging (2017)

March 21
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Happy National Nutrition Month! Today’s article was submitted by the Concordia Nutritional Services Department - Carole Keck, RD, Kim Hess, RD, Natalie Kolish, RD, and Ruth Douthett, DTR. Proper nutrition is necessary for people of all ages; however, it is of great importance for seniors to maintain a proper diet. Feel free to leave a comment below or on our Facebook Page. Enjoy!

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What is our “investment” in Easter?

March 14
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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!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” - John 3:16

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4 Smart Questions to Ask When Looking for a Retirement Community (2017)

March 7
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Making the move to a retirement community is a huge decision in any retiree’s life. It often involves the complicated tasks of researching to determine your needs, downsizing, preparing and selling your house, getting finances in order, packing, moving… but it’s a decision very few people regret making. Once someone experiences the worry-free lifestyle of a retirement living community, it’s hard to imagine going back to the burdens of maintaining a house and property.

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Care for Yourself so that You Can Care for Others: A Focus on the Caregiver

March 3
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At Concordia, we understand how important it is to care for our caregivers.  We have seen caregivers of all types over the years ranging from children of our residents, spouses, siblings, friends and even neighbors.  Being a caregiver isn’t reserved only for those of us within this industry, it extends to all of us as a community, a family member, and a friend.

It’s important to Concordia that our caregivers find a healthy balance between care giving and caring for themselves. If you are a caregiver, we hope you will take a moment to read this and determine if you are engaging in a healthy and happy care giving experience. 

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Why is Lent 40 Days Long?

February 28
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being and is an essential component to Concordia's brand of faith-based care. Enjoy!

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is March 1 this year. Did you know the word Lent is not in the Bible? There is no command to observe Lent. Over the years, as the Christian Church celebrated Good Friday and Easter, Lent developed into a 40-day season to help God's people prepare to celebrate Good Friday and Easter more fully.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day at Concordia Personal Care and Retirement Communities

February 14
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Having a reason to celebrate, no matter what the reason may be, is commonplace for the residents of Concordia.  Whether it’s a new Wii U console, Oktoberfest, or our Annual Fashion Show, we are always looking for ways to celebrate and have fun!

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American Heart Month: Tips for Living With Congestive Heart Failure (2017)

February 21
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While February is known for being the month of love thanks to Valentine’s Day, February also marks American Heart Month – a time for all of us to take a look at our heart health and make lifestyle changes to keep it strong.

Unfortunately, for one reason or another, there are many people who have already experienced heart troubles, and are possibly in a maintenance program. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, there are approximately 5.7 million people in the United States living with a broken heart… and we’re not talking about the people who didn’t post a tribute to their significant other on Facebook on February 14. We’re talking about people living with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF).

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Concordia Couples Share “Meet Cute” Stories for Valentine’s Day

February 14
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Happy Valentine’s Day from Concordia! We’ve all seen “meet cute” scenes in classic movies – when two characters who will eventually become a couple meet for the first time in an unexpected way – whether it’s Gene Kelly jumping into Debbie Reynold’s car to escape his fans in “Singin’ in the Rain,” Hugh Grant spilling orange juice on Julia Roberts in “Notting Hill” or Leonardo DiCaprio saving Kate Winslet in “Titanic.” But do these things actually happen in real life?

We talked to some Concordia couples who shared how they met their spouses, and while they may not be quite as dramatic as those on the silver screen, they’re real – which makes them all the more interesting.

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Lifestyle Benefits of Retirement Community Living

February 7
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At Concordia, we’ve learned in our 135+ years of working with seniors that the meaning of “independent” is unique to each individual. One thing that IS clear, however, is the fact that people want to remain independent as long as possible once they reach their golden years. And one way to help retain that independence is by moving to a retirement community that embraces “aging in place.”

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