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The Benefits of Pet Therapy for Seniors

May 26
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At Concordia, we have been bringing pet therapy services to a variety of our locations for over 15 years. We believe this form of therapy brightens the days of our residents and helps to improve socialization. We recently interviewed volunteer Mary Ann Birsa, who has been conducting pet therapy at our Concordia at Ridgewood Place location in Plum Borough. During her interview, Mary Ann described one of her greatest memories being the day one of our residents, who is very nonverbal due to a stroke, met her dog, Pepper.  “As he interacted with Pepper, he actually began to talk,” Mary Ann said. “It was such an amazing experience to witness how people interact with animals. I believe animals can see into your soul.”

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Concordia Fashion Show Impresses Once Again in 2017

May 23
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As usual, Concordia’s 12th Annual Fashion Show, Butterfly Bash, impressed those in attendance. Held on Saturday, May 20 in the beautiful, expansive Butler Country Club, this year’s fundraiser included butterfly-themed centerpieces and favors, a well-organized basket auction (49 baskets), 157 sold-out mystery bags, a variety of vendors and a fashion show highlighting looks from Boscov’s and Christopher & Banks. The fashion show models were 11 of Concordia’s own residents, employees and friends!

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National Nursing Home Week 2017 - A Letter From the President

May 19
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If you haven’t heard, we’re wrapping up National Nursing Home Week (May 14-20). And as you can probably imagine, this is a pretty big deal at Concordia. So big, in fact, that we decided long ago to pair it with our Employee Appreciation Week.

PS – If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you are already WELL aware of this, since we've been posting pictures all week. If you don’t follow us yet, why not?! Go check it out!

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2017 Concordia Fishing Derby for Kids Draws More Than 700 Despite Weather | PHOTOS

May 16
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The 2017 Concordia Fishing Derby for Kids was another HUGE success, as more than 700 people visited Lake Saxony, despite the chilly temperatures and threat of rain! We gave away three grand prizes this year - two bikes and a kayak - and caught the biggest fish in the event's four-year history: a 19-inch largemouth bass! Also new this year were sunglasses that were given to each kid. (Read more for photos)

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Concordia Resident-Led Group Dines with a Sense of Adventure

May 9
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There are many resident-led activities at Concordia Lutheran Ministries’ three retirement living communities in Cabot, the South Hills of Pittsburgh and Sumner (near Akron, OH), and one of the most adventurous is the Dining Destinies group at Concordia at Cabot. The group, which currently has nearly 60 residents on its calling list, is led by residents Barbara Peterson and Mary Simmons and centers around one main idea – trying new food.

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Concordia 2017 Summer Event Season Starts Soon

May 2
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It may not OFFICIALLY be summer until June 21, but the summer event season at Concordia starts in a couple weeks! From now until the end of August, we have close to 20 events lined up either at our senior care locations or out in the community – and that doesn’t even include the multiple open houses we’ll soon be scheduling at Highpointe at Rebecca, the retirement community in Allison Park that we’re almost finished building.

We couldn’t possibly highlight every one of the many events today (we’d lose you halfway through!), but we picked some to showcase. For a complete list, click here to visit the Events & News page. And you really should check out the complete list… LOTS of great events!

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Tips for Visiting a Loved One in a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility

May 1
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At Concordia, we see firsthand how much our senior loved ones in a nursing home or assisted living facility enjoy having visitors on a regular basis.  It keeps them connected with their friends and family outside of their home and it breaks up their routine.  Unfortunately, many people make only brief visits to loved ones in assisted living, rehab facilities, or nursing homes -- or avoid visiting completely -- because they are worried about awkward moments

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A Giant Thank You for National Volunteer Month 2017!

April 28
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Walk down the halls of any Concordia location or homecare office on any given day, and most likely you’ll notice a feeling of warmth. We can attribute the feeling to a lot of things: our caring staff, passionate residents, attentive chaplaincy department, pleasant surroundings… We can also blame it on the thermometer, since our residents tend to like the temperature to be on the toasty side!

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Amenities and Community Help Keep Concordia at Sumner Couple Active and Engaged

April 25
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Ted and Linda Oravecz moved to Concordia at Sumner in the summer of 2016, and it's felt like resort-style living ever since.

“There is nothing institutional about this community,” they agreed. Besides the beauty of the architecture, the lush grounds and the vast number of amenities, everyone they’ve met, from fellow residents to staff, are “super supportive.”

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10 Best Parts of Camp Erin Pittsburgh

April 18
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Did you know one out of every 20 children age 15 and younger will suffer the loss of one or both parents? These statistics don’t even account for the number of children grieving the loss of an extended family member, friend or caregiver. Camp Erin Pittsburgh is a free, weekend-long, overnight camp for children and teens that have experienced the death of a significant person in their lifetime. This weekend event alternates traditional camp activities and grief activities in order to facilitate peer bonding and to educate campers on the grieving process while providing them with coping skills.

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