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That's What Friends Are For: 16 Concordia Residents All Come From Same Church

March 31
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Below is a story published in a previous issue of Faith in Caring magazine (click here to see the March 2015 issue) on how a group of 16 residents at Concordia of the South Hills were all members of the same church prior to moving to the retirement community! 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!

If you asked someone unfamiliar with Concordia of the South Hills what “The Bower Hill Gang” is, guesses could range from a rowdy group of soccer fans to something out of The Little Rascals.

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5 Tips for Avoiding Senior Financial Abuse

March 24
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In the technological age we’re in, millions of people fall victim to financial fraud every year, and many don’t even realize it’s happened until it’s too late. There are many different types of fraud, ranging from telemarketing scams to insurance fraud and identity theft. One common type of fraud is elder financial abuse, which is also one of the fastest growing forms of elder abuse.

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Slideshow | Senior Health Tips for Winter

March 19
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Cold weather can pose a serious health hazard to anyone regardless of age. These obstacles become only more difficult with age, from trips and falls on slippery ice to the common illnesses that the temperature drop brings, there is a lot for seniors to overcome during the winter season.

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4 Tips for Relieving Caregiver Stress | Video

March 17
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There are around 44 million Americans who could be classified as “non-professional caregivers” – individuals who provide unpaid care to a friend or relative in their home. Anyone can be one of these caregivers: a wife taking care of her husband, a nephew caring for his aunt, an adult child caring for mom or dad, even a parent caring for a disabled or ill child.

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

March 10
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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.

As all of us in western PA and eastern OH have experienced in the past several months, winter brings shorter days and decreased outside activities (thank God for Daylight Saving Time!). While curling up with a good book in front of the fireplace is a great way to pass the time in the winter, when we avoid the harsh elements in our warm and cozy homes, our levels of vitamin D decrease.

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Concordia Resident's Husband Recalls Wife's Time as a Jeopardy! Champion

March 3
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In 2004, Ken Jennings became a household name after setting the record for most consecutive Jeopardy! wins: 75 victories in a row. During that run, his earnings surpassed a whopping $2.5 million. Suffice to say, one can argue that Jennings was defined by his Jeopardy! success.

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5 Potential Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

March 2
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Watching a loved one decline into the clutches of Alzheimer's disease can be devastating. This disease claims memories, but it also robs people of their independence. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in this country; it's also the only cause of death that can't be prevented or cured, according to the Alzheimer's Association. The signs of this debilitating disease often come on slowly, so you may not even notice them at first. However, as the symptoms progress, you can better track and understand what is going on. Here are five potential signs:

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Can Exercise Keep You Young?

February 27
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As we age, it's natural to slow down a bit. Your body simply doesn't move the way it once did, and with afflictions such as arthritis, bad backs and knees, and osteoporosis, it can be hard to get motivated for any kind of exercise. However, that's precisely why you need to get up and get active.

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Exceptional Stories of Care: Patient's Family Member Becomes Dedicated Volunteer

February 24
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A retired Awards Program Coordinator at SAE International and retired hot air balloon pilot of 20 years, Ginny Whipple now enjoys kayaking, fishing, geocaching, and photography. Just under a year ago, however, she added another hobby to her list: volunteering for Good Samaritan Hospice (GSH). Like many who are compelled to donate their time, Ginny experienced GSH care firsthand, as her mother spent her final days at the organization’s Heritage Valley inpatient unit.

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4 Tips to a Healthy Heart

February 24
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February is National Heart Month, which makes now an excellent time to share a few heart healthy tips for seniors. While the four heart healthy tips below are relevant to adults of all ages, they are especially important for seniors with an increased risk of heart-related concerns. These seniors stand to benefit the most from senior living communities and retirement homes, which can provide more healthy living opportunities and activities to their residents.

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