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Concordia Blog - 2014

How Senior Living Communities Can Help Combat Depression

December 31, 2014
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Many of us spend our whole lives dreaming about the day we can finally retire, and spend our days doing what we want—instead of what we have to do. Even if you enjoy your profession, most people work primarily to provide for their family and to fulfill financial needs. This is why it comes as a shock to many seniors and their family members when retirement leads to depression—particularly when mobility begins to decline. Believe it or not, an excellent way to combat depression as you age is to move into senior housing or an independent senior living community. Below are a few benefits to senior living that can oftentimes turn your depression around.

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Concordia's 2015 New Year's Resolutions

December 30, 2014
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According to a University of Scranton study, almost half of all Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. We all know the popular ones: lose weight, quit smoking, save money, spend more time with family, volunteer, go to church more regularly, etc. The website USA.gov actually offers a number of popular New Year’s Resolutions ideas, and links to websites to help support you on your journey.

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Your Diet and Aging

December 29, 2014
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You know what they say: “You are what you eat.” What your diet comprises of can determine how well you age. While there are foods that you should favor, there are others that you should limit—if not stay away from entirely. Here are three of the worst foods for aging, as well as three of the best foods for potentially slowing down the aging process.

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The Gift in the Manger

December 25, 2014
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From the Concordia Family to yours: Merry Christmas! Today's post was written by Concordia Deaconess Heather Wathall. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being, especially around this time of year. Enjoy!

Mark Lowry’s song Mary, Did You Know? is all over the Internet this season with different artists sharing their beautiful arrangements. The song explores with wonder the relationship between the virgin Mary and her Son – God’s Son, our Lord Jesus. The song brings into perspective the miracle of our Savior’s birth to a humble girl from an unknown town. What did Mary know about her Son?

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7 Signs Your Aging Loved One May Need Some Extra Help | Video

December 23, 2014
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"Mom is starting to slip." "Dad just seems a little off lately." "There's something a little different about grandma, but I can't put my finger on it."

If you have an aging loved one, you might know these phrases all too well. The problem with those phrases, though, is that they aren't very specific. In this video, we briefly talk about a few of the signs that your aging loved one may need some extra help at home, or that it might be a good idea to start looking into a senior care community.

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"A Magical Night" - Concordia's 2nd Annual Live Nativity (photos)

December 16, 2014
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Wow, wow, and wow! The 2nd Annual Concordia Live Nativity was a blast!

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Why Memory Care Services are Beneficial | Slideshow

December 16, 2014
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Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory-impairing ailments not only affect us mentally but emotionally as well. No matter if it is you or a loved one who is diagnosed, coming to terms with these type of memory ailments is never an easy task.

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4 Benefits of Short Term Rehabilitation

December 13, 2014
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If you recently experienced a fall, surgery or a new health condition that has your medical team recommending short-term rehabilitation, you may be wondering, “what’s the point?” Below are four benefits of short-term rehabilitation that will help explain how it’s worth the time and energy it will require over the next few weeks or months.

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5 Reasons Your Family Should Come to Concordia’s Second Annual Live Nativity

December 11, 2014
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(This article is from the 2014 Concordia Live Nativity. While the reasons for attending haven't changed, remember that the 2015 Live Nativity is Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 from 4-7 p.m.)

Between all of our senior care communities in western PA and eastern OH and home care, we do TONS of community events throughout the year at Concordia. And while they all serve an important purpose – education, fundraising, community building, fun, etc – there’s something special about the Live Nativity, which will be held this Sunday, Dec. 14 from 5-7 p.m. at Concordia at Cabot’s Haven II building (148 Marwood Rd., Cabot, PA 16023 - click here for Google Maps directions). Maybe it’s the message, maybe it’s the season… but whatever IT is, IT makes this one event not to miss.

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Benefits of Aquatic Therapy for Seniors

December 9, 2014
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It has been said that swimming is one of the best forms of exercise a person can engage in. It works nearly every muscle group in the body, and since it's a low-impact exercise, it's easy on bones and joints. This is especially valuable for senior citizens who otherwise may avoid exercise due to weaker muscles, joint pain or osteoporosis.

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