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How to Talk to a Parent about Moving to an Assisted Living Community

October 20
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Talking to parents about moving to a nursing home or assisted living community can be one of the harder tasks a child will ever have to undertake. Here at Concordia, we understand what you are going through and how heart-wrenching it may be.  When older seniors have an unrealistic view about their future and their ability to care for themselves, it makes this conversation even more difficult. However, when it's evident that a parent needs 24/7 care in a specialized facility and/or it's unsafe for them to be without supervision, it's a topic that needs to be addressed for your loved one's wellbeing. 

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National Picnic Month: Planning a Picnic for Your Older Loved Ones

August 21
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Happy National Picnic Month! August is a great time for weddings, family reunions and the perfect simple picnic. That goes for our elderly loved ones, too! Picnics are a great way to experience fresh air, feel the warmth of sunshine and take in the scent of the outdoors ― especially for our loved ones who may be living in a personal care or assisted living facility or nursing home. While there are pros and cons to consider when planning outdoor events, with the right preparation, the pros can greatly outweigh the cons.

Choosing to take your senior loved one on an outdoor picnic can help to stimulate their senses and lift their spirits. Plus, a picnic is a great way to encourage your loved one to enjoy food and to promote the social interaction that comes with shared mealtimes. You can also invite them to get involved with the preparation, such as making sandwiches or shredding lettuce for a salad.

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What Faith Based Caring Really Means

November 2, 2016
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What Faith Based Caring Really Means

Faithful caring, healing and service: These characteristics exemplify “The Concordia Way.” Senior living in Pittsburgh, PA at Concordia means residents are treated with caring compassion as we fulfill our ministry of service with our core value of healing at the forefront, providing non-profit senior care to seniors of all denominations.

Whether receiving care in one of Concordia's residential service options, being treated in one of our rehabilitation programs, or taking advantage of the extra time provided by our adult day services, every act is performed with an open, loving heart. The staff members work with the purpose of exemplifying God's love by working through service to fulfill the ministry of Concordia. Faith-based caring is exactly what it sounds like: following our faith and God's word to lead us to service of others. Selflessly giving to improve another person’s quality of life is how we view service.

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Reducing your dementia risk through nutrition

March 8, 2016
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For many people, one of the biggest fears associated with aging is the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia. According to the National Institutes of Health, one in seven Americans over 71 years of age has some form of dementia.

While home care services and senior care communities have come a long way in enabling individuals with memory impairments to live full, happy lives, there is still a long way to go. As daunting as this seems, research suggests there are ways to reduce your likelihood of developing a dementia-related illness. No surprise, it starts with what we eat. And lucky for us, March is National Nutrition Month, so there’s no better time than now to take a look! Special thanks to Concordia Dietetic Technician, Registered Ruth Douthett for contributing information for this article!

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Heart Health Tips for National Heart Month

February 2, 2016
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Did you know February is Heart Month? And of course, it’s the season of love as well. It’s no coincidence that the two go hand in hand! So if you want to continue your Valentine’s Day traditions for years to come, heart health should become a priority.

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Fall Flu Prevention Tips for Seniors

October 27, 2015
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As we age, our immune system begins to weaken, which means seniors must take a proactive approach to preventing the flu. While general health and hygiene must always be top of mind, they are even more important during flu season. Flu outbreaks can begin as early as October, so the sooner you create a plan the better for your body’s well-being!

Remember to always consult with your doctor or health professional before making any changes to your lifestyle, like starting a new diet or exercise regimen.

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What goes into "Brain Health"?

September 8, 2015
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You can’t find your keys, you forget a name, you walk into a room and can’t remember why... Memory lapses are common at any age, but as we grow older, the risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease increases. Believe it or not, one in every seven Americans over the age of 71 has some form of dementia. Although it is not curable, there are simple lifestyle changes that can help reduce your risk of developing dementia. We've all heard about the importance of having a healthy mind, but beyond the basic mantra of "exercise your brain," do we really understand what it means to have a brain-healthy lifestyle?

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A "Novel" Gift Idea

August 25, 2015
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August may seem way too early to think about Christmas presents, but we are officially only four months away (to the day)! Plus, Richard Sater, who has previously written for Concordia about coping with grief and how he cared for his wife, Dolores, and her struggle with Parkinson’s disease, had a gift idea to share that requires some time and planning.

So this year, consider a present for your family that ensures it will be a Christmas they’ll remember. It’s a gift that can even be made at home or in a retirement community - so you won’t have to brave any crowded shopping malls! Enjoy…

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What is Occupational Therapy?

August 4, 2015
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Today's post was written by Concordia Occupational Therapist Terry Letzelter, who has worked in the field for 30 years. Thanks to clinicians like Terry and others at Concordia, we have the expertise and resources to help get our patients back to life.

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A Few Questions to Ask Before Considering a Retirement Living Community

July 7, 2015
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“Where should I spend my retirement years?” This is a common question for most retirees. When deciding whether or not to move to a retirement living community, your head may be spinning with questions, so it’s important to know the right ones to ask. Below is a list of some questions you should ask yourself when planning your retirement future!

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