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Concordia Residents Reflect on Their Favorite Memories

July 3
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On July 4, 1776, the United States Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. Every year since, Americans across the country have demonstrated their patriotism through various celebrations and traditions.

We talked to residents at Concordia of Cranberry, Concordia of Franklin Park and Concordia of Wexford about their favorite Independence Day memories and activities. Whether it be spending time with loved ones, having a festive picnic, or enjoying a firework show, every resident has his or her own special traditions. (photos below)

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Tips to Get Up and Get Moving This Summer

June 27
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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 - regardless of age.

Warmer temperatures are finally here! The nicer weather tempts most of us to get out and about after those cold winter months. This makes it a wonderful time of year to start a walking program to help improve our health. Walking is also an excellent activity to help increase cardiovascular tolerance, control weight, decrease blood pressure, help regulate blood sugar for those with diabetes, and more.

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Camp Erin Pittsburgh 2017 Hosts More Than 100 Campers | Photos

June 20
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Camp Erin Pittsburgh, the grief camp for children and teens that is hosted by Good Samaritan Hospice, The Moyer Foundation, and YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee, was a great success!

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More Than 80 Legacy Donors Recognized at Luncheon | Photos

June 16
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Today's post was submitted by Concordia Chief Development Officer Scott Koskoski. Click here to learn more about giving options at Concordia.

More than 80 members of Concordia’s Legacy Society and their guests joined Concordia Lutheran Ministries leadership and Parent Board members for the annual Legacy Society Appreciation Luncheon, held Tuesday, June 13 at the Butler Country Club. Our Legacy Luncheon is annually one of Concordia’s most elegant events, befitting of the guests – those who have committed to remember Concordia in their estate plans or who have made significant planned gifts during their lifetime to our mission!

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Five Father’s Day Ideas for Families with an Aging Loved One (2017)

June 13
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Father’s Day is right around the corner! With thousands of Dads, Pops, Paps and G.G.s calling Concordia skilled nursing, personal care and retirement communities home, we’ve discovered that one of the most popular things you can give the older father (or father figure) in your life is the gift of time spent together.

With that said, we’ve put together a few Father’s Day gift ideas that you can do with your senior loved one this, or any other, weekend – if the weather cooperates, of course.

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Six Reasons You May Be Ready for Retirement Living

June 6
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Many older adults start considering retirement living when their current housing no longer fits the lifestyle they want or need. For example, a stockpile of belongings is weighing you down mentally and physically, house responsibilities have become a burden, you may feel isolated as friends or family move away, or safety and security in the old neighborhood may no longer be adequate.

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Concordia Retirement Living Resident Stays Full of Life by Remaining Active

May 30
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When Concordia residents explain why they chose Concordia retirement living, there are three terms they use the most: quality, security and value. What we’ve learned over the years is that those terms can have different interpretations – especially “security.” Security can be a resident’s satisfaction with the financial security Concordia provides for their estate or loved ones, physical building security or even the security of having people around who share similar interests and experiences. Concordia retirement living resident Kathy Shields falls into the latter camp, having found a new sense of belonging after moving to Concordia at Cabot.

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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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