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Continuing Education as You Age

October 21, 2014
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Conventional wisdom says that people should go to college while they're still young, preferably as soon as they're done with high school; that they should take any degree or certification earned, and apply it to finding a job. Many believe that there's no need to pursue further education once they have a good job unless it will allow them to advance in their career. And once people make it to the point where they can retire, there's definitely no need for college; all they're expected to do is sit back and enjoy the rest of their lives.

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Video: Addressing Some of the Retirement Community Concerns

September 29, 2014
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Thousands of people have chosen Concordia and other providers for their retirement living needs. But for many, there is still some hesitation, and that's understandable. Our goal is to help you – we never want you to make a decision if you’re not ready! In this video, we talk about three of the major concerns people have before moving to an independent living retirement community: 1) "It's too expensive" 2) "I'm too young" and 3) "I'm not ready for a nursing home."

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Video: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Assisted Living

September 15, 2014
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When it comes to assisted living facilities, many people don’t know where to start their search. Unless you or a loved one lives at one of these facilities, you may not be entirely certain as to what an Assisted Living Facility can offer senior citizens or how it differs from other types of senior living communities. While it may be easy to confuse the benefits of assisted living with those of nursing or retirement homes, it is important to understand the differences in levels of care and services offered.

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Healthy Living for Aging Seniors

September 4, 2014
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Fitness and physical activity is important for people at any age, but it is especially important as we grow older. Unfortunately, some people feel as if they cannot be as physically active once they become senior citizens. Potential loss of bone density, arthritis and other signs of aging admittedly don't lend themselves well to a regular workout routine, but many of these issues can be fought with the right exercise regimen. In fact, regular exercise is one of the keys to aging gracefully.

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The Decision: Moving or Staying for Seniors

September 3, 2014
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Choosing to move to a new living arrangement or stay in a current home is big decision for most seniors. These days, many people age 55 and older like to make plans ahead of time. Fortunately, there are many residential options that cater to seniors, from trendy senior living apartments to long-term care facilities, if the need arises. The key to making the best choice is to match housing needs with lifestyle, health, and financial needs. From entertainment opportunities to health care services, there are a lot of things to consider when looking into whether to move to a new place or stay put.

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Adjusting to Senior Living Communities

September 1, 2014
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For many seniors, moving into a personal care home or other types of senior living communities is the best solution for enjoying their retirement years safely. Personal care facilities provide seniors easy access to healthcare, and they allow them to maintain a measure of independence that they may not have in a nursing home. Unfortunately, the transition into senior living can sometimes be difficult. Seniors do have more independence and freedom in a personal care home, but they are still there because they have difficulty taking care of themselves. That is a hard truth for anybody to swallow, and some people accept it more readily than others. On top of that, many seniors who relocate to personal care or assisted living are leaving their homes and entering a completely new living situation.

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Importance of Proper Nutrition for Seniors

September 1, 2014
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Proper nutrition is necessary for people of all ages. However, it is of great importance for seniors to maintain a proper diet.

Proper nutrition for seniors differs from one individual to the next due to the difference in age and activities they engage in. Long-term care facilities make it easier for seniors to meet their nutritional requirements due to the expertise of the staff. Carbohydrates are essential for the human body, but come with a lot of calories. Seniors should, therefore, consider diets with fewer carbohydrates, due to the fact that their bodies typically require less energy.

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The Benefits of Senior Independent Living Centers

August 29, 2014
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If you are a senior citizen or you have an aging parent or relative, you may want to consider the benefits that independent living centers can offer you. These independent living residences, commonly known as retirement communities, offer seniors in good health the opportunity to live independently while also taking advantage of several amenities, activities and the sense of community through the social opportunities. Whether you are looking for the reassurance of having 24-7 assistance available with independent living communities or simply looking for an increased opportunity to remain active within everyday life, making the move to an independent living senior community is always a great option.

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Steps to Healthier and Happier Aging

August 29, 2014
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Agingin the right way is important to your mental, physical, and social health, and it should be treated as a fun and exciting adventure in your life. Here are some the things you can do as a senior citizen to live your life to the fullest.

Be Social

Focus on being social. Humans are designed to be social people who love and care for others. As we age, the opportunities for social interaction dwindle. No longer heading to the office or going out each day can decrease social opportunities that help the mind stay sharp. Staying social and active can help improve a senior’s overall health and add both happiness and, potentially, years to their life.

Improve Your Health with Physical Activity

Nearly 80 percent of seniors suffer from a chronic condition, making a healthy lifestyle and proper health care crucial for those over the age of 65. Promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors and improving overall health, most senior citizencenters provide exercise classes and other programs to help elderly people better care for themselves. Seniors that remain active with physical activity can experience significant health benefits, including the reduced risk of disease, maintaining a healthy level of blood pressure, improving stamina and controlling muscle or joint pain. Whether walking, gardening, aerobics or other types of physical activity, any senior can benefit from even the simplest type of physical activity.

Stay Mentally Strong

Another thing to do is focus on your mental health. Remaining mentally healthy allows you to stay joyful and happy. Do things to exercise your brain, including word games, puzzles, or finishing college. Exercising your mental health can help to prevent and combat memory loss and serious illnesses like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Senior care facilities and retirement centers often provide educational classes and other fun classes to help people challenge their brain. It is important to receive plenty of sleep to help your brain recharge.

Get Outside

A great way to enjoyaginggracefully is by going outside. Recent studies have proved the age-old theory about the benefits of the great outdoors, as nature has been found to improve both memory and attention. Senior facilities often have walking trails and other paths you can enjoy walking or riding a bicycle on. This is a great way to help you get plenty of Vitamin D, which helps to improve your mood.  Nature provides several opportunities for natural stress reducers, helping you to live a longer and happier life.

Concordia provides senior citizens with the opportunity to enjoy this chapter of their lives in one of their beautiful senior care facilities. Stressing the importance of senior healthand active living, Concordia offers a variety of care services from memory care to inpatient physical therapy, promoting healthy aging for seniors no matter what their needs. 

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Aging and the Importance of Healthy Habits

August 29, 2014
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Aging is something that no one can avoid, no matter how hard they try. While it may be impossible to totally fight it off, there are some things you can do to hopefully make the process something to look forward to, rather than dread.

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