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Concordia Resident-Led Group Dines with a Sense of Adventure

May 9
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There are many resident-led activities at Concordia Lutheran Ministries’ three retirement living communities in Cabot, the South Hills of Pittsburgh and Sumner (near Akron, OH), and one of the most adventurous is the Dining Destinies group at Concordia at Cabot. The group, which currently has nearly 60 residents on its calling list, is led by residents Barbara Peterson and Mary Simmons and centers around one main idea – trying new food.

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Concordia 2017 Summer Event Season Starts Soon

May 2
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It may not OFFICIALLY be summer until June 21, but the summer event season at Concordia starts in a couple weeks! From now until the end of August, we have close to 20 events lined up either at our senior care locations or out in the community – and that doesn’t even include the multiple open houses we’ll soon be scheduling at Highpointe at Rebecca, the retirement community in Allison Park that we’re almost finished building.

We couldn’t possibly highlight every one of the many events today (we’d lose you halfway through!), but we picked some to showcase. For a complete list, click here to visit the Events & News page. And you really should check out the complete list… LOTS of great events!

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Tips for Visiting a Loved One in a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility

May 1
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At Concordia, we see firsthand how much our senior loved ones in a nursing home or assisted living facility enjoy having visitors on a regular basis.  It keeps them connected with their friends and family outside of their home and it breaks up their routine.  Unfortunately, many people make only brief visits to loved ones in assisted living, rehab facilities, or nursing homes -- or avoid visiting completely -- because they are worried about awkward moments

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A Giant Thank You for National Volunteer Month 2017!

April 28
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Walk down the halls of any Concordia location or homecare office on any given day, and most likely you’ll notice a feeling of warmth. We can attribute the feeling to a lot of things: our caring staff, passionate residents, attentive chaplaincy department, pleasant surroundings… We can also blame it on the thermometer, since our residents tend to like the temperature to be on the toasty side!

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Concordia at Sumner Residents are Active and Engaged

April 25
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Ted and Linda Oravecz moved to Concordia at Sumner in the summer of 2016, and it's felt like resort-style living ever since.

“There is nothing institutional about this community,” they agreed. Besides the beauty of the architecture, the lush grounds and the vast number of amenities, everyone they’ve met, from fellow residents to staff, are “super supportive.”

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10 Best Parts of Camp Erin Pittsburgh

April 18
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Did you know one out of every 20 children age 15 and younger will suffer the loss of one or both parents? These statistics don’t even account for the number of children grieving the loss of an extended family member, friend or caregiver. Camp Erin Pittsburgh is a free, weekend-long, overnight camp for children and teens that have experienced the death of a significant person in their lifetime. This weekend event alternates traditional camp activities and grief activities in order to facilitate peer bonding and to educate campers on the grieving process while providing them with coping skills.

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Call to Care: Simple and Profound

April 11
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge and is part 20 of the "Call to Care" series. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being.

In his book "Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart," about how to relate to those who are suffering, Dr. Kenneth Haugk shares a number of ways for relating to suffering people that build them up rather than tear them down.  Caring for suffering people can be challenging.  It's not always easy, but it is possible.

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How to Choose the Right Type of Care for Your Loved One

April 4
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Every year, over 8 million people receive long-term care services in their home or in an inpatient facility. Odds are, you know someone in that exact situation. But what if it’s your loved one who can no longer care for themselves as they once did? What if they may need additional care? Finding the right type of care is key to ensuring your loved one continues to have a high quality of life.

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Nursing Home Checklist: What to Consider When Looking for a Nursing Home

March 31
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Are you currently looking, or thinking of looking, for a nursing home for a loved one? If so, everyone at Concordia understands how difficult that decision can be - it may, in fact, be one of the toughest decisions you will ever have to make.

If a loved one needs to move to a nursing home, it means they can no longer care for themselves and are in a vulnerable state. We’ve been working with seniors for over 135 years, so we can empathize with you during this time, and want you to know that you are not alone going through this process. You will find the right fit for your loved one so they can continue living a meaningful, fulfilling life.

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Man from Maryland Chooses to Rehab at Concordia

March 28
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With the many locations in the Concordia family, we count patients from places far and wide. But a recent patient in the short-term rehab unit on the Concordia at Cabot campus owns the title of the patient who has traveled the farthest for Concordia’s brand of care. He came from Cumberland, MD. His journey for what he calls “a great team” took him to a couple places before he found what he was looking for at Concordia.

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