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The Stories Behind the Retirement Living Commercial (part 2)

February 20
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As many people who live near one of Concordia’s western PA retirement communities know, we made a commercial recently that is playing on local broadcast channels right now! For the commercial, we interviewed a few residents from each of our retirement communities in the region on camera – with no script or prodding. Their comments on how much they love Concordia were humbling to say the least.

There was so much great material, actually, that we couldn’t even fit 10 percent of it into the 30-second video! So we wanted to take a minute to introduce you to some of the residents who we interviewed. Today, enjoy getting to know the couple pictured in the Haven I Dining Room in front of the fireplace at the close of the commercial, John and Barb Kocur.

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Valentine's Day Relationship Advice from Concordia Residents

February 13
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From our family to yours, Happy Valentine's Day! Thanks to our awesome activities staff, all of the Concordia locations are buzzing this week with Valentine’s Day-themed activities and events. They were also kind enough to ask a resident couple at their building one simple question: What advice do you have for younger couples for a long and healthy marriage?

The responses, as you can imagine, run the gamut from heartfelt to hilarious, and everything in between. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely of the longtime married residents – not necessarily Concordia, ha! Read more for photos, and enjoy…

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8 Tips for Communicating with Your Loved One with Dementia

February 6
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When a loved one has dementia, knowing how to connect with them through communication is not always easy.  Your loved one may have trouble expressing their ideas, they may struggle to find the right words or they may repeat the same words or phrases over and over, and due to these difficulties, it may make you unsure of how to communicate with them.

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Senior Care Lingo: Defining the Terms (Jan. 2018)

January 30
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In today’s senior care/senior living landscape, it seems like there are SO MANY confusing terms and expressions that one can easily become overwhelmed. And as much education as we try to provide, we still get a lot of questions about the different terminology.

With that said, we like to occasionally put out an article that defines some of the terms you may hear and answers some of the questions you may have in your search for senior care or a senior living community, or if you or a loved one is currently receiving senior care services. (Here are links to past articles on this subject: January 2017 and October 2016.)

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Indoor Winter Activities for Seniors

January 23
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The winter season, with its uninviting weather and shorter days, can keep many senior citizens indoors – which can lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness and boredom. While many might think that being stuck at home or at their retirement community during the winter months can only mean eating, sleeping and watching TV, that doesn’t have to be the case! There is a host of indoor activities for seniors that are fun and can help occupy the time.

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The Stories Behind the Retirement Living Commercial (part 1)

January 16
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As many people who live near one of Concordia’s western PA retirement communities know, we made a commercial recently that is playing on local broadcast channels right now! For the commercial, we interviewed a few residents from each of our retirement communities in the region on camera – with no script or prodding. Their comments on how much they love Concordia were humbling to say the least.

There was so much great material, actually, that we couldn’t even fit 10 percent of it into the 30-second video! So we wanted to take a minute to introduce you to some of the residents who we interviewed – even if they didn’t make it into this commercial. Today, enjoy getting to know Alex and Deb Howson, two of the founding residents at Highpointe at Rebecca, our Allison Park retirement community that opened in September 2017.

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7 Tips to Help Seniors Beat the Winter Blues

January 9
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During the winter months, many seniors find themselves feeling down. Whether it's due to the cold weather, shorter days, the holidays coming to an end or reminders of missed loved ones, seasonal sadness can often creep in during this time of year. While these feelings may be hard to dismiss, it's important to remember that every day is truly a blessing!

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6 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Seniors

January 2
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As the new year starts, most of us, whether we are 18 or 80, are establishing resolutions for how we are going to improve ourselves in the next 12 months. The most common New Year’s resolutions – eating better, exercising more, and quitting smoking – are all great, but what about the senior who is looking for something a little different?

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Top 10 Concordia Blog Posts of 2017

December 26, 2017
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Concordia’s 135th year of existence was another great one, and we are so thankful to be able to serve so many people (approximately 40,000 this year!!) and expand our mission more and more every day! We finished construction on our BEAUTIFUL new retirement community Highpointe at Rebecca, Concordia at Sumner celebrated five years in the Concordia family, the Stanley Cup and a Pittsburgh Penguin made a visit to Concordia at Cabot, Concordia’s oldest resident – and 8th oldest person in the world – Lucy Trecasse celebrated her 112th birthday and so much more!

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5 Conversation Ideas for Visiting Elderly Loved Ones

December 22, 2017
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With the holidays in full swing, many people are spending time with family and friends, including visiting with their elderly loved ones who may live in a nursing home or personal care/assisted living community. For a lot of people, visiting with senior loved ones in these environments can create anxious feelings because they are afraid that they won't know what to say or will have difficulty relating. If you feel this way, it may help to remember that your visit will mean a lot to your loved one and doesn't have to be lengthy or include non-stop conversation. Most importantly, your visit can be an opportunity for you to bond and create memories together.

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