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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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Concordia's Second Annual Season of Hope Kicks Off Today!

November 1, 2016
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Give the gift of HOPE today during Concordia Lutheran Ministries’ Season of Hope.

As you know, the Christmas season is a time for us to prepare our hearts and homes for the arrival of Jesus Christ - born physically in a manger in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago, and born into our hearts as the Savior - our greatest gift from God!
 
At Concordia Lutheran Ministries (a place where, as our President & CEO reminds us, we still say "Merry Christmas") we call this special time of year our Season of HOPE.

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Senior Care Lingo: Defining the Terms (Oct. 2016)

October 25, 2016
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In today’s senior care/senior living landscape, it seems like there are SO MANY terms and expressions that one can easily become confused or overwhelmed. And as much education as we try to provide, we still get a lot of questions about the different terminology.

Here are some commonly-asked questions we get at Concordia from families and individuals just starting their search for senior care services or a retirement community.

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Tips for Handling a Dementia or Alzheimer's Diagnosis

October 18, 2016
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In the United States alone, experts estimate that more than 5 million Americans are battling Alzheimer’s disease, and it has quietly become the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. As our population ages, those numbers are expected to rise. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s and dementia don’t seem to get the same level of national attention as some other major health issues – which can make it more difficult for individuals and families to find the help they need.

What are some of the basic things a family can do once they know their loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s? Here are a few tips and things to consider after the initial diagnosis.

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Cyber Security Tips for Seniors (2016)

October 11, 2016
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Did you know October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? Each year since 2010, there have been an average of 300,000 annual cases of cyber crime reported to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), resulting in total losses of between $800 million and $1 billion.

For better perspective, the average dollar loss per victim last year came out to $3,718. That’s a meaningful chunk of change for anyone, but especially for a senior on a fixed income.

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Oktoberfest and Memorial Walk Events Once Again Memorable | Photos

October 4, 2016
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Holy cow, what a fun day October 1st was in Concordia-land! Between the Oktoberfest and the Good Samaritan Hospice Memorial Walk, it was all hands on deck - and in the end, both events turned out great!

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Oktoberfest Celebrates Concordia's German Heritage

September 27, 2016
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Below is a story published in the September 2016 issue of Faith in Caring magazine (click here to check out the full issue online) on the history of Concordia’s Oktoberfest! To be added to the mailing list or e-mail distribution list, message us through the contact form on our website or call the Concordia Public Relations Department at 724-352-1571, ext. 8266. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment below!

Did you know that many of Concordia Lutheran Ministries’ early records were written in German? Concordia was first opened as the Evangelical Lutheran Concordia Orphans and Old Peoples Home in the early 1880s by a group of German Lutheran pastors, and the housefathers who ran the Home kept a running journal in German until 1922.

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Concordia Fall 2016 Event Calendar Filled to the Brim

September 20, 2016
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Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” -- Well friends, as of September 22, autumn will officially be upon us. Out will be the sunscreen, watermelon, flip flops and shorts. But in will be the changing leaves, apples and pears at their freshest, hooded sweatshirts and pumpkin-flavored everything. Another reason to get excited for the fall: the events happening at Concordia!

In the coming weeks and months, we have a lot of community events that have grown in recent years, attracting more families than ever. Here is a quick preview of a few of the upcoming events that are open to the public and promise to be either fun, educational or inspiring – sometimes all three!

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Making the Most of Your Visit with a Loved One in Hospice Care

September 15, 2016
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Visiting a loved one in hospice care can be a difficult experience on some levels, and people don’t always know how to handle it. They may not want to see someone they love in a physically or mentally deteriorated state, or they may be overcome by the fact that this person is no longer seeking curative treatment. And yet, visiting someone who is receiving hospice care at home or inpatient hospice care in a nursing home, hospital or stand-alone hospice facility is one of the most important things you can do for them. Hospice care and other nonprofit senior care services are intended to make people comfortable, but physical comfort isn’t the only comfort needed. Many hospice patients are yearning to see those they love, and you can help by simply being there.

With that said, there are some things you should remember when you visit someone in hospice care.

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Grand Memories: Concordia Residents Share Their Favorite Moments as Grandparents

September 13, 2016
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Grand [grand] – adjective. Impressive in size, appearance, or general effect; stately, majestic, or dignified; noble or revered; of great importance, distinction, or pretension…

Parent [pair-uh nt] – noun. A father or a mother; an ancestor, precursor, or progenitor; a source, origin, or cause; a protector or guardian; any organism that produces or generates another…

When you look at the definitions of the two words that combine to make “Grandparent,” it’s pretty easy to see why they are such important people in our lives. And not just our ACTUAL grandparents, but any of the seniors in our lives who we respect, admire, cherish and love.

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