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Car Talk: Inside a Vehicle Donation Program

April 5, 2016
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Today’s article was written by Concordia Chief Development Officer Scott Koskoski. The Foundation Office is responsible for all fundraising efforts, which includes annual giving, planned giving, corporate giving, fundraising events and more. Enjoy!

A few years ago, when a doctor surprised my wife Melissa and me by announcing (when Melissa was 22 weeks pregnant!) that we’d soon be parents of not one new addition but twins, I had the same first thought as most males in that situation would have:

Oh no – our small car is going to be one seatbelt short after these twins get here.

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Signs That Being a Family Caregiver is Becoming Too Much

March 30, 2016
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It is not uncommon for family members to step up and take on the increasing care needs of an aging or ill loved one. However, sometimes the need for professional care simply outweighs what the family caregiver can manage. Below are a few indicators that you may be burning out, or having trouble providing a sufficient level of care for your loved one. If this article is hitting close to home, you may want to consider beginning conversation about making the move to a senior living facility.

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Concordia Residents Recall St. Patrick’s Day Flood of 1936

March 29, 2016
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This year marked the 80th anniversary of the St. Patrick’s Day Flood, an event that left an impression on MANY people in the greater Pittsburgh area – especially those directly affected by the deadly waters that spring. Heavy rain and melting snow caused major flooding in the Pittsburgh region and other areas. With water levels as high as 46 feet, the death toll climbed to over 150 throughout the Ohio Valley.

Five Concordia at Cabot retirement living residents talked about the flood and what they experienced during this trying time. And since all of them were only children in 1936, they remember the tragedy from a child’s perspective – a time of great loss, but also of great perseverance. Take a look at their stories, and if you or someone you know experienced the flood, feel free to share your memories in the comments below!

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4 Types of Hospice Care

March 23, 2016
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Hospice care is specialized healthcare for terminally ill patients that is intended to ease their pain and allows them to live the rest of their lives in comfort. When most people imagine hospice, what usually comes to mind are inpatient hospice services, which are delivered in a healthcare setting. What they may not know is that there are generally four types of hospice care, two of which are carried out in the home. If you or a loved one will be in need of hospice services in Pittsburgh, here are some things you should know about each type of hospice care.

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7 Springtime Activities for Seniors (2016)

March 22, 2016
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While most of us in Concordia Land spent the first day of spring indoors watching snowflakes fall to the ground, it’s pretty exciting to know that regular sunshine and warm weather are in our very near future – especially for our senior loved ones, who may be more susceptible to bouts of wintertime depression.

There are many reasons to be happy in the spring – new life is emerging, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming – but for individuals with mobility concerns, having the ability to get out and about has to be at the top of the list. So now you have the opportunity, but what are some fun or therapeutic activities you can do with your senior loved one?

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Incorporating Technology into Senior Living Communities

March 16, 2016
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When most people imagine cutting-edge technology and how it impacts their lives, a senior living community probably doesn't immediately come to mind. The older members of our population didn't grow up with television, let alone smartphones and the Internet. Even those born just a generation ago didn't have regular access to computers like many of today's children. And yet, many senior housing communities are embracing technology as a means to keep their residents active, healthy and happy.

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What Our Residents Are Saying: Concordia at Sumner Retirement Living March 2016

March 15, 2016
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While it’s true that Concordia at Sumner Retirement Living offers a wide variety of services, activities and amenities, we believe that one of its best features is the sense of community created by the residents and staff members here. We focus on giving our residents the best in quality, security and value – and always with a smile. Of course, when you factor everything in, we think we have the best retirement community in eastern Ohio, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Some newer Concordia at Sumner residents shared their thoughts on their new home. Take a look - and don't forget to check out the pictures at the bottom!

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Reducing your dementia risk through nutrition

March 8, 2016
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For many people, one of the biggest fears associated with aging is the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia. According to the National Institutes of Health, one in seven Americans over 71 years of age has some form of dementia.

While home care services and senior care communities have come a long way in enabling individuals with memory impairments to live full, happy lives, there is still a long way to go. As daunting as this seems, research suggests there are ways to reduce your likelihood of developing a dementia-related illness. No surprise, it starts with what we eat. And lucky for us, March is National Nutrition Month, so there’s no better time than now to take a look! Special thanks to Concordia Dietetic Technician, Registered Ruth Douthett for contributing information for this article!

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Consider a Gift to Concordia This Easter Season

March 1, 2016
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He has risen!

Easter is a special time of year where we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord and the rebirth of nature through spring. Concordia Lutheran Ministries gives glory to God and rejoices in the power of His unending love, which inspires our legacy of high quality services and care. We pray that we might continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus!

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How Lent Helps Us Handle Loss

February 23, 2016
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Today's post was written by Concordia Chaplain Rev. Daniel Strussenberg, who serves at Concordia of the South Hills, Concordia of Monroeville and Harmony Physical Rehabilitation. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being, especially during the Lenten Season. Feel free to comment and share!

How do you handle yourself when people leave you?

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