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National Fall Prevention Week: Tips to Safely Age in Place

September 15
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September 21-25 is National Fall Prevention Awareness Week and a time to bring attention to one of the leading causes of injuries and hospitalizations among senior adults in the U.S. According to the CDC, over 3 million seniors in the U.S. are treated in emergency rooms due to fall-related injuries each year. Of that figure, one in five seniors will have a serious injury resulting in increased health problems later on.

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Concordia Calendar Artist Profile: Rev. Ken Hoener

September 8
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In 2019, Concordia’s calendar featured amazing resident artists – some who studied art in college and made a career out of it, some who won awards for their paintings and even those who always enjoyed art but didn’t truly get to paint until coming to Concordia. The good news is that the first group only scratched the surface of the talent found at Concordia. For 2020, our calendar features gorgeous paintings from 11 new artists.

Titled “Brush Strokes 2,” the calendar features a different painting each month by a resident who lives at one of our locations. And each month, we’ll introduce you to the artist, here. September’s artist is Rev. Ken Hoener of the Concordia at Cabot Haven Apartments.

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My Concordia Career: Rachel Buckham’s Story

September 3
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The Concordia Team is comprised of many talented and compassionate employees who have graciously served our mission in a variety of ways – and we are excited for you to meet these fantastic individuals. Let us introduce you to Rachel Buckham!

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Grand-Angels: Concordia Residents Share Their Favorite Memories as Grandparents for National Grandparents Day

September 1
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There are very few people in our lives who are as important, kind and loving as our grandparents. Some might even say one of God’s greatest blessings is having a grandparent or grandparent-figure in our lives. Whether providing words of encouragement, offering wise advice or being our biggest supporter, our grandparents and the seniors who play an important role in our lives every day deserve our greatest respect.

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My Concordia Career: Jane Macefe’s Story

August 27
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The Concordia Team is comprised of many talented and compassionate employees who have graciously served our mission in a variety of ways – and we are excited for you to meet these fantastic individuals. Let us introduce you to Jane Macefe!

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Concordia’s Hospice Support and Butterfly Release Events

August 25
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The butterfly has long been a symbol of hope for people around the world. The caterpillar disappears into a cocoon, appearing dead to all around. Later, it emerges, having transformed into something more beautiful and powerful than it was. Early Christians adopted the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection, of Easter joy. The creature reminds us of its Creator, who sent His Son into unassuming human flesh, who died and was buried in a tomb, who rose again, and who promises life to all who trust in Him. The butterfly is a natural testimony to us of Jesus’ words, “Because I live, you shall also live.” (John 14:19b)

Our annual Butterfly Releases, hosted by Concordia Hospice of Washington and Good Samaritan Hospice, a mission of Concordia, represent some of the many bereavement support services designed to guide the patient’s family and friends through the challenges of grief as they adjust to loss.

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My Concordia Career: Domenic Guerrini’s Story

August 20
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The Concordia Team is comprised of many talented and compassionate employees who have graciously served our mission in a variety of ways – and we are excited for you to meet these fantastic individuals. Let us introduce you to Domenic Guerrini!

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A Christmas (in July) to Remember

August 18
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This Friday, August 21, 2020, is National Senior Citizens Day, and due to COVID-19 and the resulting government social distancing and visitation restrictions at Concordia’s facilities, many families have been wondering how to best celebrate and show appreciation to their senior citizen loved ones. Last month, the virtual VBS (vacation bible school) at one of Concordia Lutheran Ministries’ member churches, Ascension Lutheran Church in McCandless, PA, exemplified a great way to bring smiles to our residents and patients (and amazing staff!): by making crafts and videos for Christmas in July celebrations at Concordia of Franklin Park and Concordia at the Orchard! (Read more for photos)

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My Concordia Career: Barbara Clements’ Story

August 13
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The Concordia Team is comprised of many talented and compassionate employees who have graciously served our mission in a variety of ways – and we are excited for you to meet these fantastic individuals. Let us introduce you to Barbara Clements!

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Concordia Calendar Artist Profile: Elizabeth Spohn

August 11
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In 2019, Concordia’s calendar featured amazing resident artists – some who studied art in college and made a career out of it, some who won awards for their paintings and even those who always enjoyed art but didn’t truly get to paint until coming to Concordia. The good news is that the first group only scratched the surface of the talent found at Concordia. For 2020, our calendar features gorgeous paintings from 11 new artists.

Titled “Brush Strokes 2,” the calendar features a different painting each month by a resident who lives at one of our locations. And each month, we’ll introduce you to the artist, here. August’s artist is Elizabeth Spohn of the Concordia Haven Apartments on the Concordia at Cabot campus.

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