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20 Years of Concordia Visiting Nurses: Q/A with CEO Martin Trettel

March 20
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Below is a story published in the March 2018 issue of Faith in Caring magazine (click here to check out the full issue online), commemorating the 20th of year of service for Concordia Visiting Nurses ! 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!

May 2018 marks Concordia Visiting Nurses’ 20-year anniversary, a milestone for reflecting on just how much the home and community services arm of Concordia Lutheran Ministries has grown and developed since its founding.

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The Stories Behind the Retirement Living Commercial (part 3)

March 13
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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 Judy Eshelman.

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Healthy Eating Habits for Seniors (2018)

March 6
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There are some things that are out of our hands as we age, but healthy eating is one thing we can control and one that makes a difference on how well we age.  Eating the right portions, nutrients and variety of foods can have an impact on how you feel, look and age - and may help protect you against age-related illnesses.  

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Planting New Hope Into Hearts This Easter Season

March 1
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He is Risen!

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Why Do We Celebrate Lent?

February 27
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Today's post was written by Concordia Chaplain Rev. Robert Wacker. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being, especially during the Lenten Season. Enjoy!

Why do we celebrate Lent? Why do we start Lent with Ash Wednesday? Why is the color of the season purple? Why does Lent last 40 days?

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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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