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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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A Video Christmas Message from Concordia

December 20, 2017
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At Concordia Lutheran Ministries, we are so blessed to have the support of the communities we serve throughout the year. But during the Christmas season – our Season of Hope – we are especially grateful for your prayers, gifts, volunteerism, encouragement and faith in our mission of caring for others! From the entire Concordia Family, Merry Christmas!

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Without Christmas, We Wouldn't Celebrate Easter

December 19, 2017
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From the entire Concordia family to yours: Merry Christmas! Today's post comes from Concordia Deaconess Carole King. Concordia has an outstanding Chaplaincy Department that actively contributes to our patients' and residents' spiritual well being. Enjoy!

I’ve always said that without Easter, we wouldn’t celebrate Christmas. After all, everyone is born, but not everyone is resurrected from the dead.

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Community battles the cold to attend 2017 Live Nativity

December 12, 2017
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It may have been the coldest afternoon we’ve had in a long time, but that didn’t stop 300+ residents, families and community members from checking out the Fifth Annual Concordia Live Nativity last Sunday! (Read More for photos)

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Dementia Care Tips: For the Family Caregiver

December 5, 2017
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Dementia is a decline in mental ability that can interfere with a person's everyday activities. Someone with dementia can struggle with memory loss, communicating with others, thinking clearly and caring for themselves. Because of these effects, individuals with dementia often need some level of care, depending on the severity of the disease.

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#GivingTuesday and the Season of Hope

November 28, 2017
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Ask yourself this question- what if we all donated on the same day? How would lives be changed?

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Today, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity by giving.

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