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Continuing Education as You Age

October 21
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Conventional wisdom says that people should go to college while they're still young, preferably as soon as they're done with high school; that they should take any degree or certification earned, and apply it to finding a job. Many believe that there's no need to pursue further education once they have a good job unless it will allow them to advance in their career. And once people make it to the point where they can retire, there's definitely no need for college; all they're expected to do is sit back and enjoy the rest of their lives.

People have believed this about education for years. You go to college while you're young to earn a degree that will get you a good job, and you never have to worry about school after that. However, these same people don't realize that continuing education is for everybody, not just young people trying to start a career. No matter how old you are, you can always benefit from more education.

Higher Learning and Retirement

Higher learning doesn't have to mean spending thousands of dollars and at least two years to earn a degree. Older adults certainly can do this - and many of them do - but many community colleges and other institutions of higher learning offer inexpensive programs for this age group. These programs have flexible schedules that can accommodate anyone from working adults to retirees with a lot of time on their hands. Many senior living communities even offer opportunities for their residents to take classes such as creative writing, world religions and computer basics. In fact, computer classes are among the most popular classes for senior citizens, which is working towards breaking down the stereotype that elderly people are computer illiterate.

Keeping Stimulated

Continuing education programs for senior citizens are proof that there is more to education than simply earning a degree. The mental decline that some senior citizens experience can be attributed in part to a lack of mental stimulation. Continuing education programs of all kinds provide mental stimulation that can keep someone alert in retirement while helping them adapt to new technologies and skills.

No matter who you are or how old you may be, you should never stop learning. Whether you have just gotten out of college or have reached retirement age, it's not too late to learn something new. At Concordia, we recognize the importance of staying fit, not just physically but mentally as well, giving our residents the opportunity to expand their minds and skills through a variety of educational programs and activities. With classes on everything from World Religions and Creative Writing to Waltz and Knitting, let the   educational opportunities at any one of Concordia’s senior living locations help to learn and grow!.

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Concordia's Adopt-A-Resident Program Open to Community

October 21
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It’s way, WAY too early to talk about Christmas… right? After all, it’s not even November yet… right? Remember when we didn’t put Christmas decorations up until after Thanksgiving? Now, our department stores are decorated the second week in October! So we feel justified in giving you an early reminder about Concordia’s Adopt-A-Resident for Christmas program.

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2014 Oktoberfest the Biggest in Concordia History (photos)

October 14
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If the number of people who came out to the Annual Concordia Oktoberfest is any indication of the success of the event, then it’s pretty safe to say this was the most successful event in Concordia history! By our estimation, approximately 2,000 people attended! (Photos inside)

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5 reasons to bring the family to the Concordia Oktoberfest (2014)

October 7
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We’re less than a week out from the annual Concordia Oktoberfest – and we’re going out on a limb to predict that this might be the best yet! It’s sad to think that there are a lot of people who still haven’t experienced our version of this classic event… so if you fall into that category, come change that this Saturday!

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A Devotion on Change

October 1
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.

Around June 1, 2014, 22-year-old Gregory Polanco was called up from the minor leagues to play right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates, because he was hitting the cover off the ball in the minors. In his first 12 games as a big leaguer he got a hit each and every game. After three weeks he was hitting .360. However, after six weeks he was hitting only .260 having gone several games without a hit.

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Concordia Visiting Nurses Opens New Castle Office in Style (photos)

September 30
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To say Concordia Visiting Nurses (CVN) has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years would be a bit of an understatement. Who would have ever thought that when Concordia launched home care in 1997, less than two decades later we would serve over 12,500 people per year and be opening our fourth office?! The most recent growth came in the form of a new office in New Castle, PA. (photos below)

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Video: Addressing Some of the Retirement Community Concerns

September 29
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Thousands of people have chosen Concordia and other providers for their retirement living needs. But for many, there is still some hesitation, and that's understandable. Our goal is to help you – we never want you to make a decision if you’re not ready! In this video, we talk about three of the major concerns people have before moving to an independent living retirement community: 1) "It's too expensive" 2) "I'm too young" and 3) "I'm not ready for a nursing home."

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Beautiful Day for the 2014 Good Samaritan Hospice 5K

September 23
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Another Good Samaritan Hospice (GSH) 5K is in the books, and judging by the perfect weather, the smiling faces and the funds raised for patient programs, it was another great event! (Photos below)

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Concordia Employee's Dance Experience Benefits Patients

September 16
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With last night being the premier of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” we couldn’t think of a better time to tell a story about one of our team members at Concordia of Monroeville. Read on – you’ll see what we mean! And as usual, feel free to leave a comment below.

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Video: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Assisted Living

September 15
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When it comes to assisted living facilities, many people don’t know where to start their search. Unless you or a loved one lives at one of these facilities, you may not be entirely certain as to what an Assisted Living Facility can offer senior citizens or how it differs from other types of senior living communities. While it may be easy to confuse the benefits of assisted living with those of nursing or retirement homes, it is important to understand the differences in levels of care and services offered.

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