Top 5 Blog Posts — Dec. 12, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting:

Ecumen Lakeshore Nurse Hanna Norman: A Lifelong Journey into Nursing
Some say it’s a calling; others might call it a passion. For Hanna Norman, a career in healthcare is simply what she wanted to do. Her career began while most of her friends were just learning how to drive.

Ecumen Lakeview Commons Artists Exhibit Their Watercolors
The lobby of Ecumen Lakeview Commons in Maplewood was recently transformed into a colorful gallery to celebrate the art of residents who had just completed a watercolor class.

Ecumen North Branch Residents Help Students with Disabilities Learn Life Skills
For the past nine years, students with disabilities from the Life Work Center have been coming to Ecumen North Branch to socialize with residents — with heartwarming results. 

 State Loan Forgiveness Program for Nursing Home Nurses Accepting Applications Now
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is now taking applications for its loan forgiveness for nursing home RNs and LPNs. The award is up to $5,000 a year for up to four years — not to exceed $20,000.

Grief and the Holidays: 15 Ways to Cope
“If your life has changed, then certainly your holidays will change,” said Chris Quistad, Ecumen’s Director of Spiritual Care. “Although there is no avoiding the holidays, there are ways to cope with both the grief that change brings and the stress that the holidays bring,” she added.

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