Top 5 Blog Posts — Dec. 5, 2016

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

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.

The Soothing Role of Music in Hospice Care
At the end of life, music’s natural calming effect can help hospice patients express and experience a wide array of emotions at a time when self-expression and coping matter more than ever.

The Comfort of Touch in Hospice Care
Hospice is fundamentally about giving peace, support and comfort to people in the last stages of life.  Often there is pain that cannot be managed by medication — a deeper spiritual pain and anxiety. Alternative and holistic therapies can help in ways conventional medicine cannot. Massage therapy is one of the most effective ways to help hospice patients relax and find comfort in their last days and hours. 

 How to Start Exercising Again After a Break
It can be hard to keep a normal exercise routine, especially during this busy holiday season. The National Institute on Aging offers some tips on restarting and staying on track with your exercise regimen after a break.

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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