- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A longtime health worker at a Minot nursing home said her life “fell into place” to find a job that also allows her to help the community.

Lois Zahn, 63, has worked for Trinity Health for 30 years, spending 15 years at the hospital and the last 15 years at Trinity Homes, the Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/1Iof3Xd ) reported. She said she believes people should take care of others as long as they’re “up and able.”

Zahn said her desire to care for people came after her mother was burned in an accident when Zahn was a child. She cared for her mother and helped her father around the family’s farm.

“There are certain things that stick out to you in your life,” she said. “That event made me want to start looking out for others.”

Zahn helps create and coordinate entertainment for nursing home residents and works to make their overall stay the best it can be.

“I take a little sheet of paper around with me and I always ask residents what they would like for entertainment - I try to meet their needs,” Zahn said. “If someone wants a banjo player, I’ll get a banjo player.”

She has brought in entertainment such as school bands, groups from dance students and pool players. She also is particularly passionate about events that honor veterans.

Around 23 veterans are currently staying at Trinity homes, Zahn said. Many of the veterans served in World War II or the Vietnam War.

“It’s important to still recognize them for everything they did for us,” she said.

Zahn said she doesn’t plan to retire soon.

“I just turned 63 last January and I’ve had a lot of bumps in the road but I like what I do, I love the people around me and I love helping others,” she said. “I don’t feel old yet. I feel like I still have a lot of living to do.”

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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