Friday, November 12, 2010 by
My mother was diagnosed with SVID (Small Vessel Ischemic Disease) a few years ago and eventually went into a nursing home. Since she didn't have much space for "things" we tried to give her gifts that might make memories that would survive the disease (symptoms are similar to Alzheimers and Parkinsons). Her first Christmas in the nursing home was very difficult for her, so we chose the Yuletide Celebration as her gift that year. She enjoyed it so much that it made that Christmas one of her favorite memories. She is currently in a sort of remission (able to live somewhat indendently with home managed care) and retains most of her cognative abilities. Her memories of her ISO visits are often talked about. We can't afford to take her there this year due to the economic crunch we are all living with (my sister lost her income recently), but given the chance we would gladly take her back to the Yuletide Celebration as it is an event she often mentions.
Name: Cindy L Perry