Peri Smilow

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H ow would you like to visit a nursing home? Is your gut reaction, "No way," "No thank you," or "Not today"? Why? What images come to you when you think of visiting a nursing home? Do you remember a relative who lived in one? Do you think of people who are sick and dying in a depressing hospitallike room that is sterile and smelling of chemical cleansers and urine? Do you think of your volunteer activities in high school when you performed with the high school choir during the holidays for the old people in the "home" down the block? Perhaps you worked as a candy striper or visited a nursing home with a youth group? What do you remember? Is there one particular image that jumps to mind? A smell that fills your nostrils? A story you remember? A memory that haunts you?