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Strawberry Park Elementary School 7-year-old Will Cowman visits with 100-year-old Doak Walker Care Center resident Anna Wichern on Wednesday. Students from the school regularly visit the residents at the Doak.

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Steamboat's Doak Walker Care Center gives residents a new lease on life

Officials say variety and spontaneity are important characteristics in long-term care environments where boredom, loneliness and helplessness are treated like enemies. To combat them, the staff at the Doak Walker Care Center offers a wide range of activities to give a sense of purpose for residents.


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