Miss Iowa makes special visit to Park Place Elder Living
MT. PLEASANT – National Nursing Home Week 2013 was a resounding success at Park Place Elder Living, Henry County Health Center’s Elder Living community. There were several special events planned to mark the week. One of the most notable among the events was the visit of Mariah Cary of Burlington who holds the current title of Miss Iowa.
Miss Cary came to visit with the Elders of Park Place to share her story and as a way of giving back. “This visit was very close to my heart because my grandmother used to work here; she was such a big part of this place. I wanted to come back to see it and also show my little sister where our grandma used to work.”
When addressing the Elders and Care Partners of Park Place Elder Living, Cary spoke about her Miss Iowa platform of Tourette Syndrome, something she was diagnosed with at the early age of eight. “I made a choice early in life that I wanted to use my condition to empower other people, not just kids who have Tourette’s, but anyone facing adversity of any kind,” Cary said about her disorder. “It is something I have struggled with and have had to overcome, and dancing helped me with that.”
As a young girl, Cary performed at Park Place every few months and arranged for many of her friends from her dance studio to come as well. “It was somewhere where I felt good about dancing. Park Place helped me on my journey to build my self-confidence,” she explained. Park Place Elder Living and HCHC take great pride in being involved with our area communities, and are proud to have had such a positive influence in Miss Iowa’s life.