Vintage car tour visits nursing homes

Many residents of senior living communities were drivers in the 1950s and 1960s when cars such as the Chevrolet Impala and Ford Thunderbird ruled the roads.

And for residents at more than a dozen nursing homes in Oregon last week, they got a blast from the past, when they were visited by some of these same muscle cars, according to the Roseburg News-Review.

As part of the Graffiti Weekend tour, about 20 vintage cars and pickup trucks visited local assisted living and retirement communities to cheer up residents and remind them of some of their favorite cars from the past.

"They can't come to us, so we go to them. It's fun for us, too," said Don Cooley, one of the car owners, according to the news source.

Dick Sly, a Korean War veteran, is a resident at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and came to tour the vintage cars. He told the news source that seeing the cars reminded him of his youth, and of his Chevrolet Impala he once owned. "There's a lot of memories here. I wish I had kept that Impala. But when you're young, you always want something new."

By Robert Walker