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Tyler - 4/21/04

90 Year-Old Volunteer Helps Alzheimer's Patients

For the last two years, Jim Holmes hasn't missed one meeting.
Alzheimer's patients gather at the Shiloh Church of Christ for Wonderful Wednesday's Club.
They share coffee, donuts and each others compnay.
But Jim Holmes isn't a patient, he's a volunteer.
Driving to the church and volunteering might seem like easy tasks for most people, but for Jim it's extraordinary because he will celebrate his 91st birthday in August.
Wonderful Wednesday's Club Directo Darby Brady says Jim's work shows just what kind of man he is.
"He's absolutely incredible," she says. "He has a great sense of humor, laughs. He's very sensitive and loving. I love him to death. He's a wonderful man."
A POW of World War II, Jim values every day and his time with those he helps.
 "It's amazing," Jim says. "Some of them will just tickle you to death. Some of them are so kind, and some of them want to hug you."
Jim assists the volunteers but likes to spend most of his day working with his blind friend Luther. Volunteering and helping others may be one part of a fullfilling life, but Jim has advice for those who want to live a long, active life.
"I laugh and tell them I don't eat nothing that says fat free, and milks got to be whole. Just remember one thing: Don't eat too much and then you won't get too fat."
One thing Jim can't get too much of is laughter and an appreciation of life.


Story by Maya Golden, mgolden@kltv.com

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