"I guess about two months ago, when both my parents were hospitalized, we decided we should do it pretty soon." Integrace Copper Ridge is a facility specializing in the care of people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and Julie's father has been a resident there for the past four years. Integrace Copper Ridge, a facility specializing in the care of people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, hosted its first wedding on Saturday. "He is living with Alzheimer's, and he is otherwise a very healthy 90-year-old man," Julie said. "There was no other way my dad could partake in the ceremony with us. It's very difficult to move him outside the facility and take him out in public. So we decided to have it here and the folks at Copper Ridge just embraced the idea." As far as Copper Ridge director of sales and marketing Tracy Barnett is aware, there has never been a wedding held at the facility, making Saturday's ceremony a first since Copper Ridge was built in 1994. "The moment Julie said, 'I want my dad at my wedding,' this was just a no-brainer for us," Barnett said. "This is the epitome of what we do here. This is meeting our families, quite literally, where they are and making sure that her father could be here for this very special day." (Jacob deNobel) You could almost, Barnett suggested, call it fate. Julie's mother, Ninita, lives nearby at the Integrace retirement facility, Fairhaven, in a cottage she shared with Jeffrey before his Alzheimer's necessitated his moving to Copper Ridge. Jerry's parents, meanwhile, are now healthy and out of the hospital, but his mother, Margaret, had recently spent a week or so at Copper Ridge making use of their short-term rehabilitation facilities.
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