Michael Holt has lived at Traceway Retirement Community in Tupelo for about two years. He said the community, which is set up like a normal subdivision with nursing home capabilities in each home, was unlike any other he’s seen.
That was certainly the case in 2003, when the community received the first Green House — eldercare facilities that are more like homes than institutions — in the nation. Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of that milestone, and employees and families gathered at the community for a tailgating celebration.
“I am alive for these parties,” Holt said with a smile as music blared, people danced and others played yard games. “I love it up here. There’s no comparison.”