I have never been a fan of nursing homes. I am sure they purportedly render a service to some, but the comforts of the family home seem far more humane to me. That being said, my theory for this week involves a possible "use" of those precious individuals whose fates were chosen for them. Many nursing home residents are quite lucid and ambulatory upon admission into their "new home." Once there for awhile, however, they began to slowly deteriorate, partly due to lack of intellectual stimulation and partly from realizing that they are no longer needed as they once were needed by those they love most. I believe that a Republic thrives by utilizing it's own resources. Let me now introduce a new variable....Day Care. Although day care has become more affordable, many are still unable to afford it. So, why not designate an area in local nursing homes (chosen for quality and standards) as day care centers. The higher level residents would provide care to children under the supervision of the staff. This could be the marriage of two major concerns, 1. Affordable day care for minimal donations and 2. Intellectual stimulatiom, activity and a restoration of feeling needed for the residents involved. I realize that many smaller issues would need to be worked through, but what better use of our aging citizerns?