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It's a little after 9 a.m. on a Wednesday, and the receptionist at Morrison Woods Health Campus is confused. Five minutes pass, then 10.

Finally she says, "It's not normally like Mr. Rowe to be so late. Let me call him."

Berlin Rowe has walked through the doors at this assisted living facility every day for the last nine months at 9 a.m. — or sometimes a little after, evidently — and God-willing, the 87-year-old will continue to do so every day as long as he is lucky enough. When he is at his Muncie home, he says he wishes he was here.

The receptionist gets off the phone with the answer: "His ride hasn't picked him up yet."

Rowe is allowed...