John Meeks
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In 1954, John Meeks, 86, began vacationing at Idlewild resort in northern Michigan, and then in 1994 he began living there full time. As an expert on the history of this historic African-American vacation destination, Meeks was appointed to the Idlewild Centennial Commission, which is planning a big celebration in 2012.

Needing to stay active, Meeks, a former Detroit business owner, decided to have both knees replaced at the same time by Daniel Hoard, M.D. “Because of the small incision, I zipped right through recovery without any problems,” he says.

After the surgery in January 2008, Meeks was out on the dance floor that summer. “I hadn’t danced in about three years, but the old moves came right back.”

This story first appeared in Sinai-Grace Hospital’s Healthy Living magazine. Click here to read more Healthy Living stories.