Special Senior Set to Witness 'Greatest Moment of His Life'
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ --
WHO: Alfred Bouey, resident of Holley Court Terrace, a Brookdale Senior Living independent and assisted living community in Oak Park, Ill. WHAT: Bouey has been honored as a winner of his Experience of a Lifetime, and is headed to Washington, D.C. to witness and take part in the historic Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. WHEN: Bouey and his family will be in the Washington, D.C. area from Jan. 18-21. With special thanks to Destination DC, Washington, DC's lead tourism and marketing corporation, Bouey and his family will observe the swearing-in of Barack Obama and the Inaugural Parade from the comfort of the Power Spot Lounge at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center on Jan. 20. SUMMARY: "I remember growing up in the south when everything was segregated," said Bouey. "I never dreamed this day would ever happen in American history." "I can recall the days of slavery when my grandfather and grandmother were whipped and beaten, and had the scars to prove it," said Bouey. "When I saw Barack Obama come out to make his acceptance speech, I started crying and never stopped. I still don't believe it to this day that he was elected President of the United States." Bouey won this opportunity through Brookdale's Experiences of a Lifetime program. Residents at selected Brookdale Senior Living communities nationwide were given the opportunity to share and submit their wishes as part of a program called Experiences of a Lifetime. They filled out a survey form explaining an experience they would like to have fulfilled, and how that related to one or more dimensions of the company's Optimum Life(R) concept. Bouey's mother worked hard, and Bouey was able to attend school. After graduating from high school, he attended Arkansas A&M for Negroes only. He was drafted into the Segregated Army, and served his country with a group of African-American men. Being one of the only college-educated men there, he quickly moved up the ranks and was promoted to Sergeant. Returning to the South after serving duty, Bouey found that nothing had changed. There were no jobs for him, and segregation was still a major fact of life. In June of 1946, Bouey couldn't take it any longer, and moved to Chicago with $10 in his pocket and no place to go. When President Truman opened the opportunity for African-Americans to work in the government, Bouey took an administrative job with the Army Procurement Division. In 1954, Bouey was part of the first group of African-American men to become police officers for the Chicago Police Department. For Bouey, President-Elect Obama represents "hope." "When Obama was elected, it was not a dream come true because I never dreamt it would happen," said Bouey. "But I sure 'hoped' it would." "To see the inauguration of President Elect Obama will be the greatest moment of my life," said Bouey. "Not many people can say they have the opportunity of witnessing history in the making." In addition, on Friday, Jan. 16 Senator Don Harmon (39th District Illinois) sponsored a special proclamation which was awarded by the Illinois State Senate to Bouey in recognition of his participation in the Inauguration, and the Experiences of a Lifetime program. Brookdale's Optimum Life(R) concept is geared toward cultivating whole-person wellness through fulfillment in six key dimensions: physical, emotional, purposeful, social, spiritual, and intellectual. The company's Experiences of a Lifetime program provides a helping hand in making some of the dreams of its residents come true.
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is the leading owner and operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The company owns and operates independent living, assisted living, dementia care, skilled nursing and continuing care retirement centers. In all, Brookdale operates 550 communities in 35 states with a capacity to serve approximately 52,000 residents, as well as operating a dedicated rehabilitation and therapy group serving its communities and residents nationwide. Brookdale is committed to providing exceptional living experiences within properties that are purpose-built, designed and operated to help residents live well while achieving an Optimum Life(R). Brookdale Senior Living communities provide a daily experience of programs, services and care that are unique as a result of the collective talents and inspiration of the residents, their families, and its associates -- demonstrating Brookdale's promise of "Our People Make the Difference." Brookdale is a publicly-traded company (NYSE: BKD). For more information, visit http://www.brookdaleliving.com.
SOURCE Brookdale Senior Living Inc.