Giving Back

JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree Celebrates Nellie Basile as She Turns 100 Years Young

87f2e23ef74c5af06369_IMG_0055.jpg
Four generations: Nellie Basile, a resident at JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree, with her children, granddaughter and great granchildren.  Credits: Victoria Caruso
023a1baaf9d592640077_IMG_0021.jpg
A 100th birthday celebration in Nellie Basile's JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree. Credits: Victoria Caruso
8edacd04f4da9330c464_IMG_0029.jpg
Nellie Basile, a resident at JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree, was surprised with a 100th birthday party on March 18.  Credits: Victoria Caruso
88e25d5cad46d6acb0d1_IMG_0033.jpg
bf06dd2f8c4428913fb6_IMG_0038.jpg
b5056fdbda42c849b0c9_IMG_0056.jpg
Edison Mayor Thomas Lanky, senior vice president/chief operating officer of the JFK Health System, presented Nellie Basile with a proclamation in recognition of her 100th birthday.  Credits: Victoria Caruso
b533f30c31c29b45a24e_IMG_0047.jpg
3ce12e8d6b46305305bc_IMG_0049.jpg
be0978f4c7d910d05fb9_IMG_0065.jpg
fb8610a6177290306057_IMG_2544.jpg
87f2e23ef74c5af06369_IMG_0055.jpg

EDISON, NJ - One hundred may very well be Nellie Basile’s lucky number this month. In early March, Basile won $100 during a group trip to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA and, on March 19, the JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree resident celebrated her 100th birthday.

This milestone called for a special celebration and, on Friday, a surprise party for Basile was held at the Edison-based residential healthcare facility. Fellow residents, staff, nurses and members of Basile’s family gathered for the 100th birthday celebration which featured a decorations, a DJ, lunch – including some of the guest of honor’s favorite foods – and, of course, birthday cake. Additionally, Thomas Lanky, Mayor of Edison and senior vice president/chief operating officer of the JFK Health System, presented Basile with a proclamation.

“This is just wonderful,” Basile, who prior to the party went shopping with her two daughters but was in a rush to get back in time to attend what she thought was a scheduled Brown Cow Social. “I had no idea. This definitely was a surprise.”

Sign Up for E-News

A great deal of effort went into planning the surprise party, including obtaining old family portraits and working to ensure that members of Basile’s family could attend. “I am so touched that everyone here took the time and effort to honor her,” said Basile’s youngest daughter Annette Creedon. “I am overwhelmed by the recognition for my mom.”

Born on March 19, 1916, Basile was one of 12 children and is the last surviving of her siblings. Originally from Bayonne, she and her late husband George, who passed away 10 years ago, had three children who gave her seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren (with another on the way) and two great, great grandchildren.

Basile attributes her longevity to a fantastic mother of her own along with a wonderful husband and great kids. “We didn't have everything but we managed,” she said, noting that she has seen so much over the past 100 years that she never thought imaginable. Her words of wisdom to others are ‘don’t worry about it, be good, try the best you can and believe in God.’ “Whenever you are in doubt, just say a prayer,” Basile said.

Basile has been a resident of JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree since April 2010. Although she has physical limitations, Basile is sharp, alert, witty and extremely involved. Every morning she crochets, draws in her room and watches mass on Catholic Network. Then, it’s off to all late morning, afternoon and evening some evening programs including but not limited to cooking club and art therapy, scrapbooking, crafts, and jewelry making classes. She can often be found, cards in hand, at Black Jack Thursdays, plays Bingo, and attends the facility’s live weekly music programs. She especially likes when the children from JFK’s Keith Wold Johnson Children’s Day Care come to visit.

And Basile isn’t just involved on-site. She enjoys going on trips – whether it’s the casino, Monmouth Racetrack, a local lunch/ shopping excursion or a visit to the beach. She typically reads a book a week, participates in bi-monthly book club and, on nice days, can be found reading outside near the facility’s tranquil water feature.

“For Nellie, it’s all about quality of life,” said Cathy Wolpin, B.S., C.T.R.S., director of recreation at JFK at Oak Tree. “She loves socializing with and helping her peers and being involved in all activities.”

When she isn’t busy attending the day’s scheduled activities, Basile is with her family. She goes home for the holidays, some weekends and for special occasions, including last weekend’s ‘engagement party,’ which turned out to be yet another surprise party thrown by her family and attended by approximately 75 people.

“It’s not everyday someone turns 100,” said Basile’s only son, Greg. “She is the first in our family and we wanted to make it special.”

Marcy Desciscio, Basile’s oldest child, added, “She loves her family, always made sure the three of us were close and always told us if she could do it, we could. We really are blessed.”

About JFK at Oak Tree

Located at 2048 Oak Tree Road in Edison, JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree is one of a limited number of facilities throughout New Jersey focused on specialized and innovative health care treatments while also offering a residential unit for long-term care patients. The 120-bed facility offers extended recovery brain injury care, ventilator care, sub-acute rehabilitation care, cognitive rehabilitation therapy, wound care, IV therapy, post-surgical care and respite care and also features a residential unit.

JFK at Oak Tree is run by a team of highly-skilled physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, therapists, social workers, dietitians, specialized respiratory therapists, cognitive therapists, head trauma nurses and support staff. Most medical treatment is provided on site and under the care of one’s own physician with patients transported to JFK Medical Center and other facilities for procedures such as chemotherapy and dialysis.

For more information on JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree or visit www.jfkhartwyck.org or call 732-906-2100.

TAPinto South Plainfield is South Plainfield’s only free daily paper. Sign up to get all the news as it happens at www.TAPinto.net/enews and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SouthPlainfieldTAP/ and on Twitter at@SoplainfieldTAP.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Piscataway

Beyond Thoughts and Prayers: The Official Program for East Brunswick #Never Again Vigil

February 24, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  A solemn vigil of remembrance will be held at the East Brunswick High School football field on Sunday, February 25th at 6:30 pm.  the program will feature blessings, speakers, and a call to action in response to the murders of 14 students and three teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  The program has been ...

Obituaries

Christina C. Sweet (Diaz) 79 years, died Monday January 1, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson University ...
Read more
- Nov 15, 2017
Phillip A. Petracca, also widely known as Filippo Neri in the Italian-American Radio and ...
Read more

Diegnan: Computer Science Now Required in New Jersey Schools

February 24, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick Diegnan to require school districts to offer course in computer science and Department of Education to adopt changes to NJ Student Learning Standards in computer science has been signed into law.

“To flourish in tomorrow’s digital economy and society, our children should be learning computer science,” said ...

New Brunswick and the Civil War:  The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion

February 25

(Snow date 3/11)

New Brunswick and the Civil War:  The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion

with local author Joanne H. Rajoppi

2:00PM – 4:00PM

TKTS: members $10, in advance $12, door $15

Limited seating - adv. registration sug.

Light refreshments included

Dutch Door Gift Shop ...

Trees Have Sex? Rutgers Researchers Have All the Answers

New Brunswick, NJ - A few years ago, Rutgers researcher Jennifer Blake-Mahmud was working on a botany project in Virginia when colleagues pointed out a striped maple, a common tree in the understory of mountain forests from Nova Scotia to Georgia. 

“They told me, ‘We think it switches sex from year to year, but we don’t know why,’ and I said, ‘No ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, February 25, 1:00 PM

St. David's Episcopal Church, Cranbury

Organizing for the 2018 Mid-terms: Elections, ...

Education Giving Back Government

Carousel_image_3d7e35618f05795eb00f_omstbydesignnew_jpeg

Tue, February 27, 7:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

“Olmsted By Design!” Free First-Person, Dramatic ...

Arts & Entertainment Green Home & Garden

Thu, March 1, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, PISCATAWAY

Empowerment for the Job Search

Business & Finance

Sat, March 3, 7:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Golden Oldies Spectacular

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, March 4, 8:00 AM

Edison Elks Lodge #2487, Edison

All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Breakfast Supporting ...

Food & Drink Giving Back

Hackensack Resident Charged with Sexual Assualt and Child Endangerment at Hackensack YMCA

February 24, 2018

HACKENSACK, NJ - Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of Timothy Smith of Hackensack on six counts each of Sexual Assault by Contact and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, and the Hackensack Police Department under the ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

Guest Column

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  

 

The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

The Best Way to Pay Your Child a Compliment

“Of course you’re good-looking.”  “You’re the best friend ever.”  “Who wouldn’t want you on their team?”  Is there a parent out there (including me) who hasn’t praised a child in order to make him or her feel better?  Sometimes it’s true, and sometimes we say it because we just can’t stand to see them ...

Height during childhood associated with increased stroke risk in adulthood

Researchers in Denmark studied the health records of more than 300,000 people born between 1930 and 1989 and found that those who were shorter than average height between ages 7 and 13 had a greater risk of stroke as adults. The results of this study were published in the February 15, 2018 issue of the journal Stroke.

Summary: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320922.php

Journal ...