WAYNE, NJ- On Wednesday night’s Township Council meeting, Brookdale Assisted Living of Wayne received a glowing proclamation from Councilwoman Aileen Rivera for National Assisted Living Week which kicks off Sunday, September 8th. 

“Brookdale Wayne’s residents are active members of our larger community, offering their knowledge and life experiences,” said Rivera while reading from her proclamation. “Their past contributions continue to be a vital part of Wayne’s history.”

Rivera finished with: “Now therefore be it proclaimed that we, the township council of the Township of Wayne proclaim September 8th through September 14th, 2019 as Assisted Living Week and commends Brookdale Wayne for the invaluable service they provide to our community.”

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Joshua Rivera, New Jersey District Director of Operations of Brookdale Senior Living spoke after the proclamation: “It’s a great honor that you have presented Brookdale Wayne with this wonderful proclamation. Our mission at Brookdale Wayne is simple: Enriching the lives of those we serve with compassion, respect, excellence and integrity.”

Councilman Joseph Schweighardt put the importance of the Wayne senior population into perspective. “We have 54,000 people who reside in the Township of Wayne. Wayne has 10,000 senior citizens, give-or-take. That’s 20 per cent of the population.”

“A society is judged by the way it treats its elder citizens,” said Councilman Joe Scuralli. “I like to think of Wayne as a town where someone can live their entire life. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend my entire life in Wayne.”

With life being as busy as it is nowadays, with many homes having both parents working or single-parent families needing to also take care of their elderly family members, Scuralli went on to speak on the value of a local assisted living facility: “It’s so important that we have the ability, within our town, to be able to support them and take care of them and have them nearby.”

Scuralli gave a wave to his sister, Janice who works for Brookdale and gave them a nice compliment: “I know that she would not work there if it wasn’t a great organization, and I often hear how wonderful it is at Brookdale from Janice.”

Councilwoman Jill Sasso also added her congratulations: “I think two of the most honorable professions are caring for and raising our children and caring for our elderly and aging population. We all know it’s not an easy job and I think it takes a very special person, people and group of skills to do it well.  So, thank you for doing what you do every day and we’re happy to have you in our town.”