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Grandson of Slaves Wins Experience of a Lifetime, Heads to Washington, D.C. to Attend Presidential Inauguration Events

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

                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

SOURCE Brookdale Senior Living Inc.
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