By Melody Vallieu
July 25, 2014
For the Troy Daily News
TROY — The serenity of floating through the air in a hot air balloon to view his 40-acre Ohio family farm from a new vantage point is 93-year-old Warren Jackson’s Wish of a Lifetime. That Wish was granted this week when Brookdale, It’s Never Too Late (iN2L) and Wish of a Lifetime joined together to send Warren and his son to new heights in a ride in the sky over Miami County, and it was all caught on videotape.
“Everything was super,” said Cecil Jackson, Warren’s son. “My dad really enjoyed it and is still talking about it! It’s difficult for him to remember sometimes and we are thrilled that he can remember his Wish. This experience brought our entire family together.”
Warren is a resident of Sterling House of Troy, a Brookdale senior living community.
Warren’s farm has been in his family for more than 100 years. One can only imagine the strong emotional ties this farmer has to the land where he harvested corn, hay and beans to provide for his family and where he lived for 60 years. Warren and his wife inherited the farm from her parents many years ago and now it belongs to their daughter and son. During the ride, Warren recounted the hundreds of memories he made with his family while living there. Warren was not only a farmer, but also active in the Troy community. He is a World War II veteran, a former member of the local school board and served as an advocate in the community for soil conservation.
In 2010, Brookdale Senior Living and Wish of a Lifetime formed a partnership to provide a helping hand in making some of the dreams of Brookdale’s residents come true. iN2L, a provider of specialized resident computer systems heard that Warren enjoys viewing hot air balloons on their system in his Brookdale community and wanted to join in to make Warren’s Wish a reality.
To request a wish, residents fill out a Wish application explaining an experience they would like to have fulfilled and how that experience relates to one or more dimensions of Brookdale’s Optimum Life platform. Optimum Life cultivates whole-person wellness through fulfillment in the six key dimensions: purposeful, emotional, physical, social, spiritual and intellectual. Since the partnership’s inception, more than 600 Brookdale seniors have had their wish granted.
For more information about Brookdale, iN2L and Wish of a Lifetime, visit www.brookdaleliving.com and www.in2l.com and www.seniorwish.org.