About a year ago, Hudson Hills took over the Fritz Reuter Altenheim assisted living facility at 3161 Kennedy Blvd. in North Bergen and began an extensive program of upgrades and improvements. Mayor Nicholas Sacco was among the many distinguished guests to attend a grand ribbon cutting on Wednesday, May 16 to welcome the newly refurbished facility. The event also served as grand opening of the new Act Now Foundation headquarters on the premises.
With offices in Jersey City and Bergen County, the Act Now Foundation Alzheimer’s Resource Center of NJ positions themselves as a resource for seniors with cognitive impairment, along with the families and caregivers. Hudson Hills built and donated the new offices on their premises to serve as the official headquarters for Act Now.
Together the two organizations aim to create the first “dementia village” in the United States, locating it on the Hudson Hills property. Dementia villages are self-contained, enclosed communities for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s, complete with amenities like shops and movie theaters. Residents have free rein to enjoy the community services at their leisure without danger of wandering off the premises.
Dementia villages have become popular in Europe. The goal is for the North Bergen dementia village to be open for business within three to five years.
Freeholder Anthony Vainieri cut the ribbon launching the project. Others attending the event included County Executive Tom DeGise, County Clerk Junior Maldonado, Freeholder Anthony Romano, Commissioner Julio Marenco, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, and many other local and regional officials.