Jack Clemente’s sweet years

The good life in Jennings Hall’s Assisted Living Program

Jack Clemente at Jennings Hall
Jack Clemente at Jennings Hall

Our neighborhood and Jack Clemente are old friends. He grew up around the smell of bread and cookies in the back of his father’s bakery on Humboldt Street, and he went to St. Cecilia’s School on Monitor Street. His service in the U.S. Marine Corps expanded his horizons, but he returned to other parts of Brooklyn and a life as baker and family man.

After Clemente’s wife Phyllis passed away from cancer, he lived with his daughter in Bayside and then independently. When his health became a concern, Clemente sought out other living situations. In 2014, he connected with Myrna Yen, administrator of Jennings Hall’s Assisted Living Program, whom he calls “the best woman I ever met.” He’s loved Jennings Hall since.

“Everything is good about it. [Staff] come up and check and see if you’re ok,” Clemente said about the Assisted Living Program (ALP), adding, “The food is great. They have all kinds of parties. There is plenty of life and fun here.”

St. Nicks Alliance’s ALP supports Jack Clemente in three main areas. They manage his medications, ensuring he receives them at the appropriate times and frequencies. They also provide regular housekeeping duties: his apartment is cleaned and laundry is done weekly. Additionally they prepare three meals for him each day. Breakfast and lunch meals are served in the dining room, so he and his peers can eat communally in a restaurant style setting, and dinner is delivered to his room.

When he’s not enjoying life at Jennings Hall, he has favorite spots to visit. You are likely to see him with a friend at Fortunato Brothers Café & Pasticceria (289 Manhattan Ave.) for a weekly cappuccino and sfogliatella (aka the cream filled familiarly called lobster tail pastry) appointment.

St. Nicks Alliance’s Assisted Living Program at Jennings Hall recently celebrated their 5th anniversary. “In the ALP, our emphasis is on providing our residents with the support needed to achieve and maintain as much independence as possible for as long as possible,” Yen said. “Jack brings with him a zest for life, regardless of the chronic ailments he’s facing. The Jennings Hall family is fortunate to have Jack with us.”

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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