Mayor’s Proclamation Creates National Assisted Living Week

Mayor Louise Carter-King Reads the Proclamation creating National Assisted Living Week in Gillette

(Gillette, Wyo.) Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King signed a proclamation today declaring this week as National Assisted Living Week in Gillette. Councilman Billy Montgomery joined the mayor at Primrose Retirement Community for the event.

The community is holding a series of celebratory events to honor this year’s theme for National Assisted Living Week, which is “Family is Forever.”

“When moving a loved one into an assisted living community, you want the peace of mind that they will receive the utmost care by professionals who will treat them like their own family. In communities like Primrose and BeeHive of Gillette, we could not take this responsibility more seriously,” said Keith Howard, Primrose sales director.

Howard also thanked the dedicated staff who “go above and beyond the call of duty and innately develop deep connections” with the residents of Primrose and BeeHive.

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The “Family is Forever” theme for National Assisted Living Week was inspired by a quote from the famed poet Maya Angelou: “Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”

National Assisted Living Week was created by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995 to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. Assisted living communities around the country offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the annual observance.

“We encourage members of the community to come visit Primrose during National Assisted Living Week,” said Howard. “Whether volunteering to spend time with our residents, or learning more about assisted living and our services, everyone is welcome to join the Primrose family.”

The activities scheduled at Primrose encapsulate the “Family is Forever” theme and include:

  • Ice Cream Social, Sept. 10th, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Games & treats to kick off National Assisted Living Week
  • S’more Friends, Sept. 13th, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Residents & families can enjoy S’mores around the fire
  • Ultimate Hoedown, Sept. 15th, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Live entertainment, dancing, & food
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Originally from New Mexico, Killough began his career writing freelance for a weekly magazine in Albuquerque while completing his undergraduate degree. In addition to reporting on uranium mining in western New Mexico, he spent three years reporting in western North Dakota during the height of the oil boom. He can be reached at or 701-641-6603.