Faith Focus: Seeing what you didn’t before

senior citizen banquet

Last week, Buckner Senior Living and Cooper Aerobics announced a collaboration that will bring Cooper experts to the Ventana by Buckner campus in Dallas. In the process of the day, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Kenneth Cooper and learn more about what sets him apart.

Fifty years ago, Cooper wrote Aerobics, which introduced the world to the benefits of aerobic workouts. Prior to the book, many people were discouraged to exercise after the age of 40 as experts believed it would shorten a person’s lifespan.

When Cooper’s book not only contradicted the contemporary thought, but put forward the notion that regular exercise would actually prolong health and lives, he was called a crackpot. Potential patients were steered away from him. But he stuck it out and his theories have proven true.

He’s revolutionized what it means to be healthy as we age. He’s even proving it day after day personally, having run more than 38,000 miles at the age of 87. His concepts have helped popularize the notion of each person needing to walk 10,000 steps daily. He trained a World Cup team. He has promoted healthy living around the globe.

And all that has led people to live far different lives than they once believed possible.

That struck me as extremely similar to what we do through Buckner Family Pathways and Family Hope Centers: Change individual’s and families’ perceptions of themselves and empower them to live lives they didn’t think possible.

Like Cooper’s efforts, the work of changing someone’s long-held beliefs is difficult. But just like the good doctor, we have examples we can point to where lives have been transformed. Single parents who have graduated from college. Families that are strong and raising amazing young people. Cycles of poverty that have been broken.

The impossible is possible – even in your life.

Do you believe it?

Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. –Matthew 17:20

Friday photo: Celebrating one year of Ventana by Buckner

One year ago today, Buckner Senior Living broke ground on Ventana by Buckner, a high-rise Life Care community set to open in summer 2019. Construction is now well underway at the corner of Northwest Highway and Central Expressway in Dallas. The two-tower, 12-story community will provide independent living, assisted living, memory care, long-term and skilled nursing, as well as state-of-the-art rehab services.

Future residents already gather regularly as excitement for the community builds. Like one future resident, Maureen Broadnax, said, “I’ve never seen a place like Ventana, and I wanted to get in on the beginning. It’s going to be a new adventure, and I’m ready!”

Parkway Place begins $12.8 million renovation and expansion project

Parkway Place, a nonprofit faith-based senior living community in Houston, is undergoing a $12.8 million renovation and expansion project to improve existing areas and create a new state-of-the-art skilled nursing and rehabilitation center.

The project has already started and is expected to finish in the fall. The community currently consists of 159 independent living residences, 58 assisted living apartments, 24 memory care apartments and 60 skilled nursing rooms. The renovation project will transform the skilled nursing rooms into private suites, which will reduce the total number to 40. The project also includes the addition of a bistro-style dining venue, as well as renovation of the existing dining rooms, activity rooms, sitting areas and common spaces.

“The completion of the renovations will benefit current and future residents,” said Susan Phelps, executive director at Parkway Place. “The new state-of-the-art skilled nursing center is going to provide more privacy for residents. Since we opened in 1998 the rooms have been private or semi-private, and we wanted to change that. While we are losing some rooms, we will make up for it by improving the overall comfort of residents. They are our main priority, and we will do anything to ensure they have a happy place to call home.”

“As with everything we do, our goal in making these renovations is to further the Parkway Place legacy of serving Houston senior adults with excellence,” said Charlie Wilson, senior vice president for Buckner Retirement Services. “Parkway Place has been part of Houston since 1955, so our history in the local community is rich. The project is going smoothly, and we anticipate construction will finish on time. I believe the changes will really make a difference in the lives of senior adults, and that is our main goal. We are here to serve them, and completing this project will give them an updated, beautiful place to live.”

Parkway Place partnered with Hill and Wilkinson General Contractors, D2 Architecture, LLC and interior designer Spellman Brady & Company for the project.

For more information on the renovations or to learn more about life at Parkway Place, call LuLu today at 281-677-5912.

Buckner Villas completes $29.8 million expansion and renovation project

beautiful mountain side mansion

Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and by 2040 the population of adults 65 and older is expected to comprise nearly one-fifth of the Central Texas population, according to the Aging Services Council of Central Texas.

To meet the increasing demand for independent senior living apartments, Buckner Villas, a faith-based senior living community in North Austin, recently completed its $29.8 million expansion and renovation project. The expansion project added 69 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes and 70 underground parking spaces. The community also renovated and expanded common areas including dining room, bistro, movie theater, meeting space, salon and spa.

By increasing the independent living housing and amenities, the community will now have the opportunity to serve up to 138 additional senior adults.

“We’re elated to accommodate more senior adults at Buckner Villas,” said Doyle Antle, executive director. “New residents have already started moving in and are looking forward to living a lively lifestyle with our current and new amenities. This was nearly a two-year project, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. We needed to plan for the future, and this helps us grow with the Austin metro area. It shows that more senior adults are willing to move to an independent living apartment at a senior living community and still keep their active lifestyles.”

“Austin is growing rapidly, and we want to provide for the baby boomers who will soon enter the senior living market,” said Charlie Wilson, senior vice president for Buckner Retirement Services. “We’re seeing more senior adults moving to Texas to retire, especially in Austin, so we’re proud to give them such a beautiful place to call home. The new common areas and amenities are fantastic, and this expansion wouldn’t have been possible without our partners Hill and Wilkinson General Contractors, Barbara J. Vessels Interiors Inc., and D2 Architecture.”

Faith Focus: ‘Give him yours’

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die — but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

Pastor Cuong Manh Tran knew he needed help. More specifically, he knew he needed a kidney.

After decades of pastoring Mobberly Baptist Church’s small Vietnamese congregation, Tran had had to step down due to rapidly declining health. He spent hours on dialysis treatments each day and eventually learned he would need a transplant if he hoped to live much longer. He and his wife waited prayerfully for the right match to come. Expecting the kidney to come from a deceased person, they understood the wait might take years.

What he didn’t expect, however, was for the donation to come from someone living. Someone, in fact, he called friend.

77-year-old John Ramsey, a Buckner Westminster Place resident who at the time had known Tran for just a few years, saw his friend’s need. He joined the family in prayer, but the answer to those prayers led to an unexpected conviction: Ramsey donated his own kidney.

“I was praying for Brother Tran, and it was as if the Lord said, ‘What’s wrong with your kidney? You give him yours.’ And I just knew I had to do this.”

Today, both Ramsey and Tran are healthy. Tran is back working at the church occasionally. Ramsey is back enjoying resident activities at Westminster Place. They even spent the holidays together.

Tran and Ramsey’s story is a beautiful picture of the gospel—one of the closest we may see this side of heaven. Giving of oneself so another might live. This is what Christ did for us.

Ramsey gave comfort, security and assurance of health so his friend might have a chance at life.

God gave his Son, and the Son gave his life, so we might have eternal life.

This week, how can you take time to reflect on the gift of the gospel more? How will you let the undeserved gift of eternal life impact your life today?

Friday photo: Buckner Villas expansion to welcome new residents early 2018

Buckner Villas in Austin is set to welcome its first residents to the newly-finished GreenRidge independent living expansion in early 2018. The expansion includes 69 new indpendent living apartment homes, a grand ballroom, underground parking and breathtaking views of the Texas hill country. For information about the new apartment homes and how you can join this active community today, call Paul at 512.233.7949.

Photo courtesy of Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors. 

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