“Held by the hand of God”—Parkway Place assistant dining director, foster parent, rebuilds after Harvey

“Held by the hand of God”—Parkway Place assistant dining director, foster parent, rebuilds after Harvey

In the last seven years, Parkway Place assistant food service director Duane Davis has served as a foster parent for nearly four dozen children in...
Writing on a prayer: Westminster Place resident becomes published author at 85

Writing on a prayer: Westminster Place resident becomes published author at 85

85-year-old Lee Rose never expected to be a published author. She never even considered herself a writer. ...
Writing a legacy: Senior publishes book at 83

Writing a legacy: Senior publishes book at 83

Wanda Simar is the least likely candidate to write a book. ...
Why senior adults are our superheroes

Why senior adults are our superheroes

When you look up the term “superhero” in the dictionary, this is the definition you’ll find: ...
Why not me?

Why not me?

77-year-old John Ramsey had devoted his entire life to serving the Lord. ...
What young Christians can learn from senior adults

What young Christians can learn from senior adults

An 84-year-old retiree and a young college graduate. ...
What not to say to a senior adult

What not to say to a senior adult

Senior adults are, at the core, adults. ...
What living in a nonprofit community means for you

What living in a nonprofit community means for you

When residents at each of our five communities sign their agreement, they’re not just placing their name on a legal document. They’re joining a...
What it’s like to meet the president: Q&A with 91-year-old former Beaumont mayor

What it’s like to meet the president: Q&A with 91-year-old former Beaumont mayor

Evelyn Lord, 91, is a resident of Calder Woods senior living community in Beaumont, has served four terms as Beaumont mayor (the first female to ever...
What it means to be a senior adult

What it means to be a senior adult

August 21 marks National Senior Citizens Day. ...
What is hospice?

What is hospice?

“Hospice” is a word many avoid like a rattlesnake in June. But do we really know what it means? ...
We’re not bored, and this is not your grandma’s retirement home

We’re not bored, and this is not your grandma’s retirement home

“Bored” is not a word you’ll hear around Buckner senior living communities very often. From woodworking and quilting to water aerobics and...
Ways to volunteer with seniors this holiday season

Ways to volunteer with seniors this holiday season

Looking for a fun, unique way to volunteer this holiday season? ...
Volunteering: “just the natural thing” for one Beaumont senior

Volunteering: “just the natural thing” for one Beaumont senior

91-year-old Calder Woods resident John Templeton is known around the Beaumont senior living community for his helpful, can-do attitude. ...
Top three books on senior living

Top three books on senior living

Retirement, senior living and health care for seniors are all topics that can easily become overwhelming. But they don't have to. ...
Three ways to pray for families with loved ones on hospice this Christmas

Three ways to pray for families with loved ones on hospice this Christmas

The holidays are meant to be filled with hope and joy, time spent with family and friends as we celebrate the love we have for one another. ...
Things to do with someone who has Alzheimer’s

Things to do with someone who has Alzheimer’s

Christmas is over and the holiday excitement is winding down. You’ve enjoyed quality family time, but what now? ...
The soapy hands and feet of Jesus

The soapy hands and feet of Jesus

Jesus told his disciples to wash one another’s feet…not one another’s cars. ...
The science behind the playlists: How music selection impacts senior adult fitness

The science behind the playlists: How music selection impacts senior adult fitness

Holly Jones, wellness coordinator at Buckner Villas, knows better than to forget her iPod for work each morning. ...
The ride of their lives

The ride of their lives

Assisted living residents at Buckner Westminster Place in Longview spread their wings Friday during a special outing to the Mid America Flight Museum...
The Parkway Place Way: Senior living community responds to Harvey

The Parkway Place Way: Senior living community responds to Harvey

Hurricane Harvey brought more than four feet of rain to Houston in just four days. ...
The Buckner “pig-me-up”

The Buckner “pig-me-up”

Meet Max. ...
Six simple ways to get involved with your local senior living community

Six simple ways to get involved with your local senior living community

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” What better than to give back to ones who have...
Seniors walk to raise awareness, spread hope for arthritis

Seniors walk to raise awareness, spread hope for arthritis

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and residents at Buckner Villas are practicing the anthem “motion is lotion” as they raise awareness...
Seniors celebrate National Pet Month

Seniors celebrate National Pet Month

May is National Pet Month, and residents at each Buckner senior living community celebrated by posing for a picture with their favorite furry,...
Quilting for a cause

Quilting for a cause

250 quilts, 500 yards of fabric and 400 man-hours each year. ...
Parkway Place staff joins Aldine Family Hope Center to serve Thanksgiving meal

Parkway Place staff joins Aldine Family Hope Center to serve Thanksgiving meal

HOUSTON-- The Houston community and surrounding areas are filled with needs, needs that feel especially great during the holidays. ...
On behalf of a grateful nation

On behalf of a grateful nation

On May 10, 1944, a 19-year-old ball turret gunner from Longview, Texas, sat in the rear of a B-24 aircraft, just 17 days away from his 20th birthday....
Not your grandmother’s Super Bowl:  Buckner Senior Living communities serve up flavorful favorites for the big game

Not your grandmother’s Super Bowl: Buckner Senior Living communities serve up flavorful favorites for the big game

Stereotypical nursing homes can be known for bland entrees, stale crackers and routine menus. ...
McPherson to lead Buckner Hospice

McPherson to lead Buckner Hospice

Buckner Retirement Services is pleased to announce Nicole McPherson as the new administrator of Buckner Hospice. ...
Local art fosters cognitive recollection in San Angelo Alzheimer's residents

Local art fosters cognitive recollection in San Angelo Alzheimer's residents

SAN ANGELO, Texas- When treating Alzheimer’s, dementia and general memory impairment, visual stimulation is key. Colors, shapes and textures can...
Lifelong fisherman finds fishing paradise at Westminster Place

Lifelong fisherman finds fishing paradise at Westminster Place

January is National Hobby Month, so each week we're featuring different hobbies and talents of residents at Buckner senior living communities. This...
Learning to serve

Learning to serve

It’s 9:30 on a Friday morning in Houston, Texas. Parkway Place is already buzzing with activity, residents of the senior living community coming...
Just keep working: creative hobbies maintain brain agility

Just keep working: creative hobbies maintain brain agility

Stitches carefully woven into a colorful quilt. Wooden slabs painstakingly carved into miniature cars. Yarn spun into dozens of tiny caps. ...
It's good to be alive

It's good to be alive

May is Older Americans Month, and residents at Buckner Villas, a senior living community in North Austin, know that it’s good to be alive right...
How to support a friend or loved one with dementia

How to support a friend or loved one with dementia

How do you respond when friends receive a diagnosis for dementia? ...
How to make friends later in life

How to make friends later in life

“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other is gold.” ...
How to love your parents as they age

How to love your parents as they age

Aging parents. It’s a life stage we always know will come, but never really know what it will look like or how to prepare. ...
How to grieve the loss of a loved one

How to grieve the loss of a loved one

How do you grieve the loss of a loved one? Or really, how do you grieve in general? ...
How to find the perfect senior living community for your loved one…using your smartphone

How to find the perfect senior living community for your loved one…using your smartphone

Retirement planning, senior living and smartphone use may seem like opposite ends of different spectrums. ...
How to engage a loved one with Alzheimer’s this Thanksgiving

How to engage a loved one with Alzheimer’s this Thanksgiving

For families dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia, holiday gatherings can be anything but restful. Caregivers and family members often wonder how to...
How seniors can prepare for hurricane season

How seniors can prepare for hurricane season

In 2017, Hurricane Harvey took Texas by surprise. ...
How learning a new skill can improve memory in senior adults

How learning a new skill can improve memory in senior adults

Crossword puzzles. Crafting. Physical activity. ...
Going back in time: Senior shares genealogy hobby

Going back in time: Senior shares genealogy hobby

January is National Hobby Month, so each week we're featuring different hobbies and talents of residents at Buckner senior living communities. This...
Game show winner finds home at Calder Woods

Game show winner finds home at Calder Woods

“Come on down!” is a phrase most recognize from the long-running television gameshow “The Price is Right.” ...
Friday photo: Sharing wisdom

Friday photo: Sharing wisdom

Men from Buckner Villas in Austin, Texas, are bringing their collective engineering and construction experience to the table during "Men’s Coffee"...
Friday photo: Residents hit it off with Texas Rangers

Friday photo: Residents hit it off with Texas Rangers

Residents of Buckner Westminster Place in Longview got to meet some of their baseball heroes when the Texas Rangers visited Buckner during their...
Friday photo: Leaders bring Disney hospitality to Buckner

Friday photo: Leaders bring Disney hospitality to Buckner

Staff from Buckner Retirement Services traveled to “the happiest place on Earth” this week to learn from leaders in the hospitality industry at...
Friday photo: Celebrating one year of Ventana by Buckner

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

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...
Friday photo: Beaumont seniors (and their pets) celebrate with Santa

Friday photo: Beaumont seniors (and their pets) celebrate with Santa

Residents at Calder Woods, a Buckner senior living community in Beaumont, know the joy of Christmas isn't just for kids. They celebrated the season by...
Friday photo: Austin seniors get crafty

Friday photo: Austin seniors get crafty

Residents at Buckner Villas crafted different paintings at this week’s art class. From animals to flowers, each resident chose to paint something...
Five ways to pray for senior adults

Five ways to pray for senior adults

Thursday, May 3, is the National Day of Prayer. Here are five ways you can pray for senior adults. ...
Faith in our future

Faith in our future

On Feb. 18, 1942, Marion Konishi Takehara was a normal high school kid. ...
Faith Focus: What love looks like

Faith Focus: What love looks like

If love were a person, what would it look like? ...
Faith Focus: His was the last plane out

Faith Focus: His was the last plane out

His was the last plane out. ...
Faith Focus: His grace toward us is not in vain

Faith Focus: His grace toward us is not in vain

March 23, 1945, changed 19-year-old Donald Morrison’s life—and his eternal life—forever. ...
Faith Focus: 'Give him yours'

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...
Dusting off the hard hat: Retired engineers share wisdom on new construction

Dusting off the hard hat: Retired engineers share wisdom on new construction

When a young Bob Gloyna assembled his father’s discarded wooden matches into miniature bridges and buildings,...
Double service: Parkway Place veteran  teaches patriotism

Double service: Parkway Place veteran teaches patriotism

Fighting in one world war would be plenty for most people. One military branch too. But Aaron Mendoza is not like most people. ...
Dining staff celebrate National Cookie Day

Dining staff celebrate National Cookie Day

December 4 is National Cookie Day, and to celebrate chefs at Buckner senior living communities in Texas are doing the unthinkable: sharing their most...
Dear Seniors, Thank you.

Dear Seniors, Thank you.

August 21 marks National Senior Citizens Day, a day to celebrate senior adults and the impact they’ve made. To honor seniors who enrich our lives...
Dancing through life

Dancing through life

It’s 10:15 on a Monday morning in Beaumont, Texas. The air inside the Calder Woods auditorium is almost as thick as the southeast Texas humidity...
Couple celebrates 81 years of marriage this Valentine's Day

Couple celebrates 81 years of marriage this Valentine's Day

This year, Madeline and Walter Luther, residents at Buckner Westminster Place, are celebrating their 81st Valentine's Day as a married couple. The...
Coping strategies for caregivers

Coping strategies for caregivers

The holidays can be stressful for anyone, but even more so for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia. If you’re a caregiver for...
Community cures

Community cures "epidemic of loneliness" for retired seniors

One in three people above the age of 65 lives alone. Nearly half of those older than 85 live alone. ...
Coming home to another Buckner Christmas

Coming home to another Buckner Christmas

Billie Selke is preparing to celebrate her first Christmas at Parkway Place, a Buckner senior living community located in the heart of Houston. ...
Coming full circle

Coming full circle

The paper cover of a rectangular Snapfolio book from Edwards Photo Service in Tyler, Texas, is worn soft from years of being passed from box to box,...
City of Houston declares ‘Buckner International Day’

City of Houston declares ‘Buckner International Day’

The City Council of the City of Houston and Mayor Sylvester Turner (center, gray suit) have officially proclaimed May 9 to be “Buckner International...
Choosing to move on: Flood victim finds new life at Parkway Place

Choosing to move on: Flood victim finds new life at Parkway Place

86-year-old Joan Haggard arrived at Parkway Place just days after losing everything to Hurricane Harvey. This is her story. ...
Carrying a tune: Retired music teacher brings music to Alzheimer’s residents

Carrying a tune: Retired music teacher brings music to Alzheimer’s residents

Virginia Derry taught music for 26 years in four different states. From kindergarteners to high school seniors, nearly every age of student has come...
Can using Facebook mean living longer?

Can using Facebook mean living longer?

Millennials across the globe get plenty of flak for their obsession with Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and the wide scope of social networks developed...
Born to serve: Parkway resident shares history as a foster mom

Born to serve: Parkway resident shares history as a foster mom

Beverlye Dodd grew up being told she was not smart enough, not good enough and not worth enough--and never would be. ...
Books for the blind

Books for the blind

Carolyn Randall, a Parkway Place resident in Houston, has been a bookworm her whole life. In fact, she loves books and words so much that she’s...
Behind the scenes: A day in the life of a senior living community’s maintenance director

Behind the scenes: A day in the life of a senior living community’s maintenance director

For Dragoslav Lukic, director of facilities management at Parkway Place senior living community in Houston, every day on the job is different. ...
Behind the scenes: A day in the life of a senior living café manager

Behind the scenes: A day in the life of a senior living café manager

James Acuna-Miller used to be an accountant. Now, he’s the café lead at Buckner Villas. Check out a day in his life as part of our exclusive look...
Baptist Retirement Community recognized for outstanding safety

Baptist Retirement Community recognized for outstanding safety

Baptist Retirement Community in San Angelo was recently recognized for its outstanding dedication to workplace safety. The community received the Lone...
Ask a teacher: Teacher Appreciation Week with a former educator

Ask a teacher: Teacher Appreciation Week with a former educator

LaNelle Butler, a Buckner Villas resident, is a veteran of the education field. She taught for 36 years across the state of Texas, and as part of...
Around our table: Senior adults answer top Thanksgiving dinner table questions

Around our table: Senior adults answer top Thanksgiving dinner table questions

This Thanksgiving, we asked residents at Buckner senior living communities to answer the top Thanksgiving dinner table questions. Here’s what they...
A veteran's Memorial Day

A veteran's Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, three veterans at Buckner senior living communities are taking a moment to share what Memorial Day means to them. ...
A love built with stitches

A love built with stitches

January is National Hobby Month, so each week we're featuring different hobbies and talents of residents at Buckner senior living communities. This...
A lifetime of gratitude

A lifetime of gratitude

The Thanksgiving holiday always brings the question, “What are you thankful for?” ...
A lasting impact: following up with Parkway Place’s “Littlest Angel” volunteer

A lasting impact: following up with Parkway Place’s “Littlest Angel” volunteer

The name “John Henry” is famous at Parkway Place, and the red-headed boy behind it more famous still. ...
A growing legacy: resident recognized for 55 years serving with Good News Club

A growing legacy: resident recognized for 55 years serving with Good News Club

Marueen Duncan began leading Good News Clubs out of her New Hampshire home in the early 1960s. Through moves across the country with her military...
A day in the life of a senior living nurse

A day in the life of a senior living nurse

Meet Angela Britain, a certified nurse assistant (CNA) at Buckner Westminster Place! Angela serves as a “shahbazim,” a unique position within the...
15 words to improve heart health in senior adults

15 words to improve heart health in senior adults

In honor of American Heart Month, Rachel Ramirez, wellness director at Parkway Place in Houston, and Corey Gaddis, director of nursing at Calder Woods...
10th Annual Calder Woods Christmas Tour of Lights

10th Annual Calder Woods Christmas Tour of Lights

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Calder Woods in Beaumont! The senior living community is hosting the 10th annual Calder Woods Tour of...
101 Christmases: How a centenarian still finds joy in every season

101 Christmases: How a centenarian still finds joy in every season

Connie Dickinson is preparing to celebrate her 101st Christmas. A resident of Calder Woods in Beaumont, the centenarian still finds joy in each...

"If we couldn't get there, who would?"

Hear Shirley's harrowing tale of survival and commitment to Buckner Parkway Place residents in her own words. ...

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