Having made their mark on the population charts years ago, Baby Boomers are once again gaining the attention of economists, healthcare providers, politicians and insurance companies. Thanks to Baby Boomers, the senior adult population in America is on the rise. People over 65 are the fastest growing segment in society.

When it comes to getting older, senior adults often worry about their independence, a loss of mobility and the quality of care they will receive as the process of aging presents new and increasing challenges each day.

As for ministering to senior adults, Oklahoma Baptists are not asleep at the wheel. In fact, this year marks the 50th Anniversary of Baptist Village Retirement Communities (BVRC). More than 2,000 senior adults are touched by the ministry of BVRC every day.

BVRC’s mission is to provide quality living and compassionate health care in a Christian environment through communities and services which emphasize positive aging.

Lifelong learning, fellowship and preventative health are at the heart of BVRC.

It comes as no surprise to many, and it is the privilege of the Baptist Messenger to congratulate Baptist Village Retirement Communities on their five-star 10 point rating recently awarded by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s “Focus on Excellence” program.

With more than 265 facilities participating in the program, only four facilities throughout the state received the prestigious five-star 10 point rating. BVRC received two of the four top awards! Kudos to BVRC President Bill Pierce and his caring and quality staff at the T.B. Lackey Health Care Center at Baptist Village of Oklahoma City and Evergreen Care Center at Baptist Village of Owasso. Oklahoma Baptists should take great pride in knowing BVRC residents are loving life in some of our state’s top rated facilities.

In celebration of their 50th Anniversary, BVRC is launching the “Life Without Limits” fundraising campaign which will benefit the Adams Care Fund. Among other things, proceeds from the campaign will go to purchase up to six new vans and two new buses for residents.

“Life Without Limits” celebration events are scheduled for Baptist Villages in Cleveland on April 5, Owasso on April 19, Okmulgee on May 3, Lake Texoma on June 14, Ada on Sept. 13, Oklahoma City on Sept. 27 and Hugo on Oct. 25-26. Each event will be open to the residents, employees, families of both residents and employees, surrounding communities and churches. Each event will last from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with lunch provided.

The “Life Without Limits” 50th Anniversary celebrations are a great way for local Southern Baptist churches to get involved with BVRC and raise awareness of senior adult needs and ministries provided through the local church.

Churches interested in participating in “Life Without Limits” may contact BVRC toll free at 866/887-2872 or by e-mailing hmiller@baptistvillage.org. And while you are at it, why not extend your congratulations to Bill Pierce and his staff at BVRC regarding their recent five-star ratings?