News & Events


It is a great privilege to have the honor and blessing of serving people like Alice Nichols, who has just celebrated her 105th birthday.     — Bill Pierce, President, Baptist Village Communities

It is a great privilege to have the honor and blessing of serving people like Alice Nichols, who has just celebrated her 105th birthday. — Bill Pierce, President, Baptist Village Communities





Alive Inside

Dan Cohen was a featured presenter at LeadingAge Oklahoma’s Annual Conference in 2015. A group of students, who had seen his documentary “Alive Inside” and started an iPod drive for Alzheimer’s patients, visited Cohen while he was at the conference. During this visit, a NewsOK reporter arrived to document their story.

In 2016, LeadingAge Oklahoma received an OSDH grant for $353,000 to bring the Music and Memory program to 100 of Oklahoma’s nursing homes.



Glen Campbell…. I’ll Be Me.

LeadingAge OK partnered with Volunteers of America to host a Red Carpet Private Screening of the award winning documentary, Glen Campbell….I’ll Be Me. The production received the Nashville Film Festival, April 2014, Grand Jury Prize for best film of the festival. Select major cities throughout the U.S. will host a screening. 

LIFE Senior Services and the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter joined LeadingAge OK as partners with Volunteers of America to host this event.

Gardening Age

The LeadingAge Oklahoma Leadership Class of 2013 shared their class project at the Leadership Program and Member Luncheon on Wednesday, September 25. Bill Pierce, Baptist Village Communities, serves as the Program Guide for this year-long learning experience.

Here’s a preview of the class project, Gardening Age:

Our group came together and decided that we wanted to create a program that would have a positive impact on seniors and those serving them.  We created the foundation for a gardening project that will allow others to pick it up and have immediate outcomes.  With help from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture at Oklahoma State University, we have a step-by-step guideline on how to build a raised flowerbed with exact instructions.  Our hope is that smaller organizations (or large) with minimal resources can bring to life a gardening project that seniors can use and enjoy.  Our project pamphlet is the perfect thing for an individual or group that doesn’t know where to start.  That is what we wanted to do, take the passion of those wanting to make a difference, and give it some direction.

We also started a Facebook page titled “Gardening Age” where people can share their success stories for others to gain inspiration.  The page would also serve as a networking site for those with questions or searching for other resources with their gardening project.  While working on this project, we realized the importance of bringing purpose to those we serve.  Through this initiative, others will be able to bring joy and excitement to seniors in their communities.

Printable Gardening Age Brochure

Spanish Cove Retirement Village: The first “senior” team in the dragon boat rowing competition.


Leaders for an Age of Change, Honoring the 2010 AAHSA Award Recipients

The 2010 AAHSA Award winners are leaders of vision, spirit, compassion and commitment. All demonstrate creativity and adaptability in the programs and practices they create. All of them show that, regardless of the uncertainties facing senior care and services over the next generation, our field has the right people in place to continue to create the future of aging services.


Leading-Edge Care and Services Award

Three Oklahoma City members: Oklahoma City Housing Authority, Daily Living Centers, and Baptist Village Communities have formed a vibrant partnership to bring services to older adult and disabled residents of public housing.

Excellence in Leadership Award

George and Phyllis Dotson, Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home, Tulsa Oklahoma George and Phyllis Dotson are fervent ambassadors for the residents of Saint Simeon’s in the community who inspire others to get involved. Their concerted efforts have paved the road of success for the home’s next 50  years for the seniors who choose to call Saint Simeon’s “home.”

Excellence in Leadership Award
Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home, Tulsa, Oklahoma


AAHSA Idol Winner
Heather Porch, Concordia Life Care Community, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma