Ben and Kay’s Story

Finding a Support Network

Ben and Kay Jenkins

Broken Arrow Seniors

Cancer survivor Ben Jenkins improves his memory through brain exercises and his balance with Tai Chi at Broken Arrow Seniors. But more than that, he and his wife Kay have established lifelong friendships through this United Way agency.

In 2008, Ben was diagnosed with cancer in his lungs and brain. He endured the harshest chemotherapy his body could endure, and 15 rounds of radiation. Although he suffered some memory loss, he’s doing well seven years later.

“We complete ‘brain exercises’ at Broken Arrow Seniors three to five times a week,” said Kay. “It has really helped his short-term memory.”

As relatively new residents to Broken Arrow, the Jenkins have developed a support network of friends at BA Seniors.

“We have potluck dinners, watch movies and hold dances at the center,” Kay says. “It’s better than staring at four walls at home.”

They also belong to the center’s Travel Club, taking journeys around Oklahoma and surrounding states.

“I don’t know what we’d do without Broken Arrow Seniors,” Kay says. “We’re part of a community, and nothing can replace that.”