11.30.10

Christmas Gift Ideas for Seniors in Assisted Living

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities at 6:35 pm by admin

What do you get the elderly person who apparently doesn’t need or want anything extra cluttering up their lives? Ever find yourself wondering how many years in a row you’ve given Uncle Joe a new tie? Or whether or not Grandma really enjoys the fruit box you send her every year? There are a few things that your senior loved ones will most assuredly love no matter how eclectic or sparsely they like to live, whether they live in elderly care housing or at home.

1. Pictures, pictures, pictures
You can’t go wrong with pictures of the grandkids, right? But what about wall space, and exchanging old pictures and new pictures out of the frames, or remembering to print them out before the kids have grown another six inches? Answer? Digital picture frames. These awesome inventions come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices. Perfect for everyone on your list. They even come in a key ring size for Uncle Joe who likes technology almost as well as he likes the grandkids, but doesn’t sit at home watching the pictures change. Most come with slide show settings for a constantly changing picture or you can choose your favorite to display all day or week if you want. My aunt was so thrilled to receive a digital picture frame, that she decided to take up photography herself, inspiring a new, healthy hobby.
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If technology isn’t their thing, but you have ideas of putting your own creativity and photography on display, you can design, order and send out your own calendar, scrapbook, mugs, mouspads, teeshirts, you name it. What Grandpa wouldn’t love to see his granddaughter’s smiling face every morning while he drinks his mug of coffee? Our parents and grandparents and their friends raved about the calendars we created and sent out.

2. Visual communication to build family ties
The hardest thing for most elderly loved ones to face is to be away from family and grandchildren in particular. If your loved ones own a computer, an easy but appreciated gift might be skype, online visual and audio conversations. They’ll need a computer, web cam, skype account, and of course, internet access. Even the most technology-wary senior may cave when it comes to seeing far-away grandchildren!

3. Build them a library they can take anywhere
One of the hottest gift items of the season may be the Kindle, an electronic book device This could be a great gift especially for elderly people confind to an assisted living home where book storage is limited. A big advantage of the Kindle for elderly people is wireless 3G internet downloading for instant access to a practically endless supply of books. Plus, you can enlarge the print as much as you want with the simple push of a button. My 61 year old father said he will never read a regular book again because of that feature!

Want to make Christmas really special for Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and other elderly loved ones this year? Make personalized gifts, help them stay connected to family and friends, or for the avid reader, provide a library of books in one small package. You’ll love the look on their faces when they open gifts this year!

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Lubbock TX Assisted Living

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elder Care, Elderly Care at 6:24 pm by admin

Lubbock TX is a city of more than two hundred thousand residents, and is located in the panhandle of Texas. Although it pails in comparison to Houston and Dallas to the southeast, Lubbock is a grown up town that is a wonderful place for families and seniors to settle down. Lubbock Assisted Living is a popular choice for residents who are looking to enjoy the warmth of south Texas hospitality and culture, while still getting the best care available for their specific needs.

What is Lubbuck TX Assisted Living?

Assisted Living can be used as a broad term to define general elderly care, or a narrow term meaning a half-way care level between full time nursing care and independent retirement living. Nursing homes, of course, are for seniors who cannot live alone without oversight from onsite medical assistance. But in assisted living, this need is not nearly as intense. Assisted Living residents are just that–residents–not patients. Residents generally live in an apartment or condo of some sort, while spending meals and social times together with other residents. Seniors who live there are encouraged to explore their hobbies and even learn new ones. The facilities offer transportation to offsite attractions and appointments, and usually three hot meals per day as well.
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So what separates assisted living care from retirement communities? Retirement communities, or independent living communities, are very “hands off.” The staff at these places are there to make sure their residents are safe and comfortable, and do not have to deal with too many complicated problems that home ownership usually brings. Assisted Living staff members, however, are there to assist residents with Activities for Daily Living (ADL’s)–activities that they never had to give a second thought about in the recent past. Common ADL’s that can be aided at Lubbock Assisted Living include getting dressed, taking a bath, transferring (moving from a chair to a bed, etc.), making meals, etc. Assisted Living facilities usually work with patients to find out what particular ADL’s the patient needs help with, and will help to meet their individual needs. Because every senior is different, every senior’s care will be different also.

Lubbock TX is home to many good Assisted Living facilities and nursing homes. Seniors will enjoy the city for the same reason families like to live there. Namely, it is an inexpensive, diverse, friendly community that has all of the comforts of a large city without being overwhelming. Many who live there either work with, attend, or cheer on sports teams from Texas Tech University. Texas Tech is a fixture of Lubbock, and their football team regularly attracts national attention. Seniors who are not sports fans can still enjoy one of the area’s fishing lakes, shopping centers or golf courses.

Are you or someone you love looking for Lubbock TX Assisted Living? You can find it right here from this site. Simply enter in your information at the top of this page and submit it. There, you will find assisted living options for Lubbock TX.

11.29.10

Dallas Elderly Care

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen at 3:37 pm by admin

The term “elderly care” can mean many different things to many different people. To some, it refers specifically to senior housing options like assisted living and nursing homes. To others, it points to services that are available to elderly citizens. And still to others, elderly care services are services for senior citizens to be involved in.

Fortunately for North Texas seniors, Dallas elderly care covers all of these descriptions.

Why Retire in Dallas?

The Dallas, Texas metroplex is a popular retirement destination for retirees. Many seniors enjoy the city for its perpetual warmth, its endless shopping opportunities, and its many venues for cultural presentation. Dallas’ art scene is fantastic, and its sports and entertainment options are amazing. There are also championship golf courses, and a host of area lakes for bass fishing. Whatever a senior’s preference is, the Dallas metroplex can cater to it.

Dallas Senior Centers

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Senior centers are very often an important center for building friendships and sharing information. Dallas senior centers can help elderly residents connect with one another and find out what services are offered throughout the community. Oftentimes they can also help seniors sort out issues regarding their own unique situations with medical benefits, etc. Here are a couple of Dallas Senior Centers:

West Dallas Senior Center
2828 Fish Trap Road
(214) 670-6350

M.L.K. Senior Center
2901 Pennsylvania
(214) 670-0355

Park South Senior Center
2500 Romine
(214) 421-5301

Places for Dallas Seniors to “Plug In”

Senior Volunteering is a unique and very positive side of elderly care. Seniors who retire from their careers do not have to sacrifice their sense of usefulness and productivity. Many who quit their jobs no longer know how to find those things again, but thousands of senior volunteers have found a new sense of pride and fulfillment in helping others. In Dallas, the local RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is very active. One terrific facet of this program this group offers is the “Off Our Rockers” tutoring and mentoring opportunity. Here, seniors can take an elementary school student under their wing and help them with their homework. But there are lots of other opportunities beyond that as well. The important thing to remember is that there are ways for any senior to help, no matter what skills they possess. There is always a way to plug in. Here is the very best place for potential senior volunteers to start.

RSVP
3910 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas
(214) 823-5700

Senior Services offered to Dallas Elderly

For Dallas seniors who are looking to find out what type of services are offered for them, they can find answers at the Dallas County Health and Human Services. Here is their address:

2377 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas

But there are private volunteer services available for Dallas seniors as well. For example, the Meals on Wheels program is an immensely popular service offered all around the country, and it is mostly seniors who benefit. Here is one way to find them:

Meals On Wheels
Place page
Ste 500, 1440 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas
(214) 689-2639

Senior Housing in Dallas

Finally, the most popular definition for “elderly care” is senior housing, and there are many varieties here as well. For active adults looking for a comfortable place to settle down, Dallas seniors will love the choices they have for retirement communities. Many of them offer a resort style living environment that will keep them busy and happy. For others who need a helping hand in their life but still want to maintain some privacy and independence, Dallas TX assisted living is a wonderful choice. And still for others who are experiencing chronic medical issues that require full time oversight, Dallas has some tremendous nursing homes.

So, what’s the best way to find Dallas Elderly Care housing options? Use the gray box at the top of this very page to enter your information and begin your search. You will find a ton of options, and be able to find what works best for you.

Dallas Continuing Care Communities

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elderly Care at 2:45 pm by admin

For seniors living in Dallas, TX, the options for elderly care are numerous regardless of their physical condition. Those who are healthy and active and wish to live a comfortable life without the burdens of home ownership will find countless options for retirement community life. Seniors who desire both independence and a helping hand–those who are not sick, but who need assistance with daily living activities–will find a plethora of assisted living facilities in the area. And those who require around the clock supervision from medical professionals in a secure environment can pick and choose from dozens and dozens of skilled nursing facilities. Dallas has a huge selection of senior housing choices.

But there is an inherent danger in choosing a Dallas elderly care facility while healthy, and that is this: a senior’s physical condition can change rapidly. All it takes is a fall, or a bout with sickness, and the level of care that the individual needs can suddenly intensify beyond the capabilities of the current facility. So when a senior in a retirement village breaks his leg and requires physical rehabilitation, for instance, he will not be able to get much help from his current environment, which is there to assist him in non-medical capacities.
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The problem often is intensified as life continues. When a person is in a TX assisted living home and his health takes a turn for the worse, what happens then?

Fortunately, there is a new trend in the elderly care industry that can solve this problem. It is called “continuing care.” For Dallas seniors who want to move into a senior housing community, Dallas continuing care communities give them a way to move from one level of care to another with relative ease.

The system is “a continuum of care.” It works like this. A resident signs a care contract for a given length of time. The contract ensures that the person will get the level of housing and care that they need, even as their condition changes. The elder care facility that they live on will usually have different sections: a retirement community, an assisted living community, and a skilled nursing center. And because they are all owned by the same community, residents can move from one place to another without changing their contract.

So for Dallas seniors who have a bad fall and need to spend a few weeks in physical therapy at a skilled nursing center, they can move across the street until they are back on their feet. Or if it is more permanent, they can pack up their things and move from an independent living situation to an assisted living community, and even into a nursing home without hassle. In this way, the facility adapts to the patient’s changing needs, instead of the patient selecting a different facility based on what they offer.

North Texas seniors who are looking for a Dallas Continuing Care community can simply enter their information in the fields above this post, and select the “Continuing Care” option. They will be presented with Dallas elderly care listings that match their request. To request an information packet, they can simply fill out the form.

11.27.10

Houston Elderly Care Options

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Caregiver, Elder Care, Elderly Care at 4:00 pm by admin

Elderly care is more than just a medical housing industry. No, there are many different facets of elderly care that have very little to do with what kind of housing a person is in. In the Houston, TX area, there are many resources available for senior citizens that make their lives better. There are senior centers where they can connect and find information on programs available to them, there are volunteer services that help seniors at home or that let seniors plug in and help others, and there are, of course, senior housing facilities that can cater specifically to the needs of individual seniors. Together, these categories make up the Houston Elderly Care landscape. Here are a few examples of each one of these:

Houston Area Senior Centers

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Senior Centers are, for millions of retirees around the country, a primary source of comaraderie. Not only are these community centers the perfect place to find information on government programs for seniors, they are a central location for social events. In Houston, you can find new friends and local elderly care information at these places, and more:

Hardy Road Senior Center
11901 West Hardy Road, Houston, TX
(281) 260-6772 ‎

Madison Jobe Senior Center
1700 Thomas Avenue, Pasadena, TX
(713) 477-0175 ‎

Houston Volunteer Agencies That Help Seniors

There are many Houston volunteer agencie sthat exist just to help senior citizens that need it. Most of these are faith-based groups. Here are just a couple such elderly services in the Houston area:

Sheltering Arms Senior Services
3838 Aberdeen Way, Houston, TX
(713) 685-6577 ‎

Meals On Wheels For Greater
3217 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX
(713) 533-4900 ‎

Houston Senior Volunteer Opportunities

Many senior citizens find retirement to be entirely unrewarding. Though they would never want to go back, they still miss the purposefulness of having a career. For many of these, volunteering has been its own reward. Senior volunteer networks like RSVP have become immensely popular in recent years. RSVP lets seniors plug in and help others, no matter what skills they have. They will help to match up seniors with projects that fit their own interests. Some tutor school children. Others help paint houses for other seniors, and still others help young men and women with on the job training, or job skills classes. There are unlimited opportunities for involvement. But the key is this: Seniors have found that they can still live full, meaningful lives by plugging in to the lives of other people. Here is where you can tap into this network in Houston.

RSVP- Retired Senior Volunteer Program
(Through the Jewish Community Center)
5601 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096-3907
(713) 729-3200

Houston Elderly Care Housing

Finally, the last and most instantly recognized definition of elderly care is that of senior housing. And Houston, with its high population of retirees seeking the warm weather and culture of Texas, have already discovered the treasures that exist within the cities. There are a host of nursing homes, assisted living communities, and retirement centers. And for the long planners, there are continuing care communities that allow seniors to move from one level of care to another as the situation calls for it.

Are you looking for Houston TX assisted living housing? Use the box above this article to find housing that suits your needs, and feel free to request more information from any and all of the communities that interest you.

Continuing Care Communities

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Atria Senior Living, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases, Nursing home, Texas Elderly Care Services at 1:55 pm by admin

Continuing Care is a type of elderly care designed to help senior citizens make just one housing decision that will last for years to come. Here is why this is necessary. Think about what happens when a senior who lives in a retirement facility has something unexpected happen to them. For instance, what happens if they are diagnosed with a disease that will require medical help on a regular basis? Or what if they take a fall, break their hip, and now need help getting dressed in the morning? Typical retirement communities have no provisions for these unexpected events. They are built to let seniors live independently.

Similarly, Assisted Living communities are meant for seniors need help with basic activities for daily life, but not full time medical attention by nurses. But as anyone who has ever been through such trials knows, the health of a senior is a tenuous thing. It can all change very quickly.
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In the past, when elderly care was synonymous with skilled nursing (what a narrow definition!), all varieties of seniors from the healthy to the terminally ill were often housed together. That took care of this concern on one level: patients already had full time nurses patrolling the halls, after all. But today (thankfully), the situation has changed. How can a man who lives in a condo on a golf retirement community get help bathing every morning after he breaks his leg?

Understanding Continuing Care Communities

Continuing Care Communities are facilities that offer adaptable levels of care. Patients can be comfortable making one elderly care decision with one company. There is no need to end a contract, move their belongings to a different part of the city, and sign a new care contract at a new facility. And seeing as those changes usually need to happen during times of crisis, that can be a massive relief for everyone involved.

Here is how it works. When a senior finds a multi level continuing care community, they can sign a contract with that company that will either last for a defined period of time, covering any needed types of care, or can last for the remainder of the patient’s life. The services offered are generally right there on the same physical facility, but sometimes the nursing home facility is offsite. But either way, the principle is the same: the resident is dealing with the same company which adapts to their own unique needs. So when it’s time to move into different housing, everything is still very much in order. No reason to panic.

The best thing about Continuing Care Communities is the “community” aspect. Residents are more like members of a club then they are patients. There are social events planned in house, and there is transportation available for social outings offsite. Residents can eat together (assisted living, in most cases, offers three meals per day), and do life together. In this way, they are not alone, wasting away in isolation. They are surrounded by friends, and they have a support system already in place.

Does continuing care sound like the right type of housing for your aging loved one? Use the gray box at the top of this page to find facilities near your city. It will help you find TX Assisted Living facilities, as well as senior housing from all around the United States and Canada.

11.26.10

Elderly Care in Texas

Posted in Assisted Living, Caregiver, Elder Care, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Nursing home, Senior Citizen at 8:33 pm by admin

Texas is increasingly becoming a popular retirement destination. Elderly care services in Texas are meeting the demand. People of all ages like to live in Texas, and the reasons are fairly obvious. First, Texas is a warm place. Even in the winter time, temperatures are comfortable, and ice and snow–both of which most seniors do not care for–are rare occurrences. In addition, many move to the state because it has one of the lowest living costs in the nation. There is also no state income tax. But mostly, people like to live in Texas because of the culture. The pace of life is relaxed already, and southern manners and hospitality make the state a treasured throwback to simpler times.

With a population of around twenty-five million, Texas is the second largest state in the country. The elderly care business is expansive, including senior housing and senior services that are as broad as Texas itself. Here are a few examples of what you might see with Texas Elderly Care, and a few ways to find a particular service you might be looking for.

Texas Senior Centers

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Senior Centers are an important aspect of elder care for millions of retirees. They are places where elderly people can connect in a variety of ways, where new friendships are formed, and where seniors can find out how to take advantage of a whole host of elderly care services. In Texas, there are senior centers available in virtually every significant metropolitan area. Here is how you can find some of these in the Texas’ biggest cities:

Dallas
Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas-the Senior Source
3910 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas
(214) 823-570

Houston
Senior Citizens Center
2500 Campbell St, Houston, TX 77026
(713) 228-7543

San Antonio
Senior Citizens Ctr Social Service & Welfare Organizations
Address: 6th St & Ave E
(830) 742-8711

Austin
Lamar Senior Ctr Senior Citizens Service
Address: 2874 Shoal Crest Ave
(512) 474-5921

Places for Texas Seniors to be Involved

Many retired seniors find adjusting to life a difficult task because they cannot be idle. They have worked hard their whole life, and when they quite their career, they feel a sense of loss. They miss the feeling of being productive, and they miss being with people. For them, volunteer opportunities are a central part of Texas elder care services. Here are some networks for senior volunteer opportunities in Texas’ largest cities:

Dallas
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
3910 Harry Hines Boulevard
(214) 823-5700

Austin
100 N I H 35
County of Travis: Retired Senior Volunteer Program
(512) 854-7787

San Antonio
Retired Senior Volunteer Program
202 West French Place
(210) 222-0301

Elderly Care Housing in Texas

The most notable type of elderly are is, of course, senior housing. And Texas is full of all types of senior housing.

Texas Elderly Care Housing can be divided up into three primary divisions: Skilled nursing, Assisted Living, and independent living. Patients and residents have very different needs when they choose one of these, and there are many shades of care in each category. Texas skilled nursing homes, for example, are for ill seniors who need around the clock care, or full time rehabilitation. This can include hospital care for seniors as well.

TX Assisted Living, on the other hand, is mostly for seniors who do not need that kind of intensive oversight, but who still need some help with Activities for Daily Living, or ADL’s. This can include anything from doing housework to taking baths to getting dressed in the morning. Seniors at assisted living facilities can get specific care for their specific needs. That way, they can live independently for most things, enjoy living in an active social community, but still be taken care of where the situation calls for it.

Texas Independent Living is for seniors who are ready to retire, but who do not need oversight. Retirement communities let seniors live by themselves, without having the responsibilities of home ownership. They can often get help for all sorts of things like lawn care, housekeeping, etc. Texas Independent Living facilities often resemble resort communities.

Some Texas elderly care communities can combine all three types of care in one. These are known as continuing care communities. Seniors who choose this option generally move in to the facility when they are able bodied and independent, with the understanding that they can adapt their care options asw their situation calls for it. So when they decide they need help with basic daily activities, they can move in to an assisted living care level, and if their health unravels, they can get skilled nursing attention. Continuing care communities allow residents to sign one contract when they move in which will last for the remainder of their lives, if they wish to.

If you are looking for Texas senior housing options around the state, enter your city location and type of care desired in the gray box at the top of this article. If you find a facility that suits your needs, you can request more information from them.

11.24.10

Making the Holidays Special for Elderly Loved Ones

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elderly Care, Nursing home, Retirement, Senior Citizen, Texas Elderly Care Services at 9:40 pm by admin

The Holidays would not be complete without our nearest and dearest. Many families include traditional ways of celebrating that have been passed down through the generations. The holidays are a special time to include elderly friends and family. The following are some steps to ensure that the elderly one you love will enjoy the Holidays to the fullest.

Preparing your home

Whether you’re having a massive family celebration or just your family and grandma, everyone enjoys sprucing up the house and adding special seasonal decor. One thing to keep in mind in your preparation is to keep the floors clear of loose rugs and objects that might easily be tripped over and cause a fall. Outside walkways and driveways also may need some sand or salt to prevent icy surfaces, prime culprits of senior falls. Having a comfy seat handy for Grandpa to plop down in rooms where you will be spending most of your time is also a safety measure worth taking. Pulling out decor and photo books that have sentimental value, like the quilt Great Aunt Nettie made or the kids most recent school photos may mean more to your elderly loved one than any gift and become great conversation pieces for everyone.
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Making room for special diets on the Holiday menu

Keep in mind that the elderly one joining your celebration may have diet restrictions will save you some last minute flurry and prevent anyone from being left out of the Holiday feast. Many elderly people need to watch their salt, fat, or sugar intake, even on the Holidays, so ask before you start your baking, and be sure to include a few special-diet-friendly dishes

Accommodating Special Needs

In the case of an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, having someone on hand to guide them through the Holidays and keep tabs on them is a wise idea. Whether you assigned a family member or hire a respite care worker, having a loved one with dementia take part in family celebrations is important. Briefing family and friends who are unaware on how to interact can be helpful. The Holidays may be a particularly sentimental and emotional time for people who have Alzheimer’s Disease, and having someone close by who is familiar and calming helps.

Planning ahead to make the house as accessible as possible will ensure that no one gets left out. Keeping family activities on the ground level and in easy-access rooms will allow everyone to participate. Leave space at the table and through the house for walkers or wheelchairs, and make sure the bathrooms are easily accessible for everyone.

Planning for meaningful interactions

Many holiday celebrations are centered around the kids, but some of the most precious traditions are the ones Great-Grandma started. Having special, traditional activities that will bridge the generation gap and bring the elderly and the kids together can create unforgettable memories. Putting Great Grandma in charge of a taffy pull, turkey craft, or cookie decorating, or setting Grandpa in charge of choosing the best dishpan to send the kids down the snowy hillside is an awesome way to stir up family stories and create priceless memories.

The Holidays are filled with precious family interactions and traditions. Take time this year to make them special for the elderly one you love.

If you are looking for help finding TX assisted living or other elderly care, use the search box above.

East Texas Elderly Care

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elder Care, Elderly Care at 9:34 pm by admin

There are many places throughout the Lone Star State that can provide a comfortable environment for seniors in need. And in each place, there are elderly care services for seniors, both in terms of housing options and opportunities of every variety. There are few places, however, that offer what East Texas offers.

Elderly Care in East Texas is vast and varied, and the setting is perfect for senior citizens. In fact, thousands of seniors have settled down in the region, particularly in places like Tyler and Longview. Tyler is now considered one of the best retirement cities in the state.

Why East Texas?

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So what attracts seniors to East Texas for elderly care? Many things bring them, but first and foremost, I think it is the culture. East Texas is a friendly, down home sort of place. The pace of life is not so rushed. Hospitality is a treasured virtue. Religious faith is almost universal. And the young people still call their elders “sir” and “ma’am.”

East Texas is especially known for it’s excellent floral environment. The Tyler Rose Garden is one of the finest in the nation, and the Azalea Trail attracts thousand of early spring visitors to the region. Senior citizens especially appreciate the botanical beauty of the region.

Beyond that, there are plenty of other things to do in East Texas as well which attract seniors to the area. There are lakes for fishing and boating, excellent golf courses, theaters and museums, zoos, and of course, a very active shopping life. It is an economically healthy environment to live in, due in part to a low cost of living and an absence of a state income tax. Put it all together–the culture, the environment, the attractions–and you have an excellent place for seniors to live.

Senior Centers in East Texas

Senior Centers offer a great place for retirees to get together, find helpful elder care information, participate in social events, and make new friends. Here are a few senior centers in the East Texas area:

Senior Citizens Center (Longview)
814 S Green Street
(903)237-1279

Senior Citizens Center (Tyler)
1915 Garden Valley Road
(903)597-0781

Nacogdoches Senior Citizen Center
621 Harris Street
(936)569-6350

Senior Volunteer Opportunities in East Texas

There are active senior volunteer groups all throughout the state of Texas, and many are active in the region. Volunteer opportunities are vast. They can include mentoring children, working at local food shelves, or giving tours at the local museum. Here are a few groups for active seniors to contact:

Deep East Texas RSVP
118 South First Street
Lufkin, TX 75901

Also try texasseniorcorps.org

East Texas Elderly Housing

Best of all, seniors in East Texas have wide variety of housing options. Elderly care housing could be divided into three categories:

East Texas Nursing Homes (for seniors who need constant medical care)
East TX Assisted Living (for seniors who do not need full time care, but who need help with basic activities for daily living while still desiring some independence)
East Texas Retirement Communities, or Independent Living (for seniors who desire independence but also want the security of having help nearby should they need it.)

Colonial Village Retirement Community – Longview, TX 75605
Residents in Colonial Village enjoy three terrific meals per day, and can choose from one, two, or three bedroom units. They are an assisted living facility and a retirement center. Levels of care can depend on the individual resident’s needs.

Atria Willow Park – Tyler TX
Atria is a well known and respected brand of assisted living. It is a pretty luxurious setting, and residents feel like they are living in a resort. There are some lovely places to unwind, including a relaxing indoor garden. Residents enjoy three meals a day, and have plenty of help from the staff whenever they need it.

There are countless other options in these categories, and thousands of East Texans have already discovered the quality life styles that can be found in East Texas Elderly Housing. Are you looking for senior housing in the region? You can find a statewide directory here or you can see a lot of assisted living options here by entering in your city in the box above and performing a search right here on this site.

11.15.10

Dallas, Texas Assisted Living Options

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen at 10:50 am by admin

If you are looking for Dallas, Texas assisted living options, you have come to the right place. Dallas is one of the best cities in all of Texas to settle down in for a variety of reasons, and there are some outstanding assisted living communities in and around the metroplex. It is a popular place for families and seniors alike.

Would Assisted Living Meet Your Needs?

Assisted Living is a form of elderly care that has increased dramatically in popularity in the last twenty years. It represents a stark difference between the way we cared for elders in the past. For example, when a retired person could no longer care for himself or herself, they would often be left with just two choices: move into the home of a relative, or move into a nursing home. But nursing homes would be filled with all different kinds of seniors: those who were suffering from dementia, those who were bedridden, and those who were relatively healthy, but needed help getting dressed in the morning. Nursing home care was blanket senior coverage.

Of course, that was never idea. In reality, there is as much variety in the daily lives of seniors as there is within any other demographic. Seniors don’t need blanket care, they need care that fits their needs. And for seniors who, in general, desire activity and independence but still require some help with daily routines, assisted living has proved to be an attractive option.
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Dallas, TX Assisted Living communities have a great deal of variety themselves, but there are some pretty standard characteristics. Most of them contain senior apartments for their residents. They have a medical staff on site to care for residents’ basic needs. They serve three meals per day to residents. And they provide venues and transportation for social get-togethers.

Because Assisted Living communities house many people, the social aspect might actually be the biggest drawing point for many active seniors. These become places where true, solid friendships are formed. And this is especially true in a place like Dallas, Texas, where there are so many things to do.

Dallas, Texas Living

The Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex is one of the largest city areas in all the Unites States. It is massive area full of shallow rolling hills and scattered trees. The weather is humid and warm, and there is plenty of rain (if you are picturing a desert, you have the wrong side of Texas in mind!). Dallas residents are blessed with a wide array of activities on their doorstep, no matter what kind of entertainment they are into.

Things for Dallas Seniors to Do

Dallas has more restaurants than any city this traveler has ever seen. Seriously. If you can think of a type of cuisine, you will probably have at least fifty choices to find it at! If you are religious about eating out, this is your Mecca!

There are so many shopping centers in this city, you will never run out of places to go. Most people love going to the Galleria, or to suburbs like Grapevine, home of the legendary Bass Pro Shop and Grapevine Mills Mall. There are outlet malls nearby, and terrific downtown shopping hotspots.

For kids, the best thing about Dallas is undoubtedly Six Flags over Texas. This amusement park in Arlington is a massive draw. That is a great thing for seniors who want their grandchildren to come and visit. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is close by, so it is easy to arrange family visits, and to take them to Six Flags!

Dallas,Texas Culture
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One of the thing Dallas prides itself on is its cultural sophistication. There is a reason for this. The arts district contains many gorgeous art galleries and museums. Most notably, the Dallas museum of art hosts exhibits from around the world, and the Science Museum on the Texas State Fairgrounds draws thousands and thousands each year. These are popular outing destinations for seniors from Assisted Living communities.

Events in Dallas, Texas

The are unique cultural events in Dallas, one of the most notable being the Mesquite Rodeo. This is a terrific cultural experience for out of towners, and for seniors looking for some out of the box entertainment. Of course, Dallas is also host to four professional sports teams: the baseball Texas Rangers, the Dallas Cowboys of football, the Dallas Stars in hockey, and the Dallas Mavericks in basketball. In addition there are collegiate events all over the metroplex. Texas loves its sports, and if your aging loved one does, too, this is a terrific place to live.

There are also cultural events that draw in millions of visitors, especially the Texas State Fair which happens each fall, drawing visitors from all over Texas and Oklahoma. The Fair culminates with the famed “Red River Shootout” football game between The University of Texas and Oklahoma University.

Is Dallas, Texas Assisted Living RIght for Your Loved One?

Only you and your family can answer that question. Once you have determined what level of senior health they need, I suggest you look into it. I can tell you from experience that Dallas is a wonderful place to live for any person, no matter what their age, and that there are facilities that are bound to meet the needs of any individual. So go ahead and search our database of facilities at the top of this page. You can request “More Information” from any community you like. Go ahead and search. It’s free!

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