The Tradition Blog
Welcome to The Tradition blog site! We offer valuable information on a variety of topics that include Inspiring People as well as articles about health care, transitioning into a senior living community, and much, much more. We hope that you find our blogs to be uplifting, informative, and helpful.
Tradition Senior Living Articles
Explore the key differences between senior living options: a large buy-in fee model versus a strictly rental community. Jonathan Perlman sheds light on the advantages and potential disadvantages, recommending an all-inclusive rental community like The Tradition, prioritizing residents’ needs over large financial commitments. Discover the freedom of controlling your retirement savings without the risk associated with hefty buy-in fees.
Explore the importance of natural gas generators in senior living during storm seasons. Our blog details five key reasons why they’re essential, from reliable power during outages to enhanced safety and climate control. Discover how senior communities, like The Tradition, prioritize resident well-being, ensuring a secure and comfortable environment. Schedule a tour at www.thetradition.com.
Discover luxury senior living at The Tradition-Clearfork in Fort Worth, Texas. No buy-in fees, stunning Trinity River views, and a range of amenities. Join a vibrant community in the heart of Fort Worth.
Discover the social benefits of senior living at The Tradition, where meaningful connections thrive through socialization. Learn how senior living fosters brain health, strengthens the immune system, combats loneliness, extends life, and promotes a sense of well-being. Schedule a tour today!
Discover what to look for in an assisted living community for your loved ones. Find out about the importance of a beautiful environment, various levels of care, licensed nurses on staff, cutting-edge technology, socialization opportunities, and fitness programs. Explore The Tradition communities, offering spacious apartments, custom care plans, fine dining, and engaging activities that prioritize mental and physical health. With locations in Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth, The Tradition is committed to providing exceptional assisted living experiences.
Discover the top five reasons why retiring in Houston makes sense! From vibrant activities and a thriving restaurant scene to warmer weather and top medical resources, Houston offers it all. At The Tradition retirement communities, you can enjoy daily excursions to cultural hotspots and delectable cuisine. Embrace the city’s mild winters and explore educational historic sites while residing in a spacious apartment at The Tradition. With convenient locations in Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth, The Tradition is your ideal retirement home. Live the retirement you’ve always dreamed of in the heart of Houston.
Are you starting your search for senior living options? Learn about the different levels of senior living, the difference between buy-in and rental communities, and how Tradition Senior Living can provide a warm and welcoming environment for your loved ones.
Downsizing can be overwhelming, especially when moving to a retirement home. But don’t worry – expert downsizing and moving firms can make the process easy. In this blog, we share tips from our favorite firms in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston. Plus, learn about The Tradition Independent Living Retirement Communities, which offer spacious apartments and a continuum of care. Schedule a tour today and let us help make your transition smooth and enjoyable.
The Advantages of Moving to an Independent Living Community – and What to Look for in Your Search for One
If you are entering your retirement years, you have several options from which to choose. For many, moving to an Independent Living Community is by far the best choice. Read on to discover the reasons why, along with things one should look for when choosing the Independent Living Community.
The Tradition was just awarded in the Best In Senior Living category as part of the Best in DFW People’s Choice Awards, sponsored by the Dallas Morning News.
Teaching your grandkids the basics of saving, investing, and debt and instilling good financial habits can be a lifelong gift.
Take some stress out of your life by streamlining your finances to make things simpler for you now and in retirement.
People were looking for something to do when the pandemic first started, but then with us, they might’ve found something that they really enjoy and they want to keep going.
Millions of people go to the hospital each year for musculoskeletal injuries, so how can you lower your risk of getting hurt?
Imagine all the potential good that could come from 70 million U.S. retirees each volunteering 3.3 hours a week. Over the next 20 years, that would be a total of 238 billion hours. With the value of volunteering usually set at just over $28 an hour, this would translate to an incredible $6.8 trillion contribution to society of energy, brains, experience, insights, skills and wisdom.
Inspiring People: Dallas
Discover the inspiring journey of Paula Van Wagoner, the creative mind behind the iconic Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader uniform. From her diverse career spanning fashion design to managing at KPMG, Paula’s story unfolds with passion and creativity. Explore how her timeless design found its place in history at the Smithsonian, and learn how she continues to thrive as a beloved resident of The Tradition-Prestonwood community in Dallas.
Discover the inspiring journey of Phil Huey, retired Assistant Director of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, now a generous philanthropist. From his early fascination with gardens to a successful career in horticulture at Texas A&M, Phil’s passion for ornamental plants shaped his life. Explore his extensive contributions to Dallas’ natural treasures, including overseeing the Zoo and Fair Park. Dive into his philanthropic endeavors, from supporting A&M and Highland Park Presbyterian Church to championing conservation organizations. Join us in extending a heartfelt Dallas ‘Thank you’ to Phil Huey, a dedicated man making a lasting impact.
Meet Allison Holland, a true flower powerhouse and inspiring person at 89 years young. As a judge for floral competitions across the US and a representative of garden clubs, Allison’s love for flowers began in childhood thanks to her mother. Her passion for floral giving has touched many lives, including inmates in a Honolulu women’s prison. But there’s more to Allison than just flowers – she’s a self-taught interior designer, published author, and runs her own stationery business. Her life story is a testament to the power of utilizing one’s talents to inspire and give to others.
Tiffany Divis greets people in the formal parlor of Turtle Creek Park’s Arlington Hall as if she were a gracious First Lady—managing to be both statuesque and high-energy at the same time—with a mega-voltage smile. Her current position as President and CEO of the Turtle Creek Conservancy tops an extraordinary list of various roles in Dallas (many philanthropic), Washington, and overseas.
Rose-Mary Rumbley is inspiring in many ways. And her reputation as an actress (she was in the movie “Paper Moon”), speaker, humorist, and writer spreads far beyond Dallas. When Rose-Mary recently became a resident of The Tradition-Lovers Lane Community, the Executive Director of a Tradition retirement community in Houston exclaimed with envy.
Susan Farris has always possessed a passion for helping others, particularly children, and she eventually channeled that spirit by getting involved with organizations that benefit children’s charities in Dallas. She has been a member of the Crystal Charity Ball since 2009, and this year serves as Ball Chairman during Crystal Charity’s landmark 70th year.
Elsa’s genuine giving spirit has impacted the Dallas fundraising world, benefiting illustrious non-profits such as the Crystal Charity Ball, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, and Equest.
James, with others from the Dallas Bach Society, is teaching early music, putting to use that infectious enthusiasm while working with high school students in Dallas.
Who would ever have imagined that a high-end restaurant serving new American cuisine would be staffed by young men and women (chefs and servers) recently released from the Dallas County Juvenile Department? Chad Houser, that’s who. The founder, CEO, and executive chef of this extraordinary restaurant jokes, “Café Momentum is described as taking kids out of jail and teaching them to play with knives and fire.”
For years, The Tradition has published a series of features about local people who inspire with their lives. We are grateful to all our 2021 Inspiring People for being a part of this series—and for their faith, talent, heroism, love, and generosity that have inspired others.
As a graduate of Harvard Business School, Stacey Malcolmson might have had her pick of Fortune 500 firms for which to work. But she is quite happy, thank you very much, working as the President & CEO of The Senior Source, a non-profit that improves the lives of older adults in Dallas.
When to Act and When to Refrain
A Lifetime of Learning the Science and Art of Medicine
When Joyce Pickering was at Louisiana State University (LSU), she says she was fortunate to hear that there was a very new Speech-Language Department. “There, I found a field I love,” said Joyce as we chat in her beautiful apartment at The Tradition-Prestonwood Independent Living Community.
The amazing, ebullient Jo Alch is an RN and founded one of the most respected in-home caregiving companies extant–Acappella; wrote a book about her life, including her experiences of being a caregiver to both parents with Alzheimer’s; and founded the non-profit “Pajamas for Seniors.”
Karl Rathjen, M.D., wears so many hats that it’s hard for one to remember all of them. In addition to serving as the assistant chief of staff and pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Scottish Rite for Children, he is also the organization’s Foundation President and a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. When asked about what really gets him up in the morning, however, he answers like a shot — the patients.
Inspiring People: Houston
Discover the inspiring life of Fran Fauntleroy, a dynamic resident of The Tradition-Woodway who’s still actively pursuing her passions, including a nonprofit she co-founded, Pathways for Little Feet. Learn about her upcoming fundraiser, the “Little Plates Chef Competition,” and how Fran’s love for food and community continues to make a difference in the lives of others. Explore her journey of giving and loving in this engaging blog.
After about five minutes of talking with Dr. Andrew Lovy, you feel better about yourself. You feel that you can get up and do important things. That you can reassess your life–and go! And that’s no accident. He was in psychiatry for 45 years, and at 88, he is still practicing, albeit on a limited scale.
“My father loved Bach. He used to say, ‘If you have Bach, you have enough.’” For organists, Rick explains that Bach is what you learn first. “All organists are children of Bach,” he says.
This fashion/marketing consultant and lifestyle blogger is known for being one of the most influential people in Houston’s charity scene.
Ed McMahon simply doesn’t do things by halves. This high-spirited Houstonian, after graduating from Louisiana State University in 1967, became a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
By the time Rania Mankarious interviewed at Crime Stoppers of Houston, she had obtained a master’s degree and a law degree. She fell in love with the non-profit, and quickly accepted a position. When she told her husband, he said, “Oh, as in-house counsel?”, she answered, “No, as an intern for $10 an hour.” That was in 2006—and she is CEO of Crime Stoppers today.
Suzan Deison has always believed that empowering women empowers our communities—and the world beyond. And yet, when she considered the future of her six granddaughters fourteen years ago, she was disappointed with the lack of visibility of the role models for women and girls existing at the time.
Alan Helfman’s irrepressible enthusiasm for helping worthy causes has landed him one award after another. Here’s just one: the first Lifetime Achievement Award ever given by The Blues Police Magazine just last month. He’s on the cover.
Gracie Cavnar has been described as a “force of nature.” If you can effectively change the way that children understand, like, and eat their food, then you are a force of nature—“Motherly” nature.
Just as the iconic Houston Restaurant Weeks (the largest fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank) was gearing up this year, the beloved founder and volunteer chair of the event, Cleverley Stone, passed away at 68. With no real time to grieve, her daughter, Katie Stone, made the decision to step in and fill her mother’s shoes, producing an enormously successful event during one of the most challenging times possible—COVID-19.
Every stage along the way of Sonja Gee’s life has, she says, come together to inform her unique position as President and CEO of Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM), where she leads 75 employees and more than 1,500 volunteers per year.
Dr. Jennifer Blaine’s impressive array of degrees and honors are even more amazing when one learns that she is of the first generation in her family to graduate from college. Although neither of her parents were college graduates, she had it drilled into her as a child, “No one can take your education away from you.”
It has been 75 years since the Allied Armies liberated Hitler’s concentration camps during World War II. On April 4, 1945, the first one to be liberated was Ohrdruf, a labor concentration camp within the Buchenwald network. The world was not prepared for what Bill Kongable and his Regiment—the 354th Infantry Regiment Anti-Tank Company of the 89th Infantry Division, General Patton’s 3rd Army—discovered when they entered Ohrdruf.
“He is a legend,” one Houstonian said recently of Jim McIngvale. That seems to be a common sentiment. First, there is his business, Gallery Furniture, which is “Made in America,” with over-the-top promotions and tremendous success. Then there is his philanthropy, which elevated him some time ago into the “Beloved” category.
Tracey Brown is suited to running Amazing Place in ways that are very close to home. “My grandmother had dementia, and we watched my grandfather die of a heart attack, probably from the stress of caring for her.” And yet, even though Tracey had had a career in advertising and had been a volunteer leader in several non-profits, she still felt ill-equipped to work there with no health care training when she interviewed 15 years ago.
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