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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.

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A Day in the Life at Tradition Senior Living

A Day in the Life at Tradition Senior Living

At Tradition Senior Living, we believe that every day is a new opportunity to do what you love. A life free of monotonous housework means more time to focus on the finer things in life, and it’s your right to enjoy them all. The range of activities and amenities our community offers is sure to keep you entertained, whether your idea of a good time is watching a great movie with friends or sitting with a new book and a cup of tea.

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How to Talk With Your Parents About Assisted Living

How to Talk With Your Parents About Assisted Living

It’s a fact of life that as people age, they eventually need someone to help care for them. And if you’ve started noticing signs that your parents may need more care, you may be wondering how to broach the topic of assisted living with them.

Although such conversations may seem difficult, you can make it a lot easier by having a plan for how to approach the subject. Here are some tips for how to talk with your parents about assisted living:

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What Makes Tradition Senior Living Different

What Makes Tradition Senior Living Different

When we first started Tradition Senior Living, our goal was to create something different. After years spent working in the industry at locations all over Texas, our founder, Jonathan Perlman, wanted to create a new kind of senior living experience. He had a vision for a community that people would love coming home to; where instead of downsizing, the focus was on upgrading your lifestyle.

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Inspiring People: Dallas

Inspiring People: Dr. Karl Rathjen

Inspiring People: Dr. Karl Rathjen

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.

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Inspiring People: Susan Stephens

Inspiring People: Susan Stephens

When Susan Stephens took the job as Executive Director at Exodus Ministries more than six years ago, she focused on the opportunity to use her skill sets:  administration, organization, trouble-shooting.  After being there for a while, she thought to herself, “Oh my.  I’m in prison ministry.”  Nobody, she says, was more surprised.

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Inspiring People: Tucker Enthoven

Inspiring People: Tucker Enthoven

This year is like no other in the history of the Crystal Charity Ball (CCB), Dallas’ largest fundraiser for children’s charities—because of one daunting challenge after another. But more of that later.  First, a look at the woman at the helm, Ball Chair Tucker Enthoven—today’s stalwart leader who is meeting every issue at hand.

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Inspiring People: Nan Self

Inspiring People: Nan Self

As we talk in her flower-filled, North Dallas home, being with Nan Self is a somewhat other-worldly experience.  She emits serenity, peace and love by her very presence. Maybe it’s in part because of all that she has been through in preparing to write her book Forgiveness—Making Space for Grace, published in 2017.

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Inspiring People: Dr. Stephen Burgher

Inspiring People: Dr. Stephen Burgher

Most people would view Dr. Stephen Burgher’s career path as one filled with unbearable pressure. He has served as Chief of Emergency Medicine at the Dallas VA, assistant medical director at a level one trauma center, and chair of emergency preparedness at the local and regional level for various hospital systems—and he completed two volunteer military deployments in the Middle East, filling roughly the same medical role during each tour.

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Inspiring People: Houston

Inspiring People: Rania Mankarious

Inspiring People: Rania Mankarious

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.

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Inspiring People: Katie Stone

Inspiring People: Katie Stone

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.

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Inspiring People: J.W. “Bill” Kongable

Inspiring People: J.W. “Bill” Kongable

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.

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Inspiring People: Tracey Brown

Inspiring People: Tracey Brown

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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