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The story of your life is one that is unique to you. Nobody else has lived your life, and no one else ever will. When the next generation and generations to come think of you, you want them to have access to a legacy of storytelling that lasts well into the future.
At The Tradition, our Community motivates and inspires residents to be better every day. We want our Community to grow and thrive, but at the end of the day, we want what is best for the individual and his or her family. In an effort to help guide your decision-making process, let’s talk about the difference between Assisted Living and in-home care.
Location, location, location. We know that the higher standard of living expected at Tradition Senior Living continues well beyond our front door. That is why our residents love our newest location, which is especially great for family visits, or even just a day out shopping.
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.
Reprinted from Senior Housing News: “Tradition Eyes Urban Development With Houston Highrise On Deck”
Senior living owner, developer and operator Tradition Senior Living is growing with a strategy centered on high-end communities for older adults, including a forthcoming highrise in Houston with resort-style amenities and views of the surrounding city.
At Tradition Senior Living, we offer both Independent Living and Assisted Living within our Communities. As the names suggest, Independent Living is for seniors who want to live independently, while Assisted Living is for those who need assistance.
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:
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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Time has a tendency of pulling families apart. Kids (and grandkids) grow up and move away; schedules get busy; and precious time together becomes harder to come by…
As a caregiver helping a senior loved one living alone in his or her home, you are well aware of the ongoing, strenuous demands associated with juggling their needs along with…
How will you know when it’s time for assisted living? If you have an older loved one who struggles to remember to take their medication or faces challenges with basic Activities of Daily Living…
Overall wellness consists of much more than physical health or freedom from illness or disease. Achieving the highest degree of wellness is a multi-dimensional, ongoing process involving…
A Harvard research study launched in 1938 during the Great Depression has shown that embracing community helps us live longer and be…
Downsizing is one of the biggest obstacles to overcome for older adults considering moving into a senior living community. Selling a home…
Inspiring People: Dallas
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.
Betty Morgan’s fourth- and fifth-grade classes put on patriotic plays, had “bring-your-dog-to-class days,” took tests outside under the trees, and generally had fun while learning serious subjects. Oh—and every child was made to feel important.
What is an attorney dealing with employment issues doing as Chairman of the Board of the Friends of WRR—the only commercial classical music format radio station in Texas? Read on. This multi-faceted man has earned the right.
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.
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.
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.
“My family’s home was destroyed in 1938 during Kristallnacht. Just days after that, my father and I were deported to Buchenwald.” Heinz Wallach
If one needs hope—and so many of us do during this time of COVID-19—one need look no further than at the life of Heinz…
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.
Inspiring People: Houston
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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