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
Getting Started in Your Senior Living Search – What You Should Know
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 Tips for a Smooth Move to Your Retirement Home
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 Wins in the Best in Senior Living Category
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.
Best Ways for Grandparents to Teach Grandkids About Money
Teaching your grandkids the basics of saving, investing, and debt and instilling good financial habits can be a lifelong gift.
7 Ways to Streamline Your Finances
Take some stress out of your life by streamlining your finances to make things simpler for you now and in retirement.
The Fun of Transcribing Historical Documents from Home
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.
6 Tips to Prevent the Risk of Injuring Your Body As You Age
Millions of people go to the hospital each year for musculoskeletal injuries, so how can you lower your risk of getting hurt?
A Massive Elder Corps Is Just Waiting to Be Helpful
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.
Tradition Senior Living Announces Groundbreaking in Fort Worth for The Tradition-Clearfork
Tradition Senior Living, LP, a privately-owned, developer and operator of high-end senior living communities in Texas, today announced the groundbreaking of The Tradition-Clearfork in Fort Worth. The new luxury, rental retirement community will offer residents exceptional amenities and services and is the most recent residential option to the Clearfork mixed-use development.
Five Ways to Pass Your Story Down to Future Generations
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.
Assisted Living Vs. In-home Care: What’s Right for You or Your Loved One?
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.
All The Best Things To Do Near The Tradition-Buffalo Speedway
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.
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.
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.
Inspiring People: Dallas
Inspiring People: Allison Holland
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.
Inspiring People: Tiffany Divis
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.
Inspiring People: Rose-Mary Rumbley
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.
Inspiring People: Susan Farris
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.
Inspiring People: Elsa Norwood
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.
Inspiring People: James Richman
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.
Inspiring People: Chad Houser
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.”
Thank You To All Our 2021 Inspiring People
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.
Inspiring People: Stacey Malcolmson
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.
Inspiring People: Dr. Marvin J. Stone
When to Act and When to Refrain
A Lifetime of Learning the Science and Art of Medicine
Inspiring People: Joyce Pickering
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.
Inspiring People: Jo Alch
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.”
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.
Inspiring People: Betty Morgan
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.
Inspiring People: Jeremy Hays
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.
Inspiring People: Houston
Inspiring People: Dr. Andrew Lovy
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.
Inspiring People: Rick Erickson
“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.
Inspiring People: Roz Pactor
This fashion/marketing consultant and lifestyle blogger is known for being one of the most influential people in Houston’s charity scene.
Inspiring People: Ed McMahon
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.
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.
Inspiring People: Suzan Deison
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.
Inspiring People: Alan Helfman
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.
Inspiring People: Gracie Cavnar
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.
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.
Inspiring People: Sonja Gee
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.
Inspiring People: Dr. Jennifer Blaine
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.”
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.
Inspiring People: Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale
“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.
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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