ong gone are the days of mandatory retirement at age 65, and with it, the idea that one’s
golden years were to be spent simply sitting quietly on the front porch in a rocking chair
relaxing. To begin with, forget about that rocking chair – how does a morning spent
working out in the gym or pedaling along the hike and bike trail sound? As for the
front porch, seniors in Dallas find that they have a wide variety of housing
options that can accommodate their budget, while enjoying their lifestyle in a community that
encourages the development and pursuit of their personal interests, goals and activities.
While aging is inevitable, medical advances, as well as healthy lifestyle choices, are responsible for
increasing the number of years a person may live, as well as improving that person’s lifestyle. The result
is that the demographics of seniors in Dallas have undergone some significant changes: the term
“senior” may describe an active person in his/her late 50’s, or someone in his/her early 80’s. Baby
Boomers now entering the senior arena are faced with the responsibility of preparing not only for their
own retirement, but with making retirement and housing plans for their elderly parents as well.