ong gone are the days of mandatory retirement at age 65, and with it, the idea that one’s
golden years should 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 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 and healthy lifestyle choices help increase the number
of years a person may live, as well as improve 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.