Houston, Texas—With the calendar flipping to September, school days are back for thousands of students in the Houston area.
For residents of Eagle's Trace who are eager to learn, there are no buses to catch, homework assignments to do or exams to take. Courses are conveniently offered just down the hall.
Residents of the Erickson Living retirement community in West Houston have created more than 100 organizations and clubs. But a passion to gain knowledge is the inspiration for groups such as the Knowledge Seekers, Great Decisions, Star Gazers, Government Affairs and What on Earth?
Lisa Hadley serves as the Community Resources Coordinator at Eagle's Trace. She states that "these groups are very popular. Due to their professions, we have a well-traveled population of residents. They are educated and young at heart so these programs match their love of learning."
Jim Cross, an Eagle's Trace resident, fits that profile. He moved to the community in 2005 with his wife, Donna. During his career in the oil industry, the couple traveled the world, visiting South America, Asia and Europe. In the first phase of their "retirement," they even lived in a small town near Oxford in England as they volunteered for a Christian missionary organization.
He is a facilitator for the Knowledge Seekers. The group convenes twice per month, typically with 45 residents in attendance. During their meetings, they view a video from the Great Courses educational series and then hold a discussion session.
"My fellow residents have a broad spectrum of interests," noted Mr. Cross. To that end, the Knowledge Seekers are doing a unit on national parks. Previously, they learned about the masterpieces of the ancient world and geological wonders.
Mr. Cross serves a similar role for Great Decisions that features videos from the Foreign Policy Association.
"This course helps us to stay abreast of geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Asia. We are also learning more about the role of the United Nations," noted Mr. Cross.
Pre-retirement, many residents took continuing education courses to stay current in their professional pursuits. The programs at Eagle's Trace serve a similar purpose.
"Not only is there a health and wellness component to keeping an active mind, but also a social aspect," said Mr. Cross. "It's fun to learn in a group setting in which we can enjoy each other's company."
About Eagle's Trace: Eagle's Trace is one of nineteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Located in Houston, Texas, the scenic 70-acre campus is home to more than 675 residents. Eagle's Trace is the ideal greater Houston retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.