Step inside Dara deBlieux's apartment at Eagle's Trace, an Erickson Senior Living community in West Houston, Tex., and you'll see signs of a life brimming with activity.
Her dog Woody, a rescue who moved to the community with Dara in 2019, peeks around the corner with perked ears. Dara's latest needlepoint project, inspired by the stone bridge spanning Lake Aquila at Eagle's Trace, is draped over a chair.
Dara's apartment home—a one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath Brazos design with an enclosed patio—is just steps away from all the amenities she enjoys.
“I knew this was the apartment for me as soon as I walked in,” says Dara. “Downsizing is hard, but now that I’ve been here for a little over two years, I don’t miss a thing. It’s been wonderful to foster friendships and have everything I need just a short walk from my door.”
“Moving to Eagle’s Trace was one of the best decisions of my life,” adds Dara, a retired vendor for the three major credit reporting agencies. “I can’t imagine living anywhere else.”
Eagle’s Trace provides residents with fun, convenient ways to care for all dimensions of their health and well-being, as part of a vibrant retirement lifestyle.
The community offers spacious apartment homes in a variety of floor plans, all with easy access to a host of amenities and services, including a swimming pool, fitness center, restaurants, and an on-site medical center.
“It’s so important to stay connected as we age,” says Director of Resident Life Kristin Malejan. “Eagle’s Trace is a great place for that. You have a built-in network of friends and activities to enjoy. Those things stimulate happiness and positivity.”
For Dara, the benefits of her new lifestyle at Eagle’s Trace became apparent soon after she moved to the community.
“Eagle’s Trace was the first retirement community I visited, and even though I looked at other communities in Houston, nothing compared,” says Dara. “I was taken by how friendly and active the residents are, and it is even truer now that I live here.”
Find your niche
A Louisiana native who grew up watching her parents play poker, Dara joined a resident-organized poker group on campus. In October 2020, she formed a new poker group, Poker 101, to teach the game to beginners. Now, Poker 101 is expanding and bringing in new members.
“All the clubs and activities here are resident-driven,” says Dara. “We have the freedom to do what we enjoy.”
Health and well-being
The on-site medical center is staffed by two full-time physicians: Raina Patel, M.D., and Medical Director Brian Tremaine, M.D. The center specializes in geriatric care and offers a variety of appointment options. From same-day, in-person appointments to telehealth calls and home visits, the physicians at Eagle’s Trace are dedicated to meeting the needs of residents.
Mindfulness programs and opportunities for spiritual development add another dimension to the wellness offerings. A nondenominational Christian worship service, a Catholic communion, and Shabbat are offered weekly at Eagle’s Trace.
“You can be as busy as you want to be and choose what you want to do,” says Malejan. “You can plan your schedule according to what appeals to you.”
Ready to take a look at the endless wellness amenities offered? Call 281-496-7676 to schedule a personal tour or click to request a free brochure.