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Generations come together at Eagle’s Trace

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July 24th, 2012

When two-year-old Nayla Steiger jumps off the elevator at Eagle s Trace, she knows exactly where she s going to Mutti s house. Mutti, a German familiar word for mother, is the nickname for Nayla s great-grandmother, Barbara Hansen, who moved to Eagle s Trace in 2009. Nayla s been a frequent visitor to the West Houston community since she was born. Nayla loves to go to Eagle s Trace, says her grandmother Susanne Steiger. She likes to go for walks around the fountain and say hi to residents. And when Nayla is in her great-grandmother s apartment home, there s also plenty to do. One corner of Barbara s living room is filled with toys and plenty of stuffed animals. I have 4 children, 14 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren, says Barbara, They love to come and visit. Sometimes, they ll play in the apartment. Other times, we ll go down and get a bite to eat in the Eagle s Roost Caf . Eagle s Trace is very friendly, says Breanne Steiger, Barbara s granddaughter and Nayla s aunt. It s easy to get to know my grandmother s neighbors.

Something for everyone

Eagle s Trace boasts a variety of amenities that appeal to grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The swimming pool and the Wii gaming system are two of the most popular draws for the younger set. The putting green, horseshoes pit, and fishing in the on-site pond provide entertainment for older grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Families are always welcome at Eagle s Trace, says Executive Director Ben Cornthwaite. I ve heard children and grandchildren ask if they can live here, too.

Family-friendly touches

Barbara Rueping moved to Eagle s Trace from Austin last year to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law. She left behind a granddaughter and great-granddaughter in Austin, who now make the three-hour drive east every six weeks to visit. My great-granddaughter McKenna just turned two, and she loves to come to Eagle s Trace, says Barbara. She especially loves all the people. During visits, Barbara sets up a pack-and-play in her spare bedroom for McKenna. I appreciate how children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are welcome here, says Barbara. If I take McKenna to eat in the dining room, the staff is ready with a high chair. It s those little touches that make this a great place for families.