Photo of a fountain in the middle of a brick plaza in front of a double gabled building.

You’ve planned carefully for retirement and want to maximize your finances in this season of life.

Retirement communities like Eagle’s Trace, the Erickson Living community in West Houston, offer maintenance-free living, abundant amenities, continuing care services, and peace of mind. But how much do they cost?

Henry Gabb takes a quick break during a photo shoot, standing next to furniture in an apartment home. Henry and his wife Louise were among 26 Eagle’s Trace residents photographed for new marketing materials for the West Houston, Erickson Living community

When Henry and Louise Gabb received sales brochures and invitations to events at Eagle’s Trace, they recognized familiar faces on the marketing materials.

Jack Cinque polishes his shuffleboard game on the newly installed shuffleboard courts at Eagle’s Trace.

Jack Cinque has made the most of every moment since he moved to Eagle’s Trace from Missouri City in September 2010.

There aren’t many activities or groups at the West Houston Erickson Living community that haven’t benefited from Jack’s enthusiasm and talents.

Carol Nisely relaxes in her Eagle’s Trace apartment home with her two rescue dogs, Murphy and Buffy.

You would be hard-pressed to come across a more remarkable person than Carol Nisely, whose journey as a foster parent started nearly 50 years ago.

An artist’s rendering shows the new residence building, Galveston Crossing, a four-story building of brick and siding, scheduled to open in summer 2018 at Eagle’s Trace.

Eagle’s Trace is growing again.

The Erickson Living community in West Houston recently announced plans to build a new residence building. 

“There’s been such a strong demand for our lifestyle that we’re continuing to develop our community,” says Sales Director Pam Burgeson.

Artist Lillian Arnold, who teaches a weekly watercolor class at Eagle’s Trace, stands next to a painting of poinsettias.

Lillian Arnold has been teaching a watercolor class at Eagle’s Trace ever since she moved to the West Houston Erickson Living community in May 2009.

Eagle’s Trace residents (from left) Jack Cinque, Ray Doba, Dennis Gregg, Garland Walker, and Noel Thomas dressed as The Temptations to perform “My Girl” at the community’s Mix, Mingle, and Motown event.

On a recent Tuesday morning, as rain fell in sheets across Houston and snarled traffic congested most of the city’s main arteries, those living at Eagle’s Trace were living it up at the community’s Mix, Mingle, and Motown event.

Sandy and Tom Wills relax in their new apartment home at Eagle’s Trace. The couple set up a “command center” for Sandy at the breakfast bar, a cozy spot for her to work on her laptop.

Tom and Sandy Wills’ move to Eagle’s Trace was two years in the making.

They joined the priority list at the West Houston Erickson Living community in January 2015 by putting down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice.

Eagle’s Trace resident Bill Mellin volunteers his time each week to facilitate a men’s club at the community’s continuing care neighborhood.

Ever since President Nixon established National Volunteer Week in 1974, ensuing presidents have championed the benefits of civic engagement. 

President George H.W. Bush, in his 1991 State of the Union address, issued a call to service: