Eagle's Trace

Houston has a lot to offer world-class theater, major league sports, and a museum district that s second-to-none. Throw in the out-of-this-world food, and you ve got a winning combination. But here s the hitch: Houston residents also have to contend with weather that can be temperamental and uncooperative.

Tallgrass Creek

Trudy Brown spent her career as the executive assistant to the chairman of a large engineering firm. But in her spare time, she was working in watercolors. [caption id="attachment_13877" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Artist Trudy Brown (right), who lives at Tallgrass Creek, presents an original portrait she created for Kansas City-area singer Ashley Cooper.

Highland Springs

Ricardo Cortes is the sort of employee any company would be glad to have hardworking, reliable, and courteous. The Mexico City native has been a part of the Highland Springs maintenance team since the community opened in September 2006.

Fox Run

When Helen Weingarden talks about Fox Run s Adopted Grandparents program, her face lights up. If you love children, this is a rewarding experience, she says.

Eagle's Trace

It s no secret that teens and twentysomethings are tied to the Internet. Socializing, among the younger set, happens online. For older adults, the changing methods of communication can be disconcerting. But a new wave of contemporary grandparents is getting plugged in.

Tallgrass Creek

Jack Dritley has been golfing for most of his life. Now that he s retired, he plays at least twice a week and volunteers as a marshal another two days of the week. [caption id="attachment_13881" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Left to right: Jim Graham, Lucille Jones, Wanda Williams, Don Grady, Dale Albers, Lynn Brown, Jack Dritley, Herb McCauley.

Ashby Ponds

[caption id="attachment_13901" align="alignright" width="280" caption="John and Dottie Kraft have hosted all five of their grandchildren at Ashby Ponds. We love to eat and socialize with them, he says. We also go to their ball games.

Linden Ponds

[caption id="attachment_13896" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Marian and Leroy Jenkins are stars in a national advertising campaign for Linden Ponds parent company.

Linden Ponds

[caption id="attachment_13906" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Franz Wolff helped incorporate speakers into the Jewish Community s meetings.