by Carole Keeney Harrington Intown Magazine March/April 2017 Jim Gray’s 93-year-old mother must say to all her friends and family, “What a good son I have.” Every day he works, it’s his mother’s needs he considers – and those of fathers and anyone else who wants a comfortable life with style and ease. After 20 years building and managing exclusively for seniors through the transitions of their later lives, Gray is still inspired by what he does. “I have a passion about it,” he says of his commitment to provide high quality living space for seniors. “I consider it a… read more
Article originally featured in Houston Medical Times April Issue 2017 Senior well being, mental engagement, and wellness is an ongoing topic in the Houston Medical Times, we were interested in asking Retirement Center Management (RCM) President James D. Gray about his passion for developing luxury communities for seniors. HMT: How did your career evolve? James Gray: After receiving a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Texas, I was fortunate enough to get a job in the 80’s with Trammel Crow Company leasing warehouses in Houston. I loved Trammel Crow and eventually became a partner over the Houston… read more
Bridgewood Property Company announces luxury senior living coming soon to Rice Village The Village of Southampton, a luxury senior housing community, is projected to begin construction 1 block from Rice Village in late 2017. The community is being developed by Houston-based Bridgewood Property Company. Jim Gray, as founder and owner of Bridgewood, has focused exclusively on developing senior living communities for more than 20 years. In addition to the development, Mr. Gray’s management company, Retirement Center Management, will be responsible for the operations of The Village of Southampton upon completion of construction. The Village of Southampton will have seventeen floors of apartment homes with beautiful skyline views of Downtown Houston,… read more
Village on the Park Friendswood recently hosted a VOP Nutcracker Market featuring 21 vendors. With a large variety of goods and treats to choose from, shoppers were able to find many gifts for the holidays. Our Resident Council, along with resident volunteers, sold over 100 delicious pumpkin rolls and raised over $500.00. The money raised will benefit the Alzheimers Foundation. Residents were invited to enjoy Wassail and wonderful treats as they shopped.
Our residents enjoyed riding the carousel in the Memorial City Mall together. What wonderful memories this event refreshed for all who participated! Hearing one another’s childhood stories of zoos and carnivals was like “cotton candy” that sticks relationships together in sweet harmony. Friendships are also fostered by being in each other’s play space. When we have our glamor makeovers, manicure spa days and “dress up like your favorite movie stars”, we form a bond with each other that builds upon intimate relationships.
Spring Creek Village is proud to welcome three new Directors into the community: Executive Director–Tab Werner, Director of Resident Care–Francine Enabulele, and Director of Maintenance–Charles Spivey. They are all excited to be here providing the Spring Creek Village community with the utmost quality, care and experience that they have to offer. They have been doing an excellent job walking the community and introducing themselves to residents and families.
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the residents of Carriage Inn – Huntsville led a walk to honor breast cancer survivors and those who have or have known someone with breast cancer. Survivors and supporters walked hand in hand to support those afflicted by this deadly disease.
Need we say BOO! We will be celebrating Halloween on October 28th from 6:30 – 8 o’clock pm. The community will be open to all friends and family. Please invite your little goblins to participate in trick or treating in both our Independent and Assisted Living buildings. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Residents that are interested in handing out candy to the children will be given a Balloon to tie around the doorknob of their apartment so the children know where to knock. Also, please remember we can only handout individually wrapped candies. There will be a Costume Contest… read more
Over the past couple of years, Village on the Park has really gotten on board with helping the Alzheimer’s Association find a cure! We feel that Alzheimer’s and Dementia are diseases that effect each and every one of us in one way or another and we want to do what we can…while we can… to help bring awareness and money to the cause! Some of our staff has participated in the official nation-wide walk the last 2 years, and after fundraising all summer and donating over $1000 to the association our residents wanted to strap on their tennis shoes and… read more
Residents and staff of Carriage Inn got into the sock hop spirit at our September Directors Special, poodle skirts included. Jerry Saucier provided perfect sock hop music and everyone danced until their socks fell off. Our amazing kitchen staff prepared a delicious 1950’s diner inspired lunch. Hamburgers, french fries, milkshakes and root beer floats were enjoyed by all and they ate until their bellies were stuffed. Wonderful memories were made!
October is the month of the Walk to End Alzheimers’ and many of us on Debbie Frazzle’s walk team are excited about smashing our donation goal with the help of all members of the Carriage Inn Family. The walk is Saturday, October 22nd at 8AM at Wolf Pen Creek Park. If you would like to join the walking team or donate, you can do so in person at Carriage Inn or at: http://act.alz.org/goto/bvcarriageinn.
Residents at Carriage Inn Huntsville celebrated the beginning of the Sam Houston State Bearcats football season with a great hamburger cookout on the patio. Chef Tara and her team fired up the bbq pit and grilled up a delicious tailgate inspired meal to go with our party. Family, friends, Bearkat volunteers and Carriage Inn football fans gathered together in the lobby and activity room at Carriage Inn Huntsville for a tremendous 2016 Orange Pride Pep Rally in honor of our local team, the beloved Sam Houston State University Bearkats. We had such a great time together and we have to give… read more
In the competitive spirit of the Olympics that we just finished watching, we are continuing our quest to raise money for the Alzheimer?s Walk!! For a week in August during Ice Cream time at 2:00, we had a contest called Dollars for Dementia. We had special jars with each hall’s number on them and the competition was to see which hall could collect the most dollars to donate. Here was the tricky part… other halls could sabotage each other by putting change in a competitors’ jar. So the total of each jar was Dollars minus Change! (Although ALL money goes… read more
August was a busy month here at Carriage Inn. The Residents’ really got into the festivities at our Pink Flamingo Mingle, and the competition was fierce during our Senior Olympics. Some gave it their all but only a few took home the gold. We got to go on several outings this month but the Residents’ most enjoyed a movie and lunch at the Studio Movie Grill in Pearland. We will definitely make this trip again. As we make our way into fall we have a busy month coming up for September. We have some trips coming up to the Houston… read more
Sunny warm days and blue skies have us traveling all over Texas in our tour bus to visit some of the most amazing places! Traveling with friends is one of the most enjoyable ways to share a good time, get some fresh air and physical exercise. What an adventure we had going down the Texas Forest Trail and through the National Forest to arrive at one of the most unique outposts in Walker County, Annette’s Touch of Class. This place was awesome. When you pull up you know you are in for some surprises because one of the first things… read more
Technology paved the way in connecting the world through the Internet. It makes it easier for relatives and friends to communicate with one another. Ever pushing the boundaries of human ingenuity, from the smallest computer to the new high tech self driving cars. Technology has changed our lives, and will continue to do so. Some exciting activities we will be doing at Village on the Park Steeplechase, are learning to create a social media page and how to improve and maintain it. We’ll also be teaching Wii Bowling, using Skype to chat with relatives and grandkids, and much more. “Tell me and I… read more
On August 9th, we had the pleasure of listening to Kay Lee’ s presentation on Veteran’s Benefits. Ms. Kay Lee is one of the officers at the Montgomery County Veterans Service Office here in Conroe. In the office with her is Karen Thompson, an Assistant Service Officer and Kathy Smith, the Administrative Assistant. These ladies will be happy to answer any questions for you about Veterans benefits. The office is located at 2247 N. First Street, Suite 219, Conroe, Texas 77301. The office number is 936-539-7842. They can also be reached by email at email@example.com. The following are services offered by… read more
Ready to feel better, enjoy time with friends, and boost your health? Put on your dancing shoes. Dance offers many health benefits, including better balance and coordination and a potential delay of dementia onset. Among the popular styles of dance for seniors are line dancing, ballroom, tap, and even belly dance. Here are some tips for finding a class, learning a new type of dance, and getting started—even if you have mobility issues or have never danced before. First, the science behind how dance helps you feel better. A 21 year-long study of seniors run by NewYork’s Albert Einstein College… read more
For the past 3 years Village on the Park has partnered with Sky Ranch Elementary School to give the kids of our neighborhood and community every chance possible for a successful school year. Each August our residents collect paper, pencils, crayons, folders and much much more to donate to the school’s teacher resource room so that teachers can have extra supplies to pull from when children show up for a new school year with nothing. Unfortunately this happens more than we realize and especially at Sky Ranch where surrounding neighborhoods are filled with families who are struggling financially! Every child… read more
The last week of September is Active Aging Week. Founded by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), this week long campaign showcases and wholeheartedly celebrates the positivity of aging today. This campaign highlights the capabilities of older adults as fully participating members of society and spotlights the role models who lead the way. Active Aging Week challenges society’s diminished expectations of aging by showing that , no matter what a person’s age or health conditions, adults over 50 can live life to the fullest in all areas of life; including physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational, and environmental. The… read more
If you are not cell phone or tech savvy, this workshop is the stop you need to make! AARP has teamed up with LiveTechEducation to bring you an interactive environment so you learn how to use features of your mobile devices including touch screen basics, taking photos and videos, connecting to Wi-Fi and downloading apps. The wonderful team from Livetech will also give pointers and tips on how to stay safe while online. The classes will take place in the Activity Room on September 20th, times of classes will range from 10 o’ clock a.m. to 6 o’ clock p.m…. read more
Most of the time you go to the beauty salon for a little bit of papering, but for some local seniors, it’s about more than that. KAGS HD News takes a look at what some 70 something year-olds are enjoying about their salon experience at the Carriage Inn senior living community. Story by Tashara Parker of KAGS HD News
The Village of River Oaks a luxury senior housing community is currently under construction at 1015 S. Shepherd. The community is a Joint Venture between Houston-based Owner/Developer Jim Gray of Bridgewood Property Co. and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital. Mr. Gray has focused exclusively on developing senior living communities for more than 20 years. In addition to the development, Mr. Gray’s management company (Retirement Center Management), will be responsible for the operations of the community upon completion of construction. The Village of River Oaks will have eight floors of apartment homes with three levels of garage parking. The luxury… read more
If you looked up in the sky around Bryan on Thursday you might have seen a vintage World War II Biplane on the horizon. An organization called Ageless Aviations Dreams Foundations gave flights to seven special seniors from the Greatest Generation. Read the full story here… http://www.kbtx.com/content/news/Bryan-senior-citizens-get-to-fly-in-World-War-II-era-biplane-378333471.html Story by Clay Falls of KBTX News
Bridgewood Property Company & Retirement Center Management announce the Grand Opening of The Village of The Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care in Houston, TX Bridgewood Property Company and Retirement Center Management of Houston, Texas are proud to announce the opening of The Village of The Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care located in Houston, Texas. The Village of The Heights contains 82 spacious Assisted Living apartment homes and 21 private Memory Care Suites. The Village of The Heights is located at 1407 Studewood, Houston, Texas 77008. “We are very excited to introduce The Village of The Heights to Houston… read more
Bridgewood Property Company & Retirement Center Management announce the Acquisition of Spring Creek Village Assisted Living and Memory Care in Spring, Texas Bridgewood Property Company and Retirement Center Management of Houston, Texas have acquired Spring Creek Village Assisted Living and Memory Care located in Spring, Texas. Spring Creek Village originally opened in 2013, features 60 spacious Assisted Living apartment homes and 48 private Memory Care Suites. Its perfect location, beautiful landscaped courtyards, unique architectural design and luxury interior décor was the ideal addition to the expanding Bridgewood Property Company & Retirement Center Management portfolio. Spring Creek Village is located at 20305 Holzwarth,… read more
By Jonathan Garris TheLeaderNews.com Mary McLelland says she is excited to finally be moving into her new home at the Village of the Heights Senior Assisted Living Center at 1407 Studewood. She had first signed up for a space back in January, and said she had lived in her house in the Heights for over 60 years. “I didn’t want to give up living in the Heights area,” McLelland said. “I’m still active at Heights Presbyterian Church and in quite a few women’s activities so I wanted to stay here.” The newly opened facility offers plenty of advantages for seniors… read more
Retirement Center Management has finished construction on the Assisted Living and Memory Care conversion at their Houston property, Village on the Park. In addition to the 143 Independent Living homes currently offered, this new conversion features 20 Assisted Living apartment homes and 20 Memory Care suites. Village on the Park is located at 12102 Steepleway Blvd. Houston, TX 77065. The new neighborhoods have been specially designed to offer a cozy home-like atmosphere that will provide residents with the assistance they need with daily activities. Village on the Park focuses on each individual’s unique sense of self by honoring their life… read more