Retiring in Midland Midland offers the best of both worlds for seniors seeking a laid-back lifestyle with easy access to local and regional attractions.
idland is a smart choice for active seniors. With its mild climate and a variety of attractions and outdoor recreation, the Tall City combines friendly, small-town charm with metro conveniences. Residents enjoy access to a diverse health care system, close proximity to an international airport and an economy that is growing faster than most areas of the United States. Sperling’s Best Places rated Midland No. 7 among 379 U.S. small cities on its 2011 list of “Most Secure Places To Live.” The rankings are based on crime statistics, air quality, life expectancy, favorable cost of living and other factors. For those who want to further their education, Midland College provides continuing-education opportunities, including College Classics, a series of courses designed for residents 50 and older.
Public Transport The affordable EZ RIDER public bus service offers special curb-to-curb paratransit service for persons with disabilities. Route planning assistance is available at www.ez-rider.org or by phone 432-561-9990. Midland Shuttle Services Inc. is a private company providing 24-hour airport shuttle service and inter-city transportation for trips within the Permian Basin. Visit them online at www. midlandshuttleservices.com or call 432-312-0443.
Housing Choices Midland offers many housing choices for seniors, including affordably priced single-family homes, condominiums, apartments and retirement communities with independent-living and assisted-care programs. Legends Park in West Midland is the city’s first green community, featuring green-certified homes from 1,400 square feet to 2,500 square feet and priced from the $140s. The Village at Manor Park features six levels of care within its 65-acre retirement complex. Options range from independent to fully assisted living. Independent-living residents enjoy a choice of apartment or home floor plans, plus the convenience of provided lawn care, housekeeping and maintenance. For those who require some
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assistance, Manor Park has created households with living spaces to accommodate 20 residents, with private bedrooms and bathrooms. Shared spaces include living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens, designed to provide residents with a comfortable home-style ambience rather than an institutional nursing-home setting. Residents receive quality care from a licensed nurse and assistance when needed from the professionally trained staff. Higher levels of care are also available. All residents enjoy the Margaret Cowden Clubhouse and Wildcatter’s Grill, an on-campus convenience store, pharmacy, chapel, beauty salon/barbershop, heated Jacuzzi, and library. For more information visit www.manorparkinc.org. Polo Park Estates, designed for independent senior living, features beautifully landscaped grounds and convenient access to shopping, health care, dining and regional attractions. Providing 24-hour live-in managers, the facility offers a wide variety of activities, including exercise classes, lectures, and outings to area attractions and entertainment. Amenities include three daily meals prepared by professional chefs, housekeeping, shuttle service and the option to vacation at other Holiday Retirement communities across the United States and Canada at no additional cost. For more information, visit www.holidaytouch.com.
Community & Senior Services Community & Senior Services (CSS) is a private, nonprofit agency offering a variety of programs to serve the needs of Midland’s older population and the disabled, with emphasis placed on serving individuals who are low-income, frail and homebound. Through its Meals on Wheels and Senior Center meals, CSS promotes better health for seniors through good nutrition and socialization. Homebound services include handyman services, yard work and minor home repairs, while the Friendly Visitor Program provides companionship to older adults through regular home visits. Senior Corps volunteer programs allow adults 55 and over to put their skills and expertise to work
for the community, connecting volunteers with people in need, community projects and charitable organizations. The Foster Grandparent Program provides seniors the opportunity to serve as mentors, tutors and companions for at-risk children. Volunteers receive a non-taxable stipend, mileage, meals, a physical exam and insurance while on duty. Through the Senior Companion Program, volunteers provide assistance and friendship to adults who need help with daily tasks like grocery shopping and light chores. For their services Senior Companions receive a nontaxable stipend, accident and liability insurance, and meals while on duty, plus reimbursement for monthly transportation and monthly training. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) matches the skills, interests and availability of adults 55 and over with enriching volunteer opportunities. Service areas in education, health and nutrition, human needs, and environmental and public safety are available through over 89 nonprofit groups. CSS operates two local senior centers: Midland Senior Center, in Kingsway Mall, and the Southeast Senior Center, at 1803 E. Indiana Avenue, near Washington Park. Both centers provide weekday lunches along with a variety of activities, including exercise classes, games, computer lessons, crafts, quilting, bingo and wellness clinics. For more information visit www.cssmidland.org or call 432-689-6693.
Quality of Life Midland offers the best of both worlds for seniors seeking a laid-back lifestyle with easy access to local and regional attractions. Featuring excellent venues for golf, swimming and tennis, plus nearly 1,200 acres of neighborhood and community parks for outdoor recreation, our city is also within driving distance of gorgeous Southwest scenery, including state and national parks. With its wealth of cultural attractions, yearly events and festivals, plus excellent dining and shopping choices, Midland offers an outstanding quality of life for seniors.
Midland, TX 2013 Community Profile and Buyers Guide