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3 Healthy and Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes for Seniors

Posted on: November 2nd, 2022 by hhmin

grandmother with grandchildren around the table for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food! But as we age, we must be mindful of our health and eating habits and remember that seniors have different nutritional needs. As we age, our digestive system becomes less efficient at breaking down and absorbing nutrients. We also tend to lose muscle mass and bone density, which can lead to problems like frailty and osteoporosis. For these reasons, seniors need to eat a nutrient-rich diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

While it’s okay to indulge occasionally, especially during the holidays, seniors should be careful not to overdo it. Many people let their healthy eating habits slide in favor of indulgent foods and holiday gatherings. However, too much fat, sugar, and sodium can worsen health problems and lead to weight gain. If you’re planning on celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional feast, try balancing the heavier dishes with lighter options.

We’ve compiled a list of three healthy and delicious Thanksgiving recipes that are perfect for seniors. Whether you’re cooking for your immediate family or hosting a large feast for loved ones, these recipes are sure to be a hit!

Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizer: Cranberry Sauce

Enjoy this healthy cranberry sauce as an appetizer or side dish.


– 1 cup whole fresh or frozen cranberries

– ½ cup orange juice

– ¼ cup honey

– 1 teaspoon grated orange zest


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  5. Serve at room temperature or chilled.


Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans

This healthy and delicious side dish is perfect for your Thanksgiving feast.


– 1½ pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

– 3 tablespoons olive oil

– ½ teaspoon salt

– ¼ teaspoon black pepper

– 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

– ½ cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Toss Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
  4. Remove from oven and stir in cranberries and pecans.
  5. Roast for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until Brussels sprouts are tender and cranberries are heated through.
  6. Serve warm.


Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert: Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without dessert. Instead of a traditional pie, try this Pumpkin Spice Cake.

Cake Ingredients:

– 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree

– ¾ cup almond milk

– ¼ cup olive oil

– 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

– 2 cups whole wheat flour

– 1 teaspoon baking powder

– 1 teaspoon baking soda

– ½ teaspoon salt

– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– ½ teaspoon ground ginger

– ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Frosting ingredients:

– 6 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened

– ½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt

– ¼ cup honey

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour in a 9-inch baking pan.
  2. Whisk together pumpkin puree, almond milk, oil, and vinegar in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices in another bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Let the cake cool completely before frosting.
  7. To make the frosting, beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in yogurt, honey, and vanilla extract until combined.
  8. Spread frosting on top of the cooled cake.
  9. Enjoy this healthy and delicious pumpkin spice cake for dessert this Thanksgiving!


Enjoy Healthy, Seasonal Meals at Holly Hall Christian Retirement Community

Holly Hall is committed to providing our residents with a healthy, well-balanced diet and elevated dining experience. Our professional Executive Chef at Holly Hall works passionately to offer residents delicious, unique dining options. Our menus are inspired by our residents and the seasons. Check out this example of our summer season menu. Contact us today at 713-799-9031 to learn more about the dining features and amenities at Holly Hall or to set up a tour.

What Makes Holly Hall The Best Retirement Community in Houston

Posted on: October 24th, 2022 by hhmin

Moving a loved one into an Independent or Assisted Living facility can be difficult. You want to ensure they will be in a safe and comfortable environment, receive the best quality of life possible, and have plenty of activities and social opportunities. At Holly Hall Christian Retirement Community, we understand the importance of making this decision and want to help you every step of the way. Our staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of your loved ones. Here are four ways our retirement community offers the best senior care.

  1. Entering Holly Hall, you are immediately greeted with the sights and sounds of a Southern village. The architecture is warmly welcoming, showcasing our rich heritage mixed with new light for tomorrow’s generation.
  2. The community spirit here at our wonderful retirement home has been carefully curated to offer each resident an exceptional lifestyle filled with comfort without compromise! Our residents enjoy locally grown, healthy foods prepared by our talented culinary team and have a robust calendar of social and wellness activities to participate in.
  3. Our beautiful grounds span 20 acres of lush green and offer a wide range of Independent Living (cottages or apartments) and Assisted Living options so that you can find the perfect fit for your loved one. We also offer short-term and pulmonary rehab, extended-stay apartments, and long-term nursing care.
  4. Holly Hall Christian Retirement Community is a top-notch facility that provides top-quality care for its residents. We do this by hiring a highly-skilled and compassionate staff dedicated to providing the best possible care for our residents and ensuring their needs are met. We want to introduce you to a few of the many staff members that make out retirement community the best choice in Houston and the surrounding areas.

Meet Some of the Friendly Staff Members at Holly Hall Retirement Community

Earnestine Bell

Earnestine Bell, Special Events Manager, has been a beloved employee at Holly Hall for over 30 years. She is a joyful spirit that exudes fondness for everyone she encounters. She says she enjoys coming to work daily “just to see the happy faces and the joy she can bring to residents.”

Earnestine came to be a part of the mission to take care of the residents in their retirement. She wanted to positively impact their lives and be instrumental in providing for their comfort, needs, and well-being. Earnestine lives with a purpose in life to be a role model for her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. She strives to be an example of how you should work hard, be fair when dealing with people, and know that you can achieve anything you want. It is not surprising that Earnestine is well-loved. She truly thinks of her fellow employees as family and is always appreciative of how Holly Hall has supported and loved her over the years.

Lillian Lankford

Lillian Lankford, Certified Medical Aide in Assisted Living, has worked at Holly Hall for more than 23 years. She has always enjoyed helping others and giving back to the community. She started at Holly Hall as a CNA for certain shifts, and over time she became truly valued for her work effort and was asked to come on full-time. The supervisors at Holly Hall saw Lillian’s excellence in all of her work and soon asked her to take the courses she needed to become a Certified Medical Aide. 

When you talk to Lillian, you can easily see the joy she has working at Holly Hall. She speaks fondly about all of the residents that she helps and will be quick to tell you that the residents are the ones that bring her joy in life. Over the years, she has always tried to be an example and to do her part to provide the best care possible. She believes that the first impression is the most important in life and that you should always show Christian values toward others.

Receive the Best Senior Care at Houston’s Holly Hall Retirement Community

Our residents and staff make Holly Hall the close-knit, caring, and genuine retirement community it is. If you are interested in setting up a tour of our beautiful campus and facilities, please contact us or call us at (713) 799-9031. We look forward to showing you how Holly Hall Retirement Community adds life to year and years to life.

Purpose Full: The 2021-2022 Annual Impact of Holly Hall Retirement Community

Posted on: October 13th, 2022 by hhmin

Moving Forward With Purpose

Not many people contemplate their purpose or how they can help give purpose to others. Here at Holly Hall, we believe our purpose is to help those that feel they have limited purpose find their true purpose. Mark Twain gave us poignant words to live by when he said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Holly Hall was founded to add years to life and life to years. 

Over 70 years later, it is still pretty easy to see that our purpose is to inspire service and provide excellent, compassionate care while respecting the individual. I feel that my role as CEO of Holly Hall is to steward our purpose. I am honored to be a part of the team that continually looks for ways to improve this community, respects our history, and upholds the needs of all vested individuals. This year we are looking to the future of Holly Hall and what we need to do today to help ensure we continue to provide a safe and loving home for our seniors. We are already working on plans for both interior and exterior improvements.  

Our Dining team is working hard to further enhance our dining program. The Wellness team plans to add activities and life enrichment programs to enhance the quality of life and provide even more purpose for our residents. These are just some of the things we are working on to guarantee Holly Hall is here for years and years to come. As I continue to learn about the legacy that Holly Hall has provided for many generations in the Greater Houston area, I am truly grateful to be given the mission to provide Holly Hall with a bright and purposeful future.

With the help of the dedicated staff at Holly Hall, we will carry on the core values of providing our residents with peace, excellence, compassion, and respect.


Peter Drew, CEO at Holly Hall Retirement Community

Holly Hall Retirement Community By The Numbers

The following data shows the impact of Holly Hall from 2021-2022.

Residents Served

Healthcare: 363

Assisted Living: 73

Independent Living: 102

Total volunteers: 111

Total volunteer hours: 1,911


Fundraising Revenue 

Churches/foundations/corporations | 49%

Fundraising events | 28%

Individual giving | 23%



Healthcare services | 88%

General & administrative | 8%

Fundraising | 4%


A Grateful Heart

We count our many blessings as we prepare to exit the worst of a worldwide pandemic. Like most retirement communities, we are grateful that Holly Hall survived Covid without a major outbreak or any Covid-related deaths. Although the pandemic took its toll, isolating our residents, they bounced back with resilience, renewed purpose, and passion for life.

We are grateful for our residents. We have the most special residents in the world; they strive to keep their minds sharp, their bodies strong, and their spirits filled with God’s love. Caring for one another and our staff and residents, offer encouragement and wisdom by sending thoughtful cards, making calls to check in on a friend, and delivering hot meals to those who feel ill.

We are grateful for our one-of-a-kind staff. Although Holly Hall has long been known for its loving and attentive staff, they have surpassed the highest expectations these last couple of years by devoting extra hours to keep our residents safe and comfortable during Covid. How our staff truly cares about our residents sets Holl Hall apart from other communities.

We are grateful for our enthusiastic community, who attended numerous fundraising events using a virtual format. From the Book Reviews and Games People Play to a Silver Tea at Jan and Tyson Greer’s historic Victorian home, all events successfully raised funds and strengthened close-knit friendships. We are grateful for our dedicated Board members who give selflessly of their time yearly. We are grateful for our donors, friends, and partners; your support and generosity enable Holly Hall to continue its mission to “add years to life and life to years.”


Jerry L. McNeill, Board President at Holly Hall Retirement Community


Discover Purposeful Living at Holly Hall

Holly Hall is a nonprofit retirement community offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Rehab, and Long-Term Care for individuals 65 and older. Founded in 1949, Holly Hall was Houston’s first retirement community. To discover more about purposeful living at Holly Hall, contact us. We’d love to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

2022-2023 Upcoming Book Review Series at Holly Hall Retirement Community

Posted on: September 16th, 2022 by hhmin

Book Series Review speakers for 2022-2023

The annual Holly Hall Book Review Series is a longstanding tradition and fundraiser for the Holly Hall Retirement Community that features reviews and discussions about current best sellers or noteworthy books. Guests enjoy a quick 30-minute discussion about the book without the pressure of reading it beforehand; however, many attendees state that they plan to read it after the event.

This season is inspired by the gathering power of food and how it brings us together. The entire season includes three local speakers from October to April who will bring you a new perspective on food and its role in our lives. And what would a book series about food be like without enjoying some fine cuisine? Brunch will also be served at all three of these events. We hope you will join us for these carefully curated speakers at Holly Hall. 

“I am truly thrilled about this year’s Book Review Series. We are exploring the passion that is put into everyday meals and how food can create a community in exciting and new ways,” said Hayley Hall, Director of Development at Holly Hall Christian Retirement Community. “I hope everyone attending will find a renewed vigor for the food they eat each day and possibly learn how to cook a few new meals.”


October 25, 2022

Johnny Carrabba | Texas Restaurateur/Author

Discussing his book: With Gratitude

If you’re a fan of Carrabba’s Italian Grill, you’ll love With Gratitude by Johnny Carrabba, celebrating 30 years of recipes, stories, and family. This coffee table-style cookbook is a must-have for anyone who loves good food. This cookbook features more than 100 of Johnny Carrabba’s favorite recipes from Carrabba’s, Grace’s, Mia’s, and Common Bond, as well as treasured family dishes that have been passed down for generations and are sure to please. 

In addition to the delicious recipes, you’ll also find Johnny’s family history and his remarkable success story in running a restaurant business. The cookbook includes spectacular photographs from Houston’s best food photographer, Debora Smail, and designers Linda Limb and Elise DeSilva. So whether you’re looking for a new recipe to try or want to learn more about the man behind the restaurant, be sure to check out With Gratitude.


January 10, 2023

Anita Jaisinghani | Founder & Executive Chef of Pondicheri

Discussing her book: Masala

From her roots in Gujarat, India, to the heart of Houston, Texas, award-winning chef Anita Jaisinghani has created Masala: Recipes from India, the Land of Spices, an exciting cookbook with simple recipes that celebrates ancient Ayurveda food as it should be: seasonal, textured and colorful. Using only spices for flavor without overwhelming you or your taste buds–this book is perfect if you’re looking forward to bringing more Indian cuisine into your home this year!

The flavor of an Indian meal is rich and complex, with fresh spices that give it a snap. But how do you know which spice to use and when? Masala will teach you the wisdom behind cooking like a pro! The book includes detailed information about cooking with fresh whole spices, when to use them properly, and much more! 

April 11, 2023

Dolores Woods, MA, RD, LD | Nutritionist, Nourish Program UTHealth/Contributing Chef

Discussing the book: How Good Food Works from Seed to Plate

The Nourish cookbook, How Good Food Works from Seed to Plate, is a beautiful book with award-winning food photography. Recipes were developed by Dr. Wesley McWhorter, Director of Culinary Nutrition for Nourish, and tested by Chef/RD Dolores Woods – a Nourish team member and lecturer for the program. How Good Food Works from Seed to Plate begins with Laura Moore, MEd, RD, LD, showing us how food can be an empowering force in our lives. She shares the vision and mission of the UTHealth School of Public Health Nourish program and how they educate the next generation with tools to unlock the potential of what we eat while celebrating the functional and emotional role that food plays in our lives.

If you are looking for a cookbook to help you make healthy, delicious, and easy-to-prepare meals in your kitchen, this book is for you! Inside, you will find more than 100 recipes that are perfect for any occasion, as well as helpful tips and advice on preparation techniques, entertaining ideas, and interesting facts on many vegetables, spices, and herbs. So whether you are looking to impress your guests at your next dinner party or simply searching for some nutritious and flavorful meal ideas, this cookbook is sure to have something for everyone. Bon appetit!

Dolores will also be giving a cooking demonstration during this presentation from the book How Good Food Works from Seed to Plate

A Fundraising Tradition

Holly Hall has been a constant in the Houston community for over 70 years, and the Book Review Series has raised funds for the Resident Subsidy Program since it began in 1949. Proceeds from the annual Book Review Series help cover the cost of care for residents who outlive their retirement savings and can no longer afford the total amount of their care as they transition from Independent Living to Assisted Living and then to Healthcare. As a sponsor or ticket holder, you will give residents the peace of mind that they will receive the same level of support, regardless of individual circumstances. If you have questions about the Book Review Series event or would like to tour our retirement community with a friendly neighborhood feeling, contact us here or call us at (713)-799-9031.

Celebrating Friendship Month at Holly Hall

Posted on: September 9th, 2022 by hhmin

Friendships are some of the most important relationships we will ever have in our lives. Since September is Friendship Month, we want to take a moment to share how friendships blossom and grow at Holly Hall Retirement Community. This month, we’re featuring three unique friendship stories from our residents–one that developed when residents worked together before coming to Holly Hall, one that grew out of family relationships over the years, and one between residents who met for the first time at Holly Hall.

Work Friends: Diana Bertrand and Ruth Moore

Friendships blossom at Holly Hall Retirement Community

It was around 1968 when Holly Hall residents Diana and Ruth’s professional paths began to cross. Both women received their Bachelor’s degrees and worked as Medical Technologists. Diana, Ruth, their friend Patti Harrison, and other colleagues car-pooled to professional meetings across Texas. At various times, the friends served as local and state officers of the Medical Technology Society and were members of the Medical Center bowling league. 

Their professional relationship gradually turned into a personal friendship. They both loved to travel and signed up for numerous adventures – northern Italy, a Baltic cruise, the St. Lawrence River, the Danube River, and even a cruise across the Atlantic from Barcelona to Galveston!

In 2013, after retiring, Diana moved to Holly Hall. She had no family to care for and wanted a safe and comfortable place where she could continue traveling. Patti Harrison joined her at Holly Hall in 2018 (sadly, she has since passed away). Ruth and Diana continued to see each other and travel together until finally, in 2021, Ruth decided that she, too, should move to Holly Hall. She had visited Diana and had attended an Open House before Covid shut those down. 

Their last trip together was an Alaskan cruise in 2019, and they are not likely to take more, given their ages and the uncertainties of Covid. But the strong friendship that grew out of their shared profession continues at Holly Hall, where Diana and Ruth eat together, go to activities, and enjoy swapping tales about their trips and mutual friends.

Family Friends: Calista Schneidau and Anne Chatoney

Friendships blossom at Holly Hall Retirement Community


Residents Calista Schneidau and Anne Chatoney became friends through their children around 1995 when Calista’s son Stephen began dating Anne’s daughter Mary. The large Schneidau family became so fond of Mary that they decided to ask her to marry them all if Stephen didn’t make a move soon! Stephen took the hint, and the couple married in 1997, much to the delight of both mothers. The combined families shared holidays, took beach vacations, celebrated birthdays and weddings, and attended cocktail gatherings. Anne says that Calista was always welcoming to her whole family.

In 2012, Anne’s husband became ill, and they both moved to Holly Hall Assisted Living, where he could receive palliative care. After he died, Anne left for a brief period but moved into Independent Living in 2013. In 2019, Calista also moved to Holly Hall, first into Independent Living and, more recently, into Assisted Living. She says it has been enormously helpful to have Anne here and assist her in adjusting to life at Holly Hall.

The Holly Hall connection extends further: resident Lucy Ruiz’s son Joseph is married to Calista’s daughter Lauri, so Lucy attends the same family functions as Calista and Anne. These relationships have led to multiple intertwining friendships among multiple generations of the Schneidau, Chatoney, and Ruiz families. How fortunate the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren are to be the beneficiaries of the love stories that came before them and to form friendships with aunts, uncles, and cousins!

New Friends: Sonia Townsend and Donna Coulson

Friendships blossom at Holly Hall Retirement Community

Sonia Townsend moved to Holly Hall in 2016, briefly into healthcare after an accident, and now she resides in Independent Living. She didn’t know any residents but found it a friendly place. Sonia had led an eventful life – growing up in Austin, attending the University of Texas for a degree in fashion design, then to New York to the Parsons School of Design. She returned to Texas for a job at Houston’s new Sakowitz store, but she took a temporary position with Exxon and never gave fashion design another chance. Sonia had married “the boy next door,” whom she had known since they were eight. The couple adopted two at-risk infants. Sonia’s husband died when the boys were young, so she was a single working mother for years. By the time she retired, Sonia was administering a program that managed healthcare for 600 sailors on off-shore tankers and was ready for a quieter life when she moved to Holly Hall.

Meanwhile, Donna Coulson had led a relatively quiet life. She was brought up in Virginia in a large family of six children, then attended college in Florida to obtain a library science degree. In 2000, Donna moved to Houston to become the administrator of Houston Community College’s library systems. After retirement, many of her friends began to move away, and Donna realized that she would eventually need help as she aged. She had friends who had heard good things about Holly Hall, so she visited, saw an apartment, and thought it looked like home. Donna liked that it was not a high-rise, so she could look out her windows and see the trees and gardens. She moved into Independent Living in 2017.

Donna remembers meeting Sonia first at lunch, and Sonia remembers seeing Donna in their Independent Living cluster. Their schedules meshed, and they walked together to meals and activities. They gradually learned they liked many of the same things and had similar values, including a strong Christian faith. Donna says that her friendship with Sonia has been significant during this last year when three of Donna’s siblings died. Holly Hall brought Sonia and Donna together and enriched each other’s lives. But as Donna says, “Really, everybody at Holly Hall is a friend – that’s a benefit you don’t expect.”

Friendships Blossom at Houston’s Holly Hall

Friendship month is a time to celebrate our friends and nurture the relationships important to our happiness and well-being. After all, studies have shown that close friendships can have several benefits, including improved mental health, increased life satisfaction, and even a longer lifespan. Schedule a tour for our Assisted Living or Independent Living to see just how friendships grow and add life to years at Holly Hall Retirement Community.

Your Off-Campus Dining Guide Near Holly Hall Retirement Community

Posted on: August 1st, 2022 by hhmin

Houston is a mecca for foodies. As one of the most diverse cities in the country, there is every type of cuisine to fit your craving–Tex-Mex, Vietnamese, Indian, Korean, Moroccan, seafood, BBQ, and so much more. This is a huge perk for Holly Hall Retirement Community residents and their visiting guests if they are venturing off campus to dine out. There is something for everyone’s cravings, and you don’t have to go far to find it. Our 20-acre campus is situated near the Houston Astrodome, Texas Medical Center, and Rice Village, so you have plenty of options!

Since August 1st kicks off Houston Restaurant Weeks, we figured this was the perfect time to share some of our residents and staff members’ favorite eateries nearby our campus and around town. Houston Restaurant Weeks is an annual tradition that allows people to dine out for a good cause. Hundreds of restaurants participate in offering pre-fixe menus at a discounted price to benefit the Houston Food Bank. So, without further ado, here are our top restaurant recommendations in the Houston area.

Must-Try Restaurants in Houston Near Holly Hall Retirement Community

Pastry from Common Bond Bistro and Bakery

Delectable mousse pastry with gold leaf from Common Bond.

Pastry from Epicure Cafe

Oyster platter at Goode Seafood Co.

Oyster platter at Goode Seafood Co.

Cheeseburger-Dining Guide Near Holly Hall Retirement Community

Cheeseburger at Goode Co. Taqueria.

Cake-Dining Guide Near Holly Hall Retirement Community

  • Pondicheri – Must try: Their bakery is fabulous for Indian seasoned pastries and cakes (pictured above).
  • Prego – Must try: Crab cakes and creme brûlée

Dining Options for Everyone at Holly Hall

There is something for every foodie when it comes to dining at Houston’s Holly Hall or enjoying some local eats. Proper nutrition, delicious dining, and overall satisfaction are significant factors one should consider when it comes to assisted living or independent living communities. Come see how Holly Hall offers an elevated dining experience and puts healthy nutrition at the forefront of every culinary decision for our residents. Schedule a tour or contact us at (713) 799-9031 to learn about residency in our vibrant community.

4 Reasons to Move to Senior Living Before Winter Hits

Posted on: November 16th, 2021 by hhmin

For older adults who live north of the Panhandle, winter can be a tough time of year. The cold temperatures and icy conditions make something as simple as a trip to the mailbox treacherous. As a result, many seniors become isolated in winter. Their activity level falls, which affects their physical and mental health.


Fortunately, Houstonians don’t get snowed in during winter as a rule. Which is why most of us don’t have a snow shovel in the garage. Nevertheless, now might be a good time to further explore your senior living options. Here are just a few reasons why you should move before freezing temperatures and gray skies lead to a case of the winter blues.



1. Stay active all winter long.

When the temperature drops and the north wind blows, outdoor activities you enjoy during warmer months tend to fall by the wayside. No one wants to play golf when it’s freezing or go for a walk when it’s slippery and wet. But at a senior living community, you can saunter down the hall in shorts and shirtsleeves to the fitness center. The resident fitness instructor will create a fitness plan tailored to your goals and wishes. You can work out on your own or join a group fitness class, such as aerobics, yoga, balance, or strength training. Many communities also have a heated indoor pool as part of their fitness center.


2. Have more friends and more fun.


Winter can be lonely and dull if you’re living alone. Worse, social isolation can put your health at risk. Social isolation is associated with an increased risk of dementia, heart disease, stroke, and depression. At a senior living community, you’ll be surrounded by friends and staff members who make winter more enjoyable. Winter is a festive time at senior living communities, with many holiday parties and seasonal events on the calendar. In addition, there are always classes, clubs, and activities to exercise your mind and energize your spirit.


3. Make fewer trips to the grocery store.


At a senior living community, transportation is provided for residents to go to the grocery store or run other errands. If your vision isn’t what it used to be, or you just don’t want to deal with the traffic and road conditions, a chauffeured drive to your destination can make the trip less of a chore. Your grocery list should be shorter too since you won’t be preparing as many meals. Of course, you can still cook in your apartment when you feel like it. But you’ll also have the option to enjoy healthy and delicious casual and fine dining on-site. Dining is a big deal at senior living communities; the quality of the food is as good as you’ll find at many local restaurants.


4. Be safe and secure this winter.

Last winter, Texans were reminded how much havoc a storm can cause. When the power went out, many homeowners were left without heat or running water. At Holly Hall, we put the health and safety of residents first. It’s why we’ve installed utility-grade generators to provide a reliable source of electricity in the event of a storm. Residents also enjoy 24-hour, on-call maintenance service for emergencies. Our gated community also ensures an extra layer of security for residents — we screen all visitors before entry. To make sure residents are well and doing fine, we check in with them every day. And throughout the year, residents have access to health professionals on-site to monitor their health and provide health services.


Don’t let winter cramp your lifestyle.

If winter keeps you from enjoying life to the fullest, why wait for spring to move into a senior living community? To learn how Holly Hall helps banish the winter blues, visit our Independent Living page. Or contact us to schedule an appointment. We love making new friends.

Why Young Seniors Choose Gated Retirement Communities

Posted on: July 12th, 2021 by hhmin

If you’re trying to find an ideal living environment as you transition into retirement, the benefits of a gated retirement community for seniors are truly unmatched. 

Whether it’s the sense of exclusivity or the added layer of security, it’s clear that more senior residents are discovering that gated retirement communities are an all-encompassing, convenient residential choice. 

In particular, if you’re someone who fancies living a quiet life while still situated in an urban area with access to an array of modern facilities and amenities, life inside a gated retirement community could be the right choice for you.

Keep reading to learn more about this great retirement option and discover Holly Hall’s vibrant gated retirement community in Houston.

What is a Gated Community?

A gated community is an exclusive form of housing enclosed within walls or fences, accessible only to the residents who live there and their invited guests. Typically, controlled access is used to protect the privacy and safety of those living within the protected, gated area.

Most gated communities are well maintained, offering beautifully kept grounds and exclusive amenities as a means of creating a peaceful environment and communal feeling. 

At Holly Hall, we have over 20 acres of lush, garden-like green space, providing our residents a countryside living experience while residing within the heart of Houston.

The Benefits of Living in a Gated Retirement Community

Some desired and beneficial aspects of choosing a gated retirement community include:

An added level of personal security

One of the most important characteristics of a gated community is its top-tier safety and security. After all, this is one of the most attractive benefits of residing within a gated community. 

When choosing to retire inside this type of community, retirees tend to live a worry-free lifestyle. This allows you to travel anywhere within the community with complete peace of mind about your safety and well-being.

An increased sense of community

Another pleasant benefit of living in a gated community is the sense of social connectivity that it brings. There is an unspoken understanding between residents who feel connected and supported, engaging in community events that work to gather people together to enjoy shared company. 

Additionally, the communal facilities help you get to know your neighbors more intimately, which results in a sense of familiarity and trust among all the residents.

Greater access to exclusive amenities

Gated communities are designed to be ideal for young seniors transitioning into their new season in life. With the presence of premium facilities and amenities, you can make some of the most unforgettable memories with other residents enjoying the shared spaces.

Activity and wellness rooms, card and game rooms, on-site salons, and more can be found in Holly Hall’s gated community, providing every resident the opportunity to focus on their physical health and personal well-being however they see fit.

Less traffic to contend with

Because it’s a restricted access community, there is no public traffic moving through the community — only residents and their guests. This can be a tremendous safety benefit for seniors of all ages due to fewer people  passing through and less noise to bother and distract.

No solicitors to worry about

Another benefit of living in a gated community is not having to worry about solicitors knocking on your door. The fact that you can restrict or allow entry makes it a safe haven from solicitations. 

This increased sense of freedom can save you from the frustration of unwanted guests, such as salesmen or other unauthorized people or guests.

Best Gated Retirement Communities in Houston

While every young senior looking for a potential retirement community has their own preferences, the options afforded to the residents of Holly Hall tend to set this community apart from other facilities in the Houston area. 

From the chef-managed dining program to the sprawling gardens, the options and amenities at Holly Hall are second to none. You’ll wonder why it took you so long to visit our gorgeous campus. 

Whether the expansive rose gardens catch your eye, or the Southern trees inspire tranquility, we know that once you visit our flourishing community, you’ll find yourself feeling completely at ease.

Come Live in One of the Highest Rated Gated Retirement Communities in Houston

Gated communities like Holly Hall are a popular option for young seniors and for good reason. The benefits of living in a gated retirement community can be quite attractive when deciding on a comfortable and secure home for all the years ahead. 

As you learn more about our spirited community, we’re here to answer any questions and help you see how Holly Hall can best suit your lifestyle and personal needs. Learn more about our retirement community that inspires independence and a walkable lifestyle:

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The Importance of Socialization in a Retirement Community

Posted on: March 26th, 2018 by hhmin

Retirement Home SocializationEven though getting older naturally means that parts of our lives slow down, socialization is one thing that you and your family can help your loved one keep up to par.

Many of us take for granted our current friendships and constant interaction with the world around us. When you stop, think, and take a step back, you will realize that socialization is what keeps our minds sharp. This is exactly why it is important for you to encourage socialization with your loved one in a retirement community.

Why is Social Isolation a Risk Among Seniors?

Social isolation among the elderly demographic is something that has a serious impact on this group’s health. With age, health conditions deteriorate, the body becomes substantially less mobile, and these issues contribute to someone being less social than they once were.

Social isolation is a direct cause of several problems with loved ones living out their Golden Years. These problems include:

  1. High blood pressure
  2. Decreased physical and emotional health
  3. Depression

Not surprisingly, all of these factors lead to the ultimate negative: a poor quality of life leading into a greater risk of death.

3 Benefits of Being Socially Active in a Retirement Community

Not only can you keep your loved one’s blood pressure under control, but there are several other benefits to encouraging social activity on a regular basis.

1. Raised Self-Esteem

Some seniors struggle with self-esteem issues. Socialization brings about a sense of community and belonging that directly results in higher self-esteem.

2. Mental and Physical Health Improves

Where loneliness can become feelings of despair and longing for interaction, socialization makes your loved one feel exactly that–like a loved one. This is a great way to keep mental health intact and encourage activities that make the mind sharp.

Physical health improves because when positive interaction occurs like good conversation, the body releases natural chemicals that help to improve the immune system.

3. Sense of Community and Belonging

Having interaction with one’s family does a lot to improve health but having a community does wonders for giving your loved one a sense of home in a retirement community. Having their own friends and private conversations help to form a place in what may be a trying point in their life.

Holly Hall Retirement Community Offers a Social Life for Your Loved One

Growing older can be a challenge for everyone and it is important that every aspect of your loved one’s life is taken care of well. At Holly Hall Retirement Community, we have a Christian background that helps our community members overcome the challenges of age with our different levels of care.

If you are looking for the right fit in communities for your loved one, we offer independent living, assisted living, and healthcare living. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour or have one of our team members answer any questions you may have. At Holly Hall, your loved one is not just a community member, but a part of our family.

Staying Connected With Your Loved One in a Retirement Community

Posted on: January 19th, 2018 by hhmin

Skype in a Retirement Community is PopularIf you have a loved one in senior assisted living or in a retirement community, then you already know that it is crucial to stay connected with them. By staying connected with your loved on in assisted living, you are contributing to the improvement of their social and emotional health as they enjoy their new home within their community.

Being able to communicate with loved ones at a retirement community has never been easier than it is in 2018. We live in a modern age of technology, and here are some of the best ways that you can use technology to stay connected even when you can’t make a physical visit.

FaceTime and Skype

With the invention of video calls, you can now not only talk on the phone, but have an actual screen-to-screen conversation where you can speak with your loved one’s face on video.

Although these methods may take a couple of trials to get your loved one accustomed to using them, once you start using Skype you will find out why they are one of the more popular methods of communication. Not only do you get to see the expression on your family member’s face when you call, but you are able to get a good look at them and see how healthy they are looking on the outside.

Text Messaging and Email

Some elderly family members may prefer to communicate with the written word. Although snail mail is not as widely used these days, text messages and emails are a great way to meet their wishes in this way.

There is just something about written words that tend to bring out the eloquence in people, and a text or email is easily saved for those times when you need to pull up a warm memory or conversation with your loved one.

Other Social Applications

Some senior citizens are more tech-savvy than others and rely on modern phones and tablets to stay in touch with their families. By using social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, you can not only stay in touch with your loved one, but do it on a social level that allows them to feel connected and creative at the same time.

Good Old-Fashioned Phone Call

Sometimes nothing can beat the sound of the dial tone ringing and the sound of a loved one’s voice to brighten up a day. Some people simply enjoy chatting on the phone for a few minutes a day. It’s a communication method that has lasted throughout the decades.

Holly Hall Retirement Community Helps You Keep In Touch

How you choose to communicate with your loved one in a retirement home is a decision that needs to be made between you and your family member. The possibilities are virtually endless, and it has been proven that seniors in touch with their loved ones live longer lives.

If you are looking for a Christian retirement community for your loved one get in touch with Holly Hall today. We are eager to introduce you and your family to our community.