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Retiring in Midland

Midland is a popular choice for retirees seeking a great quality of life that includes an affordable cost of living and close proximity to activities and attractions. With over 300 sunny days per year, the city is a perfect spot for those who enjoy outdoor recreation. The city offers 49 parks, two public swimming pools, hiking/biking trails, a dog run park, tennis courts and the 36-hole Hogan Park Municipal Golf Course. There are 12 lakes within a 150-mile radius of the city, and scenic natural attractions like Big Bend National Park, Carlsbad Caverns and the Guadalupe and Davis mountains are just a few hours away. The COM Aquatic Center also offers a variety of swim and fitness classes for seniors year-round.

Fun entertainment options abound with live performances at the Midland Cole Theatre, concerts performed by the Midland/Odessa Symphony and Chorale, plus music, dancing and theater at the Wagner-Nol Performing Arts Center. Sports enthusiasts can root for the home team at Odessa Jackalopes hockey games or Midland RockHounds baseball games. Seniors with a thirst for learning enjoy exploring a variety of subjects at Midland College through the College Classics program. For just $25 per semester, residents over 50 can sign up for courses ranging from political geography and movies to history and tap dancing.

Housing Choices

Midland has a wide choice of single-family homes, townhomes, condos and apartments perfect for seniors looking to downsize. Other options include 55 and over retirement communities and assisted living complexes. Some facilities provide a combination of independent living and assisted care services as well as specialized care. Helen Greathouse Manor at Manor Park is an assisted living facility that combines independent living with assistance from caregivers who provide help with medication monitoring, bathing, dressing, eating and other tasks as needed. Meals are provided, along with housekeeping and laundry service. Manor Park also provides a range of living options, from independent senior apartments to fully assisted living on its 65-acre campus. Amenities include a library, heated Jacuzzi, pharmacy and convenience store.

Cimmaron Place offers seniors a choice of one-bedroom and studio apartments in an assisted living community with a variety of amenities, including two large enclosed courtyards, a gardening area, a private dining room, a spa, a computer area, comfortable lounges, an activity room, a library, and a beauty salon/barber shop on the premises. A 24-hour registered nurse coordinates individual care in consult with other health professionals. Fun activities for residents include exercise classes, bingo, transportation to local senior centers and trips to the Midland Park Mall. The pet-friendly complex also provides transportation to medical appointments.

Legacy Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Center is dedicated to maintaining the dignity and independence of residents coping with Alzheimer’s. The center also offers assisted living and respite care services.

Polo Park Estates is an independent living facility for seniors that offers the option of vacationing at other Holiday retirement communities located throughout the United States and Canada at no additional cost. Brookdale Midland features 80 apartments with independent and assisted living options. It offers convenient access to popular Midland shopping areas, and major medical facilities are just minutes away. An air-conditioned van transports residents to the public library, museums, hair and doctor appointments, and to nearby restaurants.

Community and Senior Services

Senior Link specializes in programs designed to meet the needs of Midland’s older residents. The agency began as Community and Senior Services (CSS), an outreach project of First Christian Church, and became a stand-alone nonprofit in 1982. Two local senior centers include Midland Senior Center, in the Kingsway Mall, and the Southeast Senior Center, at 1803 E. Indiana Avenue near Washington Park. Weekday lunches are offered at both centers, along with activities like exercise classes, bingo, computer lessons and craft workshops. A Meals On Wheels program is available for homebound seniors, and handyman services can be arranged for those who need help with minor home repairs and yard work. The organization also offers a volunteer program to connect adults over age 55 with charity organizations and community projects in need of volunteers. The Foster Grandparent Program allows seniors to serve as mentors and companions for at-risk children in exchange for a non-taxable stipend, mileage, meals, a physical exam and insurance while on duty. The Senior Companion Program provides volunteers who offer assistance and friendship to adults needing help with light chores and errands like grocery shopping. Senior Companions receive a non-taxable stipend, accident and liability insurance, meals while on duty, reimbursement for monthly transportation, and monthly training (www.seniorlinkmidland.org).

Transportation

Seniors who love to travel enjoy the convenience of close proximity to Midland International Air and Space Port. Midland Shuttle Services provides 24-hour airport shuttle service as well as inter-city and oilfield transportation. The Tall City also offers public transportation including Ez-Rider bus service for Midland and Odessa. The company offers fixed route bus service Monday through Saturday with discount fares for riders over 60. ADA curb-to-curb ParaTransit service is also available. Visit www.ez-rider.org for more information and route planning assistance.

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