Active adult living ensures adults 55-plus will be surrounded by community and connection

Adults looking for community after retiring or becoming an empty nester will find friendly faces and a place to call home at Mera Vintage Park. Residents in the 55-plus community can enjoy apartment living surrounded by peers of the same age and participate in a variety of enriching activities, classes and events.

Active adult living is not independent living, so a meal plan and transportation is not provided. Instead, residents in the community are free to explore different classes and activities, take trips to the surrounding area and build lasting friendships.

Lifestyle and engagement programming

Community Manager Kelly Flores said Mera Vintage Park has a robust lifestyle and engagement program and runs between three to five programs a day. The activities and events centers on parent company Sparrow Partners’ three pillars:
  • Sharpen your mind
  • Strengthen your body
  • Share your gifts
Flores said the three pillars set Mera Vintage Park apart from other communities, and residents are encouraged to share their gifts and often put on their own events. At Mera Vintage Park, there are many resident-led events such as pickleball tutorials, Saturday night movie nights and a writers’ group.

Mera Vintage Park also hosts a variety of activities, including weekly exercise classes such as yoga and aqua aerobics. In addition, Mera Vintage Park hosts events for major holidays like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Cinco de Mayo, and celebrates residents’ birthdays monthly. Weekly social events include social hour at 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and coffee and conversation at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Story from a resident

Flores said recently, Cathy, a resident at Mera Vintage Park, had her granddaughter pass away at just two years old.

“I just received a note from Cathy thanking the community for support during this time,” Flores said. “The community members really did all come together and shower her with flowers and love. And even though it was a very sad situation, she had a lot of support from everyone here.”

One of the most important parts of living in a community like Mera Vintage Park is that residents are not alone. They are surrounded by friends who help take care of them and can both celebrate and grieve with their community.

Benefits of living in an active adult community

Flores said one of the biggest benefits of living in an active adult community is the sense of belonging that residents feel.

“Sparrow’s mission is to build community,” Flores said. “You’re not going to find the same sense of community we have here anywhere else.”

Getting to socialize with people in the same age group and participate in activities and clubs gives residents a sense of belonging. Flores said they also have endless opportunities to share their gifts and talents, as many retirees have a variety of different skills and deep knowledge about different subjects.

In addition, Mera Vintage Park is maintenance-free, which means residents can kick back and relax. Mera Vintage Park changes everything from lightbulbs to filters so residents can enjoy engaging with their community and exploring the surrounding area.

Looking to move?

For those who are ready to make the move, Flores said she recommends individuals take their time when picking a community.

“Sparrow is good about being patient, and we know it’s not something people decide immediately,” Flores said. “This could be their forever home, so we’re not pushy. We’re here to support them every step of the way—from leasing to move-in.

If Mera Vintage Park isn’t quite the right fit, staff will still help individuals find somewhere that fits their lifestyle and needs.

On June 28, Mera Vintage Park is having a Sock Hop event. Everyone is invited, and there will be dancing, a DJ. music, burgers and root beer floats.

Ready to make the move? For more information about Mera Vintage Park, visit the website. Prospective residents can also call (832) 481-7129 for more details and stay updated on all the latest news on the Mera Vintage Park Facebook page.

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