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    Querencia at Barton Creek Resident Exemplifies Today’s Active Senior

    Today’s seniors are nothing like the generations that preceded them. They are active social media users, they are more aware of fitness and healthy eating, and they are even doing things like skydiving. According to a Pew Research study, over 50 percent of people 65 and older are online and an even higher number have mobile phones. Querencia at Barton Creek resident Martha Wallace is a perfect example of today’s active senior. At 82 years young, she is an active participant in daily exercise classes and has even learned to take a selfie. Two years ago, she went with a group of friends from Querencia to try skydiving for the first time, because according to Wallace, “why not?”

    “I love to laugh and have a good time,” said Wallace. “My life has improved considerably as I’ve gotten older. All the exercises classes I take and the friends I’ve made make my life so rich.”

    “Mrs. Wallace is a true delight to be around,” said Leslie Dominguez, Director of Marketing at Querencia. “She is absolutely full of energy. She loves to exercise and better her health and she really enjoys socializing with her many friends. I think she stays busier than I do. She is a great example of someone who is really thriving and making the most of her retirement years.”

    Wallace keeps a very full schedule of extracurricular activities. On top of spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she loves to exercise and stay in shape. At Querencia, she takes strength training, lifts weights, participates in water fitness, chair yoga and laughter yoga. In laughter yoga, she and her group laugh hysterically for about 45 minutes about nothing in particular to stimulate them and put them in a good frame of mind. She also takes part in weekly play readings.

    Wallace also loves movies and reading. The self-proclaimed history buff says her favorite recent movie was Lincoln. Wallace uses a smartphone and has learned to take a selfie. In 2012, she and a group from Querencia decided to go skydiving.

    “It was my first time ever to skydive,” said Wallace. “I just thought, I’ve never done this before. I don’t have a bucket list, but I thought here’s my opportunity to sky dive. It was amazing.”

    On top of her busy schedule, Wallace finds time to serve as a member of the Settlement Club and to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Association. Wallace is a perfect example of today’s active senior, making the most of every day and opportunity.


    Querencia at Barton Creek is a premier life care senior living resort located at Barton Creek Boulevard and Chalk Knoll Drive in Austin, Texas, less than a mile from Barton Creek Resort & Club. The 400,000 square-foot senior living resort features 167 independent living residences, including 10 villas, on 38 acres. Residences are available in one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 830 square feet to more than 2,200 square feet. The Plaza at Querencia features assisted living apartment homes in one- and two-bedroom designs, memory support suites, private nursing rooms for long-term care, and Medicare-certified private suites for short-term rehabilitation.

    Querencia at Barton Creek is 501(c)(3) nonprofit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities Edgemere in Dallas, The Buckingham in Houston, Mirador in Corpus Christi, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, and The Barrington of Carmel in Indianapolis. For information, visit www.QuerenciaBartonCreek.com, or call (512) 610-9401.

    Image courtesy of Querencia at Barton Creek
    Image 1: Martha Wallace
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