BRAZOS COUNTY- According to a study published by Texas A&M’s Real Estate Center, the senior population in Texas will more than double by 2050, making senior housing options a serious concern.
"Beginning in 2011, the baby boomer generation started to retire. That population will continue to retire until 2029 and will make a significant impact on housing in Texas,” says Michael Cline, a co-author of the study.
Here in Bryan- College Station real estate agents say what were once game day homes, are now becoming permanent residents. The Traditions at Texas A&M, is seeing a large increase in older home buyers and is building homes to more easily accommodate those with disabilities - wide walkways, lower appliances, and yards with less maintenance.
"We are seeing retirees wanting to come back to Bryan. Come back to College station. Go to baseball games, football games. Go to all kinds of events. The Bush Library has great activities and it's a great retiree town,” says Spencer Clements, a principal at Traditions Club.
The Traditions will also soon be building a senior community with individual and assisted living options. The Brazos Valley is also continuing to provide more programs based on senior needs.
"When we first started we were basically a meals program, now we have evidence based programs, we have computer programs, we have programs in education provided to seniors that meets there needs,” says Ronnie Gipson, the program manager at the Area Agency on Aging.
Although Bryan and College Station’s senior population does expect to see some growth, Texas A&M’s study shows that the largest increase in seniors will be in large metropolitan areas.