Located in Waco, Texas

Change your

Health, Community, Future

with Better at Last

The mission of Better at Last is to empower and encourage older adults to live with purpose throughout their lives by building a better connection to their strength and wellness, their community,
and their future.

Why Should You Become a Member of Better at Last?

A member of BaL will be reaching out at least quarterly to check in. Are things going well, and feedback, adjust goals, reconnect if needed?

Quarterly topics at multiple locations, dates, and times to share reliable, current, and relevant information from experts in the areas that matter to you most, i.e. PTs, pharmacists, end of life planning from attorneys and geriatricians, nutritionists, etc. 

Better at Last vetted services and places in our community who agree to better serve older adults with dignity and respect without fear of fraud or abuse

Encourage and improve our ability to age in place well and safely

Access to our calendar of events to connect to people and events via RSVP and personal invitations 

Service projects and opportunities in the Greater Waco area

Opportunity to socialize with like minded older adults  (i.e. book clubs, walking/running groups, people who travel, coffee and breakfast clubs, happy hours, etc.)

Putting our older adults in a BETTER position in our community by advocating for their relevance and participation

Getting out older adults connected at the right time to the right people, proactively through education and BaL referrals

Getting older has its challenges, but there is also so much to celebrate! Life, death, choices, birthdays, family, reaching goals, and changing our culture together for ourselves but for the generations to come.  

Success Stories & Testimonials

“This has been so enriching. I was getting ahead with my nutrition but was just worried about my balance. Things that used to be easy were getting harder or more uncomfortable. After a couple of hours of training and education, my husband and I began working out with resistance bands and weights and challenging our balance. It's been about 2 months, and I am stronger already. I don’t worry about falling, and I can’t beat my grandsons at their games yet, but I am going to keep trying. I mowed the grass the other day, and it was easier this year than it was a year or 2 ago. I am just so excited about Better at Last and the impact it will have on more people like me.”

"I had intermittent knee pain for a whole year that would not heal. I played racquet sports for over 45 years and picked up pickleball the last few years. The doctor said knee replacement was in the future due to arthritis. Maybe an occasional cortisone shot as required. I was so convinced that was my future I resigned myself to that end. Another doctor recommended Physical Therapy. Teresa Gingles was assigned my case. She asked several questions to determine a course of action and measured my knee flexibility at 10 degrees. The goal was to get my knee straight and strong. What was so powerful about the PT process was how much the mind controlled my healing process. Teresa explained the physiology and power of stretching and strengthening exercises. I had to overcome my doubts of what I was told about my knee and believe Teresa was telling me the truth. Choosing to believe the truth was difficult partly because my knee hurt. The easy part was the exercise. I was learning how to walk again. My mind wanted to protect my knee, causing my body to compensate and tilting my weight on the other knee. I needed to change bad habits I developed probably from decades ago. Once I truly bought into her process, my mind freed up its natural healing agents and my knee began to heal. Three months after I started PT, my knee reached zero degrees. The saying, “Age being your cage,” or “You’re too old, over the hill,” can lock your mind from reaching reasonable health and breakthrough experiences. I like the saying, “Life isn’t about your age, it’s about living!” How will you continue to choose to live out your life? Have you allowed your circumstances to dictate how you live? Are you living your best life now? Surround yourself with people who want better or decide to make someone else’s day better. Or do both! It starts with changing your mind. Don’t delay! Do it today!"

“I think of my dad as I read our Mission Statement. 1) He was a fan of Isaiah 40:31. They that wait upon the Lord…2) As far back as Little League baseball I remember him saying “be careful how you’re remembered”.   Being aware and mindful about what you said/did, who you hung around with, and generally being involved in good things had benefits beyond being thought of or remembered in a good way.  He never said much…but he lived volumes in these areas. Sometimes I wonder how I’ll be remembered…more aware now than in years past.( I’ve got some areas that need a lot of work.) Living well and striving to be remembered in a good way keeps you living with a purpose, seems like a good way to encourage others to stay connected and live life at a high/enjoyable level too.”

“This has been so enriching. I was getting ahead with my nutrition but was just worried about my balance. Things that used to be easy were getting harder or more uncomfortable. After a couple of hours of training and education, my husband and I began working out with resistance bands and weights and challenging our balance. It's been about 2 months, and I am stronger already. I don’t worry about falling, and I can’t beat my grandsons at their games yet, but I am going to keep trying. I mowed the grass the other day, and it was easier this year than it was a year or 2 ago. I am just so excited about Better at Last and the impact it will have on more people like me.”

"I had intermittent knee pain for a whole year that would not heal. I played racquet sports for over 45 years and picked up pickleball the last few years. The doctor said knee replacement was in the future due to arthritis. Maybe an occasional cortisone shot as required. I was so convinced that was my future I resigned myself to that end. Another doctor recommended Physical Therapy. Teresa Gingles was assigned my case. She asked several questions to determine a course of action and measured my knee flexibility at 10 degrees. The goal was to get my knee straight and strong. What was so powerful about the PT process was how much the mind controlled my healing process. Teresa explained the physiology and power of stretching and strengthening exercises. I had to overcome my doubts of what I was told about my knee and believe Teresa was telling me the truth. Choosing to believe the truth was difficult partly because my knee hurt. The easy part was the exercise. I was learning how to walk again. My mind wanted to protect my knee, causing my body to compensate and tilting my weight on the other knee. I needed to change bad habits I developed probably from decades ago. Once I truly bought into her process, my mind freed up its natural healing agents and my knee began to heal. Three months after I started PT, my knee reached zero degrees. The saying, “Age being your cage,” or “You’re too old, over the hill,” can lock your mind from reaching reasonable health and breakthrough experiences. I like the saying, “Life isn’t about your age, it’s about living!” How will you continue to choose to live out your life? Have you allowed your circumstances to dictate how you live? Are you living your best life now? Surround yourself with people who want better or decide to make someone else’s day better. Or do both! It starts with changing your mind. Don’t delay! Do it today!"

“I think of my dad as I read our Mission Statement. 1) He was a fan of Isaiah 40:31. They that wait upon the Lord…2) As far back as Little League baseball I remember him saying “be careful how you’re remembered”.   Being aware and mindful about what you said/did, who you hung around with, and generally being involved in good things had benefits beyond being thought of or remembered in a good way.  He never said much…but he lived volumes in these areas. Sometimes I wonder how I’ll be remembered…more aware now than in years past.( I’ve got some areas that need a lot of work.) Living well and striving to be remembered in a good way keeps you living with a purpose, seems like a good way to encourage others to stay connected and live life at a high/enjoyable level too.”

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