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Lexington

Differences Between Independent and Assisted Living

Have you been wondering what the difference is between independent living and assisted living? The differences are subtle but can result in differing care, differing options and additional costs, depending on your situation. Even if you haven’t done much research into senior living options, it’s important to know the similarities and differences in order to understand what will work best for you.

“Independent and assisted living can mean multiple things to different people, which is why it’s so important to do your research,” says Arzu LeBlanc, Executive Director of Waterstone of Lexington, a premier rental senior living community opening late summer 2022 in Lexington, MA. Arzu says that both the independent and assisted living lifestyles at Waterstone of Lexington provide peace of mind for older adults.

As you’re searching for the right option for yourself or a senior loved one, here are the differences to take notice of:

Levels of care.

Assisted living facilities offer higher care levels than independent living communities. This can be very beneficial, particularly because some older adults often require higher levels of medical care than active, independent seniors. It also provides peace of mind for those active adults, giving them the confidence of additional care being available to them should it be needed in the future.

Amenities and services.

In an assisted living community, team members are available to provide support to older adults 24/7, no matter when or where they need it. Individuals can receive help with basic life tasks such as:

  • Home cleaning
  • Medication management
  • Bathing, grooming and other activities of daily living
  • Support to help maintain an independent lifestyle

In independent living, seniors don’t receive care services but instead benefit from concierge-style services that provide an active lifestyle with convenience. At Waterstone of Lexington, residents in both independent living and assisted living enjoy access to the community’s enriching amenities.

Contact with team members.

In assisted living, residents receive the daily caring assistance needed to help them enjoy an active lifestyle. For those in independent living, the amount of contact residents have with team members is truly up to them. Privacy is respected, but team members are always available and ready to assist. Team members also encourage residents – in any level of care – to enjoy the variety of dynamic lifestyle programs and events held at the community, but participation is never required.

Cost.

Independent senior living communities are, by nature, “independent” – providing a lifestyle, not senior care. Assisted living, on the other hand, involves personal care services, which can range from very minimal care to more extensive. This higher level of care and involvement means that assisted living is usually more expensive than independent living. Assisted living costs can sometimes be covered by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, which can help offset the higher costs.

“At Waterstone of Lexington, we will offer both independent and assisted living options, as well as memory care available at our sister community, Bridges® by EPOCH, located across our campus,” says Arzu. “This is very important for an older adult’s quality of life, happiness and well-being. Having all care services available on-site means that our future residents will never need to leave the community they love in order to receive the support they require to live well.”

Become One of Our First Residents Today!

We look forward to introducing you to the definitive, distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone of Lexington and welcoming you as a charter member of our community. For more information, please call ​781.728.3037 and discover how you can help shape the future of our premier rental community for seniors 62 and over.

Welcome Home to Waterstone of Lexington. Opening Late Summer 2022.

For seniors in Middlesex County who desire a luxurious lifestyle, we welcome you to Waterstone of Lexington. The mid-century style of this dynamic community was inspired by the nearby Gropius House and the area’s tradition of innovative, modern architecture. In this classic, beautiful new community, you’ll be inspired by all the amenities and programs to take up a new hobby, exercise in our fitness center and indoor pool, and make new friends while dining and enjoying social events.

Offering independent living and assisted living, Waterstone of Lexington provides myriad ways for seniors 62+ to enjoy their retirement to the fullest. Our rental community draws influence from Lexington, MA’s tradition of innovative, modern architecture and the open, natural environment around it.

Step inside and experience the calming yet engaging atmosphere that our talented architects and designers have so beautifully crafted. Waterstone of Lexington is filled with energizing and convenient amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center, salon, underground parking and more. Then, enjoy your elegant living space – a large, sunlit apartment complete with a full-size designer kitchen, well-appointed bathroom, walk-in closet and more.

Our rental apartment community means no steep entrance fees, providing greater financial flexibility. Everything at Waterstone of Lexington was all created with you in mind, where our attentive team members, extensive programs and luxury amenities give you the ability to make life your own – how you like it.

Welcome to Waterstone of Lexington. Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling ​781.728.3037.

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High Ridge

Current Wellness Trends in Senior Living

What trends do you think about when you consider senior living? Do you think about care options? Entertainment options? Living options? Or, perhaps, do you think about wellness options?

“These days, senior living isn’t a place where older adults go to just exist – they go there to thrive,” says Wendy Kaufman, Executive Director of Waterstone on High Ridge. “Today’s retirement living is focused on an engaged and vibrant lifestyle rather than a place where older adults go to simply spend the rest of their days. Instead, it’s quickly becoming a place younger adults look forward to – a lifestyle rich in wellness options that make retirement the best stage of life ever!”

Wendy explains that today’s seniors are living healthier, longer and more engaged lives in their older years than previous generations, and they’re actively seeking lifestyles that help them continue that trend. “Health and wellness are a priority like never before for today’s older adults, and senior living communities are rising to the challenge,” she says. “Those who will win in the current landscape will be communities who maximize wellness as a priority for whole-body health and engagement.”

But what does that look like? Here are some examples of today’s current trends in senior living and how they translate to an engaged, enriched and fulfilled lifestyle for today’s older adults.

Integrated technology.

The technology sector has expanded rapidly over the past few years, and senior living communities are eagerly adopting technologies that help older adults live well for as long as possible. This includes things like fall-prevention tools, integrated exercise equipment, telehealth options and other groundbreaking possibilities.

Stress reduction.

Stress is a daily factor of life for many Americans, no matter their age. However, stress affects older adults disproportionately due to the many lifestyle and living changes that occur once one reaches a certain age. Long-term stress is a huge detriment to one’s health, which is why so many senior living communities are adopting an approach of stress elimination and reduction. How is this accomplished? Though a maintenance-free lifestyle that includes dining, housekeeping, overall maintenance, wellness programs, lifelong learning opportunities and so much more.

Whole-body health.

Today, health means more than just eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise. It also includes whole-body options like massage, yoga, meditation and other practices that bring mind and body together to improve quality of life. Current senior living trends include practices like yoga and tai chi to help bring whole-body wellness to an individual’s daily routine to elevate health and improve lifestyle like nothing else. Waterstone on High Ridge will feature a dedicated Mind/Body Studio for residents to engage in these wellness practices.

Continuous learning.

Learning doesn’t stop when we leave school. In fact, learning new things becomes more important than ever as we age, helping us keep our minds nimble and our curiosity at the forefront of our existence. Today’s senior living communities are always actively searching options to help their residents expand their minds and explore the world around them, whether that’s learning a new skill, picking up an old hobby or exploring new horizons.

Nutritious diets.

Food is an integral part of all our lives, and senior living communities are making sure that well-balanced diets have an important place at today’s tables. Senior living communities understand that meals should be fresh and delicious – as well as nutritious, so on-staff chefs and nutritionists work together to make sure that bon appétit is a phrase that’s lived as much as it’s uttered.

“Today’s senior living trends don’t just help seniors live a healthy life – they help them live the best life possible,” says Wendy. “By staying abreast of the latest wellness and health trends, today’s communities are developing engaging, healthy and balanced lifestyles that help older adults live their best lives today and in the future.”

Welcome Home – Make Your Reservation Today!

We look forward to introducing you to the definitive, distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone on High Ridge and welcoming you as one of the first residents of our community. For more information, please call 203.361.9717 and discover how you can help shape the future of our premier rental community for seniors 62 and over.

The Height of Senior Living: Opening Early 2022

Discerning seniors in Fairfield County who desire a luxurious retirement lifestyle will find exactly what they’ve been seeking at Waterstone on High Ridge.

Located on a beautifully landscaped hill above High Ridge Road, Waterstone on High Ridge is an experience like no other. You’ll live on a verdant campus neighboring quiet conservation land, with easy access to the shopping, dining and cultural opportunities in nearby downtown Stamford, CT. Once you step into our sophisticated, approachable common areas brimming with extensive amenities, attentive team members, engaging programs and thoughtful care, you’ll know that Waterstone on High Ridge is the place to call home.

Offering independent living, assisted living and memory care, Waterstone on High Ridge provides countless ways for seniors 62+ to enjoy their retirement to the fullest. In this classic, beautiful new community, you’ll be inspired by all the amenities and programs to take up a new hobby, exercise in our fitness center and indoor pool, and make new friends while dining and enjoying social events.

Waterstone on High Ridge is filled with energizing and convenient amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center, salon, parking and more. Enjoy your elegant living space – a large, sunlit apartment complete with a full-size designer kitchen, well-appointed bathroom, walk-in closet and more.

Our rental apartment community means no steep entrance fees, providing greater financial flexibility. Everything at Waterstone on High Ridge was created with you in mind, where our attentive team members, extensive programs and luxury amenities give you the ability to make life your own– how you like it.

Welcome to Waterstone on High Ridge. Welcome home! Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling 203.361.9717.

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The Circle

The Six Health Benefits of Moving to a Senior Living Community

Everyone wants to be healthy, and seniors often look for ways to improve their health as they get older. As it turns out, the support and wellness-centered programs at senior living communities actively help residents focus on their health. With all aspects of wellness catered to, seniors can age well – easily and effectively.

“The health benefits seniors can gain from senior living are many,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “The services and lifestyle programs offered at communities like Waterstone at the Circle can boost the health of residents living there by reducing the risk of chronic health issues such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease and so much more.”

From recreational activities to fitness programs to supportive care services offered by premier healthcare partners, here are six ways that a community like Waterstone at the Circle promotes health and wellness in daily life for seniors.

1. A healthy, nutritious diet.

Eating right is one of the keystones of aging well. This can be hard to do as we get older, though, because it simply takes a lot of work – particularly if you have health issues that need managed as well. When you move to senior living, it’s easy to enjoy a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet that’s delicious as well. Senior living communities like Waterstone at the Circle serve restaurant-quality meals for residents, prepared by professionally trained chefs and kitchen staff. And if you have dietary requirements or preferred tastes, you’ll find that the dining services team is more than happy to oblige.

2. Friendship and socialization.

Being lonely can actually hurt your health in a big way. Loneliness contributes to depression, obesity, anxiety and even has been shown to increase your risk of developing cognitive issues like dementia. It gets harder to stay social as we age, but moving to a senior living community makes it incredibly easy to make friends and nurture relationships. In a senior living community, you’re surrounded by other individuals in the same stage of life as you, who are also looking for new friends and opportunities. At the same time, you’re in a place where there are regularly scheduled opportunities to socialize, whether that’s a fitness class, a cocktail hour, a club gathering or even just sitting down at the dinner table together.

3. A focus on health and wellness.

Senior communities in today’s world are focused on helping residents remain active, independent and healthy. Every aspect of community life is designed to support this. An indoor pool and fitness classes support the physical aspects of aging. Care services and wellness programs provide what’s needed to manage and treat potential and future issues. Socialization, lifelong learning and volunteer opportunities abound. Best of all, because life at a community is maintenance-free and all-inclusive, residents don’t have to concern themselves with tedious tasks – instead, every day can be focused on living the best life possible.

4. Support for life through a continuum of services.

Even active, independent seniors will need assistance and support from time to time. As we age, it’s more than likely that we will need help with aspects of life so that we can remain as independent as possible. At a senior community, the services and support are designed to flex with your needs so that you can remain in your home and in your community for as long as possible – hopefully for life! Because the community is also designed to meet the needs of aging adults, residents reduce their risk of age-related issues such as falls. Waterstone at the Circle is proud to partner with Boston’s premier healthcare providers to deliver access to on-site supportive services in the comfort of residents’ apartments.

5. No more chores and tasks.

You might not necessarily think that dealing with things like home repairs would have an effect on your health; however, between the stress, the potential danger to yourself (like getting up on a tall ladder) and other issues, it’s certainly not helping your health. One of the biggest benefits senior living communities provide is the carefree lifestyle. Team members take care of everything from yard maintenance to home repairs to even cooking. Not ever having to worry about raking leaves again? That definitely boosts happiness.

6. Peace of mind.

Aging is stressful, especially if you start worrying about the what-ifs: What if my health starts failing? What happens if I can’t easily get around my house? What if I can no longer drive? Those questions and more are answered easily at a senior living community. When you move in, you find yourself with everything you need to enjoy the rest of your days in comfort and convenience. You’ll never have to worry about moving somewhere else because the community provides everything you require to get and stay healthy.

“A senior living community like Waterstone at the Circle helps seniors age well like never before,” says Kevin. “Our lifestyle allows residents to shape their golden years in the way they want, making this chapter of life the best yet by providing health benefits that will keep them happy, healthy and fulfilled.”

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

Waterstone at the Circle, located in Boston’s historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, is more than just independent living in Boston … it’s a sophisticated urban setting for today’s active seniors. Enjoy best-in-class service and an urban lifestyle with arts, cultural and historical attractions right outside your front door. From high-end amenities to gourmet dining and more, experience the best of city and suburban life at our upscale senior living community located on the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill.

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

Each of our 92 independent living apartments is the height of luxury and modernity, with sophisticated design, upscale features and stunning views of the city. Create the urban senior living experience you want with one- or two-bedroom apartments, a variety of floor plans and monthly rentals.

Senior Living Supportive Services

As an over-62 community, residents may require support from time to time. That’s why we’ve developed an on-site coordinated care program, in cooperation with our premier community partners, that allows our independent living residents to receive the assistance they need.

The best part? Residents don’t have to leave our senior living community – or even their apartment – to receive high-quality support. They can receive the services they need, when they need them, in the comfort of their own homes or in our on-site therapy gym.

Waterstone at the Circle is the opposite of retiring . . . it’s a place to enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Call 617.431.1880 for more information or to schedule a visit to our premier Boston independent living community and discover The Circle lifestyle today!

If you’re a grandparent, we’re guessing that your grandchildren are one of the great joys of your life. Building and nurturing deep relationships with your grandchildren is incredibly meaningful because it allows you to be an important part of their lives, share your knowledge and history, and pass on family traditions. Plus, it’s just fun – kids are different at every age, and every age has its wonderful moments. While they’re learning from you, you can also be learning from them.

“The special bond between grandparent and grandchild is something that will last for a lifetime,” says Devon Sicard, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “Although they will grow, perhaps move away and start lives of their own, you will always be a part of their lives and their fondest memories.”

Devon says that finding opportunities for grandparents and grandchildren to create meaningful moments is definitely a part of life at Waterstone at Wellesley. “We love when grandchildren visit here because they bring such fun energy and excitement,” says Devon. “It’s very fulfilling for us as a staff to help residents find ways to connect with their loved ones.”

Whether you live in a retirement community, across the country from your grandchildren or are right next door, there are always opportunities to forge special bonds with your grandchildren. Here are some ways for you to make meaningful moments with your grandchildren, wherever you may be. Choose something that gives you the opportunity to laugh, learn and bond.

Explore the great outdoors.

Being outside is great fun – you’re basically taking full advantage of nature’s playground. Kids, particularly younger kids, love getting outside and exploring everything nature has to offer in every season. Whether you’re seeing grandkids in spring, summer, fall or winter, there are plenty of outdoor activities you can do. Here are some ideas:

  • Work in the garden or plant a tree. Ask your grandchild to help you come up with future plans for the plants – what will you do with them? Will you harvest some herbs and make a meal together? Will a fruit tree be a good place to picnic next year? Talking about possibilities will get both of you excited about all the things you can accomplish.
  • Go for a walk in nature. Collect and identify leaves in the fall. Look for and name the birds you see on the way. Start a rock collection. Go on a nature ‘scavenger hunt’. Take photos of insects or plants you see in nature.
  • Go to an outdoor event. Farmers’ markets, sports events, festivals and more – there’s always something going on year-round.

Create memories indoors.

Outdoors is fun, but inside is fun, too. There are so many things that you can do indoors, from playing games to baking cookies to making art together. Here are some idea starters to get your creativity rolling:

  • Regale the kids with stories from yesteryear. Get out old family photo albums and go through them together. Tell them stories that come to mind when you look at the photos. It can be really interesting to see photos of when you were little or when your grandkids’ parents were little.
  • Learn a new hobby together. Is there something your grandchild would like to learn – and is it something you could learn, too? Having a “hobby buddy” is a fun way to bond and learn something new together.
  • Pass on a family recipe. All families have some food or treat that’s a favorite. Maybe it’s a special bread-baking technique or an elaborate cake that your mom made every year for Christmas. Pick something fun to make together, and not only is it a fun activity – it’s a delicious treat when you’re done.
  • Have an indoor movie night. Pop popcorn, buy movie theatre candy, grab a blanket and watch some old favorites together. Or, perhaps there’s a movie that neither of you have seen but would like to watch together. Even just sitting together can be meaningful!

Become pen pals.

Whether you communicate electronically or by snail mail, it’s always fun to write and receive letters. You could also become “text pals” or play online games together like Words with Friends.

Take pictures.

Grab your smartphone and start clicking. Whatever you do together, document it with pictures and short videos. After the visit, share them with your grandchildren (and with other friends and family, too). These snapshots will be even more meaningful as time goes by.

Be spontaneous.

Kids are full of energy and ideas. It can be exhausting at times, but very fun as well. Let your grandchildren guide you and use that energy to be spontaneous, yourself. Turn on the radio (or Spotify) and throw a little dance party. Eat ice cream for lunch. Do something a little daring and fun. After all, the best part about being a grandparent is spoiling your grandkids.

Spending time with your grandchildren is a gift that benefits both you and them. You don’t have to plan meaningful moments in order for them to happen. Simply be open to opportunity, be creative and give yourself permission to be a little silly. By doing this, you and your grandchildren will be able to spend countless meaningful moments together and create memories that will be cherished forever.

Beautiful Riverfront Community

Located on the banks of the Charles River, Waterstone is Wellesley’s only senior living community, offering premier independent and assisted living. But that’s only the first of many differences that sets Waterstone above and beyond other communities.

Celebrating Dynamic Living

Here, our residents live independently in their own private, spacious apartments – but without any worries or concerns about homeownership or living alone. All meals are expertly prepared. There aren’t any chores to be concerned with. No home maintenance or repairs to worry about. Just opportunities around every corner and time to spend as they choose – in the company of new friends.

Our vibrant community encourages residents to engage in a variety of recreational, cultural and social programs and activities. Enjoy a fitness class. Swim in the sunny indoor pool. Take a stroll on a walking path. Partake in a favorite hobby or pastime. Discover a new interest. With Waterstone at Wellesley, there’s a world of opportunity waiting right outside our residents’ doors.

Confidence of Care

The hallmark of Waterstone assisted living is the peace of mind we provide both our residents and their families. Knowing that care and support are available right on site instills a sense of confidence and calm one can’t find living alone.

For prospective residents or their families interested in residing at Waterstone at Wellesley, please contact us at ​781.591.7113.

Do you know someone who, no matter their age, always appears to be youthful and vibrant? We all seem to be striving for eternal youth, and some individuals are more successful at it than others. What’s their secret? The answer lies in their lifestyles, says Charlene Yerkovich, Senior Advisor of Waterstone of Westchester, a new luxury rental retirement community coming to White Plains, NY.

“Aging gracefully is simply about caring for yourself through whole-person wellness,” says Charlene. “It’s not about trying to look younger than you are or even act younger than you are. It’s about living a lifestyle that helps you stay healthy in mind, body and soul. It’s not about fighting the aging process; it’s about embracing it and taking steps to care for yourself at every stage.”

The first step, Charlene says, is to forget everything that society tells you about growing older. “Look in any magazine and you’ll see countless messages about how cherished youth and beauty is, but look instead at the benefits that you’ve gained: a strong sense of self, a better financial footing and wisdom that comes from many years of experience.”

A positive attitude is a great place to launch an “aging gracefully” wellness-focused lifestyle. Once you’ve set that as a goal, here are some other steps you can take to ensure you’re living healthy, happy and well.

Baby your skin.

Did you know that your skin is your body’s largest organ? Just as you do your best to protect your other (internal) organs, caring for your skin can go a long way to helping you stay healthy and aging gracefully. Taking care of your skin will better protect your body from the elements and help you keep a regulated body temperature. Good skin care also helps reduce your risk of melanomas … and also can protect against wrinkles. Be sure to wear sunscreen regularly, stay hydrated and get yearly skin cancer screenings.

Get plenty of exercise.

Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy. Getting at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of regular aerobic exercise reduces your risk of cancer, heart disease and other diseases. It also reduces stress, boosts your mood and improves overall physical health. What’s not to love? It’s generally recommended that adults get 2.5 to 5 hours a week of moderate-intensity exercise, as well as muscle-strengthening activities two or more days a week. Some great exercises for older adults include walking, swimming, cycling, dancing and gardening. Don’t think you have to sweat it out at the gym to get your daily allotment of exercise – even a little bit of exercise goes a long way. Look for ways to increase physical activity in your everyday life by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from the store or doing leg lifts while you’re standing at the counter.

Eat a healthy diet.

You are what you eat, and a healthy diet helps ensure a healthy lifestyle. Make sure that you’re eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, whole grains and low-fat dairy. Stay away from fatty meats, processed foods, refined sugars and too much salt. Eating well will help reduce your risk of a variety of different diseases, as well as keep you feeling well throughout the day.

Lower your stress.

Stress can significantly affect your body, from premature aging to higher risks of heart disease and more. That’s why it’s so important to relieve stress and live a lifestyle that is conducive to your mental health. Some ways to reduce stress in your life are:

  • Practicing relaxation techniques that pair the mind and body, such as meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises.
  • Spending time with friends and loved ones – Meaningful relationships have long been linked to a better quality of life and longevity
  • Keep a positive attitude about getting older – Studies show that people who have an optimistic outlook can live longer and recover more quickly from various ailments and injuries.
  • Do something you enjoy daily and seek out opportunities for happiness, such as enjoyable hobbies or activities.

Keep on top of your health.

Make sure you’re seeing your doctor regularly and getting a yearly physical. Staying on top of your health can help you and your doctor identify problems early or even before they start. Ask your physician how often you should be having checkups and screening tests. Make sure that, if you have a chronic condition such as hypertension or diabetes, you’re adhering to your medication schedule and paying attention to any changes.

Get a good night’s sleep.

A good night’s sleep is like a “reboot” for your brain and body. Research has shown that deep sleep helps purge the brain of toxins that could be linked to mental decline and illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease. Plus, good sleep improves your mood, boosts your physical health and makes your skin look great. In order to ensure the best chance for sleep, make sure that your bedroom is at a comfortable temperature, is dark enough and is quiet enough. Adopt a bedtime routine where screens are turned off at least an hour before bedtime. Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine too late in the evening, which can disrupt your sleep cycle.

Keep learning every day.

Finding new hobbies and activities – or even picking up old ones that have fallen by the wayside – will keep your brain nimble and active and help stave off cognitive decline, boredom and even loneliness. Learning doesn’t have to involve hitting the books (although if you decide you want to go back to school, there are many courses of study for older adults). Playing games, making music or even socializing with friends are all great ways to fire up your brain cells and keep you active, engaged and happy.

“Age really can be a state of mind,” says Charlene. “Living a lifestyle that’s focused on wellness and dedicated to making the most of each day can do wonders for your mental, physical and emotional health and help you feel years younger than you actually are. Our premier rental retirement community is focused on providing a maintenance-free, carefree lifestyle focused on whole-body wellness to help our residents age gracefully and live well every day.”

Now Accepting Reservations!

We look forward to introducing you to the definitive, distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone of Westchester and welcoming you as one of the first residents at our community. For more information or to reserve your space, please call 914.295.2177 and discover how you can help shape the future of our luxury rental community for seniors 62 and over.

Live the Life You Love. Opening Early 2022.

Welcome home to Waterstone of Westchester – a community that takes the idea of home to an entirely new level. In this premier independent senior living community, you’ll thrive in curated elegance and style in a beautifully appointed apartment with designer finishes. Plus, enjoy connecting with friends and team members in our welcoming common areas.

Located right in the heart of White Plains, Waterstone of Westchester is the perfect sophisticated, urban setting for active seniors. Directly across from the flagship Bloomingdale’s, the community is just a short walk away from the finest shops and restaurants and less than a mile from I-287, making it easy to get away and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Waterstone of Westchester offers independent living for active, independent seniors while also providing supportive care services through an innovative partnership with VNS Westchester. As a rental community, residents enjoy a maintenance-free, carefree life with no steep entrance fees. Delicious dining, a focus on wellness and engaging programs are always on the menu.

Continue living your dream life, here, at Waterstone of Westchester. Fill your days with favorite pastimes, delicious and healthy meals, stimulating exercises and educational programs. Enjoy spending time in your beautifully designed apartment, alone or with friends – because everything here is designed to make you feel right at home.

Welcome to Waterstone of Westchester! Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling 914.295.2177.

Our brains are amazing organs: available to hold our feelings, emotions, memories and so much more. It’s no surprise, then, that research is continuing to discover how our brains are linked to our overall health – and how keeping our brains “young” can help us age well, too.

“The brain-body connection has long been talked about, but it’s only recently that we’re starting to gain actual, quantifiable information that validates this hypothesis,” says Arzu LeBlanc, Executive Director of Waterstone of Lexington, a luxury rental retirement community opening late summer 2022 in Lexington, MA. “As we learn more about this connection, we’re uncovering ways to help make the aging process as beneficial to older adults as possible.”

This involves finding ways to help reduce the risk of dementia and other cognitive diseases.

“According to guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization, paying particular attention to the brain and body link may help slow or delay the onset of dementias like Alzheimer’s disease,” says Arzu. “The key is to pay attention to the aspects of health you can control, avoiding unhealthy triggers and providing the best possible environment for optimal body and brain health.”

Physical health results in brain health.

We all know what needs to happen in order for us to stay physically healthy (even if we don’t necessarily do it): eat a healthy diet, get enough exercise and find purposeful and meaningful activities.

Let’s start with the healthy diet and lifestyle aspect: Eating right and getting enough exercise results in a healthy cardiovascular system, which means you’re less susceptible to diseases like diabetes, strokes, heart diseases and hypertension. Why is this important with regards to brain health? Because our brains rely on a healthy, consistent flow of blood to nourish them. When health issues arise that cause hiccups in this flow, it can lead to damaged or dead brain cells. It stands to reason, then, that maintaining a heart-healthy routine results in a brain-healthy routine.

Experts generally recommend that adults partake in a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats like avocados and olive oil, and antioxidant-rich foods like berries. The other side of the equation is staying physically active, which helps keep your heart in tip-top shape. Getting regular exercise (the CDC recommends approximately 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week) and maintaining a healthy weight are both excellent ways to help improve your brain health while reducing your risk of diseases like dementia.

Brain exercise is important as well.

Your brain is an organ, but it’s also a muscle in its own way. It’s essential to “flex” your brain cells in order to make sure your cognitive function is operating at its peak. Doing so helps your body generate new brain cells as well as new connections between neurons. It all results in neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to adapt, shift and flex as issues arise. Forget the saying that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Research shows that learning is possible throughout your whole life – eand is even accessible in individuals with dementia.

Exercising your brain doesn’t mean you have to do advanced math or learn a completely new language. Instead, it simply means that older adults should seek opportunities to learn new things, pursue favorite habits and stay socially active (among other things). Anything that gets your brain firing is a good thing, so look for opportunities that are interesting and challenging to you individually.

Get a good night’s sleep.

When it comes to brain and body health, we often forget about the benefits of sleep. As it turns out, getting a good night’s sleep is more essential to overall health than you might have previously thought. Think of it as a “reset” function. Current research shows that a good night’s sleep helps clear brains of toxins, including beta-amyloids. These are proteins that have been shown to connect to dementia development as well as cognitive decline.

Sleeping well can get more challenging as we get older, which is why it’s more essential than ever to focus on maintaining good sleep hygiene. This includes things like:

  • Making sure your bedroom is comfortable: Keep the room at a comfortable temperature and make sure that light and sound are suitably buffered. You may wish to consider investing in blackout curtains and a good white noise machine.
  • Clear the area of distractions: Yes, that means removing television and other screens from the bedroom. Make sure that your sleep area is dedicated to sleep. Having this level of calm will help your body more easily adapt to the idea of “sleep” and “rest.”
  • Create a calming bedtime routine. Start developing a routine in the evening that signals calm and sleep to your body. This can be reading a few chapters of a book, taking a warm bath or meditating. Whatever works to get your mind and body in a good place is worth investing in.

“A healthy brain means a healthy body which means a healthy aging process,” explains Arzu. “The good news is that, no matter how young or old we are, there are things we can start doing now to improve our brain and physical health immediately, setting us up for success for the future.”

Reserve Your Apartment Today!

We look forward to introducing you to the definitive, distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone of Lexington and welcoming you as one of the first residents of our new community. For more information, please call ​781.728.3037 and discover how you can help shape the future of our premier rental community for seniors 62 and over.

Welcome Home to Waterstone of Lexington. Opening Late Summer 2022.

For seniors in Middlesex County who desire a carefree lifestyle, we welcome you to Waterstone of Lexington. The mid-century style of this dynamic community was inspired by the nearby Gropius House and the area’s tradition of innovative, modern architecture. In this classic, beautiful new community, you’ll be inspired by all the amenities and programs to take up a new hobby, exercise in our fitness center and indoor pool, and make new friends while dining and enjoying social events.

Offering independent living and assisted living, Waterstone of Lexington provides myriad ways for seniors 62+ to enjoy their retirement to the fullest. Bridges® by EPOCH at Lexington, a dedicated memory care assisted living community, is also conveniently located across the street from us.

Step inside Waterstone of Lexington and experience the calming yet engaging atmosphere that our talented architects and designers have so beautifully crafted. Waterstone of Lexington is filled with energizing and convenient amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center, salon, underground parking and more. Then, enjoy your elegant living space – a large, sunlit apartment complete with a full-size designer kitchen, well-appointed bathroom, walk-in closet and more.

Our rental apartment community means no steep entrance fees, providing greater financial flexibility. Everything at Waterstone of Lexington was all created with you in mind, where our attentive team members, extensive programs and luxury amenities give you the ability to make life your own – how you like it.

Welcome to Waterstone of Lexington. Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling ​781.728.3037.

As we get older, it’s not uncommon to find more time on your hands … maybe a lot of time. If you’ve filled your years raising a family or growing your career (or both), retirement can be a much-looked-forward-to relief. But it also means that you may suddenly struggle with how to fill your waking hours.

“Having a hobby or two – or more – is a great way for older adults to stay active and find purpose in retirement,” says Wendy Kaufman, Executive Director of Waterstone on High Ridge. “Not only do hobbies help chase away boredom, but they also provide many health benefits that can help adults thrive in their senior years.”

While some seniors may fill their time with home maintenance, chores and running a home, these tasks can get tedious and tiring. Frankly, wouldn’t you rather be doing something more enjoyable and productive in your retirement?

“Moving into a retirement community like Waterstone on High Ridge provides you with a carefree, maintenance-free lifestyle, which gives you the opportunity to explore all sorts of healthy hobbies in your retirement years,” says Wendy. “It’s a great way for older adults to seek out new opportunities while also having peace of mind as they get older.”

Why Are Healthy Hobbies?

When you think of the word “hobby,” you may think of anything ranging from knitting to skiing and beyond. If your hobbies are of the less-active variety, you may wonder how they can be healthy. As it turns out, healthy hobbies don’t require you to work up a sweat physically. Simply doing something that challenges your brain, ignites your curiosity or boosts your creativity provides various health benefits for your mental, emotional and social health.

Not only that, but hobbies are fun and enjoyable. And retirement is the perfect opportunity to pick up a hobby that has fallen by the wayside or start something new that you’ve always wanted to try. Here are seven hobbies that provide not just entertainment but health benefits as well:

Sports and fitness

Staying physically active is incredibly important for older adults. It’s recommended that seniors (and adults in general) get approximately 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. This translates to 30 minutes a day, five times a week. A great way to get that exercise in is by finding a hobby that gets you out and about. There are many different sports and fitness activities that are great for older adults. Here are just a handful:

  • Swimming
  • Golf
  • Yoga
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Fitness classes

Staying physically active is a boost not just to your physical well-being but also your mental health. Many sports activities are also social events, especially if you join a club or group dedicated to your hobby. The trick is, as with anything, to find something that you enjoy and look forward to doing.

Gardening

Gardening is a wonderful hobby. In fact, it’s the number one hobby in the United States, and its popularity only increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’ve ever experienced the satisfaction of planting something and watching it flourish, you can understand why it’s such a popular hobby. Besides the satisfaction you gain, there are plenty of mental and physical benefits of playing in the dirt, such as reducing stress, providing a source of physical activity, giving a sense of accomplishment and more. If you’ve always wanted to try gardening but have somewhat of a black thumb, consider starting out slow by purchasing potted plants or herbs.

Gaming

Have you ever heard of the silver gamer? It turns out that gaming isn’t something just for teenagers anymore. In fact, more adults 55 and older are playing video games now than ever before. It helps that games are ubiquitous these days, readily available on your smartphone, tablet or gaming console. Besides providing entertainment, gaming these days often gives older individuals the chance to socialize. Many popular games allow you to play against other individuals, whether they’re next to you or across the globe. Multiplayer games will develop a community of their own, and many people have found lifelong friends (and in some cases, spouses and significant others). Playing games helps seniors stay connected, boost brain function and provide creative problem-solving opportunities.

Cooking

Cooking and baking are some of the oldest hobbies in the world. After all, everyone needs to eat, and cooking a wonderful meal provides a sense of accomplishment like nothing else. Cooking can be an excellent hobby that teaches new techniques and introduces you to new cuisines. It’s also a great way to make sure you and your loved ones are eating a healthy, fresh, nutritious diet that helps you feel and look great.

Puzzles

Puzzles are one of the most enjoyable and stimulating hobbies. From jigsaw to word to mental to logic to a variety of other topics, puzzles are prolific and a fantastic way for older adults to keep their brains active and sharp. One of the best things about puzzles is that you don’t have to accomplish everything in one sitting. You can do a little here and there, and come and go as you please. This means that the enjoyment can stretch out for days – even weeks. Look for puzzles that align with your unique interests for a hobby that will keep you returning to them again and again.

Reading

Who doesn’t love curling up with an intriguing book? This traditional but timely hobby is a great hobby for anyone of any age. These days, getting a good book is easier than ever, thanks to Amazon and e-book lending services like OverDrive or Libby. Grab yourself an e-reader (or download an app to your smartphone or tablet), and you can have hundreds of titles at your fingertips. (Don’t forget to ask us about the Book Club at Waterstone on High Ridge!)

Playing an instrument

Did you ever dream of learning to play the guitar or the drums? At some point, most of us imagined becoming a rock or pop star. Although you may be past the point of selling out stadiums, music is an excellent hobby that can be picked up no matter how old or young you are. Learning a new instrument (or, similarly, a new language) challenges the brain in various ways, which can help battle against cognitive decline and dementia. Playing an instrument also helps with hand-eye coordination, problem-solving and a slew of other benefits.

Retirement is a wonderful time of life to discover new passions and pick up old ones. Besides the enjoyment, you’ll reap a variety of health benefits that will allow you to continue your learning, loving and new lifestyle for years to come.

Welcome Home to Waterstone!

We look forward to introducing you to the definitive, distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone on High Ridge and welcoming you as one of the first residents of our community. For more information, please call 203.361.9717 and discover how you can help shape the future of our premier rental community for seniors 62 and over.

The Height of Senior Living: Opening Early 2022

Discerning seniors in Fairfield County who desire a luxurious retirement lifestyle will find exactly what they’ve been seeking at Waterstone on High Ridge.

Located on a beautifully landscaped hill above High Ridge Road, Waterstone on High Ridge is an experience like no other. You’ll live on a verdant campus neighboring quiet conservation land, with easy access to the shopping, dining and cultural opportunities in nearby downtown Stamford, CT. Once you step into our sophisticated, approachable common areas brimming with extensive amenities, attentive team members, engaging programming and thoughtful care, you’ll know that Waterstone on High Ridge is the place to call home.

Offering independent living, assisted living and memory care, Waterstone on High Ridge provides myriad ways for seniors 62+ to enjoy their retirement to the fullest. In this classic, beautiful new community, you’ll be inspired by all the amenities and programs to take up a new hobby, exercise in our fitness center and indoor pool, and make new friends while dining and enjoying social events.

Waterstone on High Ridge is filled with energizing and convenient amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center, salon, parking and more. Enjoy your elegant living space – a large, sunlit apartment complete with a full-size designer kitchen, well-appointed bathroom, walk-in closet and more.

Our rental apartment community means no steep entrance fees, providing greater financial flexibility. Everything at Waterstone on High Ridge was created with you in mind, where our attentive team members, extensive programs and luxury amenities give you the ability to make life your own– how you like it.

Welcome to Waterstone on High Ridge. Welcome home! Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling 203.361.9717.

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Be a Tourist in Your Town: Things to Explore in Stamford, CT

In a city as diverse, lively and energetic as Stamford, CT, there’s always something to do, especially during the summer months.

“There’s never a dull moment in our town,” says Wendy Kaufman, Executive Director of Waterstone on High Ridge. “Every day, you’ll find a new adventure, whether that’s walking along our 19 miles of shoreline, hiking the scenic trails of one of our many parks, or finding a new favorite dining location downtown.”

The thriving community and unique location in the heart of Fairfield County are just a few of the many reasons it was chosen as the site for Waterstone on High Ridge, a brand-new, premier rental retirement community opening in early 2022.

“We wanted to provide a location and environment where Stamford-area seniors could live a carefree, adventurous lifestyle in the city they love,” says Kaufman. “Our community is being built on a beautiful hillside close to retail stores, restaurants and cultural venues. We’re just minutes from Greenwich, New Canaan and Darien villages and boutiques. Residents will be able to easily get anywhere they want to go – whether they use their own transportation or the community’s services. Our Waterstone on High Ridge location offers the perfect blend of activity, convenience and accessibility to local attractions.”

To see for yourself how great the location is, we recommend “being a tourist in your own town” this summer. We’ve put together some of Stamford’s top locations and destinations, all located conveniently near Waterstone on High Ridge. Find your new favorite spot or see what life could look like in our new community.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Resting on 118 acres in the woodland of North Stamford, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center mixes art with nature, history and agricultural sciences. Start your visit at the Bendel Mansion (once the summer home of department store founder Henri Willis Bendel). Here you’ll find galleries featuring contemporary art exhibitions, antique farming equipment, totem poles, vintage pedal cars and works from both world-famous artists, such as Warhol and Dalí, and prominent local artists. Outside, you’ll discover a beautiful sculpture collection and the 10-acre Heckscher Farm, a working farm with various heritage breeds and nonindigenous species like alpacas, burros and llamas. Overbrook Nature Center has interactive wildlife exhibits and more than 80 acres of parkland connected by hiking and walking trails. Be sure to pay a visit to the Edith & Robert Graham Otter Pond, where you can watch North American river otters playing up close.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

Sometimes called a “living classroom,” the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is an enchanting environment for people of all ages to explore, enjoy, and learn about the habitats of the natural world. Visitors can enjoy more than 3,500 specimens from across the globe planted in 12 different gardens, each with its own specific focus. For example, the Alice Smith Fern Allée contains more than 60 kinds of fern, while the Frank Bartlett Heisinger Conifer Garden is focused on – you guessed it – conifers. Walk miles of trails that will take you through beautiful gardens, past champion trees, and into native Connecticut habitats alongside colonial stone walls and over pristine wetlands. Check out their robust events calendar – with everything from classical and rock concerts to tours and family events, there’s always something planned that can connect visitors to nature and the community.

Cove Island Park

The park has it all – walking and running trails, a playground, sandy beaches, a small salt marsh – you name it, you can enjoy it at Cove Island Park. Cove Island was originally the site of a 19th-century factory manufacturing bleached minerals, dye extracts and licorice. The mill was razed by a fire in 1919, and over the next few decades, it was developed into one of the area’s most well-loved parks. It’s specifically known for fishing and birding opportunities: anglers can cast their lines along the rocky shorelines, while birders can spot feathered wonders at Cove River and Holly Pond. The park is listed as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, with more than 287 species recorded.

Philip Johnson Glass House

The Glass House was built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson in New Canaan, CT and is one of the nation’s most significant modern architectural landmarks. It’s located just a short drive away from Stamford proper in New Canaan and is definitely worth the trip. Inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, the Glass House’s exterior walls are made of glass with no interior walls. The 49-acre property boasts a variety of structures, including the Glass House, the Guest House, Pavilion in the Pond, Painting Gallery, Ghost House, Studio and Da Monsta. The grounds feature a permanent collection of renowned 20th-century paintings and sculptures, along with temporary exhibitions.

First Presbyterian Church

This gorgeous masterpiece of Modernist architecture was designed by Wallace Harrison, an architect who took part in the construction of the Rockefeller Center. The First Presbyterian Church, also called the Fish Church due to its evocative outline, was built in 1958. Inside, the stained-glass windows feature a magnificent 20,000 pieces of faceted glass, depicting the crucifixion and resurrection. Situated in front of the grand Visser-Rowland pipe organ sits a wooden cross that is just under 10 meters tall and clad with wood from Canterbury Cathedral in England.

Fort Stamford Park

Fort Stamford Park contains the 340-year-old earthworks of an American fort from the Revolutionary War. The Goodbody Garden also is on the property and features a stone-pillared pergola, sunken garden and Italianate balustrades. It’s a great place to spend a day learning about the area’s history and enjoying the gorgeous gardens. Be sure to take a trip to the Revolutionary-era tree that still stands to the west of the formal gardens – it’s now more than 250 years old.

West Beach

West Beach is a favorite place to spend a pleasant summer day. You’ll discover 26 acres of clean, pale sand, a children’s playground, bathrooms and on-duty lifeguards (during peak times in summer). Best of all, the beach is located within walking distance of restaurants on Shippan Avenue and across the levee, allowing you to whet your appetite after a long day of fun in the sun.

Harbor Point

Harbor Point is an up-and-coming redevelopment district comprised of five distinct areas, each centered on a park or waterfront feature along the harbor. Visitors can spend a sunny day enjoying daily fun, good food or easy access to the waterfront. Besides boating opportunities, the area has more than 20 acres of public parks perfect for families and individuals alike and a full calendar of seasonal daily activities.

“Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of everything Stamford has to offer,” says Kaufman. “We encourage you to get out there and explore!”

Welcome Home – Become a ClubW Member Today!

We look forward to introducing you to the distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone on High Ridge and welcoming you as one of our first residents. For more information, please call 203.361.9717 and discover how you can help shape the future of our premier rental community for seniors 62 and over.

The Height of Senior Living: Opening Early 2022

Discerning seniors in Fairfield County who desire a dynamic retirement lifestyle will find exactly what they’ve been seeking at Waterstone on High Ridge.

Located on beautiful site that neighbors a conservation area, Waterstone on High Ridge is an experience like no other. You’ll live on a lush campus with easy access to the shopping, dining and cultural opportunities in nearby downtown Stamford, CT. Once you step into our sophisticated common areas brimming with extensive amenities, attentive team members, engaging programming and thoughtful care, you’ll know that Waterstone on High Ridge is the place to call home.

Offering independent living, assisted living and memory care, Waterstone on High Ridge provides countless ways for seniors 62+ to enjoy their retirement to the fullest. In this classic, beautiful new community, you’ll be inspired by all the amenities and programs to take up a new hobby, exercise in our fitness center and indoor pool, and make new friends while dining and enjoying social events.

Waterstone on High Ridge is filled with energizing and convenient amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center, salon, media room and more. Enjoy your elegant living space – a large, sunlit apartment complete with a full-size designer kitchen, well-appointed bathroom, walk-in closet and more. Everything at Waterstone on High Ridge was created with you in mind, where our wellness-focused lifestyle and elevated amenities give you the ability to make life your own– how you like it.

Welcome to Waterstone on High Ridge. Welcome home! Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling ​203.361.9717.

There’s a new trend with today’s seniors taking a new path in life. You can thank the Baby Boomers for that – they’re reinventing what “retired” or “seniorhood” means just as much as they redefined society during their youth. You probably know someone – or perhaps are that someone – who’s decided to pursue a new path exploring their interests in their older years.

“These days, we’re discovering that it’s never too late to find a meaningful path for your life,” says Devon Sicard, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “Considering how our interests and desires change throughout the course of our lives, that’s a good thing. Your path at 20 is probably a lot different than your path at 50 or your path at 70. One of the great joys of retirement is that people are discovering they can try new things. For perhaps the first time in their lives, they don’t need to worry or care for the needs of others, only themselves.”

Devon says that some older adults who want to find their “path” but require additional assistance or have health concerns, they should explore assisted living services. “Assisted living services at Waterstone at Wellesley are designed so we can help our residents find their path while also receiving the supportive, dignified care they require,” she says. “We don’t believe that needing help should keep you from discovering your purpose and finding fulfilling pursuits. It’s our goal to get to know each of our residents and discover not just their needs, but their desires, so we can help them find their path in a meaningful, healthy and supportive way.”

“To deliver the most appropriate care and to help support independence, we develop customized care plans for each resident. We provide support with activities of daily living and assistance with medication management. This degree of personalized care allows us to provide close observation of any change in support or health needs, as well as quick intervention to address those changes. At the same time, we provide amenities, activities and events that offer everything our residents need to live active, engaged lives that promote complete health, wellness and fulfillment.”

What’s Your Path?

What’s something you’ve always wanted to learn, pursue or discover? Have you always secretly or not-so-secretly wanted to learn to play guitar? Sculpt? Speak a new language? Your path can be as big and grand or as small and individualized as you want. Finding a passion and a purpose provide a wide variety of health benefits, and it doesn’t matter what your purpose is as long as you have one. Here are a few ideas of things to think about to help you discover what path sounds right and meaningful for you in your retirement years. The nice thing is that you don’t have to choose a path and stick with it forever. If you find out it’s not quite as meaningful or interesting as you thought, you can always try something different – that’s your choice!

A new career.

If you’ve spent decades in the workforce, the idea of working again in retirement may sound like the last thing you want to do. But many retirees find themselves going back to work after several years “off” because they miss having that purpose. While some retirees choose to work on a part-time or contract basis in a similar role (maybe even for their old company), others choose to launch new businesses or start completely different careers in other fields. Maybe you were a successful lawyer in your past, but you’ve always enjoyed helping people put their taxes together. Or perhaps you were a marketing professional who deep down wanted to open a restaurant. Or maybe you want a customer-facing role in a small business. Going back into the workforce is a great way to keep your skills sharp, interact with others and use your extensive knowledge to give back in some way shape or form.

Volunteering.

There are a lot of similarities to going back into the workforce and becoming a volunteer. Many seniors end up becoming very devoted volunteers for worthy organizations because they have the time and financial resources to donate their time without worrying about making a paycheck. Most volunteers would say that this type of work is the most meaningful, as it allows them to make a difference through causes that are the most important to them. Working at an animal shelter, mentoring youth, donating time to a local food bank or Habitat for Humanity … the opportunities are endless.

Strengthening your relationships.

Perhaps you’ll find your path is a little more personal. It could be that you want to spend your golden years building and deepening your relationships with people who mean the most to you. Some seniors choose to move near adult children and grandchildren so they can spend as much time as possible helping their family and watching them grow. Others may spend this time deepening relationships with spouses and lifelong friends. And others may want to branch out and form bonds with like-minded people who share passions or hobbies. Maintaining strong and meaningful connections is one of the best ways to help you age well, stay healthy and keep you looking and feeling young.

Making art.

Creativity is something that all humans have. Deep down, we all have the desire to create beauty and express ourselves in some way. Whether you’re a musician, a creative writer, a talented chef or a great interior designer, the arts provide a sense of purpose and fulfilment that is unmatched. In your senior years, you can actually pursue these creative endeavors without worrying about having to “make it big” (or even make a paycheck). If you’ve enjoyed an artistic passion throughout your years, now is your time to really explore it. Or, if you’ve never thought of yourself as a creative person but have always wanted to learn, you can try a wide variety of hobbies and endeavors until you find the one that truly moves you.

Being a role model.

We usually think of role models as famous people who inspire us to be better. But you don’t have to be a celebrity to be a good role model. For example, you could become a paragon of health, reinventing yourself and showing the world that any age can be the healthiest age of your life. Or you could be a motivational speaker, passing on your knowledge to those who can learn from it. Or you could simply live your best life and make the world a little better place for everyone you meet.

Whatever it is that you’ve always wanted to do, your retirement is the perfect chance to explore and try it. Moving into a community like Waterstone at Wellesley provides seniors with the assistance and support to help make life carefree, along with the time, resources and opportunities for you to explore and find your new path in life.

Beautiful Riverfront Community

Located on the banks of the Charles River, Waterstone is Wellesley’s only senior living community, offering premier independent and assisted living. But that’s only the first of many differences that sets Waterstone above and beyond other communities.

Celebrating Dynamic Living

Here our residents live independently in their own private, spacious apartments – but without any of the worries or concerns of homeownership or living alone. All meals are expertly prepared. There aren’t any chores to be concerned with. No home maintenance or repairs to worry about. Just opportunities around every corner and time to spend as they choose – in the company of new friends.

Our vibrant community encourages residents to engage in a variety of recreational, cultural and social programs and activities. Enjoy a fitness class. Swim in the sunny indoor pool. Take a stroll on a walking path. Partake in a favorite hobby or pastime. Discover a new interest. With Waterstone at Wellesley, there’s a world of opportunity waiting right outside our residents’ doors.

Confidence of Care

The hallmark of Waterstone assisted living is the peace of mind we provide both our residents and their families. Knowing that care and support is available right on site instills a sense of confidence and calm one can’t find living alone.

For prospective residents or their families interested in residing at Waterstone at Wellesley, please contact us at 781.235.1614.

When it’s time to select a community for your retirement, there are many factors to consider. Services, amenities, care levels, location, lifestyle … and financial structure. Do you want to move to a ‘buy-in’ community or a ‘rental-style’ community?

“The two different payment types of communities are rental, like Waterstone at the Circle, or communities that require an entrance fee as a sort of down payment for future care needs,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “Both types of communities can be excellent options depending on your needs, but you’ll really want to carefully consider what your needs are in a community, and what sort of option will best fit the retirement lifestyle you’re looking for.”

While communities that require an entrance fee – generally known as Life Plan Communities – have become very popular, Kevin says that there has recently been a shift toward more upscale, premier rental options for the aging Baby Boomer population. “Today’s seniors want the ultimate choice and flexibility for their retirement, which is why we designed Waterstone at the Circle to be a rental-style community,” he explains. “This gives our residents peace of mind that they aren’t being locked into any long-term contracts or commitments while also being able to receive all the care and assistance they may require in the future, if they so wish. That flexibility provides supreme convenience and personalization for our residents, and allows our team to focus on delivering an exceptional retirement lifestyle like none you’ll find elsewhere.”

How a Rental Community Works

If you’ve ever rented an apartment or home before, then you understand exactly how a fee structure at a rental retirement community works. It’s simple. Our residents pay a one-time membership fee and then pay one monthly fee moving forward. That fee ensures residents a maintenance-free lifestyle complete with dining, fitness, activities, events and so much more.

If, for whatever reason, residents require additional services to live the active and independent lives they love, rental communities often provide access to supportive services for an additional fee. At Waterstone at the Circle, we’ve partnered with some of the best Boston-area healthcare providers to bring on-demand supportive services directly to our residents – right within the comfort of their apartment homes. It’s independent living at its finest – with the confidence that comes from knowing assistance is always available so you can continue to live in the trusted community you’ve come to know and love.

The Benefits of a Rental Community

A maintenance-free and carefree lifestyle.

Independent living at a rental retirement community is all the perks of homeownership without any of the tedious tasks and chores. No more having to deal with home or lawn maintenance. No more dealing with winter snow and all the headaches that come from cold weather. No more dealing with meal planning and cooking, either (unless you still want). Instead, all that time formerly spent on managing household things can be spent on managing your next adventure.

Incredible flexibility.

As we’ve mentioned several times, a rental community provides the ultimate in convenience and flexibility. At Life Plan Communities, the significant entrance fee provides peace of mind, but it also “tethers” seniors to the community. Although it is possible to move from a buy-in community, it can be difficult and time-consuming. At a rental retirement community, however, you have no large buy-in and no commitment. At Waterstone at the Circle, we’re month-to-month, which means that if our residents decide they want to move somewhere else for whatever reason, they can do so affordably and easily. It also means that we work hard to continue delivering the exceptional lifestyle, hospitality, and service that residents expect – all day, every day!

Freedom of choice (for healthcare).

One of the reasons seniors may choose a buy-in community is the peace of mind that comes from knowing all levels of care – independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation – are all available on the community campus.

However, a rental community can provide peace of mind by not requiring all healthcare services to be located on site. Sometimes communities that offer comprehensive care have “best in the area” designations for one or more of their healthcare services. It’s very rare for them to have that designation for all of their services. In other words, when you pay into one of those communities, you’re pretty much bound to what’s available. In a rental community, on the other hand, you can choose to use the services available on site – or not. If you need additional services and would prefer to go somewhere else, you’re able to do so easily. It’s rather the best of both worlds – the ability to get care on site if you wish and the freedom to go elsewhere if you so desire.

You only pay for the services you require.

That large entrance fee that you pay for moving into a Life Plan Community is like a down payment against your future healthcare needs. But what if you don’t end up needing additional long-term care? What if you remain healthy and independent for the vast majority of your stay? While most of us will need some form of assistance in our lives, there are also people who remain healthy and active with only minor health concerns.

A rental community contract means that you’re only paying for the services that you need right now. Sure, your costs may increase in the future, but having that freedom (and the liquid assets) now to use your estate and your funds in the way you like can be very freeing. Instead of tying up a large chunk of wealth in a down payment, you can use them instead to travel, start a trust fund for your heirs or whatever else you’d like to do.

You’re free to change your mind whenever you like.

A rental community like Waterstone at the Circle allows you to change your mind – which can provide a lot of peace of mind for today’s seniors. After all, what a “good life” looks like to you in your early 60s may shift as you get older, and that’s okay. A rental community allows you to live your best retirement life today and make choices that ensure your happiness tomorrow. As you age and as your life situation changes, you get to make choices that ensure your happiness then, too. Even if it means staying right where you are – ultimately, the choice is yours.

Is a Rental Community Right for You?

As you’re considering the type of payment structure you’d like for your retirement years, consider these questions:

  • What are my health needs now?
  • What do I expect my health needs to be in the future?
  • What sort of flexibility do I want for my future?
  • What are my priorities?
  • What feels “right” for me?

There’s no right or wrong choice when it comes to your retirement lifestyle – only the decision that’s right for you. A rental retirement community can provide confidence for now and in the future – which can be a priceless investment.

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

Waterstone at the Circle, located in Boston’s historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, is more than just independent living in Boston … it’s a sophisticated urban setting for today’s active seniors. Enjoy best-in-class service and an urban lifestyle with arts and cultural, and historical attractions right outside your front door. From high-end amenities to gourmet dining and more, experience the best of city and suburban life at our upscale senior living community located on the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill.

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

Each of our 92 independent living apartments is the height of luxury and modernity, with sophisticated design, upscale features and stunning views of the city. Create the urban senior living experience you want with one- or two-bedroom apartments, a variety of floor plans and monthly rentals.

Senior Living Supportive Services

As an over-62 community, residents may require support from time to time. That’s why we’ve developed an on-site coordinated care program, in cooperation with our premier community partners, that allows our independent living residents to receive the assistance they need.

The best part? Residents don’t have to leave our senior living community – or even their apartment – to receive high-quality support. They can receive the services they need, when they need it, in the comfort of their own homes or in our on-site therapy gym.

Waterstone at the Circle is the opposite of retiring . . . it’s a place to enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Call 617.431.1880 for more information or to schedule a visit to our premier Boston independent living community and discover The Circle lifestyle today!