At Waterstone of Westchester, you’ll find an experience that takes the idea of home – and senior living – to an entirely new level. Within this premier independent living community, opening in early 2022, adults 62 and over will thrive with curated elegance, unmatched hospitality, and healthy living.

“We’re excited to be bringing a new level of sophistication in senior living to Westchester County,” says Margaret Minichini, Executive Director of Waterstone of Westchester, a premier rental community coming to White Plains, NY. “Our 62-and-over community will be unlike any in the area. With exceptional details, an active approach to life and a location that’s near the area’s finest shops and restaurants, this is a place designed to make you feel right at home.”

Waterstone of Westchester is part of EPOCH Senior Living, New England’s premier provider of senior living dedicated to creating exceptional experiences. Waterstone communities feature independent living – along with continuum care options – for seniors who are ready to enjoy retirement on their terms.

“Our upscale aesthetic, dedicated staff, stylish apartments, dynamic programs and spectacular amenities have all been carefully designed to exceed expectations,” Margaret continues. “We are very much looking forward to showcasing our premier 62-and-over rental community and delivering an active, healthy and worry-free lifestyle for seniors in White Plains and greater Westchester County.”

Distinctive Senior Living Designed for You.
The driving philosophy at Waterstone of Westchester is to provide seniors with more than just a place to live. Everything – from the design details to engaging programs to on-site supportive care – was thoughtfully crafted to make all residents feel right at home.

Waterstone of Westchester’s sophisticated, urban setting is in the heart of White Plains’ shopping district, directly across from the flagship Bloomingdale’s. The community is close to the area’s finest shops and restaurants and is conveniently located near interstates and public transportation, so residents will be just a short jaunt away from everything the area has to offer.

Everything within our community has been designed to delight the eye and support a carefree lifestyle. Spacious, beautifully detailed apartments with luxurious touches. Indoor and outdoor dining, served anytime and prepared by talented chefs. Daily programs that expand your horizons, pique your interests, and help you discover new passions. A focus on health and wellness that allows you to live well and age well – whatever age you may be. And that’s just for starters. Residents at Waterstone of Westchester will enjoy a wide array of services and amenities, including:

  • Indoor heated pool and fitness center with personal trainers
  • Full-service salon
  • Dedicated covered parking
  • Outdoor terrace and dining
  • Black car local transportation
  • Concierge services and housekeeping services
  • Regularly scheduled programs, activities, outings and trips

Sophisticated Senior Apartments.

In a community that’s catered to you, you can expect only the best from our apartments. Each of Waterstone at Westchester’s 132 spacious apartments provide everything that’s needed to live a truly inspiring lifestyle. We offer a variety of one-bedroom and two-bedroom styles designed to fit your needs. It’s senior living as it should be. Each of our bright, stylish apartments will feature:

  • Designer kitchen with stainless steel appliances
  • Luxurious bathrooms with walk-in showers
  • Walk-in closet
  • Spacious living area
  • Washer and dryer
  • Abundant natural lighting
  • Exceptional finishes throughout
  • Premium plank flooring

Life As You Want It. Support When You Need It.

Waterstone of Westchester is an independent living community that will provide everything seniors need and want to enjoy full, dynamic lifestyles. At Waterstone, we understand that sometimes our residents may require a little assistance to continue leading the active lives they love.

That’s why we’ve partnered with VNS Westchester to provide whatever level of care you need, right in your own apartment. Founded in 1901, VNS Westchester is one of the largest and best home healthcare providers in the region. They have over a century of experience providing unparalleled skilled nursing, rehabilitation, home health aides, social work and care coordination services to people right at home. VNS Westchester is annually accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), and consistently exceeds that organization’s national standard of excellence.

VNS Westchester will have an office on site and all Waterstone of Westchester residents will have access to their services. Residents can benefit from a variety of services in the comfort and privacy of their own apartment, including:

  • Regular visits and care management by a registered nurse
  • Physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation
  • Medical social work
  • Medication management
  • Consultations by a registered dietician
  • TeleHealth remote monitoring

Learn How to Become a Club W Member!

We look forward to introducing you to the distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone of Westchester opening in early 2022. To schedule a personal visit and learn how you can become a Club W member of our community, call 914.295.2177. Secure your carefree future at our premier rental community for seniors 62 and over.

Waterstone of Lexington, opening in late summer 2022, will offer a new standard in senior living for those 62 and over. Nestled among the open, natural environment adjacent to the Belmont Country Club, Waterstone of Lexington features a continuum of care – with modern independent living apartments and assisted living residences on site – along with the distinctive lifestyle that Waterstone communities are known for.

“Waterstone of Lexington is a truly unique community that offers a broad array of options – and opportunities – for today’s seniors,” says Arzu LeBlanc, Executive Director. “The variety of amenities, dynamic programs and elegant apartments at Waterstone of Lexington are unmatched by other communities in the area. It’s a reflection of the attention to detail that our parent company, EPOCH Senior Living, delivers and the philosophy of providing exceptional experiences for all residents – every day.”

Waterstone of Lexington will have 116 independent living rental apartments and 40 assisted living residences. Designed by Boston architects Elkus Manfredi and developed by National Development, the 17.5-acre campus features natural walking trails and abundant gardens with outdoor patios and seating areas in a woodland setting that borders conservation areas and the Belmont Country Club golf course. As part of the continuum of care, there will be a separate 48-suite memory care community, Bridges® by EPOCH at Lexington, located across from Waterstone and opening in spring 2022.

“Our mid-century modern aesthetic, tastefully appointed apartments, dedicated team and engaging lifestyle have all been carefully developed to exceed the expectations of all those we will serve when we open in 2022,” says Arzu. “We are very much looking forward to showcasing our premier 62-and-over rental community and providing an unmatched senior living lifestyle in the Lexington area.”

A History of Excellence

Waterstone of Lexington is one of the newest members of the EPOCH Senior Living family. EPOCH began as a group of high-quality skilled healthcare centers in the Boston area and grew to become a regionally focused, comprehensive senior living company that is recognized as the provider of choice for seniors in the markets we serve – helping them to thrive every day.

EPOCH Senior Living is committed to caring for the whole person – physically, emotionally, and mentally – to help seniors lead happy, carefree, and wellness-focused lifestyles. Waterstone of Lexington will continue this mission and philosophy by providing everything needed for residents to maintain the active, on-the-go lifestyles they love within a comfortable, welcoming community.

Welcome Home.

Some call it “living the dream.” We call it “home.” At Waterstone of Lexington, seniors will have every opportunity to live an amazing life. Savor locally sourced, chef-prepared meals in our restaurant. Experience a wide array of cultural and educational programming. Work on your strength and fitness with exercise classes and personal training. Delight in musical entertainment. Socialize with friends during happy hour. Or simply relax and enjoy privacy in your modern, stylized apartment featuring designer finishes. It’s life catered to you – right in your home.

Waterstone of Lexington will feature five-star amenities that have been created to help seniors 62 and over live their best lives – with the support they need to do it. As a resident at our new community, you’ll enjoy a myriad of amenities and services, including:

  • Indoor heated pool and fitness center
  • Mind-body studio and juice bar
  • Full-service salon
  • Media room and theater
  • Private, underground parking
  • Putting green, firepit and raised vegetable garden
  • Outdoor walking paths, dining areas and kitchen with grills
  • Concierge and weekly housekeeping services
  • Regularly scheduled cultural, social, and recreational programs

That’s just the beginning. At Waterstone of Lexington, you’ll also find a myriad of ways to stay healthy – and have fun doing it. Go for a swim. Try tai chi. Explore the walking paths. Experienced personal trainers with Train Boston® will help you find a program that works to achieve your wellness goals. Then, nurture your mind through our full calendar of programs and events, which offers everything you’ll need to live an active, fulfilling life. Continue with the hobbies you love and pick up a few new ones along the way. Our programming is full of stimulating lectures, trips, concerts and more to keep you engaged and enjoying the Waterstone lifestyle.

Elegant Independent Living Apartments.

As a rental community, Waterstone of Lexington comes without lifelong commitments, which means greater flexibility for you. You’ll enjoy private living in deluxe accommodations with the option to access supportive services if the need would arise. Whether you’re completely independent or require some additional help to enjoy the lifestyle you love, Waterstone of Lexington is designed for you.

Our apartments were thoughtfully designed with stylish and contemporary accents and include:

  • Full-size kitchen with stainless steel appliances
  • Designer bathrooms with walk-in showers
  • Spacious closet
  • Open living area
  • Washer and dryer in independent living
  • Abundant natural lighting
  • Exceptional finishes throughout
  • Premium plank flooring

A carefree lifestyle is waiting for you at Waterstone of Lexington. Ideally located within a serene setting, everything about our community is designed to inspire: a mid-century modern style, enticing programs, exquisite meals, and dedicated hospitality. Waterstone of Lexington will offer everything you need to live life – exactly how you please.

Supportive Assisted Living.

Individuals who require extra assistance to live safely receive comprehensive care from our attentive team at all hours of the day. The assisted living area includes a dedicated concierge, great room, and dining area – everything you need, all in one place, including:

  • Personalized care consultation and daily planning
  • Coordination with ancillary providers as needed
  • Daily living activities and programs
  • Medication management
  • Customized wellness plans
  • Three meals per day
  • Laundry services
  • Daily activities and programming

Expert Memory Care.

Seniors with memory loss can benefit from the comprehensive, expert care provided by Bridges® by EPOCH, located adjacent to our campus and opening in spring 2022. Bridges® by EPOCH at Lexington will offer an enriching lifestyle and unique programs customized for every stage of the memory loss journey.

Learn How to Become a Club W Member!

We look forward to introducing you to the premier lifestyle at Waterstone of Lexington, opening late summer 2022. Call 781.728.3037 to schedule a personal visit and learn about the benefits of joining our wait list. Discover how you can secure your dynamic retirement lifestyle at our distinctive community for seniors 62 and over.

Discerning seniors in Fairfield County who desire distinctive living at its very best will find exactly what they’ve been seeking at Waterstone on High Ridge. Opening early 2022, Waterstone on High Ridge is a premier senior living community featuring a continuum of care with independent living, assisted living and memory care residences situated on a beautifully landscaped hill above High Ridge Road in Stamford, CT.

“Waterstone on High Ridge will provide a senior living experience like none other,” says Wendy Kaufman, Executive Director. “Our lush campus, located next to a wooded conservation area, will be an idyllic setting for seniors who desire a full, active lifestyle. The abundant amenities, enriching programs and modern apartment options will be unmatched by other communities in the area and are a reflection of the attention to detail, emphasis on quality and exceptional service that our parent company, EPOCH Senior Living, is known for.”

Waterstone on High Ridge will be home to 146 gracious apartments for independent living, assisted living and memory care provided by Bridges® by EPOCH. Residents will enjoy a contemporary New England farmhouse setting with a warm wood lobby, stone fireplaces, libraries, outdoor porches, walking trails and a vegetable garden. Amenities include a large fitness area, swimming pool, four-season room and outdoor terraces.

“Our homelike aesthetic, elegantly appointed apartments and engaging programs have all been carefully designed to exceed all expectations,” says Wendy. “We are very much looking forward to showcasing our premier 62-and-over rental community and providing exceptional experiences for seniors in Stamford and the greater Fairfield County.”

A History of Excellence

Waterstone on High Ridge is one of the newest members of the EPOCH Senior Living family. EPOCH began as a group of high-quality skilled healthcare centers in the Boston area and grew to become a regionally focused, comprehensive senior living company that is recognized as the provider of choice for seniors in the markets we serve – helping them to thrive every day.

EPOCH’s philosophy is dedicated to supporting each person’s physical, emotional and mental well-being – giving all residents access to everything they need to lead joyful, carefree and healthy lifestyles, whether they reside in independent living, assisted living or memory care.

Active. Healthy. Home.

What will life be like at Waterstone on High Ridge? It’ll be whatever you want it to be. Here, you’ll be able to fill your days and nights with exercise classes, freshly prepared meals, educational and cultural experiences, social gatherings and more. Or you may choose to spend a quiet evening in your stylish apartment, enjoying time alone or with friends. It will all be here for you – at your new home.

Your dynamic retirement lifestyle begins with a long list of amenities and services that have been created to help you live your best life, along with access to the support you need to age in place gracefully. As a resident, you’ll enjoy a myriad of benefits, including:

  • Spacious floor plans with impeccable details
  • Pet-friendly community
  • Indoor heated pool and fitness room staffed by experienced trainers
  • Mind-body studio and juice bar
  • Full-service salon
  • Seasonal, chef-prepared meals with anytime dining
  • Media room and theater
  • Putting green, firepit and raised vegetable garden
  • Outdoor walking paths and dining areas
  • Concierge and weekly housekeeping services
  • Regularly scheduled programs, activities, outings, and trips
  • Convenient access to Stamford’s retailers, restaurants, and cultural activities

We understand that staying healthy is important to aging well, and that you want to have fun doing it. Take a swim. Join a yoga class. Walk the nature paths. Our personal trainers help you choose the programs that will help you achieve your fitness goals through our mind-body studio.

Plus, delight in a full calendar of social, educational, and cultural programs. Continue to hone – or rediscover – lifelong passions such as painting, gardening, or writing, or explore new hobbies. Stimulate your mind with interesting lectures by a variety of guest speakers. Sway to your favorite tunes during an on-site concert. It will all be yours with a move to Waterstone on High Ridge, opening in early 2022.

Home. The Way You Like It.

As a rental community, moving to Waterstone on High Ridge allows for financial flexibility with no lifelong commitments. Independent living residents will enjoy private living in stylish apartments with contemporary features, including:

  • Designer kitchen with stainless steel appliances
  • Luxurious bathroom with walk-in showers
  • Walk-in closet
  • Spacious living area
  • Washer and dryer
  • Weekly housekeeping services
  • Abundant natural lighting
  • Exceptional finishes throughout
  • Premium plank flooring

Located on beautiful site that neighbors a conservation area, the Waterstone on High Ridge campus is designed to inspire … exquisite architecture, unique programs, delicious dining, and unmatched hospitality. Waterstone on High Ridge will offer seniors in Fairfield County everything needed to live life exactly how they please, now and in the future.

Assisted Living

Individuals who require extra assistance to live safely will receive dedicated care from our attentive team. Assisted living at Waterstone on High Ridge will include a community room, great room and dining area – everything needed, all in one place.

  • Personalized care consultation
  • Three nutritious meals each day
  • Daily living activities and programs
  • Medication management
  • Home health coordination with ancillary providers, as needed
  • Customized wellness plans

Memory Care Assisted Living

Waterstone on High Ridge will be a place to call home. And for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, home is a familiar feeling, with care from a team that feels like family. Our on-site memory care provided by the experts at Bridges® by EPOCH, features a highly trained, compassionate team within a residential household featuring an activity room, dining room, living room, library and more. Families will have peace of mind while their loved ones benefit from an engaged and fulfilled life, with services such as:

  • 24-hour licensed nursing support
  • Highly trained, compassionate memory care team
  • Daily routine assistance – such as bathing, dressing and eating
  • Three nourishing, chef-prepared meals daily
  • Stimulating activities to exercise cognitive and physical abilities

Learn How to Become a Club W Member!

We look forward to introducing you to a distinctive lifestyle designed for seniors 62 and over and welcoming you as a founding member of Waterstone on High Ridge. To learn more about our premier senior living community or to schedule your personal visit, call ​203.361.9717. Waterstone on High Ridge is now accepting reservations – join our wait list today to secure your carefree future!

Sunshine, fresh air, green grass, flowers, trees – isn’t nature a wonderful thing? As we get full-swing into the summer season, nature is at her finest, which means all sorts of fun outdoor activities and opportunities to soak up the sun. It’s the quintessential summer enjoyment, but not only that, it can actually boost a lot more than just your disposition.

“Studies have shown that being outside and, more specifically, in a natural setting has incredible healing powers,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “Mother Nature helps boost the immune system, improves mental health, and can even help reduce some forms of cancer. Whether you’re at a park, in the garden, by the ocean or wherever else, being in nature is something that should definitely be part of your health and wellness routine.”

Kevin says that since COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted and outdoor events are beginning to pick up, it’s even easier to get back into nature and enjoy all its benefits. This is especially great for older adults who are itching to get outside after a long winter filled with cabin fever.

“This summer can be a great re-start of your health and wellness plan,” Kevin says. “Going outside is one of the easiest ways to get a health boost because it doesn’t require any sort of special equipment, fitness level or even location. Though, Waterstone at the Circle has an exceptional one – situated next to Cassidy Park and close to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Simply walk out your front door to enjoy the community around you, and in Boston’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood, there are plenty of things to delight, entertain and fulfill you.”

The Health Benefits of Being in Nature

1. Increased physical activity.
Obviously, one of the biggest benefits of getting outside is the exercise you get. From simply walking around the park to cycling along the river, being in nature usually means some form of physical activity.

2. Reduced stress.
Spending time in nature, whether you’re walking or simply looking at the beauty around you, instantly lowers blood pressure and reduces the amounts of adrenaline and cortisol in your body. This results in lowered stress, which leads to better moods, a better cardiovascular system and better overall well-being.

3. Improved immune system.
A number of studies have found that fresh air really is good for you – in fact, it has antibacterial properties. Although science doesn’t know exactly why that is, it has shown that the combination of fresh air and sunshine kills bacteria, which is part of the reason why laundry dried outside often seems so fresh. Being outside also boosts your production of white blood cells, which results in a better overall immune system.

4. Better healing.
An improved immune system is only one aspect of quicker healing. Being outside also has a certain je ne sais quoi that helps people with injuries or illness heal more quickly. Studies report that patients who spend time outside report requiring fewer painkillers, experiencing fewer complications and having a quicker recovery time.

5. Higher energy levels.
Vitamin D and fresh air results in a “reset” of sorts for our circadian rhythm, which is the inner clock that tells us when to sleep and when to get up. Everyone knows that being outside helps you feel more alert and energetic – and conversely helps “wear you out” and allows you to sleep better at night. The boost of energy plus the ability to fall into a soothing, deep sleep results in improved energy levels. Having more energy makes it easier to get more exercise, which means better health, better moods … as you can see, being in nature really is a positive feedback loop.

6. Improved relationships.
Being in nature can help nurture and improve our personal relationships because it’s a great place to spend time together. Nature gives us an excellent opportunity to connect with friends and deepen existing relationships while also doing something beneficial for our bodies.

7. Graceful aging.
A study in the Journal of Aging and Health reports that seniors over the age of 70 who spend time outside have fewer sleep issues, fewer aches and pains, and better mobility. In short, being outside makes seniors feel better, which results in better overall health, which then results in happier, healthier and more graceful aging.

Fun Outdoor Activities Near Chestnut Hill

In the spirit of getting out in nature, we’ve put together a list of activities to do in nature near the heart of Cleveland Circle – where Waterstone at the Circle is located. Whether you’re a resident at our community, are visiting a loved one, or simply want to know what there is to do in the area, here are our favorite outdoor activities and destinations for summer 2021.

Cassidy Playground – Conveniently located in Cleveland Circle across from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Cassidy Playground is a nice bit of greenspace with fields for people to enjoy the active life. Recently renovated, the park features a baseball diamond, two tennis courts and two softball fields, along with many benches, picnic tables and Adirondack chairs for relaxing.

Chestnut Hill Reservoir – This picturesque destination was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted’s son and constructed in the late 1860s to give Boston clean drinking water and a rural park. Today, it features a popular 1.5-mile circular path with pleasant vistas of Back Bay skyscrapers. The paths around the reservoir and through the woods are open for public use.

Hammond Pond Reservation – Located in Newton, Hammond Pond is a protected woodland park that features dozens of hiking trails, rock formations that are popular for rock climbing, and fishing opportunities. For those who love the water, canoeing and kayaking are permitted. The reservation is part of the Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston.

The Street – Inspired by the best retail streets in the world, The Street is a unique destination offering generous green space, a tranquil pond, and a variety of local shops and eateries. It’s the ideal place to take in nature while checking out the charm of 16 independently owned boutiques. Plus, don’t forget to bring your furry friend along to explore with you. Dogs are welcome in the green space, common areas, and even many of the shops and restaurants.

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University – Whether you’re looking for a lovely place for a stroll, searching for wildlife, or are interested in learning more about the science behind the plants, Arnold Arboretum is home to 281 landscaped acres with over 16,000 plants! Operating under the Olmstedian principle that everyone is entitled to open space, the arboretum is open every day, free of charge. The Arnold Arboretum offers a variety of exploration opportunities, guided tours, and self-guided activities.

The Brookline Farmers’ Market – Running for over 40 years, The Brookline Farmers’ Market hosts a variety of vendors on Thursdays from June through November in Coolidge Corner at the Centre Street West Parking Lot in Brookline. Proud to support local growers, producers, and artisans, The Brookline Farmers’ Market offers a diverse range of products – most of which are produced in Massachusetts or elsewhere in New England.

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!

Moving into senior living is a major life change. But when you’re moving as a couple, the decision and the transition can be smoother and a little easier, especially if one spouse or the other needs assisted living services.

“When we get married, we promise to stay together for better or for worse, in sickness or in health,” says Devon Sicard, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “This can become more and more difficult in our later years, especially if one or both spouses need a little extra assistance in order to live safely and securely.”

Devon says that one reason why many couples hesitate to move into senior living is because they don’t want to be separated if one spouse requires additional assistance. “It makes complete sense, since as spouses you want to ensure you remain together, especially in your golden years,” she explains. “Fortunately, there are senior living communities like Waterstone at Wellesley that are set up to assist individuals whether only one person needs assisted living or both do. In other words, we make it easy for couples to remain together no matter what level of care needs they require.”
 

It should come as no surprise that staying together in old age is incredibly beneficial to couples, especially when they make the move to a senior living community. “We’ve seen from many experts how maintaining deep, meaningful relationships ensures a high quality of life as we age,” she says. “Providing solutions that allow couples to remain together means that they both have better health and happiness during their senior years – which is what we’re all about.”

A large benefit to moving into a place where both individual’s needs can be cared for helps reduce the stress for aging couples, says Devon. “Look at it this way,” she says. “If an aging couple waits to move into assisted living until there’s an event that requires them to take action, this can be hugely detrimental to their relationship and cause a lot of stress. At that time, it’s possible that one or the other has been shouldering the caregiving burden for some time, which has already added lots of anxiety, stress and frustration.”

“Moving into senior living that provides a spectrum of assistance means that both parties in a couple can relax because they know the other person is being cared for properly,” says Devon. “You’ll be surprised at how much independence both you and your partner gain back – as well as peace of mind. While moving into assisted living means a bit of change and rethinking some things, it can also be a great new start to a new chapter of life for you or your loved one.”

Tips for Moving to Assisted Living with Your Spouse

If you or your partner are considering assisted living as a potential solution to help make your life more stress-free and carefree, here are some tips from Waterstone at Wellesley to help you find the community that’s right for you:

Choose a community that provides a wide variety of health services.

“Assisted living” is a spectrum and can extend from the almost-completely independent to those who require a more significant amount of help to live safely. For couples moving into assisted living, you’ll want to do your research and make sure that the needs and abilities of both spouses are evaluated. It’s very rare that a couple requires the same amount of assistance to live safely. Make sure that whatever community you choose, the staff does a full personalized assessment for both of you to ensure the health and well-being of each individual.

Ask about care policies.

Different communities may have very different living situations for couples who require different levels of care. As you’re touring different communities, be sure to ask what happens if one individual requires no – or very little – assistance while the other needs more extensive help. Can you or your loved one be cared for adequately in independent living with supportive services? Is it necessary for you and your partner to move directly into an assisted living apartment on campus? While there is no right or wrong answer, you will have options, and the decision is based on your situation and comfort level.

Understand your needs as a couple.

Caring for health needs is essential as we age. That’s why it’s so important to find a place that cares for you and your spouse’s physical needs. However, you also need to make sure that whatever community you choose meets you and your spouse’s needs for emotional, social and recreational wellness. After all, living in a place means more than just caring for physical needs – it also means making sure you have everything you need to enjoy life. As you’re researching assisted living, make sure you’re also looking into the benefits that will make your life enjoyable, no matter what your health needs may be.

Ask about “personal time.”

All couples need “alone time,” which can be a little bit delicate when one spouse needs very little assistance but the other requires more. Before moving into a community, ask about the privacy rules with regards to couples, especially if one spouse needs more help than the other. Hopefully, this won’t be an issue, but it is a possibility depending on the couples’ needs.
“At Waterstone at Wellesley, we want to make sure couples have the opportunity to enjoy life the fullest as individuals and as couples,” Devon explains. “We do our best to handle the delicate balance of privacy and assistance, especially for couples who don’t have the same level of care needs. Our goal is always to help couples live their best possible lives with minimal interference – basically, giving them back the privacy and quality of life they have been seeking.”

Allow yourself (and your spouse) the chance to relax.

Moving from a private home into a senior living community is a big shift – not just from the living situation, but from the ownership situation. When you’re no longer the person who is primarily responsible for the immediate health and well-being of your spouse, this can be a bit of a jolt. Many residents experience a sense of loss and burden when they move into senior living because they are no longer handling that aspect of daily life. However, this is your and your spouse’s opportunity to relax and let someone else handle all the details. In fact, many couples who’ve moved to assisted living have reported that they’re able to reclaim their relationship with their spouse and have more free time than ever before.

“Moving into assisted living with your spouse is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be a bad one,” says Devon. “With time, understanding and a firm foundation of what you’re getting into, you and your spouse can make the most out of this time of your 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 781.591.7113.

No one likes to think about their parents getting older and no longer being able to care for themselves. So even if you’ve noticed that your parents are requiring more and more help in order to live independently, you may tell yourself that it’s just a phase, or that it’s nothing you can’t handle. It may start off small enough: perhaps Mom needs you to drive her to evening events because her night vision isn’t great. Or your Dad needs your help managing the yardwork. But as the years go on, the occasional helping transforms into daily visits for increasingly basic things. Eventually, you realize that your loved one is only living independently because of the help you or someone else provides. 

If this is the case, assisted living may be the best choice for your senior parent – but this can be a hard situation to navigate, says Devon Sicard, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “Older seniors often balk at moving into assisted living because they are worried that they will lose their independence. Actually, the opposite is the case. We’ve seen many of our residents gain back a lot of independence after moving into assisted living. However, the process can be hard, especially at first, because it’s the end of a chapter, and we as humans aren’t always great at that.”

If you’re an adult child with a senior parent, you may end up taking the lead on the move – from the initial impetus to the coordination of the whole thing. Devon says to remember to be kind to yourself and understand that this will be a process that is physical, emotional and mental. 

How Do You Know When It’s Time? 

There is no right or wrong time to move into assisted living, although generally it’s better to move before there is an accident or incident that necessitates a move into a community. However, there are signs that can signal that moving to assisted living would be beneficial for your parent, such as:

  • Having more and more “close calls,” like falling down the stairs, visiting the emergency room, having fender benders or other worrying accidents or issues.
  • Your parent’s appearance has suddenly changed, such as gaining or losing a lot of weight, suddenly looking disheveled or dirty or having difficulty getting around.
  • Your loved one has become withdrawn or antisocial when previously they loved to get outside the house and meet up with friends and partake in activities.
  • The house is starting to look more unkempt than typical – perhaps the inside has become dusty and dirty, or you’re noticing expired food in the refrigerator or cupboards, or the home or yard is looking run-down.
  • Your loved one is having personality changes or showing signs of confusion, which could be due to a variety of things, from dementia to malnutrition to medication issues and others.

Having the Conversation

You may very well have to be the one who makes the move when it comes time for the assisted living conversation. Here are some tips to follow if and when it’s time for you to bring up the subject with your aging parent. 

  • Bring it up casually. Perhaps the best way to approach the subject is to make it seem organic, not like something you’ve already thought about and planned. Get your parent or parents’ feelings and thoughts about the idea – and remember that this will be a string of conversations, not just one. However, making them feel like you’ve already decided on what needs to happen will only make them more liable to dig their heels in.
  • Use “I” phrases. Bringing the concern back to your own personal feelings can be a great way to state your case. You can mention how you’ve heard your parent talk about being lonely, or you know how they hate dealing with home tasks, or other issues that they’ve complained about. This can help lead the conversation toward ways assisted living may be a great solution to their needs.
  • Visit a few assisted living communities with no obligation required. If Mom or Dad seems amenable to the idea, go tour a few communities with them. This can help them get warmed up to the idea of what a community is really like, and why moving there may be a better idea than they originally thought.
  • Be patient. If you don’t need to make an urgent move, it’s best to give your loved one space and not push them into a decision. Bring up the idea but with caution. If you can get them to make the decision on their own, it will be a much less stressful situation for everyone.

After the Move

There are a lot of articles out there about how to successfully make the literal move into a senior living community; however, what is important is to understand that the move is not the last stage of the journey. After your parents have moved into a community, you’ll find that you and they will still be dealing with the upheaval and emotions that come from this big move. 

Your parents may be mourning the loss of their previous lifestyle, and you may be feeling that as well. You may second-guess the decision. Guilt is inevitable, but it’s important to understand that what you’re feeling is completely normal – and temporary. Here are some strategies to keep in mind after your parent’s move to help you come to a state of acceptance and transition.

Take your time. It’s estimated that it takes anywhere from three to six months for an individual to fully adjust to living in a new environment such as assisted living. It could take longer for your parents or it could be a shorter amount of time. Nonetheless, it will take some amount of time. When you have doubts, think about the reasons you made the decision and keep the big picture in mind. 

Visit according to the recommendations of the staff. You may want to visit every day or only a few times during those first few weeks. Only you know your parent, but the staff may be able to help guide you towards an appropriate visiting schedule. Visiting too frequently could cause stress, and not visiting enough could make your parent feel lonely. The best thing to do is play it by ear and see what works best for you and your parent. 

Expect setbacks. This won’t be an easy transition. Just when you think everything is fine, your parent may tell you they’re lonely or that they want to go home. Understand that these heart wrenching moments are normal and will pass as your loved one adjusts to their new lifestyle.

Accept the new normal. This is the new normal for you and your loved one, and as you move forward, it will become easier to manage the emotions. After the initial transition period, you may be surprised at just how enjoyable and fulfilling life becomes for your loved one – and yourself.

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 781.591.7113.

What is the secret to staying young? It turns out that exercise may be the key – in many different ways. Exercise has a powerful impact on our emotional, mental and physical health and can actually slow down the aging process. 

“Exercise helps keep us younger and revitalizes our spirit,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “Many research studies have shown the benefits of exercise for older adults and how it can help keep us stay vital and energized even in our senior years.”

Although exercise isn’t always the most enjoyable thing to do for everyone, says Kevin, it has proven benefits that can be reaped in micro and macro ways. “One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking that exercise needs to be an all-out commitment that requires a lot of effort,” he explains. “But that’s not the case at all. Even just a little exercise on a regular basis can help improve whole-body health and allow us to age well throughout all stages of life.”

Exercise increases energy efficiency. 

Let’s start with the idea of horsepower – also known as our “fuel efficiency.” A University of Colorado study found that seniors who regularly participate in highly aerobic activities like running have a lower metabolic cost than their more sedentary peers. In other words, older adults who exercise have a better quality of life because they’re able to move around more easily, which results in increased blood flow. Higher blood flow means more oxygenated blood and a higher ability to eliminate waste in the body. Increased blood flow nourishes skin cells, purges toxins and overall increases the health of our bodies. 

Posture improves. 

It may sound vain, but standing up straight and having a healthy posture is one of the easiest ways to shave years off your appearance. Unfortunately, as we get older, our muscle tone and bone density decreases, which results in a deceased ability to keep a healthy posture. Strength training such as aerobic exercise, weight training and resistance bands can help rebuild muscle and prevent bone loss while also taking care of your core. This has the added benefit of keeping joints strong, which helps you be more active, feel better and act younger. 

Flexibility increases. 

Any type of exercise improves our flexibility, whether it be anaerobic or aerobic. However, Pilates and yoga in particular are highly at increasing flexibility and body elasticity. If you’re a rather inflexible person, that simply means you’re the perfect person to try these forms of exercise. Increasing flexibility reduces the risk of injuries, improves balance, and helps center emotions, all which result in a healthier, longer and more stable life. 

Mental capacity gets boosted. 

Mental deterioration – or should we say, the reduction of mental stimulation – is one of the primary causes of a variety of illnesses for older adults. But regular exercises can help boost mental capacity by increasing the size of our hippocampus (the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning). People who exercise have been proven to literally have the brain of someone younger, meaning they benefit from sharp mental health and the ability to learn for years longer than their peers who do not exercise on a regular basis. 

Metabolism increases. 

A healthy metabolism helps reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other age-related diseases. Our metabolism naturally slows down as we age, but exercise can help boost muscle mass and calorie burn. By exercising, we keep our bodies strong and increase our ability to maintain a healthy weight, which improves our immune system and reduces our risk of disease. 

Our cells age more slowly. 

Exercise doesn’t just make you look younger – it actually makes you younger. How is this accomplished? By turning off the aging process in your chromosomes. Keeping your cells young is one of the best tools for staying young, and research has shown that exercise has this effect on our DNA

Telomeres – the end caps on our chromosomes – are responsible for aging. They naturally shorten as we get older, but regular exercise has been shown to help lengthen them. In other words, exercise may literally be able to help reverse the clock and help us live longer and stronger. 

Reduces stress instantly. 

Stress ages us just as much as exercise helps us live longer. Reducing stress is one of the best ways to help increase longevity, and exercise can help reduce stress like nothing else. There’s a trait known as “adaptive competence” that describes our ability to bounce back after a stressful event. If we don’t have this trait, it has an enormous impact on our longevity. However, exercise has been proven to reduce stress, making it more likely that we will live a better, happier and longer life. 

Lowers the risk of cancer. 

Many studies suggest that exercise can help reduce the risk of some cancers. One study shows that regular exercise can reduce the colon cancer risk for men by 24 percent, while other studies show that regular exercise has the potential to reduce the risk of lung cancer by up to 20 percent. It’s also been proven that exercise can help keep cancer from spreading once it’s been diagnosed. 

While most of the proven benefits of exercise have a physiological benefit, this can easily translate into a psychological benefit, says Kevin. 

“The mind and body are irrevocably linked and have such amazing influence towards each other,” he says. “Getting regular exercise keeps our physical bodies strong and healthy, which results in a better lifestyle overall for older adults. At Waterstone at the Circle, we strive to help our residents reach peak physical health to help them to live their vest retirement lifestyles possible.”

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!

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