Exercise Your Way to Healthy Aging

Creating a Winning Senior Exercise Routine

We all know that getting enough physical activity is a critical component of healthy aging. However, if you don’t know the best techniques for exercising as a senior, we can help.

Check out some of the many benefits of meeting your CDC-recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week and techniques to make it safe, simple and fun.

Achieving Healthy Aging Through Exercise

Regular physical activity is essential and provides benefits to our bodies, but the benefits of exercise are more notable with older adults. Here are just a few of the ways that exercising later in life can enhance your overall health, help you stay active, and prevent chronic conditions.

Enhanced Independence

Seniors who exercise regularly are more likely to remain independent longer. Various studies show regular exercise helps older adults maintain the ability to walk, dress, bathe, cook and perform other activities of daily living independently longer.

Improved Balance

Falling is a significant hazard for older adults. It’s estimated that a senior is admitted to the emergency room for a fall-related injury every 11 seconds. Falls generally result in health issues, meaning that avoiding falls is essential for healthy aging. Regular exercise helps improve seniors’ muscle mass, strength and balancing ability.

More Energy

Even though you may feel worn out after a good workout, exercise actually boosts your energy. Any form of movement or physical exertion releases endorphins, boosts metabolism, promotes healthy sleep, reduces pain, and increases one’s sense of well-being.

Lessened Risk of Chronic Conditions

Seniors are more prone to diabetes, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Fortunately, a more active lifestyle is one of the best ways to help prevent or manage these conditions.

Higher Brain Function

A healthy body can, indeed, mean a healthier mind. Seniors who exercise regularly have better cognitive health and a lower risk of developing dementia.

The Best Exercises for Seniors

When building an exercise program, it’s a good rule of thumb to stick to the recommended 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week strategy while focusing on strength training, flexibility, and balance. Depending on your fitness level and doctor’s opinion, see below for some excellent exercise options for you.


Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a place to walk, and you’re ready to get going. Whether you stroll around the block or do a more challenging hike on a favorite trail, walking is an excellent exercise to help improve your health in every way. A 30-minute walk will get you well on your way to a healthy lifestyle.

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics is a popular form of exercise for older adults – and for good reasons. Exercising while in the water is perfect for individuals who have joint pain or difficulty moving around since water buoyancy lessens the impact on joints. Water also has a natural resistance, which provides strength training without using weights.

Because being in the water is more forgiving than being in the open air, it’s a great way to improve flexibility, balance and strength without stressing your body or worrying about falling.

A sample 30-minute water aerobics routine:

  • Aqua jogging (5 minutes)
  • Flutter kicking (5 minutes)
  • Leg lifts (5 minutes)
  • Standing water pushups (5 minutes)
  • Arm curls (5 minutes)
  • Aqua jogging/cooldown (5 minutes)

Chair Yoga

Yoga is a great low-impact exercise, and chair yoga is even more gentle. Yoga focuses on flexibility, balance and muscle strength in a calm, controlled environment. As an added health benefit, chair yoga has been shown to help reduce the risk of mental health problems, including stress, anxiety and depression, in older adults.

Try this 30-minute chair yoga routine:

  • Neck rolls (2 minutes)
  • Side stretches (3 minutes)
  • Cat/Cow (2 minutes)
  • Half sun salutations (3 minutes)
  • Forward folds (2 minutes)
  • Ankle rolls (3 minutes)
  • Warrior sequence (One and Two) – (10 minutes)
  • Savasana (5 minutes)

Resistance Bands

These stretchy strips of rubber are an excellent way to add resistance without increased stress. They’re also good for strengthening your core and can be used to increase mobility and balance.

Add these exercises to your 30-minute aerobic activity routine:

  • Lateral raise
  • Triceps overhead press
  • Leg press
  • Band pull-apart
  • Bicep curl

Bodyweight Workouts

Muscle loss can lead to a slew of health issues, such as hormone problems, difficulty walking, and more. Bodyweight workouts use the body’s weight to help strength train naturally and easily – no fancy equipment necessary.

Here are some exercises that use body weight to help safely build muscle and endurance:

  • Squats to chair (Squatting over a chair and then lifting to standing)
  • Step-up
  • Lying hip bridges
  • Side-lying circles

Remember, before starting any exercise routine, be sure to consult with your physician.


Waterstone of Westchester provides a lifestyle where overall wellness and healthy aging are always within reach. Our team of professional trainers lead a variety of fitness classes and wellness programs that help our residents reach their goals.

Learn more about our lifestyle and schedule a tour to see what your future holds today.


How To Get the Most Out of Your Doctor Visit

Full waiting room, quiet exam room, a quick 15-minute chat with the doctor, and you’re on your way. You only have a limited amount of time with your doctor, so how can you make the most of the time you do have? We’re making it easy to find out with our expert tips to help you maximize your doctor appointments.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Doctor Visits

Write out questions prior to your appointment, and bring your list.

This is important for two reasons: One, it’s easy to forget the things you want to ask or are curious about. Two, it’s easy to feel rushed, which can make you skip out on your list of questions, possibly missing something important.

Having your list with you will help prevent you from forgetting in the moment, all while ensuring you leave nothing necessary out.

Arrive early to your doctor’s office.

Sometimes your doctor’s office will want you to share your health history ahead of time. They may also need to look up your medical records if you’re coming from a different healthcare provider. Arriving early can help give you time to fill out necessary forms and paperwork without being rushed.

Keep an eye on the time.

A doctor only has so much time to talk with you, so make sure you’re sticking to the topics you’re there to discuss and asking the most important questions first. If you know it’s likely you have more questions than can be answered during your normal appointment slot, ask if you can schedule a longer appointment next time.

Be honest with your doctor.

If you are at your doctor’s office for a physical exam, be honest with them about your health concerns.

If you’d like to enhance your health, be upfront about that. If you’re dealing with some health issues, don’t ignore them. If they ask you a question, don’t skirt around the truth; they’re there to help you and want to know about any health concerns you have.

Take notes.

As your doctor chats with you, take notes so your family members can remain in the loop as well. Ask your doctor to repeat anything if necessary for you to be clear about what they’re saying.

Ask for resources.

If you’re diagnosed with a health condition, like high blood pressure, heart disease, or another ailment, ask for resources. These can help you manage your conditions or learn what you can do to stay healthy. Often, doctors will provide this to you, along with a list of instructions, but if they don’t, it’s a good idea to ask for it.

Follow up with questions.

If you have questions after your appointment, perhaps about blood work, test results, or medication side effects, don’t be afraid to follow up. It often takes a quick phone call or email to get the answers you need, so make it a point to do so if you feel you need more information.


To learn more about how to get the most out of your doctor visits, or to see how our lifestyle can enhance your health, schedule a visit today.


There are many reasons to choose Waterstone of Lexington as your new home. With independent living and assisted living on site, you’ll have access to convenient amenities, wellness-focused services, and a truly exceptional lifestyle. Schedule a visit to learn why Waterstone of Lexington might be the right senior living community for you.


Avoiding Identity Theft and Common Scams Targeting Seniors

Yearly, millions of seniors become the victim of a financial scam or scheme, causing the loss of money, trust, privacy or safety. In fact, chances are you know someone who has been affected by scams, have seen a family member’s social media page that has been hacked, or have received a spam call or message yourself.

No matter where you look, scammers and con artists seem to be out there lurking, waiting for the next person to target. Fortunately, being aware of common identity theft and elder fraud techniques can help you avoid them.

What Makes Seniors Targets for Identity Theft and Scams?

People of all ages can be scammed; however, seniors are often targets for fraud because of their trusting and polite nature. They may also be targeted because they typically own their home, have good credit, and have financial savings.

Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information to pretend they are you in order to drain your accounts, open credit cards, or even get medical treatments. In fact, did you know that, according to the Consumer Sentinel Network’s 2021 Data Book, 1.4 million complaints of fraud were reported? This made up 25% of all complaints.

What are the common types of identity theft, how can you protect yourself, and what can you do if you think you’ve been targeted? We’re sharing the information you need to know below.

Common Identity Theft Techniques

According to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network report, the top form of identity theft was Government Documents or Benefits Fraud. This was followed by Credit Card Fraud. Some other notable forms you may find include:

  • Loan or Lease Fraud
  • Phone or Utilities Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Employment or Tax-Related Fraud

These, however, aren’t the only types of identity theft. Others may include email or social media, evading the law, insurance, medical services, online shopping or payment accounts, securities accounts, and more.

How To Protect Yourself from Identity Thieves

If you are concerned about identity theft, follow these tips.

  • Never give out personal information
  • Don’t give out credit card information over the phone
  • Never carry your Social Security number or card on you
  • Lock banking information away
  • Shred important documents
  • Enable two-factor authentication for logging into websites or apps
  • Change any passwords that are part of a security breach
  • If needed, freeze your credit files with credit bureaus
  • Check your credit yearly
  • Create complex passwords

What To Do if You Think You’re the Victim of Identity Theft

According to U.S. News & World Report, you can report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), proving to businesses that someone stole your identity. You can also place fraud alerts on your credit report, request fraudulent information be removed, and file a police report, especially if you know who committed the crime.

Senior Scams

Sentinel shares there were over 984,000 imposter scam reports and that about 1 in 5 people lost money. Imposter scams were also shown to be the number one cause of fraud in 2021.

Being aware of scams can help you spot them – and stop scammers in their tracks – before you’ve been taken advantage of. Learn more about scams, protecting yourself, and reporting them below.

Common and Current Senior Scams

According to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, some of the most common types of scams include:

  • Charity scams, often present during holidays and after natural disasters and emergencies
  • Debt collection, debt relief or debt settlement scams
  • Romance scams, which usually occur online in an attempt to access your money
  • Sweepstakes or lottery scams
  • Grandparent scams, where scammers pose as grandchildren in trouble to get money or gift cards from you
  • And, of course, imposter scams, convincing you to send money by pretending to be someone you know and trust, like a government agency, police officer, employee of the state, etc.

Other types of scams, like tech support scams, Medicare scams, mortgage scams and more also exist, so be cautious anytime you feel even slightly unsure.

How To Protect Yourself

Protecting yourself from scams is a lot like protecting yourself from identity theft, but you can also take it one step further. Before acting on a potential scam:

  • Raise a red flag about a sense of urgency
  • Use the internet to research
  • Get a second opinion
  • Monitor your bank account or sign up for fraud alerts
  • Evaluate websites you’re purchasing from
  • Never send money to people you don’t know
  • Do not complete wire transfer requests
  • Remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it almost always is
  • Put your phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry

Reporting Scams

What should you do if you find out you’re the target of a scam, or that you’ve been scammed? Just like with identity theft, there are a couple of things you should do right away, including submitting a complaint with the FTC, contacting the police, and reporting it to your state attorney general.

We’re here to help.

For more information on how to avoid identity theft and senior scams, or for ways you can keep yourself or a loved one safe, contact our team. For additional senior resources, visit our other blog posts today.


Waterstone at Wellesley offers independent living and assisted living options in Wellesley, on the Bank of the Charles River. Schedule a visit today to experience our lifestyle and learn how we help seniors thrive.

High Ridge

What Is Normal Aging vs. Memory Loss?

In the United States, 6.2 million people ages 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease, just one of the various types of dementia and memory loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Are you or a loved one among those who could have memory loss, or do the signs point to normal aging?

While it can be difficult to tell, there are some indications that you may be dealing with one over the other. We’re here to share these signs with you so you can better evaluate whether it’s time to reach out to a doctor for help or a medical diagnosis.

Signs of Normal Aging vs. Signs of Memory Loss


It’s normal to forget a name, an appointment, what day it is, or what you walked into a room for. Often, it’s a short-lived lapse, with the information coming to your mind soon afterward. Usually when this occurs, it isn’t a cause for concern.

It does, however, become a concern when forgetfulness and memory loss impact daily life. Those with memory loss may find themselves forgetting the names of close friends and family, forgetting recent events, or asking the same questions repeatedly. If you notice any of these signs, it could be that memory loss, not normal aging, is the problem.

Difficulty completing familiar daily tasks

For those who are experiencing signs of normal aging, you may find that you’re less able to manage multiple tasks. This can be especially true when you’re distracted or overwhelmed.

If you find that you’re no longer able to complete familiar tasks, are unable to pay bills, tasks are taking you much longer, or you need more help or reminders, you could be experiencing memory loss.

Language changes

Everyone has trouble finding the right words from time to time. In fact, if something is just on the tip of your tongue and eventually comes to you, it’s likely normal.

Those with memory loss, however, may say things like “bed” instead of “table,” or “arm clock” instead of “wristwatch,” and may mix up their words frequently. Those with memory loss may also find that it’s hard to follow or join conversations.

Misplacing items

Do you find yourself misplacing items but quickly being able to retrace your steps to find them? That’s a good sign you’re dealing with normal aging. Those who are unable to do so, or who are putting objects in unusual places frequently – like the telephone in the fridge – may be dealing with memory loss.

Getting lost

Many people tend to temporarily forget a destination, or they may need a moment to pause to think about directions. Despite this, they get right back on track with their destination certain.

Those with memory loss may easily get lost while walking or driving in a familiar area, sometimes leaving them in dangerous situations. Getting home may take them even longer, as well. If this is becoming something you’re frequently noticing, it might be time to discuss whether it’s safe to drive or if it’s time to hang up the keys.

What To Do if You Suspect You or a Loved One Has Memory Loss

If you feel like yourself or a loved one is experiencing memory problems that aren’t a normal part of aging, or if you think either of you could be dealing with early signs of dementia, schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider. They can help you evaluate whether it’s normal aging or dementia.

In the meantime, it can also help to reduce risk factors and enhance brain health. This is true whether you’re dealing with memory loss or simply want to lower your chances of dementia in the future.

According to the CDC, some of the things you can do include quitting smoking, maintaining healthy blood pressure, managing high blood pressure, getting exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, aiming for better sleep, remaining involved and engaged in life, and managing blood sugar.

Can Other Conditions Cause Memory Loss?

A doctor can help you determine whether you or a loved one may be dealing with side effects from another condition. The CDC states that some conditions can cause memory loss or dementia-like symptoms to occur in older adults, including vitamin B12 deficiency, hypothyroidism, infections, normal pressure hydrocephalus, and certain prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines.

If It’s Memory Loss, What Should the Next Steps Be?

Family members and people with dementia or memory loss should begin planning for the future. Hold a family meeting, begin talking about care options, discuss care preferences, settle any legal matters that need to be taken care of, gather knowledge on the condition, and focus on treating and managing symptoms.


If you or a loved one is dealing with memory loss, contact our team. We are here to provide support, care and resources to make this time easier. To learn more or schedule a visit, contact us today.


Waterstone on High Ridge offers a modern approach to senior living in a beautiful hilltop setting. Come see how we redefine independent living, assisted living and memory care in Fairfield County.

Innovative food and dining trends in senior living are on the rise, with today’s senior living dining experience taking on a whole new dimension. This is especially true at Waterstone at the Circle, located at the foot of Chestnut Hill in Boston.

Discover what residents of our active senior living community savor with our exquisite dining experience.

What You Can Expect from Waterstone at the Circle’s Premier Dining Experience

Gourmet, Chef-prepared Meals

Our culinary team creates exceptional cuisine, delivered with impeccable presentation and top-notch service. Our dining is regionally inspired and truly personalized to our residents’ tastes and preferences. Even better, it’s available every day – right outside your apartment door.

Locally Sourced, Seasonal Ingredients

Waterstone at the Circle maximizes the use of locally sourced ingredients to provide the freshest culinary creations possible. Through the use of locally grown fruits and vegetables when possible, our dining selections feature delicious and nutritious choices that please the palate.

Menus change seasonally to provide a range of dining options featuring refreshing energy and flair.

Impeccable Service

Our dining venues offer an ambiance to meet your lifestyle. From restaurant-style dining you can enjoy with fellow residents and friends to celebrations with family in our private dining room to outdoor seating when the weather is right, Waterstone at the Circle has it all.

If you happen to be looking for a quick bite to eat in the morning, our bistro is the perfect place to meet, read the paper, and feel an even greater sense of community.

Anytime Dining

Because our residents live such an independent lifestyle, they need to be able to dine on their time, their way. Whether this means in-between classes and club meetings, before a morning workout in the fitness center, or after one of our many late afternoon and evening events, we’re here to meet their needs and fit their schedule.

Dining Tailored to Preferences and Needs

Chefs get to know residents over time and learn to cater to their tastes. Whether you’re searching for your favorites, have a specific craving, or prefer something a little more health-conscious, we’re here to accommodate you. Our chefs are also happy to accommodate dietary restrictions.

Discover a Dining Experience That Exceeds Residents’ Expectations.

While residents choose Waterstone at the Circle for any number of reasons, our ability to keep on top of the senior living dining trends is one of the top reasons they choose our community.

“I have been to some of the best restaurants in Massachusetts, and I just can’t think of any changes I would make to the menu at Waterstone. Whether you’re a meat eater or a vegan – they’ve got it. And they’ve got it just right.” – Morris, Waterstone Resident

To learn more about our premier dining experience, schedule a visit. Or, to get an inside look for yourself and see everything our community has to offer, visit our gallery. Here, you’ll see an example of our mouthwatering dining options, get a peek into our lifestyle and access our virtual tour.


Schedule a visit today to discover Waterstone at the Circle’s dining program to get a taste for yourself. While you’re here, you’ll learn more about our independent living community designed for seniors 62 and over.

High Ridge

5 Tips for Aging Gracefully

For some older adults, age is just a number, but for others, age is a barrier. Fortunately, the good news is that age doesn’t have to define you – and you don’t have to let it!

These days, older adults are breaking the boundaries of what we expect about the aging population, and to that we say it’s about time. Today, we look to seniors as a source of knowledge, a standard to live up to, and what graceful, positive aging can look like as the years pass.

So how do we attain graceful aging? While many older adults make it look effortless, it takes plenty of intentional work and effort. Follow our tips to find out what you can do now to help yourself age gracefully in the future.

Tips for Aging Gracefully

Avoid negative stereotypes around aging.

Have you ever heard that older people go to bed early, have a limited social life, follow a rigid routine, have a wide range of health problems, or are generally grumpy? Usually, these are simply stereotypes cast onto seniors.

The truth is, those who age gracefully know that they are in control of themselves and how they want to live as they age, and where and how they want to spend their time. You don’t have to give in to the negative stereotypes – and many, in fact, are not.

At Waterstone on High Ridge, residents find themselves living their lives to the fullest, traveling, pursuing new hobbies, getting active in causes that are important to them, and, yes, even staying up late at times! They simply enjoy the freedom and opportunities they’ve been given to enjoy retirement, all while embracing the possibilities each day holds.

“We can lock our apartment and travel anywhere we wish without a care. We can eat anywhere we choose. We simply can enjoy a stress-free life, and we deserve that.”

– Jennifer & Mark L., Residents of Waterstone on High Ridge

Adopt a positive attitude and mindset.

People who live with a positive mindset or with gratitude often feel happier. If you’re looking to age gracefully, practice gratitude, find ways to laugh every day, manage stress, meditate, reflect on the positive events in your life, or make a list of people or things that you are thankful for.

When you aren’t feeling so positive, these things can help you feel good while improving your mental health.

Take care of your health – in body and in mind.

The aging process can be tough to deal with, but the more you take care of yourself, the better your quality of life will be. As you grow older, focus on the below to achieve healthy aging.

Increase Your Physical Activity Levels

Not only can this decrease your risk of heart disease by lowering your blood pressure, but it’s good for your mind and overall health. Aim to exercise for at least 150 minutes per week.

Enhance Nutrition with Healthy Eating

Exercise isn’t the only thing that can help you age well when you have an increased risk of debilitating health conditions – eating a healthy and nutritious diet can, too. Make sure you’re consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy.

Stick to a Sleep Schedule

Sleep is important for those of all ages, so create a calming bedtime routine and aim for about seven to nine hours of sleep a night.

Don’t Forget To Visit Your Doctor

Regular visits can help you manage your long-term and short-term health conditions, provide advice to enhance your physical health, support you in living longer, and take care of any questions and concerns.

Explore your sense of purpose, allowing you to pursue what excites you.

Retirement is the perfect time to do what you love, try new things and enhance your social connection. Strive to continue learning, traveling, giving back, and really honing in on what it is you’ve wanted to do but never had time to before.

Understand that things may change.

One of the crucial things that older adults understand about aging is that care needs and abilities may change. Those who age gracefully plan, prepare for any possible difficulties and find ways to handle them ahead of time.

Discover How To Age with Grace at Waterstone on High Ridge

If you’re searching for a senior living community that will offer everything you need throughout your aging journey, you’ll find it at Waterstone on High Ridge. With opportunities to socialize, enhance your physical health and wellness, delight in delicious dining, manage your health needs, and make the most of your retirement, you’ll age with grace in an environment created to meet and exceed your expectations.

To experience how Waterstone on High Ridge supports older adults in aging with grace for yourself or to learn more about our premier senior living lifestyle, schedule a visit today.


Waterstone on High Ridge offers a modern approach to senior living in a beautiful hilltop setting. Come see how we redefine independent living, assisted living and memory care in Fairfield County, just minutes away from fine restaurants, retail stores and cultural venues in Stamford and Greenwich.


Benefits of a Positive Mindset as We Age

How old do you feel? If you answered higher than your current age, or even lower, there might just be a good reason for that – and it all has to do with mindset.

Whether you’re trying to hide your age, feel older than you are, or would simply like to freeze time, it’s important to shift your mindset from negativity to positivity. Why? Because a positive attitude has many proven benefits when it comes to aging.

The Perks of Positivity in the Aging Process

Research shows that a positive outlook and attitude about aging may help to reverse the aging process in older adults. A study published in the March 2022 Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences shares that among 233 older men, those who were more optimistic experienced better moods while improving how they viewed stressful situations.

This isn’t the only study that shows how a positive mindset can lead to greater well-being in life.

In research conducted by Ellen Langer, PhD, Harvard University psychology professor, a group of men, one who acted as though they lived in 1959 and those who simply reminisced about the year, noticed enhanced overall well-being, including in vision, old age, cancer, weight, heart health and happiness. Those who acted as though they were younger received even more benefits, showing that while growing older may be a part of life, anti-aging may be all about being young at heart and staying positive.

Ways To Put Positivity Into Motion

How can older people achieve healthy aging while seeing aging in a positive light? If you or a loved one is on a mission to reverse the aging process while adopting a healthy lifestyle, check out these ideas that can help.

Embrace Gratitude and Focus on Positive Emotions

When you focus on all the good things happening around you, you leave little room for the negative thoughts and experiences to cast a shadow. Check out some of the many ways you can embrace gratitude, improve your mental health and be more positive with these tips.

  • Maintain a journal
  • Make a list of three things you’re thankful for each day
  • Meditate
  • Collect happy memories in a jar to read at the end of the year, or longer
  • Assess and reframe negative thoughts

Increase Physical Activity

Have you ever felt happier and more energized after exercising? This is because exercise releases endorphins, which can make you not only healthier but also happier. Strive to increase your physical activity by creating a fitness routine. If you want to bring a little more sunshine to your routine, exercise with friends or attend a group yoga or tai chi class.

Tip: If you’re struggling to start, focus on viewing exercise in a positive light, too. Instead of viewing it as something you have to do, reframe it as something you’re happy to have the ability to do.

Stay Social

Happiness is contagious, and being around friends can provide a significant boost to a person’s mood. Surround yourself with positive people who encourage you to be the best version of yourself!

Manage Stress

An overload of stress can be detrimental to your health and well-being. Find effective ways to manage this, whether it’s talking with friends, exercising, practicing self-care, getting involved throughout your community, or simply taking a break for something that brings you joy.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle

If you feel better, you’re likely to be more positive and could even live longer. This doesn’t just mean exercising; it also includes eating healthy, quitting bad habits like smoking or drinking excessively, scheduling routine doctor’s visits, managing health conditions like high blood pressure, and keeping your mind and body as healthy as possible.

Find Humor in Everyday Life

Laughter can be some of the best medicine. Whenever negative things happen or something doesn’t go according to plan, find a way to laugh about it or view it in a more positive light. This won’t just help you realize that what you’re going through might not be that bad, but it can help lighten some of the pressure while bringing joy.

Shift Negative Stereotypes

One of the best ways to reverse the aging process is to shift what you think aging looks like.

Today’s seniors are more active than ever and are looking for ways to enhance their senior living experience. At Waterstone at Wellesley, we’re kicking old stereotypes to the curb every day with an enriching and engaging lifestyle crafted around the retirement seniors are searching for.

Discover how we put everything in place for healthy, happy and positive aging. Schedule a visit to learn more about our lifestyle today.


Waterstone at Wellesley offers independent living and assisted living options in Wellesley along the bank of the Charles River. Schedule a visit today to experience our lifestyle and learn how we help seniors thrive.


Making New Friends In Our Senior Years

As children, we are able to make friends from the simplest of conversations, but as we age and life gets busier and more demanding, it becomes more difficult. By the time we hit our senior years and retirement age, we may find ourselves with only a couple of close friends – and much more free time. It’s when this happens that many find they’d like to widen their social circle and make new friends.

Benefits of Friendship

Why is it important for older adults to make new friends? One of the biggest reasons is to prevent social isolation. Beyond this, there is an increasing list of benefits to friendship that can make retirement more enjoyable.

  • Decreased risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease, dementia and high blood pressure
  • Improved mental and physical health
  • Enhanced social support and emotional support
  • Fewer feelings of loneliness
  • Better cognitive health
  • Increased happiness and joy

Making Friends as a Senior

If you’re among the many older adults who want to make new friends but aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help.

Get out of your comfort zone.

It can be nerve-wracking to make new friends, but it’s important to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Try hanging out in common areas where you’re likely to chat with others nearby, try new things, or hang out with your friends’ friends.

Join new clubs and groups that interest you.

One of the best ways to create social connections and strong friendships is to just spend time doing things you love. Whether you decide to revisit an old hobby that you haven’t enjoyed in quite some time, join a new group that you’ve been considering or try something entirely new, you’re sure to meet others who could become your good friends.

Try joining an exercise class.

Finding a class that enhances your health and wellness doesn’t just provide many physical and mental health benefits. It’ll also introduce you to those who want to remain active and healthy, too. Take up a yoga, tai chi or a group fitness class to ensure you’re surrounded by others with the same goals as you.

Set up weekly get-togethers and meetings.

Whether you join book clubs, hold recipe swaps, attend brunches or begin hosting cocktail hours, these weekly meetings can be a great way to get to know new people.

To enhance connection or to help you stay involved when you aren’t able to meet in person, create a social network via Facebook groups or hold virtual meetings. It might not feel the same as meeting face-to-face, but it can provide a short-term solution.

Chat with those you see frequently, or say hello to a stranger.

Do you notice you see the same people in passing every day? Stop to chat, or simply say hello; you never know, it could spark a new friendship.

Say yes to unexpected invitations.

Have you been invited to an event you wouldn’t usually attend? Instead of declining the invite, choose to accept! Has an acquaintance asked you if you’d like to join them for dinner or an outing? Go with them. Not only can turning your usual “no” into a “yes” introduce you to new things you might enjoy, but this can help you meet new people, too.

Join a cause you’re passionate about or volunteer.

By focusing on the things that are most important to you, you might find yourself making new friends quickly. Consider volunteering at an animal shelter, helping out at a soup kitchen, volunteering to teach a class, or mentoring others. No matter what you choose, giving back can be a great way to gain new friends while increasing your involvement within your community.

Make New Friends at Waterstone of Westchester

When seniors make a move to Waterstone, they don’t just open the door to a world of possibilities. They open the door to endless opportunities to make new friends and expand their social circle.

With a range of programs and social activities, wellness classes and a walkable location, there are plenty of chances to make new friends. Enjoy one of many cultural or social programs offered daily, try a new class in our mind-body studio, explore the surrounding area, or dine with someone that you’ve just met. No matter what you decide, the choices are all yours.


With an array of activities and events, a focus on a robust lifestyle, and a commitment to wellness, life at Waterstone of Westchester takes the idea of home to an entirely new level.

Learn more about our premier independent living community where you’ll thrive in a beautifully appointed apartment with designer finishes and enjoy connecting with friends in our stunning common areas. Come home to Waterstone of Westchester.


How Waterstone Helps Seniors Avoid the Winter Blues

The winter blues are something many people deal with, often beginning during the dreary days of fall and winter months. But how can you melt them away? At Waterstone of Lexington, we make it simple for older adults to thrive all year round, even when the weather outside is gloomy. Read on to find out how you can escape the winter blues with Waterstone.

Techniques To Beat the Winter Blues

Increase Social Interaction

Many of us are no stranger to the fact that spending time with friends, family, and even acquaintances can boost our mood, enhance mental health, and add a little extra joy to our days. Whether you remain involved in your favorite social groups, connect virtually with those you love, schedule weekly get-togethers with friends, or take up a new hobby to make new friends, the benefits can be far-reaching.

At Waterstone of Lexington, our residents know it best. Each day, there’s something new to enjoy. From residents challenging each other in our game room to meeting in Buckman’s Tavern to enjoying regularly scheduled social and recreational programs, the winter blues and isolation are faraway problems for those who live here.

Even better, though, is that everything you need to connect with others is just outside your apartment door – meaning no need to brave the cold or dreary winter weather.

Increase Physical Activity

Staying active also boosts your mood, decreases depression, and enhances energy levels. While others may need to join a gym or do home workouts, our residents never need to get a gym membership because their gym is located right inside our community. Here, the options for integrative wellness are endless, with an indoor heated pool and fitness center staffed by professional fitness and aquatic instructors, a mind-body studio, a range of fitness classes, and outdoor walking paths providing access to natural light to improve circadian rhythms and boost moods.

Eat Healthy

Eating the right foods can decrease your likelihood of experiencing the winter blues. You should aim to eat fish around three to five times a week if possible, consume a variety of fruits and vegetables, enjoy some berries, and yes, even savor some dark chocolate.

At Waterstone of Lexington, our culinary team creates nutritious and exceptionally delicious meals tailored to our residents’ needs. With anytime dining at our restaurant, seasonal menus featuring distinctive meals, a juice bar for those on the go, dining is a delight.

Engage the Mind

Warming up your mind can help to make this season feel less dreary. Instead of feeling blue about the lack of outdoor activities, warm weather and fun, make the most of the things you can do inside.

At Waterstone of Lexington, residents engage in our cultural and educational programming, attend stimulating lectures, use our maker space, view shows in the media room and movie theater, and more.

Now is when residents like to plan ahead for warmer weather, too. Whether they’re figuring out what they’ll plant in the garden this year, which trips they’d like to take with new friends, or where they’d like to explore, it’s a great way to bring a little excitement for the spring to come.

When Winter Blues Don’t Melt Away

If you’re finding that your winter blues are simply too difficult to shake, it’s important to talk with a doctor. It’s possible it could be seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or another health condition. Your doctor will be able to offer ways to help, possibly including light therapy or medication.

If it’s difficult for you to get to a doctor, Waterstone can help with that, too. With scheduled transportation, you won’t need to worry about driving in bad weather. You can also take advantage of our Wellness and Telemedicine Suite. These are just some of the many ways we can help make winter even easier, helping you enjoy it just a little bit more.

Feel the Warmth of Waterstone

Have you had enough of the cold winter? Trade in your winter blues for a life of warmth, engagement and fun at Waterstone. To learn more or to experience our lifestyle for yourself, schedule a visit today.


Waterstone of Lexington offers a modern approach to retirement living in a historical setting with concierge services and impressive amenities. Come see how we redefine independent living and assisted living with a visit today.

The Circle

Tips for a Healthier You in 2023

A new year has begun, and if you’re like many others, you’ve written out – or thought up – a specific set of goals for your fresh start. If one of your goals is to be healthier in 2023, read on for tips to achieve your resolution – or to take it to the next level.

What To Focus On for Optimal Senior Health and Wellness

A healthier you doesn’t just mean you should focus on fitness, though it does help. There are a range of aspects of wellness you should keep in mind for healthy aging. These include social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and physical health.

What can you do to foster each of these dimensions for a healthier you? The possibilities are truly endless, so choose options to best fit your needs and goals this new year.

How Older Adults Can Achieve Optimal Health and Wellness in 2023

Enhance Social Health

Social interaction has an impact on your overall health. In fact, it reduces the risk of health issues, like depression, while enhancing a sense of belonging and decreasing feelings of isolation.

  • Join a club or group
  • Attend social events
  • Limit time on social media, instead opting for personal connection
  • Enjoy opportunities for intergenerational connections, including mentoring students or volunteering at your church
  • Consider moving to senior living where you will find new friends with similar interests

Increase Intellectual Health

Lifelong learning enhances quality of life while bringing health benefits to those who seek out the possibilities they provide. Put some additional focus on intellectual health with these ideas.

  • Attend classes and lectures
  • Explore local museums
  • Try out a new hobby
  • Pursue your passions
  • Take advantage of local cultural opportunities
  • Travel when you’re able, even if it’s a short day trip or weekend getaway

Bonus: Experiences like these can also help to protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

Put More Focus on Emotional Health

Mental health is an important aspect of overall health and wellness because it directly impacts the mind and the body. Discover how you can improve your emotional health with these tips.

  • Focus on positivity and gratitude
  • Aim for better sleep, around seven to nine hours nightly
  • Find ways to relieve stress, including exercise or meditation
  • Journal or list out things you are thankful for

Foster Spiritual Health

With so much focus placed on emotional and physical health, it’s not uncommon to forget about spiritual health. No matter what this means for you, fostering your spiritual health has a range of benefits.

  • Find a sense of purpose in everyday life
  • Reflect or meditate
  • Connect with your faith
  • Give back to others

Power Up Your Physical Health

A healthier lifestyle is never a bad thing to seek. This year, increase your physical activity, cut back on bad habits, eat healthy, and more.

  • Remain a healthy weight, losing weight or maintaining if needed, while exercising regularly
  • Cut back on processed foods, which also helps with weight loss
  • Drink water and cut back on sugary sodas
  • Try exercise classes, remembering to enhance balance, flexibility and stability
  • Explore tai chi or yoga, which combine multiple dimensions of wellness
  • Stop smoking and drink alcohol only in moderation

Discover Wellness at Waterstone at the Circle

We make it simple for residents to meet their New Year’s resolutions while staying healthy.

With a full calendar of social events, groups and clubs, access to lifelong learning possibilities and spiritual opportunities, and plentiful wellness and fitness programs, residents have everything they need to live healthy. Even better, this includes supportive healthcare services available within the comfort of residents’ private apartments.

To experience how you can have your healthiest year yet, or to learn about our independent living community for seniors 62 and over, schedule a tour.