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As active older adults transition into retirement, searching for a premier senior living community becomes a pivotal decision. The right community can elevate their retirement living experience by ensuring a vibrant and engaging environment, offering a maintenance-free lifestyle, and providing security for the future. Because of this, it’s crucial to consider numerous factors to ensure the chosen community aligns with specific needs and preferences.

We’ll dive into the key categories of what you or a loved one should look for in a senior living community to help guide your search.

Location

The location of a senior living community is more than just a geographical aspect; it’s about creating an environment that suits your lifestyle. Look for communities that offer proximity to healthcare facilities, shopping centers, and cultural attractions. Access to nature, parks, and recreational areas can contribute to a better quality of life, promoting both physical and mental well-being.

At Waterstone, each community features a prime location with a range of features, amenities, and options to meet your or your loved one’s needs and preferences.

Waterstone at the Circle

Located in Boston at the foot of Chestnut Hill, Waterstone at the Circle puts you close to the city’s retailers, restaurants, and area attractions.

Waterstone on High Ridge

Close to downtown Stamford, CT, Waterstone on High Ridge offers a continuum of care with a beautiful hillside location near a conservation area.

Waterstone of Lexington

The first thing you’ll notice about Waterstone of Lexington is its stunning mid-century design, situated among the quiet beauty of a wooded conservation area in Lexington, MA.

Waterstone at Wellesley

If you or a loved one are looking for luxury senior living in the Wellesley area, you’ll find it along the banks of the Charles River at Waterstone at Wellesley.

Waterstone of Westchester

Curated style, fulfilling lifestyle, and a beautiful location near fine shops and restaurants in White Plains, NY? You’ll find it all with Waterstone of Westchester.

Levels of Care

Understanding the level of care and living options provided in each retirement community you are considering is paramount in selecting the right location for yourself or a loved one.

Some communities specialize in independent living, while others offer various levels of support, accommodating potential changes in health and wellness over time. At Waterstone, you can often find all of the above, with offerings including:

Independent Living

Enjoy an active lifestyle supported by attentive services and distinctive amenities. If needed, on-site supportive care services are available through valued healthcare providers.

Assisted Living

Communities offering assisted living services feature dedicated support without compromising your or your loved one’s lifestyle. Continue living carefree and enjoying life maintenance-free all while having access to 24-hour personal care.

Memory Care

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with dementia, it’s possible to be supported by Bridges® by EPOCH, which provides world-class memory care services for those within or adjacent to select Waterstone communities.

Active, Wellness-Focused Lifestyle

An active lifestyle is essential for maintaining physical and mental health in older adults. Premier senior living communities will emphasize programs, activities and events that promote socialization, physical fitness, and mental stimulation.

Look for communities that offer fitness centers and indoor pools, walking trails, group exercises classes, and other wellness programs. A robust activity calendar ensures there are ample opportunities for residents to participate in events that align with their interests and hobbies. Within Waterstone communities, you can expect all of this and more.

Engaging Programming

An enriching and diverse range of programs is a hallmark of premier senior living communities. From educational seminars and cultural events to hobby clubs and wellness classes, engaging programming fosters a sense of community and purpose. Evaluate the community’s commitment to providing a stimulating and fulfilling lifestyle through well-planned activities.

At Waterstone Senior Living communities, residents enjoy programs like:

  • Creative art classes
  • Aquatics classes
  • Tai chi and yoga
  • Lifelong learning seminars
  • Book clubs and meet-the-author events
  • Social hours and live entertainment
  • Movie nights
  • Chef demonstrations
  • Competitive card or board games

Premier Amenities

Amenities contribute significantly to the overall lifestyle experience in senior living communities. Look for features that Waterstone Senior Living communities offer, such as:

  • Various dining venues from formal to casual – and even catering
  • Chic and cozy lounges, bistros and bar areas
  • Fitness centers with indoor heated pools
  • Libraries, movie theaters, and card rooms
  • Media and arts centers
  • Outdoor spaces, gardens, and recreational areas
Waterstone on High Ridge model kitchen

Well-Appointed Apartments

One of the best ways to distinguish a premier senior living community is with its apartment features. Most communities offer several floor plan options in a variety of sizes to meet individual preferences, but the style and finishes of an apartment can make all the difference.

Waterstone Senior Living communities feature spacious, pet-friendly apartments with elevated details that make residents feel right at home. Each bright, stylish apartment includes a designer kitchen, luxurious bathroom with walk-in shower, spacious living areas, walk-in closet, washer and dryer, and abundant natural light.

Maintenance-Free Lifestyle

One of the key attractions of senior living communities is the promise of a maintenance-free lifestyle. Premier communities like Waterstone manage tasks such as housekeeping, landscaping, home maintenance, and repairs, allowing residents to enjoy their time without the burden of household chores.

Gourmet Culinary Experience

When searching for a premier senior living community, you can expect the dining experience to stand out from the crowd. At Waterstone communities, the culinary teams create seasonal menus featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Creative dishes that are not only nutritious but please the palate (and are customized to dietary restrictions) are served with hospitality and ambiance in beautiful dining spaces.

The Perfect Option for Premier Senior Living Awaits at Waterstone

For New England seniors, there’s no better place to choose for your retirement than Waterstone Senior Living. To explore our communities, visit our website or contact us today.

Waterstone Senior Living’s driving philosophy is to create more than just beautiful living spaces for seniors; it’s about fostering a sense of home. Waterstone’s premier communities feature stunning architecture and design complemented by convenient amenities, concierge services, exquisite dining experiences, dynamic programs, and dedicated teams ready to serve. With a strong commitment to health and wellness, Waterstone provides luxurious communities where seniors aged 62 and over thrive. Contact us today to schedule a tour to one of our Waterstone communities, located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.

What are you looking for in your ideal senior living community? Is it location, style, services, amenities, programs, or fine dining? If you’re like many Waterstone residents, your answer is likely “all of the above.”

This desire for an elevated lifestyle leads so many older adults to our premier communities – but don’t take it only from us. In this blog, we’ll share more about what Waterstone residents love most about our senior living communities.

Upscale Atmosphere

After a long hunt for a senior living community in the Boston area, I was thrilled to find the Waterstone of Lexington. This place is 5-star in every way – the staff, the building, the food, the residents, the activities. It is vibrant, very social, and always a treat to visit. I didn’t think luxury and senior living were possible until I found the Waterstone of Lexington – there is nothing like it!

– Jeanna, Daughter of Waterstone of Lexington Resident

Waterstone Senior Living communities are designed with the utmost consideration for the comfort and convenience of residents. From thoughtfully crafted living spaces to common areas that encourage socialization, our communities are built to enhance the overall quality of life for older adults.

Our attention to detail, luxurious amenities, and environment create a community where residents can truly relax, continue learning, nurture their passions, and live as they please.

Maintenance-Free Living

“Instead of worrying about what to cook for dinner every night or the household tasks like changing the sheets every week, we get to enjoy the fitness center daily, attend vibrant programs, and make incredible new friendships.

– Theresa and Frank, Waterstone on High Ridge Residents

Waterstone relieves residents of the burdens associated with homeownership, including housekeeping, home maintenance, and general upkeep. The beauty of maintenance-free living in a luxury apartment allows residents to focus on enjoying their interests and hobbies without worrying about household chores or necessary repairs. Our carefree Waterstone lifestyle helps them to live bigger in a smaller space.

lobster meal on a modern white plate

Exquisite Dining

“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 at the Circle Resident

At our Waterstone Senior Living communities, skilled chefs curate menus that meet the nutritional needs of older adults and offer a culinary journey filled with diverse flavors and options.

Residents can savor delicious meals in elegant dining rooms, fostering a sense of community and making every meal a delightful occasion. And, if they choose, they can cook within their own apartment, sharpening their culinary skills and sharing their own creations with new friends.

Active Social Life

waterstone senior living lounge

“After living in two other senior communities, Waterstone of Westchester is quite unique and a delight to live in. It’s great to be back in Westchester and reconnecting with old friends. The staff here really does a fantastic job engaging the residents with many different programs.”

– Muriel, Waterstone of Westchester Resident

Waterstone Senior Living communities are bustling with social activities, events, and clubs tailored to the varied interests of residents. We encourage residents to take part in an active social life, from art classes and fitness programs to book clubs and cultural events.

Enriching Programs

Life at Waterstone has opened a wonderful new chapter of my life filled with laughter, new friendships, and more activities than my favorite cruise!

– Alissa, Waterstone on High Ridge Resident

Residents have access to educational programs, workshops, and lectures catering to diverse interests. This commitment to intellectual engagement keeps the mind sharp and curiosity alive.

Opportunities to Enhance Wellness

Waterstone on High Ridge Pool

I chose Waterstone because it is gorgeous, and everybody is friendly. The exercise programs and instructors are fantastic!”

– Hazel, Waterstone of Westchester Resident

Our holistic approach to wellness sets us apart. From personal training and wellness classes staffed by professional instructors to state-of-the-art fitness centers and tailored wellness programs, older adults can maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

Concierge Services

Elevating the experience, our concierge services add an extra layer of luxury and convenience. From organizing transportation to coordinating appointments, handling reservations, and providing assistance, concierge services are dedicated to making life seamless for residents.

waterstone senior living exterior

Worry-Free Lifestyle

“Waterstone has not only been a tremendous gift in my life in independent living, but the greatest gift was how happy my husband was in memory care. The warm, friendly staff and residents make the community a place where people truly care about each other! I just love it here!”

– Mary S., Waterstone on High Ridge Resident

Recognizing the evolving needs of older adults, many of our communities offer access to supportive care services or even higher levels of care, such as assisted living or memory care. Residents can live fully knowing support is available if health needs change over time.

Ready to Experience Waterstone Communities for Yourself?

We’d love to have you come visit one of our welcoming communities! Contact the community nearest you today.

Explore Waterstone Senior Living

Waterstone Senior Living’s driving philosophy is to create more than just beautiful living spaces for seniors; it’s about fostering a sense of home. Waterstone’s premier communities feature stunning architecture and design complemented by convenient amenities, concierge services, exquisite dining experiences, dynamic programs, and dedicated teams ready to serve. With a strong commitment to health and wellness, Waterstone provides luxurious communities where seniors aged 62 and over thrive. Contact us today to schedule a tour to one of our Waterstone communities, located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.

Retirement marks a significant chapter in one’s life, a time for relaxation, self-discovery, and perhaps a bit of adventure. For older adults and their adult children, watching movies that depict the various facets of retirement can be both entertaining and enlightening. Below, we’re listing our favorite movies about retirement.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel highlights a group of British retirees who decide to retire to a newly renovated hotel in India. This decision leads to a series of heartwarming and comedic adventures, sure to delight.

As a bonus, check out The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, with Richard Gere joining the cast.

Cocoon

A group of residents in a retirement community discover a pool with mysterious powers that rejuvenate them. The science fiction comedy/drama film explores themes of aging, friendship, and the desire for a second chance.

Poms

This documentary follows a group of older women who form a cheerleading squad, challenging stereotypes about age and proving that life can be exciting at any stage.

Quartet

Directed by Dustin Hoffman, this film is set in a retirement home for musicians and follows the rekindling of past relationships and passions as residents prepare for a concert.

Comedies About Retirement

Ready for a good laugh? These movies will have your stomach muscles working, your eyes watering, and the good times rolling.

Going in Style

This comedy, starring Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin, follows three retirees who rob a bank after their pensions are canceled.

Grumpy Old Men

Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star in this comedy revolving around the lifelong rivalry and pranks between two senior neighbors.

Last Vegas

Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline join together in a comedy where old friends reunite in Las Vegas for a bachelor party.

Romance Movies About Seniors

Everyone loves a love story! Fall in love with some of these romantic movies.

The Leisure Seeker

Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star in this film about a couple who embark on a road trip in their vintage RV, rediscovering love and memories along the way.

It’s Complicated

This romantic comedy features Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin as divorced spouses who rekindle a romantic relationship later in life.

Grumpier Old Men

Grumpy Old Men’s sequel, Grumpier Old Men, continues the comedic and romantic adventures of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau’s characters.

Queen Bees

A romantic comedy-drama featuring Ellen Burstyn as a woman who reluctantly enters a retirement community and discovers unexpected friendships and romance.

Adventure Movies About Retired People

In the mood for some excitement and adventure? Add these movies to your “To Watch” list.

The Bucket List

Two terminally ill men, played by Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, meet in a hospital and decide to fulfill their bucket lists. Along the way, they realize it’s never too late to live life to the fullest.

Red

Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren star in this action-packed comedy, which follows a group of retired CIA agents who reassemble to uncover a conspiracy.

Stand Up Guys

Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin are retired gangsters who reunite for one last night of adventure and reflection.

The Straight Story

Based on a true story, this drama follows a senior who embarks on a journey to visit his estranged brother on a lawnmower.

Nebraska

This film follows a father and son on a road trip to claim a million-dollar prize, and they encounter relatives in the father’s old hometown.

Dramas About Seniors

A little action, some mystery and history, and a captivating time. These dramas are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat or put a lump in your throat.

Space Cowboys

Four retired Air Force test pilots, played by Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner, are sent into space to repair an old satellite.

A Man Called Otto

Based on the bestselling novel, A Man Called Ove, this movie stars Tom Hanks as a grumpy old man who finds a new purpose in his retirement.

King of Thieves

Based on a true story, this crime-comedy features a group of senior men who plan and execute a heist in London’s jewelry district.

Gran Torino

A Korean War veteran and retired auto worker, portrayed by Clint Eastwood, forms an unlikely friendship with a young Hmong boy, addressing issues of race and generational gaps.

Not a movie watcher?

TV shows can still be a great way to bond with family and friends while getting a look at the experiences many older people have in real life. Try:

  • Grace and Frankie
  • Golden Girls
  • Hot in Cleveland

Plan your picture-perfect retirement with us.

At Waterstone Senior Living, we bring older adults opportunities to engage, socialize, continue their pursuit of lifelong learning, and live to the fullest. Learn more about our communities today.

Discover Waterstone Senior Living

Waterstone Senior Living’s driving philosophy is to create more than just beautiful living spaces for seniors; it’s about fostering a sense of home. Waterstone’s premier communities feature stunning architecture and design complemented by convenient amenities, concierge services, exquisite dining experiences, dynamic programs, and dedicated teams ready to serve. With a strong commitment to health and wellness, Waterstone provides luxurious communities where seniors aged 62 and over thrive. Contact us today to schedule a tour to one of our Waterstone communities, located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.

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High Ridge

Uncover the Facts: What Is Mixed Dementia?

Dementia, a collective term for cognitive disorders affecting memory, thinking, and daily functioning, comes in various forms and subtypes. As our population ages, the prevalence of this condition is on the rise, making it crucial to understand and address the nuances of each subtype.

One particularly perplexing subtype is mixed dementia, which presents a unique challenge for patients and healthcare professionals because of its diverse origins. Recognizing the need to demystify this condition is the first step toward providing better care and support for those affected, and we’re here to help.

What Is Mixed Dementia?

Mixed dementia is a condition where an individual exhibits symptoms of more than one type of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and sometimes other forms.

Vascular disease, specifically high blood pressure, plays a significant role in the development and progression of this condition.

Common Types of Mixed Dementia

Several types of this condition exist, each causing various symptoms. Below, we’re exploring some of the most common types.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia

This type includes a mix of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Alzheimer’s disease, which is marked by amyloid plaques and tau tangles, combines with vascular dementia’s impaired blood flow, causing a decline in cognitive function. High blood pressure is a significant risk factor.

Lewy Body Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

In this combination, Lewy bodies and Alzheimer’s pathology intertwine, resulting in symptoms such as:

  • Visual hallucinations
  • Limited mobility
  • Tremors
  • Fluctuating cognitive states

How Is Mixed Dementia Diagnosed?

A diagnosis of these conditions requires a multidisciplinary approach to accurately assess symptoms and differentiate them from other forms. Most often, it is diagnosed through a comprehensive process, including:

  • A thorough medical history assessment
  • Physical examination
  • Cognitive testing
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Brain imaging, including MRI, CT, and PET scans
  • Blood tests
  • Genetic testing

While advances in diagnostic technologies and clinical assessments have improved the ability to diagnose these conditions during a person’s lifetime, there are still instances where the complexity of the condition or overlapping symptoms may make it challenging to distinguish between different types definitively. Because of this, there are times this condition may not be detected until an autopsy study is completed.

Treatments for Mixed Dementia

Managing this condition involves addressing each form’s specific dementia symptoms and causes. While there is no cure, various treatments and interventions aim to enhance quality of life and slow the condition’s progression.

Medications

Cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine are prescribed to manage cognitive symptoms, especially in cases where vascular and Alzheimer’s components are at play.

Lifestyle Interventions

Lifestyle interventions, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, are crucial for managing risk factors like high blood pressure.

Supportive Therapies for Caregivers

For caregivers dealing with the challenges of this condition, stress management and support groups play a vital role.

Bridges® Memory Care at Waterstone on High Ridge

Navigating a dementia diagnosis of any kind can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Waterstone on High Ridge is here to help with expert information and the support you need to provide the best care possible for your loved one. Join us for an upcoming event, or reach out to our team to schedule a visit to our Bridges® memory care residences.

Within our Bridges® memory care residences, we care for your loved one through every stage, delivering compassionate support and enriching programming. Within our residences, those with memory loss have access to:

  • Beautifully designed memory care suites
  • 24-hour licensed nursing support
  • A highly trained, compassionate memory care team
  • Daily routine assistance – including with dressing, eating and socializing
  • Three nourishing chef-prepared meals daily
  • Stimulating activities to enhance cognitive and physical abilities

Contact us to learn more today.

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The Circle

The Complete Downsizing Checklist for Seniors

Embarking on the journey to senior living is a significant transition, one that often involves downsizing from a larger home to a living space more in line with a senior’s needs. While the prospect of downsizing may seem daunting, with careful planning and a step-by-step approach, the process can become more manageable and even liberating.

We’ve created a checklist designed to guide you through the downsizing process, ensuring a smooth and stress-free transition to your new home in a senior living community.

Start Early

Begin the downsizing process well in advance of when you plan to move in order to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Starting early allows for thoughtful decision-making and helps you sort through possessions with less pressure.

At communities like ours, we welcome seniors to speak with our team about setting a reasonable timeline for a move-in. We’re here to help as you navigate this big step!

Assess Your New Space

Understand the layout and dimensions of your new living space in the senior living community. This knowledge will inform your decisions about what to keep, what to donate, and what simply won’t fit.

With a variety of floor plans to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the right space for you and your needs.

Create a Sorting System

Organize your belongings into categories: keep, donate, sell, and discard. It could be helpful to use colored stickers or labels to easily identify each category. This system streamlines the downsizing process.

Prioritize Sentimental Items

Begin with items that hold significant sentimental value. Decide which heirlooms, photos, or mementos are must-keeps, and carefully consider their placement in your new home.

This is also a great time to pass down special items to children and grandchildren, if you desire. Keepsakes that they loved in your home will be meaningful in their own home, too.

Downsize Your Furniture

Assess your furniture in terms of both size and functionality. Opt for multi-functional pieces when possible, and choose items that will complement the layout of your new living space.

This part of the process can be a lot of fun and might lead you to finding new ways to use your furniture that’s perfect for your new residence.

Digitize Documents

Reduce paper clutter by digitizing important documents. Scan and store legal, financial, and medical documents digitally, ensuring easy access without the need for physical storage space.

Important documents you want to ensure are saved include a durable power of attorney, federal and state income tax returns, and medical information such as treatment plans and insurance information.

Address Clothing and Accessories

Streamline your wardrobe by donating or selling clothing and accessories you no longer need. Focus on versatile, seasonless items that will fit comfortably in your new closet space.

Remember to keep any items that are sentimental or valuable to you.

Kitchen Essentials

Pare down your kitchen items to the essentials. Consider the available storage space in your new residence and keep only the cookware, utensils, and dishes you use regularly.

A main perk of senior living is that dining is part of your experience. You’ll enjoy gourmet meals and delicious snacks prepared each day by our culinary team.

Seek Assistance

Enlist the help of family members, friends, or professionals to make the process more efficient. They can provide emotional support and assistance with heavy lifting or logistics.

You can even seek out moving companies that specialize in supporting older adults with the move to a senior living community.

Don’t Forget About Technology

Update your technology to suit your new lifestyle. Consider simplifying your devices and ensuring they are user-friendly for your convenience.

This also might be a fun time to try something new, like an Apple Watch or Amazon Echo.

Plan for Donating and Discarding

Arrange for the proper disposal of items you’re discarding. This may include scheduling a bulk pickup, donating to local charities, or organizing a garage sale.

Manage the Move

Plan the logistics of your move well in advance. Hire professional movers experienced in senior relocations, and make arrangements for transportation and assistance with unpacking at your new home.

Other items you’ll want to considering on moving day include:

  • Assigning someone to meet the movers at your new residence.
  • If you’re moving with a pet, ensure you have food and water ready for them.
  • Packing a small bag with personal items so you’re ready for your first night without digging through boxes.
  • Preparing to spend a few days unpacking and organizing.

Settling Into Your New Home

Take the time to acclimate to your new surroundings. Personalize your space with cherished items and gradually explore the amenities and social opportunities offered by the senior living community. There will be many new friends to meet and things to see!

Downsizing is a transformative process that opens the door to a more comfortable and enjoyable living experience. By following this checklist and embracing the change, you’ll find yourself on the path to a fulfilling and vibrant chapter in your golden years.

Rightsized Senior Living at Waterstone at the Circle.

At Waterstone at the Circle, we believe in living bigger within a smaller space. Our luxury lifestyle provides modern conveniences while you enjoy all the benefits of senior living. For our residents, the entire community becomes your home.

Downsizing can be overwhelming, but when you’re planning for your next step, it can also be liberating and inspiring. Give us a call at 617.396.4422 to learn more about how our team helps seniors through the process of moving to senior living.

For those seeking an active retirement, a transition to independent living is an exciting life change. No matter how thrilled about a move you may be, however, we understand the process can be stressful at times. With careful planning and consideration, the move can be made simple and can become a positive and enriching experience. To help you get started, we’ll share 7 tips for moving to a senior living community.

1 | Start Planning Early

Moving to senior living involves various considerations. Start the planning process early to avoid unnecessary stress. Create a timeline including when you want to move and include tasks such as:

  • Visiting several communities of choice
  • Beginning to sort, organize and downsize your possessions
  • Deciding on the type of senior living floor plan that best fits your needs
  • Handling legal and financial matters
  • Planning your move-in date

2 | Visit Different Communities

Explore various senior living communities to find one that aligns with your lifestyle and preferences. Visit multiple communities, talk to staff members and residents, and participate in community activities and programs. This firsthand experience will give you a better understanding of the atmosphere, amenities, and social opportunities each community offers.

Be sure to keep a list of your top favorites so you can continue to evaluate which would be your best move. If you’re stuck between two, visit both again.

3 | Understand the Financial Aspect

Different communities offer different pricing structures. Research your options and inquire about what is included in the fees.

Consider how you’ll pay. Will you sell your home or put a down payment on your lifestyle? You’ll need to know how you’re financing the move.

4 | Downsize Thoughtfully

Downsizing is often a necessary part of transitioning to senior living. Take the time to declutter and downsize belongings thoughtfully. Keep items with sentimental value, and consider the size and layout of your new living space when deciding what to pack or bring along. This process can be emotionally challenging, so enlist the help of family and friends for support.

5 | Prioritize Health and Wellness

It’s essential to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle to enhance quality of life during the aging process. This is why many senior living communities provide a range of health and wellness services. Prioritize communities that offer fitness programs, healthcare services, and a focus on overall well-being.

6 | Stay Connected with Family and Friends

Moving to senior living doesn’t mean losing touch with loved ones. Choose a community that encourages socialization and visitation. Make an effort to stay connected with family and friends through regular visits, phone calls, and virtual communication.

7 | Embrace the Community Lifestyle

Senior living communities offer a variety of activities and events to foster a sense of community. Embrace this lifestyle by participating in activities, clubs, and outings. Building connections with fellow senior living residents can lead to lasting friendships and a more fulfilling experience.

Experience Luxury Senior Living at Waterstone of Westchester

Making the move to senior living is a big decision, but our residents often tell us they wish they’d done it sooner! When you make the move to Waterstone of Westchester, you can enjoy:

  • A maintenance-free lifestyle
  • A beautiful floor plan that’s perfect for you
  • Engaging programming
  • Opportunities to enhance your wellness
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • For those who need assistance living as independently as possible, we even connect residents to supportive care services they need through premier healthcare providers

Our concierge can easily help to connect you with moving services, organizing companies and more to make your move as smooth and seamless as possible. Call us today to learn more.

As we age, the need for supportive care may become more apparent. Assisted living is a popular choice for individuals seeking a balance between independence and assistance.

In this blog, we will delve into the essentials of assisted living to reveal:

  • What assisted living is
  • What the benefits are
  • What assisted living requires
  • Who would not benefit from this option
  • What qualifications need to be met to remain in assisted living

We’ll also touch upon what unique assisted living communities like Waterstone of Lexington provide.

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a form of long-term care designed to assist individuals with activities of daily living (ADLs) while promoting independence and helping seniors maintain a high quality of life. This care is provided in a community setting, giving seniors access to support if or when it’s needed on-site.

Benefits of Assisted Living

Assisted living offers a range of benefits that cater to the unique needs of individuals as they age. These benefits extend beyond the basic provision of care, enriching the lives of residents in various ways.

  • Customized care plans, considering factors like medical history, current health status, and preferences, ensure residents receive the specific care and attention they require.
  • Residents have the opportunity to engage in various activities, fostering a sense of community and reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation.
  • Assisted living facilities provide a range of dining options, ensuring residents receive nutritious, well-balanced meals catered to their tastes and dietary restrictions.
  • Trained staff can assist with medication management, regular health check-ups, and prompt response to emergencies.
  • Assisted living communities enhance physical activity and mental stimulation through organized fitness programs, outings, and recreational activities.

Qualifications for Assisted Living

Qualifying for assisted living involves a comprehensive assessment to determine whether an individual’s needs align with the services and support offered. Below are some of the requirements of assisted living.

Age

Residents in assisted living typically enter assisted living as they age and encounter challenges in maintaining full independence.

Stability of Health

Stability of health is a crucial factor; those with relatively stable health conditions that don’t require around-the-clock medical care may qualify.

Assistance with Daily Activities

The inability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), including bathing, dressing, grooming, and meal preparation, may indicate a need for assisted living.

Cognitive Function

Cognitive function is assessed to ensure that individuals can navigate daily life safely.

Ability To Live Independently

Assisted living is designed for individuals who can live somewhat independently but require support at times throughout the day or for various tasks.

Medical History

A thorough review of the individual’s medical history is conducted to understand health conditions, ongoing treatments, and specific care requirements. This information also helps in developing personalized care plans.

Family Involvement

Family members often play a role in the qualification process. Their insights into the individual’s needs, preferences, and medical history can contribute valuable information.

Who Doesn’t Qualify for Assisted Living?

While assisted living is an excellent choice for many seniors, there are instances where it might not be the most suitable option. Individuals with extremely complex medical care needs or those who require 24/7 monitoring might find better solutions in specialized care settings such as skilled nursing. Those dealing with memory impairment or loss can find the support they need in a memory care community.

If seniors do not need support at all and are able to live independently, senior living options like independent living may be best for them.

Discover Assisted Living at Waterstone of Lexington

Assisted living at Waterstone of Lexington can help you or a loved one live a fulfilling and purposeful life even as health needs change. Contact us to learn more about our premier residences, customized care plans, and enriching support.

As winter settles in and temperatures drop, many seniors find themselves facing the challenge of staying active and engaged indoors. The colder weather can often lead to a sense of isolation and the “winter blues.” However, with a bit of creativity and planning, seniors can beat the winter blues by enjoying a variety of indoor activities that promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

At Waterstone at Wellesley, our extensive calendar of events ensures that residents always have something fun and engaging to do, no matter the weather. In this blog, we’ll explore a range of enjoyable and accessible activities, many of which we offer at the community, that can brighten the spirits of seniors during the colder months.

Physical Activities

Staying active is crucial for maintaining good health, especially during the winter when outdoor exercise might be less appealing. Here are some indoor activities tailored for seniors:

  • Indoor Walking: Create a safe indoor walking path, perhaps around communal spaces at your senior living community or in a shopping mall, to encourage regular movement. You’ll boost your cardiovascular health, help manage your weight, and enjoy a social opportunity if you walk with friends.
  • Dance Classes: Take part in dance classes specifically designed for seniors, either in person or through online platforms. Dance classes are a favorite pastime of people young and old, and they enhance mood, improve coordination, and offer a fun way to stay active.

Mental Stimulation

Keeping the mind engaged is vital for cognitive health. Here are some indoor activities that stimulate mental faculties:

  • Puzzle Games: Engage in activities like jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, and Sudoku to keep the mind sharp. For many seniors, preserving cognitive function is a priority and puzzles and word games help with that cause, as well as improving problem-solving skills.
  • Book Clubs: Join or start a book club to enjoy reading and discussing books with peers. They provide mental stimulation, foster social connections and introduce new ideas. Many times senior living communities like ours offer book clubs that meet monthly.
  • Arts and Crafts Projects: Explore creative outlets such as painting, drawing, or crafting to stimulate the imagination. You’ll enhance your fine motor skills and practice self-expression with your newfound artistic skills!

Social Engagement

Maintaining social connections is essential for emotional well-being. Here are some indoor activities that promote social interaction:

  • Game Nights: Host regular game nights with friends, family or neighbors, playing board games or card games. Many games have mental health benefits for seniors, but this activity also fosters social bonds, provides entertainment, and encourages friendly competition.
  • Social Gatherings: Invite a small group of friends over for dinner or a movie night. If your friends aren’t close or the weather is not cooperating, use video conferencing tools to connect with loved ones for virtual gatherings, celebrations, or simply catching up. The benefits include overcoming physical distance, reducing feelings of isolation, and promoting a sense of community.
  • Community Events: Attend local community events or senior center activities to meet new people and engage in group activities. These events create a sense of belonging, introduce variety, and offer opportunities for shared experiences. Don’t forget all the exceptional events offered at senior living communities like ours!

By incorporating a mix of physical activities, mental stimulation, and social engagement, seniors can combat the winter blues and enjoy a fulfilling and enriching indoor lifestyle. The key is to find activities that align with personal interests and preferences, making the winter season a time of joy and connection.

Enjoy Every Season at Waterstone at Wellesley

Our maintenance-free lifestyle means no more shoveling snow and the comfort of being surrounded by things to do at our vibrant community. Our residents are safe, warm and connected all season long. With a range of social, recreational and wellness opportunities planned by our life enrichment team, there’s never a shortage of things to do within our community – no matter the weather!

Give us a call at 781.304.8169 to learn more about life at Waterstone at Wellesley.

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20 Helpful Gifts for People with Dementia

Choosing gifts for loved ones living with dementia requires a thoughtful approach. Consider their individual abilities, interests and personalities when selecting a gift, and evaluate which may be suitable for the current and future stages of dementia they may face.

Early-Stage Dementia

During the early stages, older adults need gifts that help to stimulate cognitive function and social interaction. Many can still enjoy the gifts they may have once loved, as well.

Middle-Stage Dementia

In the middle stages, gifts should be simple and provide sensory stimulation. Seniors may also still be able to enjoy the same gifts that those in the early stages do, depending on their current abilities.

Late-Stage Dementia

Gifts that provide comfort and well-being are important in late-stage dementia. These can reduce agitation, anxiety and other negative effects caused by Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Gifts for Dementia Patients

Each of the below gifts is separated by category to make your search and assessment easier. Feel free to try one of our suggestions or be inspired to find your own! Keep in mind that many gifts can be adapted for use through multiple stages of dementia. What matters most is matching your loved one’s needs and preferences.

Cognitive Stimulation

Some gifts can serve to improve cognitive abilities while enhancing the mind. As a loved one advances through the stages of dementia, their cognitive function will lessen, so these gifts can be a great way to engage their brain and challenge them.

Jigsaw Puzzles

Puzzles can help to improve cognitive function, memory, and problem-solving skills. Choose puzzles that are appropriate for your loved one’s skill level, or get one personalized with a favorite photo!

Memory Games and Word Searches

Memory games and word searches can also help to stimulate cognitive function and memory. Be sure to assess difficulty levels and choose games that are appropriate for your loved one’s skill level so the older adult you’re gifting can enjoy your present.

Easy-To-Read Books

Easy-to-read books can provide a sense of enjoyment and relaxation. Consider purchasing your loved one some new large-print books by their favorite author, or buy some of their past favorites.

Musical Instruments or Music Players

Listening to music can be a calming and enjoyable experience for people with dementia. Musical instruments can also provide a creative outlet. Musical instruments that are easy to play, such as a tambourine or maracas, are a great choice.

Art Supplies and Adult Coloring Books

Art can help to reduce stress and anxiety. If arts and crafts are hobbies your loved one would enjoy, this is a great gift idea. Make sure to choose art supplies that are easy to use, such as crayons, markers, and finger paints.

Adult coloring books can provide a creative outlet and help to reduce stress and anxiety. The optimal coloring book is one with simple designs and large spaces.

Sensory Stimulation

Sensory activities can engage various cognitive functions, including attention, memory, and problem-solving. They help keep the brain active and may slow down cognitive decline. It also can evoke positive emotions, reduce anxiety, and promote a sense of well-being in individuals with dementia.

Weighted Blankets

Weighted blankets can provide a sense of calm and security. Purchase a weighted blanket that is an appropriate weight for your loved one.

Aromatherapy Diffusers

Aromatherapy diffusers can help to improve mood and reduce stress. Pick out essential oils that are safe for people with dementia, such as lavender and chamomile.

Fidget Toys

Fidget toys can help to reduce restlessness and anxiety. Choose fidget toys that are easy to use, durable and provide ongoing fun.

Light Therapy Lamps

Light therapy lamps can help to improve mood and reduce sleep problems. Pick one your loved one would enjoy, but ensure the brightness is appropriate for them.

Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Aids

For older adults with memory loss, fostering independence is important. These gifts can help.

Adaptive Clothing

Adaptive clothing is specialized clothing designed to enhance independence in people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Choose adaptive clothing that is easy to put on and take off to ensure maximum independence.

Specialty Dining Utensils

Utensils designed for people with dementia can help them to eat more independently. If this is a gift your loved one can use, be sure to buy utensils that are easy to grip and use.

Bath and Shower Aids

Bath and shower aids can help people with dementia to bathe and shower more safely. In fact, you’d be surprised just how easy they can be to install and use. Consider your loved one’s needs and purchase the items that would be most helpful to them.

Medical Alert Systems

Medical alert systems provide peace of mind for people with dementia and their caregivers. Choose a medical alert system that is easy to use and provides the features that you need.

Comfort and Well-Being

These cozy gifts are sure to be great gifts for seniors with dementia.

Slippers or Shoes

Slippers or shoes that are easy to put on and take off help people with dementia maintain their independence. Find a cozy option that fits their style.

Massagers

Massagers help to reduce muscle tension and pain and can also promote relaxation. Choose a massager that is easy to use and hold, and consider one that has removable heads for use on various muscles.

Comfort Blankets

Blankets can provide a sense of comfort and security. Pick a blanket that is soft, large and cuddly.

Stuffed Animals

Stuffed animals bring a sense of comfort and companionship while reducing anxiety and agitation in those with Alzheimer’s disease. Pick their favorite animal or grab one that looks like their favorite pet.

Gifts That Promote Connection

When family members spend time with loved ones with dementia, it can bring them a sense of connection, lessening their stress and anxiety. If you’re looking for a great gift idea, these ideas might just be the best of all.

Digital Photo Frames

Digital photo frames can display a slideshow of photographs, which can help to evoke memories and promote conversation. Choose a digital photo frame that is easy to use and has a large display.

Memory Boxes

Memory boxes can be filled with items that have special meaning to your loved one. This can be a great way to help them to connect with their past and their loved ones. Choose a memory box that is sturdy and spacious.

Family Photo Books

Family photo books can be a great way to share memories with your loved one. Make sure to include photographs from different stages of your loved one’s life.

Waterstone on High Ridge Is Here for You

With the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia continuing to grow, we know most people are touched by this disease in some way, and perhaps have a loved one or dear friend with this diagnosis.

At Waterstone on High Ridge, we believe in supporting families and friends who are coping with the challenges of memory loss. Contact us today to learn more about how our Bridges® Memory Care Program improves the quality of life of those with dementia. Ask about our ongoing educational events and support groups designed to help family caregivers.

Finding the perfect gift for the senior in your life can be a delightful but challenging task. Whether this gift is for your grandparents, parents, or a friend, you want to choose something thoughtful that caters to their interests and personality. In this guide, we’ve curated 21 great gifts for older adults, grouped into categories, including unique gifts, options for senior women, and gifts for senior men.

Unique Gifts for Senior Citizens

These options make excellent gifts for people you know well or are just beginning to know. Check out these unique items, which can easily suit anyone on your list!

Life Story Journals

Life story journals provide an excellent opportunity for older adults to document their life experiences, memories and wisdom. These journals often include prompts that help seniors recall and share their stories with future generations, creating a precious family keepsake.

Tea Samplers or Coffee Gift Boxes

Tea samplers and coffee sets are great for seniors who savor their daily dose of caffeine or evening relaxation. You can introduce them to new flavors, or purchase their favorites so they can enjoy their favorite brews in style.

Neck Reading Light

This is a practical gift for seniors who love to read. It provides adjustable illumination and is hands free, making it easier for them to enjoy their favorite books without straining their eyes.

Puzzle Books

Puzzle books, featuring word games like crossword puzzles and even numerical games like Sudoku, offer a fun way for seniors to exercise their minds, improve cognitive skills, and pass the time. They are perfect companions for leisurely afternoons and are even more fun when completed with friends.

Photo Gifts

Photo albums are a timeless gift for seniors. They provide a creative and nostalgic way to display cherished memories while keeping the moments close at hand. Want to take it a step further? Choose a photo and have it made into a jigsaw puzzle for a unique gift they can enjoy over and over again, or even use as framed decor!

Cozy Blankets

Who doesn’t love the warmth and comfort of a cozy blanket? Perfect for snuggling up on chilly evenings, they provide a sense of relaxation for seniors.

A Basket of Favorite Candies or Snacks

Treat your loved one to a basket filled with their favorite candies or snacks. It’s a simple gesture that shows you know their preferences. For a unique twist, consider generational candy baskets with candies from their youth.

Gifts for Senior Women

Not sure what to get the ladies in your life? Here are some good suggestions to help get you started!

Customized Jewelry

Customized jewelry, like a necklace with an engraved message or birthstone, adds a personal touch to the gift. It’s a beautiful and sentimental gesture that can be treasured for years to come.

Art Classes

Art classes provide a creative outlet and an opportunity for self-expression. Perfect for those who enjoy painting, drawing, or other artistic pursuits, gifting them a class can be a source of joy and personal growth.

Gourmet Chocolates

Gourmet chocolates are a luxurious treat to savor. They make for a delightful gift, showcasing your appreciation for their refined taste.

Digital Picture Frames

Digital picture frames allow for a rotating collection of their cherished photos to be displayed. It’s a personalized gift that keeps loved ones close even when they can’t be there in person.

Book Club Subscriptions

Book club subscriptions offer the opportunity to engage in reading, discussion, and social interaction. It’s a gift that keeps on giving, allowing them to discover new books and make new friends.

Aromatherapy Sets

Aromatherapy sets, featuring essential oils and diffusers, can promote relaxation and wellness. They create a tranquil atmosphere, enhancing mood.

A Spa Basket

A spa basket is a spa day in a package. It allows senior women to pamper themselves at home, enjoying scented bath products and skincare treats for a soothing and rejuvenating experience.

Gifts for Senior Men

Does it always seem like you’re searching for the right gift for the man who has everything? Try some of these great gifts.

Digital Tape Measure

A digital tape measure is a handy tool for senior men, making projects easier. It displays measurements clearly, reducing the risk of errors.

A Grooming Subscription Box

Grooming subscription boxes provide senior men with high-quality grooming products, ensuring they look and feel their best.

Craft and Hobby Materials

Discover their hobbies and interests, and gift them materials related to those pursuits. Whether it’s woodworking, model building or gardening, supporting their hobbies is a meaningful gesture.

Personalized Wallet or Money Clip

A personalized wallet or money clip is a practical and stylish gift. Engraving their name or a special message adds a personal touch they’ll appreciate.

Temperature Control Mug

A temperature control mug keeps beverages at the desired temperature, ideal for senior men who enjoy their coffee or tea. It ensures that their drink stays warm from the first sip to the last.

Pocket Knife or Multi-Tool

A pocket knife or multi-tool is a versatile gift for senior men who enjoy the outdoors, DIY projects, or just being prepared for everyday tasks.

Personalized Beer Stein or Glassware

For senior men who appreciate a good brew, personalized beer steins or glassware add a touch of sophistication to their drinking experience. They’ll enjoy raising a toast with these custom items.

Discover Waterstone at the Circle

Explore the gift of a rewarding lifestyle at a senior living community like Waterstone at the Circle. Contact us today to schedule a visit and learn more about our lifestyle.

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