We often hear many people say, “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” especially in regard to staying active, healthy and at optimal wellness. While this can most certainly be true, as we see older adults age and place a greater emphasis on fitness and health, living the lifestyle they love and expanding their minds, it begs the question – do they really know something we don’t know?

Consider what you think of when you imagine traditional nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior living communities of the past. If you’re like many, you might envision seniors who sit around and watch TV, who aren’t very active, and don’t really socialize or participate in engaging activities. You might even imagine something more akin to a hospital environment.

Now, think about your family members or your friends’ grandparents; do they fit that image you have created in your mind? Most likely, the answer is a resounding no! Today, seniors are running circles around those negative views and stereotypes – and will continue to do so.

The truth is that the seniors of today know aging really is only a state of mind. Not only do they embrace aging, but they welcome it, using their time as an opportunity to be their best, to enhance their health, to continue their pursuit of lifelong learning, and to really make the most of their golden years. It’s a lesson many would do well to learn from, and older adults are more than happy to share how to embrace the aging process.

Why Age Is a State of Mind

At Waterstone at the Circle, a luxury independent living community located at the foot of Chestnut Hill in Boston, those we serve know better than anyone that the younger you feel, the better you feel – cognitively, physically and mentally.

In fact, a study published by the American Psychological Association suggests this may be because of the link between subjective age and health, meaning that feeling younger may help protect those who are middle age or older from the effects of stress.

During the study, researchers found those who experienced more stress were more likely to have a decline in functional health and may even need long-term care, whereas those who experienced less stress and less functional decline appeared to feel younger than their chronological age.

This is one of the many reasons Waterstone at the Circle provides a worry-free, active lifestyle that ensures seniors can define how they age – or find ways to feel even younger than before.

Aging in Independent Living

As a premier retirement living community, Waterstone at the Circle provides an active, enriching lifestyle that makes it easy to embrace the idea that age is a state of mind. Get a feel for what residents at The Circle enjoy every day by exploring our offerings below:

A Range of Engaging Programs and Activities

It’s easy to feel young when you’re surrounded by opportunities for personal growth, fulfillment and fun. At Waterstone at the Circle, residents can experience culture, try out new hobbies, take classes, join clubs, enjoy film screenings and attend a variety of events. All these programs are meticulously scheduled to promote overall happiness and health.

Services and Amenities

With concierge services and private chauffeur service, we’re always on hand to ensure easy, active, carefree living. With more free time to do the things you love, you can enjoy our movie theater, lounge, patio overlooking Cassidy Park, and exciting planned trips. No matter your preferences, at Waterstone at the Circle, there’s always something to do and plenty of people to socialize and spend time with. It’s a dynamic lifestyle – complete with access to any support that might be needed – that keeps you feeling energetic and engaged.

Opportunities to Enhance Wellness

The more active you are, the younger you tend to feel – or at least that’s what our residents tell us! With a variety of fitness classes, an indoor heated pool, and Train Boston® fitness and aquatic instructors, we can help you stay healthy and well.

Supportive Care Services

While we’re known for premier independent living, supportive care services are also available within our private apartments, allowing residents to receive care and services in the retirement community they love, surrounded by the team, friends and amenities that make them feel young at heart.

Discover an Independent Living Lifestyle That Redefines Aging

Not only do these offerings enhance the ability for seniors to live independently at Waterstone, but they also help them stay involved, social and active. These are key components to feeling healthy – and embracing the changes that come with age. Are you ready to throw away the idea of what aging used to be like? Schedule a visit to learn more about life at The Circle today.


Waterstone at the Circle offers independent living and supportive care options at the foot of Chestnut Hill in Boston – close to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and fine retailers and restaurants at The Street. Contact us to learn more or to make an appointment with our Senior Advisor.

When the weather warms up, many people feel inspired to be more active – and that also includes motivation to do more around the home. It’s the perfect opportunity to declutter, organize and prepare for a move to a senior living community.

Are you looking for an excuse to get started or simply don’t know where to start? We’re here to help by sharing the benefits, the reasons, and the right tips to get you started.

Benefits of Decluttering and Downsizing

When many seniors hear the term “downsizing,” they often think of getting rid of many of their belongings in preparation for a move to a smaller home. While this can sometimes be true, downsizing the home doesn’t always mean moving to a smaller space!

As is the case for many seniors, sometimes it simply means upsizing their lifestyle by eliminating the hassles and worries that come along with homeownership and moving to a premier senior living community like Waterstone at Wellesley. Residents enjoy the benefits of less maintenance and upkeep in their apartment, but with the added perk of having a community full of luxury amenities and enriching services right outside their front door. In reality, residents are actually increasing their overall living space!

No matter the reason, it’s the right season to begin the decluttering and downsizing process. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Gives inspiration to pack up seasonal clothes and get out warm-weather attire
  • Refreshes the home for a new season
  • Frees up storage spaces
  • Allows you to pass on unneeded items to family or friends
  • Provides the opportunity to throw a summer yard sale
  • Helps you and your family feel more prepared for the future

Helpful Tips for Seniors and Their Families

If you’re looking for organizing and downsizing tips, you’re in the right place. Pack up your worries and unpack the best place to begin with our expert advice.

Prepare Ahead of Time

The best way to start your cleaning, decluttering and organizing journey is to put one foot in front of the other. It really is that simple. Make a list of spaces that need cleaning, plan to go room by room, and stick to your plan. This ensures you won’t get overwhelmed or make an even bigger mess.

Want to be even more prepared? Make a list of cleaning goals. If you know you want to clean all the windows or dust, write it down. If a room needs more intensive cleaning, gather a list of local cleaners.

One surefire way to make sure you stay on task? Buy and have on hand all the cleaning products you need so you don’t have to stop mid-job to go shopping for supplies.

Involve Family Members

When deep cleaning and downsizing, the more help, the better! Whether you’re downsizing for yourself or for your loved one, be sure to ask for the help you need. Consider:

  • Asking older grandkids to assist with moving heavy items
  • Designating a friend to take items to a donation box
  • Having someone do yardwork or landscaping to amp up real estate value for a move to a senior living community
  • Placing one person in charge of cleaning windows, another in charge of boxing items, and so on

Check on Home Safety Items

While you’re in the midst of the process, it’s a great time to check on home safety measures. Are your or a loved one’s fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors working properly? If not, make sure to install fresh batteries. Confirm that fire extinguishers are on hand and tripping hazards have been removed. Remember to replace air and water filters and check to make sure air conditioners work – something that can decrease the risk of heat illnesses as the seasons continue to change.

Don’t Forget Often-Missed Spaces

It’s no secret that rooms like the kitchen, bedrooms, storage areas and living rooms are often the first focus, but don’t forget about spaces like the medicine cabinet, underneath the sink, or the office and filing cabinets.

Making Cleaning and Decluttering Easier – One Move at a Time

We know the downsizing process can be an overwhelming task for even the most organized older adults and family members. The good news? Once you’re done, you can breathe easy – especially with a move to Waterstone at Wellesley where we take care of all maintenance, housekeeping and more. Instead, you can focus on enjoying a summer of joy, freedom and fun!

Waterstone at Wellesley. Now This Is Home.

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

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When older adults move into a retirement community, they often find they have a renewed passion for creating a lasting impact. Whether through social activities or giving back, there are many ways for seniors to spend their new-found free time in a way that suits their passions. In fact, many find that volunteer work and community service are the perfect choice.

Benefits of Volunteering for Older Adults

Whether your volunteer pursuits are ongoing, or you simply want to embrace opportunities as they arise, there are many advantages that seniors who volunteer during their retirement can enjoy. The Mayo Clinic shares that improved physical and mental health, a sense of purpose, and nurtured relationships are some of the advantages you may experience when you volunteer.

Increased Satisfaction and Joy

When you’re volunteering, it’s hard not to feel a little spark of happiness in doing something good for others. The reality is that giving back to those in need isn’t just beneficial for the recipient, but it is also a fulfilling experience for the volunteer themselves. Giving back can:

  • Increase relaxation
  • Enhance happiness
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Lessen the effects of stress
  • Provide a renewed sense of purpose
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Positively impact confidence
  • Strengthen an older adult’s independence

Enhanced Physical Activity

Did you know that volunteering also helps seniors stay active? It’s true, according to the Mayo Clinic; volunteers often report better physical health than non-volunteers! So, if fitness is one of your goals during retirement, finding a volunteer opportunity that also keeps you active is a bonus.

A Decreased Risk of Social Isolation

Volunteering gives seniors the opportunity to be actively engaged with others for a common purpose. It allows them to meet new, interesting people and feel more connected to their community. The more involved a person is, the less likely they will have feelings of isolation and depression. In other words, more volunteering often equates to more socializing, which can sharpen cognitive skills, increase happiness and may even help seniors living longer!

Ways Seniors Are Volunteering

If you have a passion for helping others, giving back or simply caring, options abound! No matter your interests, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available for you to try out.

  • Volunteer at a pet or homeless shelter
  • Read to kindergarten classes or tutor high school students
  • Spend time with those who are home-bound or are in skilled nursing
  • Begin volunteering with a local health care service
  • Educate other older adults about their senior care and living options
  • Share your talents by teaching a class or organizing activities
  • Host monthly dinners for new senior living community residents
  • Show prospective residents around your community
  • Donate clothing to local shelters or churches
  • Volunteer your time at a local food bank
  • Ask your local place of worship what their biggest needs are for volunteers

Local Volunteer Opportunities in Westchester County

For those interested in volunteering locally, there are many opportunities close to White Plains and in the greater Westchester area. Check out some of these organizations that may offer a good fit for your volunteer interests and talents.

Lifting Up Westchester

This organization strives to restore hope to Westchester County’s homeless individuals and families by providing food, shelter and support – and in turn creating a stronger society. Volunteers are needed for after-school mentoring, summer camps, outreach programs, maintenance projects, administrative tasks and more.

Humane Society of Westchester

Those who love animals can find volunteer opportunities at this local shelter.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam

The goal of the United Way is to help residents in Westchester and Putnam become more self-sufficient and thrive in a stronger local community. Learn more about volunteer opportunities on their website.

Feeding Westchester

At Feeding Westchester, the mission is to bring healthy meals to those in Westchester County who don’t have access to the food they need to thrive. Volunteers play an important role in the fight against hunger – from raising funds to packing food and more.


DOROT is a non-profit organization that is focused on making a positive impact on the lives of older adults in Westchester. They offer one-time, periodic and weekly volunteer opportunities that range from visitation to teaching classes to office work and more.

My Sister’s Place

This non-profit organization located in White Plains is committed to ending domestic violence and human trafficking. Volunteers are invited to participate in fundraisers or to send handmade notes, pictures, poems, etc. to share with the women and families they are supporting. Learn more about the organization and available volunteer opportunities online.

Do you have any additional ideas for ways to volunteer locally? If you’d like to share them with us or learn how our own residents are getting involved, contact us today. We’d love to show you around and give you an inside look at our lifestyle!


Waterstone of Westchester is the area’s premier independent living community. We’re close to exquisite shopping, close to fine dining, close to volunteer opportunities and close to your heart. Come visit our beautiful location and see what Waterstone can offer you.

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