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Westchester

When Is the Right Time To Move to Senior Living?

It used to be that moving to senior living was something that people wanted to avoid at all costs. Nowadays, senior living has turned into something that people are looking forward to. Still, many older adults wonder when is the right time to move to senior living.

“The best age to move into independent living is, really, now,” says Lauren Freifeld, Executive Director of Waterstone of Westchester, a new premier rental retirement community coming to White Plains, NY. “Moving to senior living is a significant life change, no doubt about it, but it’s a life change that can really elevate your lifestyle and make it easy to age in a healthy, active manner.”

Granted, many seniors choose to wait until their “older” senior years to make a move, but the average age of an independent living resident is currently dropping as more and more options open for the active adult market. These days, you can find individuals in their early 60s moving to independent living in order to make the most out of their retirement.

Still, it can be a little difficult – maybe even scary – to make a big decision like that. Lauren says that’s why it’s important to consider the steps and understand when you are ready to make a move. “What age to move into a retirement community depends completely on the individual,” she explains. “There’s no right or wrong time; it’s only when you’re ready and comfortable to make this exciting change in your life.”

How do I know if I’m ready for senior living?

If you answer “yes” to more than one of these questions, you may be ready to move into retirement living:

  • Are you tired of dealing with the chores and headaches of homeownership?
  • Would you like to live somewhere that allows you to age with ease?
  • Do you want a more active social life?
  • Do you like the idea of an all-inclusive luxury lifestyle?

How is senior living different from independent living at home?

Sure, living at home is technically independent living. But independent living in a community is so much more. It’s all the benefits of living independently and actively, without having to deal with repairs, yardwork, grocery shopping, cleaning or anything else like that … ever again. Instead, it’s a little like living in an all-inclusive resort. Everything is taken care of for you, leaving your time free to do the things you want and love to do. Since communities have a robust calendar of events and a variety of amenities – like art studios, movie theatres and fitness centers, to name a few – you’ll find plenty to do each and every day.

What should I look for in terms of amenities and services?

Here’s what to look for in independent living facilities when you’re ready to take the plunge:

  • A maintenance-free lifestyle. You’ll never have to deal with repairs, yardwork or surprise fixes again – everything’s taken care of for you.
  • Delicious dining prepared by your personal chef. Independent living communities offer a dining experience to rival some of the finest restaurants – and it’s available every day. Waterstone communities have professionally trained chefs on staff who direct a high-quality team in creating nutritious and delicious menus.
  • A health and wellness lifestyle. Staying healthy means more than just eating right and getting exercise. Communities have redesigned their lifestyles in order to focus on health and wellness, providing an atmosphere that allows seniors to remain healthy and active for as long as possible.
  • Choice and freedom. Ultimately, the independent living community you choose should offer you choice and freedom for all your days – which will give you the retirement you deserve.

Moving to senior living is a big decision, but by understanding your options and the differences available, you’ll be able to find the perfect solution for you or another senior loved one.

Now Accepting Reservations!

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

Live the Life You Love. Opening Early 2022.

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

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

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

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

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

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Wellesley

What Does a Typical Day in Assisted Living Look Like?

If you or someone you know is considering moving into assisted living, one of the first questions you may have is, “what does a typical day look like?”

“Care communities may once have been boring and uninspiring places, but that’s simply not the case anymore,” says Devon Sicard, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley.“Today, communities that offer personal care or other kinds of long-term care have all sorts of services included that make life enjoyable, fulfilling and enriching.”

Devon says that these types of facilities are focused on providing medical care, personal care and opportunities to present choice and convenience for older adults. “Just because an older adult may require additional assistance in order to live an independent lifestyle doesn’t mean that they should have to give up a lifestyle that they enjoy,” she explains. “Today, assisted living communities offer peace of mind alongside so much else: delicious dining, a carefree lifestyle, activities and events, upscale services, a maintenance-free existence and much more. Seniors really can have it all, whether they’re independent living or assisted living.”

A Typical Day In Assisted Living

As you might imagine, there really is no “typical” day because there is no “typical” assisted living resident. Depending on interests, care levels and goals, two residents at the same community can have vastly different experiences from each other. If you’re more active and social, your day might be filled with classes, activities and gatherings with friends. You may enjoy being out and about, mingling with the team members and other residents, and learning new things that are being offered on the community’s events calendar. If you’re wanting a more leisurely, pensive day, you may want to spend time outside enjoying the fresh air or head to the library to read a good book.

Every day in assisted living can look exactly the way you want it. In general, though, here are some of the things that you can expect and enjoy:

Delicious meals three times a day. Gone are the days of institutionalized, bland food. Today, assisted living residents enjoy chef-prepared meals made from fresh ingredients, locally sourced produce and inspired recipes. You don’t have to deal with grocery shopping, cooking or cleaning up. You also don’t have to deal with managing your nutritional needs yourself. An on-staff nutritionist works in tandem with the dining services team to make sure offerings are nutritionally balanced and tailored to meet each individual’s needs and preferences.

Fun and engaging activities. Since you no longer have to worry about things like cleaning, cooking, home maintenance and other chores, your time is now yours to do with as you wish. And you’ll find plenty of things to do at an assisted living community. Lifelong learning, book clubs, fitness classes, art classes … and that’s just for starters. Communities are designed to make life enjoyable, and offering programs, activities and opportunities helps residents stay engaged, fulfilled and happy.

Health and wellness opportunities. Aging well means staying healthy. Assisted living communities are designed from the ground up to provide overall wellness in mind, body and soul. From exercise classes to healthy eating to stimulating activities and socialization opportunities, many assisted living residents find themselves becoming healthier and more independent than they were before moving to the community.

Carefree enjoyment every day. Ultimately, a typical day in assisted living means doing just what you want when you want. It’s a carefree lifestyle filled with enjoyment, friendships and possibility. What could be better than that?

Beautiful Riverfront Community

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

Celebrating Dynamic Living

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

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

Confidence of Care

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

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

Seniors today aren’t just living longer – they’re living better. Today’s older generation has placed a huge importance on health and wellness, and as a result, today’s retirement communities have risen to the challenge by providing a senior living lifestyle that focuses on wellness – body, mind and soul.

Wellness means a lot more than just eating right and getting enough exercise,” says Lauren Freifeld, Executive Director of Waterstone of Westchester, a premier rental retirement community coming to White Plains, NY in 2022. “It means taking care of every aspect of yourself, trying new things, making new friends and discovering new depths within yourselves.”

This idea of holistic wellness takes into consideration that our body is greater than the sum of its parts. “This approach is what drove us to design the refined, engaging lifestyle at Waterstone of Westchester,” says Lauren. “Our brand-new independent living community has been designed to help residents care for every facet of their well-being. From delicious, chef-prepared dining to daily programs designed for their passions and dreams to our on-site fitness and wellness center, residents will be able to live life to the fullest.”

Waterstone of Westchester offers a lifestyle of curated elegance and style designed to help you thrive and achieve holistic wellness. Here are six ways Waterstone of Westchester promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Maintenance-Free Independent Living Apartments

Home is where the heart is, and at Waterstone of Westchester, you’ll love where you live. Our one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments will offer multiple floor plan designs and feature high-end finishes. Apartments will contain designer kitchens with stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops, well-appointed bathrooms with quartz countertops, tile floors and walk-in showers, individually controlled heating and cooling systems, spacious walk-in closets and a stackable, in-unit washer/dryer. It’s everything you need to live the good life.

A Prime Location

What better way to find endless opportunities and things to enjoy than living near everything you love? Waterstone of Westchester is in the heart of suburban Manhattan, close to family, friends and all the excitement you love. Our community is just a short walk from world-class shops, including the flagship Bloomingdale’s and other fine retailers and restaurants. We’re centrally located to every place you want to go. Don’t want to drive? Scheduled black car transportation and concierge services are available to help get you where you need to be.

A Focus on Health and Fitness

The importance that physical health and wellness play in holistic aging can’t be overlooked. That’s why Waterstone of Westchester ensures you can take charge of your health and achieve a level of wellness you can be proud of. Our wellness center staff is always ready to direct you down the path to better health, no matter your routine or level of commitment. The choice is yours, and the pleasure is ours.

Exceptional Amenities

What do “exceptional amenities” mean? That means things like a media room and theater. A mind-body studio and juice bar. It means a full-service salon, covered parking and regularly scheduled cultural, social and recreational events. It means an events calendar filled with engaging activities based on your passions and dreams. It’s the way that everything is designed to help you live the independent senior lifestyle you crave.

Restaurant-style Gourmet Dining

Dining is a cornerstone of our life and culture, and it’s elevated to new heights at Waterstone of Westchester. Each meal is an experience to be savored. Our professional chefs prepare delectable, seasonal and gourmet cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients to please every palate and dietary requirement. It’s truly farm-to-table dining. We have a variety of on-site dining venues that are open all day, meaning dining is at your convenience. No matter what you’re in the mood for, our table is always set.

Supportive Care Services

Wellness involves staying up to date on medications and making sure you’re receiving supportive care if you need it. Waterstone of Westchester is dedicated to giving you the means to live the life you desire through our partnership with VNS Westchester. Together, we will provide supportive on-site care services, allowing residents to receive needed care without having to leave our campus. Care services may include home health coordination, medication management, personal support, geriatric primary and specialty care, and routine wellness visits.

“Waterstone of Westchester is wellness redefined for seniors,” says Lauren. “We’re looking forward to providing our residents with a dynamic retirement lifestyle, as well as the tools and services they need to continue to live with optimal wellness.”

Now Accepting Reservations!

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

Live the Life You Love. Opening Early 2022.

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

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

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

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

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

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High Ridge

Cultivating Gratitude and Positivity During Retirement

Positive thinking can provide many benefits, such as an improved immune system, reduced stress and a lower risk of certain conditions such as heart disease. It also can help you live longer – and live better. A 2019 study found that older adults who practice positivity and gratitude have an 11 to 15 percent longer lifespan.

“Positivity and gratitude, like physical fitness, is something you can gain through exercise,” says Wendy Kaufman, Executive Director of Waterstone on High Ridge. “Some people are naturally positive, while it’s more difficult for others… but that doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve positivity in your own life, no matter your natural inclinations.”

As we get older, it can sometimes seem like there’s less to be positive about, but by ‘flipping the script’, retirees and older adults can reap amazing benefits in their retirement years and beyond.

“Retirees who stay active, have an optimistic outlook, and are actively grateful have been shown to live longer, happier and a more fulfilled lives,” she explains. “Although aging can bring worries and stress at times, by practicing gratitude, you can see the benefits and joys of any stage of life.”

As the seasons begin to change, it’s the perfect time to reflect and make changes to your outlook. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude will be a wonderful way to round out the year and set yourself up for success. Whether you’re just entering your retirement years or have been enjoying your retirement for a while now, here are five steps you can take to bring more positivity and appreciation into your life.

1. Create a vision for your future.

Retirement these days doesn’t mean sitting back and letting the world pass you by. For many, it’s a time to chase those dreams you’ve always had (but never had the time to pursue). But dreams don’t just happen – in order to make them come true, you have to have a plan. While you’ve probably done extensive planning for your retirement on a financial level, have you made your plan on a personal level? Think of this as a golden opportunity to map out how this next chapter of life will look. Having goals and a roadmap to get there inspires excitement, hopefulness and a sense of accomplishment. Having something to strive for every day is incredibly fulfilling and makes it easy to look forward to each new day … which is a core tenant of positivity.

2. Be actively grateful.

Sure, getting older can be a pain at times. But it isn’t all bad. Getting older means you have more wisdom, more experience and a stronger sense of self. You probably have lots of things in life that you’re thankful for, from a loving family to being able to stay active or anything else that brings you happiness. Practicing the act of gratitude – which simply means you intentionally think about things in your life that you’re thankful for – can shed a whole new light on this whole “getting older” thing.

Gratitude can be practiced every day, and doesn’t require you to meditate extensively or go on a soul-searching mission. It can be as simple as saying a heartfelt “thank you” to your barista or writing a thank-you note to a neighbor. Some individuals like to keep gratitude journals and write down something every day that they’re thankful for. Think about the things that bring you joy – and then actively seek them out. For some, that’s being in nature. For others, it’s volunteering their time and efforts. Whatever it is that fills you up, seek it out – and then take time to think about how grateful you are for that beauty.

3. Stay healthy.

When we don’t feel good, it’s pretty hard to be grateful and positive, so it’s no wonder that health and wellness is such a big focus for older adults. When you take care of your whole person – mind, body and soul – you end up feeling your best, which makes it a lot easier to be a positive person. Here are a few things you can start (or continue doing) to help keep yourself happy, fulfilled and positive:

  • Eat a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, lean proteins, low-fat dairy and whole grains.
  • Get regular exercise (experts recommend approximately 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week for the average adult).
  • Schedule regular checkups with your doctor to make sure you’re doing everything you need to ensure optimal health.

4. Seek out and nurture connections.

Our friends, family and loved ones are the most important things in our lives (and something we’re definitely grateful for). When we form meaningful connections, our life becomes richer, we become happier and life is just … better. In retirement, you finally have all the time in the world to dedicate yourself to finding those deep, meaningful relationships that fill you up and make life worth living. Of course, spending time with the people you already know and love is very fulfilling, but this is also a great chance to branch out, meet new people and broaden your social circle. Here are just a few ways to do that:

  • Join a club or an activity group.
  • Volunteer your time to a cause.
  • Schedule regular meetups or check-ins with friends and family.
  • Be the one to reach out and set up a dinner, coffee, lunch or a walk – you may be amazed how quickly someone says “Yes!”

5. Start something new.

A lot of retirees dream about this time as a chance to not have to work anymore. But many individuals find themselves going back into the working world after some time off – sometimes, they start new careers or even their own business. That’s because using our skills to create something or do something positive is incredibly fulfilling. The most successful older individuals see retirement as a chance to start something new, not necessarily to stop doing things. In order to cultivate your attitude of gratitude, look for new opportunities to learn, do, explore, experience and enjoy. Here are a few ways to do that:

  • Go back to school, whether it’s to learn a new skill or study a subject that’s always fascinated you.
  • Travel to a place you’ve always wanted to go – if it’s a foreign country, you might want to start by learning the language.
  • Pick up a favorite hobby from childhood that’s fallen by the wayside.
  • Think about a career or job you’ve always wanted to do and see if there are opportunities for you to pursue it.

We can’t stop the aging process – but we can affect how we react to it. By entering into your senior years with a sense of gratitude and positivity, you’ll find joy, meaning and happiness without even trying.

Welcome Home – Become One of Our First Residents!

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

The Height of Senior Living: Opening Early 2022

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

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

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

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

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

Some think that moving to senior living is something that should be delayed as long as possible – mostly due to the preconceived notion that senior living is for ‘old’ people. But that’s truly an outdated concept, says Arzu LeBlanc, Executive Director of Waterstone of Lexington, a premier rental retirement community opening late summer 2022 in Lexington, MA.

“If you wait to move into senior living until you need supportive services or another form of assistance, you’ll be missing out on a lot of benefits that this lifestyle offers,” Arzu explains. “Moving while you’re still active, healthy and in your prime opens up a world of opportunity for your retirement years – and beyond.”

Today’s senior living communities are designed with the active, independent and full-of-life Baby Boomers in mind. Here are the top reasons why seniors are considering downsizing and moving to senior living sooner rather than later.

Never having to deal with home maintenance again.

Sure, owning your own home is fantastic, especially if the mortgage has been paid off. But not having a house payment doesn’t mean not having to pay for a bunch of other things such as home repairs, utility bills, real estate taxes, homeowners insurance … and that’s just for starters. House cleaning, yard maintenance, appliance repairs, grocery shopping and cooking all incur costs, even if you’re doing them yourself and not hiring them out. When you think about it, that’s a lot of time and a lot of work that could be better spent doing things like visiting friends, going on adventures, learning a new hobby or anything else that appeals to you. Moving to a senior living community means that you no longer have to deal with all those tedious chores. It’s all taken care of for you, meaning your time is finally yours to do with as you wish.

A thriving social calendar.

The ironic thing about retiring is that you have much more time to spend with family and friends … but it’s often harder than ever to have a social life. Aging often means that friends move away, your routines change (for example, you aren’t seeing your co-workers every day as you did before), and things can get a little boring. Not so at a senior living community. You’ll find a social and entertainment calendar full of things like fitness classes, educational seminars, hobby groups, book clubs, social outings and much more. Plus, it’s easier than ever to make new friends and cultivate meaningful relationships since you’re at a place filled with other active retirees. You certainly won’t be bored – in fact, you may find that you’re busier and more social than ever before.

No worries about safety and security.

Sometimes, having a home (and the responsibilities that go with it) can come with worries about safety and security. For example, if you decide to take a week-long trip, you need to coordinate someone to watch the house, water the plants and grab your mail. You may also wonder about your own security if you, say, start having difficulty going up and down the stairs. None of those things are a worry at a senior living community. For starters, there’s someone on staff 24/7. If you decide to go out of town, the staff will happily watch over your home for you. And since it’s a community designed specifically for older adults, you won’t have to worry about things in your home that would give you difficulty if your mobility changes, such as stairs.

Enjoying your own private chef for every meal.
Having someone else cook a delicious meal for us is one of life’s pleasures, no matter how much you enjoy cooking for yourself. Get ready to be pampered with white-glove service at a senior living community like Waterstone of Lexington. With a highly trained culinary team and a chef de cuisine presiding over them, every day is a literal feast of delights. Food is incredibly important to our health, well-being and enjoyment, and today’s senior living chefs are ensuring that life tastes great. Seasonal menus with locally sourced ingredients. Made-to-order dishes. Everything from fancy to quick and easy. You can always cook something yourself in your own gourmet kitchen, but when you’d rather be served, the restaurant is open.

Staying healthy with programs to meet your needs.

Aging well and staying healthy is easy when you have all the tools at your disposal – and the time to dedicate to your health. Everything at a senior living community is designed with an older adult’s optimal wellness in mind. Not only are there countless fitness opportunities with a state-of-the-art gym, classes and personal trainers, but you also have every other aspect of wellness covered. A health center on-site means that you’re able to stay on top of any medical issues and get the treatments you need to stay healthy. Your mind stays sharp and engaged with enjoyable activities and events. Your body is nourished by delicious food. Your soul is enriched with social and cultural opportunities and the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. Everything you need to thrive is right there within reach.

Easy, at-your-service living.

Are you tired of having a car and driving everywhere? No worries – your senior living community provides chauffeured transportation and easy access to anywhere you want to go. Want to enjoy cultural opportunities but don’t necessarily want to research and purchase tickets on your own? Your senior living concierge can arrange everything from concert tickets to pet walkers and just about any other assistance you might require.

As you can see, retiring to a senior living community now instead of later may just be the thing you need to enjoy your golden years to the fullest. For seniors in the Middlesex County region, you’ll find a luxury retirement lifestyle at Waterstone of Lexington, opening late summer 2022. Contact us to learn more.

Become One of Our First Residents!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some think that moving to senior living is something that should be delayed as long as possible – mostly due to the preconceived notion that senior living is for ‘old’ people. But that’s truly an outdated concept, says Arzu LeBlanc, Executive Director of Waterstone of Lexington, a premier rental retirement community opening late summer 2022 in Lexington, MA.

“If you wait to move into senior living until you need supportive services or another form of assistance, you’ll be missing out on a lot of benefits that this lifestyle offers,” Arzu explains. “Moving while you’re still active, healthy and in your prime opens up a world of opportunity for your retirement years – and beyond.”

Today’s senior living communities are designed with the active, independent and full-of-life Baby Boomers in mind. Here are the top reasons why seniors are considering downsizing and moving to senior living sooner rather than later.

Never having to deal with home maintenance again.

Sure, owning your own home is fantastic, especially if the mortgage has been paid off. But not having a house payment doesn’t mean not having to pay for a bunch of other things such as home repairs, utility bills, real estate taxes, homeowners insurance … and that’s just for starters. House cleaning, yard maintenance, appliance repairs, grocery shopping and cooking all incur costs, even if you’re doing them yourself and not hiring them out. When you think about it, that’s a lot of time and a lot of work that could be better spent doing things like visiting friends, going on adventures, learning a new hobby or anything else that appeals to you. Moving to a senior living community means that you no longer have to deal with all those tedious chores. It’s all taken care of for you, meaning your time is finally yours to do with as you wish.

A thriving social calendar.

The ironic thing about retiring is that you have much more time to spend with family and friends … but it’s often harder than ever to have a social life. Aging often means that friends move away, your routines change (for example, you aren’t seeing your co-workers every day as you did before), and things can get a little boring. Not so at a senior living community. You’ll find a social and entertainment calendar full of things like fitness classes, educational seminars, hobby groups, book clubs, social outings and much more. Plus, it’s easier than ever to make new friends and cultivate meaningful relationships since you’re at a place filled with other active retirees. You certainly won’t be bored – in fact, you may find that you’re busier and more social than ever before.

No worries about safety and security.

Sometimes, having a home (and the responsibilities that go with it) can come with worries about safety and security. For example, if you decide to take a week-long trip, you need to coordinate someone to watch the house, water the plants and grab your mail. You may also wonder about your own security if you, say, start having difficulty going up and down the stairs. None of those things are a worry at a senior living community. For starters, there’s someone on staff 24/7. If you decide to go out of town, the staff will happily watch over your home for you. And since it’s a community designed specifically for older adults, you won’t have to worry about things in your home that would give you difficulty if your mobility changes, such as stairs.

Enjoying your own private chef for every meal.
Having someone else cook a delicious meal for us is one of life’s pleasures, no matter how much you enjoy cooking for yourself. Get ready to be pampered with white-glove service at a senior living community like Waterstone of Lexington. With a highly trained culinary team and a chef de cuisine presiding over them, every day is a literal feast of delights. Food is incredibly important to our health, well-being and enjoyment, and today’s senior living chefs are ensuring that life tastes great. Seasonal menus with locally sourced ingredients. Made-to-order dishes. Everything from fancy to quick and easy. You can always cook something yourself in your own gourmet kitchen, but when you’d rather be served, the restaurant is open.

Staying healthy with programs to meet your needs.

Aging well and staying healthy is easy when you have all the tools at your disposal – and the time to dedicate to your health. Everything at a senior living community is designed with an older adult’s optimal wellness in mind. Not only are there countless fitness opportunities with a state-of-the-art gym, classes and personal trainers, but you also have every other aspect of wellness covered. A health center on-site means that you’re able to stay on top of any medical issues and get the treatments you need to stay healthy. Your mind stays sharp and engaged with enjoyable activities and events. Your body is nourished by delicious food. Your soul is enriched with social and cultural opportunities and the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. Everything you need to thrive is right there within reach.

Easy, at-your-service living.

Are you tired of having a car and driving everywhere? No worries – your senior living community provides chauffeured transportation and easy access to anywhere you want to go. Want to enjoy cultural opportunities but don’t necessarily want to research and purchase tickets on your own? Your senior living concierge can arrange everything from concert tickets to pet walkers and just about any other assistance you might require.

As you can see, retiring to a senior living community now instead of later may just be the thing you need to enjoy your golden years to the fullest. For seniors in the Middlesex County region, you’ll find a luxury retirement lifestyle at Waterstone of Lexington, opening late summer 2022. Contact us to learn more.

Become One of Our First Residents!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There’s really never been a better time to sell your home. The Boston housing market is on fire! Home values and home sales exploded in 2020, and that rapid growth and demand aren’t showing signs of slowing down just yet.

“This is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for home sellers, especially seniors who are considering downsizing,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “By taking advantage of the seller’s market, you’re able to sell your home for top dollar, move out before you have to get your house ready for winter and set yourself up for success in a premier retirement community like Waterstone at the Circle.”

Kevin says that no one knows for sure when the housing market will cool off. “Now that businesses are bringing people back into the office, especially those in major cities, it’s possible that the demand for housing will slow down,” Kevin explains. “But if moving to a retirement community has been on your mind, right now is the perfect time – you’ll be able to sell quickly without having to make huge and costly renovations. Then, you can sit back, relax and get ready for a new and vibrant chapter of life.”

Making Your Home a Hot Commodity When the Weather Cools

Before you place that FOR SALE sign in your yard and start scheduling showings, it’s important to thoughtfully plan your next steps. A hot real estate market means that you’ll be able to sell quickly, but you also want to make sure you’re getting the best possible price for your home. Buyers these days are savvy, and although they’re willing to overlook things like carpeting and older kitchens, there are still things you can do to make your home more attractive and desirable. Here are some expert tips to help you navigate this unique atmosphere.

1. Hire a professional Realtor®.

Today’s best Realtors® understand the variables that go into selling a home. You’ll want to make sure you choose someone who has extensive knowledge of your neighborhood, who knows how much you could potentially get for your house, who will price the listing correctly and who can market your home to the fullest. Professional photos, clean staging and marketing in the proper channels will ensure that your home sells quickly and for top dollar.

2. Be flexible with showings and open houses.

Depending on where you live and what your agent suggests, you may not even need to hold an open house. If you do, consider holding a “virtual” open house or some other format that allows buyers to socially distance while also getting the most eyes possible on your property. These days, people who are looking for homes start online, so a virtual tour or open house may be the norm. To that end, it’s important to be even more flexible when it comes to tours and showings of your home. You may want to consider spending a few days at a hotel or family member’s home, so you don’t have to scramble when someone wants to come check it out.

3. Start packing and decluttering ASAP.

One thing’s for sure: If you’re selling your home, that means you’ll be moving somewhere else. Get a head start on your packing and downsizing as early as possible. Go through your items and sort everything into keep, donate or toss piles. You may want to hire a senior move specialist to assist you with this – as they can handle everything from top to bottom: decluttering, setting up estate sales, coordinating donations and even moving your items to your new place!

4. Embrace the beauty of the season.

Fall is a gorgeous time of year filled with rich colors, delicious scents and cozy textures. Put buyers in an autumnal mood by tastefully decorating your home to match the season. Decorate your front porch and entrance with colorful mums, pumpkins, gourds and other fall features. Inside, use color and texture to instill a fall feel. Don’t forget the power of scent – flameless candles and plug-ins can thrill the nose and make your home feel even cozier.

5. Make minor repairs; don’t renovate.

Consider the law of diminishing returns. Making minor repairs and upgrades can give your home a facelift quickly and affordably. Things like a fresh coat of paint on the walls, fixing broken or sticky doors, or installing a new water heater can make your home look and feel new again. Don’t spring for a costly remodel, though. Not only will you potentially not recoup the cost, but it also takes time – especially these days when getting contractors can be a real waiting game. Buyers will overlook outdated features in order to get into the homeownership game.

6. Consider curb appeal.

The first thing buyers will see about your home is the outside – so make sure it’s picture-perfect. Touch up any peeling paint, trim bushes, clean out mulch beds and make sure that leaves are raked and bagged. You may want to hire a landscaper to add some seasonal touches to your garden beds for additional curb appeal.

7. Price your home right.

This is where having a professional Realtor® really comes into play. Setting your home at a certain number will determine how many searches the property comes up in, as well as determining whether or not potential buyers will immediately consider (or dismiss) it. There’s a reason why agents price things at $299,950 instead of $300,000 – it’s a psychological trigger that makes things appear affordable versus “too much.” The trick these days is to get as many people looking as possible at an entry price that’s just right. That way, you’ll more than likely be looking at a bidding war.

8. Be ready for your next move.

If you’re deciding to downsize to a retirement community, take some time before listing your home to tour and reserve your new home at a place you love. Since the market is so hot, you may find yourself moving sooner than you expect!

Selling your home can be a lot of work, but it is also very exciting. With proper planning, a smart strategy and knowledge of your next steps, you’ll be able to get your home sold quickly and get yourself into your new home just in time to enjoy all your favorite fall and winter celebrations.

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

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

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

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

Senior Living Supportive Services

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

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

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

Does Mom need assisted living? That’s a question that many adult children – and their parents – find themselves asking at a certain point in the aging journey. On one hand, you may logically realize that assisted living would be a real benefit. On the other hand, you may find yourself saying things like, Dad seems too young for assisted living. or Mom is still healthy, she just needs some help with a few things every day. Even if your loved one is healthy and active, that doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from assisted living, says Devon Sicard, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley.

“Many seniors and their adult children can become resistant when they hear the words assisted living because they have a lot of assumptions that simply aren’t true,” Devon says. “Assisted living isn’t just for older adults who aren’t able to perform the activities of daily life. In fact, assisted living can be home to many active and independent seniors who simply want the peace of mind and convenience a community provides.”

Whatever the situation, when an individual decides to move into senior living, there are a lot of things at play that can be emotionally, mentally and physically taxing. “As an adult child of someone moving into senior living, you will end up playing a major role in the process,” Devon explains. “It can be relatively easy, but it can also be drawn out and difficult – a lot of it will depend on your involvement and how you help in various situations.”

If you’re an adult child of a parent or parents who have decided to move into assisted living, how can you help? What’s the best way to go about things? Here are some of our tried-and-true tips to help you assist a loved one as they prepare and move into this new phase of life.

Tour communities with your parents.
While ultimately the choice of community belongs to your Mom and Dad, it always helps to have another brain and pair of eyes to help narrow down the options and choose the best option for the individual. It’s a good idea, if your parents are amenable to it, to tour the various communities they’ve chosen with them (and maybe on your own, too). Since you won’t be living in the community, you have a different viewpoint on everything and perhaps can shed light on different aspects that your parents might miss. You can also keep track of the positives, negatives and variables at each community, which can help you and your parents sit down and weigh options against each other.

Help them work through the downsizing process.

Once a community has been decided upon, there’s yet another hurdle: downsizing and selling Mom and Dad’s current home. This is in and of itself is a huge undertaking that requires a lot of planning and work. Be a resource for your parents – let them know you’re able and willing to help, which they may need, especially if they haven’t moved in a while. When moving into assisted living, many older adults will need to let go of a significant number of personal items. Being open and available to help your parents – physically and emotionally – can help make the situation a little easier.

Give your parents time to grieve.

Even if you and your parents know that moving into assisted living is the right thing, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t sadness and uncertainty that come with the decision. In a way, moving into assisted living is the closing of one chapter and realizing that Mom and Dad are getting older. Give your parents (and even yourself) a chance to grieve and process the change. But at the same time, understand that this move is a good thing and that it means the start of a new chapter of life that can be embraced to the fullest.

Plan ahead.

It’s always easiest to make plans when there’s a deadline in place. So, the first step is to determine when exactly your parent or loved one intends to move into assisted living. Once you have a general idea, work backward from there. When should you move into the community? When should the house be put on the market to be sold? When should you have everything packed up and ready to go? Even if the move isn’t for six months or longer, it’s good to have a general idea of when your parents want to make the move – that way, you can start putting plans into place to make the transition that much smoother.

Figure out how to move.

The act of moving can be quite stressful. There’s no need to add anxiety and uncertainty to it. Some experts suggest that parents choose and move into assisted living before selling their current home because that simply helps avoid rushing for rushing’s sake. If that works for you, great! If not, work with your parents, their real estate agent and the community staff to coordinate everything in order to transition easily. You may want to see if it’s possible for Mom and Dad to find a temporary space to get the home sold before moving into assisted living. Or, can they move into assisted living and then put plans in order to sell their current home? A lot depends on the individual situation, and there’s no right or wrong answer.

Get their new home ready.

When it comes time for the physical move, adult children can be an enormous help. While there’s a level of excitement that comes with moving, there’s also a level of anxiety – and having someone to talk and work through the process can make it easier, calmer and a lot more fun. Talk with your mom and dad about their new space and how they want their belongings organized. Take measurements of their new apartment or home and work with them to figure out a floor plan that incorporates their necessary items and also cues you into things you might need to buy. Once you have a plan in place, talk with the community staff to see about getting the new home set up – earlier is always preferable.

Clear your schedule.

On moving day, it always helps to have a helping hand – and your parents will appreciate any assistance you can give. Clear your schedule so on the actual day of moving, you can be ready and available to help assist with the moving truck, unpack at the community, clear away trash and detritus and generally help Mom and Dad settle in. Depending on your parent’s abilities and mental state, you may want to talk with the community staff to get their advice and opinions.

Give them space.

Moving your parents into assisted living may make you feel a little sad, anxious and worried – in other words, how they might have felt when you went to college or moved away from home. Although you may want to hover over your parents to see how they’re doing and help them get settled, the best thing to do is, more than likely, give them space to settle in on their own. This can be hard, but staying out of their way will give Mom and Dad the opportunity to adjust to their new lifestyle and start making a new routine.

Moving your parents into assisted living may feel a bit unnerving, especially if you’ve been spending lots of time helping care for them. It’s important to understand that moving them into assisted living isn’t an end – it’s a new beginning. Eventually, you and your parents will find your groove and allow the benefits of their new community to fully blossom … leaving you with peace of mind and the ability to enjoy each day as it comes.

Beautiful Riverfront Community

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

Celebrating Dynamic Living

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

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

Confidence of Care

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

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

Today, seniors – who can be as young as 55 – are redefining what this life stage means in a big, big way. Unlike in the past, when “retiring” and being a “senior” sometimes meant living life in quiet seclusion, older adults are ready to embrace this stage of life to the fullest. No doubt you’ve heard of seniors who are starting new businesses, charting new careers, reinventing themselves and otherwise making the young’uns jealous of their freedom, excitement and sense of adventure.

“Retirement is an exciting time of life, and moving into senior living is a great way for older adults to jump-start those adventures,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “Today’s communities are like resorts in a sense: they’re all-inclusive and maintenance-free, giving residents all the time in the world to enjoy their lives to the fullest.”

Kevin explains that today’s senior living experience has been designed to help seniors age well and be well, no matter how old or young they are. “Communities such as Waterstone at the Circle are designed to help older adults embrace every opportunity,” Kevin says. “There’s no reason you should have to slow down once you reach a certain age. At our community, we provide the framework to make sure that our residents enjoy a lifestyle that’s productive, pleasant and fulfilled.”

Choose a home that’s a good fit.

If you’re considering living your best life in senior living, the first step is to choose a home that is the best fit for you and your lifestyle. In order to do that, take some time to think about what’s important to you. What sort of lifestyle would make you happy? What needs and wants do you have in your home? What can’t you live without, and what can you live without? Once you have your list in place, you’ll be able to research options in your desired area and pinpoint what locations would suit you best.

Get involved in activities that excite you.

Once you’ve chosen a community and moved in, the next big step is to get involved in daily life. Life in your new community should not be boring – instead, you should be more involved and engaged than ever before – if you want to be. One of the best ways to get settled into your new lifestyle is by finding activities, hobbies and events that excite you. Learn a new language, join an exercise group, start a book club, take nature walks or do whatever else is enjoyable for you. This is your chance to connect with other individuals with the same interests who are looking for new friends.

Make a community within the community.

Socialization is vital for a healthy life for older adults. When children move away and friends move or pass on, it can become pretty isolating. Loneliness can result in depression, anxiety and other illnesses. Moving into senior living gives older adults the opportunity to create a community of caring friends with whom you can participate in activities and build meaningful friendships.

Find new hobbies.

Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn how to do but have never had the chance to pursue? Moving into senior living gives you the time and space to explore those interests that were not feasible before. Take some time to look at your community’s events calendar and look for things that interest you. Try something that interests you or sounds completely foreign. The best part is that you don’t have to continue with it if you don’t like it! You can keep looking for new hobbies that excite you – and perhaps even start your own group.

Pick up old favorites.

Many of us have interests that have fallen by the wayside. Senior living allows us to pursue those interests and pick up favorite activities that have long been forgotten. Did you enjoy playing the piano when you were younger? Maybe you were fluent in French and always wanted to visit Paris. Or perhaps knitting was something that brought you together with other individuals in your family. Senior living gives you the chance to pick up those long-forgotten hobbies and make them part of your everyday life.

Volunteer.

Many seniors choose to dedicate time in retirement to causes and organizations in which they believe. These causes span the gamut from being a mentor to students, caring for animals at the humane society, becoming a consultant for new businesses, joining a Foster Grandparent program or anything else that moves and fulfills you. Moving into senior living helps you pursue this passion due to the all-inclusive nature of life and the maintenance-free lifestyle.

“This can be the best phase of your life to date,” Kevin explains. “You still have energy, the funds and the drive to do the things that move you, without any of the tedious responsibilities of work and family. Moving into a community like Waterstone at the Circle is a great way to jump-start this new chapter of life. What are you waiting for?”

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

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

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

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

Senior Living Supportive Services

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

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

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