The Benefits of an Independent Living Lifestyle for Active Seniors

What does “independence” mean to you? For many older adults, it means having the flexibility and freedom to forge their own path in retirement.

What does “independence” mean to you? For many older adults, it means having the flexibility and freedom to forge their own path in retirement. Today’s seniors are energetic, active and healthy individuals who are looking at this next stage of life as an exciting new chapter instead of a time to wind down, says Devon Sicard, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley.

“People are living longer thanks to medical advances, which means that retirees at the young age of 65 are still ready to go on new adventures,” she says. “In fact, active seniors have a benefit over younger people in that they no longer have to work to support themselves, which means they have all the time in the world to pick up new hobbies, travel or do whatever else they’ve been wanting to do.”

Devon says that, for many seniors, moving to an independent living community can be an excellent start toward building the retirement of their dreams. “Independent living is the best of both worlds for many retirees,” she says. “It pairs the maintenance-free living and the comfort of a community built for the needs of aging adults … with all the independence and freedom you desire. Many of our current residents say they wish they had moved into our community sooner.”

According to Devon, an independent living lifestyle provides a wide variety of benefits for today’s seniors, which is helping re-shape what senior life looks and feels like. “It’s really exciting to us when a younger senior couple moves into our community, because it means they’re making an investment in their future,” she says. “More and more, we’re seeing new retirees make a move sooner – enjoying the maintenance-free lifestyle we provide at Waterstone at Wellesley and embracing the true freedom that retirement brings.”

Here are just some of the ways that independent living lifestyle – such as that of Waterstone at Wellesley – can benefit active seniors:

Maintenance-free living.

Owning your own home has long been the quintessential American Dream. And yes, owning your home free and clear means you no longer have to worry about a monthly mortgage payment. However, you’re still responsible for home repairs, insurance, taxes, utilities and all the upkeep that it takes to keep your home in good shape. After decades of raising a family, cleaning a home and paying for surprise repairs, many seniors are ready to put all that hassle behind them. And for good reason. Saying goodbye to chores and tasks gives you the freedom to truly enjoy your retirement. Would you rather spend your golden years trimming trees, shoveling snow or cleaning house? Or would you rather use that time to make new friends, learn new things, travel around the world, pick up new hobbies and otherwise enjoy your life?

An independent living community gives you the opportunity to say goodbye to maintenance while still having the privacy and comfort of your very own home. Every aspect of maintenance, from yardwork to repairs to even cleaning the house, is taken care of by a professional maintenance staff. It’s a little bit like a five-star, all-inclusive resort … only you never have to leave and can make it your home for real.

A socially active lifestyle.

Making and keeping friends is one of the great joys of life. But even active, independent seniors can find it hard to make new friends, or find themselves becoming lonelier as friends and family start moving away for careers, families and other opportunities. Moving into independent living can provide you with an instant circle of friends in the same stage of life who are looking for similar things out of their golden years. And it’s incredibly easy to be connected and social. Waterstone at Wellesley has a full-time life enrichment director who creates a calendar that will have you as busy as you like. You can enjoy a meal with friends in one of our dining venues, take a lifelong learning class, join a resident-run club, pick up a new fitness regime … the most difficult part will be narrowing down what you want to do.

Peace of mind for the future.

Enjoying your retirement worry-free is exactly what a healthy, active older adult like you wants. At Waterstone at Wellesley, you’ll receive that peace of mind for the present and in the future. Not only do we offer access to on-demand supportive services through premier healthcare partners right in the comfort of our residents’ apartments, but we also are home to an assisted living community for those who require a little more assistance to continue enjoying their active life. It’s confidence that our residents count on.

You’re in charge.

Moving to independent living while you’re young and independent means you’re taking charge of your life course. Instead of waiting until something happens and you’re forced to make a decision that might not be in your best interest, you’re able to choose a lifestyle that suits you now – and later. Waterstone at Wellesley has been designed to help seniors live healthy, active, independent lives, no matter what stage of their senior journey they’re in. By joining us while you’re active, you become part of the social fabric of our community and are able to shape your golden years as you wish.

The world is your oyster.

Ultimately, an independent living lifestyle allows active seniors to live out their dreams and goals, says Devon. “Choosing a community like Waterstone at Wellesley gives you freedom,” she says. “Our goal is always to help our residents create a retirement roadmap that gets them excited about the future. We believe that this is truly your time to enjoy everything that life and the world has to offer, and we’re here to help you do just that.”


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.


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.


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

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