This year’s awards celebrate the industry’s top people, projects, and programs.

In a time of economic uncertainty, multifamily owners, developers, architects, and builders continue to raise the bar for creating innovative and thoughtful communities that cater to residents’ needs. Our 2023 MFE Awards winners exemplify the tenacity and perseverance happening across the nation.

Out of nearly 240 nominations, the jurors selected 12 grand winners and 11 merit winners. In addition, the jurors selected Atlas at Park & Paseo, the grand winner in the mid-rise category, as the Multifamily Project of the Year. Developed by Alliance Residential and designed by AO, Atlas is the third and final phase of Park & Paseo, a mixed-use development that has transformed an 18-acre industrial site in Santa Ana, California.

As part of the MFE Awards, we also honor indusry leaders who are helping move the industry forward:Executive of the Year Lili Dunn, president and CEO of Bell Partners; and Hall of Fame inductee Harry Bookey, founder of BH.

Read more about what these multifamily leaders are bringing to their companies, their communities, and the industry as a whole as well as what makes our grand winners shine.

Last month, we shared the best healthy foods for your heart. As an active older adult, you may find yourself wondering about the best foods that will provide you with an extra boost of energy.

Maintaining your energy levels as you age will help you keep your physical and mental health in peak condition. So if you’re an older adult finding yourself nodding off while you watch TV or feeling a lot more tired than you did several years ago, you may need to start looking at what you’re putting into your body.

Eating the right types of food will help increase your energy levels, build your endurance, and allow you to continue doing the things you enjoy. As a bonus, most of the energy-boosting foods found below also are excellent at keeping your heart healthy, maintaining your blood sugar levels, increasing muscle and bone strength, and boosting your immune systems.

We’ve put together a list of seven foods that provide seniors with a much-needed energy boost, along with a variety of additional health benefits. You’ll notice that the list includes lean proteins, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and other foods that provide vitamins and minerals while helping maintain energy throughout the day.

1. Nuts

Nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews and pecans are chock-full of healthy fats, proteins and amino acids that strengthen and rebuild muscles. The fiber and carbohydrates found in nuts are digested more slowly than what you find in refined grains, which helps provide a steady supply of energy throughout the day.

            Add more nuts to your diet by topping your salad with nuts instead of croutons, adding a handful to your morning oatmeal, and choosing roasted nuts over potato chips or other empty-calorie snacks.

2. Whole Grains

Skip the white bread and all-purpose flour and choose whole grains like quinoa, whole-wheat bread, oatmeal and barley for a high-fiber hit that provides energy throughout the day, helps regulate cholesterol and blood sugar, and keeps you regular. Some grains are also filled with protein, which is instrumental in maintaining muscle mass (which helps with balance, bone health and overall mobility).

            Add more whole grains to your diet by choosing whole-grain bread over white, eating oatmeal for breakfast, and trying new side dishes like quinoa salad instead of a regular lettuce salad or coleslaw.

berries give your body natural sugars which translate to energy

3. Berries

Berries such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are low in sugar and high in antioxidants and fiber, making them a great sweet treat that provides a slew of health benefits. Enjoy them fresh for an extra hydration hit, or snack on dried ones (in moderate amounts) for an energy boost or a delicious addition to salads, breads and desserts.

Add more berries to your diet by tossing some into a breakfast smoothie, sprinkling some on a salad, enjoying a high-energy snack of trail mix, or savoring a light dessert of berries and dark chocolate.

4. Fish

Oily, cold-water fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines are excellent lean proteins that help your heart (thanks to their omega-3 fatty acids), improve joint function, prevent cognitive decline and – you guessed it – boost energy.

Add more fish to your diet by adding salmon to your salad, enjoying a tuna fish sandwich, or choosing a tuna steak instead of a T-bone.

4. Low-fat dairy

Low-fat dairy options provide protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins like B12, without the added calories that come from full-fat versions. Unsweetened and Greek yogurt can add oomph to your salad dressing, soups and side dishes without sacrificing taste, and cheese makes pretty much any dish sing!

            Add more low-fat dairy to your diet by using Greek yogurt in place of sour cream or mayonnaise, shred some cheese onto a salad or in your soup, and sip a glass of milk for a midday pick-me-up.

5. Fruits and vegetables

We’ve already mentioned berries, but fruits and vegetables overall are excellent choices for filling your plate (and your stomach) with delicious tastes and energy boosters. Even “sugary” fruits like bananas and grapes provide nutritional boosts such as potassium, vitamin C and fiber. While there are some “smarter” choices such as sweet potatoes; lower sugar fruits; and dark, leafy greens, you really can’t go wrong by choosing these foods as a snack.

            Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet by snacking on an apple or banana, adding a vegetable side dish to dinner, or enjoying a whole orange instead of drinking a glass of orange juice.

6. Beans and lentils

Bean, lentils and legumes are a great source of non-animal protein as well as vitamins and minerals like magnesium, iron, zinc and fiber. They provide a steady boost of energy as your body digests the complex carbohydrates, keeping you energized longer.

            Add more beans and legumes to your diet by adding them to your salads and soups, tossing them into an egg dish for breakfast, and serving them as a side with fish or chicken.

senior man drinking water on a run outside

7. Water

Water is a liquid, not a food, but it is essential for helping you boost your energy, stay healthy, and build your strength. Staying hydrated helps muscles function properly, keeps your joints healthy, improves your digestion, and so much more. Plus, as an active adult, it’s even more essential to stay hydrated, because seniors become dehydrated much more quickly than their younger counterparts.

Add more water to your diet by choosing sparkling water over soda, sipping on herbal tea instead of coffee, and choosing fruits and vegetables high in liquids.

Fuel your healthy, active senior lifestyle at Waterstone on High Ridge

Aging well and staying active has never been easier. At Waterstone on High Ridge, our engaging lifestyle is designed to help older adults live the retirement lifestyle they want and deserve. With a focus on whole-body wellness, a jam-packed calendar of inspiring programming, and fine dining that’s both nutritious and delicious, you’re in for a treat. We invite you to visit and enjoy a complimentary lunch to learn more about our vibrant, engaged senior living community.

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What Is Sudden Retirement Syndrome?

More often than not, people highly anticipate all the benefits that retirement has to offer, especially the extra time and freedom to do as they please once their focus is no longer on their career. For some, this is a time of great joy, but for others, it may lead to unexpected emotions – especially for those who may be retiring earlier than planned due to an unexpected event such as organizational downsizing or a health condition. No matter what the scenario is, the reality of retirement might not meet the expectations that you had during your working years, which can lead to what is known as sudden retirement syndrome.

What is sudden retirement syndrome?

Sudden retirement syndrome is caused by the shock of transitioning to a new normal – a more relaxing lifestyle after remaining busy with work and your professional life. Although we may know a change or retirement is coming, we may not exactly be prepared to stop working or to slow down.

Consider how it feels to be deep in thought, running on a treadmill that simply stops because you hit your maximum workout time. You may know your workout is over, but your body and mind take a bit of time to catch up and slow down. This is precisely how adjusting to retirement or the end of a career feels for some people.

What are the effects of sudden retirement syndrome?

The abrupt changes of retirement can cause older adults to feel sadness, anxiety or even lack of creativity. They may be diagnosed with clinical depression after retiring, experience feelings of emptiness, or deal with other mental health issues. If retirement was an unexpected event, seniors may feel anger, resentment and a loss of purpose and identity.

The good news is that with the right information, mindset and plan, your sense of purpose and life satisfaction don’t have to diminish with retirement. Instead, you can enjoy the retirement you’ve always dreamed of, overcoming sudden retirement syndrome and aging gracefully.

How to overcome sudden retirement syndrome.

Shift Your Mindset

Though retiring may feel bittersweet and overwhelming, a shift in mindset can help you to see retirement in a new light. Try a dose of positivity and think about all the possibilities.

  • You can set your own schedule
  • You’ll have more freedom to visit family members and friends
  • You will be able to pick up passions you may have let fall by the wayside
  • You can give back or continue your pursuit of lifelong learning
  • You’ll have time to spend on yourself again

Stay Active and Focus on Health and Wellness

We all know that exercise can improve your mood as well as your health, so if you find yourself unsure of what to do in retirement, or how you can get rid of sudden retirement syndrome, focus on a little fitness!

  • Go on daily walks
  • Join a fitness class or group for some extra socialization
  • Hire a personal trainer to focus on your specific goals
  • Practice meditation, tai chi or yoga

Pursue Hobbies and Passions

Hobbies can make you happy, fill your heart with joy, and even help you age well. If you’re experiencing sudden retirement syndrome, hobbies and passions are a great way to thwart it.

Explore a New Purpose or Set New Goals

All the extra free time you have in retirement gives you an opportunity to find a new purpose or set new goals. Consider:

  • Finding a fulfilling post-retirement part-time job
  • Spending time volunteering
  • Joining a committee and obtaining a leadership role
  • Visiting with those in elder care or visiting pet shelters

All of these things can help give you a feeling of purpose or help you feel like you’re making a difference.

Participate in Social Activities

Staying social can help you keep sudden retirement syndrome at bay. Not only will you feel more connected and less lonely, but it can help decrease the negative mental health symptoms of isolation and retirement syndrome.

Consider a Move to Senior Living

One of the best ways to beat sudden retirement syndrome is to have something to retire to, or something to look forward to. For many older adults, this is a senior living community.

Why is this? For one, there are plenty of perks of senior living, like freedom from housekeeping, home maintenance, yard work and cooking. Instead of worrying about those daily tasks, you can create your own daily structure, find your new purpose with engaging programs, focus on improving all aspects of wellness, and socialize with other like-minded individuals.

Retire to an engaging new lifestyle at Waterstone on High Ridge.

When retirement arrives, make the most of it as a resident of Waterstone on High Ridge. Contact us today to learn more about our active and connected lifestyle.

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Understanding the Stages of Lewy Body Dementia

According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) affects more than a million people in the United States alone. It’s also the second most common form of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. So what is Lewy Body Dementia, what are its signs and symptoms, and what can you expect? Read on below to find out everything you need to know about Lewy Body Dementia.

What is Lewy Body Dementia?

According to the Mayo Clinic, Lewy Body Dementia comes from protein deposits called Lewy bodies, which develop in nerve cells in the brain, affecting thinking, memory and movement. Plaques and tangles, also present in Alzheimer’s diseases, are often found as well.

What Are the Symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia?

According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia can include changes in thinking, behavior, movement, and sleep, including:

  • Dementia – affecting decision-making, problem-solving and planning, while causing memory loss
  • Cognitive fluctuations – causing changes in concentration, alertness or attention
  • Movement disorders/movement symptoms – causing slowness of movement, rigidity, shuffling walk, tremors, or balance problems and symptoms like those occurring in Parkinson’s disease
  • Behavioral changes – like visual hallucinations, delusions, or changes in mood
  • Sleep disorders – like REM sleep behavior disorder, insomnia, or restless leg syndrome
  • Autonomic symptoms – causing problems with temperature and blood pressure regulation, incontinence, and more

Understanding the Stages of Lewy Body Dementia

Lewy Body Dementia affects people in many stages, seven to be exact. These stages may show up in those with the disease at different times, and progression can move slowly or rapidly. Read more about the stages of Lewy Body Dementia and how they affect and change behavior below.

Stage 1

During stage one, those with Lewy Body Dementia don’t know they are living with the disease yet. There are no symptoms, and diagnosis is not likely unless found by a routine MRI or CT scan.

Stage 2

Very mild symptoms begin to appear, but often they are very difficult or even impossible to notice. You may experience or see forgetfulness, but it won’t impact daily life or activities of daily living.

Stage 3

Mild symptoms become more noticeable. Often it’s in stage three that memory, concentration, and movement issues begin to be noticed. Those dealing with the disease may have some difficulty working or carrying on their daily routine.

Stage 4

Most people with LBD are diagnosed at this stage. This is because symptoms become disruptive to everyday life. Forgetfulness, tremors, issues speaking, and difficulty swallowing are common.

Stage 5

During this stage, symptoms are often moderate or severe. Living alone becomes impossible as 24-hour supervision is required, and significant memory loss and confusion occur.

Stage 6

Severe symptoms are noticed in stage six. Memory loss is worsened; individuals may not know who family members are; they may not be able to speak; and they often experience incontinence at this stage.

Stage 7

This is the final stage of Lewy Body Dementia. Those with the disease are unable to walk, have difficulty communicating and require around-the-clock care and assistance.

When To Ask for Help

Both older adults and caregivers often reach out for support after a diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies. This gives them the ability to search for resources, plan for the future, and receive the support they need.

However, caregivers may not reach out for care until their loved one requires constant supervision and support with all daily activities, or their needs become more than they can handle.

Discover the Support You Need

At Waterstone on High Ridge, we provide memory care services for those with all types of dementia and cognitive decline, including dementia with Lewy Bodies, Parkinson’s disease dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

This cutting-edge memory care approach, supported by the experts at Bridges® by EPOCH, provides the highest quality dementia and Alzheimer’s care, providing families and loved ones with peace of mind and dedicated support every step of the way.


For more information on Lewy Body Dementia and Bridges® memory care at Waterstone on High Ridge, visit our website or schedule a visit today.


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9 Heart-Healthy Foods for Seniors

We know that heart health is important and that decreasing stress, increasing exercise, quitting smoking, and limiting alcohol can help to promote heart health, manage high blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease. But eating healthy is just as important for managing your risk of cardiac illness.

To maintain heart health and decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, try to consume some of these heart-healthy foods as defined by the American Heart Association.

9 Heart-Healthy Foods for Older Adults

1 | Vegetables and Leafy Greens

Eating a wide variety of vegetables can be beneficial for heart health. Try buying cans of low-sodium, reduced-sodium or no sodium-added vegetables for an afternoon snack at work, opt for frozen vegetables when your favorites aren’t in season, or snack on delicious fresh veggies after a day outside.

2 | Fresh Fruits

Whether fresh, canned or frozen, fruits are always good to snack on or to serve as a basis for a healthy dessert. Just like added sodium can be found in vegetables, fruits can contain added sugar, so be sure to keep an eye on this to limit excess. If the rising heat is making you extra thirsty, whip up a healthy smoothie to cool you off and fuel you for whatever your day holds.

3 | Nuts

Nuts don’t just have protein, good fats and fiber; they even host vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Some healthy options to crunch on are almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts. If you want to amp up your fruits and veggies, spread some peanut butter on celery, apples and bananas.

4 | Legumes and Beans

Beans and legumes have plant protein in them, are high in minerals and fiber, and can help improve cholesterol levels. Find creative ways to eat black beans, pinto beans, lima beans, kidney beans, and more by adding them to rice and pasta, making a dip, or adding them to soup.

5 | Fish and Seafood

Fish and shellfish are good sources of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, according to the American Heart Association. These acids can reduce the risk of heart failure, heart disease, cardiac arrest and ischemic stroke, so try to eat these options rich in omega-3s.

  • Anchovies
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Black cod
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Bluefin tuna
  • Whitefish
  • Striped bass
  • Cobia

6 | Lean Protein

Red meats, like beef, pork and lamb, have more fat than skinless chicken, fish and plant proteins, according to the American Heart Association. This can raise your cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Choose lean, unprocessed meats and skinless poultry, and maintain healthy portions.

7 | Non-Tropical Vegetable Oils

Though you should limit foods with high-fat content – including those with trans fats and saturated fats, there are some healthy fats: dietary fats. The American Heart Association shares that these fats give your body energy, support cell function, protect your organs and help keep your body warm. By switching to olive oil, canola oil or corn oil, among others, you can be one step closer to a heart-healthy diet.

8 | Whole Grains

Whole grains are great sources of dietary fiber, which can improve blood cholesterol levels while helping to fill you up while providing other essential nutrients. Opt for whole-grain bread, cereal, brown rice, crackers or pasta while limiting refined grains like enriched bread and white rice.

9 | Low- or Non-Fat Dairy Products

Older adults should have four servings of fat-free or low-fat dairy products. Whether this is from milk, yogurt, cottage cheese or low-fat ice cream, low- or non-fat dairy is important for your diet.

Indulge in Healthy and Delicious Dining at Waterstone

At Waterstone on High Ridge, residents savor delicious and nutritious meals that are highlighted by impeccable service from a highly trained culinary team. Our on-site restaurant offers a seasonal menu of meals boasting fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and our juice bar blends together health and your favorite fruits. Even better, you can dine anytime, allowing you to relax, dine on your schedule, and enjoy the benefits of our lifestyle to the fullest.

For more information on healthy foods for seniors and to see the chef-prepared meals residents at Waterstone on High Ridge are enjoying, schedule a tour or visit our website.


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Choosing where you are going to retire is something that could make or break your overall retirement experience. To make this decision easier, we’re breaking down exactly why your retirement location matters, as well as why making a move to a premier senior living community in Stamford, Connecticut, could be your best decision yet.

Where You Retire Matters

Do you love to be busy and involved in activities, or do you love to relax and spend time by yourself? Do you enjoy exploring nature, or would you rather be exploring a new restaurant or shop that opened? If you like to be active within the community, you’ll want to choose a place where you’ll have access to the opportunities you desire. If you want to take in the beauty of nature, you won’t want to move to a city without any semblance of nature around.

Knowing yourself and your passions is key to choosing the right location, so consider these points to help you narrow down your options.

Retiring in Stamford, CT

Why is retiring here ideal? For starters, not only is Stamford one of the best places in Connecticut to live, but it offers residents both an urban and suburban feel, with easy access to both the countryside and Long Island Sound. That means you’ll find plenty of things to do in Stamford, CT and the surrounding towns like Greenwich and Darien  – which is why so many are drawn to this area to retire.

Interesting Places To Explore

Are you an explorer at heart? There are tons of interesting sites to see and places to visit in Stamford. Check out some of these top recommendations:

  • Explore Bedford Street in Stamford
  • Take a look at the Stamford Cone, full of beautiful stained glass windows
  • Visit the historic Avon Theatre
  • View the unusually shaped First Presbyterian Church of Stamford

Fun Activities

If you are ready to fill your newfound free time in retirement with fun activities and hobbies, Stamford is a great place to do so.

  • Go shopping at Stamford Town Center
  • Plan to attend Bark in the Park with your furry friend
  • Enjoy seasonal events at Mill River Park
  • Take in Stamford from the water on a sunset boat tour

Take in the Arts

Beauty is all around you in Stamford. Discover all the ways you can immerse yourself in the arts.

  • Catch a show at The Palace Theatre
  • Audition for a show at Curtain Call
  • See a performance by Orchestra Lumos, formerly known as the Stamford Symphony
  • Check out a wide variety of art exhibitions through the Stamford Art Association

The Beauty of Nature

One of the perks of urban and suburban living is access to nature. Enjoy the great outdoors by:

  • Exploring Cove Island Park
  • Bird-watching at the Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Visiting The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens
  • Joining the Stamford Garden Club and tending to the Goodbody Garden
  • Visiting the Mianus River Park and biking along the cycling path

Lifelong Learning

Your pursuit of lifelong learning continues in Stamford. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover or a bookworm, the options are endless.

  • Learn about Revolutionary War history at Fort Stamford
  • Visit the Stamford Museum & Nature Center
  • Book it to the Ferguson Library to find your next great read
  • Visit the Stamford History Center

Delicious Dining

There’s something to tickle any foodie’s fancy in Stamford. Beyond the exceptional dining you can experience right here at Waterstone on High Ridge, check out some of our favorite local options.

  • Savor a meal at one of the many restaurants at Harbor Point
  • Grab a drink at Half Full Brewery
  • Get adventurous with various types of cuisine

Discover Why Seniors in Stamford, CT, Love Waterstone on High Ridge

Waterstone on High Ridge, located in Stamford, CT, offers residents the best of both worlds. They can enjoy the privacy of their own apartment while having access to a bustling community just outside their door. Beyond our retirement community, residents enjoy the urban and suburban feel of the local area, as well as all the opportunities it provides.

For more information about Waterstone on High Ridge in Stamford, CT, please visit our website. If you’d like to experience our location for yourself, join us for an upcoming open house or event.


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Senior Living 101: Understanding the Options

When it comes to senior living, families and older adults have a lot of decisions to make. From figuring out what type of lifestyle is desired to evaluating which care options are needed now or in the future, it can be a time-consuming, sometimes overwhelming journey.

We’re here to give you the knowledge you need to make informed decisions for yourself or your loved one. We will detail the types of senior living available so you can skip the confusion and move forward with confidence.

Navigating Senior Living Options

Below are the main senior living community options you will come across in your search. Learn more about their care and service offerings in our breakdown.

Independent Living

These types of communities are designed for active, mostly self-sufficient seniors looking for a retirement community that offers an enriching lifestyle with dynamic social programs and wellness opportunities. Independent living typically features:

  • Fully equipped, private apartments
  • Chef-prepared meals
  • Housekeeping and maintenance
  • Laundry services
  • Scheduled transportation services
  • Wellness programs
  • Scheduled activities and events
  • A variety of community amenities
  • Potential access to care and support

Assisted Living

Assisted living communities provide a level of personal care for those who need some support with activities of daily living but can still live with a level of independence. They may receive support with dressing, bathing, grooming, eating and more.

This option may be offered within a senior living community or as a stand-alone community. Assisted living usually offers:

  • Private apartments
  • Kitchenettes
  • 24-hour support and customized care plans
  • Three daily meals
  • Basic housekeeping and maintenance
  • Laundry and linen services
  • Medication management
  • Regularly scheduled transportation
  • Activities and entertainment
  • Wellness programming
  • Social opportunities

Memory Care

Those coping with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia benefit from memory care communities. These communities provide those with memory loss with:

  • Specialized support
  • Personalized programming
  • 24-hour supervised care and personal assistance
  • Assistance with meals
  • Medication management
  • Opportunities to connect and engage
  • Planned activities and social programs
  • Wellness programs and exercise classes
  • Housekeeping, linen and laundry services

Additional Senior Living Options

There are some additional senior living options designed for those with specific preferences or needs. Some are aimed at active seniors, while some are designed to provide the dedicated support that’s needed as they age. Find out more about these options below.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities/Life Plan Communities

CCRCs and Life Plan Communities offer a range of levels of care on one campus. Some may offer memory care, as well, though it’s not required.

Unlike independent living rental communities, these options require a long-term financial commitment, with a significant entrance fee and a monthly fee.

Active Adult/55+ Communities

These communities are often age restricted and have been specifically created for active adults. While some may offer access to services and amenities, many do not, making it necessary to cook for yourself, find local programs to engage in, search for your own healthcare, and maintain your own apartment.

Short-Term Rehabilitation

Short-term rehabilitation helps older adults return to their everyday life after illness or injury. This can be either inpatient or outpatient, with services like physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

Skilled Nursing Facilities and Long-Term Care Communities

These communities, also often called nursing homes, offer skilled nursing care. They provide 24-hour assistance; access to physical, occupational and speech therapists; and offer some wellness programs and activities.

Home Care and Home Health Services

Home care and home health services allow seniors to receive minor assistance from trained nurses at home. While this can be provided within the senior’s current home, it is also possible to bring these services to an independent living apartment, like some residents at Waterstone on High Ridge do.

Adult Day Programs and Respite Care

These programs offer extra supportive services for those caring for loved ones at home. They also allow those who need support to experience what life at a senior living community is all about.

Discover Waterstone on High Ridge

At Waterstone on High Ridge, residents enjoy the security of independent living, assisted living and dedicated memory care provided by the experts at Bridges® all in one place. Even better, at our luxury rental community, residents experience financial flexibility and can control their assets, while only paying for the care they need as they need it.

This allows them to enjoy their luxury rental apartments, access to first-class amenities on site, an enriching lifestyle, and so much more, all with a carefree lifestyle and unmatched hospitality.


For more information about your options, or to learn more about Waterstone on High Ridge, attend an upcoming event or schedule a visit today.


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

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What Is Normal Aging vs. Memory Loss?

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

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

Signs of Normal Aging vs. Signs of Memory Loss


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

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

Difficulty completing familiar daily tasks

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

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

Language changes

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

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

Misplacing items

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

Getting lost

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can Other Conditions Cause Memory Loss?

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

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

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


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


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5 Tips for Aging Gracefully

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

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

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

Tips for Aging Gracefully

Avoid negative stereotypes around aging.

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

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

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

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

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

Adopt a positive attitude and mindset.

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

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

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

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

Increase Your Physical Activity Levels

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

Enhance Nutrition with Healthy Eating

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

Stick to a Sleep Schedule

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

Don’t Forget To Visit Your Doctor

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

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

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

Understand that things may change.

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

Discover How To Age with Grace at Waterstone on High Ridge

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

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


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

At Waterstone, we elevate the senior living experience for our residents through our concierge services and luxurious amenities. If you’re looking for a sample of the dynamic lifestyle that senior living at Waterstone on High Ridge could offer you, learn more about what awaits below.

Senior Living Amenities at Waterstone on High Ridge

Spacious Apartments

Filled with impressive finishes and amenities, our floor plans and living options are sure to meet your preferences and needs.

  • Spacious, bright apartments
  • Walk-in closets
  • Designer kitchens
  • Bathrooms with walk-in showers
  • Plenty of room host family members and friends
  • Pet-friendly accommodations

Wellness Experiences

Fitness opportunities also abound within our community. Here, you can enhance your quality of life and maintain your independence with amenities like our:

  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Fitness center with professional trainers
  • Mind-body studio
  • Group exercise classes
  • Juice bar

We believe wellness also extends to pampering yourself. That’s why our Waterstone on High Ridge community includes a beauty salon and spa – helping you to feel, and look, your best.

Delicious Dining

Residents and their families savor the dining experience at our community, and we think you will, too. With multiple dining options, impeccable service, and a highly trained culinary team, there’s plenty to enjoy.

  • A seasonal menu of distinctive meals
  • Fresh, locally sourced ingredients
  • Farm-to-table dining
  • Anytime dining, allowing you to dine on your schedule
  • Dishes prepared to taste

Community Spaces and Programs

Waterstone on High Ridge offers a full calendar of programs and activities, as well as plenty of spaces to meet with peers, team members and family. Every day is full of opportunities to continue an old hobby, pursue your passions, enjoy something you’ve always wanted to try, and more.

Enjoy a variety of programs, or spend time with friends in our:

  • Game room and art studio
  • Media room and movie theater
  • Library
  • Outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed in warmer weather

For an inside look at our programming, check out our website and activity calendar.

Concierge Services

Instead of spending your time checking off your daily to-do list, we will take care of all of it for you. Trade in your housekeeping, home maintenance, yardwork and winter weather woes for a lifestyle that allows you the freedom – and time – to do anything you’d like to do. Your lifestyle at Waterstone on High Ridge includes:

  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Linen services
  • Scheduled black car transportation services
  • Heated underground parking

A Senior Living Experience Designed for Convenience and Comfort

Waterstone on High Ridge’s thoughtful conveniences and amenities help life come together seamlessly and comfortably. Attend an upcoming event or open house to experience all our senior living community offers.


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