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As we get older, it’s not uncommon to find more time on your hands … maybe a lot of time. If you’ve filled your years raising a family or growing your career (or both), retirement can be a much-looked-forward-to relief. But it also means that you may suddenly struggle with how to fill your waking hours.

“Having a hobby or two – or more – is a great way for older adults to stay active and find purpose in retirement,” says Wendy Kaufman, Executive Director of Waterstone on High Ridge. “Not only do hobbies help chase away boredom, but they also provide many health benefits that can help adults thrive in their senior years.”

While some seniors may fill their time with home maintenance, chores and running a home, these tasks can get tedious and tiring. Frankly, wouldn’t you rather be doing something more enjoyable and productive in your retirement?

“Moving into a retirement community like Waterstone on High Ridge provides you with a carefree, maintenance-free lifestyle, which gives you the opportunity to explore all sorts of healthy hobbies in your retirement years,” says Wendy. “It’s a great way for older adults to seek out new opportunities while also having peace of mind as they get older.”

Why Are Healthy Hobbies?

When you think of the word “hobby,” you may think of anything ranging from knitting to skiing and beyond. If your hobbies are of the less-active variety, you may wonder how they can be healthy. As it turns out, healthy hobbies don’t require you to work up a sweat physically. Simply doing something that challenges your brain, ignites your curiosity or boosts your creativity provides various health benefits for your mental, emotional and social health.

Not only that, but hobbies are fun and enjoyable. And retirement is the perfect opportunity to pick up a hobby that has fallen by the wayside or start something new that you’ve always wanted to try. Here are seven hobbies that provide not just entertainment but health benefits as well:

Sports and fitness

Staying physically active is incredibly important for older adults. It’s recommended that seniors (and adults in general) get approximately 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. This translates to 30 minutes a day, five times a week. A great way to get that exercise in is by finding a hobby that gets you out and about. There are many different sports and fitness activities that are great for older adults. Here are just a handful:

  • Swimming
  • Golf
  • Yoga
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Fitness classes

Staying physically active is a boost not just to your physical well-being but also your mental health. Many sports activities are also social events, especially if you join a club or group dedicated to your hobby. The trick is, as with anything, to find something that you enjoy and look forward to doing.

Gardening

Gardening is a wonderful hobby. In fact, it’s the number one hobby in the United States, and its popularity only increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’ve ever experienced the satisfaction of planting something and watching it flourish, you can understand why it’s such a popular hobby. Besides the satisfaction you gain, there are plenty of mental and physical benefits of playing in the dirt, such as reducing stress, providing a source of physical activity, giving a sense of accomplishment and more. If you’ve always wanted to try gardening but have somewhat of a black thumb, consider starting out slow by purchasing potted plants or herbs.

Gaming

Have you ever heard of the silver gamer? It turns out that gaming isn’t something just for teenagers anymore. In fact, more adults 55 and older are playing video games now than ever before. It helps that games are ubiquitous these days, readily available on your smartphone, tablet or gaming console. Besides providing entertainment, gaming these days often gives older individuals the chance to socialize. Many popular games allow you to play against other individuals, whether they’re next to you or across the globe. Multiplayer games will develop a community of their own, and many people have found lifelong friends (and in some cases, spouses and significant others). Playing games helps seniors stay connected, boost brain function and provide creative problem-solving opportunities.

Cooking

Cooking and baking are some of the oldest hobbies in the world. After all, everyone needs to eat, and cooking a wonderful meal provides a sense of accomplishment like nothing else. Cooking can be an excellent hobby that teaches new techniques and introduces you to new cuisines. It’s also a great way to make sure you and your loved ones are eating a healthy, fresh, nutritious diet that helps you feel and look great.

Puzzles

Puzzles are one of the most enjoyable and stimulating hobbies. From jigsaw to word to mental to logic to a variety of other topics, puzzles are prolific and a fantastic way for older adults to keep their brains active and sharp. One of the best things about puzzles is that you don’t have to accomplish everything in one sitting. You can do a little here and there, and come and go as you please. This means that the enjoyment can stretch out for days – even weeks. Look for puzzles that align with your unique interests for a hobby that will keep you returning to them again and again.

Reading

Who doesn’t love curling up with an intriguing book? This traditional but timely hobby is a great hobby for anyone of any age. These days, getting a good book is easier than ever, thanks to Amazon and e-book lending services like OverDrive or Libby. Grab yourself an e-reader (or download an app to your smartphone or tablet), and you can have hundreds of titles at your fingertips. (Don’t forget to ask us about the Book Club at Waterstone on High Ridge!)

Playing an instrument

Did you ever dream of learning to play the guitar or the drums? At some point, most of us imagined becoming a rock or pop star. Although you may be past the point of selling out stadiums, music is an excellent hobby that can be picked up no matter how old or young you are. Learning a new instrument (or, similarly, a new language) challenges the brain in various ways, which can help battle against cognitive decline and dementia. Playing an instrument also helps with hand-eye coordination, problem-solving and a slew of other benefits.

Retirement is a wonderful time of life to discover new passions and pick up old ones. Besides the enjoyment, you’ll reap a variety of health benefits that will allow you to continue your learning, loving and new lifestyle for years to come.

Welcome Home to Waterstone!

We look forward to introducing you to the definitive, distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone on High Ridge and welcoming you as one of the first residents of 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.

Waterstone on High Ridge is filled with energizing and convenient amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center, salon, parking and more. 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 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.

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Be a Tourist in Your Town: Things to Explore in Stamford, CT

In a city as diverse, lively and energetic as Stamford, CT, there’s always something to do, especially during the summer months.

“There’s never a dull moment in our town,” says Wendy Kaufman, Executive Director of Waterstone on High Ridge. “Every day, you’ll find a new adventure, whether that’s walking along our 19 miles of shoreline, hiking the scenic trails of one of our many parks, or finding a new favorite dining location downtown.”

The thriving community and unique location in the heart of Fairfield County are just a few of the many reasons it was chosen as the site for Waterstone on High Ridge, a brand-new, premier rental retirement community opening in early 2022.

“We wanted to provide a location and environment where Stamford-area seniors could live a carefree, adventurous lifestyle in the city they love,” says Kaufman. “Our community is being built on a beautiful hillside close to retail stores, restaurants and cultural venues. We’re just minutes from Greenwich, New Canaan and Darien villages and boutiques. Residents will be able to easily get anywhere they want to go – whether they use their own transportation or the community’s services. Our Waterstone on High Ridge location offers the perfect blend of activity, convenience and accessibility to local attractions.”

To see for yourself how great the location is, we recommend “being a tourist in your own town” this summer. We’ve put together some of Stamford’s top locations and destinations, all located conveniently near Waterstone on High Ridge. Find your new favorite spot or see what life could look like in our new community.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Resting on 118 acres in the woodland of North Stamford, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center mixes art with nature, history and agricultural sciences. Start your visit at the Bendel Mansion (once the summer home of department store founder Henri Willis Bendel). Here you’ll find galleries featuring contemporary art exhibitions, antique farming equipment, totem poles, vintage pedal cars and works from both world-famous artists, such as Warhol and Dalí, and prominent local artists. Outside, you’ll discover a beautiful sculpture collection and the 10-acre Heckscher Farm, a working farm with various heritage breeds and nonindigenous species like alpacas, burros and llamas. Overbrook Nature Center has interactive wildlife exhibits and more than 80 acres of parkland connected by hiking and walking trails. Be sure to pay a visit to the Edith & Robert Graham Otter Pond, where you can watch North American river otters playing up close.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

Sometimes called a “living classroom,” the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is an enchanting environment for people of all ages to explore, enjoy, and learn about the habitats of the natural world. Visitors can enjoy more than 3,500 specimens from across the globe planted in 12 different gardens, each with its own specific focus. For example, the Alice Smith Fern Allée contains more than 60 kinds of fern, while the Frank Bartlett Heisinger Conifer Garden is focused on – you guessed it – conifers. Walk miles of trails that will take you through beautiful gardens, past champion trees, and into native Connecticut habitats alongside colonial stone walls and over pristine wetlands. Check out their robust events calendar – with everything from classical and rock concerts to tours and family events, there’s always something planned that can connect visitors to nature and the community.

Cove Island Park

The park has it all – walking and running trails, a playground, sandy beaches, a small salt marsh – you name it, you can enjoy it at Cove Island Park. Cove Island was originally the site of a 19th-century factory manufacturing bleached minerals, dye extracts and licorice. The mill was razed by a fire in 1919, and over the next few decades, it was developed into one of the area’s most well-loved parks. It’s specifically known for fishing and birding opportunities: anglers can cast their lines along the rocky shorelines, while birders can spot feathered wonders at Cove River and Holly Pond. The park is listed as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, with more than 287 species recorded.

Philip Johnson Glass House

The Glass House was built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson in New Canaan, CT and is one of the nation’s most significant modern architectural landmarks. It’s located just a short drive away from Stamford proper in New Canaan and is definitely worth the trip. Inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, the Glass House’s exterior walls are made of glass with no interior walls. The 49-acre property boasts a variety of structures, including the Glass House, the Guest House, Pavilion in the Pond, Painting Gallery, Ghost House, Studio and Da Monsta. The grounds feature a permanent collection of renowned 20th-century paintings and sculptures, along with temporary exhibitions.

First Presbyterian Church

This gorgeous masterpiece of Modernist architecture was designed by Wallace Harrison, an architect who took part in the construction of the Rockefeller Center. The First Presbyterian Church, also called the Fish Church due to its evocative outline, was built in 1958. Inside, the stained-glass windows feature a magnificent 20,000 pieces of faceted glass, depicting the crucifixion and resurrection. Situated in front of the grand Visser-Rowland pipe organ sits a wooden cross that is just under 10 meters tall and clad with wood from Canterbury Cathedral in England.

Fort Stamford Park

Fort Stamford Park contains the 340-year-old earthworks of an American fort from the Revolutionary War. The Goodbody Garden also is on the property and features a stone-pillared pergola, sunken garden and Italianate balustrades. It’s a great place to spend a day learning about the area’s history and enjoying the gorgeous gardens. Be sure to take a trip to the Revolutionary-era tree that still stands to the west of the formal gardens – it’s now more than 250 years old.

West Beach

West Beach is a favorite place to spend a pleasant summer day. You’ll discover 26 acres of clean, pale sand, a children’s playground, bathrooms and on-duty lifeguards (during peak times in summer). Best of all, the beach is located within walking distance of restaurants on Shippan Avenue and across the levee, allowing you to whet your appetite after a long day of fun in the sun.

Harbor Point

Harbor Point is an up-and-coming redevelopment district comprised of five distinct areas, each centered on a park or waterfront feature along the harbor. Visitors can spend a sunny day enjoying daily fun, good food or easy access to the waterfront. Besides boating opportunities, the area has more than 20 acres of public parks perfect for families and individuals alike and a full calendar of seasonal daily activities.

“Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of everything Stamford has to offer,” says Kaufman. “We encourage you to get out there and explore!”

Welcome Home – Become a ClubW Member Today!

We look forward to introducing you to the distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone on High Ridge and welcoming you as one of our first residents. 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 dynamic retirement lifestyle will find exactly what they’ve been seeking at Waterstone on High Ridge.

Located on beautiful site that neighbors a conservation area, Waterstone on High Ridge is an experience like no other. You’ll live on a lush campus with easy access to the shopping, dining and cultural opportunities in nearby downtown Stamford, CT. Once you step into our sophisticated 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 countless 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.

Waterstone on High Ridge is filled with energizing and convenient amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center, salon, media room and more. Enjoy your elegant living space – a large, sunlit apartment complete with a full-size designer kitchen, well-appointed bathroom, walk-in closet and more. Everything at Waterstone on High Ridge was created with you in mind, where our wellness-focused lifestyle and elevated 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.

Discerning seniors in Fairfield County who desire distinctive living at its very best will find exactly what they’ve been seeking at Waterstone on High Ridge. Opening early 2022, Waterstone on High Ridge is a premier senior living community featuring a continuum of care with independent living, assisted living and memory care residences situated on a beautifully landscaped hill above High Ridge Road in Stamford, CT.

“Waterstone on High Ridge will provide a senior living experience like none other,” says Wendy Kaufman, Executive Director. “Our lush campus, located next to a wooded conservation area, will be an idyllic setting for seniors who desire a full, active lifestyle. The abundant amenities, enriching programs and modern apartment options will be unmatched by other communities in the area and are a reflection of the attention to detail, emphasis on quality and exceptional service that our parent company, EPOCH Senior Living, is known for.”

Waterstone on High Ridge will be home to 146 gracious apartments for independent living, assisted living and memory care provided by Bridges® by EPOCH. Residents will enjoy a contemporary New England farmhouse setting with a warm wood lobby, stone fireplaces, libraries, outdoor porches, walking trails and a vegetable garden. Amenities include a large fitness area, swimming pool, four-season room and outdoor terraces.

“Our homelike aesthetic, elegantly appointed apartments and engaging programs have all been carefully designed to exceed all expectations,” says Wendy. “We are very much looking forward to showcasing our premier 62-and-over rental community and providing exceptional experiences for seniors in Stamford and the greater Fairfield County.”

A History of Excellence

Waterstone on High Ridge is one of the newest members of the EPOCH Senior Living family. EPOCH began as a group of high-quality skilled healthcare centers in the Boston area and grew to become a regionally focused, comprehensive senior living company that is recognized as the provider of choice for seniors in the markets we serve – helping them to thrive every day.

EPOCH’s philosophy is dedicated to supporting each person’s physical, emotional and mental well-being – giving all residents access to everything they need to lead joyful, carefree and healthy lifestyles, whether they reside in independent living, assisted living or memory care.

Active. Healthy. Home.

What will life be like at Waterstone on High Ridge? It’ll be whatever you want it to be. Here, you’ll be able to fill your days and nights with exercise classes, freshly prepared meals, educational and cultural experiences, social gatherings and more. Or you may choose to spend a quiet evening in your stylish apartment, enjoying time alone or with friends. It will all be here for you – at your new home.

Your dynamic retirement lifestyle begins with a long list of amenities and services that have been created to help you live your best life, along with access to the support you need to age in place gracefully. As a resident, you’ll enjoy a myriad of benefits, including:

  • Spacious floor plans with impeccable details
  • Pet-friendly community
  • Indoor heated pool and fitness room staffed by experienced trainers
  • Mind-body studio and juice bar
  • Full-service salon
  • Seasonal, chef-prepared meals with anytime dining
  • Media room and theater
  • Putting green, firepit and raised vegetable garden
  • Outdoor walking paths and dining areas
  • Concierge and weekly housekeeping services
  • Regularly scheduled programs, activities, outings, and trips
  • Convenient access to Stamford’s retailers, restaurants, and cultural activities

We understand that staying healthy is important to aging well, and that you want to have fun doing it. Take a swim. Join a yoga class. Walk the nature paths. Our personal trainers help you choose the programs that will help you achieve your fitness goals through our mind-body studio.

Plus, delight in a full calendar of social, educational, and cultural programs. Continue to hone – or rediscover – lifelong passions such as painting, gardening, or writing, or explore new hobbies. Stimulate your mind with interesting lectures by a variety of guest speakers. Sway to your favorite tunes during an on-site concert. It will all be yours with a move to Waterstone on High Ridge, opening in early 2022.

Home. The Way You Like It.

As a rental community, moving to Waterstone on High Ridge allows for financial flexibility with no lifelong commitments. Independent living residents will enjoy private living in stylish apartments with contemporary features, including:

  • Designer kitchen with stainless steel appliances
  • Luxurious bathroom with walk-in showers
  • Walk-in closet
  • Spacious living area
  • Washer and dryer
  • Weekly housekeeping services
  • Abundant natural lighting
  • Exceptional finishes throughout
  • Premium plank flooring

Located on beautiful site that neighbors a conservation area, the Waterstone on High Ridge campus is designed to inspire … exquisite architecture, unique programs, delicious dining, and unmatched hospitality. Waterstone on High Ridge will offer seniors in Fairfield County everything needed to live life exactly how they please, now and in the future.

Assisted Living

Individuals who require extra assistance to live safely will receive dedicated care from our attentive team. Assisted living at Waterstone on High Ridge will include a community room, great room and dining area – everything needed, all in one place.

  • Personalized care consultation
  • Three nutritious meals each day
  • Daily living activities and programs
  • Medication management
  • Home health coordination with ancillary providers, as needed
  • Customized wellness plans

Memory Care Assisted Living

Waterstone on High Ridge will be a place to call home. And for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, home is a familiar feeling, with care from a team that feels like family. Our on-site memory care provided by the experts at Bridges® by EPOCH, features a highly trained, compassionate team within a residential household featuring an activity room, dining room, living room, library and more. Families will have peace of mind while their loved ones benefit from an engaged and fulfilled life, with services such as:

  • 24-hour licensed nursing support
  • Highly trained, compassionate memory care team
  • Daily routine assistance – such as bathing, dressing and eating
  • Three nourishing, chef-prepared meals daily
  • Stimulating activities to exercise cognitive and physical abilities

Learn How to Become a Club W Member!

We look forward to introducing you to a distinctive lifestyle designed for seniors 62 and over and welcoming you as a founding member of Waterstone on High Ridge. To learn more about our premier senior living community or to schedule your personal visit, call ​203.361.9717. Waterstone on High Ridge is now accepting reservations – join our wait list today to secure your carefree future!