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Living in a Community vs. Staying at Home

There comes a time in many seniors’ lives when they consider whether or not they’d like to make a move to senior living or stay at home. If you’re finding yourself in this position currently, you aren’t alone.

Although this decision is a very personal one, with some seniors preferring one option over another for any number of reasons, some of the most common explanations we hear are that:

  • They fear a loss of independence
  • The process of moving appears complicated
  • They don’t feel as though they currently need support
  • All their best memories happened at home
  • Their own preference is to remain there until they need extensive medical care or home healthcare needs to be brought in

While all these reasons are understandable, it’s important to consider how this decision can affect your life as you age. In fact, when most older people and family members consider the advantages that senior living communities offer, they change their minds. Then begins their journey of moving to a senior community.

5 Reasons Senior Living Is Better Than Remaining at Home

If you’re on the fence about moving to a senior living or retirement community, consider some of the benefits many older adults enjoy there that you simply won’t get at home.

Social Opportunities

Senior living communities are full of programs, social events, clubs, classes, new friends and camaraderie. Even better, you never have to leave your home to take advantage of it all.

At home, seniors may become more isolated as it may be more difficult to see friends, drive during bad weather, and more. In fact, nearly one quarter of those 65 and older are said to be socially isolated, according to a study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Those problems are a thing of the past here at Waterstone at the Circle, with on-site programs, scheduled transportation, and endless opportunities to connect outside our community – thanks to our prime location in Boston.

Responsibilities

Who takes care of your daily responsibilities at home? Is it you who completes these tasks? Or do you hire someone to take care of housework, home maintenance and yard work for you?

If you take care of these things yourself, you may be wasting time you could be spending on doing what you want to do. Even if you outsource these tasks, you still need to search for a service, write out their checks, and ensure their quality of work is up to your standard.

At a community like Waterstone at the Circle, we take care of all these things for you so you can simply enjoy a carefree lifestyle each day while participating in any activity you choose.

Amenities

When it comes to what amenities your home offers versus what senior living communities provide, the differences are clear.

  • Does your home include a fitness center? If not, you’ll have to pay for a membership or purchase the equipment.
  • Do you regularly host guests for book clubs or social events? If not, you’ll likely travel to them.
  • Do you need a new hairdo? You can do it yourself or go to a salon, but at Waterstone, you just have to walk out your door and go to our full-service salon.

At Waterstone at the Circle, all this and more are covered. At your home, everything is extra – or, even worse, not available.

Dining

Even if you like to cook, grocery shopping and cleanup can be time consuming. Say goodbye to these hassles with an exceptional dining experience at Waterstone at the Circle. Here, we do the shopping, preparing, cooking and cleaning so you can simply savor each meal with new friends or your family.

Is your schedule always packed full? Don’t worry about fitting your schedule around our dining times. With anytime dining, you can dine when you choose.

At home, you still need to take care of all of these things yourself, unless you dine out, order in, or use a meal delivery service.

Access to Support

Communities like Waterstone at the Circle offer support on site – enhancing confidence if a change in health occurs. This allows you to remain in the community you love.

When you live at home, you may need to hire in-home care to provide support for you. Or your children may be required to plan a move to an assisted living community if you’re no longer able to decide on your own.

This leads many to choose senior living communities that offer a continuum of care or health services, bringing peace of mind.

Discover the Best of Senior Living at Waterstone at the Circle

Waterstone at the Circle is the perfect place to enjoy all the benefits senior living can offer. To experience our lifestyle and learn more about why you should move to senior living rather than remain at home, schedule a visit or join us for an upcoming open house.

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Discover how Waterstone at the Circle’s location can enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Schedule a visit today to learn more about our premier independent living community designed to enrich life for seniors 62 and over.

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4 Factors That Impact Our Longevity

As older adults continue to reach new age milestones – with some seniors becoming centenarians or even supercentenarians – the factors that can impact longevity become increasingly important to consider. After all, you want to grow older in good health and with a high quality of life.

Whether your goal is to find out the secret to living to record-breaking years, or if you simply want to work toward better overall health, we’re sharing some of the positive ways you can impact your senior health and longevity.

What factors affect longevity? What can you do to enhance it?

Many circumstances can impact our average life expectancy; some may be controllable, while others are not. With life expectancy at 77 years as of 2020 in the United States, and many people living longer than this, check out some of the key factors that can make the biggest impact on longevity while reducing your risks and increasing your likelihood of staying healthy.

Genetics

Genetics play a big role in health and wellness for seniors, which also impacts longevity. For example, some diseases and illnesses can put you more at risk, like high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. This makes it important to:

  • Talk to family members about their medical history
  • Get regular medical screenings
  • Keep close tabs on heart disease
  • Visit your doctor on a regular basis
  • Keep a record of your health conditions so you can make family members aware

Gender can also impact longevity, with some studies showing that women may live slightly longer than men. This was mainly due to women striving for healthier lifestyle habits and men being more likely to engage in risky behavior. Interestingly enough, this is currently being challenged by a new study showing that men who are married and men who have college degrees may be more likely to outlive women.

Genetics may play a predictive part in longevity, too. If family members lived a longer period of time, it’s possible you could, as well.

Lifestyle Factors

Your lifestyle can impact longevity in a number of ways. Good health habits can increase your life expectancy, so be sure to manage your overall mental and physical health as well as your emotional health.

  • Get regular exercise and stay physically active – both of which are critical for maintaining a healthy weight and promoting muscle retention, balance and more
  • Eat well-balanced, nutritious meals
  • Stop smoking and reduce alcohol intake
  • Get adequate sleep at night
  • Adopt a positive outlook and mindset

Socialization

Socialization can impact your mental health, increasing the risks of depression and isolation. In fact, those who are lonely may be more likely to stop pursuing activities they love, engaging in lifelong learning, or spending time with others. For better health in your retirement years, it’s important to:

  • Join special interest clubs or social groups
  • Pursue educational classes or opportunities
  • Try a new hobby that piques your interests
  • Plan activities with friends and be open to meeting new people

Environment

While you may not consider this often, your environment can also impact longevity.

  • If transportation is an issue, it may be harder for you to connect with others, volunteer or work part time in your free time, get involved in the community, or enjoy lifelong learning opportunities
  • If you live at home, especially if you live alone, you may not be as likely to cook healthy meals for yourself or shop for yourself
  • You may be farther away from healthcare and support if needed

To combat this, many seniors begin to consider moving to a more urban area, or they may move to a senior living community – putting them conveniently close to healthcare, entertainment, social opportunities and more.

Plan Well for the Future with Waterstone at the Circle

At a community like ours, you’ll find like-minded individuals, access to healthcare services, gourmet dining, a wide range of social and cultural events, and an active, worry-free lifestyle. It’s everything you need to live healthy and well.

For more information about life at Waterstone at the Circle, contact our team or schedule a visit today. We’d love to share all the ways we keep residents active, engaged and healthy as they age – all while experiencing a lifestyle they love.

EXPERIENCE ALL WATERSTONE AT THE CIRCLE HAS TO OFFER

The best way to get a feel for whether Waterstone at the Circle is right for you is by visiting, talking with residents, and exploring our lifestyle for yourself. Schedule a tour or visit our website today to learn more about our premier independent living community for seniors 62 and over.

When seniors search for a retirement community, they often think about the floor plans, the activities, the dining, and the on-site programs. However, they may be missing one important aspect: How desirable the surrounding area may be.

Location can make or break a decision to move to a senior living community. What’s more, location preferences can be different for everyone, making it essential to:

  • Schedule a tour to immerse yourself in the community
  • Get a feel for what the surrounding community offers
  • Hear directly from the residents what they think about the location and the opportunities it provides

For many seniors, the factor that’s increasingly important is their community neighborhood’s walkability. Older adults are actively looking for a senior living community where they can stay involved in the greater community – one that’s easily accessible and provides opportunities just outside their doors.

Benefits of Walkable Senior Living Community

Whether seniors don’t drive, want to get more exercise, are looking for a way to easily connect with others, or are trying to help the environment, walkable senior living locations offer many advantages, including:

Wellness and Health Benefits

People who live in walkable neighborhoods are more likely to travel by foot or bike. This provides an additional opportunity to get exercise while maintaining a healthy weight, strengthening bones, reducing the risk of heart disease, improving balance, and more.

Even better, if you’re looking for an added boost, walking can enhance your mood, help reduce stress, and improve cognition.

Social Benefits

Being involved in a walkable area can bring a greater sense of community and increased opportunities to connect with others. Often, you’ll also find more ways to volunteer, engage with younger generations, and explore new hobbies. Being connected to a community can decrease feelings of loneliness and enhance independence.

Financial Benefits

Many people include vehicle and maintenance costs like gas and auto insurance within their monthly budget. A walkable area – especially one that’s located near public transportation if needed – means you no longer have to plan for these costs.

Environmental Benefits

Walkable cities and pedestrian-friendly areas reduce the number of vehicles on the road. This helps decrease the environmental impacts of air pollution while also reducing a community’s carbon footprint.

Walkable Things To Do at Waterstone at the Circle

Discover just some of the walkable hot spots that await our residents just outside the doors of our premier senior living community.

  • Enjoy Cassidy Park or the Chestnut Hill Reservoir walking trail
  • Order a bite to eat at Eagle’s Deli, Cafée Landwer, Cityside Tavern or Pino’s Pizza
  • Explore the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
  • Grab some essentials at CVS Pharmacy or 7-Eleven
  • Savor a drink at Kung Fu Tea or Dunkin’
  • Visit guests at the AC Hotel by Marriott
  • Grab some sushi at Fin’s Sushi & Grill or Sushi Momento

Fun is only a short ride away – or just outside your door.

Aside from how walkable our community is, you can easily travel to locations that are farther away. Whether you choose to take the MBTA Green Line, schedule private transportation with our concierge, or travel in your own vehicle, you can easily reach whichever nearby destinations you please. With some of the best locations just a few minutes away, there will always be something fun to do.

  • Enjoy a sporting event at Fenway Park
  • Check out the Museum of Fine Arts or the Arnold Arboretum
  • Go shopping at The Street in Chestnut Hill, Newton Centre, Copley Place, Harvard Square, North End or Prudential Center
  • Visit Boston College or Boston University
  • Experience a performance at the Citizens Bank Opera House, the Coolidge Corner Theatre, or the Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Take the grandkids to the Franklin Park Zoo
  • Tour the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
  • Play at one of the many golf courses near Boston

Would you prefer to stay in at Waterstone at the Circle?

Remaining within our community is certainly an option you have the freedom to enjoy as well! Here, you can simply walk outside your apartment door to enjoy enriching programs, exquisite dining, engaging social and cultural activities, and wellness opportunities. Whether you want to chat with friends, try a new hobby, work on your fitness goals, or explore a new interest, we can make it happen.

No matter your preferences, the versatility of our senior living location allows you to spend each day as you please.

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Benefits of Friendships as We Age

There’s nothing better than a good friend – one you can call when you’re feeling down; those you’re the first to go to when something great happens; the ones you can always count on. While it’s true that as we age, friends may come and go, there’s plenty to be said for those who stay – and the ones we make along the way.

Benefits of Senior Friendship and Socialization

Social connections, friendships and meeting new people can have physical, mental and emotional benefits for older adults. Discover some of the many advantages below.

Physical Benefits

Having friends increases your activity levels.

If you’re always trying a new activity with a friend, doing sports together, going on walks, or consistently competing in yard games, you’re not sitting at home alone with little physical activity. Doing these things with your friends helps you get out of your space and keeps you active and connected.

Did you know that socializing beyond your normal friend and family group can have physical benefits, too? A study in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences found that those who have more variety in their social interactions spent less time being sedentary.

Friends encourage you to be your best self.

Those you love can be great motivators when it comes to regular exercise and eating healthy. Whether they are working toward a healthier lifestyle with you, or you want to remain active while being at your personal best, your health will likely benefit.

If health problems occur, you’ll have support.

Your best friend may have had a similar ailment (or know someone else who did) and be able to provide advice. An acquaintance may know exactly how to help care for you during a migraine. Another friend may know the perfect chiropractor to get you moving again without pain.

Mental and Emotional Health Benefits

Friendship can decrease the risk of cognitive decline.

Socializing can help improve brain function and sharpen cognitive abilities. It can also lower the risk of dementia.

Social contact with family members, close friends or new friends increases positivity.

Those surrounded by a vibrant social circle are less depressed, isolated, and lonely. Many people find that they are at their happiest when they are around their friends and loved ones. Whether this is because laughter is contagious or because friends provide a sense of belonging, socialization can boost mood, increase feelings of happiness – and may even help you live longer!

Expand Your Circle

Do these senior socialization benefits have you ready to spring into action? Some older adults may choose to expand their social circles by joining senior centers; however, many seniors find that a senior living community like Waterstone at the Circle offers a wider variety of programs, activities, and benefits – along with expanded possibilities for engagement and socialization. And even better, they await just outside their door.

Waterstone at the Circle: Making Socialization Easier

Here, there’s always an opportunity to engage with new friends, add variety to your activities, and bring even more fun to life. Discover how our lifestyle can keep you socially active.

Spend Each Day as You Please

At Waterstone at the Circle, we offer a carefree lifestyle where everything is taken care of for you, freeing you to pursue new passions, make new friends, volunteer your time and talents, or join a new club.

Enjoy a Range of Amenities

With a multitude of possibilities that await around every corner, you can have your choice of things to do – and plenty of people to enjoy them with.

  • Play games in the card room
  • Enjoy a movie in the theater with friends
  • Relax in the great room with family
  • Bond over the love of pets while helping your furry friend socialize
  • Explore Boston and all it has to offer with outings and trips

Explore Culturally Immersive Programs and Special Interest Clubs

It’s easy to meet plenty of people who share your interests simply by filling your social calendar with what you love. Some of the many programs we offer include:

  • Lecture series
  • Film screenings
  • Concerts
  • Group tai chi
  • Creative writing courses
  • Painting classes
  • Aqua aerobics
  • On- and off-site educational programs

Experience All Waterstone at the Circle Has to Offer

The best way to get a feel for whether Waterstone at the Circle is right for you is by visiting, talking with residents, and exploring our lifestyle for yourself. Schedule a tour or visit our website today to learn more about our premier independent living community for seniors 62 and over.

One of the best parts of independent living at Waterstone at the Circle is that you can enjoy urban living with all the conveniences of a lifestyle centered around your happiness – and this includes culturally immersive programs, carefree living, and a prime location putting you close to everything that matters to you.

Whether you simply want to enjoy all that our location offers, are looking to enjoy an activity with your grandchildren, or want to explore the range of senior-friendly activities around the Boston area, there’s an ever-growing list of things to do.

Senior-Friendly Things To Do in Boston and Beyond

At Waterstone at the Circle, and in Boston in general, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. No matter your goal or interests, we’re sure there’s an option that will bring you joy, fun and excitement. Check out some of our top suggestions below.

Take in the sports – or get some exercise.

Boston is located in the perfect place for getting active or enjoying a range of sporting activities. Whether you prefer to sit on the sidelines or get in on the action, there’s plenty to do.

  • Catch a game at Fenway Park or take a tour.
  • Enjoy time at Boston Common, America’s oldest public park.
  • Stroll along the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
  • Visit one of the many gardens throughout our area.
  • Go golfing in Boston’s surrounding area.
  • Swim, kayak or build sandcastles with the grandkids on some of the many accessible islands.

Tour historic sites and national historic landmarks.

Are you a history lover? You’ve come to the right place! There are so many historical sites to enjoy. Consider visiting one of these or enjoying a guided tour!

  • Visit the Paul Revere House or see if an event is scheduled soon.
  • Tour the USS Constitution or visit the museum.
  • Check out the old churches and their beautiful stained-glass pieces throughout Boston.
  • Take a trolley tour.
  • Check out the Bunker Hill Monument when it re-opens! It’s been receiving ongoing restoration work as of March 28, 2022.
  • Visit one of the many educational institutions in the area, like Harvard University or Boston College.
  • Book a guided walking tour on the Freedom Trail.

Delight in dining.

There’s never a shortage of delicious dining options in Boston. Whether you are looking for fine dining or something more casual, these options may do the trick.

  • Grab some delicious seafood at the Boston Harbor.
  • Visit the North End for Italian food.
  • Check out one of the many food trucks you can usually find.
  • Enjoy outdoor dining at one of many beautiful locations throughout Boston.
  • Visit some of the breweries, wineries and more in the area.
  • Enjoy some of the best area dishes with a Yummy Walks guided food tour.

Go shopping.

For some, there’s nothing more fun than finding a new favorite shop, supporting local businesses or enjoying quality time having fun shopping with friends. Boston is full of wonderful places to shop ‘til you drop! Visit:

  • Visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
  • Shop name brands at Copley Place.
  • Check out the vendors at Haymarket Boston.
  • Shop at the Prudential Center.
  • Visit The Street in Chestnut Hill.

Explore on the water.

Do you and your friends love to set sail? Boston and the surrounding area are great places to start. Try some of these ideas to satisfy your love of the water.

  • Did you know that May through October is the best time for whale watching? Consider booking a tour.
  • Take a ride in a swan boat in the public garden lagoon.
  • Make a splash with a Boston Duck Tour, crossing both land and water.
  • Go fishing for bass.
  • Check out the Charles River Watershed, which begins in Hopkinton and ends in the Boston Harbor.

Visit popular attractions.

Whether your grandkids are visiting, your friends are coming to stay for a bit, or you simply want to explore, some of these popular attractions might just be what you’re looking for!

Something for everyone.

As you can see, there are plenty of things for seniors to do in the Boston and Chestnut Hill areas. What’s even better is that, at Waterstone at the Circle, we put you in the center of it all.

Situated at the intersection of Chestnut Hill Avenue and Beacon Street, Waterstone at the Circle’s landmark location puts you near shopping, dining, entertainment, cultural venues and more.

Enjoy any of the above activities by taking public transportation, driving yourself or taking advantage of our chauffeur and concierge services, or simply enjoy everything our community has to offer. From fine dining to engaging programs, social opportunities and more, there is always something to enjoy at our luxury retirement community.

Before you set off.

As we all know in these times, shops may close, restaurants may limit seating, shows may have requirements, and hours may vary. Make sure that when you are considering your plans, you call, visit social media pages, or check out their websites prior to your planning and arrival. This can ensure these attractions are open to the public while preventing any unwanted changes in plans or disappointments.

Also, be sure to check out wheelchair accessibility, if needed, and consider the weather before you go if planning an event outdoors!

WATERSTONE AT THE CIRCLE. NOW THIS IS HOME.

For more information about Waterstone at the Circle, Boston’s premier independent living community for seniors 62 and over, contact us today.

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

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

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

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

Why Age Is a State of Mind

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

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

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

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

Aging in Independent Living

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

A Range of Engaging Programs and Activities

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

Services and Amenities

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

Opportunities to Enhance Wellness

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

Supportive Care Services

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

Discover an Independent Living Lifestyle That Redefines Aging

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

WATERSTONE AT THE CIRCLE. NOW THIS IS HOME.

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

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Rental vs. Buy-In Senior Living: How Do I Decide?

When it comes time to consider senior housing, you may hear about a range of different choices. From various buy-in communities to straight-forward rental communities, the options for senior living may look similar at first, but there are many differences.

When trying to choose the best independent living option for yourself or a loved one, consider the similarities and differences to come up with the best solution for your personal situation.

Assessing the Similarities of Rentals and Buy-Ins

What makes these two options so appealing to older adults? Many times, it’s the carefree lifestyle that frees residents from everyday burdens such as home maintenance, housekeeping and yardwork. Instead, they can put aside endless to-do lists and instead spend more time on enjoying all that retirement life has to offer. Not only this, but opportunities for social engagement often abound just outside their doors.

At both rental and buy-in senior living communities, a range of activities, events and programs are offered that are specially planned to meet residents’ interests. At Waterstone at the Circle, a rental community located in Boston, MA, residents enjoy daily opportunities for growth, creativity and connection. Senior living communities – whether they are buy-in or rental – offer a range of convenient services and amenities designed to make life more simple, worry-free and fulfilling.

Another significant aspect of life at senior living communities is dining. Especially at Waterstone at the Circle, dining is a true culinary experience that allows for socialization, a focus on proper nutrition and, of course, five-star service.

Divulging the Differences Between Rentals and Buy-Ins

Now that we know the lifestyle offered at buy-in and rental senior living communities is often very similar, we’ll explore the key differences that may make one option more appealing for active, on-the-go seniors.

Entrance Fees and Monthly Fees

Before establishing what the right option is for you, it’s important to know what each one entails financially. A rental senior living community may require a small up-front fee or security deposit, but it allows you to pay a month-to-month fee for your senior living apartment. This gives seniors the ability to enjoy a carefree retirement lifestyle without the hassles of homeownership – and without being locked into an extensive long-term contract.

A buy-in community requires an entrance fee. Often, this is a significant sum that is paid up front and may or may not be refundable when a resident moves out. This entrance fee is in addition to the regular monthly fee. Not only does a buy-in community have a large impact on your assets, but it also ties up your funds in up-front costs.

At a rental senior living community like Waterstone at the Circle, residents maintain control of their assets to use as they wish – whether that’s for traveling, investing or something else.

Flexibility

Rental senior living communities also typically provide more flexibility when it comes to the possibility of making a chance in the future. For example, if a resident chooses to make a move at Waterstone at the Circle, a 60 days’ notice can satisfy their lease, allowing them to move on their own terms.

When it comes to CCRCs and other buy-in communities, residents often must wait until their unit re-sells before they are able to recover any refundable portion of the initial entrance fee. In some cases, residents may lose a significant amount of their upfront fees if they choose to move.

Care Options

Some rental senior living communities offer access to on-site supportive care services in the event health needs change over time. Waterstone at the Circle partners with premier care providers to help ensure residents’ needs are met – and can be delivered in the comfort and privacy of residents’ apartments. This means residents never pay for care they do not, or may not ever, need.

Care in many buy-in communities often means being locked into care systems that are dictated by the CCRC itself. Essentially, residents are paying for a continuum of care that may be costly and one that they may never actually need. Sometimes in a buy-in community, residents who require assistance with activities of daily living may be asked to move to a different part of the community where that care is provided and couples may be separated when care needs no longer match.

So, Which Is the Best Option?

It’s important to do your research about both options to be sure you’re making the best choice for your personal situation. In any case, getting an inside look by making a personal visit to a senior living community can give you a more well-rounded view when deciding. While you’re touring, talk to team members and ask residents about their experiences.

Why do our residents choose Waterstone at the Circle? Ultimately, it comes down to the freedom to live the lifestyle they desire along with financial flexibility that a rental senior living community affords. Residents love The Circle because of the concierge-style services, impressive amenities, luxury floor plans, social opportunities, supportive care services and ideal location at the foot of Chestnut Hill.

WATERSTONE AT THE CIRCLE. NOW THIS IS HOME.

For more information about Waterstone at the Circle, Boston’s premier independent living community for seniors 62 and over, contact us today.

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Why Boston Is Perfect for Retirement

Despite its big city status, Boston often has the feel of a charming small town. In fact, according to the U.S. News & World Report, Boston is one of the best places in the country to retire. As an important cultural and social center in American history, it’s often referred to as the Cradle of Liberty.

If you’re considering a move for the next stage of your life, a senior living community might be the perfect option for you. While the amenities and services that communities offer will vary, Waterstone at the Circle offers older adults the added benefit of having easy access to restaurants, cultural attractions, and premier retail establishments of Boston.

Keep reading to learn more about why Boston is perfect for retirement.

6 Reasons Boston Is Your Ideal Retirement Destination

Here are some activities that exemplify what retiring in Massachusetts can add excitement to your later years. Along with the modern convenience of living in a luxury independent living community like Waterstone at the Circle, you’ll enjoy the best of Boston just outside your door.

Located at the foot of Chestnut Hill, this Waterstone community is just minutes from Boston’s cultural center, offering an endless variety of fun activities.

  1. Beautiful and Bustling City Life
    As one of the top ten most walkable cities in the country, Boston’s unique layout is reliably connected by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, also referred to as the T. Throughout the city you can find boutique shopping, fine dining, theaters and more. Visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the Bunker Hill monument, Fenway Park, Boston Public Library or the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
  2. World-Class Bostonian Culture
    Take a step into the past by seeing an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, expanding your mind at the Museum of Science or brushing up on your American history at the USS Constitution Museum. And don’t forget Boston Pops and their annual Fourth of July Celebration!
  3. Lifelong Learning Opportunities
    Walk the campuses and sample the student culture of Boston College, Harvard, MIT, Tufts University, Northeastern University and many more. Then there are those historic, prestigious schools that provide opportunities for lifelong learning, such as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
  4. Cutting-Edge Healthcare and Medical Centers
    Some of the nation’s top medical facilities are here in Boston, including Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, along with many other leading research hospitals.
  5. Inviting Parks and Public Grounds
    Waterstone at the Circle sits right next door to Cassidy Park and is just a moment’s walk from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. For those who want to spend the afternoon exploring, the world-famous Boston Common or Boston Public Garden are great options.
  6. Nearby Destination Spots

Waterstone at the Circle in the heart of Boston also puts you close to The Cape, Plymouth Rock, Salem and Marblehead. Aside from the friendly atmosphere of famed Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, Boston offers quaint and luxurious destinations close by like the Freedom Trail or The Paul Revere House.

Waterstone at the Circle Inspires an Active Lifestyle

It’s easy to find enjoyment, fulfillment and opportunities for personal growth in our community – close to Chestnut Hill’s lifestyle center, The Street.

Join daily programs designed by a team of professionals who are committed to your overall well-being to pursue hobbies and interests. Take a class to develop your creativity or learn to paint. Attend a film screening with your friends. Strengthen your body and improve your endurance and dexterity at the fitness center.

A luxurious, active lifestyle filled with entertainment, exercise, socialization and hobbies awaits you at Waterstone at the Circle. No matter your interests, The Circle always has something to offer.

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The Upsides of Downsizing

Oftentimes, as older adults begin to think about downsizing, they wonder if there are any upsides. Moving away from a family home can be a daunting experience. There is no doubt that it is a significant change that requires a lot of thought. A family home represents hard work over a long career and a testament to a well-lived life.

While some may find it easy to see the negatives of downsizing, others who have made the move to a senior living community can share that there are some major upsides that come along with the transition. There may come a time when moving to a community makes the most sense for your situation, so we’ve gathered some examples of the value that a senior living residence can add to your life.

Keep reading to learn three major reasons why downsizing now can upsize your lifestyle and what you can expect from a move to senior living.

Upside 1: Live Each and Every Day Exactly How You Like

At premier senior living communities like Waterstone at the Circle, you’re sure to find something that suits your interests. You’re never too old to learn and grow – and even discover something new about yourself.

Joining a dynamic community that’s fully dedicated to your well-being – and entertainment – is one of the best ways to achieve this. When you’re looking into senior living options, be sure to explore what each community offers in terms of apartment features, amenities, and supportive services.

Upside 2: Save Time on Home Maintenance

It can be stressful and unpredictable to manage a house. With a move to a senior living community, you might be surprised how much of your time you actually get back to spend on things that matter the most to you.

Upkeep can seem endless at times. Plus, the bigger the space, the more tasks it requires to keep it in good condition. Let go of the cleaning and cooking. Say goodbye to raking leaves and shoveling snow. Stop worrying about unexpected maintenance and repairs. In addition to regular housekeeping and enhanced maintenance, senior living communities such as Waterstone at the Circle also offer dedicated concierge services to help you plan and coordinate any outside services you might need. Plus, with restaurant-style meals featuring seasonal, freshly prepared selections, you don’t have to plan, prepare or cook any of your meals – unless you want to.

Upside 3: De-Stress with Just What You Need

Downsizing can be a challenging process; there’s no doubt about that. But it can be manageable when you break it down into smaller steps. And the result really pays off.

By going through and paring your possessions down, you can focus on keeping only the items that bring you happiness and have purpose for this stage of your life. It can be a relief when you have finished and lead to a more stream-lined life where you can focus on enjoyment instead of tasks and chores.

Ultimately, moving into a retirement community like Waterstone at the Circle allows you to enjoy a carefree lifestyle – and gain a sense of control and calm over your life. With a premier apartment featuring designer finishes, you can relax in a modern and luxurious setting – without any of the hassles of homeownership.

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According to a survey by the International Council on Active Aging, senior living industry leaders are embracing a new model that emphasizes wellness. While older approaches are care-based with options for wellness, these new methods are wellness-based opportunities in daily life with options for care.

Out of all respondents to the survey, 72% rated wellness/lifestyle as high priority, and 64% of participants classified wellness across all dimensions as a ‘must-have.’ A focus on the seven dimensions of wellness – physical, spiritual, emotional, vocational, environmental, social and intellectual – represents a paradigm shift.

Waterstone at the Circle, along with other leading senior living communities across the country, are proud to take a multifaceted approach to create a culture of wellness for residents through its programs, amenities and services.

Utilizing Technological Advances for Health

Today’s senior living communities are challenging the notion that older adults are not open to technological advances. In fact, older adults are just as enthusiastic about how technology can streamline and enhance their lifestyle as the next person!

Technology like smartwatches or specialized phone apps can help monitor and track vitals, such as oxygen levels, heart rate or rhythm, sleep, nutrition, glucose and even stress levels. This real-time information not only can be shared with doctors but can also help seniors make daily lifestyle changes every day to improve their overall health. Senior living communities like Waterstone at the Circle are also encouraging the use of telehealth services to provide convenient care to their residents.

Focusing on Healthy Living

While senior living traditionally makes a fitness center available to residents to improve health outcomes and overall well-being, it is increasingly popular to offer additional amenities and programs to promote wellness in body, mind and spirit. Waterstone at the Circle offers a modern fitness center with senior-friendly exercise equipment and a heated indoor pool, as well as a full-service salon. To promote cognitive wellness, Waterstone hosts a variety of guest lectures and cultural programs for lifelong learning.

Waterstone at the Circle is proud to partner with Train Boston® – the area’s premier training and physical therapy center – to bring professional-level, medically based fitness and wellness opportunities to our residents. Train Boston helps Waterstone at the Circle residents create personalized fitness plans based on their current ability levels and fitness goals. Private workout sessions and group exercise classes, including MovementX, Hydro Fit and Rise Up, are led by certified fitness and aquatic instructors.

Utilizing Design To Promote Mental Health

There really is something about a well-designed room, a clean space, and a well-lit home that is uplifting. Research supports this anecdotal evidence: Homes impact our emotional state.

Senior living communities, therefore, are on the right track when they prioritize the aesthetics of senior housing, allow for choice when setting up personal spaces, and offer maintenance services to help older adults with upkeep. Waterstone at the Circle puts all of this at the forefront with their bright, stylish apartment living. Apartments offer premier finishes and fine details that welcome residents home to style and convenience – complete with stunning views of the Boston skyline or Chestnut Hill Reservoir.

Recognizing the Importance of Dining

Perhaps the enjoyment of quality food with a variety of choices is not among the first variables you list when you consider wellness. We tend to think about nutrition first. But the overall dining experience represents a much more dynamic influence on our health and wellness.

Senior living communities, more and more, are recognizing the benefit of offering resident-centered meal service. At Waterstone at the Circle, this takes the form of multiple dining options with diverse menus featuring seasonal, freshly prepared meals – at flexible mealtimes. Perhaps even more importantly, the dining room environment offers the ideal opportunity for connection to help enhance social and emotional wellness.

Expanding the Possibility of New Experiences

A key to living a life well, for many, is to be offered a lifestyle with options. Especially for older adults who have lived a rich life full of possibilities, the transition into a senior living community should present them with choices to grow, learn and discover new things.

Across the county, you might notice events and activities at retirement communities that facilitate the acquisition of new skills or unlock the freedom to experiment with new forms of self-expression. Maybe there are excursions into the larger community, community service projects or trips planned with brand-new sites to explore, or maybe experts are brought in as guest speakers.

At Waterstone at the Circle, a dedicated life enrichment team explores new, creative ways to engage residents in programs, culture, education and events that spark their interest and improve their health. Each day is an opportunity to make life tailored just the way you like it.

Finding Your Best Life at Waterstone at the Circle

All these offerings represent this new movement to emphasize the less obvious aspects of wellness and the impact they have on one another. Promoting an experience that encourages purpose and connection can ultimately lead to improved physical health – and offer a higher quality of life.

At Waterstone at the Circle, you will feel our dedication to whole-person wellness. Contact us at 617.431.1880 to learn how a move to The Circle can help you reach your health and wellness goals in retirement.