In a world of products promising anti-aging properties and companies trying to sell magic cures to slow the aging process, it can be easy to be swept up in trying to stay young. Fortunately, the negative views and stereotypes associated with aging are decreasing, so we can either try to fight the future or take aging as what it is – a gift – and live as gracefully and as healthily as possible.

What exactly can you do to age well and live a long life? Some of these books may hold the key. Check out our five favorite books on aging well below and start enjoying the benefits today.

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The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully | Joan Chittister

In The Gift of Years, Joan Chittister discusses the many facets of the aging process. Regarded as inspirational, topics include:

  • Accepting and celebrating getting old
  • Aging’s purposes and surprises
  • The challenges and struggles of growing older

Aging Wisely: Strategies for Baby Boomers and Seniors | Dr. Robert Levine

Everyone ages; however, not everyone ages well. Aging Wisely shares helpful insights into what happens to our minds and bodies as we age – and how our approach to life, attitudes about ourselves, and feelings about aging can impact that.

This book also reiterates that overall, we are in control of our lives and health, calling on us to take action on items we can control to age well, reduce the risk of physical decline, and lower the chances of memory loss and dementia.

A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active | Edward H. Thompson, Jr., and Lenard W. Kaye

This comprehensive guide to healthy aging from a man’s perspective discusses all aspects of health as men reach middle age and beyond.

From managing their physical, mental and spiritual health and relationships to creating new careers and contributing their skills and experiences to their communities, this guide truly covers it all.

Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being | Dr. Andrew Weil

Through all phases of life, Dr. Weil shares that there are many things we can do to keep our bodies and minds in good shape.

Sharing information on nutrition, stress management, exercise, the science of aging, and the facts and myths of anti-aging medicines and techniques, this book is a wonderful educational resource.

The Longevity Paradox: How To Die Young at a Ripe Old Age | Steven R. Gundry, MD

Aging does not need to mean decline. In fact, it can mean living to a ripe old age – with the benefits of youth. How can we achieve this? It might just start with the microorganisms within our bodies, and more specifically, our gut.

These microorganisms control our quality of life, and fortunately, we can help support them. Discover a nutrition and lifestyle plan that can help you prevent and reverse disease while helping you feel younger.

Age Well With an Active Retirement at Waterstone at the Circle

At Waterstone at the Circle, we embrace aging and provide a range of ways to ensure residents age well within our community. No matter residents’ needs, preferences or goals, we’re here to support them with:

  • A convenient urban setting close to nature trails, restaurants, retailers and entertainment in Boston and Beyond
  • Life enrichment programs featuring lecture series, social opportunities, outings and trips
  • An indoor heated pool and fitness center staffed with Train Boston® fitness and aquatic instructors
  • Access to supportive care services to meet various care needs
  • Menus featuring locally grown and sourced ingredients ensuring fresh, delicious and nutritious meal choices

Are you ready to ensure a happy and healthy retirement? Independent living at Waterstone at the Circle is the perfect place to start. Contact us to learn more about our lifestyle or to talk about making a move today.

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7 Brain Healthy Activities for Seniors

Older adults can improve their brain health, keep their mind sharp and enhance their cognitive function as they age. It’s possible thanks to a range of activities and brain exercises that seniors can enjoy.

What are these cognitive exercises that help to stimulate the brain? We’re sharing a few of the many below so you and your brain can enjoy all the benefits.

1. Games

Could brain health really be all fun and games? Well, they can certainly help make it more fun! Enhance your problem-solving skills, creativity and socialization with card games, board games, word games, brain training games and even video games.

  • Try playing bridge and poker
  • Play Scrabble, Yahtzee, Chess or Mahjong with friends
  • Practice your word search, scramble and crossword puzzle skills
  • Solve a Rubik’s Cubes or a Sudoku puzzle
  • Explore your creativity with Minecraft or become a detective with a mystery video game

2. Music

Music reduces anxiety, blood pressure, pain and sleep problems while improving mood, mental alertness and memory. Not only this, but it keeps your mind engaged through the aging process and helps to stimulate your brain. Music is also instrumental in calming and soothing those with dementia and memory loss, and can even help them recall memories.

Take advantage of these benefits by:

  • Listening to music
  • Attending live performances
  • Practicing or learning to play a musical instrument
  • Performing for your friends and family
  • Volunteering to give music lessons or teach singing lessons
  • Trying to master a set of complicated songs on piano

3. Reading

Reading is good mental exercise and has a range of benefits for your brain. It strengthens your mind, prevents cognitive decline and helps you live longer, according to an article by Healthline.

If you’re not sure what you should be reading, don’t fret. Healthline’s article shares you should read anything you can get your hands on, including:

  • Blogs (Like this one!)
  • Historical fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Nonfiction
  • Anything you’re interested in

4. Jigsaw Puzzles

Were you aware that jigsaw puzzles might help you enhance your visual and spatial abilities? Enjoy some of the benefits, and the fun, by:

  • Purchasing some complex jigsaw puzzles
  • Getting photographs of friends and family made into puzzles
  • Having a jigsaw puzzle party with friends
  • Getting a color-by-number jigsaw puzzle

5. Social Interaction

Believe it or not, being a social butterfly is an extremely brain-healthy activity. Not only does this have a positive impact on mental health, but it contributes to a sense of community.

  • Join a social group
  • Start a club
  • Begin a weekly activity
  • Host small gatherings or get togethers
  • Dine with friends
  • Volunteer
  • Share your skills

6. Trivia

It comes as no surprise that trivia is good for your brain health and is a great mental exercise. Test your memory and enhance your knowledge with trivia by:

7. Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts don’t just improve relaxation, boost creativity and provide an emotional outlet. They are also a valuable form of brain exercise for seniors.

  • Take up writing
  • Start woodworking
  • Follow your passions for painting
  • Try sculpting or pottery
  • Learn to knit or crochet

Take Advantage of It All at Waterstone at the Circle

Residents who live at Waterstone at the Circle enjoy a variety of opportunities to enhance their brain health and exercise their mind. Every day, they can:

  • Participate in one or many of our clubs and social groups
  • Attend our various social, educational and cultural events
  • Socialize with friends and family over a delicious meal
  • Learn something new with educational lectures
  • Explore our surrounding community
  • Continue their careers or pursue volunteer opportunities
  • Pursue a new passion or hone in on their past skills
  • Share their talents with friends
  • Make use of our many services and amenities

Physical health is also an area of focus in our community, and even better, it can also help enhance brain health.

Experience It for Yourself

At Waterstone at the Circle, our full calendar of activities for mental and physical health is sure to suit your interests. We invite you to experience all that awaits for yourself. Simply call us to schedule a personal visit or talk to a member of our team today.

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Exercise Programs That Promote Senior Fitness

Regular exercise and physical activity are important for older adults, but which exercise programs promote senior fitness the best? This may seem like a trick question because any exercise is good exercise; however, some may provide greater health benefits for older adults than others.

According to the World Health Organization, when it comes to exercises for seniors, they should partake in weekly physical activity. The article states that those aged 65 and older should do “varied multicomponent physical activity that emphasizes functional balance and strength training at moderate or greater intensity.”

This should be done three days a week while also maintaining 150–300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or at least 75–150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, according to the article.

If you or a loved one want to increase your fitness levels, try some of these fitness programs.

Tai Chi

Tai chi helps with strength, flexibility, and the overall ability to do everyday tasks. This is because of the slow, controlled movements that are practiced. Often, these movements are not painful because individuals choose just how far they push themselves or stretch.

Many seniors find this form of exercise appealing because they don’t break much of a sweat and don’t need to get down on the floor and then back up again repeatedly. Another benefit that many seniors love is that it allows them to be more mindful and present.

Water Aerobics

As one of the best low-impact exercises, water aerobics can allow seniors to exercise while:

  • Putting less pressure on their joints
  • Decreasing the wear and tear on their muscles
  • Providing fewer opportunities for injury
  • Making it easier to move
  • Adding just the right amount of resistance

Try to start slow, and remember that just because you’re exercising in the water and it doesn’t feel like you’re working hard, you can still get sore.

Chair Yoga

If you’re an older adult who is a little more unsteady on your feet, consider choosing chair yoga over traditional yoga. This form of exercise can provide many of the benefits of yoga – like improved flexibility and strength as well as better balance – but allows for the safety and comfort of a seated position, making it easier to exercise.

Like tai chi, this can clear your mind and bring many mental health benefits. It’s also lower impact, allowing you to do movements you’re comfortable with while not pushing yourself too hard.


One of the best ways to exercise is by taking a walk. Consider adding a walk with your friends to your daily routine. Even 30 minutes will give you an extra boost of exercise that barely feels like a workout while giving you a chance to catch up with your friends.

If you’d like to join something a little more formal, seek a walking club where a group of older adults meets to exercise and chat. Some groups like to go on walks outdoors, and some prefer to walk indoors – either way is great as long as you’re moving!

Strength Training

From wall pushups and situps to overhead presses and arm rows, strength training is essential for maintaining and building muscles. Add strength training to your weekly routine to increase strength, improve bone health, and keep your joints flexible.

You can also try adding additional weight or a resistance band to increase the difficulty of the routine while working up to even greater benefits.

Opportunities To Enhance Activity Levels Abound at The Circle

Residents at The Circle love to focus on their health and wellness. With a range of programs, amenities and activities that work in concert to increase their well-being, we can see why.

  • Indoor heated pool
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Team of certified Train Boston® fitness and aquatic instructors
  • Wellness classes
  • Tai chi and yoga
  • Aqua aerobics and hydro fit
  • Stretch & smile classes
  • Walks in the park

Even better, our partnership with Train Boston® allows them to work with a personal trainer to achieve their goals, whether they’d like to enhance their muscle strength, improve their balance and flexibility, or increase their range of motion.

For more information on Waterstone at the Circle’s fitness programs and exercise programs, visit our website.


Schedule a visit today to learn more about our premier independent living community designed to enrich life for seniors 62 and over. Waterstone at the Circle offers beautiful rental apartments as well as access to supportive care services on site.

As summer approaches the Boston area, the buzz of activity is beginning to increase. Whether you’ve been living in Boston for years and want to refresh on the fun things to do or you’re new to the area, we’re here to help.

Check out some of the fun summer activities that await you in Boston or even at Waterstone at the Circle.

Summer Activities for Seniors in Boston

Boston is full of fun events, festivals, and things to see and do. If you’re ready for a summer of fun and exploration, try out some of the suggestions below.

Before setting out on your journey, however, make sure to check the opening and closing hours, costs, whether or not there is wheelchair accessibility if needed, and ensure you’re dressed for the occasion. Once you’ve done all that, you’re ready to go wherever your adventurous spirit is taking you.

Visit Historical Sites

Boston is rich with history, and it’s just waiting for you to explore.

  • Try a guided history tour of Boston Harbor
  • Visit the Bunker Hill Monument
  • Check out Beacon Hill
  • Relax on Boston Common, the oldest city park in the United States
  • Walk along the Freedom Trail
  • Tour the Paul Revere House
  • Explore the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
  • Visit the USS Constitution Museum and ship
  • Check out the Navy Yard

Enjoy Social Opportunities

If you’re a social butterfly, Boston is a great place to be because you can easily find opportunities to engage with others. Try:

  • Attending social mixers
  • Joining area senior centers
  • Volunteering your time or talents
  • Working part time or full time
  • Joining a club or organization
  • Shopping or dining with friends at the Prudential Center
  • Starting your own club or group
  • Taking your furry friend to a dog park

Attend Cultural Events

Whether you love to try new things or you’re looking for ways to learn and get involved, cultural events are a great way to do so. Even better, they abound in Boston. Check out the range of things to do in the area, including:

  • Film and music festivals
  • Comedy shows
  • Outdoor concerts
  • Night markets and block parties
  • Events at the Boston Public Library
  • Visits to the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium
  • Performances and events at TD Garden or Fenway Park
  • Fireworks
  • Farmers Markets

Keep Up With Sports

Are you a sports lover? Boston is a wonderful place for sports, especially during the summer.

  • Catch a game at Fenway Park
  • Cheer on the Celtics and the Bruins at TD Garden
  • Brush up on your golf game in our surrounding area’s golf courses

Explore Nature

No matter your interests, there are plenty of ways to get outdoors in Boston.

  • Enjoy walking tours
  • Take a Boston Duck Tour
  • Participate in a guided bird tour
  • Take a horticulture tour along the Charles River Esplanade
  • Have a picnic on Boston Common
  • Take the grandkids to a public park or playground
  • Walk along the Boston Harbor
  • Have a drink outdoors in a Boston beer garden
  • Visit one of many local gardens

Activities To Enjoy During Summer at Waterstone at the Circle

Waterstone at the Circle’s prime location in Boston makes it easy to enjoy everything the area has to offer, but there are plenty of summer activities that can be done at Waterstone at the Circle as well.

  • Spend time with friends on the patio
  • Enjoy walks in the park
  • Play a game of cornhole
  • Savor outdoor dining with family and friends
  • Host an outdoor game night
  • Take your book club outdoors
  • Try outdoor yoga or tai chi

And, should you want to explore beyond our doors, our transportation services help you get on your way.

Discover What Awaits

Waterstone at the Circle offers seniors the opportunity to live carefree lifestyles with the ability to travel, explore and live to the fullest. As they adventure and fill their days with fun, they experience peace of mind knowing their rental apartments are being looked after, their needs are being met, and they can live worry-free.

For more local, fun summer activities or to learn more about activities offered at Waterstone at the Circle, visit our website.


Schedule a visit today to learn more about our premier independent living community designed to enrich life for seniors 62 and over. Waterstone at the Circle offers beautiful rental apartments as well as access to supportive care services on site.

Retiring at a luxury senior living community like Waterstone at the Circle in Boston, Massachusetts, is an exciting experience. It’s made even better by our engaging lifestyle, range of services, and gracious amenities. If you’ve been looking for a retirement community that offers a dynamic lifestyle tailored to your tastes and preferences, look no further than The Circle.

Discover Premier Living at Waterstone at the Circle

At Waterstone at the Circle, you’ll find a community where independent senior living residents thrive. With opportunities to remain active, engaged, and focused on wellness, residents enjoy endless possibilities to embrace life as they choose.

Engaging Programs and Events

Your personal growth and fulfillment are at the top of our priority list. No matter where your passions lie, we provide a range of options to spark your interests.

  • Lecture series and educational seminars
  • Outings and trips
  • Special performances and programs
  • Movies in the theater
  • Art classes
  • Writing and book clubs
  • Friendly competition with a variety of games
  • Social events in the great room
  • Culturally immersive programs

Read more about our programming on our website.

A Prime Location

In our independent living community in Boston – ideally located at the foot of Chestnut Hill – you’re perfectly poised to explore the surrounding community at your leisure. Enjoy convenient access to the MBTA Green Line, peruse Greater Boston’s best shops, delight in the delicious restaurants, and more – whenever you please.

Wellness Opportunities

Residents at Waterstone at the Circle remain as independent and healthy as possible with our range of wellness opportunities supported by the professionals at Train Boston® and a variety amenities.

  • Indoor heated pool
  • Fitness center staffed with fitness and aquatic instructors
  • Exercise classes featuring strength and balance training
  • Tai chi and yoga
  • Hydro Fit and aquatics courses
  • Walks in the park
  • Ping Pong and cornhole games
  • Full-service salon

Gourmet Dining

There’s so much to savor about life at Waterstone at the Circle, and dining is certainly at or near the top of the list. With anytime dining in both formal and casual venues, our expert culinary team crafts a seasonal menu of distinctive meals featuring locally grown and sourced ingredients. Our team caters to individual needs and provides impressive service, making dining at Waterstone at the Circle truly a delight.

Spacious Floor Plans

Residents enjoy the privacy of their gorgeous residences featuring stunning views of the Boston skyline, the Boston College campus, and the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Bright and stylish, apartments come in a range of sizes, including premium one- and two-bedroom independent living apartment configurations.

Floor plans feature:

  • Abundant natural light
  • Full-size designer kitchen with stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops with glass tile backsplash
  • Well-appointed bathroom with quartz countertops, tile flooring, and walk-in shower
  • A washer and dryer
  • Walk-in closets

Get an inside look at what your new apartment could look like by viewing some of our floor plans on our website.

Carefree, Maintenance-Free Living

Residents at The Circle enjoy freedom from the responsibilities of homeownership along with a variety of perks, including delicious dining, engaging programs, weekly housekeeping services, concierge services, and private chauffeur services. Even better, all this and more is covered in your inclusive monthly rent.

Supportive Senior Care Services

Those at Waterstone at the Circle have access to in-home supportive care services, if or when they are needed, no matter whether they’re part of our independent living community or require assisted living supportive care.

Our supportive care services offer access to personalized support with daily activities as needed, physical, occupational and speech therapies, medication management, coordination with ancillary service providers, and more.

Experience life at Waterstone at the Circle for yourself.

Visit our website for more information on all the amenities and programs offered at Waterstone at the Circle, or attend an open house event where you can discover all that awaits.

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Coping with Low-Vision and Hearing Problems

As older adults age, visual impairment and hearing problems can become an everyday reality. In order to enhance quality of life and live to the fullest, you may need to find ways to cope. We’re here to help with some of the information and resources you may need to navigate hearing and vision loss.

5 Techniques To Navigate Low Vision

Most often, low vision and vision impairments are caused by eye diseases and conditions. This is very common. People with low vision may experience a range of signs prior to diagnosis. These can include:

  • Blurry or hazy vision
  • Dark spots in your vision, either centrally or peripherally
  • Trouble seeing at night or in low-light conditions
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Trouble driving or reading
  • Issues recognizing people’s faces

Eye diseases and conditions may be able to be corrected or slowed by regular eye appointments and exams, so if you notice changes, schedule a visit with a professional.

Gain as much information as you can.

Once a diagnosis has been made, learn as much as you can about your particular visual impairment. Some of the most prevalent are cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. There are plenty more, so doing your research can be helpful to figure out what can be done or what will help you.

Allow yourself to feel your emotions.

Low vision can cause some challenges in your mental health. It’s normal to feel depressed or even frustrated, but these changes are out of your control. Instead of being socially isolated, find ways to enhance the vision you do have. We’ll outline some techniques below.

Consider the use of low-vision aids and special devices.

There are many low-vision aids and devices that can help assist you on your journey with low vision. According to the Cleveland Clinic, some include:

  • Special telescopic or magnifying glasses
  • Lenses that filter light
  • Hand magnifiers
  • Reading prisms
  • Closed-circuit televisions

Make use of accessibility features and apps.

The devices you use may be helpful with dealing with low vision, too. According to Harvard Health, you can:

  • Enlarge fonts or zoom in on photographs or text
  • Have your computer or phone read documents, texts, or emails to you
  • Use apps that magnify images
  • Try apps that see for you, like Seeing AI or Lookout by Google
  • Listen to audiobooks instead of reading
  • Use virtual assistant apps or smart devices

Adapt your home and routine.

Harvard Health shares that it could be helpful to:

  • Use high-contrast, large-font labels on anything you need help identifying
  • Make smart swaps with large-print phones, remotes, thermometers, computer keyboards, blood pressure cuffs, and more
  • Add more lighting with automatic night lights and extra lamps, which can also help with orientation and mobility
  • If night driving is difficult, arrange for someone to drive you at night, or, if you can no longer drive, use a ride service

5 Ways of Coping with Hearing Loss

There are many causes of hearing loss. People with hearing loss most often experience it because of prolonged exposure to loud noises, not following proper hearing care, health conditions, medications and genetics, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA). If you begin to notice any of the following signs shared by the NIA, you may be dealing with hearing loss.

  • Trouble understanding what people are saying
  • Finding it hard to follow conversations
  • Asking people to repeat themselves
  • Needing to turn up the TV and music volume so loud that others complain

Learn about hearing loss.

Some types of hearing loss can be managed, so it’s a good idea to do your research. For those that can, your doctor can point you in the direction of support and resources.

It could also be helpful to join a support group so that you can connect with others dealing with the same hearing issues.

Communicate your needs with others.

The NIA shares that if you have trouble hearing, it can help to communicate what helps you with others. Make sure loved ones know you’re dealing with this issue, ask them to speak clearly, and let them know if you don’t understand.

Try assistive hearing devices.

Hearing devices like hearing aids and cochlear implants can help with hearing loss. If you’re interested in these devices, contact a professional.

Use accessibility features.

We’ve come a long way since using pen and paper to communicate, though it still certainly helps! According to AARP, there are some additional things you can do to combat hearing loss, like:

  • Using captioning apps for smartphones
  • Bringing assistive listening devices with you when you’re out
  • Trying speech-boosting apps
  • Using an amplified or captioned landline

Choose social settings wisely.

AARP also shares that by adapting to your social setting, you may be able to make coping with hearing loss easier.

  • Meet somewhere with limited background noise
  • Have intimate conversations in a quieter place
  • Visit restaurants during off-peak hours
  • If you’re at a party or wedding, sit far away from the DJ
  • Make sure the lighting is bright enough to see facial expressions


Schedule a visit today to learn more about our premier independent living community designed to enrich life for seniors 62 and over. Waterstone at the Circle offers beautiful rental apartments as well as access to supportive care services on site.

Innovative food and dining trends in senior living are on the rise, with today’s senior living dining experience taking on a whole new dimension. This is especially true at Waterstone at the Circle, located at the foot of Chestnut Hill in Boston.

Discover what residents of our active senior living community savor with our exquisite dining experience.

What You Can Expect from Waterstone at the Circle’s Premier Dining Experience

Gourmet, Chef-prepared Meals

Our culinary team creates exceptional cuisine, delivered with impeccable presentation and top-notch service. Our dining is regionally inspired and truly personalized to our residents’ tastes and preferences. Even better, it’s available every day – right outside your apartment door.

Locally Sourced, Seasonal Ingredients

Waterstone at the Circle maximizes the use of locally sourced ingredients to provide the freshest culinary creations possible. Through the use of locally grown fruits and vegetables when possible, our dining selections feature delicious and nutritious choices that please the palate.

Menus change seasonally to provide a range of dining options featuring refreshing energy and flair.

Impeccable Service

Our dining venues offer an ambiance to meet your lifestyle. From restaurant-style dining you can enjoy with fellow residents and friends to celebrations with family in our private dining room to outdoor seating when the weather is right, Waterstone at the Circle has it all.

If you happen to be looking for a quick bite to eat in the morning, our bistro is the perfect place to meet, read the paper, and feel an even greater sense of community.

Anytime Dining

Because our residents live such an independent lifestyle, they need to be able to dine on their time, their way. Whether this means in-between classes and club meetings, before a morning workout in the fitness center, or after one of our many late afternoon and evening events, we’re here to meet their needs and fit their schedule.

Dining Tailored to Preferences and Needs

Chefs get to know residents over time and learn to cater to their tastes. Whether you’re searching for your favorites, have a specific craving, or prefer something a little more health-conscious, we’re here to accommodate you. Our chefs are also happy to accommodate dietary restrictions.

Discover a Dining Experience That Exceeds Residents’ Expectations.

While residents choose Waterstone at the Circle for any number of reasons, our ability to keep on top of the senior living dining trends is one of the top reasons they choose our community.

“I have been to some of the best restaurants in Massachusetts, and I just can’t think of any changes I would make to the menu at Waterstone. Whether you’re a meat eater or a vegan – they’ve got it. And they’ve got it just right.” – Morris, Waterstone Resident

To learn more about our premier dining experience, schedule a visit. Or, to get an inside look for yourself and see everything our community has to offer, visit our gallery. Here, you’ll see an example of our mouthwatering dining options, get a peek into our lifestyle and access our virtual tour.


Schedule a visit today to discover Waterstone at the Circle’s dining program to get a taste for yourself. While you’re here, you’ll learn more about our independent living community designed for seniors 62 and over.

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Tips for a Healthier You in 2023

A new year has begun, and if you’re like many others, you’ve written out – or thought up – a specific set of goals for your fresh start. If one of your goals is to be healthier in 2023, read on for tips to achieve your resolution – or to take it to the next level.

What To Focus On for Optimal Senior Health and Wellness

A healthier you doesn’t just mean you should focus on fitness, though it does help. There are a range of aspects of wellness you should keep in mind for healthy aging. These include social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and physical health.

What can you do to foster each of these dimensions for a healthier you? The possibilities are truly endless, so choose options to best fit your needs and goals this new year.

How Older Adults Can Achieve Optimal Health and Wellness in 2023

Enhance Social Health

Social interaction has an impact on your overall health. In fact, it reduces the risk of health issues, like depression, while enhancing a sense of belonging and decreasing feelings of isolation.

  • Join a club or group
  • Attend social events
  • Limit time on social media, instead opting for personal connection
  • Enjoy opportunities for intergenerational connections, including mentoring students or volunteering at your church
  • Consider moving to senior living where you will find new friends with similar interests

Increase Intellectual Health

Lifelong learning enhances quality of life while bringing health benefits to those who seek out the possibilities they provide. Put some additional focus on intellectual health with these ideas.

  • Attend classes and lectures
  • Explore local museums
  • Try out a new hobby
  • Pursue your passions
  • Take advantage of local cultural opportunities
  • Travel when you’re able, even if it’s a short day trip or weekend getaway

Bonus: Experiences like these can also help to protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

Put More Focus on Emotional Health

Mental health is an important aspect of overall health and wellness because it directly impacts the mind and the body. Discover how you can improve your emotional health with these tips.

  • Focus on positivity and gratitude
  • Aim for better sleep, around seven to nine hours nightly
  • Find ways to relieve stress, including exercise or meditation
  • Journal or list out things you are thankful for

Foster Spiritual Health

With so much focus placed on emotional and physical health, it’s not uncommon to forget about spiritual health. No matter what this means for you, fostering your spiritual health has a range of benefits.

  • Find a sense of purpose in everyday life
  • Reflect or meditate
  • Connect with your faith
  • Give back to others

Power Up Your Physical Health

A healthier lifestyle is never a bad thing to seek. This year, increase your physical activity, cut back on bad habits, eat healthy, and more.

  • Remain a healthy weight, losing weight or maintaining if needed, while exercising regularly
  • Cut back on processed foods, which also helps with weight loss
  • Drink water and cut back on sugary sodas
  • Try exercise classes, remembering to enhance balance, flexibility and stability
  • Explore tai chi or yoga, which combine multiple dimensions of wellness
  • Stop smoking and drink alcohol only in moderation

Discover Wellness at Waterstone at the Circle

We make it simple for residents to meet their New Year’s resolutions while staying healthy.

With a full calendar of social events, groups and clubs, access to lifelong learning possibilities and spiritual opportunities, and plentiful wellness and fitness programs, residents have everything they need to live healthy. Even better, this includes supportive healthcare services available within the comfort of residents’ private apartments.

To experience how you can have your healthiest year yet, or to learn about our independent living community for seniors 62 and over, schedule a tour.

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Settling In After a Move to Senior Living

Moving to a senior living community is a time of joy for many older adults, but it can also come with some anxiety. From questions like, “How will I fill my days?” and “How will I make friends?” to “What if I don’t feel at home?” and “How long will it take me to feel comfortable?”, a move can be fraught with ‘what-ifs’ and ‘hows’.

The good news is that settling in after a move is often easier than you imagine. This is especially true at Waterstone at the Circle. Check out our top tips that help new residents at The Circle adjust quickly and take advantage of all our active lifestyle has to offer right away.

Getting into the Groove of Senior Living | Tips To Help You Settle In

1 | Make your space feel like home.

Moving to a new space is an opportunity to showcase who you are. Make your new home a reflection of you by highlighting your interests, showing who is important to you with photographs and keepsakes, and decorating with items that bring you joy. The more it feels like home, the sooner you’ll feel settled in.

2 | Introduce yourself to new neighbors.

Make it a point to say hello and introduce yourself to those around you. This can open up opportunities to get involved, make new friends, and learn more about the community. At Waterstone at the Circle, you’ll quickly find our community is filled with a sense of community and camaraderie.

3 | Invite friends and family members over.

Share your new home with your friends and family by hosting a housewarming party or maybe even a weekly movie night. This can help you make new memories with those you love in your beautiful new home.

4| Create a routine and goals.

While many seniors look forward to retirement and having endless free time to do as they please, some may worry that a lack of structure will make them feel bored or even overwhelmed. Instead, create your own schedule and routine and stick to it.

If your goal is to get fit, pencil in time for physical activity with one of our personal trainers. If you want to get involved with the local community, ask our life enrichment team about opportunities to volunteer or give back. If you still want to work, you can do that, too! Here, the choices are all yours.

5 | Try out new activities, attend programs you’re interested in, or join a club.

Activities for seniors in independent living communities like Waterstone at the Circle are endless. From book clubs, art classes, and fitness groups to social hours, cooking demonstrations, and game nights, you’re likely to find there’s more to enjoy than can be done on any given day.

Don’t let yourself get so caught up in your routine that you stop pursuing new activities, passions and hobbies. Engage in lifelong learning, attend lectures, take advantage of new volunteer opportunities, and try out a new skill. Not only will you enhance your brain power and skill set, but you’re also likely to make new friends and connect with others with similar interests. Ask our life enrichment team to introduce you to activities and programs you might enjoy.

6 | Explore the community and your surrounding area.

Waterstone at the Circle is ideally located at the foot of Chestnut Hill in Boston, putting you near a variety of things to do. From cultural events and museums to shopping and delicious dining, there’s plenty to explore once you arrive at our community. Our concierge would be more than happy to assist you with purchasing tickets or arranging transportation to area attractions and events.

7 | Get to know team members.

At Waterstone at the Circle, we work hard to ensure the premier senior living experience you expect! Our dedicated team members are ready to lend a hand if or when it’s needed. Whatever your need, we are at your service and ready to assist!

8 | Give yourself time to adjust.

It might take some time to get used to your new retirement community. Some residents feel at home right away, while it takes others some time to adjust, and that’s normal. Lean on team members, get involved in the community as you feel comfortable, stay in touch with family and friends, and simply enjoy your new, carefree life.

Making the Transition Easy at Waterstone

At Waterstone at the Circle, we’re here to help you settle in from the moment you walk in the door. Our expert team gets to know your preferences, likes and dislikes, and we share our social calendars, highlighting opportunities to get involved.

Even our residents welcome you with open arms, with invitations to join them for dinner, activities and more. Everything you need to make the transition easy is right here for you.


Schedule a visit today to learn more about our premier independent living community designed to enrich life for seniors 62 and over. Waterstone at the Circle offers beautiful rental apartments as well as access to supportive care services on site.

What each person may be looking for in a senior living lifestyle is different, but one thing is certain – the right services and amenities are a must. When considering where you’d like to spend your future, make sure you’re effectively evaluating a community’s offerings to ensure you choose the right one for you.

Sizing Up Services and Amenities in Senior Living

Make a list of what you’re looking for.

Active retirement living isn’t one-size-fits-all; that’s why it’s important to list out everything you’re searching for in an active adult community. Doing so will help you decide where you should be touring and what independent living amenities you can’t do without.

Enriching Services and Amenities

Senior living communities typically include a range of services, amenities, and perks for older adults. These can include wellness programs, chef-prepared meals, transportation, maintenance, and housekeeping to provide a worry-free lifestyle. Often, as is the case at Waterstone at the Circle, these services are included in your monthly fee for simplicity and peace of mind. Waterstone at the Circle offers an exquisite culinary experience, concierge services, transportation services, fitness programs led by Train Boston® and more.

Programs, Events and Entertainment

Not only do these perks fill your days with fun and enjoyment, but they also boost your spirits and keep you engaged and active. If you’re searching for a community rich in adventure and new possibilities, consider looking for a retirement community that offers field trips, outdoor activities, clubs, special interest groups, and social events. The dedicated life enrichment team at Waterstone at the Circle ensures our residents’ days are full and fulfilling.

Access to Support for the Future

Many communities also include access to a range of care services to support active adults, as needs may change over time. It’s important to consider services you may need before you need them – so you’re able to choose the living option that has a plan in place for the future.

Older adults who choose Waterstone at the Circle benefit from the ability to enjoy an active, independent lifestyle with wellness programs that enhance physical and cognitive health, as well as access to supportive care services provided by premier healthcare partners.


If you know you’re among those who love to explore your surroundings, you’ll want to choose a community that puts you in the heart of it all. Choose a community that’s walkable, offers transportation, and makes it easy to enjoy the shopping, dining, and educational pursuits you want to continue enjoying. At Waterstone at the Circle, our location at the foot of Chestnut Hill puts you close to everything you love, with quick access to Boston and beyond.

What’s Next?

As you research what communities to visit, make a list of communities that offer these things and begin scheduling visits. Then, as you tour, follow these tips.

Make notes of your first impressions.

Write out what you liked, what you didn’t like, and what they had or didn’t have. Are any of the missing items deal-breakers? Cross them off your list and continue your search.

Immerse yourself in the community.

Ask to try the programs, see if you can spend some extra time there, stay for a meal, and explore the surrounding area.

Talk with residents, families and team members.

One of the best ways to get a feel for the community of interest is to talk with those who know it best. Consider asking:

  • How happy families and residents are with the services and amenities offered
  • What amenities and services residents thought they’d use that they don’t
  • How easy it is for the team to implement new programs if requested by residents
  • What residents love most about the community
  • How helpful or attentive the team members are

Evaluate what you’re willing to let go of on your list.

Most communities aren’t going to offer absolutely everything you’re looking for. Of those you’ve toured:

  • Which best meets your needs and wishes?
  • Are there any additional services and amenities that balance the missing ones out?
  • Does the community make you feel welcomed and at home?

Once you’ve asked yourself these questions, you’re likely to have narrowed down your best option.

Uncover the Lifestyle You’ve Been Looking For at The Circle.

When it comes to services and amenities, Waterstone at the Circle provides some of the best. What can you expect?

  • Independent living and supportive care, providing support with activities of daily living
  • Bright, stylish apartments in a range of sizes
  • Anytime dining at our restaurant
  • Weekly housekeeping services
  • Life enrichment programs featuring lecture series, outings and trips
  • Convenient access to the MBTA Green Line and Greater Boston’s best shops, restaurants, and recreational and entertainment venues
  • Indoor heated pool and fitness center staffed with Train Boston® fitness and aquatic instructors


How do we measure up against communities you’ve toured? The best way to find out is by visiting, talking with residents, and exploring our lifestyle for yourself. 

Schedule a tour today to learn more about our premier independent living community for seniors 62 and over.