Sunshine, fresh air, green grass, flowers, trees – isn’t nature a wonderful thing? As we get full-swing into the summer season, nature is at her finest, which means all sorts of fun outdoor activities and opportunities to soak up the sun. It’s the quintessential summer enjoyment, but not only that, it can actually boost a lot more than just your disposition.

“Studies have shown that being outside and, more specifically, in a natural setting has incredible healing powers,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “Mother Nature helps boost the immune system, improves mental health, and can even help reduce some forms of cancer. Whether you’re at a park, in the garden, by the ocean or wherever else, being in nature is something that should definitely be part of your health and wellness routine.”

Kevin says that since COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted and outdoor events are beginning to pick up, it’s even easier to get back into nature and enjoy all its benefits. This is especially great for older adults who are itching to get outside after a long winter filled with cabin fever.

“This summer can be a great re-start of your health and wellness plan,” Kevin says. “Going outside is one of the easiest ways to get a health boost because it doesn’t require any sort of special equipment, fitness level or even location. Though, Waterstone at the Circle has an exceptional one – situated next to Cassidy Park and close to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Simply walk out your front door to enjoy the community around you, and in Boston’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood, there are plenty of things to delight, entertain and fulfill you.”

The Health Benefits of Being in Nature

1. Increased physical activity.
Obviously, one of the biggest benefits of getting outside is the exercise you get. From simply walking around the park to cycling along the river, being in nature usually means some form of physical activity.

2. Reduced stress.
Spending time in nature, whether you’re walking or simply looking at the beauty around you, instantly lowers blood pressure and reduces the amounts of adrenaline and cortisol in your body. This results in lowered stress, which leads to better moods, a better cardiovascular system and better overall well-being.

3. Improved immune system.
A number of studies have found that fresh air really is good for you – in fact, it has antibacterial properties. Although science doesn’t know exactly why that is, it has shown that the combination of fresh air and sunshine kills bacteria, which is part of the reason why laundry dried outside often seems so fresh. Being outside also boosts your production of white blood cells, which results in a better overall immune system.

4. Better healing.
An improved immune system is only one aspect of quicker healing. Being outside also has a certain je ne sais quoi that helps people with injuries or illness heal more quickly. Studies report that patients who spend time outside report requiring fewer painkillers, experiencing fewer complications and having a quicker recovery time.

5. Higher energy levels.
Vitamin D and fresh air results in a “reset” of sorts for our circadian rhythm, which is the inner clock that tells us when to sleep and when to get up. Everyone knows that being outside helps you feel more alert and energetic – and conversely helps “wear you out” and allows you to sleep better at night. The boost of energy plus the ability to fall into a soothing, deep sleep results in improved energy levels. Having more energy makes it easier to get more exercise, which means better health, better moods … as you can see, being in nature really is a positive feedback loop.

6. Improved relationships.
Being in nature can help nurture and improve our personal relationships because it’s a great place to spend time together. Nature gives us an excellent opportunity to connect with friends and deepen existing relationships while also doing something beneficial for our bodies.

7. Graceful aging.
A study in the Journal of Aging and Health reports that seniors over the age of 70 who spend time outside have fewer sleep issues, fewer aches and pains, and better mobility. In short, being outside makes seniors feel better, which results in better overall health, which then results in happier, healthier and more graceful aging.

Fun Outdoor Activities Near Chestnut Hill

In the spirit of getting out in nature, we’ve put together a list of activities to do in nature near the heart of Cleveland Circle – where Waterstone at the Circle is located. Whether you’re a resident at our community, are visiting a loved one, or simply want to know what there is to do in the area, here are our favorite outdoor activities and destinations for summer 2021.

Cassidy Playground – Conveniently located in Cleveland Circle across from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Cassidy Playground is a nice bit of greenspace with fields for people to enjoy the active life. Recently renovated, the park features a baseball diamond, two tennis courts and two softball fields, along with many benches, picnic tables and Adirondack chairs for relaxing.

Chestnut Hill Reservoir – This picturesque destination was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted’s son and constructed in the late 1860s to give Boston clean drinking water and a rural park. Today, it features a popular 1.5-mile circular path with pleasant vistas of Back Bay skyscrapers. The paths around the reservoir and through the woods are open for public use.

Hammond Pond Reservation – Located in Newton, Hammond Pond is a protected woodland park that features dozens of hiking trails, rock formations that are popular for rock climbing, and fishing opportunities. For those who love the water, canoeing and kayaking are permitted. The reservation is part of the Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston.

The Street – Inspired by the best retail streets in the world, The Street is a unique destination offering generous green space, a tranquil pond, and a variety of local shops and eateries. It’s the ideal place to take in nature while checking out the charm of 16 independently owned boutiques. Plus, don’t forget to bring your furry friend along to explore with you. Dogs are welcome in the green space, common areas, and even many of the shops and restaurants.

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University – Whether you’re looking for a lovely place for a stroll, searching for wildlife, or are interested in learning more about the science behind the plants, Arnold Arboretum is home to 281 landscaped acres with over 16,000 plants! Operating under the Olmstedian principle that everyone is entitled to open space, the arboretum is open every day, free of charge. The Arnold Arboretum offers a variety of exploration opportunities, guided tours, and self-guided activities.

The Brookline Farmers’ Market – Running for over 40 years, The Brookline Farmers’ Market hosts a variety of vendors on Thursdays from June through November in Coolidge Corner at the Centre Street West Parking Lot in Brookline. Proud to support local growers, producers, and artisans, The Brookline Farmers’ Market offers a diverse range of products – most of which are produced in Massachusetts or elsewhere in New England.

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

Waterstone at the Circle, located in Boston’s historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, is more than just independent living in Boston … it’s a sophisticated urban setting for today’s active seniors. Enjoy best-in-class service and an urban lifestyle with arts and cultural, and historical attractions right outside your front door. From high-end amenities to gourmet dining and more, experience the best of city and suburban life at our upscale senior living community located on the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill.

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

Each of our 92 independent living apartments is the height of luxury and modernity, with sophisticated design, upscale features and stunning views of the city. Create the urban senior living experience you want with one- or two-bedroom apartments, a variety of floor plans and monthly rentals.

Senior Living Supportive Services

As an over-62 community, residents may require support from time to time. That’s why we’ve developed an on-site coordinated care program, in cooperation with our premier community partners, that allows our independent living residents to receive the assistance they need.

The best part? Residents don’t have to leave our senior living community – or even their apartment – to receive high-quality support. They can receive the services they need, when they need it, in the comfort of their own homes or in our on-site therapy gym.

Waterstone at the Circle is the opposite of retiring . . . it’s a place to enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Call 617.431.1880 for more information or to schedule a visit to our premier Boston independent living community and discover The Circle lifestyle today!

Moving into senior living is a major life change. But when you’re moving as a couple, the decision and the transition can be smoother and a little easier, especially if one spouse or the other needs assisted living services.

“When we get married, we promise to stay together for better or for worse, in sickness or in health,” says Devon Sicard, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “This can become more and more difficult in our later years, especially if one or both spouses need a little extra assistance in order to live safely and securely.”

Devon says that one reason why many couples hesitate to move into senior living is because they don’t want to be separated if one spouse requires additional assistance. “It makes complete sense, since as spouses you want to ensure you remain together, especially in your golden years,” she explains. “Fortunately, there are senior living communities like Waterstone at Wellesley that are set up to assist individuals whether only one person needs assisted living or both do. In other words, we make it easy for couples to remain together no matter what level of care needs they require.”
 

It should come as no surprise that staying together in old age is incredibly beneficial to couples, especially when they make the move to a senior living community. “We’ve seen from many experts how maintaining deep, meaningful relationships ensures a high quality of life as we age,” she says. “Providing solutions that allow couples to remain together means that they both have better health and happiness during their senior years – which is what we’re all about.”

A large benefit to moving into a place where both individual’s needs can be cared for helps reduce the stress for aging couples, says Devon. “Look at it this way,” she says. “If an aging couple waits to move into assisted living until there’s an event that requires them to take action, this can be hugely detrimental to their relationship and cause a lot of stress. At that time, it’s possible that one or the other has been shouldering the caregiving burden for some time, which has already added lots of anxiety, stress and frustration.”

“Moving into senior living that provides a spectrum of assistance means that both parties in a couple can relax because they know the other person is being cared for properly,” says Devon. “You’ll be surprised at how much independence both you and your partner gain back – as well as peace of mind. While moving into assisted living means a bit of change and rethinking some things, it can also be a great new start to a new chapter of life for you or your loved one.”

Tips for Moving to Assisted Living with Your Spouse

If you or your partner are considering assisted living as a potential solution to help make your life more stress-free and carefree, here are some tips from Waterstone at Wellesley to help you find the community that’s right for you:

Choose a community that provides a wide variety of health services.

“Assisted living” is a spectrum and can extend from the almost-completely independent to those who require a more significant amount of help to live safely. For couples moving into assisted living, you’ll want to do your research and make sure that the needs and abilities of both spouses are evaluated. It’s very rare that a couple requires the same amount of assistance to live safely. Make sure that whatever community you choose, the staff does a full personalized assessment for both of you to ensure the health and well-being of each individual.

Ask about care policies.

Different communities may have very different living situations for couples who require different levels of care. As you’re touring different communities, be sure to ask what happens if one individual requires no – or very little – assistance while the other needs more extensive help. Can you or your loved one be cared for adequately in independent living with supportive services? Is it necessary for you and your partner to move directly into an assisted living apartment on campus? While there is no right or wrong answer, you will have options, and the decision is based on your situation and comfort level.

Understand your needs as a couple.

Caring for health needs is essential as we age. That’s why it’s so important to find a place that cares for you and your spouse’s physical needs. However, you also need to make sure that whatever community you choose meets you and your spouse’s needs for emotional, social and recreational wellness. After all, living in a place means more than just caring for physical needs – it also means making sure you have everything you need to enjoy life. As you’re researching assisted living, make sure you’re also looking into the benefits that will make your life enjoyable, no matter what your health needs may be.

Ask about “personal time.”

All couples need “alone time,” which can be a little bit delicate when one spouse needs very little assistance but the other requires more. Before moving into a community, ask about the privacy rules with regards to couples, especially if one spouse needs more help than the other. Hopefully, this won’t be an issue, but it is a possibility depending on the couples’ needs.
“At Waterstone at Wellesley, we want to make sure couples have the opportunity to enjoy life the fullest as individuals and as couples,” Devon explains. “We do our best to handle the delicate balance of privacy and assistance, especially for couples who don’t have the same level of care needs. Our goal is always to help couples live their best possible lives with minimal interference – basically, giving them back the privacy and quality of life they have been seeking.”

Allow yourself (and your spouse) the chance to relax.

Moving from a private home into a senior living community is a big shift – not just from the living situation, but from the ownership situation. When you’re no longer the person who is primarily responsible for the immediate health and well-being of your spouse, this can be a bit of a jolt. Many residents experience a sense of loss and burden when they move into senior living because they are no longer handling that aspect of daily life. However, this is your and your spouse’s opportunity to relax and let someone else handle all the details. In fact, many couples who’ve moved to assisted living have reported that they’re able to reclaim their relationship with their spouse and have more free time than ever before.

“Moving into assisted living with your spouse is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be a bad one,” says Devon. “With time, understanding and a firm foundation of what you’re getting into, you and your spouse can make the most out of this time of your life.”

Beautiful Riverfront Community

Located on the banks of the Charles River, Waterstone is Wellesley’s only senior living community, offering premier independent and assisted living. But that’s only the first of many differences that sets Waterstone above and beyond other communities.

Celebrating Dynamic Living

Here our residents live independently in their own private, spacious apartments – but without any of the worries or concerns of homeownership or living alone. All meals are expertly prepared. There aren’t any chores to be concerned with. No home maintenance or repairs to worry about. Just opportunities around every corner and time to spend as they choose – in the company of new friends.

Our vibrant community encourages residents to engage in a variety of recreational, cultural and social programs and activities. Enjoy a fitness class. Swim in the sunny indoor pool. Take a stroll on a walking path. Partake in a favorite hobby or pastime. Discover a new interest. With Waterstone at Wellesley, there’s a world of opportunity waiting right outside our residents’ doors.

Confidence of Care

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

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

No one likes to think about their parents getting older and no longer being able to care for themselves. So even if you’ve noticed that your parents are requiring more and more help in order to live independently, you may tell yourself that it’s just a phase, or that it’s nothing you can’t handle. It may start off small enough: perhaps Mom needs you to drive her to evening events because her night vision isn’t great. Or your Dad needs your help managing the yardwork. But as the years go on, the occasional helping transforms into daily visits for increasingly basic things. Eventually, you realize that your loved one is only living independently because of the help you or someone else provides. 

If this is the case, assisted living may be the best choice for your senior parent – but this can be a hard situation to navigate, says Devon Sicard, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “Older seniors often balk at moving into assisted living because they are worried that they will lose their independence. Actually, the opposite is the case. We’ve seen many of our residents gain back a lot of independence after moving into assisted living. However, the process can be hard, especially at first, because it’s the end of a chapter, and we as humans aren’t always great at that.”

If you’re an adult child with a senior parent, you may end up taking the lead on the move – from the initial impetus to the coordination of the whole thing. Devon says to remember to be kind to yourself and understand that this will be a process that is physical, emotional and mental. 

How Do You Know When It’s Time? 

There is no right or wrong time to move into assisted living, although generally it’s better to move before there is an accident or incident that necessitates a move into a community. However, there are signs that can signal that moving to assisted living would be beneficial for your parent, such as:

  • Having more and more “close calls,” like falling down the stairs, visiting the emergency room, having fender benders or other worrying accidents or issues.
  • Your parent’s appearance has suddenly changed, such as gaining or losing a lot of weight, suddenly looking disheveled or dirty or having difficulty getting around.
  • Your loved one has become withdrawn or antisocial when previously they loved to get outside the house and meet up with friends and partake in activities.
  • The house is starting to look more unkempt than typical – perhaps the inside has become dusty and dirty, or you’re noticing expired food in the refrigerator or cupboards, or the home or yard is looking run-down.
  • Your loved one is having personality changes or showing signs of confusion, which could be due to a variety of things, from dementia to malnutrition to medication issues and others.

Having the Conversation

You may very well have to be the one who makes the move when it comes time for the assisted living conversation. Here are some tips to follow if and when it’s time for you to bring up the subject with your aging parent. 

  • Bring it up casually. Perhaps the best way to approach the subject is to make it seem organic, not like something you’ve already thought about and planned. Get your parent or parents’ feelings and thoughts about the idea – and remember that this will be a string of conversations, not just one. However, making them feel like you’ve already decided on what needs to happen will only make them more liable to dig their heels in.
  • Use “I” phrases. Bringing the concern back to your own personal feelings can be a great way to state your case. You can mention how you’ve heard your parent talk about being lonely, or you know how they hate dealing with home tasks, or other issues that they’ve complained about. This can help lead the conversation toward ways assisted living may be a great solution to their needs.
  • Visit a few assisted living communities with no obligation required. If Mom or Dad seems amenable to the idea, go tour a few communities with them. This can help them get warmed up to the idea of what a community is really like, and why moving there may be a better idea than they originally thought.
  • Be patient. If you don’t need to make an urgent move, it’s best to give your loved one space and not push them into a decision. Bring up the idea but with caution. If you can get them to make the decision on their own, it will be a much less stressful situation for everyone.

After the Move

There are a lot of articles out there about how to successfully make the literal move into a senior living community; however, what is important is to understand that the move is not the last stage of the journey. After your parents have moved into a community, you’ll find that you and they will still be dealing with the upheaval and emotions that come from this big move. 

Your parents may be mourning the loss of their previous lifestyle, and you may be feeling that as well. You may second-guess the decision. Guilt is inevitable, but it’s important to understand that what you’re feeling is completely normal – and temporary. Here are some strategies to keep in mind after your parent’s move to help you come to a state of acceptance and transition.

Take your time. It’s estimated that it takes anywhere from three to six months for an individual to fully adjust to living in a new environment such as assisted living. It could take longer for your parents or it could be a shorter amount of time. Nonetheless, it will take some amount of time. When you have doubts, think about the reasons you made the decision and keep the big picture in mind. 

Visit according to the recommendations of the staff. You may want to visit every day or only a few times during those first few weeks. Only you know your parent, but the staff may be able to help guide you towards an appropriate visiting schedule. Visiting too frequently could cause stress, and not visiting enough could make your parent feel lonely. The best thing to do is play it by ear and see what works best for you and your parent. 

Expect setbacks. This won’t be an easy transition. Just when you think everything is fine, your parent may tell you they’re lonely or that they want to go home. Understand that these heart wrenching moments are normal and will pass as your loved one adjusts to their new lifestyle.

Accept the new normal. This is the new normal for you and your loved one, and as you move forward, it will become easier to manage the emotions. After the initial transition period, you may be surprised at just how enjoyable and fulfilling life becomes for your loved one – and yourself.

Beautiful Riverfront Community

Located on the banks of the Charles River, Waterstone is Wellesley’s only senior living community, offering premier independent and assisted living. But that’s only the first of many differences that sets Waterstone above and beyond other communities.

Celebrating Dynamic Living

Here our residents live independently in their own private, spacious apartments – but without any of the worries or concerns of homeownership or living alone. All meals are expertly prepared. There aren’t any chores to be concerned with. No home maintenance or repairs to worry about. Just opportunities around every corner and time to spend as they choose – in the company of new friends.

Our vibrant community encourages residents to engage in a variety of recreational, cultural and social programs and activities. Enjoy a fitness class. Swim in the sunny indoor pool. Take a stroll on a walking path. Partake in a favorite hobby or pastime. Discover a new interest. With Waterstone at Wellesley, there’s a world of opportunity waiting right outside our residents’ doors.

Confidence of Care

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

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

What is the secret to staying young? It turns out that exercise may be the key – in many different ways. Exercise has a powerful impact on our emotional, mental and physical health and can actually slow down the aging process. 

“Exercise helps keep us younger and revitalizes our spirit,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “Many research studies have shown the benefits of exercise for older adults and how it can help keep us stay vital and energized even in our senior years.”

Although exercise isn’t always the most enjoyable thing to do for everyone, says Kevin, it has proven benefits that can be reaped in micro and macro ways. “One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking that exercise needs to be an all-out commitment that requires a lot of effort,” he explains. “But that’s not the case at all. Even just a little exercise on a regular basis can help improve whole-body health and allow us to age well throughout all stages of life.”

Exercise increases energy efficiency. 

Let’s start with the idea of horsepower – also known as our “fuel efficiency.” A University of Colorado study found that seniors who regularly participate in highly aerobic activities like running have a lower metabolic cost than their more sedentary peers. In other words, older adults who exercise have a better quality of life because they’re able to move around more easily, which results in increased blood flow. Higher blood flow means more oxygenated blood and a higher ability to eliminate waste in the body. Increased blood flow nourishes skin cells, purges toxins and overall increases the health of our bodies. 

Posture improves. 

It may sound vain, but standing up straight and having a healthy posture is one of the easiest ways to shave years off your appearance. Unfortunately, as we get older, our muscle tone and bone density decreases, which results in a deceased ability to keep a healthy posture. Strength training such as aerobic exercise, weight training and resistance bands can help rebuild muscle and prevent bone loss while also taking care of your core. This has the added benefit of keeping joints strong, which helps you be more active, feel better and act younger. 

Flexibility increases. 

Any type of exercise improves our flexibility, whether it be anaerobic or aerobic. However, Pilates and yoga in particular are highly at increasing flexibility and body elasticity. If you’re a rather inflexible person, that simply means you’re the perfect person to try these forms of exercise. Increasing flexibility reduces the risk of injuries, improves balance, and helps center emotions, all which result in a healthier, longer and more stable life. 

Mental capacity gets boosted. 

Mental deterioration – or should we say, the reduction of mental stimulation – is one of the primary causes of a variety of illnesses for older adults. But regular exercises can help boost mental capacity by increasing the size of our hippocampus (the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning). People who exercise have been proven to literally have the brain of someone younger, meaning they benefit from sharp mental health and the ability to learn for years longer than their peers who do not exercise on a regular basis. 

Metabolism increases. 

A healthy metabolism helps reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other age-related diseases. Our metabolism naturally slows down as we age, but exercise can help boost muscle mass and calorie burn. By exercising, we keep our bodies strong and increase our ability to maintain a healthy weight, which improves our immune system and reduces our risk of disease. 

Our cells age more slowly. 

Exercise doesn’t just make you look younger – it actually makes you younger. How is this accomplished? By turning off the aging process in your chromosomes. Keeping your cells young is one of the best tools for staying young, and research has shown that exercise has this effect on our DNA

Telomeres – the end caps on our chromosomes – are responsible for aging. They naturally shorten as we get older, but regular exercise has been shown to help lengthen them. In other words, exercise may literally be able to help reverse the clock and help us live longer and stronger. 

Reduces stress instantly. 

Stress ages us just as much as exercise helps us live longer. Reducing stress is one of the best ways to help increase longevity, and exercise can help reduce stress like nothing else. There’s a trait known as “adaptive competence” that describes our ability to bounce back after a stressful event. If we don’t have this trait, it has an enormous impact on our longevity. However, exercise has been proven to reduce stress, making it more likely that we will live a better, happier and longer life. 

Lowers the risk of cancer. 

Many studies suggest that exercise can help reduce the risk of some cancers. One study shows that regular exercise can reduce the colon cancer risk for men by 24 percent, while other studies show that regular exercise has the potential to reduce the risk of lung cancer by up to 20 percent. It’s also been proven that exercise can help keep cancer from spreading once it’s been diagnosed. 

While most of the proven benefits of exercise have a physiological benefit, this can easily translate into a psychological benefit, says Kevin. 

“The mind and body are irrevocably linked and have such amazing influence towards each other,” he says. “Getting regular exercise keeps our physical bodies strong and healthy, which results in a better lifestyle overall for older adults. At Waterstone at the Circle, we strive to help our residents reach peak physical health to help them to live their vest retirement lifestyles possible.”

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

Waterstone at the Circle, located in Boston’s historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, is more than just independent living in Boston … it’s a sophisticated urban setting for today’s active seniors. Enjoy best-in-class service and an urban lifestyle with arts and cultural, and historical attractions right outside your front door. From high-end amenities to gourmet dining and more, experience the best of city and suburban life at our upscale senior living community located on the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill.

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

Each of our 92 independent living apartments is the height of luxury and modernity, with sophisticated design, upscale features and stunning views of the city. Create the urban senior living experience you want with one- or two-bedroom apartments, a variety of floor plans and monthly rentals. 

Senior Living Supportive Services

As an over-62 community, residents may require support from time to time. That’s why we’ve developed an on-site coordinated care program, in cooperation with our premier community partners, that allows our independent living residents to receive the assistance they need.

The best part? Residents don’t have to leave our senior living community – or even their apartment – to receive high-quality support. They can receive the services they need, when they need it, in the comfort of their own homes or in our on-site therapy gym.

Waterstone at the Circle is the opposite of retiring . . . it’s a place to enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Call 617.431.1880 for more information or to schedule a visit to our premier Boston independent living community and discover The Circle lifestyle today!

What does happiness look like for you? For most of us, happiness isn’t a destination – it’s a pursuit. That may mean learning something new or picking up a new skill. For others, it means being at peace with your body and who you are. Other people may see happiness as having a large group of friends and family. Happiness can mean anything you want it to be, and here’s the best news – building a happy life is well within your reach.

“Being happy starts with good habits,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “That may sound like a strange beginning, but think about what happens when you have a goal you’re trying to reach. You start practicing habits that will allow you to reach that goal. For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds, you may start the habit of not snacking after dinner, or exercising daily. Successfully pursuing happiness follows a similar path. Making positive happiness habits a part of your daily life will help you find inner peace, help you achieve your goals and make you a happier, more content and more joyful person.”

Kevin says that even though happiness is a very personal thing for each person, there are some similarities we all share.

“For seniors, happiness often boils down to having the resources they need to live independent lives and pursue the things they enjoy,” he says. “Waterstone at the Circle presents endless opportunities for personal growth, enjoyment and fulfillment. Our active, engaging senior living community offers daily activities and provides access to any resources residents need as they pursue their personal hobbies and interests. Plus, we offer a world of luxury and service – everything that active, healthy seniors want and need to make their happiness complete.”

If you feel like you could use a little more happy in your daily routine, here are some simple habits that can help give you the boost you need. If some of these habits end up causing you stress or just don’t mesh with your lifestyle, don’t worry – just ditch them! Happiness is, as we have mentioned, very personal. After some trial and error, you’ll figure out what works best for you and what can be let go.

Daily Habits for a Happier Lifestyle

Smile more.

We often assume that smiles come because we’re happy. But as it turns out, smiling can actually lead to happiness. Smiling causes our brains to release dopamine, which is the hormone that helps stimulate happiness. That’s the case whether the smile is natural or if it’s “faked.” Really! This doesn’t mean that you have to slap a cheesy grin on your face all day long. But if you find yourself feeling a little blue or out of sorts, try cracking a big smile and see how you feel. Perhaps start each day by smiling at yourself in the mirror after you’ve brushed your teeth. Make it a habit, and that dopamine boost may be just what you need to have a sunnier, happier day – every day.

Get enough exercise.

We all know that exercise is a good daily habit that we should all be doing for our health. But did you know it’s a good habit for happiness, too? Getting regular exercise reduces stress, lowers anxiety and can alleviate symptoms of depression. You don’t have to run a marathon to feel the benefits – even just a small amount every day can make a difference. The trick is to find something you enjoy that’s not too strenuous and that you’ll look forward to every day. Whether that’s doing daily yoga, gardening for an hour or walking around the block, regular exercise will really put pep in your step.

Get a good night’s sleep.

Sleep is our body’s natural “reboot” function. Unfortunately, most of us – seniors especially – don’t seem to get enough sleep. However, it plays an incredibly important role in brain function, emotional well-being and overall good health. Getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night is an essential foundation for overall happiness, and in order to achieve that, you’ll need to make sure that you’re practicing good sleep hygiene.

Start by making sure your bedroom is a sleep haven – dark, cool and quiet. Make sure your bed is comfortable and that screens are taken out of the room (yes, even tablets and TVs). Reserve an hour before bed as your “quiet time” that gets your body prepped and ready for bed – that means relaxing activities like taking a bath, reading or meditating. Avoid taking long naps during the day, and avoid caffeine, alcohol and heavy eating late into the night. If you find you’re regularly having problems getting to and staying asleep, talk to your doctor to see if there are medications or treatments that can help you.

Eat the right things.

We all know that eating a healthy diet helps us feel better and stay healthy. Foods also play an important role for emotional state as well. For example, carbohydrates cause our brains to release serotonin (which is the “feel good” hormone). Unfortunately, most of us reach for simple carbs like sweets or starches to get that immediate high – and then a just-as-quick crash. Complex carbohydrates will give that same boost while also being better for your body. Fried or highly processed foods actually cause a depressive state in your mind, as does skipping meals. Instead, opt for lean meat, legumes, dairy and other foods high in protein. You’ll feel better in body, mind and soul.

Practice gratitude.

Recognizing the good in the world and being grateful for the good things in life can give your mood a huge boost as well as help you feel happier overall. Take time each day to acknowledge a few things that you’re grateful for – even one is better than none. You can do this first thing in the morning when you’re brushing your teeth, or right before you turn out the lights to go to bed. Then, throughout your day, look for opportunities to give thanks for the pleasant things in your life. It can be as simple as the stranger who opened the door for you or the warmth of the sun on your skin. By recognizing the beauty and wonder of the world around you, you will automatically become more grateful – and thus, a happier person.

Stay connected.

For most of us, happiness comes from interacting with the people we care about. We’re social beings, and being around people we love makes us happier. Loneliness is a big problem for seniors, which is why it’s so important to reach out on a regular basis. Every day, do something that connects you with someone you care about. Send a funny text, make a call or send an email to someone you love. Of course, face-to-face interaction is one of the best ways to boost that bond, so be sure to plan outings and “dates” that put you in proximity with friends and family. Feeling like you’re part of a network and having those bonds are one of the best ways to ensure a happy life, no matter how old or young you are.

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

Waterstone at the Circle, located in Boston’s historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, is more than just independent living in Boston … it’s a sophisticated urban setting for today’s active seniors. Enjoy best-in-class service and an urban lifestyle with arts and cultural, and historical attractions right outside your front door. From high-end amenities to gourmet dining and more, experience the best of city and suburban life at our upscale senior living community located on the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill.

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

Each of our 92 independent living apartments is the height of luxury and modernity, with sophisticated design, upscale features and stunning views of the city. Create the urban senior living experience you want with one- or two-bedroom apartments, a variety of floor plans and monthly rentals.

Senior Living Supportive Services

As an over-62 community, residents may require support from time to time. That’s why we’ve developed an on-site coordinated care program, in cooperation with our premier community partners, that allows our independent living residents to receive the assistance they need.

The best part? Residents don’t have to leave our senior living community – or even their apartment – to receive high-quality support. They can receive the services they need, when they need it, in the comfort of their own homes or in our on-site therapy gym.

Waterstone at the Circle is the opposite of retiring . . . it’s a place to enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Call 617.431.1880 for more information or to schedule a visit to our premier Boston independent living community and discover The Circle lifestyle today!

Getting older doesn’t mean that you have to slow down. Even if you find that you require a little extra help in order to live a safe, happy and fulfilled life, that doesn’t mean you have to give up your independence. Far from it, in fact. These days, assisted living with a customized approach provides the support that older adults need in order to live their best lives possible, says Devon Sicard, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley.

“Many seniors discover that they actually gain more independence by moving into assisted living from a private home,” she says. “That’s because they’re getting help with the things they need – like getting dressed, bathing, mobility, healthy eating and the like – which leaves them the time and energy to do the things that they want to do.”

The idea of a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach may have been the norm back in the day, but today’s assisted living is focused more on providing customized care designed for each specific person.

“The overall philosophy at Waterstone at Wellesley is to provide care for the things each individual needs and allow them to continue to do the things they are able to do,” she says. “This transforms care from a service to more of a life elevation. We are always looking for ways to celebrate our residents’ abilities while supporting their independence.”

The Best of Both Worlds

Assisted living residents at Waterstone at Wellesley live independently in their own private, spacious apartments without any of the worries or concerns of homeownership or living alone. There aren’t any chores, housework, home maintenance or repairs. Instead, our residents get the support they need and the time to spend as they choose, doing things that are enjoyable and fulfilling.

Waterstone is a vibrant community that provides a variety of opportunities for recreational, social and cultural activities and programs. Our residents enjoy things like fitness classes, delicious dining, engaging hobbies and pastimes and so much more. Best of all, everything is located on campus, making it easy to get around to do the things you want. No more worrying about transportation or planning or any of that. It’s all right within reach.

While an engaging lifestyle is highly important, the peace of mind that comes from assisted living at Waterstone at Wellesley is priceless. Knowing that care and support is available 24/7 instills a sense of confidence that aging seniors can’t find living on their own at home. Besides the care available on site, Waterstone is located just blocks from Newton-Wellesley Hospital with nearby access to Boston’s medical community.

The Benefits of the Waterstone Lifestyle

An engaging daily life.

Our assisted living community is designed to help older adults live joyfully and independently, which is why all our events, programs, activities and amenities are built to make life easier and more enjoyable. From gourmet dining to lifelong learning opportunities to fitness classes and more, we provide all sorts of ways for assisted living residents to live full, active and engaged lives each and every day.

A focus on personalized care.

We understand that the best care is tailored to each individual’s specific needs and desires. New assisted living residents work with staff members to create a personalized care plan that helps meet your needs, wants and goals. This care plan isn’t set in stone, either. It shifts and evolves right along with you as your life path takes you where you want to go.

So much to do on and off campus.

Our community has many wonderful things located right on site, like a fitness center and indoor pool staffed by professionals, a lounge, an outdoor courtyard with a fire pit, private transportation service and more. Plus, we’re located with views of the Charles River, with the charming town of Wellesley right outside our doors – and it’s easy to get to the attractions that the greater Boston area has to offer.

A team that treats you like family.

Exceptional care starts with exceptional individuals. Our care team at Waterstone at Wellesley believes in what we do and faithfully delivers on our promise of care to our residents … and to their families. When you choose Waterstone as your assisted living home, we welcome you into our family and treat you like one of our own. Every person in our community is fully committed to providing our assisted living residents with dignified independence – along with caring support.

A wide variety of services and amenities.

Our assisted living residents enjoy the premier lifestyle Waterstone is known for, but with the added assurance of support and personal care services available any time they’re needed. With the help of our dedicated care and hospitality teams, residents trade the worries of being at home for everything they need – and want – to age in place with security and confidence in a community they love.

  • Premier assisted living apartments with designer finishes
  • Three gourmet, expertly prepared meals daily
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service
  • Customized care plans and daily assistance
  • Around-the-clock support and services
  • Complimentary care coordination
  • Heated indoor pool and fitness center staffed by Train Boston®
  • Stimulating lectures, cultural and social events
  • Scheduled private transportation

Beautiful Riverfront Community

Located on the banks of the Charles River, Waterstone is Wellesley’s only senior living community, offering premier independent and assisted living. But that’s only the first of many differences that sets Waterstone above and beyond other communities.

Celebrating Dynamic Living

Here our residents live independently in their own private, spacious apartments – but without any of the worries or concerns of homeownership or living alone. All meals are expertly prepared. There aren’t any chores to be concerned with. No home maintenance or repairs to worry about. Just opportunities around every corner and time to spend as they choose – in the company of new friends.

Our vibrant community encourages residents to engage in a variety of recreational, cultural and social programs and activities. Enjoy a fitness class. Swim in the sunny indoor pool. Take a stroll on a walking path. Partake in a favorite hobby or pastime. Discover a new interest. With Waterstone at Wellesley, there’s a world of opportunity waiting right outside our residents’ doors.

Confidence of Care

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

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

Where you live plays an important part in how you live – especially when it comes to retirement. In your earlier years, choosing “where to live” was mostly influenced by career opportunities and family ties. In your retirement years, you have an opportunity to choose a location that meets your specific needs on an individual level.

“What do you want your retirement to look like?” asks Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “Do you want to live in a more bucolic, quiet type of community, or would you prefer the excitement and opportunities of a place located in an urban center? Would you like to be near family? Close to transportation options? There are many different questions to consider, but the only one who can choose  a perfect location for you – is you.”

Location, as it turns out, plays a huge role in finding the perfect community for you to launch your retirement journey. Think about it: even if you choose an amazing community that is everything you were ever searching for, but it was located in a place where you wouldn’t be able to visit friends and family or do the things you love – would you really want to live there?

Of course, location influences a lot more than just your personal interests. As you’re searching, here are some things to consider so that you’re choosing a great community in the right location:

What’s nearby? Yes, you’ll be living in the community, so what the community offers will be very important. But you won’t want to spend all your time indoors. What sort of attractions are nearby? Is it a walkable neighborhood, or do you need to travel a bit in order to get to things like restaurants and events? If you’re a nature lover, are there walking paths or parks close to the community? Or does your family live just a block away? There are all sorts of things we enjoy doing, and since you’re retired, you now have the time to enjoy all of them – so why not be nearby?

Are there medical services within a close distance? As we get older, it becomes more common to have health needs and issues. Are your doctors nearby or within a reasonable distance? What about hospitals or emergency services? What sort of ratings do nearby medical providers have, and if you need assistance, how quickly can you receive it?

Is it a fun place to visit? If you’re choosing a community that’s not located near family members, is it located in a place that would be fun for your kids and grandkids to visit? Or, conversely, is the community located near your family? Or is it easy to go visit them? Having fun activities is a great draw for family members – besides seeing you, of course.

What are the tax implications? Depending on your income and where you live, you may decide to move to one place over another. Some states don’t have personal income tax, while others have different benefits for estates and other financial options. At the same time, be sure to consider the cost of living along with the tax breaks in order to determine what’s the best choice for you and your estate.

Can you really see yourself living there? Of all the questions to ask yourself, this is the most personal. One community may seem like a great place to visit, but is it really a place where you’d like to spend the rest of your golden years? Ultimately, you want to choose a community in a location that feels like coming home.

Why Boston Is an Excellent Location for Retirement

At Waterstone at the Circle, we understand that our residents are Bostonians (whether native or transplants) who love this city and want to be in the center of it all. That’s why we built our luxury retirement community in the heart of the city, ideally located near all the attractions, events and benefits that this great city has to offer. Here are just some of the reasons our residents believe Waterstone at the Circle is the perfect location for their retirement:

There’s so much to do.

Boston is a hustling and bustling place with so many things to see and do. Even if you’ve been a lifelong resident of Boston, it seems like you’re still discovering new things every day. The city’s rich history is threaded just about everywhere you go, whether you’re walking the Freedom Trail or spending an afternoon shopping at Faneuil Hall. And, of course, we have some of the very best museums in the world, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Science, just to name a few.

Our medical community is one of the best in the country – and the world.

With teaching hospitals, prestigious universities and top-ranked medical institutions, Boston is considered to be one of the hubs for medical technology, innovation and care. Some of the best talent anywhere can be found within a short distance from Waterstone at the Circle, meaning that it’s easy access to world-class treatments, specialists and medical care. People from all over the world travel here to be seen by specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital (one of the top 10 hospitals in the world), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and the Southcoast Hospitals Group.

It’s easy to get anywhere you want to go.

With an incredibly walkable downtown and an extensive transportation service, you can go anywhere you want in Boston without having to spend a lot of time getting there. Many people who live in the city have decided to forego their vehicles entirely and instead use local transportation or ride-sharing services. If you’re looking to launch an out-of-town adventure, Boston makes that easy, too. Many interstate highways surround the city, and Boston Logan International Airport has direct flights to many national and international destinations.

It’s “age-friendly” and a great place to retire.

In 2017, Boston launched the “Age-Friendly Boston” initiative, which was designed to make Boston the “best city to age in.” Over the course of five years, the city has dedicated itself to making it a destination that’s an even better place to age.

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

Waterstone at the Circle, located in Boston’s historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, is more than just independent living in Boston … it’s a sophisticated urban setting for today’s active seniors. Enjoy best-in-class service and an urban lifestyle with arts and cultural, and historical attractions right outside your front door. From high-end amenities to gourmet dining and more, experience the best of city and suburban life at our upscale senior living community located on the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill.

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

Each of our 92 independent living apartments is the height of luxury and modernity, with sophisticated design, upscale features and stunning views of the city. Create the urban senior living experience you want with one- or two-bedroom apartments, a variety of floor plans and monthly rentals.

Senior Living Supportive Services

As an over-62 community, residents may require support from time to time. That’s why we’ve developed an on-site coordinated care program, in cooperation with our premier community partners, that allows our independent living residents to receive the assistance they need.

The best part? Residents don’t have to leave our senior living community – or even their apartment – to receive high-quality support. They can receive the services they need, when they need it, in the comfort of their own homes or in our on-site therapy gym.

Waterstone at the Circle is the opposite of retiring . . . it’s a place to enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Call 617.431.1880 for more information or to schedule a visit to our premier Boston independent living community and discover The Circle lifestyle today!

We all know that laughing with others is a great way to improve your day, boost your mood and make the world seem like a better place. But did you know that laughter can actually help you age well while also keeping you healthier?

“Laughter really is the best medicine, especially for senior adults,” says Devon Sicard, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “It’s no secret that as we age, our bodies become more susceptible to health concerns and illnesses. That’s why it becomes so important to take care of our bodies – and our minds and souls – so that we can continue to enjoy life and enjoy our golden years as much as possible.”

Devon says that it’s never too late to take steps to improve your health (and find more humor in your everyday life). “One of our goals at Waterstone at Wellesley is for our residents to age well and enjoy all that life has to offer,” she says. “Part of that means creating a lifestyle that’s engaging, fulfilling and, yes, filled with humor and happiness. We want our residents to enjoy this stage of life because it’s truly their time to live to the fullest.”

So how is it that humor helps seniors achieve wellness? Studies have found six different ways that laughter helps us feel good, live good and age well throughout our senior years. That’s definitely something to smile about!

1. It reduces pain.
When we laugh, our brains produce endorphins, which help our bodies regulate pain. That effect lasts for hours, long after we’ve stopped laughing. Laugher also causes cortisol to drop, which reduces inflammation, pain and stress throughout the body. Less pain means it’s easier to exercise and do the things we love, which results in a better quality of life.

2. It’s good for our hearts.
When we enjoy a good guffaw over something funny, our blood vessel function improves, which reduces cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Our hearts pump a little faster (in a more efficient way) when we laugh, which boosts circulation and blood oxygenation. All this leads to better cardiovascular health, which helps reduce the risk of heart diseases and other cardiovascular issues. Since heart issues are the leading cause of death in America, laughter potentially can save your life. 

3. It reduces stress.
Stress wreaks havoc on our bodies by increasing our levels of anxiety and depression, reducing the efficiency of our immune system, impacting our sleep and eating habits and generally causing poor health. Laughter is one of the best and most immediate ways to combat stress. Think about how you feel when you laugh. Automatically, everything that’s bothering you seems to melt away in that moment, and you’re focused solely on the enjoyment of the present. In a way, that makes laughter a form of meditation and mindfulness – and one that you don’t need to ‘om’ your way toward. 

4. It helps us nurture relationships.
Humor brings us closer together, which is incredibly powerful. Anthropologists believe that laughter was developed alongside social interaction, support and community – all things that make us human. No matter where we live or what language we speak, everyone laughs and can find humor in life. When we laugh together, the joy that flows between us helps bind us together in meaningful ways. In fact, some experts believe that all the health benefits that stem from humor are derived from the improved social bonds that are caused by it. 

5. It strengthens your core.
Can you laugh your way to flatter abs? It’s possible! When we laugh at something funny, our diaphragms and abdominal muscles are worked almost as hard as it would if you were doing sit-ups or other core exercises. Strengthening your core also strengthens your back muscles, which can help reduce back pain, improve your breathing and improve your balance, too. At the same time, laughing relaxes other tight muscles in your body that could use a break. 

6. It improves our moods.
It’s hard to be grouchy after you’ve enjoyed a good bout of laughter. You can thank all the feel-good chemicals that are released in your brain for that. Improved moods lead to better emotional health, a more positive outlook and a better sense of well-being and self-worth. Studies have shown that seniors (and other individuals) who enjoy humor have a sense of optimism and also show resilience in the face of adversity and major life stressors. 

How to Add More Humor to Your Life
Cue up your favorite funny TV show and get ready to laugh – now’s the perfect time to find more humor, happiness and laughter in your life. Here are some great ways to find humor throughout the day and get laughing. Think of it like an exercise routine – but one that you actually look forward to doing!

  • Connect with friends. Ever notice how much more we laugh or smile when we’re talking to someone we care about? It all goes back to that social connectedness that humor provides. Pick up the phone and call a friend, meet someone for coffee or send funny cat videos to each other. Not only will you laugh, you’ll make someone else laugh, too.
  • Watch something funny. These days, that’s as easy as scrolling through your Facebook or Instagram feed. If that sort of humor doesn’t move you, try watching videos of babies giggling – it’s impossible not to start laughing yourself. Go on, we dare you.
  • Do something nice for yourself. We’re a lot more open to humor and happiness when we feel good and we care for ourselves. Pampering yourself – even if it’s as simple as taking a walk or drinking a cup of coffee outside – will improve your mood and make you more open to the humor that’s all around you.
  • Try laughter yoga. It sounds silly, but this strange practice has been gaining in popularity across the country and throughout the world. The practice, which originated in Japan, is an actual, established therapy that has shown great health benefits for seniors. It turns out that our bodies can’t tell the difference between fake laughter and real laughter. When you start to laugh – even if it’s fake – the silliness of the practice ends up in genuine guffaws and giggles, especially when you’re practicing it with other people.
  • Find the funny in everyday moments. Life is funny – if we allow it to be. Watch the squirrels chase each other in the yard, for example. Or find ways to make your partner laugh through a silly turn of phrase or an inside joke. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself, either.
  • Look for things that bring you joy. Laughter doesn’t always have to stem from something funny. Often, it’s a joyful reaction to something that delights you. Play with your dog and watch as he or she wiggles in delight – it’s hard not to smile at that unbridled emotion. By seeking out things that make you happy, you’ll be amazed at how much humor opens up in your life.

Beautiful Riverfront Community

Located on the banks of the Charles River, Waterstone is Wellesley’s only senior living community, offering premier independent and assisted living. But that’s only the first of many differences that sets Waterstone above and beyond other communities.

Celebrating Dynamic Living

Here our residents live independently in their own private, spacious apartments – but without any of the worries or concerns of homeownership or living alone. All meals are expertly prepared. There aren’t any chores to be concerned with. No home maintenance or repairs to worry about. Just opportunities around every corner and time to spend as they choose – in the company of new friends.

Our vibrant community encourages residents to engage in a variety of recreational, cultural and social programs and activities. Enjoy a fitness class. Swim in the sunny indoor pool. Take a stroll on a walking path. Partake in a favorite hobby or pastime. Discover a new interest. With Waterstone at Wellesley, there’s a world of opportunity waiting right outside our residents’ doors.

Assisted Living with the Confidence of Care

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

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

Imagine walking into your own personal fitness center and being met with not only state-of-the-art amenities and exercise equipment, but also by an energetic, vibrant staff of personal trainers who are completely focused on helping you age gracefully and stay fit. That’s the feeling you’ll have at the exceptional fitness center at Waterstone at Wellesley. Our independent and assisted living residents can receive the experience and expertise of a custom gym that’s specifically designed to meet the needs of aging seniors – and it’s all available at our community. 

“Wellness is more than fitness programs and activities,” says Devon Sicard, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “We see it as a way of life, so our active lifestyle, services and amenities are all designed to help residents achieve their health and wellness goals.”

“Part of how we achieve that is by partnering with Train Boston to help create a senior health program that’s unlike any other in the area. Train Boston is our area’s premier physical therapy and training organization, and we’re thrilled that we’re able to provide this partnership that helps improve the aging experience and enhances overall health and wellness for our residents.”

The Benefits of Exercise for Aging Adults

We all know that exercise is good for us, but do you know specifically why? Getting regular physical exercise and fitness helps seniors boost their energy, protect their hearts, maintain a healthy body weight, improve immune systems and manage symptoms of illness. This becomes even more important as we get older because staying healthy allows us to maintain our independence as much as possible. Here are just some of the full-body benefits of a regular exercise routine:

  • Helps you avoid health complications. Exercise improves our immune and digestive systems and keeps our blood pressure and bone density at good levels. Regular exercise also lessens your risk of serious health issues like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, certain cancers and even dementias like Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Helps you maintain or lose weight. Our metabolism slows down as we age, so regular exercise is essential to help boost metabolism, build muscle mass and burn calories.
  • Improves your sleep patterns. A good night’s sleep does more than keep you bright-eyed and bushy tailed. It’s also important for your overall health and wellness. By exercising regularly, you’ll fall asleep more quickly, have a deeper sleep and wake up feeling better than ever.
  • Enhances flexibility, mobility and balance. Falls are a significant risk for older adults. Regular exercise improves your strength and posture as well as gives you more flexibility. This, paired with strength training, will help you be more mobile and more sure on your feet. (It can also help with chronic joint conditions like arthritis.)
  • Keeps your brain healthy and active. Yes, exercise actually has enormous beneficial effects on your brain. Staying physically active helps brain functions like creativity and multitasking and can also help prevent cognitive decline and memory loss.
  • Improves your mood and boosts self-confidence. When we exercise, our brain produces endorphins, which helps reduce stress and makes us feel happier. Endorphins can actually help reduce depression, anxiety and feelings of sadness. Staying active and feeling strong will also boost your self-confidence.
  • Improves the aging process. All these benefits combine to help seniors age well – really well. This means that no matter how old you are, you can enjoy the highest quality of life possible, allowing you to live a lifestyle that’s rich, fulfilling and enjoyable.

The Train Boston® Difference

There are many fitness and therapy centers available in the Boston area, but only one that stands head and shoulders above the rest because of its collaborative, safe, integrative and exceptional approach to senior health and wellness, says Devon.

“We worked with Train Boston to form this partnership because of their excellent history and extremely high standards for staff,” she says. “Their resume is impressive, having worked with the LA Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, New England Patriots and even the 1996 Olympic team. However, what really inspired us was their collaborative approach to health and wellness. Their staff is exceptional, composed of only the most highly trained therapists and trainers available. Each individual member of the team focuses on helping our residents reach their highest and best level of health and wellness possible.”

How Waterstone at Wellesley Improves Wellness for Aging Adults 

All personal training, exercise and therapy sessions are held in our premier fitness center, to which all residents at Waterstone at Wellesley have complimentary access. You can take advantage of our heated indoor pool and state-of-the-art exercise machines that have been specifically designed for senior health and aging adults, as well as a full roster of group exercise classes and personal training sessions. 

Train Boston® fitness and aquatic instructors are on staff to help our residents personalize their routines so they can achieve the health results they want in a safe, effective manner. The staff also leads group aqua aerobics, tai chi, yoga and other classes where socialization opportunities and a great atmosphere make exercising rewarding and fun.

“Many of our residents who choose to live here have enjoyed regular exercise and health throughout their lives,” says Devon. “But for our residents who are ready to start a healthier, more engaged chapter of their lives, Waterstone at Wellesley is ready to help them achieve that. 

“Seniors have unique health needs that need to be accommodated in order to achieve maximum results and the Train Boston staff is experienced in helping aging adults – no matter what their fitness level – reach their highest performance while also respecting their body’s abilities,” says Devon. 

Beautiful Riverfront Community

Located on the banks of the Charles River, Waterstone is Wellesley’s only senior living community, offering premier independent and assisted living. But that’s only the first of many differences that sets Waterstone above and beyond other communities.

Celebrating Dynamic Living

Here our residents live independently in their own private, spacious apartments – but without any of the worries or concerns of homeownership or living alone. All meals are expertly prepared. There aren’t any chores to be concerned with. No home maintenance or repairs to worry about. Just opportunities around every corner and time to spend as they choose – in the company of new friends.

Our vibrant community encourages residents to engage in a variety of recreational, cultural and social programs and activities. Enjoy a fitness class. Swim in the sunny indoor pool. Take a stroll on a walking path. Partake in a favorite hobby or pastime. Discover a new interest. With Waterstone at Wellesley, there’s a world of opportunity waiting right outside our residents’ doors.

Assisted Living with the Confidence of Care

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

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

For most of us, the idea of retirement is the shiny brass ring that we’re reaching toward and dreaming about. While it’s good to dream, it’s also good to do – which is why putting plans in place for a stress-free retirement should be at the top of your list – whether you’re just getting ready to retire or you’ve been retired for awhile now

“No matter where you are in your retirement journey, there are always things you can be doing to set yourself up for carefree living,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “The last thing you want is to be stressed out during your retirement years, since retirement is likely something you’ve been working toward, well, ever since you started working!”

“It’s important to remember that a retirement plan doesn’t mean your retirement’s set in stone,” he says. “It’s more of a living document, because ‘retirement’ isn’t the ultimate destination. Instead, it’s the beginning of a journey that can truly be the time of your life.”

Search for “retirement checklist” and you’ll find a lot of articles that talk about the financial aspects of getting ready for retirement. While finances play a huge role in your quality of life and your retirement future, Kevin says that there are other important things to put on your checklist that aren’t money-related.

“Money is just one piece of the pie,” Kevin says. “It’s equally important to plan for your current and future lifestyle. Looking at the whole picture will make the transition and your next chapter of life that much more fulfilling.”

Your Checklist For a Stress-Free Retirement

1. Think about what you want to do for the rest of your life.

We imagine that you’ve already dreamed about retirement (for many years, even). Now, it’s time to take those dreams and whittle them down to a specific reality. Sit down (with your spouse, if you’re married) and begin talking specifics about what you want to happen in retirement. Right now, the sky’s the limit, so go ahead and put all your ideas down. Don’t worry if you have to come back to this regularly – dreams can change as we move forward, and that’s fine.

2. Gather and inventory all your assets.

Now that you know what you want to do, let’s look at where you stand financially. Start out by gathering all information about assets you own, such as 401(k)s, investments, savings accounts, vehicles, property and so on. If you have any additional income streams (like Social Security and pensions), make sure to list those, too.

3. Now, make a budget. 

List out all your expenses that you have each month. Besides the obvious (utilities, rent or mortgage, insurance, etc.), make sure you’re accounting for things like entertainment, medical payments, any one-time expenses throughout the year, home repairs and the like. If you’re not entirely sure where your money is going every month, consider using a free online tool like Mint.com to help you better figure what you’re spending money on. This will help you determine what your financial profile will look like during your retirement years.

4. Work with a financial advisor to merge your goals and finances.

Now that you’ve thought about what you want your retirement to be and figured out what you have to help get you there, work with your financial planner to help you maximize your resources. He or she will be a great resource to help you find different revenue streams, tax benefits and other potential ways to keep as much of your money as possible. Every year, you’ll want to review your financial plans to make sure that you’re planning adequately for aging-related expenses like future healthcare costs.

5. Research where and how you want to live.
Many people would like to remain in their current home for as long as possible. Others choose to move into a senior living  community fairly early on in their retirement, while others may want to strike a happy medium. There’s no right or wrong answer, only the answer that’s right for you. It is important to remember, though, that as you get older, you may no longer want or be able to do a lot of things around the house that you currently manage. You may also require supportive services in order to help you live safely and independently. Moving into a senior living community like Waterstone at the Circle can be a great option no matter what stage of retirement you’re in – it’s an opportunity for you to downsize your space (and your responsibilities) while greatly upsizing your lifestyle. While you’re still active and healthy, do your research to determine where you’d like to live and how that place will help you achieve wellness in your retirement years.

6. Start downsizing and decluttering now.
Do you have too much stuff? No matter who you are, the answer is probably a resounding “yes!” Most of us have way too much stuff in our homes, due to a lifetime of living in one place and gathering things throughout the years. Whether you plan to move now, in the future or even never, it’s a great idea to start looking at your possessions and getting rid of things so you can better enjoy your retirement. First, having fewer things means having fewer things to care for … which means more time for you to do the things you want. Second, if you do plan on moving at some point, you’ll need to downsize your possessions in order to move to a smaller space. Third, downsizing and decluttering now will save your family members a lot of work in the future. This can be a great time to gift family heirlooms and items to your family members, so you can watch them enjoying them to the fullest.

7. Make a timeline.

If you’re still in the working world, now’s a great time to put a timeline in place for how you want to retire – and how you want to live in retirement. Go back to your plan that you put together at the very beginning of this journey. What would you like to accomplish in the first five years? Ten? Maybe even twenty? What will you need to do in order to help get you there? Using that information, you can work backwards to take care of details like putting your papers in order, working with a financial advisor, determining if and when you’re going to move and everything else.

“Whether you’re retiring tomorrow or twenty years from now – or even already retired – starting to plan for your retirement lifestyle is always exciting,” says Kevin. “Getting ready now really ramps up the excitement and helps you put everything in place that will help you enjoy this next chapter in a carefree way.”

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

Waterstone at the Circle, located in Boston’s historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, is more than just independent living in Boston … it’s a sophisticated urban setting for today’s active seniors. Enjoy best-in-class service and an urban lifestyle with arts and cultural, and historical attractions right outside your front door. From high-end amenities to gourmet dining and more, experience the best of city and suburban life at our upscale senior living community located on the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill.

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

Each of our 92 independent living apartments is the height of luxury and modernity, with sophisticated design, upscale features and stunning views of the city. Create the urban senior living experience you want with one- or two-bedroom apartments, a variety of floor plans and monthly rentals.

Senior Living Supportive Services

As an over-62 community, residents may require support from time to time. That’s why we’ve developed an on-site coordinated care program, in cooperation with our premier community partners, that allows our independent living residents to receive the assistance they need.

The best part? Residents don’t have to leave our senior living community – or even their apartment – to receive high-quality support. They can receive the services they need, when they need it, in the comfort of their own homes or in our on-site therapy gym.

Waterstone at the Circle is the opposite of retiring . . . it’s a place to enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Call 617.431.1880 for more information or to schedule a visit to our premier Boston independent living community and discover The Circle lifestyle today!