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The United States is full of great things to see and do, but sometimes, it’s great to just be a tourist in your hometown – or, in our residents’ case – in the location of their ideally situated retirement community. In the heart of White Plains, New York, Waterstone of Westchester’s senior living residents enjoy a range of fine retailers, dining venues, cultural events, and attractions. What makes it even better, though, is the ability to explore with grandchildren of all ages.

Whether your grandchildren live nearby and visit frequently or are coming from afar to visit you at your senior living community, you can be prepared for a summer packed with fun by checking out some of the many things to do in White Plains!

The Best Places in White Plains to Check Out with Your Grandkids

When it comes to White Plains in Westchester County, kids and adults alike can enjoy a world of entertainment. With activities for those who are younger, older – and young at heart – there’s something for everyone.

Visit World-Class Shopping Centers and Stores

When your grandchildren visit, you can all get started on this season’s shopping – or plan for next school year’s wardrobe! Located close to the flagship Bloomingdales and a range of other shopping venues in downtown White Plains, your grandkids can be set in style.

If shopping is not hands-on enough for them, or if they are just a little too young to delight in an afternoon of shopping, they may enjoy a chance to make fun memories by visiting the LEGO® Store at The Westchester, or by making a furry friend at Build-a-Bear Workshop®.

Sample of Some of Your Favorite Dining Venues Together

Want to spice up your dining adventures and give your grandkids a well-rounded taste of the city you love? Take a progressive tour of your favorite restaurants and dining venues! Begin by stopping at one location for appetizers, then visit another restaurant for entrées, and finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with dessert at your go-to spot.

If that’s too much food to handle or if you’re looking for something more casual, visit your favorite brunch spot or share your favorite coffee shop with your teenage grandchildren. If they are 21 or over, show them your favorite place to stop for drinks with friends.

Visit the Farmers Market

From fresh produce to a fun time out, your grandkids can relish a taste of homegrown goodness at the local White Plains’ farmers market. Pick up some fruits and vegetables and get inspired to make a meal together at home. It’s a great way to savor quality time while cooking up some new favorite recipes.

Revel in Music, Stories and Performing Arts

Known as one of White Plains’ favorite outdoor activities, indulge in a range of outdoor concerts, stories and history shared by various artists. If you would rather sit down for a show or a theater production, the White Plains Performing Arts Center is certainly the place to go. Before establishing your plans, be sure to check out the calendar to see what’s going on or if any events have been added or changed.

Attend an Art Exhibition, Workshop or Event at ArtsWestchester

From art classes and festivals to workshops and lectures, those who love music, art and all things theater will love ArtsWestchester. Check out their events calendar for details about upcoming events, classes, educational opportunities and more.

Explore Nature or Get Outside and Get Active

Strap on your boots and navigate the hiking trails at Silver Lake Preserve or one of White Plains’ many other nature preserves. If your grandchildren are more into immersing themselves in the experience, stop at Cranberry Lake Preserve. At Cranberry Lake Preserve, they can participate in a nature program, explore interactive, educational displays, and see live animals.

Alternatively, release some energy and get some exercise by taking your grandkids to Saxon Woods Park. Here, there are plenty of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. Hit the playground, play a couple rounds of golf, or cool off and make a splash at the Saxon Woods splash pad.

Tips for Setting Off on Your Adventures

While it’s certainly fun to be spontaneous, planning can make your pursuits even more full of family fun. For a season of successful visits, try these tips.

Plan Out the Stops You’ll Be Visiting Together

One of the best parts of planning a trip is the excitement of knowing you’re visiting a place you’ve always wanted to experience. When planning places to visit and things to do together, make sure to consider their interests. Remember to try to find an activity that fits everyone’s preferences and abilities.

Dress for the Event and Plan for Bad Weather – Especially Outdoors

There is nothing worse than when the weather doesn’t cooperate. If you know you’ll be attending an outdoor event, be sure to pack essential items like sunscreen in case of high UV rays and an umbrella so you’re prepared in the event of rain. If you’re going to a park, make sure you are dressed to play!

Don’t Let Hunger Put a Stop to Your Fun

A trip can be quickly derailed by hunger, so it’s crucial to schedule time for meals or to pack various snacks and drinks.

Capture Plenty of Photographs

These memories with grandkids are precious, so it’s always a great idea to take as many pictures as possible. Make sure you don’t forget to be present in the photographs with your grandkids, too – even if they are just selfies!

Discover the Fun Beyond White Plains

Waterstone of Westchester is located near many great daytrip locations. With destinations like New York City, attractions in New England, surrounding amusement parks and more, it’s easy to simply get on a train and enjoy a new experience.

Plan Your Visit

For more information on planning a visit with your grandkids or to learn about some more fun places to visit in White Plains, contact our team. We’d be happy to share more about the great things our location offers seniors and their families!

If you are interested in a senior housing option that puts you close to all the action of White Plains and Westchester County, we can help. Schedule your visit for an inside look today.

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Waterstone of Westchester is a brand-new, premier independent living community in White Plains, NY. We’re close to exquisite shopping, fine dining and cultural attractions. Come visit our beautiful location and see how Waterstone puts wellness at the heart of our community.

When older adults move into a retirement community, they often find they have a renewed passion for creating a lasting impact. Whether through social activities or giving back, there are many ways for seniors to spend their new-found free time in a way that suits their passions. In fact, many find that volunteer work and community service are the perfect choice.

Benefits of Volunteering for Older Adults

Whether your volunteer pursuits are ongoing, or you simply want to embrace opportunities as they arise, there are many advantages that seniors who volunteer during their retirement can enjoy. The Mayo Clinic shares that improved physical and mental health, a sense of purpose, and nurtured relationships are some of the advantages you may experience when you volunteer.

Increased Satisfaction and Joy

When you’re volunteering, it’s hard not to feel a little spark of happiness in doing something good for others. The reality is that giving back to those in need isn’t just beneficial for the recipient, but it is also a fulfilling experience for the volunteer themselves. Giving back can:

  • Increase relaxation
  • Enhance happiness
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Lessen the effects of stress
  • Provide a renewed sense of purpose
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Positively impact confidence
  • Strengthen an older adult’s independence

Enhanced Physical Activity

Did you know that volunteering also helps seniors stay active? It’s true, according to the Mayo Clinic; volunteers often report better physical health than non-volunteers! So, if fitness is one of your goals during retirement, finding a volunteer opportunity that also keeps you active is a bonus.

A Decreased Risk of Social Isolation

Volunteering gives seniors the opportunity to be actively engaged with others for a common purpose. It allows them to meet new, interesting people and feel more connected to their community. The more involved a person is, the less likely they will have feelings of isolation and depression. In other words, more volunteering often equates to more socializing, which can sharpen cognitive skills, increase happiness and may even help seniors living longer!

Ways Seniors Are Volunteering

If you have a passion for helping others, giving back or simply caring, options abound! No matter your interests, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available for you to try out.

  • Volunteer at a pet or homeless shelter
  • Read to kindergarten classes or tutor high school students
  • Spend time with those who are home-bound or are in skilled nursing
  • Begin volunteering with a local health care service
  • Educate other older adults about their senior care and living options
  • Share your talents by teaching a class or organizing activities
  • Host monthly dinners for new senior living community residents
  • Show prospective residents around your community
  • Donate clothing to local shelters or churches
  • Volunteer your time at a local food bank
  • Ask your local place of worship what their biggest needs are for volunteers

Local Volunteer Opportunities in Westchester County

For those interested in volunteering locally, there are many opportunities close to White Plains and in the greater Westchester area. Check out some of these organizations that may offer a good fit for your volunteer interests and talents.

Lifting Up Westchester

This organization strives to restore hope to Westchester County’s homeless individuals and families by providing food, shelter and support – and in turn creating a stronger society. Volunteers are needed for after-school mentoring, summer camps, outreach programs, maintenance projects, administrative tasks and more.

Humane Society of Westchester

Those who love animals can find volunteer opportunities at this local shelter.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam

The goal of the United Way is to help residents in Westchester and Putnam become more self-sufficient and thrive in a stronger local community. Learn more about volunteer opportunities on their website.

Feeding Westchester

At Feeding Westchester, the mission is to bring healthy meals to those in Westchester County who don’t have access to the food they need to thrive. Volunteers play an important role in the fight against hunger – from raising funds to packing food and more.

DOROT

DOROT is a non-profit organization that is focused on making a positive impact on the lives of older adults in Westchester. They offer one-time, periodic and weekly volunteer opportunities that range from visitation to teaching classes to office work and more.

My Sister’s Place

This non-profit organization located in White Plains is committed to ending domestic violence and human trafficking. Volunteers are invited to participate in fundraisers or to send handmade notes, pictures, poems, etc. to share with the women and families they are supporting. Learn more about the organization and available volunteer opportunities online.

Do you have any additional ideas for ways to volunteer locally? If you’d like to share them with us or learn how our own residents are getting involved, contact us today. We’d love to show you around and give you an inside look at our lifestyle!

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Waterstone of Westchester is the area’s premier independent living community. We’re close to exquisite shopping, close to fine dining, close to volunteer opportunities and close to your heart. Come visit our beautiful location and see what Waterstone can offer you.

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Top Benefits of Independent Living

For active seniors looking for a carefree environment, an independent living community provides the life-enriching amenities and convenient services needed to help them live life to the fullest. Premier senior living communities like Waterstone of Westchester offer the perfect setting for an exciting, wellness-focused lifestyle – complete with fun activities, socializing with friends and exploring new interests. All of this without the hassles that come along with homeownership.

Are you in the search for a retirement community that fits your lifestyle and preferences? Keep reading to explore some of the greatest benefits that independent living has to offer, including why retiring in White Plains, NY might be the move for you.

Top Benefits of Senior Independent Living

1. Maintenance-Free

Home maintenance is no longer a worry for seniors who reside in a senior living community. The outside of your new home is well-maintained by the team at your retirement community – from snow and leaf removal to mowing grass and pruning trees. Within your luxury independent living apartment, you never have to worry about broken appliances or a leaky faucet. We’ve got you covered. Plus, many senior living communities like Waterstone of Westchester offer regular housekeeping services to help your home continue to look its best.


2. Simplified Finances

You can say goodbye to keeping track of household bills if you move into an independent living community. At Waterstone of Westchester, your monthly fee covers utilities, weekly housekeeping, gourmet meals, access to the fitness center and indoor pool – as well as all other community programs, events and five-star amenities and services.

3. Nutrition

High-quality, forward-thinking senior living dining programs are on the rise in the United States. Communities like Waterstone of Westchester offer an exquisite culinary experience, featuring freshly prepared, seasonal selections served with impeccable hospitality within our multiple dining venues. For those with special dietary needs, accommodations can be made by the chef.

4. Physical Fitness

It is common knowledge that physical health and fitness are key components to living a happy life. Physical fitness is often a focus for independent senior living communities, offering activities such as tai chi, walking clubs, yoga, stretching, strength training and more. At Waterstone of Westchester, wellness is our cornerstone. We offer a state-of-the-art fitness center, heated indoor pool and a mind-body studio staffed by personal trainers.

5. Scheduled Activities

Independent living communities are designed to provide an enriching lifestyle full of opportunities that appeal to a variety of interests. At Waterstone of Westchester, there is something for everyone – from lifelong learning and art classes to chef demonstrations and cultural programs. We also plan trips to local attractions and fun destinations.

6. Socialization

Whether it is scheduled games, book clubs or social hours, independent living offers the ideal setting and a wide range of opportunities to engage and connect with friends. Within a senior living community, new friendships wait just outside your door. Explore a new hobby. Take a yoga class. Go shopping with a friend. Enjoy a gourmet meal in the dining room. Join the conversation by the fire pit. It all awaits you at a luxury senior living community like Waterstone of Westchester.

7. Safety and Security

Not only does a senior living community provide you with security in terms of a plan for the future, but it also provides a range of other benefits such as 24-hour concierge services and safety measures throughout the community.

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Why White Plains Offers an Ideal Retirement Location

Making the decision on where to retire is one of life’s most significant choices. Friends and places that are important to you can be tough to leave behind. But rather than packing up and shipping out to balmy Florida, consider the benefits of moving to senior living in historic White Plains, which is situated in Westchester County.

Retirees living in Westchester County have the advantage of a quieter and calmer lifestyle – but with easy access to the hustle and bustle of New York City’s attractions, restaurants and shopping.

With all of the amenities Westchester County offers, retiring today is easier and more enjoyable than ever before. Keep reading to discover the five best perks to retirement living in White Plains, NY.

1. The finest things can be found right here in Westchester County.

Families often come here for the purpose of raising their children and never want to leave! The neighborhoods are filled with shops, restaurants, and fine arts establishments. Westchester County is home to parks and nature preserves, golfing and respected universities.

2. Westchester County offers a wide range of activities.

In addition to museums, theaters, historic sites, and other areas of interest, Westchester County boasts dozens of other attractions such as Kykuit, home to the expansive gardens and galleries of John D. Rockefeller’s former estate. Specifically in White Plains, residents at Waterstone of Westchester are just a short walk from world-class shops, including the flagship Bloomingdale’s and many other fine retailers and restaurants.

3. New York City is just a short train ride away.

With an express train ride, New York City is less than an hour from White Plains. Waterstone of Westchester is conveniently located, making it easy for residents to access New York City’s events, shows, theaters and shops.

4. You’ll have the access to the healthcare you need.

With 18 hospitals in the county, including White Plains Hospital just minutes from Waterstone of Westchester, it’s peace of mind with quality healthcare facilities and services nearby.

5. The natural world is always close by.

There are more than 50 county parks in Westchester County! Beaches, pools, hiking paths, and beautiful golf courses are easily accessible. You’ll be hard-pressed to run out of outdoor activities. Residents at Waterstone of Westchester will love exploring some of the nearby outdoor activities such as the Saxon Woods Park, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary and the Lasdon Park and Arboretum.

Waterstone of Westchester. Now This Is Home.

Waterstone of Westchester is the area’s premier independent living community. We’re close to exquisite shopping, close to fine dining and close to your heart. Come visit our beautiful location and see what Waterstone can offer you.

As you’re working on retirement planning and researching your options for independent living, you’ve probably started to notice that senior living communities are not all cut from the same cloth. From the size and style of apartments to the dining options to the types of programs and services offered, the differences between communities can be vast.

At Waterstone of Westchester, we understand that the wide range of options can sometimes make the process of planning and researching the community that’s right for you seem like an overwhelming task. To help check something off your list, we’ve put together a list of premier features that you may want to look for that can really elevate the senior living experience. If you want the best out of your retirement lifestyle, then be sure to visit a community like Waterstone of Westchester that offers the refined comforts and extra amenities to make life truly inspiring and carefree.

Fine Dining

Dining with ambiance and attention to detail is the pride of many retirement communities. Contrary to the idea of ‘cafeteria food’ offered at regimented times throughout the day, luxury senior living communities like Waterstone of Westchester hire highly trained chefs that create exceptional menus featuring fresh, seasonal favorites. They design their offerings not only with health and nutrition in mind but also a rich dining experience.

As you compare retirement communities, ask questions about the dining options available – and ask to sample a taste of what the residents enjoy every day. At Waterstone of Westchester, our culinary experience will rival the area’s best restaurants.

A Variety of Health and Wellness Programs

Among the services and amenities that you might look for in an independent living community are those that can support your health goals and commitment to wellness. As we age, our health needs may change, and it’s important to look for new, fresh ways to exercise our bodies and our minds.

At Waterstone of Westchester, you will have variety. Work out or relax in the heated indoor pool. Utilize our fully equipped fitness center to meet your personal goals with our experienced trainers. Attend a group fitness class with new friends. Lower your stress with a relaxing yoga session in the mind-body studio. Regardless of your current ability levels, the personal trainers at Waterstone will work with you toward success.

Outdoor Amenities

Perhaps overlooked features of premier senior living communities are the amenities that encourage spending time outdoors. Studies have linked outdoor recreation to decreased anxiety and depression. There are also benefits to physical health, like increased vitamin D intake.

At Waterstone of Westchester, fresh air can come in the form of a walk on local hiking paths, dining outdoors, sharing stories around the fire pit or having a quiet moment to yourself on the outdoor terrace.

Stimulating Programs and Activities

Retirement communities have often been compared to college campuses for seniors. One reason this is an apt comparison is because of the multitude of recreational and educational options available to you as a resident. Modern senior living offers you opportunities to discover new interests, continue pursuing passions, participate in cultural activities, and even go on trips to area attractions.

Your retirement should be what you want it to be and allow you to thrive while engaging in stimulating activities focused on your personal growth, happiness and fulfillment.

Community-Centered Events

Along with a diversity of activities, senior living communities like Waterstone of Westchester also provide opportunities to make meaningful connections with other residents. Having your social and emotional needs met is integral to your overall health. When you visit a community, ask about their programming and regularly scheduled cultural and recreational activities.

At Waterstone of Westchester, you will find that great care will be taken to provide residents with opportunities to connect with one another over meaningful topics, lively events or interesting experiences. We all find meaning in our relationships, so whether you are introverted or extroverted, these offerings will be important. At your leisure, you’ll be able to partake in the events that interest you most.

Concierge Services

Often, one of the motivating reasons that older adults transition into an independent living community is because they are tired of keeping up with the maintenance of their homes.

At senior living communities like Waterstone of Westchester, you will benefit not only from weekly housekeeping and apartment maintenance, but you will no longer need to worry about raking leaves or shoveling snow. Plus, our dedicated concierge services and black car transportation add an extra layer of convenience.

Bright and Inviting Spaces

Sometimes we underestimate the importance of architecture and design. Spaces where we feel comfortable or that enhance our experiences add quality to our lives. Before making any decisions about where to spend your retirement, make sure you visit the community and check out the living accommodations and community spaces firsthand.

The spacious floor plans and unique details of the apartments at Waterstone of Westchester were designed for luxury, style and the ultimate in convenience. Each apartment features abundant natural light, a designer kitchen, open spaces and exceptional finishes. They offer the perfect retreat from your active, on-the-go retirement lifestyle.

Come Home to Waterstone of Westchester

Among your choices for the ultimate senior living experience is the curated elegance you’ll find at Waterstone of Westchester in White Plains, NY. To see what awaits you, contact our Senior Advisor and schedule your personal visit today.

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The Benefits of Moving to Senior Living Sooner

Conventional wisdom says you’re as young as you feel.

It’s no secret that seniors sometimes feel they are too young to join a senior living community. But the truth is, if you meet the minimum age requirement, which is often 62, you’re likely to love your new lifestyle. Senior living communities are seeing younger and younger residents moving in – and there’s a reason. Today’s communities, like Waterstone of Westchester, are places for older adults to thrive – with unmatched opportunities for expanded social life, lifelong learning, fitness programs, exposure to new interests and hobbies, and so much more.

Choosing an age to move often has more to do with what the community offers than your stage of life. Maybe you’re ready to be done with the hassle of home maintenance. Or it could be that living at home has left you seeking more social activity.

Whatever your reason, keep reading to learn about some of the top benefits of moving into independent living sooner rather than later.

Smoothing the Transition

When moving to a retirement community, the younger you are, the easier the process will be. As we age, the moving process can pose unforeseen challenges, both emotionally and physically. Moving when you are younger means you’ll likely have a stronger interest in building connections to your community – and finding new things to learn, explore and do every day. Moving to independent living also means being settled and feeling right at home if or when you do need some extra support.

New Friendships

Our retirement years mean new experiences as well as new acquaintances. In a tight-knit senior living community, new friendships are bound to blossom. Moving to independent living guarantees you’ll be around fun and interesting people that you can relate to – with so many activities to enjoy together.

Get a Wellness Boost

Senior living communities like Waterstone of Westchester have a strong emphasis on residents’ health and wellness. Wellness programs are a key benefit that you’ll enjoy to the fullest and will keep you feeling young! Choose from pampering yourself at the salon, getting a lesson from the personal trainer or swimming in the heated pool.

Amenities and Services

Moving in sooner might also help you to enjoy more fully the amenities and services each community has to offer. Waterstone of Westchester features a wide array of five-star amenities and programs designed to help residents fully engage in community life. Older adults who enjoy exercise and adventure, take note.

Enjoying an Independent Lifestyle

In your standard independent living community, life would be good. At Waterstone of Westchester, our community will offer a premium lifestyle with unmatched style, service and convenience. Here, your retirement life will be full of possibilities. Shop downtown, enjoy a movie in the theater, enjoy gourmet dining in our restaurant, or be creative in the art studio. No matter your interests, we have something for you.

Waterstone of Westchester. Now This Is Home.

Waterstone of Westchester is the area’s premier independent senior living community. We’re close to exquisite shopping, close to fine dining and close to your heart. Come visit our beautiful location and see what Waterstone can offer you.

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Essential Steps in Building a Retirement You’ll Be Grateful For

Everyone has their own idea of what the ideal retirement looks like. For you, it may mean traveling the world or checking off items on your bucket list. For some, it may mean more time for golf, gardening or a new hobby. And for others, it may simply mean enjoying more time with family and loved ones.

Once you determine what it is that will bring you joy in retirement, it’s time to start building your retirement plan and determining how to get there. Regardless of your financial situation, experts say these basic retirement principles apply: reduce spending, plan for surprises, make conservative decisions on retirement savings and Social Security, and, if possible, continue earning income.

The new year is a great time to review where you stand and to start creating a pre-retirement checklist. Here are some steps experts say to take to ensure you can live the retirement you’ve worked to achieve.

Define Your Ultimate Retirement

The first step in preparing for retirement is to define what the ultimate retirement means to you. A good starting point: List your top five goals. For now, focus on ideas and not your budget. Be as specific as you can. The more detailed you are about what you want to have in retirement – the more tangible those ideas become. Think about where you want to be located, the type of residence you want to have and the lifestyle that you’re expecting.

Review Assets


Likely, you started saving for retirement more than 30 years ago. If so, you should have a good idea of how much you’ve saved up for your retirement nest egg. It’s important to know your total asset amount. How much is your monthly take-home pay? How much do you have in your retirement account or 401k plans? How much is in your bank account?

Consider any nontraditional assets you could potentially use to fund your senior living lifestyle. Nontraditional assets might include valuable antiques or a hobby or skill that could earn you extra cash in retirement.

Evaluate Health

Living well in retirement means making your health a priority. Schedule your checkups and preventive exams now. Think about scheduling everything from an annual wellness physical to a routine cleaning with your dentist. At each appointment, work with your provider on a plan to maintain or improve your health. Commit (or recommit) to eating healthy, exercising, and getting enough sleep.

Stay mentally sharp with lifelong learning, brain games and books. Be sure to stay in close contact with friends and family. Socialization will not only help you maintain your physical and mental health, but experts say it may also help fight depression and anxiety that sometimes arises once retired.

Create a Health Insurance Strategy

Americans are eligible to enroll in Medicare at age 65, but this should be only the beginning of your retirement health insurance strategy. Remember to plan for things like co-pays, additional premiums and other uncovered medical expenses that you may experience in your senior years. Most retirees pay out-of-pocket expenses from their retirement savings account, so be sure to factor those costs into your plans.

Decide How Much You Want To Work

Often, retirement doesn’t mean seniors completely stop working. Many retirees tend to stay in the workforce at least part-time, either continuing in their field of expertise or even venturing into new endeavors that are close to their hearts. Consider how much longer you want to work and how you want to spend the bulk of your time in retirement.

Network via Social Media

AARP suggests including a social media strategy in your retirement plan. Social media is fast becoming one of the most effective ways to build relationships that can help you grow your network in retirement. This strategy may involve spending time on Twitter or LinkedIn, but it’s an easy way to converse with those who share your skills and interests. Be prepared to answer such questions as “How can you use your talents and experience to contribute to an organization or cause?”

Prepare for the Unexpected

Consider how you would respond to a minor issue like an unplanned home repair. Then consider what happens if a more serious issue like a major health crisis arises. It’s especially important to discuss healthcare issues with your family. What care would you want, or what would you want to do if there was an illness in the family?

Consider costs for things like in-home care or senior living. Do you have long-term care insurance, or will you need to take a distribution from a retirement account? Making your plan now prepares you for the unexpected so you don’t get caught off guard later.

A Good Team

Be sure to have a solid team in place so you are well supported when the time arises. Your team should include an elder law or estate planning attorney, financial advisor, accountant and a primary care provider. This multidisciplinary team can help ensure all aspects of your life are addressed: financial, health and overall well-being.

Reflect on Your Lifestyle

For some, the most important consideration is around the lifestyle they want to have during their senior years. Rather than lowering your expectations for what life might look like in retirement – think of how you can elevate your current lifestyle.

At Waterstone of Westchester, residents will enjoy dynamic social, cultural, and recreational opportunities at every turn. They will delight in a gourmet culinary experience. They will take advantage of the first-class amenities designed to make life more enriching. Best of all, they will have all of this with the added benefit of at-your-service hospitality and a luxury, maintenance-free apartment home.

With these steps and ideas in mind, you’ll be well on your way to building a retirement lifestyle you’ll be grateful for – one that matches your goals for the future.

Now Accepting Reservations!

We look forward to introducing you to the definitive, distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone of Westchester and welcoming you as one of the first residents of our community. For more information or to reserve your space, please call 914.295.2177 and discover how you can help shape the future of our premier rental community for seniors 62 and over.

Live the Life You Love. Opening Early 2022.

Welcome home to Waterstone of Westchester – a community that takes the idea of home to an entirely new level. In this premier independent senior living community, you’ll thrive in curated elegance and style in a beautifully appointed apartment with designer finishes. Plus, enjoy connecting with friends and team members in our welcoming common areas.

Located right in the heart of White Plains, Waterstone of Westchester is the perfect sophisticated, urban setting for active seniors. Directly across from the flagship Bloomingdale’s, the community is just a short walk away from the finest shops and restaurants and less than a mile from I-287, making it easy to get away and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Waterstone of Westchester offers independent living for active, independent seniors while also providing supportive care services through an innovative partnership with VNS Westchester. As a rental community, residents enjoy a maintenance-free, carefree life with no steep entrance fees. Delicious dining, a focus on wellness and engaging programs are always on the menu.

Continue living your dream life here at Waterstone of Westchester. Fill your days with favorite pastimes, delicious and healthy meals, stimulating exercises and educational programs. Enjoy spending time in your beautifully designed apartment, alone or with friends – because everything here is designed to make you feel right at home.

Welcome to Waterstone of Westchester! Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling 914.295.2177.

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When Is the Right Time To Move to Senior Living?

It used to be that moving to senior living was something that people wanted to avoid at all costs. Nowadays, senior living has turned into something that people are looking forward to. Still, many older adults wonder when is the right time to move to senior living.

“The best age to move into independent living is, really, now,” says Lauren Freifeld, Executive Director of Waterstone of Westchester, a new premier rental retirement community coming to White Plains, NY. “Moving to senior living is a significant life change, no doubt about it, but it’s a life change that can really elevate your lifestyle and make it easy to age in a healthy, active manner.”

Granted, many seniors choose to wait until their “older” senior years to make a move, but the average age of an independent living resident is currently dropping as more and more options open for the active adult market. These days, you can find individuals in their early 60s moving to independent living in order to make the most out of their retirement.

Still, it can be a little difficult – maybe even scary – to make a big decision like that. Lauren says that’s why it’s important to consider the steps and understand when you are ready to make a move. “What age to move into a retirement community depends completely on the individual,” she explains. “There’s no right or wrong time; it’s only when you’re ready and comfortable to make this exciting change in your life.”

How do I know if I’m ready for senior living?

If you answer “yes” to more than one of these questions, you may be ready to move into retirement living:

  • Are you tired of dealing with the chores and headaches of homeownership?
  • Would you like to live somewhere that allows you to age with ease?
  • Do you want a more active social life?
  • Do you like the idea of an all-inclusive luxury lifestyle?

How is senior living different from independent living at home?

Sure, living at home is technically independent living. But independent living in a community is so much more. It’s all the benefits of living independently and actively, without having to deal with repairs, yardwork, grocery shopping, cleaning or anything else like that … ever again. Instead, it’s a little like living in an all-inclusive resort. Everything is taken care of for you, leaving your time free to do the things you want and love to do. Since communities have a robust calendar of events and a variety of amenities – like art studios, movie theatres and fitness centers, to name a few – you’ll find plenty to do each and every day.

What should I look for in terms of amenities and services?

Here’s what to look for in independent living facilities when you’re ready to take the plunge:

  • A maintenance-free lifestyle. You’ll never have to deal with repairs, yardwork or surprise fixes again – everything’s taken care of for you.
  • Delicious dining prepared by your personal chef. Independent living communities offer a dining experience to rival some of the finest restaurants – and it’s available every day. Waterstone communities have professionally trained chefs on staff who direct a high-quality team in creating nutritious and delicious menus.
  • A health and wellness lifestyle. Staying healthy means more than just eating right and getting exercise. Communities have redesigned their lifestyles in order to focus on health and wellness, providing an atmosphere that allows seniors to remain healthy and active for as long as possible.
  • Choice and freedom. Ultimately, the independent living community you choose should offer you choice and freedom for all your days – which will give you the retirement you deserve.

Moving to senior living is a big decision, but by understanding your options and the differences available, you’ll be able to find the perfect solution for you or another senior loved one.

Now Accepting Reservations!

We look forward to introducing you to the definitive, distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone of Westchester and welcoming you as one of the first residents of our new community. For more information or to reserve your space, please call 914.295.2177 and discover how you can help shape the future of our premier rental community for seniors 62 and over.

Live the Life You Love. Opening Early 2022.

Welcome home to Waterstone of Westchester – a community that takes the idea of home to an entirely new level. In this premier independent senior living community, you’ll thrive in curated elegance and style in a beautifully appointed apartment with designer finishes. Plus, enjoy connecting with friends and team members in our welcoming common areas.

Located right in the heart of White Plains, Waterstone of Westchester is the perfect sophisticated, urban setting for active seniors. Directly across from the flagship Bloomingdale’s, the community is just a short walk away from the finest shops and restaurants and less than a mile from I-287, making it easy to get away and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Waterstone of Westchester offers independent living for active, independent seniors while also providing supportive care services through an innovative partnership with VNS Westchester. As a rental community, residents enjoy a maintenance-free, carefree life with no steep entrance fees. Delicious dining, a focus on wellness and engaging programs are always on the menu.

Continue living your dream life here at Waterstone of Westchester. Fill your days with favorite pastimes, delicious and healthy meals, stimulating exercises and educational programs. Enjoy spending time in your beautifully designed apartment, alone or with friends – because everything here is designed to make you feel right at home.

Welcome to Waterstone of Westchester! Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling 914.295.2177.

Seniors today aren’t just living longer – they’re living better. Today’s older generation has placed a huge importance on health and wellness, and as a result, today’s retirement communities have risen to the challenge by providing a senior living lifestyle that focuses on wellness – body, mind and soul.

Wellness means a lot more than just eating right and getting enough exercise,” says Lauren Freifeld, Executive Director of Waterstone of Westchester, a premier rental retirement community coming to White Plains, NY in 2022. “It means taking care of every aspect of yourself, trying new things, making new friends and discovering new depths within yourselves.”

This idea of holistic wellness takes into consideration that our body is greater than the sum of its parts. “This approach is what drove us to design the refined, engaging lifestyle at Waterstone of Westchester,” says Lauren. “Our brand-new independent living community has been designed to help residents care for every facet of their well-being. From delicious, chef-prepared dining to daily programs designed for their passions and dreams to our on-site fitness and wellness center, residents will be able to live life to the fullest.”

Waterstone of Westchester offers a lifestyle of curated elegance and style designed to help you thrive and achieve holistic wellness. Here are six ways Waterstone of Westchester promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Maintenance-Free Independent Living Apartments

Home is where the heart is, and at Waterstone of Westchester, you’ll love where you live. Our one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments will offer multiple floor plan designs and feature high-end finishes. Apartments will contain designer kitchens with stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops, well-appointed bathrooms with quartz countertops, tile floors and walk-in showers, individually controlled heating and cooling systems, spacious walk-in closets and a stackable, in-unit washer/dryer. It’s everything you need to live the good life.

A Prime Location

What better way to find endless opportunities and things to enjoy than living near everything you love? Waterstone of Westchester is in the heart of suburban Manhattan, close to family, friends and all the excitement you love. Our community is just a short walk from world-class shops, including the flagship Bloomingdale’s and other fine retailers and restaurants. We’re centrally located to every place you want to go. Don’t want to drive? Scheduled black car transportation and concierge services are available to help get you where you need to be.

A Focus on Health and Fitness

The importance that physical health and wellness play in holistic aging can’t be overlooked. That’s why Waterstone of Westchester ensures you can take charge of your health and achieve a level of wellness you can be proud of. Our wellness center staff is always ready to direct you down the path to better health, no matter your routine or level of commitment. The choice is yours, and the pleasure is ours.

Exceptional Amenities

What do “exceptional amenities” mean? That means things like a media room and theater. A mind-body studio and juice bar. It means a full-service salon, covered parking and regularly scheduled cultural, social and recreational events. It means an events calendar filled with engaging activities based on your passions and dreams. It’s the way that everything is designed to help you live the independent senior lifestyle you crave.

Restaurant-style Gourmet Dining

Dining is a cornerstone of our life and culture, and it’s elevated to new heights at Waterstone of Westchester. Each meal is an experience to be savored. Our professional chefs prepare delectable, seasonal and gourmet cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients to please every palate and dietary requirement. It’s truly farm-to-table dining. We have a variety of on-site dining venues that are open all day, meaning dining is at your convenience. No matter what you’re in the mood for, our table is always set.

Supportive Care Services

Wellness involves staying up to date on medications and making sure you’re receiving supportive care if you need it. Waterstone of Westchester is dedicated to giving you the means to live the life you desire through our partnership with VNS Westchester. Together, we will provide supportive on-site care services, allowing residents to receive needed care without having to leave our campus. Care services may include home health coordination, medication management, personal support, geriatric primary and specialty care, and routine wellness visits.

“Waterstone of Westchester is wellness redefined for seniors,” says Lauren. “We’re looking forward to providing our residents with a dynamic retirement lifestyle, as well as the tools and services they need to continue to live with optimal wellness.”

Now Accepting Reservations!

We look forward to introducing you to the definitive, distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone of Westchester and welcoming you as one of the first residents of our community. For more information or to reserve your space, please call 914.295.2177 and discover how you can help shape the future of our premier rental community for seniors 62 and over.

Live the Life You Love. Opening Early 2022.

Welcome home to Waterstone of Westchester – a community that takes the idea of home to an entirely new level. In this premier independent senior living community, you’ll thrive in curated elegance and style in a beautifully appointed apartment with designer finishes. Plus, enjoy connecting with friends and team members in our welcoming common areas.

Located right in the heart of White Plains, Waterstone of Westchester is the perfect sophisticated, urban setting for active seniors. Directly across from the flagship Bloomingdale’s, the community is just a short walk away from the finest shops and restaurants and less than a mile from I-287, making it easy to get away and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Waterstone of Westchester offers independent living for active, independent seniors while also providing supportive care services through an innovative partnership with VNS Westchester. As a rental community, residents enjoy a maintenance-free, carefree life with no steep entrance fees. Delicious dining, a focus on wellness and engaging programs are always on the menu.

Continue living your dream life here at Waterstone of Westchester. Fill your days with favorite pastimes, delicious and healthy meals, stimulating exercises and educational programs. Enjoy spending time in your beautifully designed apartment, alone or with friends – because everything here is designed to make you feel right at home.

Welcome to Waterstone of Westchester! Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling 914.295.2177.

Do you know someone who, no matter their age, always appears to be youthful and vibrant? We all seem to be striving for eternal youth, and some individuals are more successful at it than others. What’s their secret? The answer lies in their lifestyles, says Charlene Yerkovich, Senior Advisor of Waterstone of Westchester, a new luxury rental retirement community coming to White Plains, NY.

“Aging gracefully is simply about caring for yourself through whole-person wellness,” says Charlene. “It’s not about trying to look younger than you are or even act younger than you are. It’s about living a lifestyle that helps you stay healthy in mind, body and soul. It’s not about fighting the aging process; it’s about embracing it and taking steps to care for yourself at every stage.”

The first step, Charlene says, is to forget everything that society tells you about growing older. “Look in any magazine and you’ll see countless messages about how cherished youth and beauty is, but look instead at the benefits that you’ve gained: a strong sense of self, a better financial footing and wisdom that comes from many years of experience.”

A positive attitude is a great place to launch an “aging gracefully” wellness-focused lifestyle. Once you’ve set that as a goal, here are some other steps you can take to ensure you’re living healthy, happy and well.

Baby your skin.

Did you know that your skin is your body’s largest organ? Just as you do your best to protect your other (internal) organs, caring for your skin can go a long way to helping you stay healthy and aging gracefully. Taking care of your skin will better protect your body from the elements and help you keep a regulated body temperature. Good skin care also helps reduce your risk of melanomas … and also can protect against wrinkles. Be sure to wear sunscreen regularly, stay hydrated and get yearly skin cancer screenings.

Get plenty of exercise.

Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy. Getting at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of regular aerobic exercise reduces your risk of cancer, heart disease and other diseases. It also reduces stress, boosts your mood and improves overall physical health. What’s not to love? It’s generally recommended that adults get 2.5 to 5 hours a week of moderate-intensity exercise, as well as muscle-strengthening activities two or more days a week. Some great exercises for older adults include walking, swimming, cycling, dancing and gardening. Don’t think you have to sweat it out at the gym to get your daily allotment of exercise – even a little bit of exercise goes a long way. Look for ways to increase physical activity in your everyday life by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from the store or doing leg lifts while you’re standing at the counter.

Eat a healthy diet.

You are what you eat, and a healthy diet helps ensure a healthy lifestyle. Make sure that you’re eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, whole grains and low-fat dairy. Stay away from fatty meats, processed foods, refined sugars and too much salt. Eating well will help reduce your risk of a variety of different diseases, as well as keep you feeling well throughout the day.

Lower your stress.

Stress can significantly affect your body, from premature aging to higher risks of heart disease and more. That’s why it’s so important to relieve stress and live a lifestyle that is conducive to your mental health. Some ways to reduce stress in your life are:

  • Practicing relaxation techniques that pair the mind and body, such as meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises.
  • Spending time with friends and loved ones – Meaningful relationships have long been linked to a better quality of life and longevity
  • Keep a positive attitude about getting older – Studies show that people who have an optimistic outlook can live longer and recover more quickly from various ailments and injuries.
  • Do something you enjoy daily and seek out opportunities for happiness, such as enjoyable hobbies or activities.

Keep on top of your health.

Make sure you’re seeing your doctor regularly and getting a yearly physical. Staying on top of your health can help you and your doctor identify problems early or even before they start. Ask your physician how often you should be having checkups and screening tests. Make sure that, if you have a chronic condition such as hypertension or diabetes, you’re adhering to your medication schedule and paying attention to any changes.

Get a good night’s sleep.

A good night’s sleep is like a “reboot” for your brain and body. Research has shown that deep sleep helps purge the brain of toxins that could be linked to mental decline and illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease. Plus, good sleep improves your mood, boosts your physical health and makes your skin look great. In order to ensure the best chance for sleep, make sure that your bedroom is at a comfortable temperature, is dark enough and is quiet enough. Adopt a bedtime routine where screens are turned off at least an hour before bedtime. Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine too late in the evening, which can disrupt your sleep cycle.

Keep learning every day.

Finding new hobbies and activities – or even picking up old ones that have fallen by the wayside – will keep your brain nimble and active and help stave off cognitive decline, boredom and even loneliness. Learning doesn’t have to involve hitting the books (although if you decide you want to go back to school, there are many courses of study for older adults). Playing games, making music or even socializing with friends are all great ways to fire up your brain cells and keep you active, engaged and happy.

“Age really can be a state of mind,” says Charlene. “Living a lifestyle that’s focused on wellness and dedicated to making the most of each day can do wonders for your mental, physical and emotional health and help you feel years younger than you actually are. Our premier rental retirement community is focused on providing a maintenance-free, carefree lifestyle focused on whole-body wellness to help our residents age gracefully and live well every day.”

Now Accepting Reservations!

We look forward to introducing you to the definitive, distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone of Westchester and welcoming you as one of the first residents at our community. For more information or to reserve your space, please call 914.295.2177 and discover how you can help shape the future of our luxury rental community for seniors 62 and over.

Live the Life You Love. Opening Early 2022.

Welcome home to Waterstone of Westchester – a community that takes the idea of home to an entirely new level. In this premier independent senior living community, you’ll thrive in curated elegance and style in a beautifully appointed apartment with designer finishes. Plus, enjoy connecting with friends and team members in our welcoming common areas.

Located right in the heart of White Plains, Waterstone of Westchester is the perfect sophisticated, urban setting for active seniors. Directly across from the flagship Bloomingdale’s, the community is just a short walk away from the finest shops and restaurants and less than a mile from I-287, making it easy to get away and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Waterstone of Westchester offers independent living for active, independent seniors while also providing supportive care services through an innovative partnership with VNS Westchester. As a rental community, residents enjoy a maintenance-free, carefree life with no steep entrance fees. Delicious dining, a focus on wellness and engaging programs are always on the menu.

Continue living your dream life, here, at Waterstone of Westchester. Fill your days with favorite pastimes, delicious and healthy meals, stimulating exercises and educational programs. Enjoy spending time in your beautifully designed apartment, alone or with friends – because everything here is designed to make you feel right at home.

Welcome to Waterstone of Westchester! Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling 914.295.2177.