Dining Choices Matter: Five Types of Foods To Prevent Strokes

Strokes occur when blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to the brain are blocked or rupture. Did you know:

  • Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke
  • Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke
  • Every 3.5 minutes, someone dies of a stroke
  • About 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked
  • Stroke risk increases with age

According to an article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this is true – and alarming. What can you do to help prevent a stroke? Before we cover that, we need to be aware of what exactly causes them.

Most often, strokes occur because of risk factors like high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, obesity, and medical conditions like atrial fibrillation, heart disease, and diabetes, according to the CDC. Although quitting smoking and increasing physical activity can be helpful, you should also reduce your risk of stroke through food choices.

Reduce trans fats and saturated fats, manage high cholesterol and blood sugar, and follow a heart-healthy stroke diet consisting of the following foods.

1 | Fruits and Vegetables

Rich in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins while being low in calories, fruits and veggies are a great way to manage your risk of stroke. Try eating more of these for better health:

  • Blueberries and strawberries
  • Oranges and grapefruit
  • Bananas
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Kale and spinach
  • Onions
  • Peppers

2 | Whole Grains

Foods like oatmeal, whole grain bread, bagels, wraps and pitas, quinoa, whole grain pasta, and brown rice are high in fiber, iron and vitamin B, helping to manage other conditions that can lead to a stroke.

3 | Low-Fat Dairy

Dairy products carry vitamin D, calcium and other nutrients that could lower your risk of stroke. Instead of reaching for high-fat dairy products, reach for those with a lower fat content – or none at all.

  • No-fat or low-fat milk
  • Low-fat yogurt, especially those high in probiotics
  • Low-fat cheeses
  • Light cream cheese or cottage cheese

4 | Lean Protein

Many fish are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which support good cholesterol and blood pressure. Aim to eat salmon, tuna and other types of fish often to reduce your stroke risk. You can also eat other lean proteins, like chicken, and even vegetable protein and nuts like almonds to reduce your risk.

Avoid eating a lot of red meat, which is known to increase your risk.

5 | Healthy Oils

The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, shares that certain types of oils can be healthier for you than other types. These can include:

  • Canola
  • Corn
  • Olive
  • Peanut
  • Safflower
  • Soybean
  • Sunflower
  • Avocado
  • Grapeseed
  • Rice Bran
  • Sesame

Try to use these oils as opposed to butter, margarine and tropical oils like coconut and palm oil, which can be bad for your health.

Savor healthy, delicious meals prepared for you.

Waterstone at Wellesley knows how important the right diet can be for managing health. This is why our chefs take the time to get to know you, your health conditions, your needs, and your tastes. With this knowledge, they create healthy, nutritious meals tailored to you.

What can you expect from Waterstone at Wellesley dining experience?

Led by our executive chef, our culinary choices and experiences rival those of a five-star restaurant. Residents enjoy the finest cuisine featuring:

  • A seasonal, evolving menu of distinctive chef-prepared meals
  • Fresh, locally sourced ingredients
  • Anytime dining at our restaurant
  • Al fresco dining available

This, tied together with wellness opportunities, helps our residents prevent strokes and other health conditions, ensuring they can live as healthy and happy as possible.

For more information on how a healthy diet can help prevent strokes, contact our team. Or, for more senior resources, visit our blog.


Waterstone at Wellesley offers independent living and assisted living options in Wellesley along the bank of the Charles River. Schedule a visit today to experience our lifestyle and learn how we help seniors thrive.

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

Discover Premier Living at Waterstone at the Circle

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

Engaging Programs and Events

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

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

Read more about our programming on our website.

A Prime Location

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

Wellness Opportunities

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

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

Gourmet Dining

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

Spacious Floor Plans

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

Floor plans feature:

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

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

Carefree, Maintenance-Free Living

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

Supportive Senior Care Services

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

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

Experience life at Waterstone at the Circle for yourself.

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

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

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

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

Gourmet, Chef-prepared Meals

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

Locally Sourced, Seasonal Ingredients

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

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

Impeccable Service

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

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

Anytime Dining

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

Dining Tailored to Preferences and Needs

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

Discover a Dining Experience That Exceeds Residents’ Expectations.

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

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

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


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

As retirement lifestyles evolve, so does the senior living dining experience. At Waterstone on High Ridge, we’re pleased to deliver creative cuisine and seasonal menus that rival fine dining establishments.

We know just how important dining is to our senior living residents, not only for their overall health and nutrition, but also for their happiness and enjoyment. We strive to provide dining that exceeds expectations, with a variety of options, seasonal selections, top-tier service and a focus on changing dining trends.

If you are just beginning your search for the perfect senior living community and are wondering what premier communities offer within their dining programs, look no further than Waterstone on High Ridge.

Delight in Dining at Waterstone on High Ridge

Waterstone on High Ridge delivers an exceptional senior living experience – and dining at our community is no exception! Discover the many perks and benefits of exquisite dining delivered by our highly trained, professional chefs and culinary team.

Devoted expertise from a culinary team

Dining is about more than just delicious food at Waterstone; it’s about fresh, creative approaches and impeccable service. Because we cook to order, no matter what our diners’ tastes may be, our executive chef and team get to know each person’s preferences while tailoring meals to meet dietary needs.

The finest ingredients

From seasonal menu items and crisp fruits and vegetables to locally sourced ingredients and more, our dishes are created with some of the finest elements to provide a delectable mix of flavors, new twists to old favorites, and the right touches to enhance timeless classics.

A top-quality, interactive dining experience

Residents also get an inside look at how their favorite dishes are created with interactive cooking demonstrations. Most recently, residents have watched a number of dishes being prepared, including:

  • Dessert empanadas
  • Sweet and sour chicken
  • Bananas Foster
  • Penne alla vodka

An array of dining options

Waterstone on High Ridge features multiple venues on site to enjoy our chef’s creations. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing dinner with friends in the dining room or are grabbing a casual bite in the bistro and pub, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Our community also features a private dining room for hosting family and friends, as well as a juice bar for some quick bites after a morning workout.

Dining on your schedule

Meal times vary from person to person and from schedule to schedule. At Waterstone on High Ridge, you can eat when you choose with anytime dining.

  • Catch a quick breakfast before your exercise class
  • Come back from a visit to town and enjoy a late lunch
  • Grab a snack with your grandkids
  • Meet friends in the pub for drinks
  • Cozy up with a warm tea or coffee in the bistro
  • Savor a late-night snack before settling in for the evening

Dining tailored to changing abilities

At Waterstone on High Ridge, we recognize that not all seniors have the same needs when it comes to dining. For those who are living with memory loss within our Bridges memory care household, we tailor meals to fit their abilities.

From special dietary accommodations to adaptive dining to make mealtimes easier, we help residents with memory loss maintain their autonomy while enjoying the dining experience.

Introduce your palate to our premier dining experience.

We hope this information has left you hungry for more! Check out our website to get a front-row view of what our dining program offers, or schedule a visit to get a taste for yourself.


Waterstone on High Ridge offers a modern approach to senior living in a beautiful hilltop setting. Come see how we redefine independent living, assisted living and memory care in Fairfield County, just minutes away from fine restaurants, retail stores and cultural venues in Stamford and Greenwich.


Our Dining Experience: Everything You Need To Know

Food is an integral part of our lives. From holidays to birthday parties to summertime barbeques, gathering with friends and family around a meal is a given. Enjoying a meal together allows for a shared experience and opens up an opportunity to touch base with one other.

The dining experience offered at a senior living community impacts your quality of life in a way that almost nothing else does. The quality of food and the opportunity to socialize with friends can influence your physical, mental and social well-being.

At Waterstone at Wellesley, we curate a dynamic and diverse dining experience for you. Keep reading to learn about the world-class dining you can expect as an independent or assisted living resident.

Gourmet Dining at Your Convenience

Our restaurant at Waterstone at Wellesley offers fine dining with a seasonal menu. We use locally grown and sourced ingredients in our chef-prepared meals to create an exciting blend of new flavors – and old favorites. Our menu evolves regularly and is served with exceptional hospitality and ambiance in a variety of dining venues.

Truly, our cuisine is only rivaled by the finest restaurants in Wellesley and beyond. Our tableside service and unique demonstration space provide a culinary experience that goes beyond just the food. Grab a quick breakfast at Alex’s Pub. Enjoy a five-star dinner expertly prepared by our chef. Or, if you are interested, catch a front-seat view of the skill and creativity of our chefs at our demonstration kitchen.

At Waterstone at Wellesley, there is no set meal schedule, so you can have this fine dining experience whenever works best for your own personal schedule. And no matter what, you’ll receive excellent service from our wait staff.

We also offer our private dining room for special occasions and would be happy to cater your event. We want nothing more than to give you the opportunity to engage socially while experiencing an excellent, nutritionally balanced cuisine.

Casual Dining, Afternoon Tea and Continental Breakfast

Alex’s Pub is a great venue where you’ll find a lively atmosphere where you can catch up with friends – or meet new people – while enjoying some of your favorite meals. Here, we regularly host Afternoon Tea and Cocktail Hour for our residents. You can also partake in our continental breakfast Monday through Friday with muffins, coffee, juice and fruit.

Convenient Catering to Your Home or Private Dining Room

Whether you are planning an event, celebrating a special occasion, or just want a hassle-free dinner at home, we will cater to you. Let us handle the cuisine. All you’ll need to do is sit back and enjoy!

Come Experience Why Residents Praise Our Fine Dining

We would love to demonstrate what your life could be like with a move to Waterstone at Wellesley. Come for a tour and a meal on us – our gourmet, chef-prepared dining will not disappoint! Contact us today at 781.591.7113 to schedule your visit.