Five Stages of Retirement

We often hear that we need to prepare for retirement in a financial sense. However, did you know that it is also important to prepare for the emotional stages of retirement?

We’re here to help you prepare by:

  • Identifying the stages of retirement you may face
  • Sharing what you can do to make the most of your retirement journey
  • Ensuring you’re ready for the emotions each step can bring

1 | Before Retirement

As adults approach retirement, they often experience a sense of euphoria. This is due to the possibilities that lay outside of their current daily life. In these retirement planning stages, seniors may be:

  • Considering where to retire
  • Researching their senior living options
  • Touring senior living communities
  • Daydreaming about how they’ll spend their time
  • Imaging day-to-day life
  • Assessing their long-term goals

This stage is full of optimism and excitement about everything their retirement life could hold. As they ease into Stage 2, this only heightens.

2 | Early Retirement

Often called the honeymoon phase, pre-retirement, or the vacation stage, seniors stop working their full-time jobs. They begin to make the most of their time. During this stage, seniors:

  • Make new friends
  • Attend classes and clubs
  • Live without any specific routine holding them back
  • Use their time to do what they want

As this excitement begins to fade, seniors enter stage three.

3 | Disillusionment

As retirement progresses to this phase, it becomes evident that financial planning is not the sole factor in preparing for retirement. It’s during the third stage that:

  • Retirement may begin to lose its spark
  • Seniors find themselves missing their routine
  • They start to lose their sense of identity
  • Seniors have trouble finding a new purpose in life
  • Mental health issues, like depression and anxiety, may be experienced
  • Applying for part-time jobs is considered
  • Seniors feel like they’re just going through the motions in daily life

The good news is that with the right mindset and attitude, seniors can start to feel like themselves again.

4 | Reinvention, Reassessment and Recovery

This phase of retirement is full of trial and error, recovery, and ultimately, reinvention. Instead of living as they have been, seniors should move forward by:

  • Exploring what fulfills them and what their passions are
  • Letting go of their expectations of what retirement should be
  • Determining what could make life meaningful again
  • Taking time to do what they love to do and what they do well
  • Evaluating what brings them purpose

5 | Routine

During this final stage of retirement, seniors feel happy and fulfilled. They begin to:

  • Re-create their routine
  • Find stability
  • Prioritize self-care
  • Continue learning and growing
  • Define how their retirement moves forward

It’s during this point that many settle into retirement, feeling satisfied, fulfilled, and joyful at the freedom ahead.

Embrace the Stages of Retirement at Waterstone of Westchester

Seniors who choose to retire at Waterstone of Westchester may still go through all the stages of retirement. This is a natural transition. However, we make it easier for older adults to move through these stages and enter the realm of reinvention and routine. In fact, some merely graze through the third retirement stage because they’re so busy enjoying everything life has to offer.

Here, seniors create their ideal retirement routine through our activities and events, robust lifestyle, and wellness opportunities. When all this combines, life at Waterstone of Westchester makes navigating the stages of retirement easier.

We’re Here To Help Through Every Stage

Schedule a visit to learn more about Waterstone of Westchester. Additionally, you can get more resources about preparing for retirement both financially and emotionally by contacting our team today.


Learn more about our premier independent living community. Here, you’ll thrive in a beautifully appointed apartment with designer finishes. You’ll also enjoy connecting with friends in our stunning common areas. Come home to Waterstone of Westchester.


Benefits of Hobbies in Retirement

When it comes to your retirement journey, what do you picture for yourself? Do you imagine spending time pursuing your passions, picking up new hobbies, or continuing your pursuit of lifelong learning? If so, you’re like many others who are ready to enjoy their retirement years. In fact, this desire certainly has its benefits.

Read on to learn more about those benefits and uncover some of the hobbies you might want to consider exploring.

Perks of Pursuing Your Hobbies in Retirement

You’ll make new friends.

Meeting new people and making new friends can be some of the best perks of starting a hobby. Whether you live in a senior living community, you’re considering a move, or you’re still living at home, these activities can help you make friends you’ll have plenty more great times with.

  • Attend social events
  • Host a weekly book club
  • Join a social group or local club
  • Consider a part-time job or volunteer opportunities
  • Organize weekly breakfasts or lunches

At Waterstone of Lexington, we know that with retirement comes more free time, so we fill residents’ days with opportunities to make new friends. With regularly scheduled cultural, social and recreational programs, services and amenities to keep you carefree, and a prime location, finding a hobby and enhancing your social involvement will be easy.

Hobbies will help you stay active.

Some hobbies can serve a dual purpose, including enhancing physical and mental health. Try to add a hobby that is designed to boost physical activity into your daily routine to make the most of these benefits. Consider:

  • Joining a fitness group or club
  • Attending a dance class
  • Starting a walking club or even going solo
  • Exploring nature through bird-watching
  • Beginning a sport
  • Gardening

These opportunities are always in reach at Waterstone of Lexington. From our partnership with Train Boston® – offering personalized training plans and personal fitness classes – to our state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor heated pool, nature paths, and more, you can find a wellness plan that works for you, or mix it up as you please.

They can enhance mental health.

As we shared above, physical activities enhance mental health, but it goes beyond that, too. Try a hobby that can make you more mindful, relax you, or fill your daily life with a sense of gratitude and appreciation.

  • Start doing tai chi or yoga
  • Meditate
  • Put your love of downsizing and organizing into practice
  • Begin journaling
  • Write a memoir
  • Try your hand at painting or other form of art

Residents at Waterstone of Lexington enjoy a full calendar of activities to enhance mental health. Enhance your creativity with a painting class, relax with massage therapy, or explore tai chi and yoga taught by Train Boston® – the possibilities are endless.

Some hobbies can enhance your brain power.

It’s always a good goal to continue learning, but did you know that some hobbies might enhance your brain health more than others? If your goal is to strengthen your mind as much as you’re strengthening your body, try these hobbies.

  • Join a card group, or play games with new friends
  • Take up creative writing
  • Compete in trivia nights
  • Attend educational programs
  • Watch documentaries
  • Add a wider variety of books to your to-be-read list
  • Learn how to knit or crochet
  • Explore local museums and historical sites
  • Learn how to play a musical instrument
  • Attend concerts and symphony or opera performances

At Waterstone of Lexington, residents enjoy programs and activities to help enhance their brain power. Some of the most popular include stimulating lectures, book clubs and author readings, bridge and canasta groups, classic movies in the theater, lounge games, and more.

We also host an array of discussion groups, clubs and cultural outings to ensure a range of learning opportunities.

They could change your perspective.

Many older adults use retirement hobbies as a way to feel a greater sense of purpose, and we think that’s a great idea. Some of the most popular hobbies that can serve to change your perspective, enhance your sense of purpose, and help you continue your pursuit of lifelong learning include:

  • Volunteering
  • Traveling
  • Serving as a mentor to fellow residents, staff members, and even family members
  • Starting a club or group
  • Participating in intergenerational programming
  • Joining discussion groups
  • Finding new ways to step out of your comfort zone
  • Learning new skills from experts

Waterstone of Lexington’s location makes it easy to volunteer, travel, and get involved throughout the community. If you’d really like to step out of your comfort zone or share your skills, you can even lead your own groups, classes and clubs like many of our residents do.

Discover the Perfect Place To Pursue Your Passions

To experience our lifestyle and programming for yourself, or to see how we can help you pursue your hobbies and passions in retirement, schedule a visit today.


Waterstone of Lexington offers a modern approach to retirement living in a historical setting with concierge services and impressive amenities. Come see how we redefine independent living and assisted living with a visit today.


Exercise Your Way to Healthy Aging

Creating a Winning Senior Exercise Routine

We all know that getting enough physical activity is a critical component of healthy aging. However, if you don’t know the best techniques for exercising as a senior, we can help.

Check out some of the many benefits of meeting your CDC-recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week and techniques to make it safe, simple and fun.

Achieving Healthy Aging Through Exercise

Regular physical activity is essential and provides benefits to our bodies, but the benefits of exercise are more notable with older adults. Here are just a few of the ways that exercising later in life can enhance your overall health, help you stay active, and prevent chronic conditions.

Enhanced Independence

Seniors who exercise regularly are more likely to remain independent longer. Various studies show regular exercise helps older adults maintain the ability to walk, dress, bathe, cook and perform other activities of daily living independently longer.

Improved Balance

Falling is a significant hazard for older adults. It’s estimated that a senior is admitted to the emergency room for a fall-related injury every 11 seconds. Falls generally result in health issues, meaning that avoiding falls is essential for healthy aging. Regular exercise helps improve seniors’ muscle mass, strength and balancing ability.

More Energy

Even though you may feel worn out after a good workout, exercise actually boosts your energy. Any form of movement or physical exertion releases endorphins, boosts metabolism, promotes healthy sleep, reduces pain, and increases one’s sense of well-being.

Lessened Risk of Chronic Conditions

Seniors are more prone to diabetes, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Fortunately, a more active lifestyle is one of the best ways to help prevent or manage these conditions.

Higher Brain Function

A healthy body can, indeed, mean a healthier mind. Seniors who exercise regularly have better cognitive health and a lower risk of developing dementia.

The Best Exercises for Seniors

When building an exercise program, it’s a good rule of thumb to stick to the recommended 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week strategy while focusing on strength training, flexibility, and balance. Depending on your fitness level and doctor’s opinion, see below for some excellent exercise options for you.


Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a place to walk, and you’re ready to get going. Whether you stroll around the block or do a more challenging hike on a favorite trail, walking is an excellent exercise to help improve your health in every way. A 30-minute walk will get you well on your way to a healthy lifestyle.

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics is a popular form of exercise for older adults – and for good reasons. Exercising while in the water is perfect for individuals who have joint pain or difficulty moving around since water buoyancy lessens the impact on joints. Water also has a natural resistance, which provides strength training without using weights.

Because being in the water is more forgiving than being in the open air, it’s a great way to improve flexibility, balance and strength without stressing your body or worrying about falling.

A sample 30-minute water aerobics routine:

  • Aqua jogging (5 minutes)
  • Flutter kicking (5 minutes)
  • Leg lifts (5 minutes)
  • Standing water pushups (5 minutes)
  • Arm curls (5 minutes)
  • Aqua jogging/cooldown (5 minutes)

Chair Yoga

Yoga is a great low-impact exercise, and chair yoga is even more gentle. Yoga focuses on flexibility, balance and muscle strength in a calm, controlled environment. As an added health benefit, chair yoga has been shown to help reduce the risk of mental health problems, including stress, anxiety and depression, in older adults.

Try this 30-minute chair yoga routine:

  • Neck rolls (2 minutes)
  • Side stretches (3 minutes)
  • Cat/Cow (2 minutes)
  • Half sun salutations (3 minutes)
  • Forward folds (2 minutes)
  • Ankle rolls (3 minutes)
  • Warrior sequence (One and Two) – (10 minutes)
  • Savasana (5 minutes)

Resistance Bands

These stretchy strips of rubber are an excellent way to add resistance without increased stress. They’re also good for strengthening your core and can be used to increase mobility and balance.

Add these exercises to your 30-minute aerobic activity routine:

  • Lateral raise
  • Triceps overhead press
  • Leg press
  • Band pull-apart
  • Bicep curl

Bodyweight Workouts

Muscle loss can lead to a slew of health issues, such as hormone problems, difficulty walking, and more. Bodyweight workouts use the body’s weight to help strength train naturally and easily – no fancy equipment necessary.

Here are some exercises that use body weight to help safely build muscle and endurance:

  • Squats to chair (Squatting over a chair and then lifting to standing)
  • Step-up
  • Lying hip bridges
  • Side-lying circles

Remember, before starting any exercise routine, be sure to consult with your physician.


Waterstone of Westchester provides a lifestyle where overall wellness and healthy aging are always within reach. Our team of professional trainers lead a variety of fitness classes and wellness programs that help our residents reach their goals.

Learn more about our lifestyle and schedule a tour to see what your future holds today.


How To Get the Most Out of Your Doctor Visit

Full waiting room, quiet exam room, a quick 15-minute chat with the doctor, and you’re on your way. You only have a limited amount of time with your doctor, so how can you make the most of the time you do have? We’re making it easy to find out with our expert tips to help you maximize your doctor appointments.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Doctor Visits

Write out questions prior to your appointment, and bring your list.

This is important for two reasons: One, it’s easy to forget the things you want to ask or are curious about. Two, it’s easy to feel rushed, which can make you skip out on your list of questions, possibly missing something important.

Having your list with you will help prevent you from forgetting in the moment, all while ensuring you leave nothing necessary out.

Arrive early to your doctor’s office.

Sometimes your doctor’s office will want you to share your health history ahead of time. They may also need to look up your medical records if you’re coming from a different healthcare provider. Arriving early can help give you time to fill out necessary forms and paperwork without being rushed.

Keep an eye on the time.

A doctor only has so much time to talk with you, so make sure you’re sticking to the topics you’re there to discuss and asking the most important questions first. If you know it’s likely you have more questions than can be answered during your normal appointment slot, ask if you can schedule a longer appointment next time.

Be honest with your doctor.

If you are at your doctor’s office for a physical exam, be honest with them about your health concerns.

If you’d like to enhance your health, be upfront about that. If you’re dealing with some health issues, don’t ignore them. If they ask you a question, don’t skirt around the truth; they’re there to help you and want to know about any health concerns you have.

Take notes.

As your doctor chats with you, take notes so your family members can remain in the loop as well. Ask your doctor to repeat anything if necessary for you to be clear about what they’re saying.

Ask for resources.

If you’re diagnosed with a health condition, like high blood pressure, heart disease, or another ailment, ask for resources. These can help you manage your conditions or learn what you can do to stay healthy. Often, doctors will provide this to you, along with a list of instructions, but if they don’t, it’s a good idea to ask for it.

Follow up with questions.

If you have questions after your appointment, perhaps about blood work, test results, or medication side effects, don’t be afraid to follow up. It often takes a quick phone call or email to get the answers you need, so make it a point to do so if you feel you need more information.


To learn more about how to get the most out of your doctor visits, or to see how our lifestyle can enhance your health, schedule a visit today.


There are many reasons to choose Waterstone of Lexington as your new home. With independent living and assisted living on site, you’ll have access to convenient amenities, wellness-focused services, and a truly exceptional lifestyle. Schedule a visit to learn why Waterstone of Lexington might be the right senior living community for you.


Making New Friends In Our Senior Years

As children, we are able to make friends from the simplest of conversations, but as we age and life gets busier and more demanding, it becomes more difficult. By the time we hit our senior years and retirement age, we may find ourselves with only a couple of close friends – and much more free time. It’s when this happens that many find they’d like to widen their social circle and make new friends.

Benefits of Friendship

Why is it important for older adults to make new friends? One of the biggest reasons is to prevent social isolation. Beyond this, there is an increasing list of benefits to friendship that can make retirement more enjoyable.

  • Decreased risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease, dementia and high blood pressure
  • Improved mental and physical health
  • Enhanced social support and emotional support
  • Fewer feelings of loneliness
  • Better cognitive health
  • Increased happiness and joy

Making Friends as a Senior

If you’re among the many older adults who want to make new friends but aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help.

Get out of your comfort zone.

It can be nerve-wracking to make new friends, but it’s important to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Try hanging out in common areas where you’re likely to chat with others nearby, try new things, or hang out with your friends’ friends.

Join new clubs and groups that interest you.

One of the best ways to create social connections and strong friendships is to just spend time doing things you love. Whether you decide to revisit an old hobby that you haven’t enjoyed in quite some time, join a new group that you’ve been considering or try something entirely new, you’re sure to meet others who could become your good friends.

Try joining an exercise class.

Finding a class that enhances your health and wellness doesn’t just provide many physical and mental health benefits. It’ll also introduce you to those who want to remain active and healthy, too. Take up a yoga, tai chi or a group fitness class to ensure you’re surrounded by others with the same goals as you.

Set up weekly get-togethers and meetings.

Whether you join book clubs, hold recipe swaps, attend brunches or begin hosting cocktail hours, these weekly meetings can be a great way to get to know new people.

To enhance connection or to help you stay involved when you aren’t able to meet in person, create a social network via Facebook groups or hold virtual meetings. It might not feel the same as meeting face-to-face, but it can provide a short-term solution.

Chat with those you see frequently, or say hello to a stranger.

Do you notice you see the same people in passing every day? Stop to chat, or simply say hello; you never know, it could spark a new friendship.

Say yes to unexpected invitations.

Have you been invited to an event you wouldn’t usually attend? Instead of declining the invite, choose to accept! Has an acquaintance asked you if you’d like to join them for dinner or an outing? Go with them. Not only can turning your usual “no” into a “yes” introduce you to new things you might enjoy, but this can help you meet new people, too.

Join a cause you’re passionate about or volunteer.

By focusing on the things that are most important to you, you might find yourself making new friends quickly. Consider volunteering at an animal shelter, helping out at a soup kitchen, volunteering to teach a class, or mentoring others. No matter what you choose, giving back can be a great way to gain new friends while increasing your involvement within your community.

Make New Friends at Waterstone of Westchester

When seniors make a move to Waterstone, they don’t just open the door to a world of possibilities. They open the door to endless opportunities to make new friends and expand their social circle.

With a range of programs and social activities, wellness classes and a walkable location, there are plenty of chances to make new friends. Enjoy one of many cultural or social programs offered daily, try a new class in our mind-body studio, explore the surrounding area, or dine with someone that you’ve just met. No matter what you decide, the choices are all yours.


With an array of activities and events, a focus on a robust lifestyle, and a commitment to wellness, life at Waterstone of Westchester takes the idea of home to an entirely new level.

Learn more about our premier independent living community where you’ll thrive in a beautifully appointed apartment with designer finishes and enjoy connecting with friends in our stunning common areas. Come home to Waterstone of Westchester.


How Waterstone Helps Seniors Avoid the Winter Blues

The winter blues are something many people deal with, often beginning during the dreary days of fall and winter months. But how can you melt them away? At Waterstone of Lexington, we make it simple for older adults to thrive all year round, even when the weather outside is gloomy. Read on to find out how you can escape the winter blues with Waterstone.

Techniques To Beat the Winter Blues

Increase Social Interaction

Many of us are no stranger to the fact that spending time with friends, family, and even acquaintances can boost our mood, enhance mental health, and add a little extra joy to our days. Whether you remain involved in your favorite social groups, connect virtually with those you love, schedule weekly get-togethers with friends, or take up a new hobby to make new friends, the benefits can be far-reaching.

At Waterstone of Lexington, our residents know it best. Each day, there’s something new to enjoy. From residents challenging each other in our game room to meeting in Buckman’s Tavern to enjoying regularly scheduled social and recreational programs, the winter blues and isolation are faraway problems for those who live here.

Even better, though, is that everything you need to connect with others is just outside your apartment door – meaning no need to brave the cold or dreary winter weather.

Increase Physical Activity

Staying active also boosts your mood, decreases depression, and enhances energy levels. While others may need to join a gym or do home workouts, our residents never need to get a gym membership because their gym is located right inside our community. Here, the options for integrative wellness are endless, with an indoor heated pool and fitness center staffed by professional fitness and aquatic instructors, a mind-body studio, a range of fitness classes, and outdoor walking paths providing access to natural light to improve circadian rhythms and boost moods.

Eat Healthy

Eating the right foods can decrease your likelihood of experiencing the winter blues. You should aim to eat fish around three to five times a week if possible, consume a variety of fruits and vegetables, enjoy some berries, and yes, even savor some dark chocolate.

At Waterstone of Lexington, our culinary team creates nutritious and exceptionally delicious meals tailored to our residents’ needs. With anytime dining at our restaurant, seasonal menus featuring distinctive meals, a juice bar for those on the go, dining is a delight.

Engage the Mind

Warming up your mind can help to make this season feel less dreary. Instead of feeling blue about the lack of outdoor activities, warm weather and fun, make the most of the things you can do inside.

At Waterstone of Lexington, residents engage in our cultural and educational programming, attend stimulating lectures, use our maker space, view shows in the media room and movie theater, and more.

Now is when residents like to plan ahead for warmer weather, too. Whether they’re figuring out what they’ll plant in the garden this year, which trips they’d like to take with new friends, or where they’d like to explore, it’s a great way to bring a little excitement for the spring to come.

When Winter Blues Don’t Melt Away

If you’re finding that your winter blues are simply too difficult to shake, it’s important to talk with a doctor. It’s possible it could be seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or another health condition. Your doctor will be able to offer ways to help, possibly including light therapy or medication.

If it’s difficult for you to get to a doctor, Waterstone can help with that, too. With scheduled transportation, you won’t need to worry about driving in bad weather. You can also take advantage of our Wellness and Telemedicine Suite. These are just some of the many ways we can help make winter even easier, helping you enjoy it just a little bit more.

Feel the Warmth of Waterstone

Have you had enough of the cold winter? Trade in your winter blues for a life of warmth, engagement and fun at Waterstone. To learn more or to experience our lifestyle for yourself, schedule a visit today.


Waterstone of Lexington offers a modern approach to retirement living in a historical setting with concierge services and impressive amenities. Come see how we redefine independent living and assisted living with a visit today.


What Is Independent Living with Supportive Services?

The opportunity to live with independence while also having the security of support is something many seniors look for as they age. At Waterstone of Westchester, an active retirement community, they can find it.

The Best of Both Worlds

Independent living with supportive services combines independence and confidence with help from support programs to create a better lifestyle.

At our retirement community, residents can maintain their current active lifestyle while we offer access to support and personal care assistance when needed. This allows residents to have balance, peace of mind, and the freedom to remain living independently.

Discover more about the benefits and security of independent living with supportive services at Waterstone of Westchester below.

Independent Living

Seniors who choose independent living are able to live life their way. At Waterstone of Westchester, we make it even easier. Our engaging programs and amenities enhance life each day. Here, residents enjoy:

  • Thoughtfully designed one- and two-bedroom senior living apartments
  • Opportunities to stay connected with like-minded neighbors
  • Fitness center for enhancing wellness with access to professional trainers
  • Luxurious indoor pool and mind-body studio
  • Gourmet dining
  • Programs tailored to residents’ interests
  • On-site concierge services
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • A prime location in a sophisticated, urban neighborhood

Discover Dedicated Care with Supportive Services in Independent Living

Our residents enjoy all our community offers with the confidence that comes from knowing support is available at hand. Through our partnership with VNS Westchester, we are able to provide trusted access to on-site care. Services offered may include:

  • Personalized support care consultation and daily planning
  • Home health coordination with activities of daily living
  • Medication management
  • On-site geriatric primary and specialty care
  • Routine wellness visits

Services including overnight support staff and an experienced team trained to navigate your healthcare needs are also available.

How Supportive Services Enhance Independent Living

Seniors choose independent living with supportive services because it gives them freedom to fully engage in community life at Waterstone on High Ridge, while providing security and reassurance no matter how health needs may change over time.

Residents can continue living independently and confidently knowing that if needed, support is available whenever they require it. Schedule a personalized visit and discover how our independent lifestyle can support you or a loved one both now and in the future.


Live the life you love at our premier senior living community in White Plains, New York. With convenient amenities, enriching programs, and a focus on health and wellness, discover independent living with supportive services made for you. Learn more about our lifestyle and schedule a tour to see what your future holds today.

Have you decided enough is enough with household chores, home maintenance, isolation and boredom? If so, a retirement community might just be what you’re looking for. If you choose your retirement location wisely, you can say goodbye to all these hassles and even more.

Among all the senior living options – from independent living and assisted living communities to Continuing Care Retirement Communities and long-term skilled nursing communities, where do you start? Independent, active seniors often opt for independent living communities, which offer a full, enriching lifestyle. Many of these communities, like Waterstone of Lexington, also offer dedicated care and support, giving seniors the best of both worlds along with confidence for the future.

Of these independent retirement communities, how do you choose which is best for you? If you’re not sure, Waterstone of Lexington is here to help with tips on choosing the right retirement community for you.

5 Steps to Choosing the Right Retirement Community

Step 1 | Identify what you’re looking for.

Many older adults ponder what type of senior living community they’d like to live in far before actually making a move. If you’re among these seniors who have planned for life at a senior living community, you may already have a list of what you’re looking for. If you don’t have an idea of what you’d prefer, consider these points.


Do you prefer to live in a beautiful setting, but still close to a city where there are plenty of things to do? If your ideal retirement community offers a range of on-site and off-site programs and activities, Waterstone of Lexington might be perfect for you.


Days within retirement communities should be full of engaging programming, wellness opportunities, and fun social events. At Waterstone of Lexington, this is certainly the case! Our calendar is full of social, cultural and recreational programs designed with our residents’ preferences in mind.


Dining options should be something you savor. At Waterstone of Lexington, it’s always a delight. Learn more about our exquisite dining experience featuring chef-prepared, seasonal meals using fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.

Step 2 | Consider your current and future needs.

If you’re searching for a community where you can receive the care you’ll need as you age, you’ll want to be sure to choose one that offers a range of supportive services. Communities like Waterstone of Lexington offer personal care assistance and support in our assisted living community, and even memory care in a separate building on our campus, Bridges by EPOCH at Lexington.

Step 3 | Schedule tours.

Once you’ve honed in on what you want, and what you could need in the future, schedule tours of senior living options that offer as many items as possible on your list.

During your tour, ask plenty of questions, like:

  • What do residents’ days look like?
  • What is included in your lifestyle?
  • Are care options available?
  • How do your programs and services enrich the lives of your residents each day?

As you visit, remember to talk with residents, families and team members to hear their thoughts as well.

Step 4 | Narrow down your choices.

After your tours, evaluate how each community made you feel. If a specific tour of a community left you with a good first impression and joy, it might be a sign you’ve found a good community for you.

To evaluate which communities you should continue exploring, ask to visit again, and see whether you can try some programs, attend their events, and even enjoy a meal. It may also help to show up unexpectedly, which will give you a deeper look into the lifestyle you may be choosing. Then, based on your experiences, narrow your choices down.

Step 5 | Make your decision or start again.

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, you should be left with one final step: choosing the senior living community that is the best fit for you, or starting over. If you’ve made a firm decision, contact your chosen community to begin the process and find out what’s next.

If finding the right senior living community didn’t happen this time around, consider why this is the case. Use those answers to reevaluate and restart the process when you’re ready to dive into the senior living search again.


There are many reasons to choose Waterstone of Lexington as your new home. Convenient location is only part of the equation. With independent living and assisted living on site, as well as memory care by the experts at Bridges, you’ll have access to convenient amenities, wellness-focused services, and a truly exceptional lifestyle. Schedule a visit to learn why Waterstone of Lexington might be the right senior living community for you.


Comparing Independent Living and Assisted Living

Is it possible for two different senior living options to offer engaging lifestyles, enriching amenities, and programs tailored to resident interests? Though it may sound like it’s too good to be true, it’s not. In fact, it’s even better, with one of these options even providing the added benefit of customized care and support. We’re talking about independent living and assisted living at Waterstone of Lexington.

To better understand each of these offerings, we need to take a deep dive into their similarities and differences. Then, you’ll discover how both of these senior living options can make life even better for older adults who choose to move.

Digging into the similarities and differences of independent living and assisted living.

If you or a loved one have been considering senior living options, you may be wondering which lifestyle is best for your situation. Below we will share what you can expect from each living option while answering some of the most common questions we receive.

Who takes advantage of independent living and assisted living?

When you stack up independent living vs. assisted living, you’ll find that those who choose each service aren’t really that different. Anyone who chooses these services can experience an engaging and enriching senior lifestyle with access to a range of services and amenities to enhance life each day. But, since the question is who takes advantage of each, we’ll narrow it down more.

Older adults who choose independent living are those who:

  • Live independently, often with no additional or minimal care support
  • Look forward to the possibilities and social opportunities retirement communities offer
  • Enjoy living worry-free with services designed to eliminate daily chores and the hassles of homeownership
  • Desire a plan in place for the future in the event care needs change

Seniors who choose assisted living want:

  • Privacy and independence but without support close at hand
  • Personalized assistance with activities of daily living
  • A vibrant lifestyle with daily activities and events
  • Peace of mind of health care services nearby

What does independent living offer?

While we gave a little insight into this above, there is much more to senior living communities than meets the eye. This is especially true at Waterstone of Lexington. What can you expect from our independent living community?

  • Beautiful apartments with refined details, featuring a range of floor plan options
  • Luxurious common areas for activities and socialization
  • Compelling social, cultural and recreational programs
  • Dynamic social events and outings
  • Exquisite anytime dining
  • Fitness and wellness programs
  • Personal training plans and group fitness classes by Train Boston®
  • Mind-body studio and juice bar
  • Heated indoor pool
  • Full-service salon
  • On-site concierge
  • Private underground parking
  • Outdoor nature paths

If support becomes necessary, we also offer an on-site coordinated care program for our independent living residents, where our premier care partners provide services in the comfort of residents’ private apartments.

  • Personalized care consultations
  • Daily planning
  • Home health coordination
  • Medication management
  • On-site geriatric primary and specialty care services
  • Routine wellness visits
  • An experienced staff trained to navigate your healthcare needs
  • Overnight support staff

It is important to note that some independent living communities may offer far less than this, so when considering your or your loved one’s options, be sure to evaluate wants and needs to ensure you’re choosing the right lifestyle for now –  and for the future.

What does assisted living offer?

Assisted living offers access to the same enriching Waterstone lifestyle that independent living residents enjoy – but it comes with more. Here, residents also benefit from:

  • Well-designed, private apartments with a choice of floor plans
  • Comprehensive, customized care plans
  • Support delivered by our attentive team
  • Personalized support with activities of daily living
  • Customized wellness programs
  • Coordination with ancillary providers
  • Programs, activities and events
  • Three chef-prepared meals daily
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Transportation services

How do costs differ?

This can depend on what type of lifestyle you’re searching for. While it’s true that assisted living often costs slightly more because of the added aspect of care, we also make senior living more flexible.

At Waterstone of Lexington, our independent and assisted living community is rental only, meaning you or your loved one won’t need to worry about:

  • Paying for steep entrance fees to access independent living
  • Paying for unused assisted living care – until it’s needed
  • Being locked into a contract

This is often the perfect choice for seniors, no matter what level of care they require.

When is a senior community right for myself or a loved one?

For many older adults, this is a deeply personal subject, and the truth is, it depends. For some seniors, they’re ready to move right now, taking in as many of the programs, services, amenities and learning opportunities as they can. They may also love knowing the community they choose has care available, if it becomes a necessity. For others, they aren’t ready to make a move until they need extra support or personal care to continue living the lifestyle they love.

At Waterstone of Lexington, we typically suggest moving as soon as possible. This is so residents can:

  • Get accustomed to their new lifestyle
  • Explore everything we have to offer without limitations
  • Enjoy all our active lifestyle provides before care is needed
  • Make new friends and meet like-minded individuals
  • Experience the support that’s needed as soon as it’s needed, without having to seek out care during an emergency

We’ve only brushed the surface.

You can learn more about independent living and assisted living at Waterstone of Lexington by scheduling a visit. If you’re interested in memory care for a family member with memory loss, our sister community, Bridges by EPOCH at Lexington, can provide the right level of care to suit their needs, too.

Experience our lifestyle for yourself and see why so many others have made a move today.


Waterstone of Lexington offers a modern approach to retirement living in a historical setting with concierge services and impressive amenities. Come see how we redefine independent living and assisted living with a visit today.

Senior living communities like Waterstone of Westchester can provide luxury apartment features and beautiful open space, but it’s still a clean, blank slate to make your own. With some fun inspiration and design ideas, you can personalize your new home as you choose. It will make your independent living apartment feel just like home – but better, without any of the hassles that come along with homeownership!

What can you expect from independent living apartments at Waterstone of Westchester?

Many residents search for independent living to maintain their active lifestyle, but one of the added benefits is having the freedom, time and creativity to redefine your own style. To start you off, we provide some of these stunning features in your new one- or two-bedroom apartment home, then you can complement with your personal décor style and homemaking skills.

  • Premium plank flooring
  • Designer kitchen with stainless steel appliances
  • Bathrooms with walk-in showers
  • Walk-in closets – plus a washer and dryer
  • Spacious living areas with natural light

How to personalize your apartment to suit your style.

Whether you’d like to emulate your previous home or enjoy a fresh start, there are plenty of ways to reach your design preference goals. Do you need some senior living apartment decor ideas? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best tips to make your new living spaces shine!

Bring items you love.

One of the best ways to showcase who you are and the experiences you’ve enjoyed is by bringing favorite items from home. Many senior living residents decorate their apartments by:

  • Hanging up photographs of friends and family
  • Displaying family heirlooms and unique pieces of furniture
  • Setting their favorite books on the coffee table
  • Putting travel souvenirs on shelves

Or, find new ways to dress up your walls. Maybe one of these ideas from HGTV will be perfect for you – especially if you’re making a space for the grandkids!

Embrace the beauty of nature.

There’s nothing quite like bringing the outdoors in. If you’ve always loved your garden and being in nature, try making that a focal point of your space.

In the dining room, place fresh flowers on your dining table. Keep herbs you’re growing in the kitchen. Put some plants or potted trees in the living room. Place calming lavender on your bedside table. Make yourself a tabletop garden and place it on your balcony.

Make use of extra rooms.

At Waterstone of Westchester, we offer one-bedroom apartments with a den, or two-bedroom apartments – some of which feature a patio or balcony. This provides even more opportunity to make your space your own.

If you find yourself with extra space, consider making it a spare bedroom, a home office, or a quiet reading room. Your patio or balcony provides the chance to create your own outdoor oasis.

Make small spaces functional.

Don’t discount the use of smaller spaces within your apartment home. There are plenty of creative ways to use them.

  • Do you have space in your entryway? It’s the perfect spot for a small stand to house your keys, extra decor, or a plantstand.  
  • Would you prefer to stow away your clothes that aren’t in season? Purchase rolling containers to place underneath the bed.
  • Do you find yourself with space in the bottom of your closet but nowhere to go with your favorite craft materials? Consider placing them on a three-tier rolling cart so you can roll them around as needed while maximizing your space.
  • Are you having trouble finding somewhere to put your favorite decorative platter? Display it on a stand in your kitchen!
  • Don’t forget about the backs of doors, too! You may just find the perfect space for items you need to store with over-the-door solutions.

Just have fun.

Creating a new living space is meant to be fun, so embrace the journey and aim to showcase your personality, what you love, and what makes you unique. Not only will this serve you well when hosting visitors, but it’s sure to make you feel right at home.

Let’s get started.

If you’re interested in getting a closer look at how you can make your space your own at Waterstone of Westchester, schedule a visit! During your tour, you can experience our lifestyle, view our model apartments, and talk with our team and residents. To schedule your visit, contact us today.


Waterstone of Westchester is a brand-new, premier independent senior 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.