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The Circle

Living in a Community vs. Staying at Home

There comes a time in many seniors’ lives when they consider whether or not they’d like to make a move to senior living or stay at home. If you’re finding yourself in this position currently, you aren’t alone.

Although this decision is a very personal one, with some seniors preferring one option over another for any number of reasons, some of the most common explanations we hear are that:

  • They fear a loss of independence
  • The process of moving appears complicated
  • They don’t feel as though they currently need support
  • All their best memories happened at home
  • Their own preference is to remain there until they need extensive medical care or home healthcare needs to be brought in

While all these reasons are understandable, it’s important to consider how this decision can affect your life as you age. In fact, when most older people and family members consider the advantages that senior living communities offer, they change their minds. Then begins their journey of moving to a senior community.

5 Reasons Senior Living Is Better Than Remaining at Home

If you’re on the fence about moving to a senior living or retirement community, consider some of the benefits many older adults enjoy there that you simply won’t get at home.

Social Opportunities

Senior living communities are full of programs, social events, clubs, classes, new friends and camaraderie. Even better, you never have to leave your home to take advantage of it all.

At home, seniors may become more isolated as it may be more difficult to see friends, drive during bad weather, and more. In fact, nearly one quarter of those 65 and older are said to be socially isolated, according to a study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Those problems are a thing of the past here at Waterstone at the Circle, with on-site programs, scheduled transportation, and endless opportunities to connect outside our community – thanks to our prime location in Boston.

Responsibilities

Who takes care of your daily responsibilities at home? Is it you who completes these tasks? Or do you hire someone to take care of housework, home maintenance and yard work for you?

If you take care of these things yourself, you may be wasting time you could be spending on doing what you want to do. Even if you outsource these tasks, you still need to search for a service, write out their checks, and ensure their quality of work is up to your standard.

At a community like Waterstone at the Circle, we take care of all these things for you so you can simply enjoy a carefree lifestyle each day while participating in any activity you choose.

Amenities

When it comes to what amenities your home offers versus what senior living communities provide, the differences are clear.

  • Does your home include a fitness center? If not, you’ll have to pay for a membership or purchase the equipment.
  • Do you regularly host guests for book clubs or social events? If not, you’ll likely travel to them.
  • Do you need a new hairdo? You can do it yourself or go to a salon, but at Waterstone, you just have to walk out your door and go to our full-service salon.

At Waterstone at the Circle, all this and more are covered. At your home, everything is extra – or, even worse, not available.

Dining

Even if you like to cook, grocery shopping and cleanup can be time consuming. Say goodbye to these hassles with an exceptional dining experience at Waterstone at the Circle. Here, we do the shopping, preparing, cooking and cleaning so you can simply savor each meal with new friends or your family.

Is your schedule always packed full? Don’t worry about fitting your schedule around our dining times. With anytime dining, you can dine when you choose.

At home, you still need to take care of all of these things yourself, unless you dine out, order in, or use a meal delivery service.

Access to Support

Communities like Waterstone at the Circle offer support on site – enhancing confidence if a change in health occurs. This allows you to remain in the community you love.

When you live at home, you may need to hire in-home care to provide support for you. Or your children may be required to plan a move to an assisted living community if you’re no longer able to decide on your own.

This leads many to choose senior living communities that offer a continuum of care or health services, bringing peace of mind.

Discover the Best of Senior Living at Waterstone at the Circle

Waterstone at the Circle is the perfect place to enjoy all the benefits senior living can offer. To experience our lifestyle and learn more about why you should move to senior living rather than remain at home, schedule a visit or join us for an upcoming open house.

EXPERIENCE WATERSTONE AT THE CIRCLE FOR YOURSELF.

Discover how Waterstone at the Circle’s location can enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Schedule a visit today to learn more about our premier independent living community designed to enrich life for seniors 62 and over.

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High Ridge

Moving Into Waterstone: Your Step-by-Step Guide

Once you’ve toured your senior living communities of choice and made your final decision, the next step is preparing for a move. What does the moving process entail? Our step-by-step guide can help you get started.

Waterstone on High Ridge: Making Your Move to Senior Living

Step 1 | Choose your floor plan and consider how your belongings will fit.

Like most retirement communities, we offer floor plans for each level of care, as well as living options to suit current senior care needs and future continuing care preferences.

Upon choosing to move, establish which floor plan fits you the best. Then, take this blank slate and plan out how you’ll fill it with furnishings, decorations and stylish elements to make it your own. If you’re trying an entirely new style, purchase or thrift items that are perfect for the look you’re going for.

Step 2 | Make a list of must-haves and begin downsizing.

While choosing your new space, you likely began a mental list of what to bring or leave behind. Use this as the foundation of your downsizing list.

While this can seem like a simple task, for many, it’s not. You can make downsizing easier by:

  • Making a list of what items feel like home
  • Going through one room at a time
  • Establishing piles of items to donate, pass down or sell
  • Taking photos of items that you may not want to keep but would love to keep the memory
  • Enlisting the help of friends and family members
  • Talking to the Waterstone on High Ridge team, who can lead you to resources to help

Step 3 | Begin preparing for moving day.

The moving process can be stressful, too, but by preparing accordingly, it can be made easier. Ask one of our Senior Advisors to recommend trusted movers they work with. These ideas can also help:

  • Make a list of everything you’ve packed
  • Label all your boxes according to the room
  • Plan transportation for your items
  • Make a moving-day plan of when you’ll start and who is helping
  • Pack vehicles ahead of time if possible
  • Get plenty of rest prior to moving

Step 4 | Move in, meet the team and residents, and get settled.

On moving day, the Waterstone team will be there to assist in making the process go smoothly. You’ll get acquainted with all the team members who will support your lifestyle, including:

  • Our executive director
  • Life enrichment team members
  • Our Senior Advisor and concierge
  • The culinary team
  • Professional trainers from the fitness center

You’ll also meet your new neighbors who can share great tips based on their personal experience, helping you get acquainted with life at Waterstone.

Step 5 | Immerse yourself in your new retirement lifestyle.

One of the best things about senior living communities is that they take care of everything for you once you’ve moved in. After you get unpacked and settled, begin enjoying the lifestyle you’ve planned for – free from worries and home maintenance – with the support of a team ready to take care of everything for you.

  • Need tickets to an upcoming show? Ask our concierge to help you.
  • Interested in trying out a new hobby? Ask the life enrichment team about our offerings.
  • Looking for a birthday gift for a loved one? Take our private transportation to local shops.
  • Want to host your family and show off your new home? Invite them and reserve our private dining room with the concierge.

Are you ready to make a move to Waterstone on High Ridge?

If you haven’t yet made the decision to move to Waterstone on High Ridge, we invite you to experience our lifestyle and learn more about what we offer you. Attend an upcoming event or open house today to get started.

SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT. HOME THE WAY YOU LIKE IT.

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.

As older adults plan for their senior living lifestyle, they often consider a retirement community that offers freedom from the mundane activities that take up most of their time. Whether this includes maintenance and housekeeping or even cooking, the desire to achieve more worry-free living leads them to searching for senior housing options like Waterstone of Westchester.

Here, our lifestyle provides the ideal retirement experience: an engaging lifestyle for independent, active adults who want to spend their time enjoying the activities they love while finding the right living option to meet their needs, now and in the future.

What are the health benefits of an active lifestyle?

Those who are active can experience health benefits that keep them happier, more independent and even more engaged. Studies show that some of the most widely seen benefits include:

  • A reduced risk of falls with aerobic activity
  • Healthier bones, muscles and joints
  • A reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Decreased obesity, as activity aids in losing weight

Exercise doesn’t need to consist of vigorous activity, either. It just needs to be consistent, regular physical activity to help you enjoy the benefits.

Ways to Stay Active at Waterstone

At Waterstone of Westchester, we know the benefits of active senior living communities are endless. This is why our lifestyle was built around all the ways a healthy, active lifestyle can benefit you.

Health and Wellness Opportunities

One of the best ways to stay active is to focus on your health. We make it easy with one-on-one training sessions, our mind-body studio, yoga classes, and more.

Services and Amenities

Our concierge-style services and impressive amenities around every corner make it simple for residents to make the most of our lifestyle. Check out what’s available to keep residents active here.

Programs and Activities

There’s always something to do at Waterstone of Westchester! From book clubs and educational presentations to social events and live entertainment, you’re sure to find something that interests you while keeping you engaged and involved. Check out our daily programs that are available for you to enjoy.

Prime Location and Outings

Explore all our suburban Manhattan location provides. Take a train to New York City, or enjoy a short walk to find world-class shops, fine retailers and restaurants. With scheduled transportation, outings and the freedom to do as you please, exploration is easy.

Lifelong Learning

Our active lifestyle allows residents to pursue whatever hobbies, passions or interests they have, inspiring them to try new things, meet new people and get more involved.

Social Opportunities

Here, you’ll find new friends around every corner, whether you’re looking for someone who has similar interests or you want to expand your horizons with someone who is your polar opposite.

Maintenance-Free Living

When you don’t have to worry about maintenance, yardwork or housekeeping, you can enjoy everything a lifestyle like Waterstone of Westchester offers, further enhancing your active lifestyle.

Exceptional Dining

Instead of spending your time prepping, cooking and cleaning, Waterstone of Westchester allows you to enjoy freshly prepared meals expertly prepared by our talented culinary team, putting more free time back in your day. If you’re too busy to sit down and dine, you can stop by the juice bar for a quick bite and blend.

Supportive Care

Unlike nursing homes, Waterstone of Westchester provides an engaging, independent lifestyle with access to support if or when you need it through VNS Westchester, offering personalized support, care consultation and daily planning, coordination of activities of daily living, medication management and more.

Enjoy an active lifestyle at Waterstone.

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

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Lexington

Why Lexington Offers the Ideal Retirement Location

There are many qualities that go into making a senior living community a great place to live. Among them are convenience, the number of things to do, social opportunities, and access to healthcare services. All this and more make Waterstone of Lexington, offering senior living in Lexington, Massachusetts, stand out from the rest as an ideal retirement location.

Discover how our location can help you embrace all that retirement has to offer.

10 Benefits of Living in Lexington, Massachusetts

1 | There is a rich history.

American history buffs are in for a treat in Lexington. On April 19, 1775, the first armed conflict of the American Revolution occurred. This was also known as the Battles of Lexington and Concord, where Paul Revere and other riders sounded the alarm. With a number of attractions and tours, visitors can experience Lexington’s historic sites, like the:

  • Lexington Battle Green where you can see the Minute Man National Historic Landmark
  • Liberty Ride Trolley Tour
  • Buckman Tavern
  • Hancock-Clarke House
  • Munroe Tavern
  • National Heritage Museum

This makes Lexington one of the best places to share with grandkids and family members alike. If you’re planning your visit, check out the Visitors Center for everything you need to know.

2 | Cultural events are always occurring.

Whether the arts, music, theater or museums are your thing, there are plenty of ways to enjoy them all in Lexington. Enjoy the Lexington Symphony, catch a movie at Lexington Venue, see The Lexington Players or The Master Singers of Lexington, check out the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, or visit the Munroe Center for the Arts. No matter your interests or your age group, there’s truly something for everyone here.

3 | There are plenty of seasonal events.

Whether your grandkids are visiting, you want to enjoy an event with family, or you and your friends want to have an afternoon out, Lexington’s seasonal events are a great place to start.

  • Adult events and programs
  • Winter sports
  • Holiday season attractions
  • Revolutionary Revelry festival
  • Yearly sports lessons and camps during summer

4 | Dining is a delight.

What are you hungry for? With a range of restaurants, there’s something to tantalize anyone’s taste buds. Choose from simple soups, salads and subs, or savor pizza, pasta dishes and more. For those who just want a quick bite, there are plenty of ice cream shops, delis and cafes.

5 | Many one-of-a-kind shops are present.

Seniors who are searching for the perfect gift for a loved one, or something to treat themselves with, can choose from a range of specialty shops in Lexington. From jewelry and antiques to clothing and more, you’re sure to find something that’s right for the occasion.

6 | You can enjoy the beauty of nature.

With an array of open spaces, conservation land and trails, including the Battle Road Trail, nature lovers can surround themselves with all the beauty our area offers.

7 | Recreational opportunities abound.

From town parks and playgrounds to sports facilities and more, our town operates several public recreational opportunities. With everything from bike routes and fitness and nature paths to tennis courts and golf, active seniors can enjoy the outdoors. When grandkids visit, the playgrounds and tot lots are the perfect places to play.

8 | Education is excellent.

Did you know that Lexington boasts the first public teaching college in the United States? The Lexington Normal School, now Framingham State University, was established in 1893. Lexington also puts you close to Harvard and MIT.

9 | You’ll enjoy easy access to Boston and beyond.

Whether you’d like to stay near Lexington or would prefer to travel to Boston and farther, our location makes it easy. Take a day and explore the restaurants, retailers and attractions of Boston, attend the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and say hello to your friends at Waterstone at the Circle!

10 | A bustling community awaits just outside your apartment door – with healthcare.

Although there are a ton of things to do in Lexington, MA, seniors have access to another engaging community within our doors. Enjoy a lifestyle offering its own enriching programs, social opportunities and delicious dining.

Here, you’ll also have access to healthcare, with assisted living on site and memory care at Bridges® by EPOCH if the need arises – ensuring you can remain in the location you love, among all you enjoy.

Get an inside look at Waterstone of Lexington.

If you’d like to experience all the things to do at Waterstone of Lexington, we’d be happy to help. Join us for an upcoming event, or schedule a visit to talk with a member of our team today.

Welcome to luxury living in Lexington.

There are many reasons to choose Waterstone of Lexington as your new home. Convenient location is only part of the equation. With independent living, assisted living and memory care, you’ll have access to convenient amenities, wellness-focused services, and exceptional care. Learn more about our new community today.

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Westchester

Adjusting to Your New Normal After Retirement

While many people look forward to retirement and the possibilities it offers, it’s also normal to feel overwhelmed by the transition. After all, retirement is a major life change that can impact people in different ways. In fact, retirement may leave you pondering your sense of purpose and what to do with your free time.

As the “work” chapter of your life closes, another begins – bringing with it new opportunities and a chance to enjoy the fruits of your labor. The key to enjoying this time depends on how you adjust to your new normal.

Why Creating Your New Normal Is Important

No matter how excited you are to embrace a new retirement lifestyle, the transition can also bring about a range of unexpected emotions that you hadn’t considered while in the trenches of retirement planning, such as:

  • Feelings of depression or anxiety related to a lack of purpose or fulfillment
  • Increasing restlessness and boredom
  • Difficulty coping with uncertainty about the future
  • Problems with letting go and relaxing
  • Challenges staying socially and physically active
  • Feeling isolated and lonely after leaving the workforce

It’s important to address these feelings to enhance your emotional, mental, and physical health during your retirement years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) shares that seniors who are isolated or lonely may experience:

  • An increased risk of premature death
  • A 50% increased risk of dementia
  • A 29% increased risk of heart disease
  • A 32% increased risk of stroke
  • Higher rates of depression and anxiety

Given these statistics, it’s critical to ensure that you have the right tools and plan in place to combat these types of emotions. Learn how you can create your own new normal after retirement with the help of a senior living community like Waterstone of Westchester.

Transitioning to Your New Normal

Are you looking for what to do after retiring? Many seniors find that adjusting to retirement is easier in a senior living community. This is because of the social groups, events, clubs, and programs that are offered – all with the goal of keeping residents engaged, active, and enjoying their new retirement lifestyle.

At Waterstone of Westchester, our community is designed to help you fully enjoy a carefree, active retirement lifestyle. Whether you’re considering senior living or are trying to navigate your future retirement plans, check out some of these tips for a smoother transition.

Explore your passions or find a new purpose.

Retirement is the perfect time to get involved in everything you’ve wanted to do prior to retirement but didn’t have the time or energy to do or accomplish. If you want to restart a hobby you had previously put on hold because you were too busy, or if you’d prefer to find something else that ignites your spirit, the possibilities at Waterstone are truly endless.

  • Sharpen your crafting skills
  • Learn how to play an instrument
  • Cook – or bake – something new in the kitchen (use our chef’s demonstrations as inspiration!)
  • Join a special interest group with new friends
  • Catch up on your to-watch list with a movie in the theater
  • Check out the book club’s latest read
  • Start your own club based on your favorite hobby
  • Pursue lifelong learning
  • Explore local attractions

With all of these opportunities and more offered at Waterstone of Westchester, it’s easy to explore your passions and find new purpose in your everyday life.

Focus on health and wellness.

Staying active is important for everyone, but especially for older adults who have retired. Be sure to focus on all aspects of wellness, including physical, social, emotional and spiritual. At Waterstone of Westchester, residents enjoy:

  • Swimming in the indoor heated pool
  • Working out with professional trainers
  • Taking advantage of the mind-body studio and juice bar
  • Adding walking to their routine
  • Trying new classes like yoga or tai chi

Travel and spend time with loved ones.

One of the perks of retiring for many older people is spending more time with family and friends and having more opportunities to travel. Whether you spend your early retirement exploring or building your social network immediately, the possibilities are endless.

  • Travel to see far-away relatives
  • Explore the town with your friends and family
  • Enjoy new activities alongside those you love
  • Attend grandkids’ sporting events, performances, and award ceremonies

Even better, senior living communities make it easier to travel and spend time with those you love. At a community like Waterstone of Westchester, you can lock your apartment and go – without worrying about your home security and maintenance – allowing you to travel more freely with ease and peace of mind.

If you are someone who prefers to have family and friends come to you, it’s easy at our senior living community. Enjoy time together in the comfort of your apartment at Waterstone, have dinner in the private dining room, or enjoy community activities with family and friends.

Set a routine.

After enjoying full-time work or a vibrant social life, many retired people find that a routine is essential. Establishing a routine can be a great way to ensure you get involved, prevent depression, and keep active. At Waterstone of Westchester, it’s even easier.

  • Full schedule of daily activities to enjoy
  • Anytime dining – allowing residents to choose their schedule
  • Common areas for socialization abound
  • Variety of special events, outings and opportunities available

Consider volunteer opportunities or work.

If retiring all at once is difficult for you, there are some ways to combat this, including still working full time at a job you love, holding a part-time job, or simply volunteering in a field you’re passionate about. Some seniors, including our own residents, find fulfillment in:

  • Tutoring
  • Continuing their chosen career
  • Embracing a new career that they’ve wanted to try
  • Serving as a mentor
  • Volunteering for causes they’re passionate about
  • Leading resident committees

If You’re Having Trouble Adjusting

Whether you lean on friends, family, co-workers, or the team at Waterstone of Westchester, having support can make all the difference. Seek support from these sources, or if you’re not yet a resident of a senior living community, see whether that’s an avenue you’d like to explore.

To learn more about how Waterstone of Westchester can help you create your new normal in retirement, schedule a visit today.

WATERSTONE OF WESTCHESTER. NOW THIS IS HOME.

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 to see how Waterstone puts wellness at the heart of our community.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people 65 and older fall each year, leading to injuries, trauma and even death. Falls can be caused by age-related muscle loss, balance issues, drops in blood pressure, and other factors. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again, so it’s critical to prevent falls before they happen.

What can you do to decrease risk factors and stop falls from occurring? It may start with becoming as educated as possible while creating a fall-prevention exercise program.

Importance of Preventing Falls

While we know that preventing falls is important, you may not know just how important it can be for older adults. Did you know that:

  • 1 out of 5 falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury
  • 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures yearly
  • 37% of those who fall reported an injury that required medical treatment or restricted their activity for at least one day
  • Women are more likely to fall than men

These numbers are staggering – and continuously rising. Fortunately, knowing what may cause falls, as well as how to decrease your risk factors for falls, can help you stay safe.

What Causes Falls

A number of factors can cause an increased likelihood of falls. Some of the most common include age-related loss of muscle mass, long-term conditions like diabetes or heart disease, the side effects of medication, poor vision, weakness, and dehydration.

Don’t forget about fall risks that may be present in your daily environment, too. Clutter throughout the home, steep or slippery stairways, unsafe shoes, wet or snowy weather, and various tripping hazards can quickly cause falls and the health problems associated with them.

Fortunately, it’s possible to keep yourself as fall-free as possible with prevention exercises, and we’re here to help you get started.

Step-by-Step Guide on Creating a Fall-Prevention Exercise Program

If you’re interested in beginning or creating a fall-prevention program, take these steps to do so as safely and effectively as possible.

Step 1 | Talk to Your Doctor

Before beginning your routine, start by talking to your doctor. Since you are their patient, falls are something that they will want to help you prevent. Not only will they have plenty of resources and evidence-based tips to give you, but they can ensure you are targeting areas you need to improve in while helping you be as safe as possible. Schedule an appointment to:

  • Assess your overall fall risk
  • Test your vision to determine whether further evaluation is needed
  • Evaluate medications that may put you at risk of falls
  • Share what exercises may be most effective
  • Put you in contact with a physical therapist who may be able to share exercises with you

Step 2 | Get Started on the Right Foot

Once you’re ready to get started, establish what you can do to prepare yourself and your space for exercise.

  • Declutter your home to prevent tripping hazards
  • Put the right safety measures in place, like exercising with someone or putting an assistive device nearby to stabilize yourself
  • Make sure you have the right exercise clothes and shoes
  • Remember to ease into your routine
  • Stretch and warm up first so you can exercise safely

Step 3 | Enhance Your Balance and Flexibility

Anything that challenges your balance can be beneficial in preventing falls. Check out some of these top balance exercises for seniors.

  • Balance on one leg, switching from your left foot to your right foot
  • Stand with your feet at hip width, then shifting weight from side to side, lifting your opposite foot off the floor
  • Participate in a tai chi class or do simple yoga exercises to enhance balance
  • Try heel-toe walking, standing with your feet directly in front of each other and walking in a straight line

Step 4 | Focus on Increasing Strength

When combined, strength and balance for seniors can be a powerful force in preventing falls. Aside from balance training, you should also focus on physical activity that enhances strength.

  • Do sit-to-stand exercises
  • Try resistance band workouts
  • Do leg extensions from a seated position, making sure to repeat on the other side
  • Start doing bicep curls with light hand weights
  • Consider using hand weights while walking

Step 5 | Find Ways to Get Active Every Day

Staying active is easier than you may think. Here are some tips to get started:

  • Strive to walk daily
  • Try a new class
  • Tailor your plans so you can get more exercise with friends

Keeping Residents Safe from Falls with Fitness Programs

At Waterstone at Wellesley, residents enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that right outside their door, they have the tools and guidance needed to help prevent falls.

With engaging programs such as tai chi and yoga as well as a range of wellness amenities, including our indoor pool and fitness center offering personal training and group classes, residents can engage in activities that help them reach their specific health and wellness goals.

To learn more, or to see how we keep residents healthy, active and engaged with social events, educational opportunities, and personalized exercise programs for seniors, schedule a visit today.

WATERSTONE AT WELLESLEY. NOW THIS IS HOME.

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

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The Circle

4 Factors That Impact Our Longevity

As older adults continue to reach new age milestones – with some seniors becoming centenarians or even supercentenarians – the factors that can impact longevity become increasingly important to consider. After all, you want to grow older in good health and with a high quality of life.

Whether your goal is to find out the secret to living to record-breaking years, or if you simply want to work toward better overall health, we’re sharing some of the positive ways you can impact your senior health and longevity.

What factors affect longevity? What can you do to enhance it?

Many circumstances can impact our average life expectancy; some may be controllable, while others are not. With life expectancy at 77 years as of 2020 in the United States, and many people living longer than this, check out some of the key factors that can make the biggest impact on longevity while reducing your risks and increasing your likelihood of staying healthy.

Genetics

Genetics play a big role in health and wellness for seniors, which also impacts longevity. For example, some diseases and illnesses can put you more at risk, like high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. This makes it important to:

  • Talk to family members about their medical history
  • Get regular medical screenings
  • Keep close tabs on heart disease
  • Visit your doctor on a regular basis
  • Keep a record of your health conditions so you can make family members aware

Gender can also impact longevity, with some studies showing that women may live slightly longer than men. This was mainly due to women striving for healthier lifestyle habits and men being more likely to engage in risky behavior. Interestingly enough, this is currently being challenged by a new study showing that men who are married and men who have college degrees may be more likely to outlive women.

Genetics may play a predictive part in longevity, too. If family members lived a longer period of time, it’s possible you could, as well.

Lifestyle Factors

Your lifestyle can impact longevity in a number of ways. Good health habits can increase your life expectancy, so be sure to manage your overall mental and physical health as well as your emotional health.

  • Get regular exercise and stay physically active – both of which are critical for maintaining a healthy weight and promoting muscle retention, balance and more
  • Eat well-balanced, nutritious meals
  • Stop smoking and reduce alcohol intake
  • Get adequate sleep at night
  • Adopt a positive outlook and mindset

Socialization

Socialization can impact your mental health, increasing the risks of depression and isolation. In fact, those who are lonely may be more likely to stop pursuing activities they love, engaging in lifelong learning, or spending time with others. For better health in your retirement years, it’s important to:

  • Join special interest clubs or social groups
  • Pursue educational classes or opportunities
  • Try a new hobby that piques your interests
  • Plan activities with friends and be open to meeting new people

Environment

While you may not consider this often, your environment can also impact longevity.

  • If transportation is an issue, it may be harder for you to connect with others, volunteer or work part time in your free time, get involved in the community, or enjoy lifelong learning opportunities
  • If you live at home, especially if you live alone, you may not be as likely to cook healthy meals for yourself or shop for yourself
  • You may be farther away from healthcare and support if needed

To combat this, many seniors begin to consider moving to a more urban area, or they may move to a senior living community – putting them conveniently close to healthcare, entertainment, social opportunities and more.

Plan Well for the Future with Waterstone at the Circle

At a community like ours, you’ll find like-minded individuals, access to healthcare services, gourmet dining, a wide range of social and cultural events, and an active, worry-free lifestyle. It’s everything you need to live healthy and well.

For more information about life at Waterstone at the Circle, contact our team or schedule a visit today. We’d love to share all the ways we keep residents active, engaged and healthy as they age – all while experiencing a lifestyle they love.

EXPERIENCE ALL WATERSTONE AT THE CIRCLE HAS TO OFFER

The best way to get a feel for whether Waterstone at the Circle is right for you is by visiting, talking with residents, and exploring our lifestyle for yourself. Schedule a tour or visit our website today to learn more about our premier independent living community for seniors 62 and over.

When older adults research their senior living options, they should take a close look at the amenities available to find a community that’s perfect for their desired lifestyle and retirement goals. The right amenities can enhance a person’s lifestyle – while a lack of amenities could leave them less than satisfied.

To make sure you’re choosing the right community for you, consider what’s going to be most important to you both now and in the future. Make sure the amenities available will enhance your quality of life as you continue to age while increasing your health and happiness.

If you are beginning your search for senior living and are unsure of where to start in creating your list of ideal services and amenities, we can help.

Services and Amenities in Senior Living

To help you discover just a few of the amenities premier senior living communities like Waterstone of Westchester provide, we’ve created a list of what our residents enjoy. Based around your possible values, interests and needs, the list below may help guide you on your journey of finding the perfect community for you.

Feel Rejuvenated with Health and Fitness Opportunities

Many senior living communities include fitness classes to help improve physical health. At Waterstone of Westchester, this means having access to:

  • Fitness center with senior-friendly equipment
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Professional trainers
  • Mind-body studio for yoga, tai chi and other classes
  • Physical therapy space

From one-on-one training to a range of activities and classes, you can find numerous opportunities to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle with the amenities you need to meet your wellness goals.

Get Social in the Common Areas

A rich social life should be just outside your door, no matter where you decide to reside – and at Waterstone of Westchester, social opportunities are around every turn. In fact, you’ll often find those within our community connecting in our common areas, with residents enjoying:

  • Games in the card room
  • Conversations in the lobby
  • Events in the community room
  • Social gatherings in the lounge
  • Get-togethers with family members in the great room or private dining room

And, if you’d like some privacy, you can also host your friends in your spacious apartment.

Take in Your Love of the Arts and Literature

Each day at Waterstone of Westchester, residents enjoy programs and a multitude of ways to remain engaged. Whether you are inspired by art, classic films, or the adventure that a good book provides, we have something for everyone to enjoy.

If your passion lies in the arts, the community you choose should offer some of the below opportunities, just as Waterstone of Westchester does.

  • Explore the work of local artists in the gallery
  • Create a masterpiece in the art studio
  • Enjoy a film in the media room and theater
  • Sit down with a good book in the library
  • Discuss the latest book club read with friends

If you’d prefer to enjoy something else, like lifelong learning and special interest clubs, you’ll want to get a list of what’s available within the community you’re touring. Here, the possibilities are endless – check out our range of activities and programs for more details.

Enjoy the Outdoors

From stopping to smell the flowers to connecting with others, the outdoors can enhance your days greatly. If you love being in nature, make sure the community you’re interested in is located in an area that’s full of natural spaces and places.

At Waterstone of Westchester, our community offers the benefits of the outdoors with our sunroom, outdoor terrace, fire pit, and al fresco kitchen and dining areas.

If you love to exercise in nature, check to see if there are any walking trails near the community of your choice, or ask if wellness programs are offered outdoors.

Dining Options to Savor

At Waterstone of Westchester, our professional chefs prepare creative menus with exceptional flavors. Dining options feature seasonal, gourmet cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, ensuring an experience you’ll savor. We offer choices to please every palate, meet dietary requirements, and fit your schedule.

Before making the final decision on the community you’ll move to, explore their dining options, have a couple of meals there, and immerse yourself in the experience. Because food is such a large part of life, it’s important you enjoy it.

Beginning Your Search for the Top Independent Living Amenities

It’s important to note that, although Waterstone of Westchester offers all these services and amenities, not all communities offer the same level of services and amenities. When touring your living options, make sure your communities of choice include the aspects you’ve valued as most important on this list. If they don’t, it’s best to pass them by.

If you’d like to learn more about our amenities or experience them for yourself, we invite you to schedule a visit today.

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When seniors search for a retirement community, they often think about the floor plans, the activities, the dining, and the on-site programs. However, they may be missing one important aspect: How desirable the surrounding area may be.

Location can make or break a decision to move to a senior living community. What’s more, location preferences can be different for everyone, making it essential to:

  • Schedule a tour to immerse yourself in the community
  • Get a feel for what the surrounding community offers
  • Hear directly from the residents what they think about the location and the opportunities it provides

For many seniors, the factor that’s increasingly important is their community neighborhood’s walkability. Older adults are actively looking for a senior living community where they can stay involved in the greater community – one that’s easily accessible and provides opportunities just outside their doors.

Benefits of Walkable Senior Living Community

Whether seniors don’t drive, want to get more exercise, are looking for a way to easily connect with others, or are trying to help the environment, walkable senior living locations offer many advantages, including:

Wellness and Health Benefits

People who live in walkable neighborhoods are more likely to travel by foot or bike. This provides an additional opportunity to get exercise while maintaining a healthy weight, strengthening bones, reducing the risk of heart disease, improving balance, and more.

Even better, if you’re looking for an added boost, walking can enhance your mood, help reduce stress, and improve cognition.

Social Benefits

Being involved in a walkable area can bring a greater sense of community and increased opportunities to connect with others. Often, you’ll also find more ways to volunteer, engage with younger generations, and explore new hobbies. Being connected to a community can decrease feelings of loneliness and enhance independence.

Financial Benefits

Many people include vehicle and maintenance costs like gas and auto insurance within their monthly budget. A walkable area – especially one that’s located near public transportation if needed – means you no longer have to plan for these costs.

Environmental Benefits

Walkable cities and pedestrian-friendly areas reduce the number of vehicles on the road. This helps decrease the environmental impacts of air pollution while also reducing a community’s carbon footprint.

Walkable Things To Do at Waterstone at the Circle

Discover just some of the walkable hot spots that await our residents just outside the doors of our premier senior living community.

  • Enjoy Cassidy Park or the Chestnut Hill Reservoir walking trail
  • Order a bite to eat at Eagle’s Deli, Cafée Landwer, Cityside Tavern or Pino’s Pizza
  • Explore the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
  • Grab some essentials at CVS Pharmacy or 7-Eleven
  • Savor a drink at Kung Fu Tea or Dunkin’
  • Visit guests at the AC Hotel by Marriott
  • Grab some sushi at Fin’s Sushi & Grill or Sushi Momento

Fun is only a short ride away – or just outside your door.

Aside from how walkable our community is, you can easily travel to locations that are farther away. Whether you choose to take the MBTA Green Line, schedule private transportation with our concierge, or travel in your own vehicle, you can easily reach whichever nearby destinations you please. With some of the best locations just a few minutes away, there will always be something fun to do.

  • Enjoy a sporting event at Fenway Park
  • Check out the Museum of Fine Arts or the Arnold Arboretum
  • Go shopping at The Street in Chestnut Hill, Newton Centre, Copley Place, Harvard Square, North End or Prudential Center
  • Visit Boston College or Boston University
  • Experience a performance at the Citizens Bank Opera House, the Coolidge Corner Theatre, or the Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Take the grandkids to the Franklin Park Zoo
  • Tour the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
  • Play at one of the many golf courses near Boston

Would you prefer to stay in at Waterstone at the Circle?

Remaining within our community is certainly an option you have the freedom to enjoy as well! Here, you can simply walk outside your apartment door to enjoy enriching programs, exquisite dining, engaging social and cultural activities, and wellness opportunities. Whether you want to chat with friends, try a new hobby, work on your fitness goals, or explore a new interest, we can make it happen.

No matter your preferences, the versatility of our senior living location allows you to spend each day as you please.

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Discover how Waterstone at the Circle’s location can enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Schedule a visit today to learn more about our premier independent living community designed to enrich life for seniors 62 and over.

When you picture your retirement, where do you imagine yourself being located? Is it somewhere active with plenty to do nearby? Or is it somewhere you can relax and spend quality time with friends and family? For those who make the move to Waterstone at Wellesley, they find both.

Waterstone is conveniently situated just off Route 128, behind Wellesley Hills shopping, but also tucked away – putting you close to everything the town of Wellesley offers, while still providing privacy. Not only this, but we put you right in the heart of nature, adjacent to the Charles River and its walking paths, a footbridge and beautiful foliage.

With our prime location near dining, shopping, education and nature, there are always things to do in Wellesley, MA. Even better, there’s usually a friend close by to enjoy it with. Whether residents choose to remain on site or venture through the surrounding community, our residents love living here – and it’s easy to see why.

So what’s going on in Wellesley?

Foodies and adventure seekers to nature lovers and passionate learners will find plenty to do each day. Whether you’re preparing for a visit, doing some retirement planning, or are simply wanting to get a better view into what life at Waterstone at Wellesley could look like, check out some of our favorite places to go and things to do.

A helpful tip: Before setting off, check out the websites and social media pages of what you’re most interested in seeing and doing. This can help you plan effectively while ensuring they are open and able to be visited. It’s important to note that some may be closed for the season or have restrictions in place that may change periodically.

Upscale Dining Options

No matter your preferences, there is a dining option that will be perfect for you. Our culinary team delivers an exquisite culinary experience, but if you’re looking for an adventure in Wellesley, you can choose from one of the many delicious restaurants and cafés in our area such as:

Fine Retailers and Shops

Whether you’re looking for the perfect outfit, the right gift, or just a delicious accompaniment for a dinner you’re hosting, you’ll find it in Wellesley. From shopping centers featuring an array of boutiques to cheese shops and specialty stores, options abound no matter where you choose.

Check out some of the following shops and shopping centers our residents and families love to explore.

Educational Opportunities

Our residents enjoy lifelong learning, and our location makes it easier. Featuring educational institutions, museums, galleries and more, you can pursue whichever opportunities you desire. If you’re looking for even more, Boston is just a short trip away. Check out some of these resident favorites.

  • Babson College
  • Wellesley College
  • The Davis Museum
  • J. Todd Galleries

Outdoor Attractions

With the fall season upon us, it’s a great time to get outside before the colder seasons hit. Our location lends itself to some of the most beautiful areas, including gardens, bodies of water, and walking trails. Take some time to explore the parks and grounds of some of these gorgeous sites.

Proximity to Health Centers

Our senior living community offers supportive care and assisted living services on site. However, residents enjoy the peace of mind of having quality healthcare centers nearby. In fact, we are just blocks away from Newton-Wellesley Hospital. We’re also close to Boston’s medical community and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Access to Other Active Communities

If residents want to explore further, Natick and Boston are great places to start. With plenty of attractions in Natick and Boston, you’re sure to find many things to do. If you’d like some suggestions, we’d be happy to help.

Are you already planning and in need of some ideas for a trip to Boston? Check out our sister community Waterstone at the Circle’s blog!

Explore the Possibilities

At Waterstone at Wellesley, there is always so much to explore. Our residents would love to share their favorite places to visit with you! Schedule a tour to talk to our residents and discover what awaits at Waterstone at Wellesley.

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Waterstone at Wellesley offers independent living and assisted living options in the heart of Wellesley, MA. Contact us for more information or to schedule a personal visit today.