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.


Avoiding Identity Theft and Common Scams Targeting Seniors

Yearly, millions of seniors become the victim of a financial scam or scheme, causing the loss of money, trust, privacy or safety. In fact, chances are you know someone who has been affected by scams, have seen a family member’s social media page that has been hacked, or have received a spam call or message yourself.

No matter where you look, scammers and con artists seem to be out there lurking, waiting for the next person to target. Fortunately, being aware of common identity theft and elder fraud techniques can help you avoid them.

What Makes Seniors Targets for Identity Theft and Scams?

People of all ages can be scammed; however, seniors are often targets for fraud because of their trusting and polite nature. They may also be targeted because they typically own their home, have good credit, and have financial savings.

Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information to pretend they are you in order to drain your accounts, open credit cards, or even get medical treatments. In fact, did you know that, according to the Consumer Sentinel Network’s 2021 Data Book, 1.4 million complaints of fraud were reported? This made up 25% of all complaints.

What are the common types of identity theft, how can you protect yourself, and what can you do if you think you’ve been targeted? We’re sharing the information you need to know below.

Common Identity Theft Techniques

According to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network report, the top form of identity theft was Government Documents or Benefits Fraud. This was followed by Credit Card Fraud. Some other notable forms you may find include:

  • Loan or Lease Fraud
  • Phone or Utilities Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Employment or Tax-Related Fraud

These, however, aren’t the only types of identity theft. Others may include email or social media, evading the law, insurance, medical services, online shopping or payment accounts, securities accounts, and more.

How To Protect Yourself from Identity Thieves

If you are concerned about identity theft, follow these tips.

  • Never give out personal information
  • Don’t give out credit card information over the phone
  • Never carry your Social Security number or card on you
  • Lock banking information away
  • Shred important documents
  • Enable two-factor authentication for logging into websites or apps
  • Change any passwords that are part of a security breach
  • If needed, freeze your credit files with credit bureaus
  • Check your credit yearly
  • Create complex passwords

What To Do if You Think You’re the Victim of Identity Theft

According to U.S. News & World Report, you can report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), proving to businesses that someone stole your identity. You can also place fraud alerts on your credit report, request fraudulent information be removed, and file a police report, especially if you know who committed the crime.

Senior Scams

Sentinel shares there were over 984,000 imposter scam reports and that about 1 in 5 people lost money. Imposter scams were also shown to be the number one cause of fraud in 2021.

Being aware of scams can help you spot them – and stop scammers in their tracks – before you’ve been taken advantage of. Learn more about scams, protecting yourself, and reporting them below.

Common and Current Senior Scams

According to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, some of the most common types of scams include:

  • Charity scams, often present during holidays and after natural disasters and emergencies
  • Debt collection, debt relief or debt settlement scams
  • Romance scams, which usually occur online in an attempt to access your money
  • Sweepstakes or lottery scams
  • Grandparent scams, where scammers pose as grandchildren in trouble to get money or gift cards from you
  • And, of course, imposter scams, convincing you to send money by pretending to be someone you know and trust, like a government agency, police officer, employee of the state, etc.

Other types of scams, like tech support scams, Medicare scams, mortgage scams and more also exist, so be cautious anytime you feel even slightly unsure.

How To Protect Yourself

Protecting yourself from scams is a lot like protecting yourself from identity theft, but you can also take it one step further. Before acting on a potential scam:

  • Raise a red flag about a sense of urgency
  • Use the internet to research
  • Get a second opinion
  • Monitor your bank account or sign up for fraud alerts
  • Evaluate websites you’re purchasing from
  • Never send money to people you don’t know
  • Do not complete wire transfer requests
  • Remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it almost always is
  • Put your phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry

Reporting Scams

What should you do if you find out you’re the target of a scam, or that you’ve been scammed? Just like with identity theft, there are a couple of things you should do right away, including submitting a complaint with the FTC, contacting the police, and reporting it to your state attorney general.

We’re here to help.

For more information on how to avoid identity theft and senior scams, or for ways you can keep yourself or a loved one safe, contact our team. For additional senior resources, visit our other blog posts today.


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

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

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

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

Gourmet, Chef-prepared Meals

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

Locally Sourced, Seasonal Ingredients

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

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

Impeccable Service

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

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

Anytime Dining

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

Dining Tailored to Preferences and Needs

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

Discover a Dining Experience That Exceeds Residents’ Expectations.

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

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

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


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


Benefits of a Positive Mindset as We Age

How old do you feel? If you answered higher than your current age, or even lower, there might just be a good reason for that – and it all has to do with mindset.

Whether you’re trying to hide your age, feel older than you are, or would simply like to freeze time, it’s important to shift your mindset from negativity to positivity. Why? Because a positive attitude has many proven benefits when it comes to aging.

The Perks of Positivity in the Aging Process

Research shows that a positive outlook and attitude about aging may help to reverse the aging process in older adults. A study published in the March 2022 Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences shares that among 233 older men, those who were more optimistic experienced better moods while improving how they viewed stressful situations.

This isn’t the only study that shows how a positive mindset can lead to greater well-being in life.

In research conducted by Ellen Langer, PhD, Harvard University psychology professor, a group of men, one who acted as though they lived in 1959 and those who simply reminisced about the year, noticed enhanced overall well-being, including in vision, old age, cancer, weight, heart health and happiness. Those who acted as though they were younger received even more benefits, showing that while growing older may be a part of life, anti-aging may be all about being young at heart and staying positive.

Ways To Put Positivity Into Motion

How can older people achieve healthy aging while seeing aging in a positive light? If you or a loved one is on a mission to reverse the aging process while adopting a healthy lifestyle, check out these ideas that can help.

Embrace Gratitude and Focus on Positive Emotions

When you focus on all the good things happening around you, you leave little room for the negative thoughts and experiences to cast a shadow. Check out some of the many ways you can embrace gratitude, improve your mental health and be more positive with these tips.

  • Maintain a journal
  • Make a list of three things you’re thankful for each day
  • Meditate
  • Collect happy memories in a jar to read at the end of the year, or longer
  • Assess and reframe negative thoughts

Increase Physical Activity

Have you ever felt happier and more energized after exercising? This is because exercise releases endorphins, which can make you not only healthier but also happier. Strive to increase your physical activity by creating a fitness routine. If you want to bring a little more sunshine to your routine, exercise with friends or attend a group yoga or tai chi class.

Tip: If you’re struggling to start, focus on viewing exercise in a positive light, too. Instead of viewing it as something you have to do, reframe it as something you’re happy to have the ability to do.

Stay Social

Happiness is contagious, and being around friends can provide a significant boost to a person’s mood. Surround yourself with positive people who encourage you to be the best version of yourself!

Manage Stress

An overload of stress can be detrimental to your health and well-being. Find effective ways to manage this, whether it’s talking with friends, exercising, practicing self-care, getting involved throughout your community, or simply taking a break for something that brings you joy.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle

If you feel better, you’re likely to be more positive and could even live longer. This doesn’t just mean exercising; it also includes eating healthy, quitting bad habits like smoking or drinking excessively, scheduling routine doctor’s visits, managing health conditions like high blood pressure, and keeping your mind and body as healthy as possible.

Find Humor in Everyday Life

Laughter can be some of the best medicine. Whenever negative things happen or something doesn’t go according to plan, find a way to laugh about it or view it in a more positive light. This won’t just help you realize that what you’re going through might not be that bad, but it can help lighten some of the pressure while bringing joy.

Shift Negative Stereotypes

One of the best ways to reverse the aging process is to shift what you think aging looks like.

Today’s seniors are more active than ever and are looking for ways to enhance their senior living experience. At Waterstone at Wellesley, we’re kicking old stereotypes to the curb every day with an enriching and engaging lifestyle crafted around the retirement seniors are searching for.

Discover how we put everything in place for healthy, happy and positive aging. Schedule a visit to learn more about our lifestyle today.


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


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.

The Circle

Tips for a Healthier You in 2023

A new year has begun, and if you’re like many others, you’ve written out – or thought up – a specific set of goals for your fresh start. If one of your goals is to be healthier in 2023, read on for tips to achieve your resolution – or to take it to the next level.

What To Focus On for Optimal Senior Health and Wellness

A healthier you doesn’t just mean you should focus on fitness, though it does help. There are a range of aspects of wellness you should keep in mind for healthy aging. These include social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and physical health.

What can you do to foster each of these dimensions for a healthier you? The possibilities are truly endless, so choose options to best fit your needs and goals this new year.

How Older Adults Can Achieve Optimal Health and Wellness in 2023

Enhance Social Health

Social interaction has an impact on your overall health. In fact, it reduces the risk of health issues, like depression, while enhancing a sense of belonging and decreasing feelings of isolation.

  • Join a club or group
  • Attend social events
  • Limit time on social media, instead opting for personal connection
  • Enjoy opportunities for intergenerational connections, including mentoring students or volunteering at your church
  • Consider moving to senior living where you will find new friends with similar interests

Increase Intellectual Health

Lifelong learning enhances quality of life while bringing health benefits to those who seek out the possibilities they provide. Put some additional focus on intellectual health with these ideas.

  • Attend classes and lectures
  • Explore local museums
  • Try out a new hobby
  • Pursue your passions
  • Take advantage of local cultural opportunities
  • Travel when you’re able, even if it’s a short day trip or weekend getaway

Bonus: Experiences like these can also help to protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

Put More Focus on Emotional Health

Mental health is an important aspect of overall health and wellness because it directly impacts the mind and the body. Discover how you can improve your emotional health with these tips.

  • Focus on positivity and gratitude
  • Aim for better sleep, around seven to nine hours nightly
  • Find ways to relieve stress, including exercise or meditation
  • Journal or list out things you are thankful for

Foster Spiritual Health

With so much focus placed on emotional and physical health, it’s not uncommon to forget about spiritual health. No matter what this means for you, fostering your spiritual health has a range of benefits.

  • Find a sense of purpose in everyday life
  • Reflect or meditate
  • Connect with your faith
  • Give back to others

Power Up Your Physical Health

A healthier lifestyle is never a bad thing to seek. This year, increase your physical activity, cut back on bad habits, eat healthy, and more.

  • Remain a healthy weight, losing weight or maintaining if needed, while exercising regularly
  • Cut back on processed foods, which also helps with weight loss
  • Drink water and cut back on sugary sodas
  • Try exercise classes, remembering to enhance balance, flexibility and stability
  • Explore tai chi or yoga, which combine multiple dimensions of wellness
  • Stop smoking and drink alcohol only in moderation

Discover Wellness at Waterstone at the Circle

We make it simple for residents to meet their New Year’s resolutions while staying healthy.

With a full calendar of social events, groups and clubs, access to lifelong learning possibilities and spiritual opportunities, and plentiful wellness and fitness programs, residents have everything they need to live healthy. Even better, this includes supportive healthcare services available within the comfort of residents’ private apartments.

To experience how you can have your healthiest year yet, or to learn about our independent living community for seniors 62 and over, schedule a tour.

The Circle

Settling In After a Move to Senior Living

Moving to a senior living community is a time of joy for many older adults, but it can also come with some anxiety. From questions like, “How will I fill my days?” and “How will I make friends?” to “What if I don’t feel at home?” and “How long will it take me to feel comfortable?”, a move can be fraught with ‘what-ifs’ and ‘hows’.

The good news is that settling in after a move is often easier than you imagine. This is especially true at Waterstone at the Circle. Check out our top tips that help new residents at The Circle adjust quickly and take advantage of all our active lifestyle has to offer right away.

Getting into the Groove of Senior Living | Tips To Help You Settle In

1 | Make your space feel like home.

Moving to a new space is an opportunity to showcase who you are. Make your new home a reflection of you by highlighting your interests, showing who is important to you with photographs and keepsakes, and decorating with items that bring you joy. The more it feels like home, the sooner you’ll feel settled in.

2 | Introduce yourself to new neighbors.

Make it a point to say hello and introduce yourself to those around you. This can open up opportunities to get involved, make new friends, and learn more about the community. At Waterstone at the Circle, you’ll quickly find our community is filled with a sense of community and camaraderie.

3 | Invite friends and family members over.

Share your new home with your friends and family by hosting a housewarming party or maybe even a weekly movie night. This can help you make new memories with those you love in your beautiful new home.

4| Create a routine and goals.

While many seniors look forward to retirement and having endless free time to do as they please, some may worry that a lack of structure will make them feel bored or even overwhelmed. Instead, create your own schedule and routine and stick to it.

If your goal is to get fit, pencil in time for physical activity with one of our personal trainers. If you want to get involved with the local community, ask our life enrichment team about opportunities to volunteer or give back. If you still want to work, you can do that, too! Here, the choices are all yours.

5 | Try out new activities, attend programs you’re interested in, or join a club.

Activities for seniors in independent living communities like Waterstone at the Circle are endless. From book clubs, art classes, and fitness groups to social hours, cooking demonstrations, and game nights, you’re likely to find there’s more to enjoy than can be done on any given day.

Don’t let yourself get so caught up in your routine that you stop pursuing new activities, passions and hobbies. Engage in lifelong learning, attend lectures, take advantage of new volunteer opportunities, and try out a new skill. Not only will you enhance your brain power and skill set, but you’re also likely to make new friends and connect with others with similar interests. Ask our life enrichment team to introduce you to activities and programs you might enjoy.

6 | Explore the community and your surrounding area.

Waterstone at the Circle is ideally located at the foot of Chestnut Hill in Boston, putting you near a variety of things to do. From cultural events and museums to shopping and delicious dining, there’s plenty to explore once you arrive at our community. Our concierge would be more than happy to assist you with purchasing tickets or arranging transportation to area attractions and events.

7 | Get to know team members.

At Waterstone at the Circle, we work hard to ensure the premier senior living experience you expect! Our dedicated team members are ready to lend a hand if or when it’s needed. Whatever your need, we are at your service and ready to assist!

8 | Give yourself time to adjust.

It might take some time to get used to your new retirement community. Some residents feel at home right away, while it takes others some time to adjust, and that’s normal. Lean on team members, get involved in the community as you feel comfortable, stay in touch with family and friends, and simply enjoy your new, carefree life.

Making the Transition Easy at Waterstone

At Waterstone at the Circle, we’re here to help you settle in from the moment you walk in the door. Our expert team gets to know your preferences, likes and dislikes, and we share our social calendars, highlighting opportunities to get involved.

Even our residents welcome you with open arms, with invitations to join them for dinner, activities and more. Everything you need to make the transition easy is right here for you.


Schedule a visit today to learn more about our premier independent living community designed to enrich life for seniors 62 and over. Waterstone at the Circle offers beautiful rental apartments as well as access to supportive care services on site.

Have you ever played the game of “telephone,” where one person starts out saying a phrase and then it gets passed down the line of people until it turns into a completely different phrase? This is often what happens with perception of senior living communities.

One person gives their opinion, whether true or untrue, and it gets passed down until myths form. This makes it important to figure out the facts for yourself, especially if you’re considering what senior living can offer you or a loved one. Fortunately, the team at Waterstone at Wellesley is here to help you tell fact from fiction.

Debunking Senior Living Myths

Myth | Senior living is too expensive and full of hidden fees.

Fact | Older adults living in senior retirement communities like Waterstone at Wellesley know that our convenient monthly rental apartments help them maintain control of their assets with no large financial commitment. They can enjoy everything our lifestyle offers for a simple monthly fee.

Myth | Residents lose their independence.

Fact | Many residents move to increase their independence while enhancing their lifestyle and quality of life. Without worries over maintenance, housekeeping and other chores, residents embrace a full life of their own design.

If you want to continue working, there are no restrictions. Simply work, enjoy life, and let us take care of everything here for you. If support is required to live independently, residents can receive it in their own private apartment while remaining active and engaged in community life.

Myth | There’s nothing to do.

Fact | Those who move to a senior living community often find themselves spending their time enjoying everything they never had time for before! From engaging in hobbies and uncovering passions to making friends and taking part in fitness classes, there is always something to do. Waterstone at Wellesley offers a full calendar of social, cultural, recreational, and educational programs designed to pique a diverse range of interests.

Myth | There is no privacy.

Fact | Senior living offers the best of both worlds. Spend as much, or as little, time alone as you please within the comfort and privacy of your luxurious apartment. When you want to socialize, opportunities await just outside your door.

Myth | The food isn’t good.

Fact | Our chefs create seasonal, gourmet meals freshly and creatively prepared every day. With anytime dining and impeccable ambiance, our dining experience is something our residents at Waterstone at Wellesley truly savor. If you want to cook for yourself or your guests, our beautiful independent living apartments offer full-size kitchens.

Myth | Senior living offers hospital-like spaces.

Fact | At Waterstone at Wellesley, our independent living and assisted living community offers spacious residences with all the comforts of home. Our community is stylish, sophisticated and closely resembles a resort hotel.

Myth | Pets are not allowed.

Fact | While some senior living communities don’t allow pets, Waterstone at Wellesley does! We know pets are an important part of your family, so we welcome them at our senior living community.

Dispel the Myths and Discover the Facts

To learn more about senior living and to debunk the myths for yourself, schedule a visit to Waterstone at Wellesley today.


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.

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.