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Ways to Help Aging Parents Get Their Affairs in Order

As parents age, it becomes more important to create a plan for the future. Not only can this help ensure their wishes are met, but it can keep you from having to make difficult decisions regarding their health, senior care and more.

If you’re looking to help your parents get their affairs in order but aren’t sure where to start, Waterstone at Wellesley is here to guide you.

Perks of Preparing for the Future

Seniors and adult children who are preparing retirement plans are often left with a sense of security and peace of mind once they are finalized. Check out some of the most common perks they experience, both right away and when the need arises.

  • When you need to step in for support, you know what is needed and where all important paperwork is
  • Emergencies are less stressful to handle
  • You aren’t left making decisions at the last second for your parents
  • It allows you to understand and honor your parents’ wishes
  • Everyone will be on the same page, reducing conflicts

How To Get Started

While some may think that getting affairs in order means simply preparing a will, it encompasses so much more. Among these important topics include:

  • Legal affairs, including estate planning and establishing powers of attorney
  • Financial planning, like saving for retirement, medical care and wealth accumulation
  • Healthcare wishes and long-term care plans

If you or your parents aren’t sure where to begin, try following the steps below.

Discuss all matters with key family members.

When planning for the future, you and your parents will want to keep all key family members involved. Not only will this ensure everyone is on the same page, but it will help keep the peace while making sure there are no hard feelings, no one is left out of decisions, and there are no surprises.

Ensure the right documents are in place.

Help your parents make sure that all their needed legal documents are in order and secure. According to AARP, you should gather the following documents and ensure they are stored in a safe area.

  • Their will and living will
  • Advance directives
  • Statements of durable powers of attorney for finances and healthcare
  • A family plan detailing caregiving roles so everyone knows what they are responsible for
  • Birth, marriage and death certificates; divorce decrees; citizenship papers; Social Security cards
  • Deeds to property or cemetery plots
  • Military discharge papers
  • Insurance policies and pension benefits
  • Medication lists

Discuss finances.

It’s important to be aware of your aging parents’ finances. Whether they have hired a financial professional or are currently looking into it, they can help you and your family manage wealth, assess retirement income, adjust risk tolerance, determine the right retirement plans, help you get the most tax advantages, answer questions about Social Security, and more.

Knowing their financial status can also help you manage their retirement accounts, including Roth IRAs or 401(k) accounts, or pay their bills when needed.

Get permission to talk to your parents’ providers on their behalf.

It will be important for you to be able to access your parents’ bank accounts, health records and more. Make sure your parent provides written permission for you to do this in case of emergencies, and don’t forget to have them list out their bills and how they are paid.

Plan out future care wishes.

Where do your parents envision themselves in the future? Do they want to remain at home, with home care, when health needs arise? Or would they prefer to move to a senior living community like Waterstone at Wellesley, with:

  • Access to an enriching, maintenance-free lifestyle
  • Endless opportunities to enjoy each day
  • Care available if or when it may be needed, tailored to their needs

If they prefer to move, you can help your parents take charge by touring their options, beginning their downsizing journey, and establishing exactly what it is they want for their future.

Here Through Every Step

At Waterstone at Wellesley, we know that future planning can be a difficult process to navigate. For some, it may be overwhelming, for others, it can bring peace of mind knowing there is a plan in place. Whichever situation you find yourself in, we want you to know we are here for you.

For more information about future planning and getting your parents’ affairs in order, contact us today. We’d be happy to share more information, invite you to an event, or schedule a personal visit for you and your parents.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

WATERSTONE AT WELLESLEY. NOW THIS IS HOME.

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.

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How Senior Living Enhances Overall Health

In recent years, senior living has shifted its focus from simply providing an engaging lifestyle with available healthcare services to offering an experience that truly enhances seniors’ physical, emotional, and mental health. This change comes about as seniors are living longer and prioritizing their overall well-being, knowing that they’d like to pursue active, adventurous lifestyles for as long as possible.

While wellness has always been an aspect of a senior living lifestyle, it was rarely as major a focus as it is today. In fact, according to an article by Senior Housing News, out of 267 senior living professionals surveyed, roughly 60% said their senior living communities will be based on a lifestyle of wellness by 2023. According to the International Council on Active Aging survey in the article, some of the programs we can expect include:

  • Continuing education and lifelong learning
  • Exercise led by instructors and technology
  • Health education and disease management
  • Food and nutrition education and preparation
  • Intergenerational programs

Waterstone at Wellesley is proud to be ahead of the curve – offering a dynamic range of programs and events, impressive amenities, high-touch services and social opportunities that support all dimensions of health and wellness in daily life.

Wellness at Waterstone Senior Living

When it comes to senior health, it’s important for communities to stay on top of the trends and best practices, providing exactly what seniors are looking for while involving every aspect of their lives. At Waterstone at Wellesley, we do just that through a range of avenues.

Programming and Lifelong Learning

The pursuit of lifelong learning shouldn’t stop because of aging. In fact, this is a time many seniors embrace new possibilities. The ability to engage in dynamic programs and events can improve many different facets of health and wellness for seniors.

At Waterstone, residents enjoy:

  • Educational series, historical lectures and film reviews
  • Outings and cultural opportunities
  • Painting, gardening, writing, and creative art classes

Social Opportunities

Waterstone at Wellesley provides a range of events to keep residents socially engaged, which can decrease feelings of depression and loneliness. The camaraderie of friends and neighbors is a major component of life at Waterstone at Wellesley. Here, residents enjoy:

  • Cocktail hour with friends
  • Special interest clubs and social groups
  • Courtyard concerts and events
  • Gatherings with friends and family in the private dining room

Fitness and Wellness

Many senior living residents refuse to buy into the idea that lessened physical health is just an inevitable part of aging. In fact, they combat this by increasing their physical activity and making their health a priority. We make it easy with:

  • Exercise classes like group yoga and tai chi
  • A fully equipped fitness center with personal trainers
  • Customized fitness plans
  • Outdoor fitness opportunities, including walking paths along the Charles River

Wellness at Waterstone doesn’t just consist of programs that enhance physical health. Many classes are designed to help clear the mind and improve emotional and mental health, leading to enhanced mood, increased self-esteem and other positive emotions.

Gourmet Dining

Health ties into nutrition, and at many senior living facilities, food is a key focus. Waterstone at Wellesley’s executive chef and culinary team creates gourmet meals to fuel the body, mind, and spirit, featuring:

  • Seasonal menus
  • Fresh, locally sourced ingredients
  • Anytime dining to suit residents’ needs

Not only does the culinary experience at Waterstone offer enhanced nutrition, but dining with friends in a restaurant-style setting also provides beneficial socialization opportunities.

Dedicated Support

In addition to the programs and amenities designed to promote wellness in daily life, Waterstone at Wellesley also provides senior care with assisted living on site. Our close proximity to area hospitals and medical teams means residents and family members can rest assured knowing support will always be available if needed.

Experience Wellness at Waterstone for Yourself

If you or a loved one is searching for a senior living community that will enhance long-term wellness, Waterstone at Wellesley may be the answer you need.

Visit our website to learn more about our lifestyle, or schedule a tour to get an inside look at what our residents enjoy.

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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.

As seniors age, many consider moving to a senior living community like Waterstone at Wellesley. What’s more is that many of these seniors happen to be single. Why are so many of these single seniors choosing senior living communities? Join us as we take a deep dive into the decision-making process and how a move to senior living provides them with abundant opportunities to thrive!

Today’s Senior Living Experience

There was once a time when many Baby Boomers believed retirement communities were like nursing homes; and now, those days are long gone! Instead, many single older adults have tossed those old views away and are making informed decisions about their futures based on what senior living is like now – and what it will be in the future.

With all the perks, amenities and lifestyle of senior living communities like Waterstone at Wellesley, it’s certainly easy to see why!

How Senior Living Helps Single Seniors Thrive

Many single seniors look forward to a move for the same reasons that those who aren’t single do. From the lifestyle and amenities to gourmet dining and maintenance-free living, there is often so much to look forward to. However, there are definitely some ways that single seniors benefit even more from senior living.

Senior living provides social connections.

We’re going to kick off this list of benefits with one of the most important: social opportunities. Within senior living communities, older adults are able to meet new people, find new hobbies, bond with others over shared interests, and enjoy a range of programs to keep them engaged.

At Waterstone at Wellesley, we offer a variety of programs, special interest clubs, group fitness classes, and more to meet varying interests, enhance involvement, and prevent isolation.

They can say goodbye to the hassles of homeownership.

In senior living communities like Waterstone at Wellesley, home maintenance, housekeeping and yardwork are taken care of for residents.

This ensures that if they don’t know how to fix something, they won’t need to learn or pay an outside company to come fix it for them! If they have always had trouble keeping up with the lawn, watering plants or trimming up the hedges, they won’t need to worry about it. If they have always had someone come to their home to tidy up, they won’t need to worry about doing it themselves after a move either.

Instead, they give their to-do list to us so they can enjoy their lifestyle with peace of mind.

Meals are prepared for them.

Cooking for one can be fun and may lead to some creative recipes, but often, it can lead to making quick meals – and an increase in unhealthy dietary choices. At communities like Waterstone at Wellesley, chef-prepared meals are provided.

Instead of single older adults being the sole person doing meal prep, cooking and cleanup, we take the hassle out of it. Residents can simply be our guests while dining with friends or family and savoring everything we offer.

Care services are available if or when it’s needed.

When single seniors remain at home, they may not have support if health challenges arise. The search for care at home can be challenging and difficult to acquire. Ultimately, a health crisis is often what drives a move for some seniors, especially when they are single.

By making a move before care is required, however, single seniors can get to know the team, make new friends, and enjoy the programs and events that communities have to offer. Then, when they need care, it will be available to them from a community they trust. Best of all, they’ll continue enjoying the current lifestyle they love.

Providing Opportunities for Single Older Adults To Thrive

Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of retirement communities and independent living for single seniors? The team at Waterstone at Wellesley would love to chat with you. Schedule a visit to learn more about our lifestyle and experience how we keep all seniors engaged and active.

WATERSTONE AT WELLESLEY. NOW THIS IS HOME.

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.

When the weather warms up, many people feel inspired to be more active – and that also includes motivation to do more around the home. It’s the perfect opportunity to declutter, organize and prepare for a move to a senior living community.

Are you looking for an excuse to get started or simply don’t know where to start? We’re here to help by sharing the benefits, the reasons, and the right tips to get you started.

Benefits of Decluttering and Downsizing

When many seniors hear the term “downsizing,” they often think of getting rid of many of their belongings in preparation for a move to a smaller home. While this can sometimes be true, downsizing the home doesn’t always mean moving to a smaller space!

As is the case for many seniors, sometimes it simply means upsizing their lifestyle by eliminating the hassles and worries that come along with homeownership and moving to a premier senior living community like Waterstone at Wellesley. Residents enjoy the benefits of less maintenance and upkeep in their apartment, but with the added perk of having a community full of luxury amenities and enriching services right outside their front door. In reality, residents are actually increasing their overall living space!

No matter the reason, it’s the right season to begin the decluttering and downsizing process. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Gives inspiration to pack up seasonal clothes and get out warm-weather attire
  • Refreshes the home for a new season
  • Frees up storage spaces
  • Allows you to pass on unneeded items to family or friends
  • Provides the opportunity to throw a summer yard sale
  • Helps you and your family feel more prepared for the future

Helpful Tips for Seniors and Their Families

If you’re looking for organizing and downsizing tips, you’re in the right place. Pack up your worries and unpack the best place to begin with our expert advice.

Prepare Ahead of Time

The best way to start your cleaning, decluttering and organizing journey is to put one foot in front of the other. It really is that simple. Make a list of spaces that need cleaning, plan to go room by room, and stick to your plan. This ensures you won’t get overwhelmed or make an even bigger mess.

Want to be even more prepared? Make a list of cleaning goals. If you know you want to clean all the windows or dust, write it down. If a room needs more intensive cleaning, gather a list of local cleaners.

One surefire way to make sure you stay on task? Buy and have on hand all the cleaning products you need so you don’t have to stop mid-job to go shopping for supplies.

Involve Family Members

When deep cleaning and downsizing, the more help, the better! Whether you’re downsizing for yourself or for your loved one, be sure to ask for the help you need. Consider:

  • Asking older grandkids to assist with moving heavy items
  • Designating a friend to take items to a donation box
  • Having someone do yardwork or landscaping to amp up real estate value for a move to a senior living community
  • Placing one person in charge of cleaning windows, another in charge of boxing items, and so on

Check on Home Safety Items

While you’re in the midst of the process, it’s a great time to check on home safety measures. Are your or a loved one’s fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors working properly? If not, make sure to install fresh batteries. Confirm that fire extinguishers are on hand and tripping hazards have been removed. Remember to replace air and water filters and check to make sure air conditioners work – something that can decrease the risk of heat illnesses as the seasons continue to change.

Don’t Forget Often-Missed Spaces

It’s no secret that rooms like the kitchen, bedrooms, storage areas and living rooms are often the first focus, but don’t forget about spaces like the medicine cabinet, underneath the sink, or the office and filing cabinets.

Making Cleaning and Decluttering Easier – One Move at a Time

We know the downsizing process can be an overwhelming task for even the most organized older adults and family members. The good news? Once you’re done, you can breathe easy – especially with a move to Waterstone at Wellesley where we take care of all maintenance, housekeeping and more. Instead, you can focus on enjoying a summer of joy, freedom and fun!

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

It’s no secret that caring for ourselves is a crucial part of our well-being. Whether we’re focusing on our mental health, physical health, emotional health or spiritual health, these aspects all join together to ensure we’re healthy, happy and independent. As seniors age, this becomes more important than ever.

“Good health isn’t solely about nutrition and exercise, though many people think that’s the case,” says Devon Sicard, Executive Director at Waterstone at Wellesley, an independent living and assisted living community located in Wellesley, MA.

“In fact, many seniors in past years haven’t focused as heavily on self-care, opting instead for increasing their physical activity and enhancing their nutrition. While that’s certainly beneficial and a great place to start, there’s much more to it than that. Fortunately, among those who are rising to retirement age and considering a senior living community like Waterstone at Wellesley, we’re finding that self-care is a trend that’s increasing in popularity.”

This shift in focus paves the way for older adults to define their retirement, hone in on their health, and enhance senior care – even in ways they may have never thought possible before.

The Importance of Self-Care for Seniors

Why should you add self-care into your everyday care routine? To continue inspiring change and to propel the momentum of self-care among older adults, we’re breaking down the top reasons that it’s crucial for senior health.

It Lessens the Risk of Anxiety and Depression.

Self-care is often used as a tool to manage stressors while helping seniors maintain a sense of control. This has been found effective in:

  • Reducing stress
  • Increasing energy
  • Boosting mood
  • Enhancing happiness
  • Improving connection

Self-Care Decreases Likelihood of Health Problems.

As if a reduction in stress, a boost of mood and enhanced energy weren’t enough, self-care may help lessen the chances of heart disease, stroke and even cancer.

It Helps Maintain Independence.

Perhaps the most important aspect of all: Self-care helps seniors maintain independence by helping to improve functional health. Everyone has a desire to preserve autonomy in their later years, especially as health needs begin to arise. By taking steps to enhance self-care, you are also taking steps to improve overall health and well-being, allowing for greater independence.

Shifting the Focus on Self-Care

For someone who may not have taken much time to ensure they were caring for themselves throughout the years, they might not know where to start. The good news is that the answer lies in our personal interests. Consider some of the ways older adults can enhance their self-care:

Create a Personal Schedule.

Routines can go a long way in ensuring you keep up with your self-care goals. Try to get up at the same time daily, eat a healthy and nutritious diet, exercise, and socialize with others. Then add in any of your other lifestyle goals, whether that may be to read, paint more, or even learn a new skill.

Try Mindful Exercises.

Yoga, tai chi, meditation, and Pilates are popular among seniors. This is because they are typically low impact yet enhance balance, clear the mind, and bring joy afterward.

Spend Time with Friends and Family.

Sometimes a little connection is all we need. While this may not seem like outright self-care, connecting with others and forming connections is a great way to enhance joy and health.

Consider Journaling.

If you once had a passion for writing, now is a good time to pick it back up again! Make a list of all the things you’re thankful for, chart out all the positive things of the day, or simply reflect on what worked for you and what didn’t after each day. It’s the perfect way to increase self-awareness and adjust your mindset for the future.

Participate in Activities That Cover All Levels of Wellness.

Though many spend time fostering their emotional, physical, social and intellectual health, it’s also important to manage environmental, financial, occupational and spiritual health. In addition to engaging with others, exercising, and seeking creative opportunities, you could:

  • Enhance your environment by gardening
  • Manage your financial resources for retirement
  • Start a hobby you love or share your talents
  • Find additional meaning through spiritual wellness

Waterstone at Wellesley: Providing the Self-Care Tools You Need to Live Well

Waterstone at Wellesley makes it simple for older adults to improve their health and wellness. Take a stroll alongside the Charles River that runs behind our community. Try a personal training session with the professionals at Train Boston®. Go for a hole-in-one with friends on the putting green in our courtyard. Join an aquatics class in the indoor heated pool.

With specially designed wellness programs, personalized care services, dynamic social, cultural and educational events, and a carefree lifestyle, residents of Waterstone at Wellesley are surrounded by everything they need to live well.

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Located along the banks of the Charles River, Waterstone at Wellesley offers premier independent living and enriching assisted living. With luxurious amenities, gourmet dining and concierge-style services, Waterstone provides a senior living experience beyond expectations. To schedule your personal visit, contact us at ​781.591.7113.

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10 Tips for a Smooth Transition to Assisted Living

Moving to assisted living in a senior living community can be a daunting process, especially if your parents have lived in their home for many years. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to streamline the transition to assisted living.

Once you and your loved one have decided it is the right time, there are several steps that you should take to prepare for a move to assisted living. Our tips below will cover the period leading up to the move and ways to help your loved one settle comfortably into their new home.

How To Prepare for the Move


1. Find a community that fits your loved one’s needs.
First, think about your loved one’s lifestyle, preferences and needs. Consider which amenities and services might be most important for your loved one – and which you might not need in a community. To avoid having to make a rushed decision due to a crisis or situation that requires an immediate move, start the process as early as possible. It’s never too early to start considering your options.


2. Visit communities to see them in person.
The best way to get to know a community is to visit it in person. It gives you a wonderful opportunity to meet the team – and even the current residents – to get firsthand insight into the lifestyle, care and services. Often, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a meal in the dining room or attend an event on campus. This will help you gauge what community will best fit with your loved one’s personality, interests and needs.

3. Prioritize as you help your loved one pack.
You don’t have to pack everything right away; prioritize the most important items first. You can organize the process by creating lists, such as items your loved one wants to take along to their new home or those to be passed down as a family heirloom. Another good tip is to start in one room – and then move on to the next. Focus on creating a plan for the bigger items first, and then work on putting smaller items into keep, donate or throw away piles. Try to break the process into simple, smaller tasks.

4. Take time to consider logistics.
If your loved one will be living in a new community, make a list of tasks to be completed such as canceling ongoing utilities and forwarding mail to their new community address from the postal service. Remember to update their new address with medical offices, insurance, financial institutions and social security.  The community where your loved one is moving can also be a great resource to help you with these logistical items.

5. Give your loved one time to adjust emotionally.
The transition to a senior living community can bring up a range of emotions for a senior loved one, especially when leaving a long-time family home. These feelings are completely normal when preparing to move to a new home. One of the best ways to overcome fears is to talk about them. Encourage your loved one to talk to family members and friends about the positives that come along with a move.

6. Give your loved ones a hand as they set up their new space.
Getting your loved ones used to their new living space is the best way to help them feel comfortable. Help them arrange their furniture and decorations in a way that they like. Finding the right place to display items that can make your loved ones feel at home.

Tips for the First Week in Senior Living

1. Encourage your loved one to meet their neighbors.

Your loved one will likely become good friends with their new neighbors, and you should encourage them to introduce themselves. At Waterstone at Wellesley, a Welcoming Committee is assigned to help residents adjust to community life. Ask if the community offers a similar program to support new residents.

2. Encourage your loved one to get to know the team.
One of the best ways for new residents to feel more at home is to get to know the team members who are there to support and care for them. Among the people your loved one will meet are the management team, nurses, dining staff, maintenance providers, the life enrichment team, and fitness instructors. Tell your loved one not to be afraid to ask any questions they may have about the community’s services – at any time. It is the job of the entire team to make your loved one feel comfortable.

3. Be sure to spend time with your loved one.
The first few weeks in the community are particularly crucial. Aim to visit your loved one regularly, if possible, to help encourage a smooth and healthy transition into the community. Your loved one will appreciate the support and knowledge that you are there for them. If you can’t visit, talk with the community team about regular calls, video chats or other ways you can support your loved one with the move from a distance.

4. Promote participation in community events.

Check out the social calendar for the community and find ways to get your loved one interested in attending the various social, cultural and educational events. Learning about the available amenities and getting to know other residents is a great way to start off. Encourage your loved one to start with activities they are sure to like – and then branch out from there. They may just discover a new favorite hobby!

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Differences Between Independent Living and Assisted Living

If you’re thinking about a new home for your loved one but are unsure whether they need independent living or assisted living, you might be glad to know that there are really more similarities than differences when it comes to the lifestyle. Both can help your loved one enjoy an active, enriching lifestyle – whether or not they need some additional support to remain living independently.

Read on to learn more about how you can make an informed decision about which type of care would best meet your loved one’s needs.

Key Differences Between Independent Living and Assisted Living

If you’re looking for a new place for your aging loved one, you’ll probably come across various assisted and independent living options. While both types of living are beneficial for your loved one, it can be helpful to understand the differences between the two.

Independent Living

Independent living offers private apartments with the support of regular housekeeping, maintenance services and access to a range of community amenities to make life easy and carefree. Many communities, such as Waterstone at Wellesley, also offer dining plans and options with delicious chef-prepared selections. Independent living residents also enjoy a range of social, cultural and recreational programs surrounded by friends with similar interests.

Independent living apartments can vary from studio to two-bedroom and larger. At Waterstone at Wellesley, our premier apartments feature modern touches and elevated details that make residents feel right at home.

Most seniors who move into independent living do not require assistance with the tasks of daily living, such as bathing, dressing or medication management. In independent living, the focus is not on care but on eliminating chores and responsibilities – making seniors’ lives as fulfilling, rewarding and worry-free as possible. However, for those who do require some support to remain living independently, it is helpful to know that some independent living communities, such as Waterstone at Wellesley, do allow on-demand care and supportive services to be delivered to residents within their private apartments.

Assisted Living

Assisted living can be an ideal option for those who are experiencing health problems or safety concerns and can no longer live independently. Within an assisted living community, they are structured to provide more personal care and medical oversight – with a focus on providing just the right balance between lifestyle and support.

At Waterstone at Wellesley, for example, assisted living residents receive customized care plans that provide support with the activities of daily living (ADLs), medication management and three nutritious, chef-prepared meals each day. With the right care in place, residents can lead independent lives and take full advantage of the services, amenities and engaging lifestyle that Waterstone is known to provide.

Enriching Lifestyle

No matter which living option is selected, residents enjoy a more comfortable, carefree lifestyle and a sense of community and connection. With both independent and assisted living, residents benefit from wellness-focused programs and activities that are designed to keep them healthy and happy.

At Waterstone at Wellesley, independent and assisted living residents have everything they need to live their best lives – and families can rest assured knowing their loved ones are in good hands.

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5 Simple Tips for Choosing an Assisted Living Community

Sometimes, the prospect of a move to senior living can give you ‘option paralysis’ – in other words, there’s so many choices that it’s too difficult to determine what is best for your specific circumstances.

Finding the right assisted living community requires time, effort and patience. In your search for a place to call home for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to focus your attention on a handful of key factors. These boil down to services, location, size, cost and overall culture.

Here are the five areas to explore when choosing the right assisted living community for your loved one.

The 5 Factors to Consider When Looking for an Assisted Living Community

Before transitioning to an assisted living community, you have to be sure it’s a good fit for yourself or a loved one.

It’s estimated that by 2023, 60% of senior living communities will offer wellness lifestyles, according to data from the International Council on Active Aging. This is a clear sign of an upward trend in senior living, where a holistic approach is favored. Waterstone at Wellesley is ahead of the curve, offering an enriching lifestyle that emphasizes all aspects of wellness – body, mind and spirit.

Realistically, any community that places emphasis on quality of life, compassion and personal care will likely offer the services you need. With this philosophy in mind, it’s important that you look for a community that meets your individual needs and preferences in each of the following five areas.

  1. Services Offered
    Explore the services offered by the community. Come to your research process prepared by knowing the level of care you or your loved one may need. For example, if your loved one will require medication management, double-check that the service is provided. If you have special dietary requirements, ask if the dining service team will be able to accommodate them.
  2. Location of the Community
    Do you want a place near where you live, near where your loved one currently lives, or something in between? The answer to this question will be personal. Maybe there are other reasons you’re going for a specific location.If possible, it’s a good idea to travel to the community with a family member to see it for yourself. Though it may add more work to the search process for the ideal assisted living community, visiting a community and seeing all that it has to offer will tell you more than anything on the internet ever could.
  3. Size and Style of the Community
    Senior care is a community endeavor, as much about building intentional neighborhoods as it is living a lifestyle focused on wellness. Be sure that the community is the right size – and style – for you. Does the community feel right to you and offer the amenities you’re looking for to promote an active, healthy lifestyle? Does it offer the atmosphere that you are accustomed to and that makes you or your loved one feel at home?
  4. Cost of Living
    Depending on the community, older adults will have a variety of ways to pay for assisted living services. Go over care and housing options with the community’s Senior Advisor and/or your own personal financial advisor before coming to a decision. Look at the type of community in question, the spectrum of care and contract type. Consider everything that is included at each community you visit to be sure you’re comparing “apples to apples.”
  5. Community Culture
    Arguably the most important aspect of any community is its culture. For assisted living residents, community culture can be elements big or small. When you visit, get a feel for the environment and people. Watch how residents interact with team members. Check out the lifestyle and how engaging the programs are. Does the community’s overall feel and culture align with what you envisioned for your or your loved one’s new home?

Ensure the community offers everything needed to encourage the lifestyle you desire. Maybe your loved one likes the theater or spending a quiet afternoon in the library. Perhaps they enjoy a little personal training or a tai chi session. How about a game night or art class? Look for a place that will help you or your loved one feel comfortable and at home – and possibly help you step slightly out of your comfort zone to experience new, exciting things.

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Waterstone at Wellesley offers premier independent living and supportive assisted living options in the heart of Wellesley in beautiful Massachusetts. Contact us to schedule a personal visit and explore our dynamic senior living community.