Mini Stroke Symptoms in Older Adults (And Why They Happen)

When you hear “stroke,” you probably imagine someone grabbing their chest and falling to the floor. But did you know that it’s possible to have a stroke and not even know it? It’s estimated that 1 in 3 American adults have experienced what is known as a “mini-stroke.” Sometimes the individual will experience slight symptoms; other times, the individual may experience no symptoms at all.

Mini strokes are very common among senior adults, but they often are misdiagnosed as another issue or disease. If you have an elderly loved one, it’s important to know the warning signs and symptoms of mini-strokes so they can take swift action if they occur.

What is a mini-stroke?

A mini-stroke is a colloquial term for a transient ischemic attack (TIA). These types of attacks are characterized by temporary stroke-like symptoms such as numbness in the face, arms, or legs; difficulty speaking or understanding speech; trouble with balance or coordination; double vision; and dizziness. They’re caused by a brief blockage of blood vessels in the brain, retina or spinal cord.

What Causes Mini Strokes?

There are several different factors that can contribute to a mini-stroke. The most common is when the blood supply to the brain cells is blocked due to blood clots or an underlying health issue. Mini strokes can also be caused by heart disease, vascular disease, or thickened blood disorders.

What’s the difference between a mini-stroke and a stroke?

Unlike an actual stroke, mini-strokes don’t damage brain cells or cause permanent disability. The symptoms also only last up to 24 hours. However, a mini-stroke is often an early warning sign that a person will have a full-on stroke, which is why it’s important to take immediate action. You also aren’t able to tell if your loved one is experiencing a mini-stroke or a stroke until after the event – another reason why immediate action is so important.

What is a “silent stroke”?

A silent stroke is a form of mini-stroke where an individual experiences a stroke without realizing it. This type of stroke is usually discovered via an MRI, usually as a treatment for another condition.

What are the risk factors of mini-strokes for seniors?
As with many other health conditions, seniors have a higher risk of having mini-strokes. Beyond age, however, there are several other manageable risk factors.

  • Hypertension. Having high blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for both strokes and mini-strokes.
  • High cholesterol. Having high cholesterol increases your risk of developing blood clots, which leads to mini-strokes.
  • Obesity. Carrying too much weight on your frame increases your risk of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, all factors that can increase your risk of strokes.
  • Smoking. Smoking causes cardiovascular damage, which can lead to an increased risk of mini-strokes.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes causes issues with blood flow and can increase your risk for a mini-stroke.
  • An inactive lifestyle. Individuals who are inactive have a significant increase in the risk of many health problems, including mini-strokes.

How can “FAST” help determine whether or not someone is suffering from a mini-stroke or stroke?

The acronym FAST – Face, Arms, Speech, Time – can help you determine if your loved one is having an attack and requires medical attention.

  • Face – ask the individual to smile. If one side of the smile droops, that’s a warning sign.
  • Arms — ask the person to lift both arms. If an arm on one side of the body is hard to move or drifts downward, that’s also a warning sign.
  • Speech — ask your loved one to repeat a simple phrase like “Today is Tuesday.” If they have difficulty understanding or if their speech is slurred or unusual, this is a warning sign.
  • Time — If someone is exhibiting any of these warning signs, time is of the essence. It’s time to call 911 or take them to the ER to have them evaluated ASAP.

How can I decrease my or my loved one’s risk of having a mini-stroke?

Eat a healthy diet.

Getting proper nutrition is one of the best tools for controlling blood pressure, weight, and overall health. You probably have heard about the different types of foods that you can choose that will help reduce your risk of developing a stroke. No surprise, these foods can also help avoid mini-strokes. Here are some healthy choices to integrate into your diet.

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grain options
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Nuts and legumes
  • Poultry and fish
  • Healthy fats

Stay physically active.

Physically inactive individuals have a much higher risk of having a stroke than those who exercise for at least 10 minutes a day. Exercising helps stimulate the cardiovascular system, keeps arteries and blood vessels healthy, and helps you stay at a healthy weight. It’s important to remember that staying physically active doesn’t mean running a marathon – even light housework can add up to increased health benefits.

Reduce stress levels.

Stress can raise your heart rate and blood pressure and releases cortisol into your bloodstream. This causes your body to go into fight-or-flight mode, which isn’t good for your health. People who experience chronic stress can also suffer from depression, mood swings, and physical ailments. Managing your stress through counseling, relaxation techniques, or meditation can significantly reduce your risk of strokes and mini-strokes.

A Healthy Lifestyle at Waterstone at Wellesley Will Do Your Heart Good. 

We’re devoted to a healthy lifestyle at Waterstone at Wellesley. Every aspect of our luxurious senior living community has been designed to help our residents live well, be well and stay well – mind, body, and soul. Beyond exceptional independent living options, we also offer assisted living for individuals who need a little extra help to live the lifestyle they deserve.

Call us today at 781.304.8169 to schedule a visit and see how the Wellesley lifestyle can benefit you or a loved one.


9 Social Clubs for Seniors to Join

Retirement offers the opportunity to participate in clubs and social organizations, which can enhance your engagement, vitality, and social connections. Are you wondering what some of those clubs are and why you should join them? We’re diving into the benefits of these social clubs and outlining some of the most popular among older adults.

The Benefits of Clubs for Seniors

Before we look into the various clubs, it’s important to note that being socially active and engaged has many advantages. If you’re thinking about joining a club but haven’t yet, you could be missing out on great benefits.

Clubs and social groups:

  • Help seniors stay connected
  • Can broaden older adults’ social networks
  • Inspire active aging
  • Decrease isolation, depression and loneliness
  • Give friends and family peace of mind
  • Provide an opportunity to pursue passions
  • Enhance sense of belonging, purpose and community

1. Book Clubs

Book lovers unite at these special groups tailored to readers. Whether you’re a lover of historical fiction, romance, fantasy or just the latest novels, there’s sure to be a book club that’s perfect for you. In fact, many retirement communities offer book clubs run by residents. If yours doesn’t, it’s the perfect time to start one of your own, or you can join a virtual book club!

2. The Red Hat Society

Chances are, you either know about them or you’ve seen them. After all, is there anything more identifiable than the tell-tale red hats and purple dresses of The Red Hat Society? This group is for those of a membership age of 50 or above. Those under 50 can also join, but don lavender outfits and pink hats.

If you’re wondering what this club does, the heart of it is giving women a chance to define themselves and have fun together. Learn more about Red Hatters here.

3. Card or Board Game Groups

Socialization can definitely be all fun and games when it’s a game group you’re joining! Create your own card, board game or trivia group and play your way to a richer, more active social life. Consider creating or joining one of the groups that Waterstone at Wellesley offers.

  • Bingo
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Long Word/Short Word
  • Text Twist

4. AmeriCorps Seniors

If you love volunteering and are 55 or older, this is the perfect group for you. AmeriCorps Seniors match older adults with service opportunities via their partner organizations, all so you can help make a difference. Some of their most prevalent programs include the Foster Grandparent Program and the Senior Companion Program.

5. Gardening Clubs

Whether you love getting your hands dirty, tending to plants, viewing them or learning about them, gardening is the perfect way to enjoy it all. Even better, you can learn from friends, discover new gardening techniques and provide your own expertise while getting a little added exercise. Fun fact: gardening is also great for reducing feelings of stress!

6. SilverSneakers

There are plenty of seniors who are looking to live an active retirement lifestyle, and for older adults age 65 plus, their Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement Plan may include SilverSneakers. Offering both virtual and community classes, this can be a good way to socialize and get fit.

Senior living communities like Waterstone at Wellesley offer fitness, exercise and wellness opportunities. These include walking groups, fitness classes, aquatic exercise, personal training sessions and more.

7. Craft and Hobby Clubs and Classes

Do you have a passion for a certain hobby? Find a social club that coincides with it. This can include, but is certainly not limited to:

  • Knitting clubs
  • Watercolor classes
  • Short story groups
  • Jewelry-making classes
  • Film groups

Waterstone at Wellesley provides many of these social groups and classes to help residents pursue their passions and interests.

8. American Birding Association

Is bird watching your passion? The American Birding Association group is perfect for you to join. You can connect in-person, on online forums and in groups. If there’s not a group near you, start one with new friends and show your support from afar.

9. Lifelong Learning Groups

There are plenty of ways to continue the pursuit of lifelong learning. Whether you’re taking classes at a local college or university, traveling to various community events or seeking out knowledge in various meetup groups, lifelong learning comes with great benefits.

At Waterstone at Wellesley, some options of groups, clubs and events include:

  • Current conversations
  • Educational lectures
  • Film talks
  • Cultural performances
  • Music groups

Keeping Seniors Socially Connected at Waterstone at Wellesley

Living in a senior community like ours means you can be social and make friends – right in your own home. Contact us today to learn more about our lifestyle.


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.


Dining Choices Matter: Five Types of Foods To Prevent Strokes

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

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

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

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

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

1 | Fruits and Vegetables

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

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

2 | Whole Grains

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

3 | Low-Fat Dairy

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

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

4 | Lean Protein

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

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

5 | Healthy Oils

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

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

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

Savor healthy, delicious meals prepared for you.

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

What can you expect from Waterstone at Wellesley dining experience?

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

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

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

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


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

When creating your wish list of what your ideal senior living community will offer, what is at the top of your list? Once you establish a list of senior housing options that provide the lifestyle and care services you’re looking for, it’s often the amenities that help make the decision clear.

What types of amenities can you expect to experience in a premier senior living community like Waterstone at Wellesley? We’re sharing the most sought-after senior living amenities below.

Amenities in Senior Living

Spaces That Inspire Carefree Living

Not only does a carefree lifestyle enhance older adults’ quality of life, but it also allows more room for them to enjoy the amenities senior living has to offer.

At leading senior living communities like Waterstone at Wellesley, residents enjoy amenities and services like:

  • Weekly housekeeping services
  • Weekly linen services
  • Building and grounds maintenance
  • Full apartment maintenance
  • Pet-friendly accommodations
  • Climate-controlled underground parking
  • Concierge services
  • Scheduled local transportation services

Possibilities for Fun and Lifelong Learning

Senior living communities are full of regularly scheduled cultural, social, and recreational programs. Waterstone at Wellesley residents enjoy these daily.

Get creative in an art class, attend an outdoor concert in the courtyard, or vie for card game champion in our game room. Seek out new knowledge in our library and cyber lounge, attend a lecture or sharpen your golf skills on our putting green. The possibilities are endless and waiting for you to explore them.

Social Opportunities

Did you know, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), more than one-third of adults aged 45 and older feel lonely, and nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated?

Senior living communities help to prevent this with amenities and programs that help seniors get involved, socialize and connect. Waterstone at Wellesley residents love getting social during book clubs, social hours, chef’s tables events, game nights, current events discussion groups, writing classes, and more.

Enhancing Wellness

The best way to enjoy senior living amenities for as long as possible is to take care of your health. In fact, many senior living communities provide a range of amenities to help you do just that. From fitness classes to walking trails and more, seniors can find many ways to enhance their health.

At Waterstone at Wellesley, residents can maintain their wellness and live their best life with our:

  • Indoor heated pool and fitness center staffed with Train Boston® fitness and aquatic instructors
  • Personal training sessions
  • Group fitness classes like yoga and tai chi
  • Hydro Fit and Rise Up classes
  • Mindful Meditation sessions
  • Health talks and presentations
  • Blood pressure clinics
  • Riverfront walking paths
  • Beauty salon

Delicious Dining

Everyone’s favorite amenity in senior living tends to be the dining room. Whether this is because cooking and cleanup are taken care of for you, or you can indulge in flavors and meals you’ve wanted to try but haven’t been able to cook yourself, one thing is certain: dining in senior living is a delight.

This is especially true at Waterstone at Wellesley. Featuring anytime dining at our restaurant, multiple dining options, seasonal menus of distinctive chef-prepared meals, and even outdoor dining with personal wine lockers, dining is an experience residents truly savor.

Premier Amenities in Your Own Private Space

Some senior living communities feature premier amenities right within your own independent living and assisted living apartments.

Waterstone at Wellesley offers a range of apartments designed with stunning details and impressive amenities in both one- and two-bedroom configurations and sizes. These independent living spaces include:

  • Stunning views of the Charles River
  • An abundance of natural light
  • Designer kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances
  • Well-appointed bathrooms with walk-in showers
  • Washer and dryers
  • Ample storage space
  • Personal outdoor spaces with secure, screened-in porches
  • Private patios in select apartments

Assisted living residents enjoy private, spacious one-bedroom, one-bath assisted living apartments featuring:

  • Sun-drenched open spaces
  • Private, screened-in porch
  • Designer kitchenette with granite countertops
  • Spacious bathroom with granite countertops and tile flooring
  • Walk-in shower with built-in seat and safety supports
  • Emergency response system

Supportive Services As Care Needs Change

Many residents and their family members search for the availability of support if or when needs change. Some communities offer care services like assisted living or memory care, while some offer no supportive services at all. At Waterstone at Wellesley, we make it possible for older adults to receive the care they’re looking for with personalized assisted living services.

Experience the Senior Living Amenities Available at Waterstone at Wellesley

The best way to discover what amenities are available within a senior living community is to experience the community for yourself. Visit your senior living community of choice, and then add one or two more to your list so you can compare and contrast what is offered.

At Waterstone at Wellesley, we offer Open House Tours so seniors can get a front-row view of everything we provide for our residents. Schedule your visit to learn more today, or visit our blog for more senior resources.

For more information on senior living amenities and other senior living questions, contact our team.


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.


Benefits of Companion Pets for Seniors

As older adults age, having a friendly face to see can brighten their day and enhance their quality of life, but did you know that it doesn’t always have to be a person? In fact, this friendly face they love to see might be full of fur, feathers or even scales!

Studies show that pets can benefit senior citizens in a number of ways, and this makes sense when you consider how often pets are used for therapy purposes. Discover the perks and benefits of being a pet owner below.

Enhanced Physical Health and Physical Activity

Depending on the type of pet you own, pet ownership can come with a range of physical health benefits, including:

Improved Mental Health

Can pets make you happier? According to many studies, the answer is a resounding yes! This is because pets provide:

  • Protection from loneliness and isolation
  • Stress relief
  • Decreased risk of depression and anxiety
  • Companionship
  • Increased mindfulness
  • A sense of purpose and routine
  • Enhanced social opportunities

A Boost in Brain Health

Enhanced physical and mental health from pets certainly has a positive impact on brain health, but there are even more benefits. Some of the most important, according to a recent study, include:

  • Increased brain activity
  • Enhanced brain stimulation
  • Lower risk of cognitive decline

There are far more benefits to pet ownership than are listed here, and we love knowing that our residents are able to explore them because we’re proud to be a pet-friendly community.

The best pets for seniors.

Are you able to care for a pet and are considering getting one? There are plenty of options for seniors. Check out some of these suggestions and enjoy the benefits of enhanced senior health, along with their affection!


Small dog breeds make some of the best pets and companions for older adults. Dogs, however, require more care and attention than other types of pets. Dog owners should be prepared to add daily walks and playtime to their routine. You may also experience some challenges with puppy training, chewing, housebreaking and more until you get into the groove of pet ownership. It’s a good idea to research some of the best breeds for seniors to learn which one might be the best fit for your particular situation.


Cats are lower maintenance than dogs, making them the perfect pet for those who want to have a companion who may not require as much training. Many cats and kittens will instinctively use a litter box without needing to be taught. Grab some toys, food dishes, litter boxes and treats, and you’re well on your way to a happy life with your new pet.


Love the idea of having a companion but prefer something much more low maintenance and even simpler to care for? A fish is a great option.

If you want many fish, however, you should consider a small aquarium. Make sure that all the types of fish you purchase will get along and are suitable for the type of environment you choose for your aquarium, i.e., saltwater or freshwater.

Guinea Pigs

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet that’s easy to care for and doesn’t require much space to live happily, you’ll get exactly that with a guinea pig. Guinea pigs are fun, cuddly, and form strong bonds with their owner. They come in a beautiful variety of colors and coat textures, and tend to be hearty without many health issues if they are well cared for.


Birds make great companions, can sing beautifully, and are fun to watch. If you are dealing with low mobility, a bird can be a good alternative to an animal that requires you to be more physically active.

Keep in mind!

Some senior living communities have restrictions about certain types of pets. Before making a decision on whether or not to get a pet, or to learn whether your pet will be welcome at your potential new home, contact the team. If you’re interested in pet therapy, check to see if your community of choice offers this as an option, as well.

We’re here to help.

For more information on how pets can be a good companion for seniors, contact our team. Or for more senior resources, visit our blog or attend an open house tour. We invite you to come and visit our pet-friendly senior living community in the heart of Wellesley.


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.


Talking to Parents About Assisted Living

There comes a time in many older adults’ lives when it becomes necessary to consider a senior living community. While there are many senior living options – including retirement communities and independent living – those are often chosen in early retirement.

What options are available for elderly parents who may need support or have a health crisis that occurs? Some consider skilled nursing, long-term care or home care, but for many, they find that an assisted living facility would best meet their loved one’s needs. So how do you bring this up successfully so you can talk with your parent about it? The team at Waterstone at Wellesley is here to help.

Preparing for the Conversation About Moving to Assisted Living

Assess Their Needs

Before looking into assisted living, consider what your loved one’s needs may be. Do they need support with activities of daily living, like eating, bathing and dressing? Are they fairly independent but still need some support? They could benefit from assisted living.

Do Your Research

Go online and look at local communities offering assisted living, and then make a list of your top options based on their:

  • Service Offerings
  • Programs and Lifestyle
  • Amenities
  • Ratings and Reviews

Plan a Meeting

During the initial planning meeting, you should involve all close family members. You’ll want to share your loved one’s care needs, show them your top picks for assisted living, and get their initial input and consideration, especially if they are involved with your parent’s care plan.

Once you’re on the same page about your parent’s senior care needs, choose who will take care of the primary meeting with your parent and where it will be held. That meeting should consist of those your loved one will be most receptive to, and involvement should be limited to prevent your parent from feeling overwhelmed or ambushed. Choose a place you are both comfortable, like where your parent lives currently. Schedule a date and time, and thoughtfully prepare for the discussion.

Having the Discussion About Assisted Living

Share Why You Are Concerned

If you feel it’s time for your loved one to move to an assisted living community, share your concerns with them. If you’re worried about their healthcare or safety, if you’d like peace of mind of knowing they are being cared for by experts, or if you simply want to make sure they’re enjoying the lifestyle they should be, tell them so.

Ask About Their Preferences

Once you’ve shared your concerns, it’s time for them to share theirs with you. Ask them:

  • What their preferences for the future are
  • If they have a plan in mind
  • Why they haven’t considered a move yet
  • If they’ve been overwhelmed by the thought of making a move

Highlight the Advantages

Your parent may not know what assisted living has to offer, so share the information you’ve found with them. If they have certain fears, hobbies or preferences, show them how assisted living can meet their needs. They may find there are more advantages than they previously thought.

Be Understanding and Reassuring

If your loved one is having a hard time with this discussion, try to understand where they are coming from, why they may want to stay at home, and why they are afraid or hesitant to move. Try to see things from their point of view while reassuring them that this is a great option for them to consider.

Don’t Overwhelm Them With Information

Too much information at once can make this concept a bit overwhelming for a loved one. Instead, give only the most relevant facts, ask their preferences, and answer their questions. Over time, if there’s more they need to know, you can do research together or share what they need to know as it comes up.

After the Discussion

Involve Your Loved One

For some families, more than one conversation about assisted living is needed. Each time it’s brought up, be patient, and consider how your loved one may be feeling. If they are receptive to a move, be sure to involve your loved one in the process, asking what their most important considerations are and what they’d like to experience each day.

Ask Family and Friends for Referrals

If your family and friends have experience with assisted living, ask about their thoughts. Are there communities they would consider referring you to? What have they found was the most important thing to ask when searching for assisted living? This can be very helpful information.

Schedule Some Tours

Choose communities to tour with your loved one. Seeing a community firsthand may make it easier for them to make the decision to move.

Ready to start the conversation?

For more information on talking to your parents about their senior living options, or to attend an upcoming event or open house tour, contact us 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.


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.


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.

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.

Is holiday loneliness making your season feel less than spirited? Fortunately, there are many ways to keep the holiday blues at bay. Getting involved during the holidays is one of the best ways to beat the blues and give a boost to your holiday spirit. Check out these tips on ways to get involved and stay social during the season.

Get Creative

Crafty holiday activities for seniors don’t just bring the fun; they can also help you get involved while interacting with others. Try some of these ideas to lessen your holiday blues.

  • Inspire your creative side with wreath-making or painting with friends
  • Make decorations and ornaments
  • Bake and decorate holiday cookies with grandchildren
  • Try out new holiday recipes before friends and family arrive
  • Journal about all the things you’re grateful for this season
  • Write a seasonal tale with your grandchildren as the main characters (this would also make a great gift!)

Be a Host or Hostess

Holiday-themed parties, clubs and get-togethers are some of the best ways to connect with friends and family during the season. Get inspired with these ideas.

  • Start a seasonal book club
  • Host a cookie or ornament swap
  • Start a weekly holiday movie night
  • Host a holiday cocktail hour
  • Make plans to have a celebration with family

Join a Social Group

There are many opportunities to get social during the holidays, but joining a social group can be a great way to jump-start the creation of your social circle for years to come. Try choosing a group that interests you so you can befriend other older adults with similar interests.

  • Join a holiday choir or a Christmas caroling group
  • Try out a bell group for a holiday performance
  • Begin attending a woodworking class that makes gifts for area children

Stay In Touch

Keeping in contact with those you love can help prevent feelings of loneliness during the holidays. If you begin to feel isolated, try some of these ideas to add a little seasonal cheer. You never know – one of these options could become a new holiday tradition!

  • Call friends you haven’t seen in awhile
  • Video chat with family members
  • Send greeting cards to those you love
  • Write letters to out-of-town family
  • Make an effort to visit those you love, or ask them to come to you

Give Back to the Community

Do you know an adult in your life who needs some extra support? Do you have a passion for helping animals and pets? Do you want to lessen someone else’s holiday stress? Giving back can be a great way to do just that while also giving yourself a motivational boost. Here are some ways that older adults can help other seniors or those going through tough times.

  • Make meals for those in a homeless shelter
  • Donate gifts to a family in need
  • Spend time serving others in a soup kitchen
  • Have a food drive or a coat drive
  • Send packages overseas to soldiers
  • Pack up pet presents for area furry friends in animal shelters
  • Donate and decorate a Christmas tree for a fellow older adult who doesn’t have family nearby to help
  • Knit hats, gloves, scarves and other cold-weather items to be donated to those in need

Discover the gift of Waterstone at Wellesley and say goodbye to holidays full of bah humbugs.

Seniors who live alone often deal with increased holiday depression and feel lonely during the holidays. This is because it can be harder for seniors to maintain connections, especially if no friends or family are nearby. However, if you’re lucky enough to live in a senior living community like Waterstone at Wellesley, you know all the fun things there are to do that make combating loneliness easy. 

With engaging programs and events, life enrichment opportunities, social groups, maintenance-free living and more, the holidays can become merry and bright again.

If you are looking to reduce loneliness for either yourself or a loved one, contact the team at Waterstone at Wellesley. We can help with additional advice on how to get involved while sharing how you can make this season more joyful with a move.


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.