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Why Lexington Offers the Ideal Retirement Location

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

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

10 Benefits of Living in Lexington, Massachusetts

1 | There is a rich history.

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

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

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

2 | Cultural events are always occurring.

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

3 | There are plenty of seasonal events.

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

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

4 | Dining is a delight.

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

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

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

6 | You can enjoy the beauty of nature.

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

7 | Recreational opportunities abound.

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

8 | Education is excellent.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get an inside look at Waterstone of Lexington.

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

Welcome to luxury living in Lexington.

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

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting held for luxury senior living community with Independent Living and Assisted Living

L to R: Debora Pfaff, CFO, Epoch Senior Living; Joanna Cormac-Burt, COO Epoch Senior Living; Lexington Select Board Chair Jill Hai; Laurence Gerber, President and CEO Epoch Senior Living; Arzu LeBlanc, Executive Director, Waterstone of Lexington; Ted Tye, Managing Partner, National Development; Raymond L’heureux, Senior Advisor, Waterstone of Lexington; Kevin Christie of Cranshaw Construction and Steve Senna of National Development.

LEXINGTON, MA (October 27, 2022) – Executives from EPOCH Senior Living and National Development joined with Lexington Select Board Chair Jill Hai and local residents on October 27 to celebrate the Grand Opening of Waterstone of Lexington.

Located at 53-55 Watertown Street, Waterstone of Lexington is a luxury senior living community featuring independent and assisted living residences in an idyllic wooded setting overlooking the Belmont Country Club.

“We are excited to celebrate the Grand Opening of Waterstone of Lexington. It is truly a unique community offering a continuum of care campus with accommodations for the most active to those who need additional support,” said Laurence Gerber, President and CEO of Epoch Senior Living. “After almost four years from initial conceptualization to a completed project, we are very proud to bring luxury senior living to Lexington that is unmatched in the industry.’’

Ted Tye, Managing Partner, National Development, said the opening of Waterstone of Lexington represented a major achievement for National Development.

“Waterstone of Lexington represents the best-in-class in the Boston area and a culmination of our 25 years of building senior communities,’’ said Tye. “We have provided a building that has incredible amenities and spacious well-designed apartments.  The mid-century modern design is inspired by the architecture of Lexington.  The wooded setting along Belmont Country Club is perfect for this new senior community.’’

Hai said, “We are excited that Waterstone brings to Lexington a new housing option for our seniors, addressing a need for a more diverse housing in town and a new way for long-time residents to down-size while remaining in our community.  Lexington is also excited to welcome all of the new residents and we hope they will take full advantage of all our community has to offer, from our library to our community center and conservation lands and so much more.”

Waterstone of Lexington features 114 independent living residences and 40 assisted living residences, distinct but interconnected in a 215,000-square-foot complex. Both the independent living and assisted living residences feature luxury finishes, open and airy layouts, full bathrooms, walk-in closets, and high-end designer kitchens with stainless steel appliances.

Waterstone of Lexington offers an impressive array of lifestyle amenities and services including

  • indoor heated pool
  • fitness center and a Mind & Body Studio staffed with fitness professionals
  • salon
  • on-site restaurant with anytime dining and outdoor seating
  •  media room & theater
  • community room for educational lectures and events
  • wellness center with built in telemedicine and video conferencing technology
  • library
  • putting green
  • open courtyard with outdoor kitchen and firepit
  • raised planting gardens
  • pet-friendly accommodations
  • 24-hour concierge
  • weekly housekeeping with linen service
  • car transportation
  • private underground parking.

The beautifully landscaped 17.5-acre campus features walking trails and gardens in a woodland setting abutting conservation areas and Belmont Country Club’s golf course.

As part of the continuum of care there is a separate memory care community, Bridges by Epoch at Lexington, a 45,000-square-foot building located opposite from the independent and assisted living residences at 56 Watertown Street.

Waterstone of Lexington is the latest best-in-class senior living community created by leaders in the field. EPOCH Senior Living is the owner/operator and National Development is the owner/developer. EPOCH Senior Living operates 16 senior living communities in the Northeast.

For more information about Waterstone of Lexington, visit www.waterstoneoflexington.com or call 781-839-9850.

As seniors age, there comes a time they may need additional support with activities of daily living. While some older adults and adult children consider home care, many opt for senior care options like an assisted living community.

If you are trying to find ways to encourage a move to senior living for your parent, we’re here to help. Below you will find some of the top reasons seniors put off a move to assisted living and ways you can support them.

Your Guide to Encouraging Assisted Living for Aging Parents: Reasons They May Avoid a Move

Reason 1 | They Have Negative Perceptions.

Many seniors view assisted living communities like the nursing homes of the past. However, they are now far from the hospital-like environments they used to be. In fact, they offer so much more than just healthcare. Show your loved one what assisted living communities are like now by scheduling a visit to experience it firsthand.

As you both discover the enriching lifestyle, chat with residents, meet team members, and see what assisted living has to offer, you’ll easily bust the myths and the negative perceptions your loved one may have about assisted living.

Reason 2 | They Fear a Loss of Independence.

Some seniors may fear a loss of independence when moving to assisted living. After making a move, however, many seniors and their family members express that they wish they had done so sooner. This is often because with the right amount of support, seniors thrive with a full lifestyle, new friends and convenient amenities just outside their door.

If your mom or dad is still worried about a loss of independence, or that they won’t be able to be as active as they once were, sharing how a move can benefit them may help. Some of these advantages include:

  • Access to support when needed
  • Maintenance-free lifestyle
  • Ability to create their own schedule
  • Daily programs, clubs and events
  • Gourmet meals with fresh, seasonal selections
  • More time to focus on activities they want to pursue

Reason 3 | They Want to Remain at Home.

There are a couple of reasons your parents may want to stay in their home. For example, your mom or dad may not want to move because they raised their families there and it houses many of their positive memories. They may not want to leave behind neighbors they have gotten to know well over the years, or they may simply be afraid to step outside their comfort zone and leave their home for something unknown.

While these reasons are valid and understandable, it is important to share how their future may be impacted by remaining at home. Some helpful points may include:

  • What staying at home may cost, including maintenance, taxes, repairs, and alterations to allow for aging in place
  • Who will be available to care for them, and what happens when needs increase
  • How the costs of 24-hour at home care compare to moving to an assisted living facility
  • What happens if they have a sudden health emergency and support at home isn’t available

If their decision not to move is more about the fact they have an emotional attachment to their home, share how memories aren’t tied to the house and instead are in their heart. It can help to spend some time with them taking photographs of spaces within the home that hold their most treasured memories. Write the memories down in a photo album so they can preserve them while having a physical reminder.

Reason 4 | They Prefer to Wait.

Sometimes aging parents are willing to move to senior housing but only when they feel it’s truly needed. It’s also possible they may not want to admit they need more help, or they feel guilty putting the burden of moving on you. This can be detrimental for various reasons:

  • Waiting to move can limit your loved one’s ability to make the decision on their own
  • If care needs increase, you may need to make the decision, or you parent may be rushed to choose
  • It lessens time to explore options that suit them best
  • You may be overwhelmed without adequate support
  • Your parent may not be able to enjoy the community before health changes occur

Remind your loved one that one of the greatest benefits of moving to senior living is getting to take advantage of all the community has to offer – from convenient amenities and engaging programs to new friends and a dedicated staff ready to serve. If your loved one waits until their health is compromised, they may not be able to fully enjoy all that a community like Waterstone of Lexington has to offer.

Reason 5 | They’re Anxious.

Your mom or dad may be nervous about making a move, meeting new people, making new friends, fitting in, and feeling at home. To help them feel more comfortable:

  • Visit the community often prior to moving
  • Attend programs ahead of time, giving them the opportunity to make friends
  • Talk to the life enrichment team, who can share activities and events that may interest your loved one
  • Make their space look as much like home as possible

How To Begin the Conversation About Assisted Living

If it’s time to start this conversation with your parents, you’ll want to make sure you’re well educated and prepared. Try these tips:

  • Make sure the mood is pleasant
  • Don’t tell them what to do; simply share your observations about their living situation
  • Express your love and concern
  • Explain how senior living could enhance their lifestyle
  • Let them know you’ll feel better knowing they’ll receive support when needed
  • Listen to their concerns and share your own feelings
  • Talk with their family, friends, faith leaders and doctor, and ask them to assist with the conversation if needed

We’re Here for You and Your Loved One Through Every Step of the Transition to Assisted Living

At Waterstone of Lexington, we are always here to support you and your parents. For more advice on how to encourage a senior to move to assisted living, contact us or schedule a visit today.

If your loved one has already decided to make a move to a retirement community and you’re searching for resources on how to best prepare, check out our recent blog on preparing a loved one for a move to assisted living.

WATERSTONE OF LEXINGTON: NOW THIS IS HOME

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

A significant majority of adults live within 30 miles of their nearest senior parent or adult child. This amounts to 74.8% to be exact – according to a study on spatial distance between parents and adult children. With more and more older adults remaining single and/or childless, however, it’s not always the case that family members are close by to provide support for aging parents.

No matter which of these is the case for you, it’s important to ensure you’ve got an adequate support system in place to ensure a smooth, healthy retirement and confidence for what the future will bring.

Benefits of Support Systems for Older Adults

Whether you’re dealing with the typical issues of aging and need someone to talk to, looking for additional social interaction, considering a plan should you need help in the future, or simply wanting to grow your inner circle, building a support system can help. And that’s not all – support systems can also provide long-term benefits, including:

  • Prevention of loneliness
  • Availability for support and a hand to help when needed
  • Improved health and wellness
  • Increased feelings of connection
  • The security of someone checking in on you during emergencies or bad weather

How To Create Your Senior Support System

In order to enjoy the benefits of having a support system in place, it’s crucial to get started early. Try some of these tips to create connections and form your support system.

  • Nurture existing relationships with your friends and family or look for ways to build stronger connections with others
  • Use social media and technology to connect with family and friends from afar
  • Find ways to make new friends by joining clubs, attending groups, or seeking out opportunities you’re interested in
  • Join a regularly scheduled support group created for seniors
  • Pursue lifelong learning opportunities that may be available locally

Many seniors find that joining a senior center helps. However, there may come a time when they are unable to attend because of health needs, causing them to need the support of home care.

Although this is an option, senior living communities can offer even more possibilities when it comes to care, connection, and support-system creation.

Ways Senior Living Can Help

For those who may not have many family and friends nearby or lack a strong community connection, building a support system may seem difficult. That’s where a senior living community like Waterstone of Lexington can provide distinct advantages when searching for support for the future.

Each day, our lifestyle will provide everything needed to enhance your retirement and provide peace of mind for the future. Let us be your support system by providing:

  • A caring team on hand to provide supportive services and healthcare should they ever be needed
  • Amenities and high-touch services to provide convenience at your fingertips
  • Friends and neighbors just outside your door
  • An abundance of social activities and programs to keep you involved and meeting new people
  • Special events and outings to foster a sense of community and further develop friendships
  • Opportunities to enhance physical and mental health as well as quality of life

These are just a few of the many reasons seniors choose a community-based lifestyle during retirement planning and building a future support system. To learn more or to discover the Waterstone lifestyle for yourself, schedule a visit to speak to our Senior Advisor today.

DISCOVER WATERSTONE OF LEXINGTON

Opening October 2022, Waterstone of Lexington will offer an active retirement lifestyle and customized assisted living services. Located in an adjacent building, memory care by Bridges® is available for those with memory loss.

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Helpful Travel Tips for Seniors

Travel can do a lot for us – it can enable us to see our families and friends, it can satisfy our need for adventure, or it can provide us with opportunities to learn and grow. For this reason, many seniors want to continue traveling as much as they can.

If you are planning to travel this summer and beyond, these tips can help make your journeys go smoothly – before you reach your destination and after.

Preparing for Travel This Summer – and Beyond

For many seniors, travel preparation is the hardest part of vacation planning. Whether you’re exploring the beauty that exists in the United States or are going on a tour of Asia, Africa, or even a guided tour of Europe, the good news is that basic travel preparation needs will remain similar. Before getting overwhelmed with all there is to do prior to your travel plans, check these items off your list.

Visit your healthcare provider

Prior to traveling, schedule a visit with your primary doctor so they can:

  • Discuss any necessary travel precautions
  • Evaluate your health and wellness
  • Update any vaccinations
  • Prescribe supplements beneficial to your travels
  • Assess your medications and times you should take them according to time zone

Make copies

When traveling, it’s a good idea to make additional copies of important documents. Consider making two copies of:

  • Passports
  • Driver’s licenses
  • Insurance cards
  • Tickets and boarding passes

Prepare emergency information

Keep your health provider’s contact information and a detailed list of allergies and medications with you. This sheet should include:

  • All prescribed and over-the-counter medications
  • What each medication is for
  • Medication dosage and times they should be taken
  • How to take them – with food or without
  • Medication, food or other allergies

Keep two copies of this information with you – one that’s with you on hand, and one in your suitcase.

Consider travel insurance

Many seniors prefer to purchase travel insurance in the event of an unforeseen circumstance. This can help cover the costs of:

  • Delayed or interrupted travel
  • Lost luggage
  • Medical emergencies

Plans may vary, so if you’re considering this, be sure to learn what they cover prior to purchasing and traveling.

Tips for Traveling

Packing Pointers

  • Pack as light as possible
  • Make navigation easier with roller bags
  • Carry medications with you in their original containers for easy identification
  • Keep at least one outfit and your most necessary items with you

Helpful Hints for Air Travel

  • Book a nonstop flight to avoid a missed plane connection
  • Alert the airline of accommodations you may need ahead of time
  • Be ready to share any medical conditions that may set off alarms, like implants or prosthetics
  • Take frequent breaks to stretch or get some physical activity after a long flight
  • Drink plenty of water, as low humidity on planes can dehydrate during an already hot summertime

Overseas Adventure Travel Advice

  • Be sure your phone allows international calling, or see if it can be activated
  • Alert your bank and credit card companies where you’ll be during your trips
  • Learn the basics of the language where you’re visiting, if needed
  • Consider a reputable tour guide; try small group travel or senior group tours

Additional Tips for Senior Travel Success

  • Do not announce that you’re leaving – for home and personal security
  • Have friends check your home, get your mail, and water plants
  • Give yourself time to rest, relax, and build up your energy levels after jet lag
  • Avoid nighttime travel and read up on scams
  • Keep valuables out of eyesight
  • Check for age-related discounts

Be a Tourist in Your Local Area with a Staycation or Day Trip

If you don’t plan on traveling this summer, you can still enjoy adventures and new experiences right where you are living. In fact, some of the best vacations, hidden gems and special moments can be experienced right where you are – or nearby.

  • Get outdoors and explore your area’s parks
  • Plan a road trip to explore national parks close to you
  • Become your grandchildren’s ‘professional travel guide’ and show them around your favorite local places
  • Research companies designed to provide senior travel experiences, like Road Scholar
  • Participate in a world tour through food, trying a new restaurant or dish each time

Make Every Day Feel Like Vacation

At Waterstone of Lexington, we will provide a range of programs, cultural opportunities, events, and trips that will foster your love of travel and exploration. Whether on campus or throughout our local area, there will always be something to enjoy.

If you prefer to pack up and go wherever you choose, Waterstone of Lexington will make it simple to travel. Enjoy being free from worries about who is watching your home, taking care of your plants, or mowing the lawn; instead, travel with ease.

If you’re ready to set off on a new adventure, discover our lifestyle for yourself by visiting our website or scheduling a tour today.

DISCOVER WATERSTONE OF LEXINGTON

Opening in fall 2022, Waterstone of Lexington will offer an active retirement lifestyle and customized assisted living services.

For many older adults and family members, the time may eventually come to discuss a move to a senior living or assisted living community. Whether the move is for enhanced social opportunities or additional levels of care, it can be a difficult conversation to have. For some, they may look forward to a move immensely; for other older adults, it may take significant consideration, making it a slower process. Either way, however, many find they wish they’d made a move sooner.

Signs It’s Time to Make a Move to an Assisted Living Community

Are you wondering if it’s time for your loved one to make a move to assisted living? Check out these signs that a move may be beneficial:

  • Your loved one needs support with activities of daily living, like dressing, bathing or medication management.
  • They are feeling isolated in their own home.
  • The search for home care is becoming exhausting.
  • Your loved one requires more support than you can provide at home.
  • They prefer to receive care from someone who is not a family member.

Preparing for a Move to Assisted Living: Tips To Support a Loved One

How can you best prepare a loved one for a move to assisted living? First, it’s important to realize it’s a process that requires preparation before the move, during the move and even afterward. Try our tips to help guide you through every step of the journey.

Before the Move

If you are going to be talking to a loved one about moving to an assisted living community, it’s a good idea to gauge their interest first. Use their answers to the questions below to guide your conversation. Be respectful of their thoughts and opinions, but also remember to be honest about your concerns about them remaining at home. Above all, be sure that the conversation remains calm and pleasant; if it moves in another direction, revisit the discussion at a later time.

  • Are they eager to move?
  • Do they have any concerns about a move?
  • Do they feel that they would benefit from additional support?
  • Do they have a specific community in mind?

It’s always a good idea to tour a variety of assisted living communities. Each has a different atmosphere, services may vary – and your loved one may not feel at home at every community you tour. Make a list, schedule some visits, and evaluate each according to your loved one’s wishes and preferences.

Once you’ve set the location of the move and your loved one is ready to take the next step, it’s time to start the packing and downsizing process. Before diving into this step, however, it’s best to keep yourself on track by creating a moving checklist. This won’t just help you stay organized, but it can also prevent the need to remember everything off the top of your head. Make sure this list is in a prominent place that all eyes can see.

On the checklist, write out some things you are going to need, including:

  • Moving supplies, like lifting equipment and hand trucks, if you aren’t hiring a mover. If you need help moving larger items, a moving truck can help.
  • Packing supplies, like moving boxes, packing paper and foam, bubble wrap and packing tape.
  • Essential items to remember when packing belongings, like clothing, medications, hobby items and family photos.
  • Important goal dates, ensuring you’re on time with the moving process.

During the Downsizing Process

As the move inches closer and you begin the process of moving in, refer back to your checklist to make sure you have everything you need. Then, it’s time to start downsizing. We know that the process can feel overwhelming, but with these tips, it will be easier.

  • Make a list of where you want to begin. Some choose to tackle the smaller spaces, like closets, first. Others like to begin downsizing larger living spaces.
  • If you have help, ask others to take care of spaces that you know won’t be difficult to go through so you can cross those off the list. Otherwise, make sure to tackle one room at a time to reduce clutter.
  • Evaluate what needs to stay and what needs to go. For example, if you know your loved one will not need their large collection of kitchen tools, pack those away to donate or to give to a family member.
  • Consider renting a dumpster so you can toss any necessary items versus starting a pile.
  • Designate someone to take items to the donation center daily so that those items are out of the way.
  • As you pack, carefully label boxes that will be taken with you so you know where to put them when unpacking in their new assisted living community.

Moving Day

When the day finally arrives, focus on settling your loved one in, helping them get comfortable, and ensuring they have everything they need in their new space. To make move-in day go smoother:

  • Pack the moving truck or your cars the night before.
  • Enjoy breakfast together.
  • Complete any finishing touches on packing.
  • Provide support for your loved one if needed.
  • Invite friends or family to unpack with you.
  • Decorate right away, if possible, to make their space feel more like home.

After the Move

Once your loved one is settled in, there are still things you can do to help them feel more at home.

  • Introduce yourself and your loved one to neighbors.
  • Schedule extra times to come visit.
  • Check in with their care team to see how they are adjusting.
  • Point out events on the community’s schedule they might enjoy.
  • Periodically ask how your loved one is feeling.
  • Encourage them to get involved.

Over time, your loved one will feel more at home, and you’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing they are safe, engaged and well-cared for. If you would like to learn more about moving to assisted living or to schedule a visit at Waterstone of Lexington, contact us today.

WATERSTONE OF LEXINGTON: NOW THIS IS HOME

Waterstone of Lexington – opening fall 2022 – will offer a modern approach to retirement living in a historical setting with concierge services and impressive amenities. Come see how we redefine independent living and assisted living with a visit to our Welcome Center in Belmont.

When active older adults consider their retirement, the goal is typically to have more freedom to do as they please – from spending more time with friends and family to enjoying a range of social activities and more. What some don’t think about, however, is how a move to a premier senior living community can help them reach that goal sooner – and with ease.

At Waterstone of Lexington, an independent living and assisted living community opening in fall of 2022, we’ve often heard seniors sharing a range of reasons why they put off a move to independent living. Some of these include:

  • Waiting until they need support with activities of daily living
  • Wanting to maintain their independence and freedom
  • Thinking that senior living is for older people
  • Having a preconceived notion that senior living is like a nursing home

While these feelings may be legitimate, they are also detrimental. In fact, these beliefs often keep active older adults from fully enjoying retirement while they’re younger, healthier and can truly take advantage of all the benefits, amenities and services that a community like Waterstone has to offer.

So, when is the right time for a person to make the move to senior living? While the answer may vary for everyone, the benefits of making a move sooner rather than later are significant.

Benefits of Moving to Independent Living Earlier

If you or a loved one have been considering a move to senior living, there’s truly no better time than now. A luxury retirement community like Waterstone of Lexington offers a wide range of benefits and advantages that provides more independence, more flexibility and more opportunities in daily life.

You Can Enjoy a Carefree Lifestyle.

Many independent living communities provide enriching services and amenities to make life worry-free – like housekeeping, maintenance and dining. This allows seniors to let go of these hassles and instead focus on what is most important to them.

At Waterstone of Lexington, we will offer a range of convenient services and premier amenities to enhance life and provide even more freedom:

  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Pet-friendly accommodations
  • Five-star gourmet dining
  • Concierge services
  • Private underground parking
  • Local transportation services

By waiting to enjoy a lifestyle where everything is taken care of for you, you’re missing out on the opportunity to savor more free time. Imagine summers without mowing and yard work, winters without shoveling, endless lists of household chores and the ability to enjoy a delicious dinner without prepping, cooking or cleaning up. For many older adults, independent living is a breath of fresh air!

You’ll Enjoy All the Community Has to Offer.

Senior living communities improve quality of life, decrease isolation and enhance fulfillment through a variety of enriching programs, social opportunities and events. Below are a few things you’ll be able to enjoy at Waterstone of Lexington:

  • Creative art classes and workshops
  • Concerts and lectures
  • Outdoor activities like gardening and putting on the green
  • Gathering with friends around the fire pit
  • Movies in the theater
  • Indulging in our full-service salon

By making a move as soon as possible, you’re securing the chance to enjoy all of these programs and events while you’re healthy and able to fully make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.

You Can Maintain Your Health and Wellness.

Enhancing quality of life doesn’t stop at services and amenities or programs and events! At Waterstone of Lexington, our comprehensive wellness services provide a range of ways seniors can stay active and fit through our:

  • Fitness center and heated indoor pool staffed by Train Boston®
  • Mind-body studio and juice bar
  • Outdoor walking paths
  • Personalized training plans and group classes
  • Physical therapy services

It’s never too soon to begin your journey to better health. However, starting as soon as possible can help you to maintain independence by enhancing balance, strength and flexibility. Senior living communities like Waterstone of Lexington provide all of this and more right in the cost of your rental agreement.

You’ll Have Peace of Mind for the Future.

Making a move and having a plan in case health needs change is part of what makes moving early so beneficial. With different living options available, Waterstone of Lexington makes it possible for you experience a lifestyle you love – but with the added peace of mind with a plan in place in the event health needs change. Waterstone of Lexington offers luxury independent living, supportive care services in assisted living and Bridges® by EPOCH memory care on campus.

Find Health, Happiness and Home

Once older adults discover all that independent living has to offer, they often wonder why they haven’t moved sooner. If you’re considering making a move, the team at Waterstone of Lexington would love to talk to you. Schedule a visit to learn more about our brand-new community and how we’re preparing to provide the retirement you have been waiting for!

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Waterstone of Lexington – opening fall 2022 – will offer a modern approach to retirement living in a historical setting with concierge-style services and impressive amenities. Come see how we redefine independent living and assisted living with a visit to our Welcome Center in Belmont.

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Why Socialization Is Important for Seniors

Exercise, healthy eating and adequate sleep are all important to the health of older adults. But is spending time with friends equally important?

Oxford University research suggests that older adults who have social connections to other residents of senior living communities feel healthier and live longer. Other research points to a wider social circle as a major indicator of mental health for seniors.

In this blog, we’ll explore how socialization enhances seniors’ quality of life, helps them stay active, and strengthens their interpersonal connections.

The Risks of Isolation for Seniors

People are inherently social, but older adults tend to suffer from isolation and loneliness more often than others. According to the UCSF Division of Geriatrics, 43% of seniors regularly feel lonely.

The effects of senior isolation are far-reaching. Isolation degrades one’s physical health over time, in addition to its impact on mood and mental health. Health problems are also more likely to affect those with limited social lives. Some of those health problems may include cognitive impairment, anxiety or depression and heart disease.

What Are the Benefits of Socialization for Seniors?

The good news is that being proactive about staying engaged throughout the day will protect seniors from these negative effects of loneliness and isolation. A full social life can benefit senior health in many ways, including:

  • Lower stress and anxiety levels
  • Reduced risk of depression
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Increased longevity

Evidence also shows that those with a healthy social network are more likely to exercise regularly, which in turns lead to enhanced physical and cognitive benefits. Socialization can also help to prevent general cognitive decline through mental stimulation and intellectual engagement.

How To Promote Socialization in Seniors

The power of socialization is undeniable, but for many, socialization doesn’t just happen on its own. It is something that requires both intent and commitment.

  • Make an effort to maintain connections with friends and family through regular phone calls, video chats and gatherings
  • Explore volunteer opportunities that fit your skills to help build connections to the local community
  • Become involved with the local senior center or religious and charitable organizations
  • Find online or in-person special interest groups – think fitness classes, book clubs or knitting groups – to connect with those who have similar interests or hobbies
  • Take a lifelong learning class at a local college or university
  • Move into a senior living community like Waterstone of Lexington that offers a multitude of daily social engagements and opportunities

How Waterstone of Lexington Offers Everything You Need

At Waterstone of Lexington, we will offer a full array of amenities and services to help residents thrive. These include many socially rich settings such as:

  • Indoor heated pool and fitness center staffed by Train Boston® fitness and aquatic instructors
  • Mind-body studio and juice bar
  • Full-service salon
  • Art studio and library
  • Anytime dining at our restaurant featuring seasonal selections
  • Movie theater
  • Putting green and firepit
  • Local transportation services
  • Regularly scheduled cultural, social and recreational programs

Waterstone of Lexington: Your New Forwarding Address.

Waterstone of Lexington – opening fall 2022 – will offer a modern approach to retirement living in a historical setting with full amenities and services. Come see how we redefine independent living and assisted living with a visit to our Welcome Center in Belmont.

As you search for the perfect senior living community, you may feel overwhelmed by all the choices and services that are available. It can help to identify the retirement lifestyle you are looking for – and then prioritize the types of amenities you would like to access.

In this guide, amenities are grouped based on common goals and interests of today’s seniors. By assessing your needs in relation to community amenities that will help you reach your lifestyle goals, it may help you focus your search on the senior living services that matter to you most.

Amenities for Socialization

Amenities that provide you opportunities for social interaction are proven to decrease the likelihood of depression in older adults and have a positive effect on a myriad of health outcomes. Perhaps as you research your retirement community options, you want to focus on those that help you maintain – or enhance – your connection to community or inspire new friendships.

At an independent living community like Waterstone of Lexington, residents enjoy access to:

  • A putting green and firepit
  • Outdoor walking paths
  • Raised vegetable and herb garden
  • Well-stocked library
  • A calendar of cultural events, clubs and outings
  • Continued education opportunities

Amenities for Health and Fitness

Many seniors place an emphasis on the quality of wellness programs offered at senior living communities because of the many benefits of an active lifestyle. You may put an emphasis on these types of amenities if you have fitness goals you want to reach or an active lifestyle you want to maintain.

You will find that Waterstone of Lexington offers a variety of wellness amenities such as:

  • A fully equipped fitness center and heated indoor pool
  • Training provided by skilled professionals
  • Fitness and aquatic classes
  • Physical therapy services
  • A mind-body studio and juice bar

Amenities for a Carefree Life

One appeal of senior living is the possibility to leave behind some of the responsibilities that hinder your ability to enjoy life and explore new horizons. Perhaps it is most important to you to set aside the worries about homeownership during this next phase of your life.

Waterstone of Lexington eases these sorts of burdens with amenities and services like:

  • On-site, full-service salon and spa
  • Multiple dining venues featuring gourmet, chef-prepared dining
  • Black car transportation
  • Housekeeping and linen services
  • Regular maintenance services
  • Concierge-style services

Amenities for Comfort

According to some experts, feeling at home is the most important aspect of senior living. Premier senior living communities like Waterstone of Lexington ensure an exceptional experience not only with an engaging lifestyle – but also with its luxury apartments that welcome residents to relax and unwind style, comfort, and sophistication.

Amenities that communities offer to promote comfort and convenience include:

  • Well-appointed apartments with elevated details
  • Appealing floor plans
  • Outdoor living spaces
  • Pet-friendly accommodations
  • Ample communal living space

Premier Senior Living at Waterstone of Lexington

Regardless of how you rank your priorities, Waterstone of Lexington offers elevated amenities, a dynamic lifestyle and exceptional care services that will exceed your expectations. Waterstone of Lexington offers independent living and assisted living with access memory care provided by the experts at Bridges® by EPOCH just across campus.

To learn more about how our top-of-the-line services could facilitate the retirement you long for, contact us today.

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Downsizing and Decluttering for a Move to Senior Living

Downsizing doesn’t have to be about moving to a smaller space. It can also be about decluttering and rightsizing to meet your exact lifestyle needs.

If you’re considering moving into a senior living community during the upcoming year, let us help with ideas for getting your things prepared. There are a handful of easy ways that older adults can save time when preparing for a move to a retirement community.

Keep reading to explore some of the best ways to scale down in the new year and make resolutions for a smooth move to senior living. We’ll also offer insight into how decluttering and downsizing can streamline the moving process.

Start Downsizing Early

Preparing for a move into a senior living community involves decisions, organization, sorting, packing and, finally, the actual move itself. Through all this, it’s important to prioritize your own wellness and have a clear idea of what kind of space you need.

A key idea that’s gaining momentum is smart sizing, which emphasizes moving to the right-sized space for your lifestyle. Waterstone of Lexington’s premier independent living units provide such a space – with spacious floor plans offering just what you need and want – and access to the enriching lifestyle you desire.

Start Small

You should start the process small by organizing, sorting and labeling items.

Begin with the very small, such as heirlooms or accessories, then move on to the very large, such as art or furniture. Box up what needs to be padded and label other items with painter’s tape for their future location. Ideally, if you organize thoroughly, the moving company can start loading their truck within minutes of arriving at your home. You might also want to contact a Senior Move Manager® to get help with what to prioritize.

Donate, Gift or Sell Items

One of the absolute best ways to declutter is to assess what’s in your home and how often you use it. If you don’t use it regularly and it doesn’t serve your immediate needs, consider donating, gifting, or selling such items.

For any possessions that you don’t want, label or place them in a ‘To Be Donated’ box. Gift these items to those in need or to local shelters or centers.

Pass on cherished items to friends, families, or neighbors who can use them. You can also organize a garage, yard or sidewalk sale and price things fairly to quickly find them good homes.

Focus on Just One Room at a Time

A good practice is to focus on one room at a time. You might experience emotional attachment while working through a lifetime of memories. It’s important to give time enough to sort through those memories. You never know what you might find or how it will impact you.

You may want to try moving clockwise through your home, spending the same amount of time on the downsizing in each area, every day. Before you know it, your home will be packed, and you’ll be on your way to a brand-new space – one where you will have an engaging lifestyle right at your fingertips and where your family members can gather to make brand-new memories.

Waterstone of Lexington: Your New Forwarding Address

Waterstone of Lexington offers a modern approach to retirement living in a historical setting with full amenities and services. Come see how we redefine independent living, assisted living and memory care at our Welcome Center in Belmont. The community will open in late summer 2022.