Exercise Your Way to Healthy Aging

Creating a Winning Senior Exercise Routine

We all know that getting enough physical activity is a critical component of healthy aging. However, if you don’t know the best techniques for exercising as a senior, we can help.

Check out some of the many benefits of meeting your CDC-recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week and techniques to make it safe, simple and fun.

Achieving Healthy Aging Through Exercise

Regular physical activity is essential and provides benefits to our bodies, but the benefits of exercise are more notable with older adults. Here are just a few of the ways that exercising later in life can enhance your overall health, help you stay active, and prevent chronic conditions.

Enhanced Independence

Seniors who exercise regularly are more likely to remain independent longer. Various studies show regular exercise helps older adults maintain the ability to walk, dress, bathe, cook and perform other activities of daily living independently longer.

Improved Balance

Falling is a significant hazard for older adults. It’s estimated that a senior is admitted to the emergency room for a fall-related injury every 11 seconds. Falls generally result in health issues, meaning that avoiding falls is essential for healthy aging. Regular exercise helps improve seniors’ muscle mass, strength and balancing ability.

More Energy

Even though you may feel worn out after a good workout, exercise actually boosts your energy. Any form of movement or physical exertion releases endorphins, boosts metabolism, promotes healthy sleep, reduces pain, and increases one’s sense of well-being.

Lessened Risk of Chronic Conditions

Seniors are more prone to diabetes, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Fortunately, a more active lifestyle is one of the best ways to help prevent or manage these conditions.

Higher Brain Function

A healthy body can, indeed, mean a healthier mind. Seniors who exercise regularly have better cognitive health and a lower risk of developing dementia.

The Best Exercises for Seniors

When building an exercise program, it’s a good rule of thumb to stick to the recommended 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week strategy while focusing on strength training, flexibility, and balance. Depending on your fitness level and doctor’s opinion, see below for some excellent exercise options for you.


Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a place to walk, and you’re ready to get going. Whether you stroll around the block or do a more challenging hike on a favorite trail, walking is an excellent exercise to help improve your health in every way. A 30-minute walk will get you well on your way to a healthy lifestyle.

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics is a popular form of exercise for older adults – and for good reasons. Exercising while in the water is perfect for individuals who have joint pain or difficulty moving around since water buoyancy lessens the impact on joints. Water also has a natural resistance, which provides strength training without using weights.

Because being in the water is more forgiving than being in the open air, it’s a great way to improve flexibility, balance and strength without stressing your body or worrying about falling.

A sample 30-minute water aerobics routine:

  • Aqua jogging (5 minutes)
  • Flutter kicking (5 minutes)
  • Leg lifts (5 minutes)
  • Standing water pushups (5 minutes)
  • Arm curls (5 minutes)
  • Aqua jogging/cooldown (5 minutes)

Chair Yoga

Yoga is a great low-impact exercise, and chair yoga is even more gentle. Yoga focuses on flexibility, balance and muscle strength in a calm, controlled environment. As an added health benefit, chair yoga has been shown to help reduce the risk of mental health problems, including stress, anxiety and depression, in older adults.

Try this 30-minute chair yoga routine:

  • Neck rolls (2 minutes)
  • Side stretches (3 minutes)
  • Cat/Cow (2 minutes)
  • Half sun salutations (3 minutes)
  • Forward folds (2 minutes)
  • Ankle rolls (3 minutes)
  • Warrior sequence (One and Two) – (10 minutes)
  • Savasana (5 minutes)

Resistance Bands

These stretchy strips of rubber are an excellent way to add resistance without increased stress. They’re also good for strengthening your core and can be used to increase mobility and balance.

Add these exercises to your 30-minute aerobic activity routine:

  • Lateral raise
  • Triceps overhead press
  • Leg press
  • Band pull-apart
  • Bicep curl

Bodyweight Workouts

Muscle loss can lead to a slew of health issues, such as hormone problems, difficulty walking, and more. Bodyweight workouts use the body’s weight to help strength train naturally and easily – no fancy equipment necessary.

Here are some exercises that use body weight to help safely build muscle and endurance:

  • Squats to chair (Squatting over a chair and then lifting to standing)
  • Step-up
  • Lying hip bridges
  • Side-lying circles

Remember, before starting any exercise routine, be sure to consult with your physician.


Waterstone of Westchester provides a lifestyle where overall wellness and healthy aging are always within reach. Our team of professional trainers lead a variety of fitness classes and wellness programs that help our residents reach their goals.

Learn more about our lifestyle and schedule a tour to see what your future holds today.


Making New Friends In Our Senior Years

As children, we are able to make friends from the simplest of conversations, but as we age and life gets busier and more demanding, it becomes more difficult. By the time we hit our senior years and retirement age, we may find ourselves with only a couple of close friends – and much more free time. It’s when this happens that many find they’d like to widen their social circle and make new friends.

Benefits of Friendship

Why is it important for older adults to make new friends? One of the biggest reasons is to prevent social isolation. Beyond this, there is an increasing list of benefits to friendship that can make retirement more enjoyable.

  • Decreased risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease, dementia and high blood pressure
  • Improved mental and physical health
  • Enhanced social support and emotional support
  • Fewer feelings of loneliness
  • Better cognitive health
  • Increased happiness and joy

Making Friends as a Senior

If you’re among the many older adults who want to make new friends but aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help.

Get out of your comfort zone.

It can be nerve-wracking to make new friends, but it’s important to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Try hanging out in common areas where you’re likely to chat with others nearby, try new things, or hang out with your friends’ friends.

Join new clubs and groups that interest you.

One of the best ways to create social connections and strong friendships is to just spend time doing things you love. Whether you decide to revisit an old hobby that you haven’t enjoyed in quite some time, join a new group that you’ve been considering or try something entirely new, you’re sure to meet others who could become your good friends.

Try joining an exercise class.

Finding a class that enhances your health and wellness doesn’t just provide many physical and mental health benefits. It’ll also introduce you to those who want to remain active and healthy, too. Take up a yoga, tai chi or a group fitness class to ensure you’re surrounded by others with the same goals as you.

Set up weekly get-togethers and meetings.

Whether you join book clubs, hold recipe swaps, attend brunches or begin hosting cocktail hours, these weekly meetings can be a great way to get to know new people.

To enhance connection or to help you stay involved when you aren’t able to meet in person, create a social network via Facebook groups or hold virtual meetings. It might not feel the same as meeting face-to-face, but it can provide a short-term solution.

Chat with those you see frequently, or say hello to a stranger.

Do you notice you see the same people in passing every day? Stop to chat, or simply say hello; you never know, it could spark a new friendship.

Say yes to unexpected invitations.

Have you been invited to an event you wouldn’t usually attend? Instead of declining the invite, choose to accept! Has an acquaintance asked you if you’d like to join them for dinner or an outing? Go with them. Not only can turning your usual “no” into a “yes” introduce you to new things you might enjoy, but this can help you meet new people, too.

Join a cause you’re passionate about or volunteer.

By focusing on the things that are most important to you, you might find yourself making new friends quickly. Consider volunteering at an animal shelter, helping out at a soup kitchen, volunteering to teach a class, or mentoring others. No matter what you choose, giving back can be a great way to gain new friends while increasing your involvement within your community.

Make New Friends at Waterstone of Westchester

When seniors make a move to Waterstone, they don’t just open the door to a world of possibilities. They open the door to endless opportunities to make new friends and expand their social circle.

With a range of programs and social activities, wellness classes and a walkable location, there are plenty of chances to make new friends. Enjoy one of many cultural or social programs offered daily, try a new class in our mind-body studio, explore the surrounding area, or dine with someone that you’ve just met. No matter what you decide, the choices are all yours.


With an array of activities and events, a focus on a robust lifestyle, and a commitment to wellness, life at Waterstone of Westchester takes the idea of home to an entirely new level.

Learn more about our premier independent living community where you’ll thrive in a beautifully appointed apartment with designer finishes and enjoy connecting with friends in our stunning common areas. Come home to Waterstone of Westchester.


What Is Independent Living with Supportive Services?

The opportunity to live with independence while also having the security of support is something many seniors look for as they age. At Waterstone of Westchester, an active retirement community, they can find it.

The Best of Both Worlds

Independent living with supportive services combines independence and confidence with help from support programs to create a better lifestyle.

At our retirement community, residents can maintain their current active lifestyle while we offer access to support and personal care assistance when needed. This allows residents to have balance, peace of mind, and the freedom to remain living independently.

Discover more about the benefits and security of independent living with supportive services at Waterstone of Westchester below.

Independent Living

Seniors who choose independent living are able to live life their way. At Waterstone of Westchester, we make it even easier. Our engaging programs and amenities enhance life each day. Here, residents enjoy:

  • Thoughtfully designed one- and two-bedroom senior living apartments
  • Opportunities to stay connected with like-minded neighbors
  • Fitness center for enhancing wellness with access to professional trainers
  • Luxurious indoor pool and mind-body studio
  • Gourmet dining
  • Programs tailored to residents’ interests
  • On-site concierge services
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • A prime location in a sophisticated, urban neighborhood

Discover Dedicated Care with Supportive Services in Independent Living

Our residents enjoy all our community offers with the confidence that comes from knowing support is available at hand. Through our partnership with VNS Westchester, we are able to provide trusted access to on-site care. Services offered may include:

  • Personalized support care consultation and daily planning
  • Home health coordination with activities of daily living
  • Medication management
  • On-site geriatric primary and specialty care
  • Routine wellness visits

Services including overnight support staff and an experienced team trained to navigate your healthcare needs are also available.

How Supportive Services Enhance Independent Living

Seniors choose independent living with supportive services because it gives them freedom to fully engage in community life at Waterstone on High Ridge, while providing security and reassurance no matter how health needs may change over time.

Residents can continue living independently and confidently knowing that if needed, support is available whenever they require it. Schedule a personalized visit and discover how our independent lifestyle can support you or a loved one both now and in the future.


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


Ways To Reduce the Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

As the days get shorter and colder, the impacts of the winter season are upon us. The seasonal patterns of dreary and dark winter days can make us feel more lethargic and less motivated, as well as less interested in physical activity and socialization. Sometimes we classify this as “the winter blues,” but in more serious cases where depression is evident, we identify this as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

According to the Mayo Clinic, seasonal affective disorder likely impacts millions of Americans, including those in senior living, and is “defined as a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons – SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with this condition, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel “moody.” Generally, the symptoms of SAD resolve when the spring months arrive, but other individuals can still see the effects into the spring and summer months as well.

Symptoms and Signs

The following are the most commons signs and symptoms of seasonal affective disorder:

  • Increased sleep and daytime drowsiness
  • Loss of interest and pleasure in activities formerly enjoyed
  • Social withdrawal and increased sensitivity to rejection
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Feelings of guilt and hopelessness
  • Fatigue, or low energy level
  • Decreased ability to focus or concentrate
  • Trouble thinking clearly
  • Increased appetite, especially for sweets and carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • Physical problems, such as headaches

The most important thing to do if you’re concerned about depression or seasonal affective disorder is to make an appointment with a medical professional. A diagnosis of SAD may be made after a careful mental health exam and medical history done by a psychiatrist or other mental health professional.

Similar to the symptoms of depression, the symptoms of SAD can start out mild, but they can sometimes get progressively worse if left untreated. For older adults, we are focused on addressing this potential struggle with winter depression before it begins. 

Combatting the Effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Below, we’ve outlined four ways to help you or a loved one with reducing the symptoms commonly associated with seasonal affective disorder. There are things you can start doing today to help boost your mood, improve your circadian rhythm, and build a good foundation of support to get you through the dark, cold winter months.

Get plenty of natural light

It’s believed that seasonal depression is partially caused by the dwindling daylight hours present in the winter months. Make sure that your circadian rhythm is properly set by getting a good dose of natural light during the day. This also helps address a potential vitamin D deficiency.

If weather permits, a short walk around the block can be enough to charge you up. You can also sit near a sunny window for similar benefits. Another option is light therapy, where sitting in front of a light box can simulate natural bright light and has no adverse side effects.

Exercise and eat well

Regular physical activity and a healthy diet will do wonders for your mood, especially if you pack your plate with healthy fats, whole grains, and nutrient-dense vegetables and fruits. As for exercise, aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week.

Group exercise or working with a personal trainer are both great options for physical activity, and both are offered at Waterstone of Westchester. Our partnership with professional trainers and our state-of-the-art fitness center come together to provide our residents with the opportunity to enjoy unique fitness programs as well as access to one-on-one personal training sessions.

Stay social

The power of friendships and community is unparalleled. Ensure you set aside time each day to connect with a friend or family member, and identify things you want to share or discuss. Send a text, make a call, or walk over to a friend’s apartment, and keep connecting. Waterstone of Westchester provides a community where socialization with others is effortless and meaningful.

Here, residents can enjoy a meal with friends in the dining room, participate in a group art class, play a round of cards in the game room, or simply catch up during cocktail hour in the bistro. Opportunities to nurture connections and create new friendships is just outside your door at Waterstone.


With an array of activities and events, a focus on a robust lifestyle, and a commitment to wellness, life at Waterstone of Westchester takes the idea of home to an entirely new level.

Learn more about our premier independent living community where you’ll thrive in a beautifully appointed apartment with designer finishes and enjoy connecting with friends in our stunning common areas. Come home to Waterstone of Westchester.

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

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

What are the health benefits of an active lifestyle?

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

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

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

Ways to Stay Active at Waterstone

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

Health and Wellness Opportunities

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

Services and Amenities

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

Programs and Activities

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

Prime Location and Outings

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

Lifelong Learning

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

Social Opportunities

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

Maintenance-Free Living

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

Exceptional Dining

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

Supportive Care

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

Enjoy an active lifestyle at Waterstone.

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


Adjusting to Your New Normal After Retirement

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

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

Why Creating Your New Normal Is Important

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

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

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

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

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

Transitioning to Your New Normal

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

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

Explore your passions or find a new purpose.

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

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

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

Focus on health and wellness.

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

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

Travel and spend time with loved ones.

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

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

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

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

Set a routine.

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

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

Consider volunteer opportunities or work.

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

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

If You’re Having Trouble Adjusting

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

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


Waterstone of Westchester is a brand-new, premier independent senior living community in White Plains, NY. We’re close to exquisite shopping, fine dining and cultural attractions. Come visit our beautiful location to see how Waterstone puts wellness at the heart of our community.

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

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

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

Services and Amenities in Senior Living

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

Feel Rejuvenated with Health and Fitness Opportunities

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

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

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

Get Social in the Common Areas

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

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

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

Take in Your Love of the Arts and Literature

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the Outdoors

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

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

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

Dining Options to Savor

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

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

Beginning Your Search for the Top Independent Living Amenities

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

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


Waterstone of Westchester is a brand-new, premier independent senior living community in White Plains, NY. Come visit our beautiful location and learn more about our services and amenities today.

Senior living communities like Waterstone of Westchester can provide luxury apartment features and beautiful open space, but it’s still a clean, blank slate to make your own. With some fun inspiration and design ideas, you can personalize your new home as you choose. It will make your independent living apartment feel just like home – but better, without any of the hassles that come along with homeownership!

What can you expect from independent living apartments at Waterstone of Westchester?

Many residents search for independent living to maintain their active lifestyle, but one of the added benefits is having the freedom, time and creativity to redefine your own style. To start you off, we provide some of these stunning features in your new one- or two-bedroom apartment home, then you can complement with your personal décor style and homemaking skills.

  • Premium plank flooring
  • Designer kitchen with stainless steel appliances
  • Bathrooms with walk-in showers
  • Walk-in closets – plus a washer and dryer
  • Spacious living areas with natural light

How to personalize your apartment to suit your style.

Whether you’d like to emulate your previous home or enjoy a fresh start, there are plenty of ways to reach your design preference goals. Do you need some senior living apartment decor ideas? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best tips to make your new living spaces shine!

Bring items you love.

One of the best ways to showcase who you are and the experiences you’ve enjoyed is by bringing favorite items from home. Many senior living residents decorate their apartments by:

  • Hanging up photographs of friends and family
  • Displaying family heirlooms and unique pieces of furniture
  • Setting their favorite books on the coffee table
  • Putting travel souvenirs on shelves

Or, find new ways to dress up your walls. Maybe one of these ideas from HGTV will be perfect for you – especially if you’re making a space for the grandkids!

Embrace the beauty of nature.

There’s nothing quite like bringing the outdoors in. If you’ve always loved your garden and being in nature, try making that a focal point of your space.

In the dining room, place fresh flowers on your dining table. Keep herbs you’re growing in the kitchen. Put some plants or potted trees in the living room. Place calming lavender on your bedside table. Make yourself a tabletop garden and place it on your balcony.

Make use of extra rooms.

At Waterstone of Westchester, we offer one-bedroom apartments with a den, or two-bedroom apartments – some of which feature a patio or balcony. This provides even more opportunity to make your space your own.

If you find yourself with extra space, consider making it a spare bedroom, a home office, or a quiet reading room. Your patio or balcony provides the chance to create your own outdoor oasis.

Make small spaces functional.

Don’t discount the use of smaller spaces within your apartment home. There are plenty of creative ways to use them.

  • Do you have space in your entryway? It’s the perfect spot for a small stand to house your keys, extra decor, or a plantstand.  
  • Would you prefer to stow away your clothes that aren’t in season? Purchase rolling containers to place underneath the bed.
  • Do you find yourself with space in the bottom of your closet but nowhere to go with your favorite craft materials? Consider placing them on a three-tier rolling cart so you can roll them around as needed while maximizing your space.
  • Are you having trouble finding somewhere to put your favorite decorative platter? Display it on a stand in your kitchen!
  • Don’t forget about the backs of doors, too! You may just find the perfect space for items you need to store with over-the-door solutions.

Just have fun.

Creating a new living space is meant to be fun, so embrace the journey and aim to showcase your personality, what you love, and what makes you unique. Not only will this serve you well when hosting visitors, but it’s sure to make you feel right at home.

Let’s get started.

If you’re interested in getting a closer look at how you can make your space your own at Waterstone of Westchester, schedule a visit! During your tour, you can experience our lifestyle, view our model apartments, and talk with our team and residents. To schedule your visit, contact us today.


Waterstone of Westchester is a brand-new, premier independent senior living community in White Plains, NY. We’re close to exquisite shopping, fine dining, and cultural attractions. Come visit our beautiful location and see how Waterstone puts wellness at the heart of our community.

As older adults age, they may begin to wonder about senior living and consider the benefits that an independent living community might bring to their lifestyle.

For many seniors, a retirement living community is often the best choice – where they are surrounded by a group of like-minded individuals with the same freedom, interests and experiences. They may also appreciate the peace of mind of living where they can receive additional levels of care if it ever becomes necessary.

No matter the reason for the move, a senior living community comes with a lot of benefits, so if you or a loved one have been considering independent living, there’s no better time than now to learn more and evaluate your options.

Signs It’s Time to Begin Considering Independent Living

Are you or a loved one considering independent living at a premier community like Waterstone of Westchester? While the decision to move is personal to everyone, there are some signs that a move to independent living may be ideal.

You or a loved one would like an engaging lifestyle full of things to do.

When older adults live at home, they may not see friends as often, may find themselves feeling bored, or may even become depressed due to a lack of enriching opportunities.

In independent living communities, older adults have access to a range of activities to help keep them engaged. From live entertainment and engaging programs to special interest groups and trips to local attractions, there’s always something for them to enjoy.

At Waterstone of Westchester, residents have access to countless possibilities. Here, they can participate in:

  • Continuing education
  • Cultural, social and recreational programs
  • Scheduled programs
  • Lecture series events
  • Trips and outings
  • Clubs and classes

That’s only some of the fun, however. Read more about our programs by visiting our website.

A focus on wellness would be beneficial.

Many independent living communities focus on health and wellness to enhance the lifestyle of seniors for years to come. This is now an aspect of retirement living that many seniors are actively looking for as well. With fitness center programs, classes and education, independent living can help you improve and maintain your health while providing an active lifestyle.

At Waterstone of Westchester, wellness is a large part of what we do. We strive to put older adults on a path to better health, no matter their goals, routine or level of commitment with:

  • One-on-one training sessions with a personal trainer
  • Mind-body studio
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Group fitness classes

If you or a loved one are looking to enhance your wellness by being pampered, look no further than our full-service salon.

Days would be more fun without needing to plan, cook and clean.

Are activities like housekeeping, yardwork, preparing meals and maintenance becoming painstaking and more of a hassle than they should be? Independent living communities remedy this by taking care of all of it for you; but at Waterstone of Westchester, we take it a few steps further with:

  • Concierge services
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service
  • Anytime dining in our restaurant dining room
  • Heated underground parking and covered parking
  • Freedom from maintenance and yardwork

All of these aspects combine to create worry-free living, allowing you or your loved one to simply enjoy your lifestyle.

The company of friends would enrich your or your loved one’s days.

Did you know social isolation can be detrimental to health? What’s more is that as seniors age, it becomes more likely for them to feel isolated or lonely. Whether this is because they live far away from friends and family, live alone, or simply aren’t in the right location to easily make friends or socialize, independent living communities can help.

At independent living communities like Waterstone of Westchester, friends are always nearby – as are opportunities to make new friends – because of all the programs, activities and more just outside you or your loved one’s door.

A plan for senior care would bring peace of mind.

Did you know that independent living communities, although drastically different from a nursing home or long-term care facility, typically offer supportive services if health needs change? These services can be provided by their own care team or a trusted outside provider and may include support with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing or medication management, and other personalized care plans tailored to individual needs.

At Waterstone of Westchester, our independent living community offers on-site supportive care services through our partnership with VNS Westchester. Some of the services and support provided may include:

  • Personalized care consultations, daily planning and routine wellness visits
  • Home health coordination, providing daily living support in their apartment home, and care as needed
  • Medication management
  • Primary and specialty care on site

Our experienced staff is trained to navigate healthcare needs. Overnight support staff is also available.


Located in White Plains, NY, Waterstone of Westchester is the area’s premier independent living community. We’re close to exquisite shopping, fine dining, volunteer opportunities – and close to your heart. Come visit our beautiful location and see what Waterstone can offer you.

The United States is full of great things to see and do, but sometimes, it’s great to just be a tourist in your hometown – or, in our residents’ case – in the location of their ideally situated retirement community. In the heart of White Plains, New York, Waterstone of Westchester’s senior living residents enjoy a range of fine retailers, dining venues, cultural events, and attractions. What makes it even better, though, is the ability to explore with grandchildren of all ages.

Whether your grandchildren live nearby and visit frequently or are coming from afar to visit you at your senior living community, you can be prepared for a summer packed with fun by checking out some of the many things to do in White Plains!

The Best Places in White Plains to Check Out with Your Grandkids

When it comes to White Plains in Westchester County, kids and adults alike can enjoy a world of entertainment. With activities for those who are younger, older – and young at heart – there’s something for everyone.

Visit World-Class Shopping Centers and Stores

When your grandchildren visit, you can all get started on this season’s shopping – or plan for next school year’s wardrobe! Located close to the flagship Bloomingdales and a range of other shopping venues in downtown White Plains, your grandkids can be set in style.

If shopping is not hands-on enough for them, or if they are just a little too young to delight in an afternoon of shopping, they may enjoy a chance to make fun memories by visiting the LEGO® Store at The Westchester, or by making a furry friend at Build-a-Bear Workshop®.

Sample of Some of Your Favorite Dining Venues Together

Want to spice up your dining adventures and give your grandkids a well-rounded taste of the city you love? Take a progressive tour of your favorite restaurants and dining venues! Begin by stopping at one location for appetizers, then visit another restaurant for entrées, and finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with dessert at your go-to spot.

If that’s too much food to handle or if you’re looking for something more casual, visit your favorite brunch spot or share your favorite coffee shop with your teenage grandchildren. If they are 21 or over, show them your favorite place to stop for drinks with friends.

Visit the Farmers Market

From fresh produce to a fun time out, your grandkids can relish a taste of homegrown goodness at the local White Plains’ farmers market. Pick up some fruits and vegetables and get inspired to make a meal together at home. It’s a great way to savor quality time while cooking up some new favorite recipes.

Revel in Music, Stories and Performing Arts

Known as one of White Plains’ favorite outdoor activities, indulge in a range of outdoor concerts, stories and history shared by various artists. If you would rather sit down for a show or a theater production, the White Plains Performing Arts Center is certainly the place to go. Before establishing your plans, be sure to check out the calendar to see what’s going on or if any events have been added or changed.

Attend an Art Exhibition, Workshop or Event at ArtsWestchester

From art classes and festivals to workshops and lectures, those who love music, art and all things theater will love ArtsWestchester. Check out their events calendar for details about upcoming events, classes, educational opportunities and more.

Explore Nature or Get Outside and Get Active

Strap on your boots and navigate the hiking trails at Silver Lake Preserve or one of White Plains’ many other nature preserves. If your grandchildren are more into immersing themselves in the experience, stop at Cranberry Lake Preserve. At Cranberry Lake Preserve, they can participate in a nature program, explore interactive, educational displays, and see live animals.

Alternatively, release some energy and get some exercise by taking your grandkids to Saxon Woods Park. Here, there are plenty of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. Hit the playground, play a couple rounds of golf, or cool off and make a splash at the Saxon Woods splash pad.

Tips for Setting Off on Your Adventures

While it’s certainly fun to be spontaneous, planning can make your pursuits even more full of family fun. For a season of successful visits, try these tips.

Plan Out the Stops You’ll Be Visiting Together

One of the best parts of planning a trip is the excitement of knowing you’re visiting a place you’ve always wanted to experience. When planning places to visit and things to do together, make sure to consider their interests. Remember to try to find an activity that fits everyone’s preferences and abilities.

Dress for the Event and Plan for Bad Weather – Especially Outdoors

There is nothing worse than when the weather doesn’t cooperate. If you know you’ll be attending an outdoor event, be sure to pack essential items like sunscreen in case of high UV rays and an umbrella so you’re prepared in the event of rain. If you’re going to a park, make sure you are dressed to play!

Don’t Let Hunger Put a Stop to Your Fun

A trip can be quickly derailed by hunger, so it’s crucial to schedule time for meals or to pack various snacks and drinks.

Capture Plenty of Photographs

These memories with grandkids are precious, so it’s always a great idea to take as many pictures as possible. Make sure you don’t forget to be present in the photographs with your grandkids, too – even if they are just selfies!

Discover the Fun Beyond White Plains

Waterstone of Westchester is located near many great daytrip locations. With destinations like New York City, attractions in New England, surrounding amusement parks and more, it’s easy to simply get on a train and enjoy a new experience.

Plan Your Visit

For more information on planning a visit with your grandkids or to learn about some more fun places to visit in White Plains, contact our team. We’d be happy to share more about the great things our location offers seniors and their families!

If you are interested in a senior housing option that puts you close to all the action of White Plains and Westchester County, we can help. Schedule your visit for an inside look today.

Waterstone of Westchester. Now This Is Home.

Waterstone of Westchester is a brand-new, premier independent living community in White Plains, NY. We’re close to exquisite shopping, fine dining and cultural attractions. Come visit our beautiful location and see how Waterstone puts wellness at the heart of our community.