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Moving Into Waterstone: Your Step-by-Step Guide

Once you’ve toured your senior living communities of choice and made your final decision, the next step is preparing for a move. What does the moving process entail? Our step-by-step guide can help you get started.

Waterstone on High Ridge: Making Your Move to Senior Living

Step 1 | Choose your floor plan and consider how your belongings will fit.

Like most retirement communities, we offer floor plans for each level of care, as well as living options to suit current senior care needs and future continuing care preferences.

Upon choosing to move, establish which floor plan fits you the best. Then, take this blank slate and plan out how you’ll fill it with furnishings, decorations and stylish elements to make it your own. If you’re trying an entirely new style, purchase or thrift items that are perfect for the look you’re going for.

Step 2 | Make a list of must-haves and begin downsizing.

While choosing your new space, you likely began a mental list of what to bring or leave behind. Use this as the foundation of your downsizing list.

While this can seem like a simple task, for many, it’s not. You can make downsizing easier by:

  • Making a list of what items feel like home
  • Going through one room at a time
  • Establishing piles of items to donate, pass down or sell
  • Taking photos of items that you may not want to keep but would love to keep the memory
  • Enlisting the help of friends and family members
  • Talking to the Waterstone on High Ridge team, who can lead you to resources to help

Step 3 | Begin preparing for moving day.

The moving process can be stressful, too, but by preparing accordingly, it can be made easier. Ask one of our Senior Advisors to recommend trusted movers they work with. These ideas can also help:

  • Make a list of everything you’ve packed
  • Label all your boxes according to the room
  • Plan transportation for your items
  • Make a moving-day plan of when you’ll start and who is helping
  • Pack vehicles ahead of time if possible
  • Get plenty of rest prior to moving

Step 4 | Move in, meet the team and residents, and get settled.

On moving day, the Waterstone team will be there to assist in making the process go smoothly. You’ll get acquainted with all the team members who will support your lifestyle, including:

  • Our executive director
  • Life enrichment team members
  • Our Senior Advisor and concierge
  • The culinary team
  • Professional trainers from the fitness center

You’ll also meet your new neighbors who can share great tips based on their personal experience, helping you get acquainted with life at Waterstone.

Step 5 | Immerse yourself in your new retirement lifestyle.

One of the best things about senior living communities is that they take care of everything for you once you’ve moved in. After you get unpacked and settled, begin enjoying the lifestyle you’ve planned for – free from worries and home maintenance – with the support of a team ready to take care of everything for you.

  • Need tickets to an upcoming show? Ask our concierge to help you.
  • Interested in trying out a new hobby? Ask the life enrichment team about our offerings.
  • Looking for a birthday gift for a loved one? Take our private transportation to local shops.
  • Want to host your family and show off your new home? Invite them and reserve our private dining room with the concierge.

Are you ready to make a move to Waterstone on High Ridge?

If you haven’t yet made the decision to move to Waterstone on High Ridge, we invite you to experience our lifestyle and learn more about what we offer you. Attend an upcoming event or open house today to get started.

SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT. HOME THE WAY YOU LIKE IT.

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Stresses of Caring for a Loved One at Home

Did you know 1 in 5 Americans are caregivers, according to a report conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP? This means that an estimated 53 million adults provide care for someone – which is up from the estimated 43.5 million caregivers in 2015. Of this 53 million, 41.8 million are estimated to serve those who are 50+.

If you’re among these ranks, serving as a family caregiver to an older adult at home, you may find yourself struggling with some intense emotions. From worry and sadness to feeling stressed and overwhelmed, caregiving is not an easy job.

No matter how fulfilling it may be to care for your loved one during the aging process, you may still be impacted by negative emotions sometimes associated with caregiving. These feelings don’t mean you’re doing anything wrong; in fact, caregiving is one of the most selfless things you can do – which is part of what makes it so difficult. As these feelings and challenges add up, they can cause an increase in stress and ultimately impact a caregiver’s overall health and well-being.

Causes of Caregiver Stress When Caring for a Loved One at Home

Transitioning from family member to informal caregiver.

Caregiving can make you feel like you’re losing your past relationship with your loved one. Instead of simply visiting and enjoying your loved one’s company, now you may be:

  • Spending all your time taking care of their needs
  • Researching their illness
  • Finding ways to enhance their quality of life
  • Figuring out how to provide the best possible care
  • Ensuring they have everything they need to be comfortable
  • Managing their daily tasks and to-do list

Managing all these daily tasks can cause emotional distress and frustration, especially if the demands of caregiving are new to you. It’s also possible that you may find yourself feeling guilty for feeling this way – this is when it’s good to reach out for support.

Long hours with little to no breaks.

Caregiving is demanding. Whether it’s your full-time job or you’re working full time while also providing care, you may experience:

  • A lack of time for yourself, your family, and your friends
  • Inability to sleep or lower quality sleep
  • An increase in mental health conditions like anxiety and depression
  • Irritability when there are unexpected changes to your routine or your loved one’s health
  • Exhaustion and burnout
  • Fear of what the future may bring

All these factors can cause increased stress and frustration, especially if you aren’t able to make time for yourself or if you lack support.

Trouble keeping up with daily tasks and caring for family.

Many caregivers don’t just have the stress of taking care of their loved one to worry about. Some have their own homes, children, and pets to care for – and caregiving for a loved one on top of those responsibilities makes it even more difficult.

Without help, you run the risk of burning out, which is not good for you, your family, or the loved one you’re caring for. If possible:

  • Rely on a spouse, significant other or older children to help more
  • See if family or a friend can spend some time with your loved one so you can catch up around your house
  • Allow others to help care for your loved one so you can spend more time with your family
  • Delegate tasks of caregiving to others willing to lend a hand
  • Begin a chore calendar for household family members

Caregiving is taking a physical toll.

Being a caregiver doesn’t just affect you emotionally, but physically, too. Caregiving can create potential health problems caused by:

  • Lack of time or ability to prepare and eat a healthy meal
  • Unhealthy habits, like lack of physical activity
  • Inability to visit your healthcare practitioner regularly
  • Not seeking medical advice for mental health problems
  • Untreated conditions, like heart disease

It’s important to keep up with your health so you can be the healthiest version of you – and ultimately take the best care of your loved one.

It’s becoming too difficult.

When caring for a loved one at home becomes too challenging, it may be time to seek outside help. Some find this with home care services, respite care or adult day care programs, while others consider moving their loved one to a senior living community offering a comprehensive network of support.

Both options can give the primary caregiver a reprieve, but many find that the support provided from a leading senior living community like Waterstone on High Ridge is the right choice for them and their loved one. In fact, many who choose to move their loved one to senior living wish they had done so a long time ago because of its benefits.

With dedicated support on site, engaging activities, and nutritious prepared meals, senior living can help bring balance back to your life.

Discover freedom from caregiving’s stressors with Waterstone.

At Waterstone on High Ridge, our team can help you find the perfect community to fit the needs of your loved one. Featuring various levels of care – including independent living, assisted living and memory care by Bridges® , families enjoy peace of mind knowing their loved ones have access to the support they need when they need it.

Experience our lifestyle or take advantage of our support groups and events by scheduling a visit today.

SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT. HOME THE WAY YOU LIKE IT.

Waterstone on High Ridge offers a modern approach to senior living in a beautiful hilltop setting. Come see how we redefine independent livingassisted living and memory care in Fairfield County.

As retirement lifestyles evolve, so does the senior living dining experience. At Waterstone on High Ridge, we’re pleased to deliver creative cuisine and seasonal menus that rival fine dining establishments.

We know just how important dining is to our senior living residents, not only for their overall health and nutrition, but also for their happiness and enjoyment. We strive to provide dining that exceeds expectations, with a variety of options, seasonal selections, top-tier service and a focus on changing dining trends.

If you are just beginning your search for the perfect senior living community and are wondering what premier communities offer within their dining programs, look no further than Waterstone on High Ridge.

Delight in Dining at Waterstone on High Ridge

Waterstone on High Ridge delivers an exceptional senior living experience – and dining at our community is no exception! Discover the many perks and benefits of exquisite dining delivered by our highly trained, professional chefs and culinary team.

Devoted expertise from a culinary team

Dining is about more than just delicious food at Waterstone; it’s about fresh, creative approaches and impeccable service. Because we cook to order, no matter what our diners’ tastes may be, our executive chef and team get to know each person’s preferences while tailoring meals to meet dietary needs.

The finest ingredients

From seasonal menu items and crisp fruits and vegetables to locally sourced ingredients and more, our dishes are created with some of the finest elements to provide a delectable mix of flavors, new twists to old favorites, and the right touches to enhance timeless classics.

A top-quality, interactive dining experience

Residents also get an inside look at how their favorite dishes are created with interactive cooking demonstrations. Most recently, residents have watched a number of dishes being prepared, including:

  • Dessert empanadas
  • Sweet and sour chicken
  • Bananas Foster
  • Penne alla vodka

An array of dining options

Waterstone on High Ridge features multiple venues on site to enjoy our chef’s creations. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing dinner with friends in the dining room or are grabbing a casual bite in the bistro and pub, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Our community also features a private dining room for hosting family and friends, as well as a juice bar for some quick bites after a morning workout.

Dining on your schedule

Meal times vary from person to person and from schedule to schedule. At Waterstone on High Ridge, you can eat when you choose with anytime dining.

  • Catch a quick breakfast before your exercise class
  • Come back from a visit to town and enjoy a late lunch
  • Grab a snack with your grandkids
  • Meet friends in the pub for drinks
  • Cozy up with a warm tea or coffee in the bistro
  • Savor a late-night snack before settling in for the evening

Dining tailored to changing abilities

At Waterstone on High Ridge, we recognize that not all seniors have the same needs when it comes to dining. For those who are living with memory loss within our Bridges memory care household, we tailor meals to fit their abilities.

From special dietary accommodations to adaptive dining to make mealtimes easier, we help residents with memory loss maintain their autonomy while enjoying the dining experience.

Introduce your palate to our premier dining experience.

We hope this information has left you hungry for more! Check out our website to get a front-row view of what our dining program offers, or schedule a visit to get a taste for yourself.

SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT. HOME THE WAY YOU LIKE IT.

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When Is the Right Time for Assisted Living?

There may come a time in your loved one’s life when they need a little extra support – but when is assisted living necessary? While the answer will differ for everyone, some key signs can help you evaluate when it’s the right time for assisted living services.

If you’ve been wondering whether assisted living would be beneficial for your loved one, read on as we share some of the many signs, provide tips, and include resources that can help you decide as your loved one’s needs change.

When Is It Time for a Loved One to Move to Assisted Living?

For many family members, searching for senior living communities can be an overwhelming process; however, many find that when they notice the following signs, a move may be best for their loved one’s physical health and well-being. These can include:

  • Hospitalization, sickness, or a sudden change in needs
  • Memory loss that interferes with daily living
  • Guidance from healthcare providers to consider a move to assisted living
  • A decline in ability to care for themselves such as poor nutrition, inability to bathe themselves properly, or trouble with taking medications correctly
  • A decline in ability to manage the home such as lack of necessary maintenance, problems with yardwork or less attention to cleanliness

While care concerns for a loved one are the ultimate indicator of the need for assisted living services, family members may find that a move to a senior living community benefits not only their loved one, but themselves, too. The following concerns can indicate that now may be a good time to consider assisted living.

  • Your loved one’s care requires more time than you can provide
  • Memory loss is causing symptoms that are beyond what you can handle
  • You’re experiencing burnout and stress
  • You are no longer connecting with those you love and are quitting your hobbies
  • You have your own health conditions to consider

Why Should I Consider Assisted Living Over My Loved One Remaining at Home?

Many seniors want to remain at home for as long as possible, but as needs change, the reality is that assisted living communities can provide a better mix of supportive care, engaging lifestyle, and socialization – leading to an enhanced quality of life.

When comparing staying at home versus moving to an assisted living community, residents within a premier assisted living community such as Waterstone on High Ridge benefit from:

  • A beautiful private apartment with safety features
  • A warm atmosphere with around-the-clock support
  • Skilled team members who are trained to handle all activities of daily living
  • Increased opportunities for daily connection
  • A life enrichment team that creates a full schedule of daily programs, events and activities

If you are starting to notice signs that it may be time for assisted living, reach out to our team for some tips on starting the conversation about assisted living with your loved one and other family members.

Live the Life You Want with the Support You Need

At Waterstone on High Ridge, we offer best-in-class assisted living in Stamford, CT, that provides just the right amount of support to enable our residents to full enjoy our carefree, enriching lifestyle. Our assisted living community includes:

  • Private living spaces with studios and one- or two-bedroom apartments
  • Comprehensive support on site with 24-hour care and nursing support
  • Personalized care consultation and customized wellness plans
  • Assistance with daily living activities
  • Three nutritious meals daily with locally sourced, fresh ingredients
  • Medication management
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • On-site concierge services
  • Overnight support staff

Bridges® at Waterstone Memory Care

Waterstone on High Ridge also provides a dedicated memory care household, with expert care provided by the experts at Bridges® by EPOCH. This additional level of care ensures residents can age in place as healthcare needs may change.

Whether your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the compassionate care and dedicated support they need is right here – no matter where they are in their journey with memory loss.

Our Bridges® at Waterstone lifestyle includes a range of services and amenities to enrich the lives of those we serve, including:

  • Research-based and thoughtfully designed household to support loved ones
  • Beautifully designed suites featuring a soothing atmosphere
  • Common areas where residents can remain engaged and feel at home
  • Personalized wellness programs, events and activities
  • 24-hour licensed nursing care and assistance with daily routines
  • Three chef-prepared meals daily
  • A personalized approach to care that creates connection and meaningful engagement

Plan Ahead for a Move

Even if you and your loved one are not quite ready to make a move, our best advice is to plan ahead as much as possible so that when the time comes, you’re prepared and confident in your decision.

No matter what your or your loved one’s care needs are, our team is here for you. Whether you’ve got general questions or are considering your options, we can guide you through the process of finding the perfect assisted living or memory care option. Schedule your family’s tour today.

SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT. HOME THE WAY YOU LIKE IT.

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When Families Disagree on Care for Aging Relatives

As they age, loved ones may begin to need more care. This may mean coming up with a care plan that will address the needs of your mom, dad or other family member. What happens, though, when aging parents, adult children or other relatives disagree about senior care? This is where it can get a little tricky.

First, it’s important to note that there’s often no perfect option for families, and often, some compromise has to occur. One thing is for certain, however, and that’s that everyone needs to be on the same page – or at least close!

Beginning the Discussion on Caring for Aging Relatives

Since senior care is such a delicate topic for many families, how can you set the scene for a successful discussion? It can help to set up a family meeting. Keep in mind that you may have to host multiple family meetings in order to accomplish your goals, but this is often a good start.

Prior to the meeting, come up with topics that you’d like to talk about. As you create your agenda, consider these points:

  • Is your loved one beginning to need more support?
  • Are you unable to provide the high level of care they need?
  • Are they becoming isolated and lonely?
  • Is their changing health putting you under lots of stress and pressure?
  • Have they brought up that they might like to receive care at a senior living community?
  • Do they have wishes already established?

What To Do When You Disagree on Care for Aging Relatives

At these meetings, some may agree on a care plan for their loved one. Others may need more time to consider the options, or they may disagree altogether. Though it can be disheartening, there are ways that you can manage this to come to an agreement while helping them see where you’re coming from.

Listen to everyone’s emotions and opinions.

These discussions are usually extremely emotional for families and can come with many different reactions. It’s important to hear everyone’s point of view. You may hear concerns such as:

  • These discussions are usually extremely emotional for families and can come with many different reactions. It’s important to hear everyone’s point of view. You may hear concerns such as:Fears about how much time caregiving will take
  • Whether or not they’ll have support at home to care for their own family
  • Fear they may lose their job or get behind on their career path if caring for a loved one
  • Concerns about the costs of senior care

Try to be understanding in all of these circumstances, and share your own thoughts and fears, too. This can help you all map out what will be possible and what won’t be.

Get informed about caregiving.

If your family believes that a family caregiver is the best option for your loved one, it’s a good idea to ask:

  • Who would that primary caregiver be?
  • Would their caregiver be their power of attorney?
  • Is there a relative who lives close by who would be interested in caregiving?

While many try to become a caregiver for their loved one, it often comes with caregiver stress, burnout and, many times, a move to senior living further down the road.

Some family members may feel like senior living, senior care, and nursing homes are synonymous, which can often be what leads them to consider other options. At leading communities like Waterstone on High Ridge, this isn’t the case. There is a strong emphasis on wellness and a focus on creating a dynamic lifestyle full of enriching opportunities and support.

Share some information with your family if they are open to hearing it. If not, listen to their thoughts, keep an open mind, and try to see things from their point of view. Again, you may have to have this discussion a couple of times before they begin to accept that a move may be best, or you may need some additional support from the outside.

Talk to the doctor or get a health assessment for your loved one.

If your family insists on a family caregiver and doesn’t want to consider senior living, a discussion with a health professional can help. Or if the family member in disagreement lives far away, they may not fully understand just how much support is needed.

This is when it can help to get a professional’s point of view. Talk to your loved one’s doctor about their health issues and long-term care needs. They will be able to:

  • Direct you on how to provide your loved one with the best support
  • Give your family an accurate view of what you may be dealing with
  • Support you in furthering your care plan discussion
  • Provide a range of resources

It can also help to contact a geriatric care manager, as they can help you navigate these issues to ensure your loved one is receiving the right care for them.

Research care options together.

If you come to an agreement and find that caring for your loved one at home would be too difficult, it’s a good idea to research your options together. Many senior living communities, like Waterstone on High Ridge, provide services to ensure your loved one is cared for during every step of their journey.

Offering independent living, assisted living and memory care, Waterstone on High Ridge offers all levels of support in one place – which means your loved one only has to move once. Most times, this brings families peace of mind and is what ultimately causes families to agree on a move, especially after touring and experiencing the lifestyle.

HOME THE WAY YOU LIKE IT. SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT.

Waterstone on High Ridge offers a modern approach to senior living in a beautiful hilltop setting. Come see how we redefine independent living, assisted living and memory care in Fairfield County, just minutes away from fine restaurants, retail stores and cultural venues in Stamford and Greenwich.

For some older adults, the move to a senior living community such as Waterstone on High Ridge, offering independent living, assisted living and memory care, provides security and confidence for the future. These individuals prefer to make a move before a crisis occurs and their family members need to make decisions for them. They understand that today’s senior living communities are not the institutionalized facilities of the past – but rather are designed to enhance wellness and quality of life through convenient services, amenities and enriching lifestyle opportunities.

For others, however, the idea of senior housing may bring uncertainty or even frustration because they view it as a loss of independence, or they are simply resistant to change. They may be adamant about staying in their family home or may not realize how significantly changes in their health or mobility have affected their lifestyle and well-being.

We understand that starting the conversation about senior living with your aging loved one can be a difficult subject to broach. Unfortunately, many families wait too long to discuss the subject because they’re unsure of how their loved one will react. The reality is that having the conversation early and making a move before it’s truly necessary can actually help to relieve future anxiety.

Use our expert tips below to help make the conversation with your aging parent go smoother – and help them transition to a carefree senior living lifestyle.

Does My Parent Really Need Senior Living?

It’s common for aging parents to tell their adult children that moving to assisted living or other senior living community isn’t necessary. Before you have the conversation, try to observe your loved one throughout their daily routine. If you notice any of the following concerns, take note as it may help you to explain your position and provide positive encouragement during the discussion.

  • They need support with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing or grooming
  • Access to health care would provide greater peace of mind
  • They are overwhelmed taking care of a large home
  • Forgetfulness is becoming more frequent
  • Attention to proper hygiene and/or nutrition is lacking
  • Your loved one is recovering from an accident, surgery or illness, and short-term care needs have become long-term
  • They seem to be showing more signs of isolation and loneliness

Educate Yourself to Educate Your Loved One

Many seniors may be holding on to the perception that senior living communities are like the nursing homes of the past. Today, senior living options have changed radically, offering a range of social opportunities, engaging programs, supportive care when needed, and delicious meals akin to the finest restaurants. It’s possible their preconceived notions may be what is keeping them from a lifestyle they’ll love.

The more you know about senior living, the better you’ll be able to help guide them on their journey. Before you introduce the conversation with your loved one, start by talking to team members at local communities. Ask questions about service offerings. Take a tour of the apartments. Check out the activities, programs and events. At Waterstone on High Ridge, our Senior Advisors are always ready to share tips and advice to make the conversation easier and provide resources to help your individual situation.

Starting the Conversation

Set the Stage

One of the most important things to consider when bringing up senior living is when should you? At Waterstone on High Ridge, we believe that answer is as early as possible. This extra time ensures you can plan accordingly, tour a range of communities, and make the right choice for your loved one. Otherwise, the decision may be rushed if a sudden health issue occurs.

The best place to begin the conversation about senior living may be different for everyone, but it’s likely a good idea to chat in a private, quiet place that is free of distractions. Make sure your loved one is in a good mood and seems open to talking with you – if they are not, it might be better to choose another day, so the conversation flows more easily.

Remain Calm and Patient

Aside from being emotionally charged, the conversation can also be a bit intimidating for an adult child to bring up the subject of senior living. While you may not know how the conversation will go, it will help to focus on being empathetic and respectful. Be sure to use positive language and a pleasant tone when you are speaking about senior living.

You may want to begin by asking your loved one if they are feeling safe and happy at home, or if they feel overwhelmed by the daily upkeep and maintenance. Ask whether they are feeling engaged at home – or if they sometimes feel lonely. Identify the “what-if” scenarios to determine if they have a plan in mind related to health changes. Find out their perceptions about senior living.

Take time to think about their answers and respond thoughtfully. Remember to make it a two-way conversation. Gently share your concerns and thoughts, but make sure you’re attentively listening to theirs as well.

Make It an Ongoing Conversation

Keep in mind that the conversation may be an evolving process and likely won’t be a once-and-done discussion. Let your loved one know that you don’t expect to make any immediate decisions, but you want to understand their thoughts and plans related to the future so that you can come to an agreement that both honors their wishes – and safely supports their needs.

Explore Senior Living Options Together

If your aging loved one is open to it, we highly suggest taking them to a senior living community to enjoy a tour, participate in programs, and get a taste of the dining experience for themselves. They may find that a senior living community like Waterstone on High Ridge is exactly the kind of place they’d love to be – making the process smoother while bringing you both peace of mind.

HOME THE WAY YOU LIKE IT. SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT.

Waterstone on High Ridge offers a modern approach to senior living in a beautiful hilltop setting. Come see how we redefine independent living, assisted living and memory care in Fairfield County, just minutes away from fine restaurants, retail stores and cultural venues in Stamford and Greenwich.

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6 Ways That Senior Living Promotes Health and Wellness

The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are amplified as we age, as hundreds of studies have shown over the decades. More recently, the International Council on Active Aging concluded that by 2023 at least two-thirds of senior living communities will have, at their core, a practice of holistic wellness.

And it’s true; health and wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular in senior communities. At communities like Waterstone on High Ridge, seniors now have the means to live a holistic lifestyle in a safe environment, thanks to nutritious meal plans, engaging social programs and a diverse range of activities.

Keep reading to find out about some of the ways that communities promote senior holistic wellness.

Benefits of Health and Wellness Programming in Senior Living Communities

Every aspect of our lives is affected by our health and wellness. Throughout our life span, we can remain mentally, physically and spiritually strong if we consume the right foods, exercise regularly, observe mental health needs and maintain a positive outlook.

Senior living communities like Waterstone on High Ridge are carefully crafted to aid residents in achieving their health goals. A holistic approach to wellness means meeting the needs of mind, body and spirit, with an emphasis on healthy living and high quality of life. Research shows that an engaged and active mind and body support longevity, health and happiness.

Senior Living Trends That Promote Good Health

1. Fitness Programs
Fitness is an integral part of the daily programming offered in senior living communities. Senior-friendly exercises, such as chair yoga, water aerobics, tai chi or even simple stretching, can improve overall health and help ward of stress and depression for older adults. At Waterstone on High Ridge, there are both informal and formal fitness opportunities available, with access to one-on-one personal training. Our fully equipped fitness center and indoor heated pool, as well as our mind-body studio, provide the perfect setting to build strength, improve balance and more.

2. Wellness Programs

While diet and exercise are key components, there is so much more to learn about the philosophy behind wellness. The wellness groups that retirement communities organize are often focused on providing information and support to help seniors age well. The needs of residents in senior living communities continually change, so teams make it a point to keep wellness programs at the forefront.

3. Delicious and Healthy Dining Experience

For a healthy lifestyle, eating a well-balanced diet is necessary. But a healthy diet can pose a challenge for some older individuals. Retirement communities offer seniors the opportunity to enjoy three nutritious meals daily – without the hassles of grocery shopping, cooking or clean-up.

At Waterstone on High Ridge, we understand that dining is more than just a meal – it should be an experience with impeccable service. Our chefs create gourmet meals using fresh, locally sourced ingredients for distinctive meals that rival five-star restaurants. Dietary restrictions and needs can also be met by our culinary team.

4. Lifelong Learning

The opportunity to learn outside of the classroom provides people with new skills and interests. By giving seniors more ways to explore their curiosity, lifelong learning helps to keep their minds active. In many senior living communities, lectures, book clubs, chess groups and creative writing courses are common. The most important benefit of lifelong learning is that it helps seniors improve their quality of life.

5. Scheduled Social Calendars and Activities

It’s never too late to discover new hobbies, and senior living communities are designed to help older adults do just that. Social, cultural and recreational activities are designed to foster engagement, connection and fellowship. Group outings may be planned throughout the year to areas of interest. For those in memory care, Alzheimer’s and dementia-specific programs are beneficial for boosting self-esteem and stimulating the mind.

In retirement communities like Waterstone on High Ridge, a dedicated team of life enrichment experts carefully create events, activities and programs that promote happiness and inspire creativity and connection.

6. Religious Services and Spiritual Programs

Having a set of values that guide your faith is part of a holistic approach to wellness. Many communities offer worship services to provide spiritual support to residents.

Support When You Need It. Home The Way You Like It.

Waterstone on High Ridge offers a modern approach to senior living in a beautiful hilltop setting. Come see how we redefine independent living, assisted living and memory care in Fairfield County, just minutes away from fine restaurants, retail stores and cultural venues in Stamford and Greenwich.

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5 Heart-Healthy Habits for Senior Adults

It’s never too late to integrate heart-healthy habits into your daily life! At Waterstone on High Ridge, our entire culture is focused on wellness – and our amenities, programs and services are designed to help seniors thrive with an active, healthy lifestyle.

In our blog article, you will find five heart-healthy tips that older adults can implement to help avoid heart disease and complications arising from related health issues.

1. Get active.
Make it a point to exercise regularly. It is recommended to get 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic exercise. Exercise that increases flexibility, improves balance and strengthens muscles twice a week is ideal. Even if you can’t quite hit the 150-minute mark, any amount of exercise is still beneficial. Getting started can be easy. Go for walks with a friend. Take a water aerobics class. Try your hand at some springtime gardening. Meet your friend for a pickle ball match. At Waterstone on High Ridge, our fitness classes and wellness programs are designed to promote an active, healthy lifestyle that’s within reach for all seniors.

2. Eat well.
A heart-healthy diet composed of whole fruits and vegetables is the perfect place to begin when trying to eat better. You should choose a variety of whole grains such as barley, brown rice, bulgur, millet, oatmeal, and whole wheat. Choose low-fat and fat-free dairy, as in cheese, yogurt or milk. Protein-rich foods include fish, skinless poultry, lean meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes. You should choose monounsaturated oils like olive and peanut and polyunsaturated oils when adding fats. Sugar, butter, and tropical oils, as well as processed foods like cookies, cakes and crackers, are sources of saturated and trans fats. The culinary team at Waterstone on High Ridge does an exceptional job in balancing nutritious and delicious selections.

3. Control cholesterol.
Cholesterol is a substance like fat that is found in animal foods and in the body. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the “good” cholesterol, while low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the “bad” cholesterol. As part of its role in reducing plaque buildup in arteries, HDL reduces the attachment of LDL to artery walls. Plaque can block blood flow and cause heart disease. Talk to your doctor about your cholesterol level and learn ways that you can effectively manage it.

4. Manage blood pressure.
Understand your blood pressure readings. Two values are recorded: systolic and diastolic. Systolic is the pressure in the arteries when the heart is beating, while diastolic is the pressure when the heart is at rest. Generally, normal blood pressure is 120 over 80, and elevated blood pressure is 120–129 over 80. When your blood pressure is 130 over 80 (or higher), it’s known as high blood pressure or hypertension. Uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke or other complications. Along with things we have already covered – exercise, healthy diet, losing weight – cutting back on caffeine and alcohol, reducing stress and quitting smoking can all help you manage your blood pressure.

5. Reduce blood sugar.
Choosing the right foods to eat is essential. Many of the foods you eat will be converted into glucose, also known as blood sugar. In the long run, high blood sugar levels can damage your heart, increase your chance of weight gain, and affect your overall health. For seniors, reducing blood sugar goes a long way to establishing healthier habits.

Waterstone on High Ridge: Now Open

Waterstone on High Ridge is open and welcoming new residents! Call 203.361.9717 to schedule a visit to learn how our premier senior living community in Stamford, CT can help you enjoy a dynamic lifestyle and reach your health and wellness goals.

Waterstone on High Ridge offers independent living, assisted living and memory care by the experts at Bridges® by EPOCH.

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Keys to Embracing the Aging Process

As we age, life brings with it a number of changes – both positive and negative. You may be just starting out your new retirement lifestyle or enjoying the excitement of welcoming a new grandchild into the world. Perhaps you are selling your family home and moving into a senior living community. Or, maybe you are facing the challenges that come along with a change in your or your loved one’s health.

These times of transition can feel overwhelming, especially for those who are not keen on the idea of change. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help embrace the changes that come along with the aging process. Continue reading to learn five ways to protect your peace of mind during this stage of life and keep a positive perspective, even when times get tough.

Waterstone on High Ridge offers an enriching lifestyle that focuses on helping residents build and maintain wellness and positivity in daily life. From engaging activities and wellness programs to lifelong learning and dedicated concierge services, residents have access to the support and convenience that makes the aging process as smooth as possible.

1. Practice Gratitude.

In some ways, finding peace during this phase is no different than in other phases of life. For instance, studies have shown that no matter when intentional gratitude is practiced, it can have long-lasting effects on the brain. Whether you start a gratitude journal, engage with the Five Minute Journal app on your device, or send messages of appreciation to the people in your life, these practices can help you boost your mental health.

2. Choose a Senior Living Community with Various Levels of Care.

One major impediment to finding peace of mind is anxiety, and it is common for older people to have anxiety about declining health, even if they haven’t experienced it yet. Whether you are facing a chronic condition, worsening memory problems, or just the possibility of a life-altering event, it is likely that you feel this.

One solution to this problem lies in your choice of senior living. Communities like Waterstone on High Ridge offer a continuum of care that offers various levels of assistance with dynamic independent living, supportive assisted living, and dedicated memory care from the experts at Bridges® by EPOCH. When you join a community that offers various care options featuring highly individualized and flexible care plans, you can relax knowing that you’ll receive the support you need without having to face another difficult transition. 

3. Make Conscious Decisions for a Healthy Life.

Choices about diet and exercise are integral to managing certain health conditions, staying limber and mobile, and treating mental health conditions. As we age, older adults are more likely to experience these three issues, and a healthy diet and exercise program can help you stay more comfortable and at peace with the aging process.

At Waterstone on High Ridge, our highly trained culinary staff will get to know each of our residents and their unique dietary preferences. The health and wellness of residents is always top of mind – which includes creating an exceptional dining experience that inspires healthy living and socialization with friends.

The wellness experience at Waterstone can also be enhanced by a fully equipped fitness center, heated indoor pool. Whether your goal is to lose weight, calm your mind, or stay agile, you can find the personal training or group class that suits your needs.

4. Take Up New Hobbies and Expand Your Interests.

Wellness is a term that encompasses seven dimensions of well-being, and intellectual and emotional wellness are often overlooked. These are connected to having a purpose, utilizing your strengths, and staying in touch with yourself. When these are your pursuits, you can find greater peace with the inevitable changes associated with aging.

A great way to cultivate wellness in these areas is to explore your interests, skills and modes of self-expression. There is an abundance of opportunities at Waterstone on High Ridge to continue your journey into personal growth and fulfillment. Whether you want to learn a new craft, go on an outing, or engage in a cultural experience, we have you covered.

5. Foster Community with Friends and Family.

Of course, another aspect of health and wellness is staying connected to your community and fostering relationships. Whether you have weekly meetups with a family member or spend more time with your new neighbors, this sort of socialization can help you process the changes you might be enduring. With a peer, you may find some camaraderie and be less likely to feel alone in your experience.

Waterstone on High Ridge: Now Open

Waterstone on High Ridge is open and welcoming new residents! Call 203.361.9717 to schedule a visit to learn how our premier senior living community in Stamford, CT can help you embrace the aging process.

You shouldn’t leave anything to chance when it comes to choosing a senior living community that’s perfect for your lifestyle, needs and goals for the future.

“Choosing a floor plan for your senior living apartment is so important,”saysWendy Kaufman, Executive Director at Waterstone on High Ridge. “Whether you are looking for an independent living community for yourself or assisted living for a loved one, we offer a variety of options to suit your needs.”

Read on to see how we can help you live life to the fullest with our ideal floor plan options.

Independent Living Apartment Plans

All variations of our independent living floor plans feature designer kitchens with stainless steel appliances, bathrooms with walk-in showers and spacious living areas. Also included are walk-in closets and premium plank flooring, and our open concept design ensures abundant natural lighting.

Waterstone on High Ridge features a total of 88 bright and spacious apartments for independent living. Each premier apartment also includes a washer and dryer and weekly housekeeping services.

Our four different apartment styles can help older adults live the independent life they want. Choose from one-bedroom apartments, with or without a den. For something roomier, you can decide between two different two-bedroom models, each with two bathrooms and an optional den for the fourth apartment style.

Assisted Living Apartment Plans

Waterstone on High Ridge boasts 36 one-bedroom assisted living apartments with ample living space and thoughtful layouts. Residents receive supportive assistance around the clock along with housekeeping, laundry and maintenance services.

The layout of our assisted living apartments resembles that of our independent living units – with spacious, bright living spaces and luxurious finishes.


Memory Care Suite Plans

For loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, consider Bridges® at Waterstone, home to 22 dedicated memory care suites. Our memory care household and suites are designed specifically to support the unique needs of those with memory loss. Best of all, our specially trained team will provide supportive assistance around the clock, and our life enrichment team will create daily programs and activities that inspire and engage those with memory loss.

Support When You Need It. Home the Way You Like It.

Waterstone on High Ridge offers a modern approach to retirement living in a historical setting. Additional apartment options and configurations may be available. Come see how we redefine senior living at our Welcome Center in Stamford.