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What Is Normal Aging vs. Memory Loss?

In the United States, 6.2 million people ages 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease, just one of the various types of dementia and memory loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Are you or a loved one among those who could have memory loss, or do the signs point to normal aging?

While it can be difficult to tell, there are some indications that you may be dealing with one over the other. We’re here to share these signs with you so you can better evaluate whether it’s time to reach out to a doctor for help or a medical diagnosis.

Signs of Normal Aging vs. Signs of Memory Loss


It’s normal to forget a name, an appointment, what day it is, or what you walked into a room for. Often, it’s a short-lived lapse, with the information coming to your mind soon afterward. Usually when this occurs, it isn’t a cause for concern.

It does, however, become a concern when forgetfulness and memory loss impact daily life. Those with memory loss may find themselves forgetting the names of close friends and family, forgetting recent events, or asking the same questions repeatedly. If you notice any of these signs, it could be that memory loss, not normal aging, is the problem.

Difficulty completing familiar daily tasks

For those who are experiencing signs of normal aging, you may find that you’re less able to manage multiple tasks. This can be especially true when you’re distracted or overwhelmed.

If you find that you’re no longer able to complete familiar tasks, are unable to pay bills, tasks are taking you much longer, or you need more help or reminders, you could be experiencing memory loss.

Language changes

Everyone has trouble finding the right words from time to time. In fact, if something is just on the tip of your tongue and eventually comes to you, it’s likely normal.

Those with memory loss, however, may say things like “bed” instead of “table,” or “arm clock” instead of “wristwatch,” and may mix up their words frequently. Those with memory loss may also find that it’s hard to follow or join conversations.

Misplacing items

Do you find yourself misplacing items but quickly being able to retrace your steps to find them? That’s a good sign you’re dealing with normal aging. Those who are unable to do so, or who are putting objects in unusual places frequently – like the telephone in the fridge – may be dealing with memory loss.

Getting lost

Many people tend to temporarily forget a destination, or they may need a moment to pause to think about directions. Despite this, they get right back on track with their destination certain.

Those with memory loss may easily get lost while walking or driving in a familiar area, sometimes leaving them in dangerous situations. Getting home may take them even longer, as well. If this is becoming something you’re frequently noticing, it might be time to discuss whether it’s safe to drive or if it’s time to hang up the keys.

What To Do if You Suspect You or a Loved One Has Memory Loss

If you feel like yourself or a loved one is experiencing memory problems that aren’t a normal part of aging, or if you think either of you could be dealing with early signs of dementia, schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider. They can help you evaluate whether it’s normal aging or dementia.

In the meantime, it can also help to reduce risk factors and enhance brain health. This is true whether you’re dealing with memory loss or simply want to lower your chances of dementia in the future.

According to the CDC, some of the things you can do include quitting smoking, maintaining healthy blood pressure, managing high blood pressure, getting exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, aiming for better sleep, remaining involved and engaged in life, and managing blood sugar.

Can Other Conditions Cause Memory Loss?

A doctor can help you determine whether you or a loved one may be dealing with side effects from another condition. The CDC states that some conditions can cause memory loss or dementia-like symptoms to occur in older adults, including vitamin B12 deficiency, hypothyroidism, infections, normal pressure hydrocephalus, and certain prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines.

If It’s Memory Loss, What Should the Next Steps Be?

Family members and people with dementia or memory loss should begin planning for the future. Hold a family meeting, begin talking about care options, discuss care preferences, settle any legal matters that need to be taken care of, gather knowledge on the condition, and focus on treating and managing symptoms.


If you or a loved one is dealing with memory loss, contact our team. We are here to provide support, care and resources to make this time easier. To learn more or schedule a visit, contact us today.


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.

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5 Tips for Aging Gracefully

For some older adults, age is just a number, but for others, age is a barrier. Fortunately, the good news is that age doesn’t have to define you – and you don’t have to let it!

These days, older adults are breaking the boundaries of what we expect about the aging population, and to that we say it’s about time. Today, we look to seniors as a source of knowledge, a standard to live up to, and what graceful, positive aging can look like as the years pass.

So how do we attain graceful aging? While many older adults make it look effortless, it takes plenty of intentional work and effort. Follow our tips to find out what you can do now to help yourself age gracefully in the future.

Tips for Aging Gracefully

Avoid negative stereotypes around aging.

Have you ever heard that older people go to bed early, have a limited social life, follow a rigid routine, have a wide range of health problems, or are generally grumpy? Usually, these are simply stereotypes cast onto seniors.

The truth is, those who age gracefully know that they are in control of themselves and how they want to live as they age, and where and how they want to spend their time. You don’t have to give in to the negative stereotypes – and many, in fact, are not.

At Waterstone on High Ridge, residents find themselves living their lives to the fullest, traveling, pursuing new hobbies, getting active in causes that are important to them, and, yes, even staying up late at times! They simply enjoy the freedom and opportunities they’ve been given to enjoy retirement, all while embracing the possibilities each day holds.

“We can lock our apartment and travel anywhere we wish without a care. We can eat anywhere we choose. We simply can enjoy a stress-free life, and we deserve that.”

– Jennifer & Mark L., Residents of Waterstone on High Ridge

Adopt a positive attitude and mindset.

People who live with a positive mindset or with gratitude often feel happier. If you’re looking to age gracefully, practice gratitude, find ways to laugh every day, manage stress, meditate, reflect on the positive events in your life, or make a list of people or things that you are thankful for.

When you aren’t feeling so positive, these things can help you feel good while improving your mental health.

Take care of your health – in body and in mind.

The aging process can be tough to deal with, but the more you take care of yourself, the better your quality of life will be. As you grow older, focus on the below to achieve healthy aging.

Increase Your Physical Activity Levels

Not only can this decrease your risk of heart disease by lowering your blood pressure, but it’s good for your mind and overall health. Aim to exercise for at least 150 minutes per week.

Enhance Nutrition with Healthy Eating

Exercise isn’t the only thing that can help you age well when you have an increased risk of debilitating health conditions – eating a healthy and nutritious diet can, too. Make sure you’re consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy.

Stick to a Sleep Schedule

Sleep is important for those of all ages, so create a calming bedtime routine and aim for about seven to nine hours of sleep a night.

Don’t Forget To Visit Your Doctor

Regular visits can help you manage your long-term and short-term health conditions, provide advice to enhance your physical health, support you in living longer, and take care of any questions and concerns.

Explore your sense of purpose, allowing you to pursue what excites you.

Retirement is the perfect time to do what you love, try new things and enhance your social connection. Strive to continue learning, traveling, giving back, and really honing in on what it is you’ve wanted to do but never had time to before.

Understand that things may change.

One of the crucial things that older adults understand about aging is that care needs and abilities may change. Those who age gracefully plan, prepare for any possible difficulties and find ways to handle them ahead of time.

Discover How To Age with Grace at Waterstone on High Ridge

If you’re searching for a senior living community that will offer everything you need throughout your aging journey, you’ll find it at Waterstone on High Ridge. With opportunities to socialize, enhance your physical health and wellness, delight in delicious dining, manage your health needs, and make the most of your retirement, you’ll age with grace in an environment created to meet and exceed your expectations.

To experience how Waterstone on High Ridge supports older adults in aging with grace for yourself or to learn more about our premier senior living lifestyle, schedule a visit today.


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.

At Waterstone, we elevate the senior living experience for our residents through our concierge services and luxurious amenities. If you’re looking for a sample of the dynamic lifestyle that senior living at Waterstone on High Ridge could offer you, learn more about what awaits below.

Senior Living Amenities at Waterstone on High Ridge

Spacious Apartments

Filled with impressive finishes and amenities, our floor plans and living options are sure to meet your preferences and needs.

  • Spacious, bright apartments
  • Walk-in closets
  • Designer kitchens
  • Bathrooms with walk-in showers
  • Plenty of room host family members and friends
  • Pet-friendly accommodations

Wellness Experiences

Fitness opportunities also abound within our community. Here, you can enhance your quality of life and maintain your independence with amenities like our:

  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Fitness center with professional trainers
  • Mind-body studio
  • Group exercise classes
  • Juice bar

We believe wellness also extends to pampering yourself. That’s why our Waterstone on High Ridge community includes a beauty salon and spa – helping you to feel, and look, your best.

Delicious Dining

Residents and their families savor the dining experience at our community, and we think you will, too. With multiple dining options, impeccable service, and a highly trained culinary team, there’s plenty to enjoy.

  • A seasonal menu of distinctive meals
  • Fresh, locally sourced ingredients
  • Farm-to-table dining
  • Anytime dining, allowing you to dine on your schedule
  • Dishes prepared to taste

Community Spaces and Programs

Waterstone on High Ridge offers a full calendar of programs and activities, as well as plenty of spaces to meet with peers, team members and family. Every day is full of opportunities to continue an old hobby, pursue your passions, enjoy something you’ve always wanted to try, and more.

Enjoy a variety of programs, or spend time with friends in our:

  • Game room and art studio
  • Media room and movie theater
  • Library
  • Outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed in warmer weather

For an inside look at our programming, check out our website and activity calendar.

Concierge Services

Instead of spending your time checking off your daily to-do list, we will take care of all of it for you. Trade in your housekeeping, home maintenance, yardwork and winter weather woes for a lifestyle that allows you the freedom – and time – to do anything you’d like to do. Your lifestyle at Waterstone on High Ridge includes:

  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Linen services
  • Scheduled black car transportation services
  • Heated underground parking

A Senior Living Experience Designed for Convenience and Comfort

Waterstone on High Ridge’s thoughtful conveniences and amenities help life come together seamlessly and comfortably. Attend an upcoming event or open house to experience all our senior living community offers.


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.

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Benefits of Early Detection of Memory Loss

It’s a difficult topic for anyone to think about, but if you suspect you or a loved one might be suffering from early memory loss, action is far better than inaction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 90% of Americans say that if they were exhibiting confusion and memory loss, they would want to know if the cause of the symptoms was Alzheimer’s disease. Yet more than half of those over age 45 with subjective cognitive decline have not talked with a healthcare provider about dementia-like symptoms.

It’s completely valid and understandable to experience fear and apprehension surrounding a potential diagnosis. However, by taking steps toward detecting and diagnosing memory loss early, you can gain peace of mind as you plan for the future and start any possible treatment. Detecting memory loss early can enable you to honor the wishes of family members as you all navigate the journey of a diagnosis of dementia.

Signs It Might Be Time for a Screening

Early stages of memory loss can look different in different people. The below list is a good starting point about determining if it may be time for a screening with a physician.

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Increasing confusion with time or place
  • Trouble with vision or spatial orientation
  • Problems with communication 
  • Decreased or poor judgment
  • Changes in mood or personality

Remember, memory problems do not automatically indicate a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. There are types of memory loss that are part of aging. It is a necessary first step to work with a physician to find out if memory challenges are truly related to dementia in order to plan for the future. 

The Benefits of Detecting Memory Loss Early

Should your screening indicate an early diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, you may feel sadness, anger, frustration or despair. The below guidance shows the benefits of this knowledge of early detection and will help individuals and their families as the disease progresses.

Getting to know the road map of what comes next.

Early detection means you’re in a place to learn what is going to come next. While people with dementia can have vastly different types of disease and experiences, there are certain changes you can plan for and make decisions now about how you want your experience of living with dementia to progress. Trust your medical professionals to help you understand the progression of the disease and what may come next.

Medical benefits and treatment options.

Research is being done constantly for various neurodegenerative diseases. With an early diagnosis, you can work with your physician to see what treatment options or clinical trials are currently available and if there are any medications that could be helpful in slowing disease progression. Treatments typically respond better in earlier stages of the disease.

Additionally, this would be an ideal time to make any positive lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure, exercising, and staying socially active.

Social and emotional support.

Being diagnosed with dementia can be incredibly overwhelming for the individual and family alike. Fortunately, there are copious resources available for education and encouragement as you navigate this new territory. Maybe that means joining a support group, being more intentional about documenting memories and sharing stories, or even taking that “bucket list” trip. Perhaps it means sharing the diagnosis with friends and family on your own terms, before changes start to happen in your life.  

Many people have walked in your shoes before – lean on the experience of others and the many resources available to help guide you. If you are looking for resources and support, the Senior Advisor at our community would be happy to share more about our monthly educational sessions and support groups held on Zoom, as well as other community services that can help you in your journey.

Planning for the future.

Early diagnosis allows for the individual to discuss their wishes for each stage of the disease. They can be part of the legal, financial and end-of-life decision-making; designating powers of attorney; creating a living will; and indicating medical care preferences. These important conversations ultimately reduce the weight on family members and allow them to plan for the quality of life desired for their loved one.

In your conversations, you might decide that caring for your loved one at home would be too difficult, so 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. Our expert memory care at Waterstone on High Ridge is supported by the experts at Bridges by EPOCH and features dedicated support and unique programs within a thoughtfully designed household. To learn more about the benefits of early detection, or to schedule a visit to experience our lifestyle, contact us today.


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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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.


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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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.


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.


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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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.


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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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.


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.


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.