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The Advantages of a Pet-Friendly Senior Living Community

If you’ve ever had a pet, you know just how much joy they can bring to your life. There are few things more rewarding than the sweet, simple and loyal love of an animal. They make our hearts happy – but did you know they make us healthy, too?

“Here at Waterstone at the Circle, we are pet lovers, which is why we created The Circle to be pet-friendly,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “Decades of research has proven how pets can make life better, especially for seniors. But the biggest reason is because, well, our pets are family – so why wouldn’t they be able to come live here, too?”

In the past, older adults might have been hesitant to move into a senior living community if they had a pet because it would have necessitated finding a new home for Fido or Fluffy. Today, however, communities like The Circle are opening their arms to four-legged friends in addition to their two-legged human parents.

“Waterstone at the Circle is urban senior living at its very finest, and it’s all about providing active adults the carefree, rewarding lifestyle they so richly deserve – which includes a happy, welcoming home for pets,” says Kevin.

Here are just a few reasons why a pet-friendly community can be such a great choice.

Your life is sunnier.

Loneliness can be a big problem for seniors at times, and so can depression. While friendships and partnerships – like the ones you’ll find at a community like The Circle – are one way to overcome loneliness, another great way is through pet ownership. Moving to a pet-friendly community means you get that companionship and love in your life each and every day, which provides a huge boost to mood and happiness.

You stay active.

This is particularly true if you own a dog. Obviously, dogs enjoy (and need to go on) walks to do their business, which can help older adults get a boost of exercise during the day. It also provides opportunities for you to get out in the fresh air and enjoy nature, which is great for your health.

It’s sometimes easier to make friends.

We’re all drawn to animals, and having one can sometimes make it easier to strike up a conversation. Think about taking your dog to the dog park … oftentimes, the dog makes friends first (and then owners soon follow). A pet-friendly community provides opportunities for you to meet new friends, both animal and human.

It reduces heart disease.

Did you know that spending time with a pet can actually lower your stress levels? This is why so many places (including senior living communities) use animals in therapy and as emotional support. Studies show that petting a dog brings down blood pressure and can help prevent heart disease. All those benefits and you don’t have to take medication to get them? Sign us up.

It helps keep you sharp.

Staying mentally stimulated is an important part of aging well. As it turns out, caring for a pet makes all your little gray cells fire up in beneficial ways. The responsibility of caring for another living thing causes us to do more research, critical thinking and provides a sense of accomplishment and self-worth.

It certainly makes a community a “home.”

Home is where your heart is. If you’re like many of us, our pets are definitely part of our heart. In other words, what home would be complete without our beloved pets? A pet-friendly community provides the best of all the worlds … a maintenance-free, luxury lifestyle paired with the warmth and hominess that comes from a purring cat or a tail-wagging dog.

“Pets bring many benefits to a senior living community, but there are also many benefits that a community can provide those pet owners,” says Kevin. “We offer a truly worry-free lifestyle and premier apartment homes, complete with all the benefits of a five-star hotel, including concierge services, amenities to enhance your lifestyle, gourmet dining and more. Plus, your pet will also have the benefit of so many people living near them who will freely share pets, praise and love.”

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

Waterstone at the Circle, located in Boston’s historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, is more than just independent living in Boston … it's a sophisticated urban setting for today’s active seniors. Enjoy best-in-class service and an urban lifestyle with arts and cultural, and historical attractions right outside your front door. From high-end amenities to gourmet dining and more, experience the best of city and suburban life at our upscale senior living community located on the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill.

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

Each of our 92 independent living apartments is the height of luxury and modernity, with sophisticated design, upscale features and stunning views of the city. Create the urban senior living experience you want with one- or two-bedroom apartments, a variety of floor plans and monthly rentals.

Senior Living Supportive Services

As an over-62 community, residents may require support from time to time. That’s why we’ve developed an on-site coordinated care program, in cooperation with our premier community partners, that allows our independent living residents to receive the assistance they need.

The best part? Residents don’t have to leave our senior living community – or even their apartment – to receive high-quality support. They can receive the services they need, when they need it, in the comfort of their own homes or in our on-site therapy gym.

Waterstone at the Circle is the opposite of retiring . . . it’s a place to enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Call 617.431.1880 for more information or to schedule a visit to our premier Boston independent living community and discover The Circle lifestyle today!