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Bridging friendships and social connections at The Circle

In her TED Talk, developmental psychologist Susan Pinker discusses longevity and what it takes to live to 100 years and beyond. Pinker uses the Italian island of Sardinia, which has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America, as her prime example. According to Pinker, it’s not the Sardinians’ Mediterranean diet, often touted as a way to delay aging, that keeps them healthy and active for so long, but rather their culture’s emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions.

At Waterstone at the Circle, we also believe in the power of social interaction. Our monthly event calendar includes musical entertainment, art and history lectures, and community-wide gatherings designed to keep residents mentally and socially engaged, and connected to those around them. We’re excited to announce the latest addition to our event calendar. Beginning Aug. 7, our community will begin hosting Boston’s only duplicate bridge games. Games will run every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and are sponsored by the Newton Bridge Club.

David Metcalf, director of the Newton Bridge Club, will run the games. Like Pinker, he believes social interaction is key to a healthy community and said the club’s bridge games have helped bring people in the Boston metro area together.

“It’s the center of a lot of people’s social lives,” David said. “It gets people out of the house and interacting with friends. It also gives people a challenge and keeps them mentally active.”

 A bridge player for over 30 years and the club’s director for 16, he’s seen a wide demographic take to the game.

 “It’s the kind of game where players compete with other players of all levels,” David said. “If you’re a golfer, you probably won’t get to golf against Tiger Woods. Here, you can play against top players. They will beat you most of the time, but not all the time.”

As a partner game, duplicate bridge requires players to forge connections and come out of their shells as the game advances. David said that while some partners at the Newton Bridge Club have played together for decades, others switch around and see it as a way to expand their social circle. Whether players chose the same partner time and time again or play with others, he believes the game’s setup creates lasting friendships. “It’s unique in that it’s a partnership game,” David said. “It’s much more social, and players form a rapport with one another.”

David is excited for the opportunity to host the games at The Circle, and we’re excited to expand our community’s social offerings and watch our residents, their guests and members of our community meet each Tuesday for a bit of friendly competition and, perhaps, new friendships.

The cost to attend the games is $10 per person and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to MSPCA - Angell. Free parking is available, and beginner and single players are welcome. Lessons will be offered after each game.

To learn more about the duplicate bridge games, contact Samantha Rihbany at srihbany@waterstoneatthecircle.com or 617-232-3634.