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Managing Your First New Year in Senior Living with Ease

You’ve made the decision to move into a luxury senior living community that provides the lifestyle you want now with the support you may need down the road. It’s a smart plan for the future. You’re ready to downsize, have gotten your affairs in order and are ready to move in. Now what?

“There are a lot of articles about how to move into senior living, but not a lot out there about how to go about living in a senior living community,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “I think that can be a disservice for those who have just moved into senior living, because it’s as big of a life change as going to college, getting married or having kids.”

As with most major life events, it’s not uncommon to feel adrift after you’ve made the big move. After all, you’ve spent so much time, money and energy towards this moment, and you’ve been anticipating it a great deal. So, what happens now that the big event is over?

Moving anywhere new, whether it’s a new house, new city or new lifestyle altogether, takes some time in order to make it feel “normal.” The biggest gift you can give yourself, says Kevin, is to be open, flexible and ready to try new things.

“People move into senior living because they want a maintenance-free lifestyle, the social atmosphere, the peace of mind for the future and the freedom to do the things they love now,” he says. “So, it’s the ideal time to take advantage of all the perks and benefits of a premier senior living community like Waterstone at the Circle. We encourage new residents to dive right in and find their place in their new home.”

Here are some ways new residents can do just that:

Get to know the team.

Your senior living family isn’t limited to your neighbors and the other residents. It also includes the team members with whom you interact every day. Everyone from the concierge to the dining staff to the housekeeping team to leadership will become a part of your extended family, and getting to know them can make senior living feel a lot more like home.

Getting to know the team also lets you know who to go to if you need something or want some ideas on starting a new hobby or activity (just to name a few things). If that idea makes you feel a little uncomfortable, remember that the team members are there to make your life the best it can be. Really!

Network and make new friends.

Moving into a retirement community means you’re instantly surrounded by a large group of like-minded individuals in the same stage of life as you. And all of them want to make new friends, too. So don’t be afraid to reach out. If there’s someone you’d like to get to know better, attend community events, chat in the bistro over morning coffee or invite them for happy hour in your apartment (once concerns of COVID have passed). One of the benefits of a senior living community like Waterstone at the Circle is that there are so many events and activities that are going on that you don’t have to set up, which makes it a little easier to find people with similar interests.

This is another good reason why networking with the team is beneficial. Since they work there and have been there longer than you have (probably), they know the rest of the residents and can make introductions to people who they think you’d click with.

Explore and take advantage of everything your community has to offer.

It’s not a lot of fun to move into a new community and then just stay in your living space all day. It’s also hard to make friends that way. Instead, try and pick something new every day (or every other day) to try so that you can discover everything your community has to offer. It’s okay if you don’t like a certain activity or event – you don’t have to go to everything. However, it’s hard to know if you’ll like something if you’ve never tried it.

Take time to explore your community and find out all the little things that make it a truly wonderful place to live. Maybe there’s a particular space in the common area that gets perfect light for reading a book. Or there’s an exercise class that totally hits a balance between a workout and fun activity.

Set a routine.

Human beings are routine driven, and even though you’re retired and kind of on “everlasting vacation,” having a routine will make you feel more energized and optimistic. Plus, it will provide structure to your days. It can be as strict or as fluid as you like, but as anyone who has raised children (or has worked a job) knows, having a routine gets you ready for the day and through the day.

Get out.

Sure, you’re moving to the community because you like what is on-campus. But a “community” is more than just what’s within the four walls. At Waterstone at the Circle, residents are right in the middle of the greater Boston area, meaning that all the benefits of the large city are within reach. We’re in an incredibly walkable area, plus there’s a metro stop right nearby that can take residents anywhere they want to go.

“Making your new senior living community your own can take some time, but I can tell you that it’s incredibly worth it,” says Kevin. “Be open to possibilities and be willing to say yes – you’ll be glad you did.”

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!