As the end of the year, our thoughts turn to the holidays, our family and friends – as well as reminiscing about the past year and looking forward to what the new year will bring. For seniors, it’s the perfect opportunity to think about “what’s next,” especially if they’re entering or are already in the midst of their retirement years.
“There’s a lot of hustle and bustle around the holiday season, and many seniors come to the realization that, while the family home and traditions are wonderful, they’re an awful lot of work,” says Jake Quigley, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle, a luxury independent living community in the heart of Boston at the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill. “This can lead seniors to think about making changes to their living situation and ‘rightsizing’ their lives by downsizing out of the homes they’ve lived in for a long time.”
Change can be difficult, and many seniors may be holding back from making changes because they focus on the negatives – such as having to leave a home they love, or getting rid of cherished items or leaving a lifetime of memories behind. However, Quigley says, by refocusing your thoughts and thinking of the possibilities instead, a whole new world of opportunity can open up to you.
“Maybe you’re ready to let go of those tedious home chores like cleaning and maintenance and instead spend your time visiting family, traveling with friends or picking up new hobbies,” he says. “Or perhaps, you realize that you actually don’t want to have all this stuff around and you’d rather focus your money and energy on the things that are really important to you. Or you’re simply just ready for a change – to embrace the opportunities of this time of your life now that you no longer have the responsibilities of a career or children.”
This mindset, which is traditionally known as “downsizing,” is quickly becoming known as “rightsizing.” “The word ‘rightsizing’ communicates that this is a positive, forward-thinking process for seniors to undergo, and that’s the mindset we have at Waterstone at the Circle” says Quigley. “We wanted to create an environment that pairs the excitement and sophistication of an urban setting with the luxury and comfort active seniors are looking for. We believe that this is a highly exciting time in a person’s life, and we’re honored to be able to give active, enthusiastic seniors the amenities and services they demand in order to live the lifestyle they deserve.”
10 Ways Urban Apartment Living Can Rightsize Your Life
- A More Manageable Space
Now that you’re older, you probably don’t require as much space as you did when you were raising your family. Downsizing to an urban apartment means you don’t have to pay high energy bills to heat rooms you don’t use anymore! You can find a living space that works perfectly for you and makes your lifestyle that much more relaxed and easy.
- Maintenance-Free Living
Shoveling the driveway, taking care of landscaping and mowing the lawn can be a huge chore as we age. At Waterstone at the Circle, you can sit back and relax while we take care of everything – even the laundry and cooking! You can say goodbye to all the “have-to-dos” and instead focus on your “want-to-dos.”
- Financial Benefits
Downsizing to an urban apartment can actually save you money. No longer will you have to spring for home repairs or property taxes. Instead, you pay one monthly fee for everything and say goodbye to hidden, unexpected costs.
- Less Stress
Fewer responsibilities mean a lot less stress. You’ll be living in a community that you love, with friends and staff who are there to care for you and about you. You can stop worrying about things that take away your energy, money and time, and begin enjoying peace of mind.
- More Time for Yourself
When you downsize and have fewer chores, you free up a lot of time that can be spent however you want. Feel like heading downtown to shop? Go ahead! Want to take a class at a local college? Waterstone at the Circle can arrange transportation to get you there. Everything you want to do is within reach, and we’ll help you accomplish it.
- More Social Opportunities
Instant friendships happen at Waterstone at the Circle. There’s always something going on, whether it’s a dinner club, a special event or program or a scheduled day trip. It’s easy to make friends and meet individuals with shared interests. Best of all, everyone is in the same stage of life as you – it’s kind of like college 2.0!
- Safety & Security
At Waterstone at the Circle, you no longer have to worry about what will happen in the event of an accident or if you leave your home for a few days. Our secure apartment complex means you’ll never have to deal with a break-in or even a burst pipe while you’re away. We’ve got you covered.
- A New Beginning
By moving to a new place, you’re officially starting a new chapter in your life. This can be the opportunity for you to really reinvent yourself, to make yourself as open as possible to new opportunities and to shape your life the way you want it to be.
- An Urban, Active Setting
Located in the historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, Waterstone at the Circle has everything you could want right outside your front door. Stroll to your favorite neighborhood coffee shop. Walk to the nearby boutiques and art galleries. Take the public transit to a Boston Museum of Fine Arts event. It’s all the joys of city living at your fingertips.
- The Lifestyle You Deserve
All these benefits add up to one thing: a fulfilling, engaging lifestyle for you. It means luxurious amenities and pampering services. It means an exciting location in a bustling metropolis. It means an on-site, dedicated concierge service that can help you with everything from scheduling transportation to getting tickets for the hot new show. It means everything you need to make life fun, fulfilling and engaging … every day.
For more information about how our urban apartment living can help you rightsize your life, contact the staff at Waterstone at the Circle.
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 a vibrant 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 vibrant Boston independent living community and discover the Circle lifestyle today!