You can find lots of articles about why it’s good to not retire early. This isn’t going to be one of those articles. In fact, there are many, many benefits that come with retiring early, not the least of which is confidence for the future says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle.
“We’ve found that many of our residents wish they had retired sooner,” he says. Of course, it all depends on how you define retirement. “Most people envision retirement as hanging up their work badge, slowing down and relaxing for the rest of their days. But these days, retirement can mean many different things. For some, it means launching a new career, or achieving a lifelong goal. It can mean just about anything you want it to – and that’s a freeing thought.”
Kevin says that many older adults may hesitate to retire “early” due to financial fears or even worry about what they will do in this next phase of life. “Stepping away from what you know is a risk and can be daunting, but many have found that it’s the most fulfilling thing they’ve done in a long time,” he says. “There’s also a certain peace of mind that comes from retiring early, especially when retiring to a luxury community like Waterstone at the Circle.”
Here are just a few of the reasons why that peace of mind may be one of the best gifts you can give yourself.
You no longer have to wonder, “what if?”
When you have a family and career, there are dreams and goals that sometimes have to get pushed to the back burner. But in retirement, you no longer have to worry about making those sacrifices and putting your dreams aside. Instead, you can start chasing them – no matter how big or small they may be. There’s nothing standing in the way of you learning something new, trying a new skill or traveling to a far-off place you’ve only read about. And you don’t have to worry about taking time off work – you’re free and clear to do as you wish.
You have fewer cares and worries.
That is, with regards to homeownership and chores. Selling your home and downsizing into a retirement community frees you up in more ways than one. First, you no longer have to deal with the upkeep of living in a house – cleaning, repairs and various chores. Second, it means that real estate taxes and homeowners insurance are a thing of the past. Third, your monthly expenses are simple and predictable, allowing you to focus on the things you want to do. At a retirement community, life is maintenance- and chore-free. You don’t even have to cook if you don’t want to, thanks to Waterstone at the Circle’s fine dining options.
You benefit from 24/7 safety and security.
This is especially important in 2020, as we all strive to avoid contracting COVID-19. Seniors are especially vulnerable, which means that if you’re of a certain age, you’re probably doing a lot of staying at home and avoiding social contact as much as possible. While this is the best way to stay safe, it’s also the best way to become bored and lonely. Surprisingly – or perhaps not surprisingly, when you think about it – a retirement community is one of the safest yet most social places a senior can be. Waterstone at the Circle, for example, screens all visitors who com into the community and requires masks and social distancing be in effect in all common areas. We also have rigorous screening and sanitizing standards in place. Our residents have confidence knowing that our community is doing everything we can to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. Our around-the-clock security and concierge staff are available to provide assistance whenever it’s needed – and it’s never more than a few moments away.
You can stay in the community you love.
Everyone wants to age in a place that feels like home. Many seniors may immediately think of their “forever home” that they live in now. While your home may be perfect for your current lifestyle, many homes aren’t necessarily set up for the needs of older adults. A retirement community, on the other hand, has been designed specifically to help retirees stay independent and active for as long as possible. Moving to Waterstone at the Circle “early” means that you never have to worry about what will happen if you develop mobility problems or other chronic health issues. We have both internal and external resources that provide you with the services and care you need to live your best life possible, now and in the future.
This really can be the best time of your life.
Perhaps the best part of retiring early, says Kevin, is the fact that you can truly make this time of your life the very best yet. “There’s a certain peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re still active and healthy enough to chase your dreams without having to worry about the responsibilities of work and family,” he says. “Retiring early allows you to take advantage of what the world has to offer while still having the security that comes from knowing you’ll always be cared for, no matter what happens. Now, that’s true peace of mind.”
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!