Artful Aging: 7 Surprising Insights on Arts and Aging for Seniors...
You’re never too old to be creative. Don’t believe us? Think of Grandma Moses (who started painting at age 78), Morgan Freeman (who didn’t appear in a film until he was 52) and Sumiko Iwamuro (who started DJ-ing at age 77). Seniors all across the globe are continuing to be involved in the arts, with surprising benefits. “The arts can do more than keep us entertained in our senior years – they can actually make our seniors years more fulfilling, joyful and healthy,” says Kristine Tilton,
The Importance of Lifelong Learning for Seniors
We’ve all heard the old adage about the importance of learning something new every day. This is easy when we’re young and have decades of life experience stretching ahead of us. As we get older, we learn more about ourselves – and learn what sorts of things engage us, inspire us and interest us. And surprisingly (especially for those of us who might not have always enjoyed school learning or other institutional settings), learning becomes even more enjoyable and important as we enter seniorhood
The Big Decision: Choosing Between Assisted Living vs. In-Home Ca...
When you or a loved one decide that extra support is needed in order to live safely and independently, you have a big decision to make: can you stay in your own home, or would it be better to move to an assisted living community? “Most of us would prefer to stay in our own homes as we age and receive in-home care,” says Kristine Tilton, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “However, that’s not always the best choice for everyone. There are a lot of factors that need to be considered
What to Look for When Choosing a Senior Living Apartment
Once you’ve decided to move into senior living, the next big step is to find the right senior living community or apartment. And just like when choosing any other home, be it a family home, a condo or a vacation home, there are many factors to consider – some of which you may not have thought about until now. “Moving into senior living is an exciting time, but it’s also a major life event,” says Kristine Tilton, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “More than likely, you’re planning
A Guide to Preventing Holiday Loneliness in Seniors
While many of us love the festive feeling that comes this time of year, it’s important to remember that things may not all be merry and bright during the holidays. For older adults, particularly, the abundance of holiday happiness may actually have the opposite effect. “The holidays are all about spending time with the people we love and care about, and for seniors, that simply may not be possible,” says Kristine Tilton, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “They may be separated
6 Smart Retirement Planning Tips for Couples
There is a lot of financial planning to do when you’re a couple. Building a home together, paying bills, putting together a vacation fund, saving for college for the kids ... it’s simply a part of our everyday lives. And then, of course, there’s retirement. “It’s a lot of fun to dream and think about what retirement will look like for you and your partner.” says Kristine Tilton, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “Many of us dream of taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip, or spending
What's the Difference? Monthly Rental vs. Entrance Fees in S...
Having choices is a wonderful thing for all aspects of our lives. It’s nice to have a choice in where to eat, what to do and how to live. It’s great for when you’re looking at senior living communities, as well – but the choices you find can be confusing and may feel like comparing apples to oranges. “There are many different types of independent senior living options, and seemingly just as many ways they charge fees and monthly rates,” says Kristine Tilton, Executive Director of Waterstone at
Why An Independent Living Lifestyle is the Top Choice for Seniors
If you’re an active, independent adult who’s nearing (or who has reached) retirement age, you may have realized that you want a little bit more out of life. You don’t want to give up any freedom, of course, but you might like to move to a place that makes life a little bit easier. A little bit more freeing. A little bit more fulfilled. If this sounds like you, then independent living might be the right choice for you. “Seniors today want choice, freedom and convenience,” says Kristine Tilton,
How to Support a Grieving Parent
We all grieve when we lose someone important to us. Still, even though it’s a normal and expected reaction, it’s hard for us to watch those we love go through sadness and pain. It’s natural for us to want to “fix” the problem and make the situation better, but if you’re an adult child whose senior parent has lost their partner, what can you do? “Adult children grieve differently after losing a parent than a spouse does,” says Kristine Tilton, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “