Still think seniors these days are going into senior living kicking and screaming? Think again! More and more older adults are looking forward to trading in the worries, hassles and boredom of their current lives for a rich, dynamic and carefree lifestyle (with the company of peers!) offered at a senior living community like Waterstone at Wellesley.
“Today’s senior living communities are not the institutional facilities of the past,” says Kristine Tilton, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “Instead, older adults will find a homelike atmosphere with attentive service that is better than you’d get at even a five-star hotel. With all sorts of amenities, services, fine dining and more, it’s a wonderful place for older adults to enjoy their golden years to the fullest. And with on-site assistance and a design that’s meant to help seniors age in place, senior living is an excellent place to spend your future, too.”
Here are eight reasons why more and more older adults are moving to senior living instead of staying in their own homes.
1. Independence Without Imposition
According to a 2017 survey from Senior Helpers, more than 20 percent of adult children would like their senior parents to move in with them in order to remain safe. However, most seniors don’t want to lose their independence – and they don’t want to be a burden to their children, either. Moving into senior living is an ideal solution to all those concerns. A senior living community is designed to help seniors live with more choices and more freedom – along with the security that’s required to help seniors stay independent and healthy. It’s peace of mind for adult children, and a relief for older adults. Everyone wins!
2. Boredom Begone
It’s important for seniors to continue to seek out opportunities to learn new things, engage in activities they enjoy and make new friends. However, as we age, it can become harder and harder to do these things as friends move away and health issues cause mobility restrictions. This leads to boredom, which leads to a slew of health issues – depression, anxiety, heart issues and potentially cognitive decline.
It’s no surprise, then, why many older adults are moving to senior living communities specifically to banish boredom. There’s always something going on in a community, and it’s always right there. On-site activities and entertainment, scheduled events to local attractions, restaurants and shopping and an instant group of friends? The problem will be figuring out what engagements to turn down – as you’ll have a plethora of options to keep your days filled.
3. No More Chores
Owning a home is the American Dream. Taking care of a home can sometimes be the American Nightmare. Cleaning, cooking, laundry, lawn work and maintenance (unexpected and planned) are work, money and time that older adults just don’t want to deal with anymore. Who can blame them? After a lifetime of caring for others, a senior living community lets older adults sit back, relax and say goodbye to the things they no longer want to do … giving them more time to do the things they want to do.
4. Delicious Dining
Everyone needs to eat, but cooking for yourself – or you and your spouse – can be just one more chore you don’t want to do. A nutritious diet is essential for helping seniors age well, but many older adults just don’t bother with it. This can lead to health issues, malnutrition and overall poor quality of life. That’s not the case at a senior living community. Residents never have to worry about cooking a meal (or washing dishes) ever again if they don’t want to. Delicious restaurant-style dining with a rotating menu featuring chef-prepared items is the name of the game. Some communities like Waterstone at Wellesley source local resources for ingredients and plan menus around seasonal items. And, of course, it’s all prepared to deliver optimum nutrition (and the staff can also accommodate different diets and tastes, too).
5. Time to Nurture Relationships
It’s very easy for adult children to become de facto caregivers to their older parents, even if they don’t live in the same home. Often, grown children start to act more parent-like due to worry about their loved ones, which can put a strain on relationships and cause friction between family members. Moving into senior living allows family members to get back to their “normal” relationships as parent, kid and loved one. It’s not uncommon for families to become even closer with each other and enjoy spending time together once older adults have moved into senior living.
6. No More Driving
Driving can get dangerous as we get older. Our reflexes, eyesight, hearing and other senses just aren’t what they used to be. Older adults can find themselves feeling more cautious on the road or not want to go out at night. You also have to deal with the hassle of car maintenance, insurance, gas and other pesky costs. Often, residents at senior living communities don’t even have a personal car – but that doesn’t mean that they’re cooped up. Far from it. Communities provide complimentary transportation services to take residents to appointments, events and other activities as needed. Even if you still want to keep your car, you may prefer to keep it in an on-site garage and let your chauffeur take you around when needed.
7. New Horizons
Learning new things doesn’t stop as we age. In fact, it’s one of the best things seniors can do to improve their quality of life. Without appropriate mental stimulation, seniors can become depressed, anxious and can even experience memory loss. Learning something new, whether it’s a hobby, language or job helps keep the mind (and body nimble) and improves moods like nothing else. Older adults will find opportunities aplenty when they move to senior living. From classes to lectures to activities to crafts and more, there’s always something to learn (or to pick back up, if you’ve let an old hobby fall by the wayside).
8. Instant Friendships
Moving to senior living is a little bit like going to college. Older adults will find themselves instantly surrounded by other people in the same stage of life who are looking for the same things as they are. You can be as social or as private as you would like – that’s the beauty of it. It’s your choice. If you want company or even if you don’t, it’s still nice to know that friends and acquaintances are right outside your door.
For more information about the benefits of senior living for older adults, please contact us at 781.591.7113.
Beautiful Riverfront Community
Located on the banks of the Charles River, Waterstone is Wellesley’s only senior living community, offering premier independent and assisted living. But that’s only the first of many differences that sets Waterstone above and beyond other communities.
Celebrating Dynamic Living
Here, our residents live independently in their own private, spacious apartments – but without any of the worries or concerns of homeownership or living alone. All meals are expertly prepared. There aren’t any chores to be concerned with. No home maintenance or repairs to worry about. Just opportunities around every corner and time to spend as they choose – in the company of new friends.
Our vibrant community encourages residents to engage in a variety of recreational, cultural and social programs and activities. Enjoy a fitness class. Swim in the sunny indoor pool. Take a stroll on a walking path. Partake in a favorite hobby or pastime. Discover a new interest. With Waterstone at Wellesley, there’s a world of opportunity waiting right outside our residents’ doors.
Confidence of Care
The hallmark of Waterstone assisted living is the peace of mind we provide both our residents and their families. Knowing that care and support is available right on site instills a sense of confidence and calm one can’t find living alone.
For prospective residents or their families interested in residing at Waterstone at Wellesley, please contact us at 781.591.7113.