WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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111 f a l l 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e of Retirement Living The second in a series featuring senior living in our communities S T E V E M A A S writer P E T E R B A K E R photographer so now it's just the two of you in a five-bedroom house on a couple of acres of land. The garden is still lovely, but pulling the weeds seems more of a strain with every new spring. It's wonderful having space for the grandkids, but is it worth cleaning all those rooms when they come just once a year? The country is so peaceful, but for how long will you be able to drive the three miles to the grocery store? Is it time to downsize? If your answer is yes, you're living in the right time and place. From over-55 housing to luxurious continuing care facilities, options for senior living are proliferating as the baby boom generation enters the retirement years. Each new senior community – such as the two-year-old Waterstone at Wellesley – seems intent on setting a new standard, offering gourmet dining, designer kitchens, sophisticated arts and cultural programming, and personalized wellness and fitness assistance. The challenge – assuming you have the resources – is deciding which one is right for you. If only there were fairy godmothers to guide grandparents, life would be much easier. To a large extent, though, your health and finances will narrow your choices. * * * Elder care specialist Marjorie Raskin says she was surprised when her own father decided to move into the Shillman House in Framingham, where residents have their own apartments but are provided housekeeping and meal services. The Shillman complex is run by Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, which also has properties in Newton and Brighton. "My dad sold his house in Wayland really before he needed to," says Raskin. "He's just a really prac- tical person. He had a sense that he just didn't need to have to worry about the lawn, going away on a trip and worrying if his driveway is plowed. He wanted to have a much simpler lifestyle."

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