Senior woman painting at StoneRidge Senior Living Community in Mystic, CT


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Activities for Older Adults at StoneRidge

Where will your interests lead at StoneRidge?

You may be wondering what people do all day at StoneRidge. The answer is just about anything they want to do. It might be something they’ve enjoyed doing their entire lives: gardening, sailing, playing bridge, painting, singing, dancing, golf … the list is endless. In addition, residents can take advantage of a wide variety of classes, clubs and programs designed to meet their wants and needs.

There are physical activities for older adults, recreational activities for older adults, mindfulness activities, painting classes and more. They’re all part of a comprehensive program of wellness activities that integrates 8 dimensions of wellness. More than 90% of residents participate in wellness activities at StoneRidge. To give you an idea of what they get up to, here are just a few activities that keep them energized and engaged.

Continuing Ed – Want to learn a new language, update your computer skills, or take your bridge game to the next level? There are classes and clubs at StoneRidge to help you pursue your interests and expand your knowledge.

Walking Programs – Walking is one of the best physical activities for older adults. At StoneRidge, you’ll find programs for walking indoors and out for walkers of all abilities. In addition to paved paths on campus, there are miles of trails nearby in the Pequotsepos Brook Preserve. It’s a great place for birdwatching.

Group Fitness Classes – StoneRidge residents benefit from a wide range of group exercise programs, including fall prevention and balance training, aqua fit, meditation and Tai Chi classes. Both group and individual instruction are available, and you can work out anytime you like in our fitness center. It’ s open 24 hours a day.

Art Classes – Painting, drawing, sketching, woodworking, needlework and more are yours to explore at StoneRidge. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t picked up a paintbrush or turned on a lathe since junior high — try different activities and express your creativity. It’s good for your soul.

Memoir Writing – Writing your life story can renew your sense of identity and leave an important gift for your children. You may also be surprised at how interested your peers are in hearing your personal history. Memoir writing and Poetry in the Pub are just two ways you can put pen to paper and share your thoughts at StoneRidge.

Kayaking – The water is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors. You can paddle on the Mystic River or head down to the Seaport to get within oar’s length of historic ships. You’ll find many StoneRidge residents have a passion for sailing. When the weather’s nice, we set sail for outings on the water.

Gardening Club – Growing flowers and vegetables is a great way to get exercise and fresh air. The Perennials (our gardening club) help keep our flower beds in shape and supply us with beautiful bouquets during the growing season. We also offer personal garden plots for growing your own flowers and vegetables.

Homebrewing – We’re fortunate to have a master of homebrewing at StoneRidge. Michael Langlois, director of community life services, helps residents brew beer ranging from cream ale to saison to an Irish-style red. He also runs a winemaking club. It’s a great hands-on learning experience and barrels of fun.

Volunteering – Serving your community is a great way to help others, meet new friends and gain a sense of accomplishment and purpose. Many residents volunteer their time and talents teaching classes on campus. You’ll also find them volunteering at Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Museum of Art, The Mystic and Noank Library, and Denison Pequotspos Nature Center.

To learn more about our active lifestyle, and how our approach to wellness supports residents’ well-being, download our monthly activities calendar or visit the HealthyLife® Services page.