Category: Life at The Watermark

March 11, 2019

Local Retirement Community, The Watermark at 3030 Park, Offers Unique Culture Built On Choice

The theme of this year’s Older Americans Month this coming May, as designated by the federal government’s Administration of Community Living, is “Connect, Create, Contribute.” The ACL initiative encourages older adults to reach out to friends, family, and services that support participation; engage in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment; and to use […]

March 6, 2019

Tips From The Watermark at 3030 Park: Why Your Parents’ Best Move Is To A Retirement Community

Many elderly people want to stay in their homes as long as they can. Convincing your parents that a move to a retirement community is in their best interest can be tough, especially when they have lived in their home for decades. Your loved one may see moving to a retirement community as giving up […]

February 27, 2019

The Watermark at 3030 Presents Resident Winter Olympics with the buildOn Students

Intergenerational programs here at The Watermark at 3030 Park provide multiple positive effects during interactions with young adults. Both generations have so many interesting things to share and to teach one another. This month, we proudly hosted the buildOn Student and Resident Olympic Games. Residents from Assisted Living (The Inn), Memory Care (The Gardens), and […]

February 11, 2019

The Watermark at 3030 Park Is Home to Many Random Acts of Kindness

The sweetness of Valentine’s Day candies and flowers on February 14th is included in National Random Acts of Kindness week, which begins today, on February 11th, and ends on Random Acts of Kindness Day, February 17th. The phrase “random acts of kindness” is said to have begun in a cafe in California, in 1982 with […]

February 6, 2019

What’s the Difference Between Independent Living And Assisted Living At The Watermark at 3030 Park?

Retirement is an exciting time of life, filled with possibilities. Choosing a housing option that meets your needs and fits your lifestyle is an important decision. From level of care to location and amenities, there are many things to consider. Understanding the differences between accommodations such as independent living and assisted living can help you […]

January 14, 2019

Creativity and Caring at The Watermark at 3030 Park

Artistic novices can be creative with the right kinds of projects. The Watermark at 3030 Park Independent Living Community has a project anyone can participate in, "Someone Cares" Greeting Card class, a program with a big purpose. The class expands the possibility of a new and different activity, while letting those in or out of our community know we're thinking […]

January 2, 2019

Spring 2019 Watermark University Catalog, The Watermark at 3030 Park

Watermark University (WU) strives to provide residents at The Watermark at 3030 Park with meaningful opportunities to learn, teach, grow and achieve wellness. Research shows that learning and keeping our mind active and sharp supports healthy aging. At Watermark Retirement Communities®, we are committed to encouraging our residents and associates to lead balanced lives, full […]

December 22, 2018

A Season of Blessings and Traditions at The Watermark at 3030 Park

It is time once again to enjoy the winter holidays here at The Watermark 3030 Park.  As a large “family,” we honor each other’s paths to spirituality and inner light all year long. In December, we especially celebrate cherished traditions that include feasts and beautiful, gorgeously lit decorations, candle lightings, singing, and wonderful performances that enhance our lives. We are blessed […]

November 24, 2018

Resident Harvey Gaberman, Thriving at The Watermark at 3030 Park

How could the The Watermark at 3030 Park manage without Harvey Gaberman? Harvey plays a vital role keeping a sharp eye on the monies acquired and spent through our resident activities. With an MBA from The Wharton School, he is well equipped to deal with such concerns. He is Treasurer of the resident Association and serves […]

November 20, 2018

Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration at The Watermark at 3030 Park

This is our 11th year of offering an Interfaith Celebration at The Watermark at 3030 Park coordinated by our resident Lee Berentsen. This extremely popular program was started in 2007 in an effort to offer a program across all religious faiths and blending it with Thanksgiving. This year's topic was forgiveness.  Across all religions, forgiveness and […]

November 17, 2018

Resident Feature, Thriving at The Watermark at 3030 Park

Linda Cohen-Calger is a dynamic, independent, charismatic resident of The Watermark at 3030 Park community. She began her professional career as a teacher and then stepped away to raise her three young children. Once they were in school, she went back to school herself earning her law degree. Her late husband Arthur was also an […]

November 14, 2018

Expressions 2019 Calendar: Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts at The Watermark at 3030 Park

For 19 consecutive years, Watermark has proudly published a full-color wall calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Featuring works submitted by Watermark residents from coast to coast, Expressions 2019 is sure to inspire creativity within everyone it reaches. Complimentary copies of Expressions 2019 are available for the asking while supplies last. Please call or […]

November 12, 2018

Get “Pinked” at The Watermark at 3030 Park!

In October, The Watermark at 3030 Park was proud to host, "Get Pinked,” a community-wide breast cancer awareness fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound.  Members of The Watermark’s fitness center, as well as residents, associates and guests of the community wore pink and participated in a number of fundraising activities throughout the day to support […]

November 10, 2018

The Fun and Value of Intergenerational Programming for Residents of The Watermark at 3030 Park

Bringing our residents of The Watermark at 3030 Park Independent Living and children together for "Read Aloud day" was a benefit to both the residents and children. Research shows that interacting with older adults enables youth to develop social networks, communication skills, and positive attitudes toward aging, a sense of purpose and community service.  Read Aloud Day serves as an Intergenerational […]

November 9, 2018

Chef Presents: Taste of England at The Watermark at 3030 Park

The Chef's and Dining staff of The Watermark at 3030 Park are proud to present an English cuisine evening on November 15th featuring the following menu: Split Pea and Green Pea Soup Romaine Red Leaf Lettuce Salad Roast Chicken Roast Beef Shepherd's Pie English Fish and Chips Duchess Potatoes Steamed Peas, Zucchini, Red Pepper and […]

November 7, 2018

At The Watermark at 3030 Park, We Salute Veterans

Words cannot express our appreciation of those who served our country. This Veteran’s Day at Watermark communities coast to coast, we continue our commitment to recording the advice, life lessons and video interviews of our veterans in residence. We welcome veterans, their families and friends to join us for our Veteran’s Day observations and upcoming […]

November 5, 2018

In November at The Watermark at 3030 Park, We Remember, We Give Thanks, and We Give Back!

This is a very special November at The Watermark at 3030 Park.  Not only do we have our traditional Interfaith Celebration for Thanksgiving, but we will be honoring our resident veterans and we will also be continuing our fundraising for good causes. This month our focus for contributing to the community will be a Food […]

October 28, 2018

The Watermark at 3030 Park Provides Wellness Tips for National Healthy Lung Month

Every time you take a breath your lungs are working hard to keep your body going strong. In fact, the lungs never take a break. In just one day, an average person breathes around 25,000 times. The lungs are a vital organ that seniors must protect. One of the biggest health concerns for seniors is […]

October 25, 2018

That’s Moving…Tales from a Move-In Coordinator at The Watermark at 3030 Park

I started working at the The Watermark at 3030 Park as the “Move-In Coordinator” just over a year ago. In that year I have helped over 80 residents move out of their homes and into our community. I had no prior experience serving seniors specifically but knew that a combination of my personal experience of […]

October 8, 2018

Annual Watermark at 3030 Park Mini Golf Tournament Raises Money for Watermark for Kids

The Watermark at 3030 Park ended their active aging week with a Mini Golf Tournament.  The men's club created 18 mini golf holes and displayed them in the auditorium in the Independent Living Town Center and residents from the entire community participated.  This fun event brought about numerous smiles and laughs that raised $450 for […]

October 3, 2018

Pet Therapy Brings Love Through Out The Watermark At 3030 Park

Pet Therapist, Kathy 'Sadie & The Lady'  visits The Watermark at 3030 Park Assisted Living, Memory Care and Rehab/Skilled Nursing Health Care Communities weekly. "To see the joy in the faces of the residents - it feels like your heart is melting," stated a family member of a present resident. Each pet therapist goes through a process […]

September 28, 2018

It’s Official – The Watermark at 3030 Park is a Great Place to Work

Watermark Retirement Communities was ranked among Fortune Magazine’s top places to work in Aging Services. We are proud to be part of Watermark and we thank our associates for bestowing this accolade on The Watermark at 3030 Park. Many of the companies featured on the list operate with fewer than 250 employees. Watermark employs over […]

September 15, 2018

Getting To Know Technology at The Watermark at 3030 Park

Have you ever asked your children or grandchildren on how to search the internet or use Facebook, how to login to email or open a link? If so you are not alone which is why when you need help learning how to use basic technology, The Watermark at 3030 Park Independent Living has an answer! The new small group program […]

September 4, 2018

Meditation…A Wonderful Way to End Our Week at The Watermark at 3030 Park

Studies show that meditation can decrease stress, increase focus, and even provide relief for those who suffer from chronic pain and illness. Meditation isn’t easy, especially for those of us who struggle to turn off the mental chatter and the buzz of thoughts of daily life, but The Watermark at 3030 Park Independent living community's meditation class […]

August 29, 2018

What Is A Naya In Our Memory Care Community at The Watermark at 3030 Park?

It is a beautiful day in The Gardens, a uniquely designed and freestanding memory care community on the  campus at The Watermark at 3030 Park, where residents are thriving under the support and direction of our Nayas. What is a Naya? A Naya is an ancient term for a guide, person of wisdom, and a leader. […]

August 21, 2018

Fall 2018 Watermark University Catalog Has Arrived at The Watermark at 3030 Park

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date for the residents of The Watermark at 3030 Park. With 60 different classes with everything from All Things Apple to Owls of Connecticut to Collage Crafting to Politics of the Dollar and even Wine Travels, we are sure you will find something to pique […]

August 18, 2018

The Watermark at 3030 Park Tips For Seniors: Did You Stretch Today?

Did you know that there are several health benefits to stretching your muscles each day? Light stretching can make a big difference, especially in seniors and in those who have medical concerns such as diabetes. Stretching increases blood flow to the muscles, reduces pain and stiffness, helps improve range of motion, and reduces the risk […]

August 17, 2018

Baking Sugar Cookies at The Watermark at 3030 Park – What a Treat!

A group of our residents at The Watermark at 3030 Park in the Memory Care neighborhood had the experience of baking sugar cookies with the assistance from our Community Life Associates.  The residents mixed the ingredients in a bowl, placed the dough on the cookie sheet and created a variety of shapes for the cookie […]

August 13, 2018

Making the Right Choice for Senior Living, Tips and Information From The Watermark At 3030 Park

Choosing the right senior living community for yourself or a loved one can be challenging. It is also a very personal decision. Making the right choice isn't easy and it is natural for people to have a lot of questions. Our team at The Watermark at 3030 Park help answer a variety of questions. According […]

August 11, 2018

Keeping Women Strong and Healthy at The Watermark at 3030 Park

The women's strength training fitness group organized at The Watermark at 3030 Park Independent Living Community benefits the participants physically, mentally, and emotionally and provides motivation that allows each resident to stick to their routine while having fun working out.  The small group of four to five ladies meets with personal trainer Sue Kennedy for a weekly, […]

August 6, 2018

11 Benefits of Walking For Seniors at The Watermark at 3030 Park

According to the American Heart Association, walking is "the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health." Seniors who walk just 30 minutes a day can: Reduce their risk of coronary heart disease and stroke Improve their blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile Maintain their body weight and lower the […]

August 4, 2018

Celebrate 50 Wonderful Years at The Watermark at 3030 Park! 

It’s August at The Watermark at 3030 Park and our 50th anniversary has brought together residents and associates alike as we remember fun details from the past and compare them to today. When we opened in August 1968,  Bridgeport was a very different place. For example, residents remember going to two very pleasant movie theaters on […]

August 2, 2018

A Joyful Performance of Talented Musicians at The Watermark at 3030 Park

Last week at The Watermark at 3030 Park, two fabulous entertainers played for the residents in the independent living and assisted living neighborhoods.  Chris Coogan, an awesome piano player, played along with Jim Clark, a fantastic saxophone player.  The residents were loving the music and the two musicians totally captured the attention of the audience.  […]

July 28, 2018

Celebrating The Watermark at 3030 Park’s 50th Anniversary with Jazz Festival and Art Walk, Join Us!

Celebrate 50 years with our Jazz Festival and Art Walk on August 4th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm outside on The Watermark at 3030 Park's Gallery Cafe patio, public is welcome!! Art on display and for sale will feature local artists Linda Downing and other members of BRAG-Black Rock Art Guild as well as artist Rene […]

July 11, 2018

7 Tips For Seniors And Their Families For Choosing A Skilled Nursing Facility

It is often difficult to choose a skilled nursing facility for a loved one. Timing is almost always of the essence and families commonly do not know where to start. Some families need to find a short term placement for their loved one who may need therapy after an injury or surgery while others may […]

July 9, 2018

A Visit to The Watermark at 3030 Park From the Barnum Festival!

The Barnum Festival 2018 Road Show came to The Watermark at 3030 Park with a music and dancing spectacular that delighted and engaged all of our residents throughout each community. Fun, smiles and great memories were had by all. Every year we pre-select an honorary Ringmaster. This year's Ringmaster was Frank Byrnes from Independent Living.  […]

June 20, 2018

Make And Take Our Own Essential Oil Lotion At The Watermark at 3030 Park

Residents of The Watermark at 3030 Park Independent Living community joined Community Life Assistant, Sue Kennedy for an educational and fun "Make & Take" essential oil lotion class.  Residents learned of the many benefits of Lemongrass and Lavender essential oils then customized the lotion to their desired scent.  It was fun to measure and adjust the oil to lotion ratio and come up with […]

May 16, 2018

A Delightful Performance from Yale’s Whim’n Rhythm at The Watermark at 3030 Park

Recently we had the Whim'n Rhythm, Yale University's senior women's a cappella group,  perform for the entire community which included the independent living (Town Center), assisted living (Inn), memory care (Gardens) and rehab (Springs) residents at The Watermark at 3030 Park. The vocal group, which consists of traditional musical arrangements featuring sopranos and altos, was founded in […]

May 9, 2018

Summer 2018 Watermark University Catalog Has Arrived at The Watermark at 3030 Park

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date for the residents of The Watermark at 3030 Park. With nearly 50 different classes with everything from Therapeutic Drum Circle to Students for Life: Foundation of the American Republic to Collage Crafting to Laughter Club and even Culinary Food Demonstrations, we are sure you […]

April 28, 2018

Fun at the Wine and Cheese Social with Watermark at 3030 Park Executive Director, Kristin Butler

Who doesn't love a good Wine and Cheese Social? The Watermark at 3030 Park independent living residents love to socialize, drink good wine and enjoy assorted cheeses....especially when Executive Director, Kristin Butler hosts! Wine and Cheese Socials are a popular, new event that Kristin introduced last month.  Kristin enjoys time with the residents and says "spending time connecting with […]

April 7, 2018

Seder Celebrated at The Watermark at 3030 Park

Wednesday, March 28th in Watermark at 3030 Park Independent Living main lounge, residents shared their afternoon at the Seder table with a favorite guest, Rabbi Suri.  Rabbi Suri was ready for Seder (along with the twenty-five or more residents) with traditional food, music, stories and, of course her "Got Matzah?" apron! Passover is said to be the most celebrated Jewish holiday.  […]

March 14, 2018

Snowy Days at The Watermark 3030 Park!

Who's ready for some fun in the... SNOW? Despite winter warnings, high winds, and travel bans, The Watermark at 3030 Park Independent Living residents managed to stay positive during the recent snow storms that shut down portions of Connecticut. Residents enjoyed the beauty and fun of a typical New England snow day and enjoyed a special afternoon movie showing of […]

March 9, 2018

Assisted Living Residents At The Watermark At 3030 Park Getting Ready For St. Patrick’s Day

Who else is getting ready for St. Patrick's Day? Assisted Living residents at The Inn are!!  They made St. Patrick's Day cards so they could send them to family and friends.  Each resident enjoyed using their creativity to make shamrock and flowered cards with a pot of gold at the end of their rainbows.  Perfect […]

March 5, 2018

Inspired Readers At The Watermark At 3030 Park

Who doesn't love a good book? Residents from The Watermark at 3030 Park''s Independent Living community are no exception. Our book group meets monthly to discuss a popular "Book Club" suggestion which is read by all participants over the month.  The group shares their love and passion for reading which is then coupled with interesting and thought provoking conversation when […]

February 26, 2018

Football Time at The Inn, Our Assisted Living Community At The Watermark At 3030 Park

Residents at the The Inn, our assisted living community, at The Watermark at 3030 Park, enjoyed watching the Big Game rooting for their favorite team while enjoying all of the refreshments every football game should have like beer, pretzels, chips and dip.  Did your favorite team win?

February 24, 2018

Assisted Living Resident Presents Egypt and King Tut History At The Watermark At 3030 Park

Weege, The Inn (assisted living) resident at The Watermark at 3030 Park, did a presentation on Egypt and King Tut. Her vast knowledge of Middle East mythology had everyone interested and her detail of King Tut's life kept her audience engaged and wanting more.  It was a great example of how our community celebrates and […]

February 23, 2018

Senior Living Questions Answered, Continuing Care and More in Fairfield County

An informative "Lunch and Learn" event was hosted here on February 15th. Guests were treated to a complementary lunch, which featured a delicious surf and turf entree while hearing about the amenities, the senior living choices, and the financial considerations at The Watermark at 3030 Park. Our guests learned about the difference between Traditional and […]

February 19, 2018

Learning is Sweet and Senior Living is Easy at The Watermark at 3030 Park

On Valentine’s Day, the Sales & Marketing team led a Watermark University class that celebrated the sweetness of the day by conducting a course in pairing wine and chocolates. Our Community Coordinator, Cindy Dungey, guided our residents through a taste tour of white, milk, caramel, and dark chocolates paired with the delicious compliments of Rose, […]

February 17, 2018

Thirty Birthdays Celebrated at The Watermark at 3030 Park!

The Watermark at 3030 Park had another awesome birthday celebration with thirty of our residents in the Town Center (independent living).  The Director of Living Well, Cindy McGuire, greeted everyone and sang happy birthday to the residents who had birthdays in January and February.  Everyone had a piece of cake with ice cream.  Won't you […]

February 16, 2018

The Watermark at 3030 Park Celebrated Go Red Day!

Friday, February 2nd was American Heart Association National "Go Red" for Women Day. Associates of The Watermark at 3030 Park wore red for a donation to recognize this special day. 3030 Park Community Life sponsored a Bake Sale & Raffle in our Town Center (Independent Living) and Inn (assisted living), raising over $400.00!  Residents, associates and visitors were so generous buying up […]

February 14, 2018

Did You Know That Laughter Improves Memory And Reduces Stress?

What's better than a good belly laugh!  Cindy McGuire, Living Well and Fitness Director, is well under way teaching The Watermark at 3030's independent living residents how to laugh and the amazing benefits it provides such as improving memory and reducing stress.  One of the residents stated, with a big grin on his face, that […]

December 27, 2017

A Green Thumb

Recently our community started to gather the plants from outside to bring inside and the result has been a little green house effect. One of our residents really takes ownership in trimming and keeping them vibrant!

December 19, 2017

Spring 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 50 different classes with everything from Cooking Demonstrations to TED Talks to Cooking Demonstrations to Wine Travels and even Art Therapy, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and taught […]

December 5, 2017

Showcase of Talent

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]

November 27, 2017

Intergenerational Programs

Watermark prides itself on its intergenerational programs. Recently we had students from Greens Farm Academy bring hand made placements from elementary children for the residents. The students at Greens Farm helped the elementary students make the placemats. They were a delightful group of 7th graders.

November 21, 2017

A Special Veterans Day Ceremony

On Friday, November 10th we recognized all of our veterans who live here at The Watermark at 3030 Park. There were 26 veterans who filled the auditorium with family, friends and residents. The ceremony started with singing the Star Spangle Banner and ended singing God Bless America. One of our distinguished resident veterans, John Walsh, spoke about his […]

October 23, 2017

Jewish Festival of Sukkot

Our Jewish family here at The Watermark appreciates the construction and gathering of the sukkah. A sukkah is a temporary hut constructed with branches and often well decorated with autumnal, harvest or Judaic themes. It is described as a symbolic wilderness shelter, commemorating the time God provided for the Israelites in the wilderness they inhabited after they […]

September 18, 2017

Bridgeport Resident Celebrates a Century of Memories

Arthur “Bill” Cornell spent his 100th birthday with his wife, Mary Jo and family, including their three children, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren over Labor Day weekend. Cornell’s mail basket at The Watermark at 3030 Park, their home for the past two years, was overflowing with birthday cards, along with posts to his Facebook page. […]

August 22, 2017

Fall 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 70 different classes with everything from Pocket Billiards to Conversational French to Cooking Demonstrations to Experimenting with Clay and even Wine Travels, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and […]

August 21, 2017

How to Make a Power Smoothie

Susan Piti-Kennedy, our Resident Liaison, made delicious smoothies for the residents and explained the benefits of this nutritional drink. Here is the recipe for this Power Drink: Vanilla yogurt Frozen blackberries, raspberries or strawberries Ripe banana Stevia or honey to taste Milk (any kind to your liking) Preparation: Process all ingredients in a blender at high […]

August 1, 2017

The Watermark at 3030 Park Recognizes Outstanding Employees with Thrive Awards

The Watermark at 3030 Park is pleased to announce that several of its associates were recently recognized for their outstanding work through the retirement community’s annual “Thrive Awards.” The community also received the coveted Excellence in Standards Review award. The awards are presented to Watermark Retirement Communities employees nationwide who exemplify the company’s vision of […]

June 15, 2017

Creating Paint from Vegetables

Today, residents of The Inn created watercolor paint using spinach, blueberries, purple carrots and turmeric. Not only did they smell amazing, they brought vibrant colors! Cat from Community Life has a passion for making items using natural products and for a Watermark University class, taught our residents how our ancestors used to make beautiful colors. […]

June 8, 2017

A Beautiful Day for Music

The Award Winning Silver Steel Band is a steel drum band based in Bridgeport, CT, directed by Jim Royle of Jim Royle Drum Studios came to The Watermark 3030 Park on Saturday for a beautiful outdoor concert! You can find Silver Steel playing many of your favorite Caribbean favorites as well as Soca and Calypso […]

May 16, 2017

Fabulous Entertainment by the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus A Cappella Group

Recently, we had the pleasure of having the SOBs - Society of Orpheus and Bacchus - from Yale University perform for us. This all male a cappella group performed songs that included jazz standards, folk tunes, barbershop quartets, spirituals, blues, pop, rock and roll, traditional Yale songs, and original compositions. They also pride themselves on injecting a healthy […]