The Golden State is turning gray.
As baby boomers age into their golden years, the Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging expects the number of residents who are aged 65 years and older to grow by 90% by 2030, and to accommodate that growth, businesses are expanding elder services and opportunities.
One such group, Watermark Retirement Communities, is getting ready for the grand opening of its newest retirement community, in San Ramon, and the company has established an information and sales office for interested elderly residents.
Set to open in August, the Watermark at San Ramon will offer 39 assisted living and 40 memory care rental apartment homes, located 12720 Alcosta Blvd., next door to San Ramon Regional Medical Center.
“What sets us apart is our focus on creating a community where seniors thrive,” Nancy Harrison, Watermark executive director, said in a statement. “Our programs center on the seven dimensions of wellness, which are intellectual enrichment, social engagement, spirituality, emotions, vocation, physical health and one’s environment.”
Company officials say Watermark San Ramon will feature housekeeping, transportation, assisted move-in coordination, concierge assistance and resident gardens, as well as provide outdoor programs and activities. It will also offer tailored cultural programming and dining for the diverse tastes and interests of its residents
Initiatives will also include "Watermark University," which features classes that will be taken and taught by residents, associates and the general public. The "Extraordinary Outings" program will also be available for excursions to other cities, the wilderness or “whatever residents choose.”
Officials also highlighted Watermark’s dining programs which are tailored for memory care and the exceptional service provided by its caregivers.
“Our leading-edge memory care program is defined by our caregivers, who have been trained and certified through a partnership between Watermark and the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners,” Harrison said. “Our caregivers provide understanding and support to our residents, validating what they are thinking and feeling, rather than trying to correct them. Caregivers and residents participate together in the rhythm of daily activities that mean the most to each person.”