The Waters on 50th opened this month at 3500 W. 50th St., offering massage, made-from-scratch meals, a fitness center, a relaxation channel with images by a University photographer, and courses taught by college professors.
A partnership with the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing (the center hosted the Dalai Lama on several occasions) means The Waters is focused on residents’ entire life stories: what gives them purpose, for example, or keeps them intellectually fulfilled.
“We’re changing the paradigm of senior living,” said Mary Carlson, community relations manager.”Purpose in life. It means so much more than what their blood pressure is for the day.”
Ninety units at The Waters are 35-40 percent leased. The newest residents are bringing in baby grand pianos, and pets are welcome too. One resident enjoys a view of an old family home on Beard.
“A number of our residents have lived Downtown, and they’re not ready to give up that urban feel,” Carlson said.
The Waters Senior Living also operates residences in Edina and Plymouth, with new facilities planned in Oakdale and Rochester.