Residents at North Hill in Needham greet each other with an extra spark of merriment these days. And why wouldn’t they? The Menorah is lit, Santa has paid a visit and the halls are bedecked with all that glitters. Residents can relax and enjoy the season without the stress of cleaning and maintaining a great big house, or shoveling that long, sloping driveway. These are just a few of the benefits of community living at a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) like North Hill. The others are even better: improved health, a better outlook and a longer life. That’s right, downsizing is good for your body, good for your brain and may even help you live longer. It’s well documented that reduced stress and an active social life contribute to healthy aging. CCRCs like North Hill provide social and physical activities to help keep body and mind in tune. Lectures on topics of the day, myriad wellness classes, a game of billiards or a glass of wine with friends in front of the fire at the end of the day can all enhance the quality of our lives as we age. Living in a brand-new or re-designed one-bedroom at North Hill offers all these benefits in an environment full of cultural and intellectual enrichment. Sumptuous dining, good friends, wooded walking trails and a spot by that toasty fire are just outside your door. Less space to care for means less worry and more time to do the things you love to do. And if you’re worried about letting go of all that stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, consider the advice of downsizing expert and author Janet Hulstred, “the stories we treasure can be passed down long after the item is gone…” she says. She notes that most of her clients are elated after they’ve made the switch and wish they’d “done it years earlier.” So, when the pipes freeze this winter, or the basement floods or your slogging over the driveway with a bag of de-icer, come over to North Hill for a visit. We’ll show you how big your life can be.