Dear Maryellen – The Bristal Assisted Living http://thebristal.com Northeast Premiere Assisted Living Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:43:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Is Alzheimer’s Disease Hereditary? http://thebristal.com/blog/is-alzheimers-disease-hereditary/ Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:01:10 +0000 http://www.thebristal.com/?p=1711 Dear Maryellen,

My mother is in her mid-eighties and has been getting progressively more forgetful, but my father and mother just won’t admit it. My mother is currently going through some diagnostic testing. Our situation is very worrisome from a lot of vantage points. Can you tell me if Alzheimer’s is hereditary?   – Joan K. from Greenwich, Conn.

Dear Joan,

I’ve done some research to answer your question, There has been a lot of speculation in the medical community about this little understood disease and the possibility of predicting the chances of contracting Alzheimer’s through heredity.

One study I found conducted ... read more

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Caregiving from a Distance: Resources You Should Know About http://thebristal.com/blog/caregiving-from-a-distance-resources-you-should-know-about/ Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:34:39 +0000 http://www.thebristal.com/?p=1723 Dear Maryellen,

My father lives in Boca Raton, Florida and was recently ill. Until now, he has been in pretty good shape for his 85 years. He is living with a few chronic ailments, such as Diabetes and COPD, and, from time to time he has an episode and has to pay attention to one condition or another. I’ve had some midnight calls from him lately that have caused me a lot of worry and him a lot of stress. It’s impossible for me to get down to him fast enough in an emergency. Are there any resources you would ... read more

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Easter & Passover; Why Are They So Close Together http://thebristal.com/blog/easter-why-are-they-so-close-together/ Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:45:45 +0000 http://www.thebristal.com/?p=1729 Dear Readers,

Passover and Easter herald Spring with longer days and the end of winter’s chill. Although these holidays celebrate solemn biblical events, people everywhere feel bright and optimistic about the advent of warmer weather and the first green shoots of primrose and daffodils peeking from the soil in our gardens. Many people wonder why the two holidays are so close together…Passover from the Old Testament and Easter from the new. Read below to see why the dates for both holidays are different each year, why they align with different calendars, and why they are so close together.

March 25, 2013 – ... read more

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Talking to Your Senior Loved One About Assisted Living http://thebristal.com/blog/talking-to-your-senior-loved-one-about-assisted-living/ Sat, 09 Feb 2013 22:16:56 +0000 http://www.thebristal.com/?p=1735

Discussing Assisted Living

Dear Readers,

Suggesting Assisted Living to your senior loved one can be very difficult. Perhaps you’ve been avoiding the conversation. The Bristal’s TheTalk covers questions and concerns that your loved one might have and can be used as a guide for your discussion.

Regards,
Maryellen McKeon

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Tips for Cutting Back On Salt http://thebristal.com/blog/tips-for-cutting-back-on-salt/ Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:23:04 +0000 http://www.thebristal.com/?p=1739 Too much salt can cause high blood pressure and lead to heart disease.

The average American gets about 3.4 grams of sodium every day, far more than the 2.3 grams recommended by the USDA or the 1.5 grams recommended by the American Heart Association. The institute of Medicine estimates that reducing sodium intake nationwide could prevent 100,000 deaths every year. Cutting back on salt might take a little getting used to, but your health is worth it.

AARP recommends these sodium-cutting tips:

•  Introduce additional flavor to your foods with herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, basil, pepper, ... read more

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Pulling Together After Hurricane Sandy http://thebristal.com/blog/pulling-together-after-hurricane-sandy/ Fri, 28 Dec 2012 01:38:57 +0000 http://www.thebristal.com/?p=1749 I own a small business and know that in a service oriented industry the people you hire make or break your product. Whatever your hiring or training practices are, you have a fantastic staff.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trials http://thebristal.com/blog/alzheimers-disease-clinical-trials/ Tue, 20 Nov 2012 22:27:14 +0000 http://www.thebristal.com/?p=1761

News With Alzheimer’s Disease

Dear Maryellen,

I was reading the newspaper this past weekend and came across an article about a new drug targeting the Tau protein which causes Alzheimer’s. It seems exciting that there could be a possible cure to this disease, which unfortunately, my mother is in the early stages of. Do you know of any clinical trial you recommend to try? Will The Bristal be getting involved in any of these?   -Michelle

Dear Michelle,

It is always encouraging to read about the research being done with so many seniors worried about Alzheimer’s.  As our population ages the number ... read more

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Senior Citizens Behind the Wheel http://thebristal.com/blog/concerned-about-my-dad-driving/ Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:44:32 +0000 http://www.thebristal.com/?p=1764 Dear Maryellen,

I’m very concerned about my 85 year old father. He’s starting to show early signs of dementia and still drives. He enjoys getting out of the house and running errands but he insists on driving himself. I’m afraid he’s going to get into an accident.   – Elizabeth, Holbrook, NY

Dear Elizabeth,

You’re not alone in worrying about your father’s safety behind the wheel. A recent survey shows almost one in ten adults have this same concern. The first step is assessment. The Department of Motor Vehicle recommends taking a ride with your father and watching for the following:

Did he ... read more

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A Letter of Appreciation After Hurricane Sandy http://thebristal.com/blog/a-letter-of-appreciation-after-hurricane-sandy/ Fri, 09 Nov 2012 21:15:24 +0000 http://www.thebristal.com/?p=1767 I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how wonderful the staff at The Bristal at Massapequa were before, during and after Hurricane Sandy. During the crisis, it was comforting to see that all Directors were available for our safety and security. Astrit, our Maintenance Director did an incredible job running power from the generator to where it was needed most. The kitchen and dining room staff were able to serve hot, satisfying meals as if they were fully functioning. Maria, in activities, kept us entertained and distracted us from the devastating effects Hurricane Sandy brought to the rest of the area.

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A Letter to the Residents, Family Members and Staff After Hurricane Sandy http://thebristal.com/blog/a-letter-to-the-residents-family-members-and-staff-after-hurricane-sandy/ Thu, 08 Nov 2012 21:43:08 +0000 http://www.thebristal.com/?p=1771 Dear Bristal Residents, Family Members and Staff,

This catastrophic storm has impacted all of us in different ways. It has been a very wearisome and exasperating time for all. We hope for those hardest hit that their life resumes to as close to normal as soon as possible.

First, we would like to thank the Bristal staff who have worked tirelessly over the past week both during the storm and throughout the power outages to maintain a safe and secure environment for the Bristal residents. Second, we would like to thank the residents and families for their patience as these extraordinary circumstances ... read more

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