Lifestyle Blog

The Bristal Assisted Living can appreciate how important it is for seniors to maintain their lifestyles. Healthy socialization, active lifestyles and stimulating activities are all vital sources for seniors to maintain their lifestyles. Our Lifestyle Blog is geared towards helping you remain active, healthy and happy for many years to come.

February Is American Heart Month: Heart-Healthy Tips

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February is American Heart Month, putting a spotlight on an issue that is of special concern to older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women. And, unsurprisingly, American Heart Association statistics show that about 66% of cardiovascular deaths occur in people age 75 and older.

As we get older, changes take place in the heart and blood vessels that make us more susceptible to heart disease, as the National Institute on Aging explains. For example, blood vessels may stiffen, heart valves may … read more

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Ways to Relieve Knee Pain

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While people may experience knee pain at any age, in older adults it is typically caused by changes in the body due to aging. Those changes can include weakening of the bones, decreased muscle strength, inflammation from arthritis and other conditions.

According to the National Institutes of Health, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis among older people and a frequent cause of debilitating pain. It occurs when the cartilage that protects the knee’s bones breaks down. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 2 people may develop knee osteoarthritis by the age … read more

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Ways You Can Give Back This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is a wonderful time of year filled with celebrations and gratitude. One of the best ways you can express your thankfulness is to give back this holiday season. There are many opportunities for people of all ages to give back, so we’ve compiled this list of possibilities to sift through to find the perfect way to give back this holiday season.

Tap Into Your Talent

There is always a way to give back while doing something you love; sometimes you may just have to get a little creative. Here are some suggested ways you can give back this holiday … read more

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Helpful Tips to Manage Medications

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Medication management can sometimes be overwhelming for seniors, especially when it comes to managing multiple prescriptions and doses. The Washington Post reports that an increasing number of elderly patients nationwide are on multiple medications to treat chronic diseases, which raises their chances of dangerous drug interactions and serious side effects (see article).

Moreover, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists estimates that more than 34% of seniors are prescribed medications by more than one physician, and 72% use medications they were prescribed more than six months prior.

Seniors must be especially mindful of how to manage medications to avoid serious side … read more

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Why Vitamin D Is Important for Seniors

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Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally found in certain foods, including fish, eggs, fortified milk and cod liver oil. It is also available as a dietary supplement. According to the Mayo Clinic, vitamin D’s primary role is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, and assist the body in absorbing calcium, which forms and maintains strong bones. It thus plays a vital role in protecting older adults from osteoporosis, and may also help protect against high blood pressure, cancer and other diseases.

This vitamin is a critical nutrient … read more

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Tips for Seniors to Have a Healthier Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to be surrounded by family, friends and scrumptious food. Though, the holiday can present some dinner-table challenges for seniors because aging is frequently associated with a decrease in taste and smell, and their bodies do not metabolize foods the way they did when they were younger. While it is important for everyone to follow a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains, seniors need to be especially mindful of their salt, fat and calorie intake. Here … read more

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Fun Fall Activities for the Family to Enjoy

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It’s always sad to say goodbye to summer, but that won’t stop us from shifting our focus to saying hello to fall! Think of the wonderful colors, the crisp air and spending time with family. There are so many fall activities to be done with family and friends of all ages! Here are some of our favorite fall activities:

Explore, Collect, Create.

A lot of fall activities deal with the staple fall items: apples, pumpkins and changing leaves. The first step is to get outdoors and explore the fall landscape.

Take a walk and admire the fall leaves; collect your favorites to use … read more

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Ways You Can Celebrate Halloween with Grandchildren

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Halloween isn’t just a holiday for young kids. It’s a great opportunity for you to create special memories with your grandchildren. You can embrace the spirit of the Halloween season and indulge in the celebration of all things spooky and supernatural with the following ideas, which you and your grandchildren of any age can enjoy together.

Dress Up With Your Grandchildren

Nothing completes a costume like a companion! Get the whole family involved with these multigenerational costume ideas. Feeling crafty? Make the costume yourself; there are many no-sew DIY Halloween costume possibilities. Not crafty? Don’t worry! Store-bought costumes are bound to look … read more

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Ways You Can Celebrate Active Aging Week

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The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) will kick off its annual Active Aging Week on September 25, 2016, a week of activities designed to encourage participants to celebrate aging and engage in wellness activities. Active Aging Week is meant to prove that regardless of age or health, seniors can live fully and embrace overall wellness. This year’s theme is “Explore the possibilities” and the campaign will encourage exploration and open mindedness.

Throughout the week, each day will center on a certain theme, designed to help participants focus their energy on one specific aspect of active aging. Some of the ICAA’s … read more

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The Benefits of Strength Training for Senior Citizens

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Strength training uses resistance methods, such as free weights, weight machines, resistance bands or a person’s own weight to build muscles and strength. When done correctly, strength training provides numerous health benefits and can be especially advantageous for senior citizens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity stated that regular strengthening exercises help to prevent osteoporosis and frailty; improve balance, coordination and mobility; reduce the risk of falling; and promote mental and emotional health.

Positive outcomes from strength training are realistically attainable by older adults. According to the AARP, those who … read more

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