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BRASS Bash 2014 at Hofstra University

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All of The Bristal communities on Long Island came together for an amazing art event: BRASS Bash 2014.

For the BRASS Bash (Bristal Resident Art Supports Seniors), residents were asked to volunteer their artistic talents and create original, one-of-a-kind art pieces to donate to be auctioned off. The pieces were collected and arranged in gallery space at Hagedorn Hall, part of Hofstra University’s School of Health Sciences and Human Services. The faculty and students from the Creative Arts Therapy Department were an important part of this successful event, as they assisted with the gallery design and were docents at the auction.

The silent auction was held during National Assisted Living Week to celebrate “The Magic of Music.” Hofstra music major Andres Maldonado along with residents Marie Guinta and Ruth Weisberg performed musical entertainment on the piano throughout the event. Many creative residents knit, crocheted, and crafted items that were also up for auction. The residents really felt like stars – not only did they get to see their work displayed in the gallery, but many were interviewed by reporters as well!

The proceeds from the auction were donated to Senior Dreams Come True, a non-profit organization founded by Genser Dubow Genser & Cona. Senior Dreams Come True assists seniors on Long Island who struggle to make ends meet by granting simple wishes for help. At the end of the day, the auction raised over $1,500 dollars for the organization.

We were all proud to be a part of something so wonderful.
 

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Posted in: East Meadow, East Northport, Events, News & Press, Galleries, Lake Grove, Lynbrook, Massapequa, North Hills, North Woodmere, Sayville, Westbury
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Resident June Lanigan Teaches an Art Class in Sayville

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Resident June Lanigan shared some of her knowledge with us as she taught an Art Class in Sayville. She helped us through a fun class learning to paint abstract vases using different drawing techniques before we painted. It’s always fun to try and learn something new!

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Sayville Residents Remember the 1960′s

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Our exploration of trends through the decades led us to the 1960′s. We remember the 1960′s, and created our very own “protest signs” about our beliefs and recollections of that time. At social hour, we enjoyed a resident and staff fashion show along with live entertainment playing our favorite songs from the 1960′s.

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Remembering the 1940′s in Sayville

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As we continue our journey through the trends of the decades, we had a fun time remembering the 1940′s. The recreation team made it fun by dressing up as Rosie the Riveter! We had a photo booth backdrop to pose in front of, and we danced away the afternoon to live music as they played all of our favorite 1940′s hits in the bistro.

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Sayville’s Zumba Class

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Judy, our Zumba instructor, came by to lead a very fun Zumba Class here in the fitness center! The music is always playing loud and the beats are great. It really gets us moving, and gets the heart rate up! We look forward to another great Zumba Class the next time Judy comes in.

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Social Hour in Sayville

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We’ve all been taking part in the Afternoon Social Hour here in Sayville. On this day, we snacked on cheese and crackers while listening to some live piano entertainment. Some of the residents started a card game, others danced to the music. We spent the afternoon chatting away, and enjoying the company.

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Our Place Memory Cafe

Posted by: Kate Schneider, Reflections Programming Specialist

A Place to Be Yourself

On a sunny afternoon, couples gathered at Butera’s Restaurant in Sayville, in a room that we would come to find out was once known as the “Music Room.”

The Our Place Memory Cafe is designed after a wonderful idea crafted in the Netherlands in 1997. Dr. Bere Miessen, a psychologist from Holland, recognized the need for people living with a diagnosis of Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to continue to have a social connection. It is equally important for people caring for a loved one with this diagnosis to have a place to relax, socialize, share thoughts, emotions, and to find answers.

Unfortunately, with the disease, social isolation can become a reality. Friends find it more and more difficult to visit and getting out to socialize can become a challenge. A memory cafe welcomes people and their loved ones into a secure, comfortable, and socially engaging venue.

Our Place Memory CafeButera’s in Sayville graciously hosted the Our Place Memory Cafe. The manager and the wait staff could not have been more welcoming. The set up in the gathering room encouraged the attending couples to chat. Vance Bresnia led us in song and laughter making the afternoon go by just a bit too quickly!

Memories are meant to be treasured and a couple shared one of their treasures with the group. The room where we gathered, in what is now Butera’s, was once called the “Music Room” of another establishment back in the day. This couple used to visit it frequently. Well, they said they will be back again, to the music room, once a month. This time with new found friends who have something in common…a need to have a wonderful afternoon with their peers.

Please join us every third Tuesday of the month in the “Music Room.”

Friendships are waiting.

 

The Our Place Memory Cafe is offered at no cost. It is sponsored by The Bristal Assisted Living and Day Haven Adult Day Services. Those with memory concerns may attend with a family member, friend, or caregiver. The Our Place Memory Cafe is not intended for unaccompanied persons with significant care needs. Sessions are held monthly and are subject to change. For questions, or to attend a session, plese call Lori at 631-585-2020 x261 or email OurPlaceMemoryCafe@gmail.com.

 

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1920 ‘s Day in Sayville

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We’re taking a journey through the decades this month as we focus on hot trends throughout the years. Our first stop was the 1920′s! We started the day with 20′s Jeopardy, and learning to dance The Charleston. We made our own beaded jewelry and embellished headbands. After lunch, we enjoyed an afternoon social hour complete with a 1920′s runway fashion show to model our new 20′s gear. We all had a great time!

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July Birthday Party in Sayville

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We held our July Birthday Party in the Bistro here in Sayville. We enjoyed live entertainment and a delicious cake – all to celebrate our July babies: Sam, Katherine, Jo and Anna. This was our first Birthday Party since the opening of the community, and we are certainly looking forward to celebrating each month with our new family here at The Bristal!

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Sayville’s Cooking Class

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Here in Sayville, Allie and Brittany lead a cooking class – and we’re already looking forward to more of them! This month, we made Curry Chickpeas over Rice. It was something that many of us had never tried – but it was delicious! We all had a hand in making the dish, whether we chopped, sliced, mixed or poured. And the results were just perfect. We’re ready to see what the recipe will be for the next cooking class.

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