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Resident Art Show in Massapequa

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We held a Resident Art Show here in Massapequa to showcase the many talents of our residents. Our artists prepared paintings, drawings and sculptures to show to their friends and family at the Resident Art Show. We’re always so happy to learn new things about our fellow residents, especially when their amazing creativity is showcased at an event like this. Congratulations to all of our artists  and thank you for showing us your work!

Residents in Massapequa have a love for art…Check out some of the pictures from their month of Art Exploration back in January.

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The Bristal at the Katie Couric Show

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Residents from East Northport, Massapequa, North Hills and North Woodmere attended a live taping of The Katie Couric Show today! We had so much fun being in the audience. We were in the third row and had a great view of the set. The topic that they discussed was “How to Live to 100.” In between the taping of the segments, the producers kept us all entertained by pairing up some of our residents with other audience members to come on stage and have a contest for the sexiest dance! Some of us really got into it – and June from Massapequa won that contest with her partner. Another resident, Rudy, entertained the crowd by singing, and even got to sing for Katie Couric! Everyone at the studio was so wonderful to us. We’ll be patiently awaiting the airing of the episode. As soon as we know the air date, we’ll announce it on our Facebook page. Thanks to The Katie Couric Show for having us!

 

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St. Patrick’s Day in Massapequa

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St. Patrick’s Day here in Massapequa was lots of fun! We got the party started at lunch time. We got to listen to the Banjo Rascals play our favorite Irish tunes. After that, we played some St. Patrick’s Day trivia where were learned about traditional Irish folklore and blessings. Since this month’s BBU topic is science and technology, we spent the late afternoon learning about Irish scientists and their contributions to advances in science. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us here at The Bristal at Massapequa!

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Massapequa’s Visit to The Heckscher Museum of Art

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Residents from Massapequa enjoyed a day of art appreciation at The Heckscher Museum of Art. We got to see the sculpture exhibit called Off the Wall: Sculpture from the Permanent Collection. We were treated to a wonderful private tour with an explanation of each piece. They were so knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. We’re looking forward to the getting out to the next exhibit at The Heckscher Museum.

About the Exhibit, from The Heckscher Museum of Art:

“Off the Wall: Sculpture from the Permanent Collection is a visual feast of three-dimensional work from the Museum’s collection.  Representational works focusing on the human figure include pieces as diverse as François Girardon’s baroque masterpiece The Rape of Proserpine, Hiram Powers’ 19th century bust of George Washington and Daniel Chester French’s Seated Lincoln, Red Grooms’ lively construction Picasso, and John Rogers’ charming genre group Checkers up at the Farm.  Abstract work by Dorothy Dehner, Ibram Lassaw, Tony Rosenthal, and Long Island artists Dick Shanley and Esphyr Slobodkina, among many others, will also be featured.  A wide range of sculptural mediums will be represented, including works executed in marble, bronze, plaster, wood, stainless steel, ceramic, and stone.  Sculptors’ drawings from the Permanent Collection will also be on display.”

 

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Happy Hour Fun in Massapequa

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Every week, residents from Massapequa really enjoy their Happy Hour! Over the past month, we’ve enjoyed Rum Runners and Martinis. As the snow started coming our way, we switched to warmer drinks like Bailey’s Hot Chocolates and Hot Toddies. Cheers to good friends and delicious drinks!

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The Bristal Gives Back: The INN in Hempstead

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Members of The Bristal Team Volunteer at The INN in Hempstead

The Bristal partnered with Genser, Dobow, Genser & Cona this week to serve the community by volunteering at The Mary Brennan Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in Hempstead.

The Bristal Gives Back: The INN in HempsteadThe volunteering started in the communities: The Bristal at East Meadow, The Bristal at Massapequa and The Bristal at Westbury. Residents gathered together to package lunches for those who come to The Mary Brennan INN for a meal, a shower, or one of the many other services that they provide there. The chefs from each community packaged sandwiches, and the residents spent the afternoon assembling the lunches. Each bag contained a water, a piece of fruit, a package of cookies and a sandwich. Together, residents from the three communities packaged over 400 lunches!

The Bristal Gives Back: The INN in HempsteadOnce the lunches were packed and ready, team members from The Bristal transported them to The INN in Hempstead. The Bristal team for the day was: Regional Director of Business Development Janine Valentiner, Community Liaison Rachael Koutrouby, Marketing Coordinator Jenny Zaun, Executive Chef Ian Rousseau from The Bristal at Massapequa and Administrative Assistant Mary Ellen Moire, also from Massapequa. Together with the team from Genser, Dobow, Genser & Cona, everyone enjoyed a rewarding day of community service. Volunteers started the day by sorting all of the donations that had recently arrived. This included boxes and bags of bread, canned goods, dry goods and clothing. Everyone worked together to put each item in its proper place.

While the team did their part, the volunteers who are there every week buttered the bread, cut desserts, brewed coffee, boiled pasta and made warm turkey stew. At 11:30, lunch service began. All of the volunteers lined up and started assembling and delivering trays. The team successfully completed a lunch service to over 300 people in need.

As the guests left The INN, they were each handed a lunch bag by volunteers, packaged with love by residents of The Bristal.  Volunteer Janine said of the day: “I hope I can properly portray to The Bristal residents and staff the joy and gratitude that the guests at The Inn had when receiving the bagged meals that they prepared.  It was an emotional day of giving.” Rachael agreed, and said “It was amazing to give back while working side by side with my Bristal colleagues.  We really made Every Day Mean More to the guests at The INN.”

To learn more about The INN and their services, you can visit their website here: http://www.the-inn.org

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‘Outstanding Personal Care Professional’ Awards from LIAF

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Members of The Bristal Team Earn Outstanding Personal Care Professional Awards at the Coping and Caring Conference

Hosted by the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation

The Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) recently held their annual Coping and Caring Conference and Awards Luncheon. We would like to congratulate Cheryl Witsell from The Bristal at Westbury and Bibi Annief from The Bristal at Massapequa. Both women work in the Reflections neighborhood of The Bristal, caring for residents with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss.

These two team members were honored at the luncheon with the Outstanding Personal Care Professional Award.

 

Cheryl Witsell

Cheryl Witsell
Award Winner
Outstanding Personal Care Professional

Cheryl Witsell was nominated by Westbury’s Director of Reflections, Colleen Jones. As a part of the qualification, nominators were asked to share a story that illustrates the nominee’s remarkable qualities. Cheryl’s story shows genuine care for Reflections residents as well as their families.

The granddaughter of a resident was getting married and expressed that she really wanted her grandmother there. Cheryl decided that she would make it happen. She hired a car service and accompanied the resident to the wedding! The family was incredibly thankful for Cheryl’s generosity and for going above and beyond expectations. Cheryl made sure to take lots of photos of the resident and her family so that she would always be able to remember that day.

Cheryl’s director, Colleen, had this to say: “Cheryl has been working here with residents who have dementia for more than seven years. It takes a special person to work with residents with dementia. They need to have patience, they need to be able to think on their feet, and they need to be loving and understanding. That is exactly what Cheryl is. She is an asset to the Westbury community as she mentors the new Bristal staff, sharing experiences and knowledge of the residents.”

Cheryl grew up in Queens. She later moved to Westbury, where she lived with her parents. Cheryl loves to sing and dance. She is always smiling and has a contagious laugh. She has been married to her husband, Merrick, for 12 years and they have three children. Cheryl treats each of the residents at the Bristal as if they were her own parents.

 

BiBi Annief

BiBi Annief
The Bristal at Massapequa
Outstanding Personal Care Professional

Bibi Annief was nominated by Massapequa’s Executive Director, Debra Figueroa. To illustrate Bibi’s remarkable qualities, Debra recalled a story where she witnessed Bibi exhibiting true patience and kindness.

A Reflections resident was refusing assistance. Bibi was able to gently redirect him using her comedic wit and gentle manner. She asked him directly what she could do to assist him. Bibi listened to the resident’s needs and did exactly what he asked. She gained his trust, and was able to help the resident. When she was finished assisting him, he gave her a big hug and told her what a beautiful person she was. Bibi knows how to give, and lets the residents guide her in their needs.

Debra expressed that they often use this story as an example to teach others that sometimes, all we need to do is ask the resident what they need. Debra said of Bibi: “She has a huge heart and is always willing to give of herself to residents, family members and co-workers. She has a unique ability to easily calm residents when they are exhibiting difficult behaviors. Bibi is confident in herself, but very humble. She always takes the additional steps to make things work.”

Bibi was born in Guyana where she studied Management and Accounting, eventually working as an Accountant. She and her brothers and sisters joined her parents in the United States in 2010. Her parents had been in the United States for 13 years prior to her arrival. Once she came to the U.S., she studied to become a CNA and found that she enjoyed working with the elderly. She eventually came to work for The Bristal, and she enjoys communicating with and caring for residents. In her free time, Bibi enjoys reading. She also spends time on the computer researching medical information and would like to progress in her career.

 

The Bristal would also like to congratulate Mr. Allan Vann. A family member of a resident at The Bristal at East Northport, Mr. Vann was recognized at the Coping & Caring Luncheon as an Outstanding Alzheimer’s/Senior Care Advocate.

Congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients!

LIAF Coping & Caring Luncheon 2014

The Bristal Team at the LIAF Coping & Caring Luncheon 2014

 

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Massapequa’s Art Exploration

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In support of the January BBU topic of Art, Massapequa residents really took it upon themselves to delve into the wonderful world of “Global Explorations Through Art.” Residents learned about different artists and their styles and mediums. We did our best to replicate many of them – it was lots of fun. We tasted food, drank wine and enjoyed art from international cultures. Also, we took virtual tours of museums and talked about art exploration in the community. We really enjoyed the live “Art of Robotics” demonstration. To end the month, we took a trip to the Art League of Long Island to see their exhibit “Every Which Way With Clay.” Each of us certainly learned something new, and we’re looking forward to learning about Theater and Film this month! Here are a few photos from our art exploration adventures:

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Alzheimer’s Disease Training from the ADRC: Continuing Education

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Alzheimer’s Disease Training Curriculum

for Professional Healthcare Providers and/or Professional Caregivers, Recently Completed by Team Members from The Bristal Assisted Living

Hillary Gilbert

Hillary Gilbert

Several staff members from The Bristal Assisted Living recently participated in a continuing education program offered by the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center. Hillary Gilbert, Colleen Jones, ToniAnn Notarfrancesco and Angela White all completed the program, called Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias.

This fourteen week course included homework, tests, projects and participation in lectures and guest speaker appearances at various venues. The course was taught by Masters Level Certified instructors and its aim was to improve the job performance of its participants through teaching new skills.

ToniAnn Notarfrancesco

ToniAnn Notarfrancesco

The Alzheimer’s Disease training course objectives were clear:

1. Know the process and development of Alzheimer’s Disease.
2. Identify the specific behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and how to manage these behaviors.
3. Learn and utilize communication skills to increase effectiveness.
4. Strategize planning for activities and interventions that address the specialized needs of those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Angela White

Angela White

Angela White, Director of Reflections at The Bristal at Massapequa, said of the Alzheimer’s Disease training: “I really enjoyed this course.” Angela expressed that it provided an “in-depth teaching on the working mechanisms in the brain, explaining the loss of white matter and how it affects memory processing.”

She also felt that the course focused well on the use of techniques to assist those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia. Angela was happy to learn other ways “to allow a person with Dementia to complete tasks independently by giving them time and guidance during the task.” The course also stressed “knowing when the task is too demanding for the person and how to step in to assist with completion of the task.”

Colleen Jones

Colleen Jones

Colleen Jones, Director of Reflections at The Bristal at Westbury, took some positive things away from the course. “The class went into the differences between all the categories of dementia and the behaviors in each. The biggest part was the domains of the activities; trying to look at each activity and making sure that we are hitting the social, emotional and physical domains.” Colleen also stated “I think that the class gave me a different perspective on the disease.”

Reflections Programming Specialist for The Bristal, Kate Schneider, had a special message for those who completed the Alzheimer’s Disease training course:

“Congratulations to Hillary, ToniAnn, Angela and Colleen! Taking this course to further educate yourselves is truly a testament to your dedication. The Bristal is proud and grateful to have you on our team. Thank you.”

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Massapequa’s Super Bowl Party

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Massapequa’s Super Bowl Party was lots of fun this year. We turned on the game on the big screen in the cinema and sat down to enjoy some football. We had a hero, chips, salads and other finger foods at the party.

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