The Bristal Assisted Living Blog

The Bristal Assisted Living Blog is a guide for seniors and caregivers. We offer information geared towards helping you remain active, healthy and happy and provide valuable resources to determine if and how to initiate the assisted living process. Access our resources here to see what our assisted living communities around Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey have to offer.

Your Loved One Has Behavioral Changes: Tips for Caregiving

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A person with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can experience varying symptoms, including declines in memory, language skills, and thinking and reasoning capabilities. The Alzheimer’s Association says as Alzheimer’s and other dementias progress, behaviors change. The behavioral changes may include, but are not limited to, social withdrawal, depression, anxiety, combativeness, apathy, sleep disturbances, inappropriate actions, wandering and mood changes. These new behaviors can have an impact on caregiving.

There are ways that caregivers can help manage their loved one’s changing behaviors. Here are some suggestions to consider.

Divert Aggressiveness. The Alzheimer’s Association says if your loved one demonstrates read more

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What Seniors Should Know About Using the Internet

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The viewpoint that seniors are slow to embrace modern communications technology is fading fast. According to the Pew Research Center, six out of ten seniors in the US now use the Internet, and nearly 50% have access to high-speed broadband in their homes. However, the online world still can be daunting for some, and especially for a generation that did not grow up in the Internet age. Here are some general suggestions to help seniors make Internet use more convenient, practical and secure:

Use basic settings that are right for you. At times, accessing the Internet can be frustrating for … read more

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Popular Devices that Help Seniors with Hearing Loss

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Seniors who experience moderate hearing loss can often times manage their condition with modest behavioral and lifestyle adjustments. As hearing loss progresses, however, assistive devices may become necessary. In such cases, a variety of devices are available to mitigate hearing loss. Here are the most common ones:

Hearing aids. The electronic hearing aid has come a very long way since its invention in 1898. Originally a clunky device worn around the neck, together with a large battery, the hearing aid has evolved into a small unobtrusive object worn in or behind the ear. Most types are digital – a small computer … read more

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Helping a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Experience the Benefits of Staying Active

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Evidence has been accumulating for some time that physical and mental exercise may help slow or reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s. While researchers continue to try to draw direct and conclusive results based on this evidence, it is still beneficial to encourage a loved one with Alzheimer’s to stay active. Maintaining activity and interests may help invoke a feeling of purpose. Arranging activities with a goal can further heighten that sense of accomplishment. Some examples might include: grocery shopping while checking off a list, tending a garden and harvesting fresh vegetables from it, cooking or baking a favorite recipe together, … read more

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Staying Mentally and Physically Fit While Caring for a Spouse with Alzheimer’s

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Caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s can be challenging in many ways, but also can be richly rewarding. It can deepen the bonds between spouse and caregiver, and open the door to new relationships through education and support groups. However, much may depend on the caregiver’s determination not to allow the new circumstances to compromise his or her own mental and physical well-being.

As the day-to-day demands on the caregiver and the emotional toll of watching a loved one impacted by the disease increase, it is vital to remain positive and take proactive steps that ease the burdens on the caregiver, … read more

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Benefits of a Memory Care Support Group

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Memory care support groups offer an opportunity for caregivers, family, friends or those with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia to provide support to one another in group settings. In meetings held at regular intervals and led either by trained facilitators or a group member, the groups offer people in similar circumstances the chance to share practical advice and coping skills, as well as to discuss feelings, concerns and frustrations.

Some people dealing with the onset of memory loss withdraw from social activities because it can be a painful reminder of their daily challenges. In a memory care support … read more

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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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A Look at Senior Eye Health

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As we age, it is natural for vision changes to occur. As a result, some people may struggle to see as clearly as they did when they were younger. Regular eye exams by an ophthalmologist help keep eyes healthy by uncovering certain conditions that can seriously impair sight, including the following:

Cataracts. Cloudy areas in the lens of the eye, cataracts usually form slowly. Some may become large or thick and impair vision. In these cases, the cataracts can usually be removed by surgery.
Dry Eye. This condition occurs when tear glands do not produce enough tears. It can cause itching, burning … 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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‘Through Our Eyes’ Art Exhibit

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This year, we created a special art exhibit called “Through Our Eyes.” Residents from all of The Bristal communities created artwork using various mediums. Then, our art went on display at the Long Island Museum for a month as a special exhibit! There were photos and bios of the artists, and so many people got to enjoy our unique artwork. Thank you to everyone who participated, the Long Island Museum for their hospitality, and to everyone who came to support us.

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