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.

Safety, Security, and Peace of Mind at Reflections

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When your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, keeping them safe is often your top priority. And according to the Alzheimer’s Association, keeping loved ones with dementia safe not only helps to prevent injuries, but helps them feel relaxed, not as overwhelmed, and able to stay independent longer.

At Reflections at The Bristal, we’re serious about our residents’ safety, security, and comfort. Kate Schneider, MS CTRS CADDCT and Programming Specialist for Reflections, explains some of the ways The Bristal ensures residents experience consistent and safe surroundings.

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Sleep Better Tonight When You Try These 6 Foods

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Haven’t been sleeping well? Contrary to popular belief, getting a poor night of sleep isn’t a normal part of aging.

While some disorders or medications might make it harder to get rest, there are lifestyle changes you can make that could help you get to sleep faster and enjoy better-quality sleep. One that’s simple to make? Rethinking some of your eating habits.

Eating Tips for Better Sleep

Before you know what to eat, know how to eat before bed to give yourself the best chance at sleeping well.

Stay away from heavy meals for a … read more

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McKnight’s Senior Living: Winsome Bent Among McKnight’s 2019 Women of Distinction Winners

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Article courtesy of McKnight’s Senior Living

The Bristal is proud to announce that Regional Director, Winsome Bent has been recognized as a top leader in the field of long-term care and senior care. Winsome was named to the Hall of Honor in the nationwide 2019 McKnight’s Women of Distinction awards.

The program is overseen by independent trade publications, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living, which received hundreds of nominations in this, the program’s inaugural year. An independent panel of judges comprising industry professionals and McKnight’s editors selected the winners, who were announced March 13 and March 14.

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Dementia Care: Six Tips for Coping with Delusions

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You’ve been helping Dad with his bills and investments for years — and now he’s suddenly convinced you’re trying to steal his money.

Or you’ve shared a happy marriage for decades with your beloved wife, but now, out of the blue, she’s accusing you of having an affair.

These are disturbing and, unfortunately, familiar scenarios for many who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. It’s not uncommon for people with dementia to exhibit paranoid or delusional thinking or, in some cases, to experience hallucinations.
Approximately 30 percent of people with dementia may develop delusions … read more

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Stay Safe and Healthy This Winter With These Top Tips

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With a chill in the air and snow blanketing the ground, you can be sure that it’s finally winter. While winter can pose its own challenges, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the season safely, healthily, and enjoyably.

Cold Weather Safety Tips for Seniors

Cold temperatures can be uncomfortable for most people, but dangerous for older adults. Because their bodies may have less fat and lose heat faster than a younger person, it’s important for seniors to keep themselves warm during the winter.

What is hypothermia?

First, know the symptoms of hypothermia, a condition that can occur when a … read more

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5 Fun Day Trip Destinations: Suffolk County

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There’s so much to see and do in the idyllic landscape of Suffolk County, located on the eastern half of Long Island. Accessible within a few hours’ drive or an even shorter train ride from New York City, this place of wide-open spaces and pristine seashores can seem a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

History of Suffolk County, New York

Suffolk County was one of the original counties of New York State and was founded in the mid-1600s. At that time, thick forests covered the island, and it was populated by the Montauk Native … read more

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How Essential Oils Can Help People With Dementia Sleep Better

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Is there a certain smell that reminds you of home? Is it fresh-baked cookies right out of the oven? Maybe the smell of Chanel No. 5 evokes memories of watching your mom get ready for a big night out.

Scents have been proven to connect with a person’s memory, and aromatherapy, or the use of essential oils, has been increasing in popularity when it comes to its effects on those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.

Read on to learn more about how incorporating aromatherapy into caregiving may help when it comes to your loved … read more

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Chef’s Table: The Bristal at Holtsville’s Josef Mujanovic Shares His Recipe for Cheese Tortellini Francese

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Sometimes, a love of cooking is in our blood. And for Josef Mujanovic, that’s exactly what got him into the kitchen at a young age.

“Growing up, I remember sitting on bags of flour watching my dad cook,” said Mujanovic, food service director at The Bristal at Holtsville. “A lot of my passion for cooking comes from my mom and dad, and their culinary backgrounds have played a significant impact on my success and growth as a chef.”

Mujanovic’s parents owned several restaurants while he was growing up, which spurred him to make his own career move into cooking. He attended … read more

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5 Fun Day Trip Destinations: Nassau County

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Long Island is a place of intriguing opposites — rolling green hills and white sand beaches; colonial charm and modern sensibilities; a world away from it all that’s less than two hours from the biggest city in the U.S.

Long Island isn’t just a retreat for the rich and famous (although it is home to the mansions that collectively inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”), but it has become a destination for those seeking an elegant seaside getaway, cultural events, historic places, and so much more.

If you’re planning an excursion to Nassau County on Long Island, … read more

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Chef’s Table: The Bristal at Lake Grove’s Mark Hain Shares His Recipe For Lobster Risotto

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From working at a country club as a teen, then training under renowned chef Ming Tsai, to his current job at The Bristal at Lake Grove, Mark Hain’s cooking career is as varied as it is impressive.

“My father always said if you want money, you have to go out and make it,” Hain, a Rockville Centre native, said. “I started out in the country club washing dishes. One day the chef called (for help)…I just jumped onto the line and went from there.”

But even before that first job, Hain’s father instilled a love of cooking that … read more

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