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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.

How Caregivers Can Get Better Sleep

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Providing care for a loved one can be stressful, and frequently results in sleep deprivation for the caregiver. This can endanger the caregiver’s health and possibly impair the level of care that he or she provides. Therefore, it is extremely important to take steps that can help the caregiver get better sleep.

The reasons for sleep deprivation are numerous, and may include factors such as anxiety about what lies ahead for your loved one, worry about financial strains, feelings of guilt or inadequacy in dealing with your loved one’s condition, and, of course, the sheer strain of dealing with day-to-day physical … read more

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Knowing the Alzheimer’s Signs Unrelated to Memory Loss

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Those with Alzheimer’s disease know that the well-recognized sign is memory loss. However, it is not the only sign of the disease. There are non-memory-related Alzheimer’s signs; they can present themselves early and if attended to, can lead to a diagnosis.

Apathy. Often unrecognized, apathy is perhaps the most common behavioral change in a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Apathy presents as a decline in the person’s daily functioning and ability to think, along with an increased reliance on family or friends for care. It is associated with changes in the tissue of the brain. It can be mistaken for … read more

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Ways Seniors Can Reduce the Risk of a Stroke

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The risk of having a stroke increases significantly with age. However, there is a lot that seniors can do to help reduce their risk on an individual basis. In fact, says the National Stroke Association, studies show that 80% of strokes can be prevented. Here are some practical steps seniors can take to lessen their chances of experiencing a stroke.

Don’t smoke. Smoking is the number one risk factor for strokes, according to the Harvard Health Publications/Harvard Medical School. Most strokes are caused by blood clots, and smoking increases the risk of blood clots in several ways, … read more

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Tips to Help Seniors Drive Safely

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In terms of their behavior behind the wheel, seniors tend to be among the safest drivers. As a whole, they observe speed limits, always wear seatbelts and rarely drink or text and drive. Equally important, they have the invaluable benefit of decades of driving experience on the road.

The AAA says “driving safely is a complex and often demanding task, even for an experienced senior driver, but driving challenges do arise.” Many older adults are perfectly capable of driving safely, yet physical and mental changes that often come with aging can affect how well older adults drive. Seniors are … read more

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Ways Seniors Can Manage Hearing Loss

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As we age, it’s normal to experience some loss of hearing. The National Institutes of Health reports that one in three seniors between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss of various degrees. Over the age of 75, the number rises to nearly one out of two.

Hearing loss can sometimes lead to embarrassment in social situations. However, of far greater importance, are the dangers it may pose. Diminished ability to hear can prevent or delay an individual from hearing warnings or alarms and responding to emergencies. It also may interfere with understanding instructions, including those given … read more

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Ways to Help Seniors Prevent Future Back Pain

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By some estimates, up to 50 percent of seniors suffer from chronic back pain. In fact, back pain is the “most prevalent health condition in older adults that leads to functional limitations and disability,” according to a study published in the Journal of Pain Research. Although many medical factors may contribute to the prevalence of painful back conditions, an individual can take steps to help avoid pain in the future. Here are some tips to consider:

Good posture is very important. Good posture, even while seated, is all but indispensable to preventing (or alleviating) back pain. The basic idea … read more

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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 … 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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