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The Bristal Better U Hofstra University Lecture – December 2017

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The Holiday Season Goes Global

The Bristal Better U Hofstra University December Lecture titled “The Holiday Season Goes Global” was presented by Hofstra University Continuing Education faculty member, Dr. Ronald Brown.

Developed in conjunction with Hofstra University Continuing Education and Pace University, The Bristal Better U is an exciting lifelong learning and personal enrichment program that we offer here at The Bristal. This innovative distance learning program is completely voluntary, it is structured in flexible and easily accessible ways, and as the name implies, it’s a great way for our residents to continue exploring, learning and engaging in the fascinating world around … read more

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Tips for Maintaining Independence

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People with early stage Alzheimer’s disease may notice impairment in language, memory, insight and social skills. The changes in ability to remember, follow instructions and carry out tasks that used to be routine, can become challenging. “Accepting changes in your abilities and adapting new coping skills can help you restore balance to your life…,” says the Alzheimer’s Association. In doing so, you can better remain active and retain a sense of control over your life.

What does a coping strategy look like?

Focus on what daily or frequent goals are most important to you. Be realistic about what you … read more

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The Bristal Better U Hofstra University Lecture – November 2017

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Thanksgiving: The Holiday That Makes Us All Americans

The Bristal Better U Hofstra University November Lecture titled “Thanksgiving: The Holiday that makes us all Americans” was presented by Hofstra University Continuing Education faculty member, Dr. Ronald Brown.

Developed in conjunction with Hofstra University Continuing Education and Pace University, The Bristal Better U is an exciting lifelong learning and personal enrichment program that we offer here at The Bristal. This innovative distance learning program is completely voluntary, it is structured in flexible and easily accessible ways, and as the name implies, it’s a great way for our residents to continue exploring, learning and … read more

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What to Do When Your Loved One Is Coming Home from the Hospital

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Your loved one is about to come home from the hospital. Are you properly prepared for the homecoming? The answer to this question can be critically important, helping to determine whether your loved one’s return leads to a successful recuperation, or with a readmission to the hospital.

According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, one in five Medicare patients is readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of discharge, and a frequent contributing factor is inadequate access to proper resources at home. Advance planning and preparation can help ensure that your loved one has the resources he or … read more

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New Link Between Poor Sleep and Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a loss of mental ability that is progressive and has a severe impact on daily life. New longitudinal study evidence presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in the summer of 2017 points to a connection between breathing disorders that interrupt sleep (sleep apnea), and certain biological markers for Alzheimer’s disease.

In people with sleep apnea, the breath can pause for seconds up to minutes, as much as 30 times in an hour, causing the sleeper to go from deep to light sleep, or jerk awake. The condition cannot … read more

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The Bristal at East Northport Named “Caring Super Star of 2018” by Caring.com

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The Bristal at East Northport Honored as “Caring Super Star of 2018” for Excellence in Assisted Living

Positive Consumer Ratings Led to This Industry-Leading Distinction from Caring.com

 

The Bristal at East Northport is pleased to announce it has been selected as a “Caring Super Star of 2018” for service excellence in Assisted Living in three or more years since 2012. In ratings and reviews from family caregivers and older adults themselves, The Bristal at East Northport earned a 5-star consumer rating (the highest possible score) within the last year, while also having a high volume of positive reviews and meeting other qualifying … read more

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Tips for Seniors to Cope with Loneliness

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Loneliness is a challenge we all face at some times of our lives, even when we’re not actually alone. Loneliness can impose an extreme mental and physical burden, taking a large toll on mental well-being, but also on health and longevity as well as the ability to carry on activities of daily living.

According to doctors at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, studies show that persistent loneliness “causes accelerated aging with multiple health consequences.” They add that loneliness is “associated with problematic changes in the cardiovascular, hormonal and immune systems.”

Among the factors that give rise to loneliness in … read more

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Feinstein Institute Teams with The Bristal Assisted Living to Study if Dance Can Slow Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

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The Bristal and The Feinstein Institute are proud of their collaborative work being done at The Bristal at Lake Success. Below is a recent press release from The Feinstein Institute after a recent event to introduce this amazing new dance study.

Clockwise from right: Dance therapist and member of Dr. Peter Davies’ team, Cecilia Fontanesi with The Bristal Assisted Living residents Berte Odnoposoff, Esther Feldman and Phyllis Roth participating in a dance therapy session.

Assisted living residents are spending time on the dance floor to participate in a new study evaluating if dance can help slow the progression of memory loss. … read more

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