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.

Newsday Features The Bristal All-Star Annual Softball Game

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On Wednesday, July 10th, the New York Senior Softball Association, a Nassau County softball league for seniors, gathered to play in it’s Annual All-Star Game. Sponsored by The Bristal, the group plays a game annually to honor a certain theme following Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. This year’s game celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Mets World Series championship.

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Lake Grove Resident and Lifelong Mets Fan Celebrates 100th Birthday

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The Bristal at Lake Grove threw a celebration on Wednesday, July 3rd, in honor of resident Crispin Bottari’s 100th birthday. The lifelong Mets fan was surrounded by friends, family, and everything blue and orange on his special day. Cris was given a custom embroidered Mets hat and a personalized home plate that quoted, “In baseball, as in life, all the important things happen at home.” We are so happy you and your wife have chosen to call The Bristal home! Happy Birthday Cris!

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Why Exercise Really Is Worth It – And How to Get Started

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Do you dislike the idea of exercising – even though you know it’s good for you? You’re not alone. Research shows that genetics can even have an effect on how much we enjoy exercising.

But that same research also showed that the more you exercise, the more you start to enjoy it. There’s no need to wait until the next New Year to begin a fitness routine that works for you. Get started with the information and advice below anytime, and reap the benefits of better overall health.

The Health Benefits of Regular Exercise

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Newsday: 190 Years of Wedded Bliss – Lynbrook Couples Celebrate Anniversaries

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The Bristal at Lynbrook held a celebration on Wednesday, June 26 marking the wedding anniversaries of three happy couples residing there. The couples honored included Elaine and Herbert Sacks – married 65 years, Eda and Vincent DeMatteis – married 63 years, and Margaret and Philip Falzone – married 63 years. The afternoon began with blessings of love, thanks and gratitude offered by both Rabbi Susan Elkodsi of the Malverne Jewish Center, and Pastor Steve Brower of Faith & Victory Fellowship Church in Freeport.

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How to Pay for Assisted Living

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Many people assume assisted living is impossibly expensive or that they could never afford it. In reality, the cost of assisted living can be very affordable. Rates vary based on several factors, like location, services and amenities, and the amount of care a resident requires. When you take into consideration all the monthly costs of maintaining a house, and add on the value of meals, housekeeping services, a daily calendar of events, and on-site amenities, moving to an assisted living community can be a wonderful lifestyle change and also be within your budget.

Prices vary depending on the area of the … read more

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How Can Veterans Benefits Pay For Assisted Living?

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Do VA benefits cover assisted living costs?

As you consider assisted living for you or a loved one, your first question might be: Can we afford it? You should also ask: Are there government benefits that can help pay for assisted living? The answer is “yes” if the potential resident is a veteran or the surviving spouse of a veteran.

Many veterans don’t realize they may be eligible for benefits from the Veterans Administration.

The Aid and Attendance benefit is a non-service-connected pension benefit for veterans or spouses. It’s for those who need help with … read more

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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.

Residents wear WanderGuard … read more

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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.

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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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