Dear Maryellen Blog | Q&A

The Dear Maryellen Blog is designed to giving you first-hand guidance from our Senior Vice President of Operations, Maryellen McKeon. Maryellen offers years of compassionate experience, and offers her counseling to family members of residents with the optimum level of concern. Find answers to your questions about senior living here.

Emergency and Disaster Plans

Posted by: The Bristal

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Dear Maryellen,

I’d like to set up a meeting to discuss what the Bristal’s plan is to improve their emergency and disaster plan to include heat and lights in the apartments in preparation for the next power outage. My parents reside at North Woodmere but have to sleep in a chair in my den for the past week due to no heat in their apartment. This is not an acceptable disaster plan. When are you available?   -Judy

Dear Judy,

I truly understand your frustration. This catastrophic storm has impacted all of us in different ways. We are a New York … read more

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Pet Companions for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Often times, seniors become depressed when facing a major change in life, the loss of a loved one or the physical changes that come with aging. Bringing a furry friend into the home could be the answer. Pet owners would agree animals ease loneliness, reduce stress, and provide unconditional love & affection. In addition, studies also show playing with animals has physical benefits. It keeps blood pressure in check, helps lower cholesterol & reduces stress.

The next step is finding the right fit. Reader’s Digest suggest these tips for choosing a new pet:

• Take a look … read more

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Convincing Your Family to Consider Assisted Living

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

I have a great relationship with my mother-in-law and I’m very concerned about her. I am married to one of her sons for many years and I’m the closest thing she has to a daughter. Mom is 83 years old and lives with a 24-hour aid in her house. She is very lonely. Her house is depressing and she laments that all of her friends, and her husband, are dead. She is very depressed and is sinking into some mild dementia. She was very social all her life and really needs a fresh start. I really believe that she … read more

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Exploring Assisted Living as an Option

Posted by: The Bristal

Is Assisted Living The Correct Choice?

Dear Maryellen,

My mom is 85 years old and has been incredibly independent. She has been a snowbird and has continued to drive to date. However, for the past few years her memory has gotten worse and her management of her meds is becoming a concern (i.e. she’s forgetting some days and double dowsing the others – that is if she remembers at all). She has some assets and Long Term Care coverage. My question is this: What do I do now? Do I bring her to an ALF, have a Plan of Care … read more

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Answers About Alzheimer’s

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Readers,

For this brief entry I’ve put off answering questions once again to get out some great information I’ve just come across. It addresses one of the most popular topics that are frequently tackled by this blog: the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

What I love most about what I’m about to share with you is the sheer simplicity of it. Many times we disengage with information that is for our own good, simply because we find it too complex, it requires too much time and effort to investigate, or it demands too much of us to apply it to … read more

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Laughter, We Can’t Live Without It

Posted by: The Bristal

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Dear Readers,

Laughter is medicine for the mind, body and soul. We all need our daily dosage of giggles, hoots and hollers. What do you do for a good laugh? Act silly with your grandchildren, play with your pet Rover or retell funny stories?

At 90 years young entertainer, Betty White knows a thing or two about laughter and staying young. In her 64 year career she appeared in sitcoms, on game shows and even guest-hosted Saturday Night Live. One of her most recent series is NBC’s “Off Their Rockers.” It’s a hidden camera show starring … read more

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LTC Insurance

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Readers,

Did you know that Long Term Care Insurance will cover some assisted living costs and help with the ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living) at your home? This kind of coverage can be instrumental in protecting your assets, or those of your parents, when urgent or long term care are needed. Check out this link for more information and for a free quote.

http://www.insure.com/articles/longtermcare/8-long-term-care-insurance-myths.html?WT.qs_osrc=fxb-118252710

Regards,
Maryellen McKeon

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Interests Beyond Television for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

Caring for my 83-year-old dad at home continues to be a challenge. Thank goodness, however, his health remains remarkably well. He tends to be a homebody, and that’s okay, but if he prefers not to go out, what can I do to interest him in something other than the television?   -Linnette, Babylon, NY

Dear Sara,

At 83, maybe it’s not such a bad thing that your dad feels more comfortable being at home. Truth is, having him driving around at 83 could cause you even more of a challenge, depending on how healthy, independent and functioning he is. But according … read more

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Tips for Staying Fit In Your Senior Years

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Readers,

As you get older, you’ll probably start to find that things aren’t as easy as they once were. So you have to find routines that work for you. What your friend does with his/her regimen might not be for you; everyone is different. That said, healthy living and fitness are well within your reach. If it helps, think of it as a new adventure; your Golden Years are sure to be full of them. Here is a link to a great article about Senior Fitness and Lifestyle. Exercise and have fun! See you out there.

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Dementia and Your Family

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

My mom has been showing signs of dementia recently. I’m worried that she won’t be as involved with her grandchildren the more her condition progresses. Do you have any thoughts? -Sara, White Plains, NY

Dear Sara,

Dementia is a serious condition and it can be a life-changing factor for your family. This condition will hinder memory and interaction with those around her, but it doesn’t mean she has to be excluded from your family. Your mom can still be involved with her grandchildren. There are activities they can participate in together and this will help her with memory … read more

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