Lifestyle Blog

The Bristal Assisted Living can appreciate how important it is for seniors to maintain their lifestyles. Healthy socialization, active lifestyles and stimulating activities are all vital sources for seniors to maintain their lifestyles. Our Lifestyle Blog is geared towards helping you remain active, healthy and happy for many years to come.

Wellness Apps for Smartphones to Improve Your Health and Fitness

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Are you a senior with a smartphone? You’re not alone! In fact, 67 percent of Baby Boomers (54 to 72) and 30 percent of the Silent Generation (73 to 90) own smartphones, according to Pew Research Center. And those numbers are only growing!

Whether you prefer to play games or keep up with friends and family, your smartphone is a helpful device for all aspects of your life. For example, if you’re looking to get healthier, there are a variety of health and fitness apps available to you. To help you discover the best one … read more

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Stay Healthy This Summer With These 14 Tips for Seniors

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With longer days and cool nights, summertime brings plenty of opportunities for older adults to enjoy the outdoors. We’ve put together a list of summer activities and precautions to consider in order to you stay safe and healthy while you’re enjoying everything summer has to offer!

5 Ways Seniors Can Stay Healthy This Summer

While staying fit should be a prime objective for seniors all year round, there is no denying that warm weather allows for a range of outdoor activities that can make daily fitness more fun in the summer. Here are some of them:

1. Do aerobics in a pool

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Ways to Stay Connected with Old and New Friends

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Social isolation may be unhealthy for seniors. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), “Several research studies have shown a strong correlation between social interaction and health and well-being among older adults…” Social isolation “may have significant adverse effects for older adults,” says the NIA.

Many seniors seem to be aware of this link. A survey conducted by the National Council on Aging, in cooperation with United Healthcare, revealed that a majority of seniors consider remaining close to friends and family a greater concern than financial independence.

As we get older, however, circumstances sometimes make it difficult … read more

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Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Older Adults

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Every day, some 10,000 people in the U.S. turn 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “The population of older Americans is growing and living longer than ever,” the CDC says. “As a group, they are living active lives and contributing to the economy.”

That’s great news for seniors as a whole. On an individual basis, however, it’s up to each older adult to embrace habits that promote good quality of life to enhance those extra years. Here is a list of essential lifestyle behaviors to help achieve that goal.

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The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Seniors

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Most people associate the term “physical therapy” with recovery from serious injury or with alleviating the effects of a chronic ailment. Physical therapy (or PT), however, also can be an effective and versatile tool for helping to prevent injury, especially for seniors. For example, as we age, muscles tend to weaken, bones become more brittle, and a host of conditions may negatively affect our balance – all of which makes older adults more vulnerable to falls and serious injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the number one cause of injury among … read more

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Helping a Loved One Quit Smoking

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Given the multitude of ways in which smoking can harm a person, helping a loved one quit smoking could very well be a life-saving achievement, but do not expect an easy task. The Harvard Medical School notes that only about six percent of smokers who try to quit the habit for the first time succeed at being smoke free for more than a month, and on average, it takes five to seven attempts before the smoker quits for good. Therefore, neither you nor your loved one should ever lose heart because of relapses. Success comes with perseverance.

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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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Downsizing to a New Home: Suggestions for Seniors

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For many seniors, a time comes when it is necessary and beneficial to change the home setting. For some, the need to downsize has to do with finances, for others it may mean going to live in a place where more support is available, or a location that is closer to relatives and friends. No matter the reason, the decision can be a great source of stress.

When it comes down to tackling the task of downsizing to a new residence, the challenges of deciding what to keep, what to give away, sell or discard may be overwhelming. What seems comfortable … read more

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Kitchen Safety Tips for Seniors

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The modern kitchen is central to American life, so much so that Julia Child’s actual kitchen from her Massachusetts home is a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. As we get older, however, the kitchen can become an increasingly dangerous place, where a senior’s physical or cognitive impairments inflate the potential for fires, accidents and food-borne illnesses.

Fortunately, there are simple steps that seniors and their loved ones and caregivers can take to help reduce or eliminate the common dangers posed by the kitchen. Here are important kitchen safety tips.

Avoiding kitchen fire hazards:

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Outdoor Walking Tips for Seniors

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Some 2,400 years ago, the Greek physician Hippocrates said: “That which is used, develops. That which is not used wastes away.” Today, that bit of ancient wisdom is often reflected in a more succinct phrase: “Use it or lose it.” Whichever way one says it, the concept has never lost its validity. In fact, it has become especially relevant to the subject of walking as a means of helping seniors preserve their mobility and overall state of health.

Virtually all medical authorities agree that walking is a vitally important form of exercise for older adults (including those who use a cane … read more

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