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.

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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Stay Safe and Healthy This Winter With These Top Tips

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With a chill in the air and snow blanketing the ground, you can be sure that it’s finally winter. While winter can pose its own challenges, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the season safely, healthily, and enjoyably.

Cold Weather Safety Tips for Seniors

Cold temperatures can be uncomfortable for most people, but dangerous for older adults. Because their bodies may have less fat and lose heat faster than a younger person, it’s important for seniors to keep themselves warm during the winter.

What is hypothermia?

First, know the symptoms of hypothermia, a condition that can occur when a person’s … read more

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5 Fun Day Trip Destinations: Suffolk County

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There’s so much to see and do in the idyllic landscape of Suffolk County, located on the eastern half of Long Island. Accessible within a few hours’ drive or an even shorter train ride from New York City, this place of wide-open spaces and pristine seashores can seem a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

History of Suffolk County, New York

Suffolk County was one of the original counties of New York State and was founded in the mid-1600s. At that time, thick forests covered the island, and it was populated by the Montauk Native … read more

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Chef’s Table: The Bristal at Holtsville’s Josef Mujanovic Shares His Recipe for Cheese Tortellini Francese

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Sometimes, a love of cooking is in our blood. And for Josef Mujanovic, that’s exactly what got him into the kitchen at a young age.

“Growing up, I remember sitting on bags of flour watching my dad cook,” said Mujanovic, food service director at The Bristal at Holtsville. “A lot of my passion for cooking comes from my mom and dad, and their culinary backgrounds have played a significant impact on my success and growth as a chef.”

Mujanovic’s parents owned several restaurants while he was growing up, which spurred him to make his own career move into cooking. He attended … read more

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5 Fun Day Trip Destinations: Nassau County

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Long Island is a place of intriguing opposites — rolling green hills and white sand beaches; colonial charm and modern sensibilities; a world away from it all that’s less than two hours from the biggest city in the U.S.

Long Island isn’t just a retreat for the rich and famous (although it is home to the mansions that collectively inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”), but it has become a destination for those seeking an elegant seaside getaway, cultural events, historic places, and so much more.

If you’re planning an excursion to Nassau County on Long Island, … read more

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Chef’s Table: The Bristal at Lake Grove’s Mark Hain Shares His Recipe For Lobster Risotto

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From working at a country club as a teen, then training under renowned chef Ming Tsai, to his current job at The Bristal at Lake Grove, Mark Hain’s cooking career is as varied as it is impressive.

“My father always said if you want money, you have to go out and make it,” Hain, a Rockville Centre native, said. “I started out in the country club washing dishes. One day the chef called (for help)…I just jumped onto the line and went from there.”

But even before that first job, Hain’s father instilled a love of cooking that went … read more

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Chef’s Table: The Bristal at Garden City’s Mick Gehnrich Shares His Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

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Chefs have many reasons they like to cook: they were inspired by a certain dish, they find it challenging and artistic, they connect cooking with fond memories or people from the past, and so on. All good reasons, but for chef Mick Gehnrich at The Bristal at Garden City, he keeps it simple.

“I love to eat,” he says. “My number one reason why I like to cook is not because I like to cook, but because I like to eat.”

Besides his love of food, his interest in cooking grew from two main childhood memories. One was his … read more

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Discover 5 of Long Island’s Hidden Gems this Fall!

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Nestled into the rich history of Long Island are many hidden gems full of family, friendship, and longevity. Long Island features beautiful shorelines where many travelers stepped foot into America long ago, bringing with them the hopes, dreams, and aspirations which enriched Long Island’s culture, making it home to some of the most highly sought-after destinations in America.

Take a few minutes and journey with us to discover five of Long Island’s valued hidden gems.

1. Mattebella Vineyards

Established in 1640 and covering 22 acres of sloping land, Mattebella Vineyards is found in one of New York’s … read more

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Chef’s Table: The Bristal at West Babylon’s Amanda Ciniglio Shares the Recipe for Her Blueberry Carrot Cake

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Amanda Ciniglio, Director of Food Services at The Bristal at West Babylon, has always loved food and cooking. In fact, the first badge this lifelong Girl Scout received was for cooking. Growing up in an Italian family, a love for food is in Amanda’s blood.

“I learned from my mother, my father, my grandfather, and food was always important in our house,” Amanda says.

Although Amanda makes all types of food at The Bristal at West Babylon, she credits dessert as her favorite to prepare.

“People are happy when they’re eating desserts,” she says. “Dessert kind of brings … read more

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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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