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.

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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Dancing May Improve Brain Health in Seniors

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The intense search for effective Alzheimer’s treatments has uncovered persuasive evidence that performing certain complex tasks may help the brain form new neural pathways that can slow cognitive decline and help ward off dementia. Most of those tasks are mental in nature, such as reading and doing challenging puzzles. However, there is also at least one physical activity that has been shown to help improve brain health: dancing.

Attention first began to focus on dancing with the results of a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2003. It showed that among 11 forms of … read more

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Top Ways to Help Seniors Reduce Stress

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Reducing stress is a major concern for seniors, often even more so for those with a chronic illness or a sedentary lifestyle. When we’re under stress, the brain releases hormones that support our “fight or flight” instincts. It’s a survival mechanism that makes us temporarily stronger and faster. However, “In late life, when the immune system tends to show functional decline, the effects of stress are especially potent. Stress can not only mimic, but also exacerbate the effects of aging,” as revealed in a National Institutes of Health study.

Moreover, seniors who lead an inactive existence, whether by choice … read more

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Tips on How Seniors Can Stay Fit This Summer

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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:

Do aerobics in a pool. You don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer to get enormous benefits from exercising in a pool. In fact, you don’t have to swim at all. For example, the simple act of walking in waste-high water is a great muscle-toning exercise. Many gyms and community organizations offer water exercise classes for seniors.

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How the Tablet May Be Useful for Seniors

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Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to get access to everything the Internet has to offer, from news, videos and music, to e-books, streaming movies and TV shows and video calls to friends and family. For seniors, whether they are familiar with using a computer or new to it, the tablet version of a computer is often a great choice for online activity. Tablets are designed for ease of use and visibility.

Some benefits of a tablet for seniors include:

Portability and light weight. Tablets are easy to use on your lap, on a table, even in bed and can easily … read more

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Ways Seniors Can Make a Difference

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Seniors with abundant free time often find it to be a mixed blessing. Retirement, for example, may be accompanied by a shift in self-identity and leave the retiree at a loss over what to do with all that time. As the Harvard Medical School health blog has observed, retirement ranks among life’s most stressful events.

However, research indicates that staying active and volunteering your time, energy and knowledge to your local community, or to society at large, is an effective way for seniors to retain a sense of purpose and satisfaction, while deriving physical and mental benefits read more

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Ways Seniors Can Reduce the Risk of a Stroke

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The risk of having a stroke increases significantly with age. However, there is a lot that seniors can do to help reduce their risk on an individual basis. In fact, says the National Stroke Association, studies show that 80% of strokes can be prevented. Here are some practical steps seniors can take to lessen their chances of experiencing a stroke.

Don’t smoke. Smoking is the number one risk factor for strokes, according to the Harvard Health Publications/Harvard Medical School. Most strokes are caused by blood clots, and smoking increases the risk of blood clots in several ways, … read more

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