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.

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 … 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 … 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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Tips to Help Seniors Drive Safely

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In terms of their behavior behind the wheel, seniors tend to be among the safest drivers. As a whole, they observe speed limits, always wear seatbelts and rarely drink or text and drive. Equally important, they have the invaluable benefit of decades of driving experience on the road.

The AAA says “driving safely is a complex and often demanding task, even for an experienced senior driver, but driving challenges do arise.” Many older adults are perfectly capable of driving safely, yet physical and mental changes that often come with aging can affect how well older adults drive. Seniors are … read more

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Ways Seniors Can Manage Hearing Loss

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As we age, it’s normal to experience some loss of hearing. The National Institutes of Health reports that one in three seniors between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss of various degrees. Over the age of 75, the number rises to nearly one out of two.

Hearing loss can sometimes lead to embarrassment in social situations. However, of far greater importance, are the dangers it may pose. Diminished ability to hear can prevent or delay an individual from hearing warnings or alarms and responding to emergencies. It also may interfere with understanding instructions, including those given … read more

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What Seniors Should Know About Using the Internet

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The viewpoint that seniors are slow to embrace modern communications technology is fading fast. According to the Pew Research Center, six out of ten seniors in the US now use the Internet, and nearly 50% have access to high-speed broadband in their homes. However, the online world still can be daunting for some, and especially for a generation that did not grow up in the Internet age. Here are some general suggestions to help seniors make Internet use more convenient, practical and secure:

Use basic settings that are right for you. At times, accessing the Internet can be frustrating … read more

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Popular Devices that Help Seniors with Hearing Loss

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Seniors who experience moderate hearing loss can often times manage their condition with modest behavioral and lifestyle adjustments. As hearing loss progresses, however, assistive devices may become necessary. In such cases, a variety of devices are available to mitigate hearing loss. Here are the most common ones:

Hearing aids. The electronic hearing aid has come a very long way since its invention in 1898. Originally a clunky device worn around the neck, together with a large battery, the hearing aid has evolved into a small unobtrusive object worn in or behind the ear. Most types are digital – a small computer … read more

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