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.

National Assisted Living Week® 2016 Promotes the Use of Technology

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National Assisted Living Week®, which will be held from September 11th – September 17th this year, will provide an opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff members, volunteers and others to recognize the important role of assisted living as it relates to senior citizens and people with disabilities. Established by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995, this annual celebration encourages assisted living communities to offer activities and programs for residents and to educate the general public about long-term care.

NCAL has announced that this year’s theme is “Keep Connected.” Its purpose is to raise awareness of the advantages of … read more

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Ways to Celebrate National Grandparents Day on Sept. 11th

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National Grandparents Day is a holiday to pay tribute to the special relationship many have with their grandparents. The origin of this day goes back to 1970, when Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia, launched a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. In 1978, the United States Congress passed legislation, signed by President Jimmy Carter, proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.

Even though grandchildren and grandparents are generations apart, there are many ways to celebrate together. If you’re unable to celebrate together, there are still plenty of ways grandparents can be … read more

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How a New Study Links Exercise to Brain Health

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Many of us may have heard that exercise can have a positive effect on brain health, but exactly how muscle activity is linked to memory has been relatively unknown. Now, researchers have found that a protein produced by muscles during exercise called “cathepsin B” is part of the answer. A team of scientists in the U.S. and Germany recently reported in Cell Metabolism that levels of cathepsin B are positively connected with fitness and memory.

Research was conducted on mice, monkeys and human participants. The findings showed that when muscles move they produce cathepsin B, which travels to the … read more

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Thinking Positively About Aging: Could It Be the Secret to Longevity?

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Positive thinking is a mental and emotional commitment to focusing on the bright side of life and fostering optimism. Sometimes, this mental attitude is used as a practice to get favorable results in return. Researchers have found connections between positive thinking and lower rates of depression, reduced levels of distress, better psychological and physical well-being and even greater resistance to the common cold. So, could thinking positively about aging influence longevity?

The Study: Self-Perception and Aging

In a community-based survey conducted by researcher Becca Levy and published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, … read more

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The Importance of Staying Hydrated for Seniors

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Dehydration occurs when a person uses or loses more fluid than is consumed, and the body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. It is especially important that seniors pay attention to keeping hydrated since it can lead to delirium, infections or worse. Staying hydrated for seniors can be simple and may help prevent the need to go to the hospital.

Dehydration and Seniors

There are many factors which determine how much of our bodies are made up of water, such as gender, weight and percentage of body fat. But, in general, as we … read more

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Important Travel Tips for People with Hearing Loss

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With summer upon us, some of us are planning a vacation that requires a certain level of travel. Whether by plane, train, car, bus or even ship, traveling can be a stressful experience, and it can be even more challenging when you or a loved one experiences hearing loss or other hearing problems. So, it is helpful if you are prepared while away from daily comforts.

Here are some valuable travel tips from the AARP that may help make you and your loved one’s travel and vacation as smooth and enjoyable as possible:

• Make a … read more

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7 Tips for Longevity Backed by Research

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Few segments of the American population are growing faster than centenarians. By 2040, the current U.S. centenarian population of 84,000 (which includes The Bristal at Armonk resident, Marian Henry, who recently celebrated her 107th birthday) is expected to reach 580,000 – a seven-fold increase. With more people living into the triple-digits than ever before, the dream of living longer and aging healthier is alive and well for the active senior. We collected research from the latest studies to bring you seven tips for longevity.

1. Eat a healthy diet.

Experts agree that one of … read more

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Benefits of Creative Activities for Senior Citizens

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You are probably aware that a good diet and regular physical exercise improve the potential for healthy aging. You might not realize, however, that engagement in creative activities can also play an important role.

There is scientific support for this claim. Gene D. Cohen, MD, PhD, the late founder of The Center on Aging, Health & Humanities at George Washington University, was one of the foremost researchers on the benefits of creative activities for senior citizens and aging. He discovered that:

Creativity reinforces essential connections between brain cells, including those responsible for memory.

Creativity strengthens … read more

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Tips for Decluttering and Downsizing

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Decluttering and downsizing can be difficult for some people. We tend to become sentimentally attached to objects we have acquired over the years, so naturally we dislike the prospect of giving or throwing these objects away. For seniors who feel these kinds of emotions, preparation for a move to assisted living or selling a house can be challenging. If you follow the 10 tips to declutter below, however, the process can be much easier for you or your loved one.

How to declutter and downsize – best practices:

1. Start now. The earlier you start, the better prepared … read more

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Movies to Make You Laugh for National Humor Month

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April showers bring May flowers, and also laughs, since April is National Humor Month. Laughter can help relieve stress, boost morale and enrich your life, so humor is a goal well worth pursuing.

How do you manage this, though, if you’re stuck inside because of those April showers? Spending time watching a funny movie is one way to add some laughter to your day. Below are 10 movies guaranteed to make you giggle, along with links to their trailers:

1. Some Like it Hot. This classic comedy appeals to far more than “some.” Watch Tony Curtis and Jack … read more

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