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.

Learning New Skills Can Help Fight Memory Loss

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Although there is no fail-safe way to prevent memory loss, there are steps that you can take to keep your mind active. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “mentally challenging activities, such as learning a new skill, adopting a new hobby or engaging in formal education, may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.”

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

In recent years, scientists have discovered that learning new skills is especially helpful in the fight against memory loss. As cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman explained in a 2014 NPR broadcast, the process of learning new skills strengthens … read more

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Ten Ways to Protect Senior Citizens from Scams

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According to a recent survey referenced in AARP’s Bulletin for January-February 2016, American senior citizens lose an aggregate $12.76 billion a year to criminal fraud. Clearly, scammers are having success in targeting the elderly. There are many steps you can take, however, to protect yourself and senior family members from becoming marks. Below are ten suggestions:

1. Sign up to receive AARP’s free Watchdog Alerts.These email alerts arm you with information about the latest scams so you can be on guard.
2. Use Caller ID. Do not answer calls from unknown or unidentified numbers. Some scammers … read more

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30 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness That Will Make You Smile

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Did you know that there is a designated Random Acts of Kindness Week, and that it is coming up soon?  This year, it takes place from February 14th to February 20th. Therefore, it seems like a good time to think about random acts of kindness to perform, not only during this particular week, but also throughout the year.

Below are 30 random acts of kindness ideas that will make you smile and help others:

1. Volunteer to serve a meal at a soup kitchen.
2. Visit a house-bound relative or friend.
3. Send a present or flowers to someone when … read more

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Winter Safety Tips for Senior Citizens

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Planning and preparing for the winter months is one of the best ways to prevent an injury or illness. Senior citizens are at increased risk for a variety of problems ranging from depression to hypothermia, slip and fall accidents or vitamin D deficiency. As the new year begins, these tips can help keep you and the senior you love safe.

Avoid Winter Slip and Fall Accidents

The ice and snow that winter brings can be especially hazardous for older adults who may be a little less steady on their feet. A few of the best ways to prevent falls include:

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5 Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

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How many New Year’s resolutions have you made over the years? How many have you kept? If you are like most people, the second number is much lower than the first. For some people, the second number is zero.

Don’t be discouraged if you have failed to keep resolutions in the past, this is a new year. You can increase your chances of success if you adopt one or more of the five methods below:

Methods of Resolution-Keeping

1. Keep a Diary. Write down your resolutions, and compose a daily diary of your progress in keeping them. This will … read more

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Make Memories with These Engaging Family Traditions

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At this time of year, many people are finalizing plans to celebrate holidays with family members. Travel arrangements are, naturally, a focus of our attention, but plans for creating or continuing family traditions during the upcoming gatherings are equally important.

Traditions, which encompass the passing of customs, stories and beliefs from generation to generation, make family gatherings especially memorable and strengthen feelings of kinship. For the young, traditions provide a sense of love and belonging that can result in the formation of fond memories lasting a lifetime. For the old, they provide a sense of continuity. For those in … read more

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Office Exercise: Add More Activity to Your Workday

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If you’re still working part- or full-time you might be struggling to fit exercise into your already busy schedule. Besides making time to work out before or after work and tackling more physical activity on your off days, there are other ways to nab more physical fitness—even throughout your workday.

Get More Exercise During Your Workday

• Always take the stairs instead of the elevator.

• Take a walk or hit the gym during your lunch break. Try to get a co-worker buddy to engage with you to keep you on track.

• Instead of picking up … read more

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Safety Tips to Remember when Exercising

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If you’ve started exercising and taking part in outdoor activities, it’s important to remember to take safety seriously. Whether you walk, hike, swim or bike, participate safely. Here are some tips to remember.

Keep Your Environment Safe

• Take an ID and cellphone with you when exercising outdoors.

• Keep headphone volume turned low so you can hear someone approach from behind.

• Tell others where you’re going and when you’ll be back.

• Alter your bicycling or walking times or routes occasionally so as not to be predictable to criminals.

• Avoid working out … read more

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Get Fit with Everyday Activity

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Although you might be plenty busy with volunteer work, social activities and hobbies, seize every opportunity you can to be physically active. Include hobbies like golf or swimming. Take advantage of the times you can walk more distance, like parking farther away at the grocery store or, if your mailbox is down the street, trekking to it instead of driving. These everyday activities can help you get fit.

If you have a dog, go for longer walks, play catch in the yard or hike the local trails with your canine companion. Keep safety in mind when participating in outdoor activities, … read more

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Exercise: Get Started and Make a Plan

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If you’re just starting an exercise plan or coming back after a hiatus, you’ll want to assess your fitness levels so you’ll know where to begin. Having a baseline of information can help you figure out where to start. Of course, get medical clearance from your doctor before embarking on any exercise plan.

If you’re recently back from illness, injury or vacation, start slow and build up. Don’t be too hard on yourself for losing ground, just get back to your activities starting at a comfortable level. Believe in your abilities!

First up, answer the following three questions to see where … read more

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