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.

Celebrate Active Aging: First Annual Go4Life Month

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Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to encourage adults over 50 to incorporate exercise and physical activity into their lives. The federal campaign is based on research which shows that exercise helps people remain healthy, stay independent and prevent chronic conditions that may come with age.

The campaign provides exercises, success stories and free materials to motivate seniors to add more physical activity to their everyday lives. Research shows that adults become less active as they age. (Surprisingly, only about 30 percent of people 45-64 … read more

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Working Baby Boomers: Staying Relevant

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If you’re part of the growing segment of working baby boomers, you already know you bring value and skill sets to the workforce. Finally, the rest of corporate America has caught on. A new AARP report, A Business Case for Workers Age 50+: A Look at the Value of Experience 2015, conducted by Aon Hewitt and based on data from large employers, found companies favor hiring older employees.

Workers over 50 are a growing segment of the workforce: About 35 percent of U.S. labor force participants will be age 50-plus in 2022. This compares to just 25 percent in 2002.

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Seniors & Driving: Finding the Right Car

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Most people associate driving with independence. Being able to drive independently is how we get from place to place and stay connected with family, friends and our community. But aging creates undeniable physical changes. Some of which may make driving a little more challenging. Reduced range of motion and vision impairments are two common examples.

In many respects, seniors are considered to be among the safest drivers on the road. They tend to wear their seatbelts in greater numbers, rarely drink and drive, and are more likely to obey speed limits. What puts them at greater risk, however, is they … read more

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Do You Meditate? Your Brain May Be Younger Than You Think

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Back in the ‘70s, the only people touting meditation were the hippies. Ah, how times have changed. Not only do a lot of people practice some type of mindful meditation today, but new science is showing us just how meditation actually helps. A study in the journal Frontiers of Psychology reports that the brains of meditators decline less with age than the brains of those who don’t meditate.

That’s good news for people who’ve been chanting “Ohm” for a while now, but even better is that it’s not too late to begin a meditation practice that not only might reduce … read more

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Seven Hiking Tips for Active Seniors

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Since June is National Great Outdoors Month, there’s no better time to get outside in the gorgeous weather and get some exercise. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found seniors who walk at least four hours a week reduce their risk of being hospitalized due to cardiovascular problems. And that’s just one perk.

There are many other health benefits: increased endurance, improved balance, a lower risk of heart disease, better blood pressure; you’ll even sleep better at night, have more energy during the day and improve your mood. So what are you waiting … read more

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Better Cognitive Performance in the Morning

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“The early bird catches the worm.” Apparently, this is as true for aging adults as it is for youngsters who hear it all the time. In a recent study coming out of the University of Oregon in Eugene, older adults are able to overcome distractions and perform more challenging cognitive tasks in the morning, researchers suggest.

When tested in the morning, a period when alertness appears to peak, seniors in the study group were able to activate the same brain regions that control focus and attention to levels that rivaled 19 to 30 year-olds. “The brain of an older adult … read more

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Mobility and Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is officially classified as a movement disorder that causes problems with both controlling and initiating movement. Among the challenges someone living with PD faces is muscle rigidity, balance problems, shuffling gait, slowed movement, and an inability to control smooth muscle functions. The tremors and shaking we commonly associate with the disease are caused by this loss of control.

While there is unfortunately no cure for Parkinson’s disease, lifestyle changes, medication and adaptive equipment can help manage the symptoms.

Exercise is Critical to Managing Parkinson’s

Getting regular exercise is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and daily … read more

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10 Benefits of Joining a Book Club

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Like to read? Enjoy a good discussion? Know a group of people who feel the same way? Why not start a book club, or join an existing group? You’d be surprised at the many advantages that come with belonging to an active enclave of readers.

Here are just a few benefits we came across in Senior Living Magazine.

1. Community
As a member of an active book club, you’ll be more prone to reading, and to sharing thoughts about what you’ve read with new and long-time friends. These will be people who are, literally, on the same page. Plus, it’s a great … read more

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Productive Inspiration: What the World Needs Now!

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As times grow increasingly challenging, and as a 24-hour cable news cycle fills the airwaves non-stop with often less-than-encouraging reports, it can all become rather overwhelming for us mere mortals to quite literally keep our chins up. And if it is difficult for us to keep our spirits up, imagine how much more demanding it becomes for seniors facing the same. What the world needs is a little inspiration, and we can find it in completing simple tasks everyday or by finally jumpstarting that personal goal.

How can we inspire ourselves to be more productive despite the exhausting realities we face … read more

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Exercise Can Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

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What if it were true that exercise could halt or diminish the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?

Would you add it to your regimen? Would you encourage loved ones to do the same?

As reported by The Washington Post online, proof is steadily mounting that physical activity can help hold off the changes in the brain that are commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and maybe even the debilitating symptoms themselves. The latest findings come from researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The study followed 317 late-middle aged adults and found that those who exercised five times … read more

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