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Our Senior Care Blog is dedicated to helping seniors maintain good health. The Bristal Assisted Living is committed to all focuses of senior care, including independent living, assisted living and those with Alzheimers Disease and other cognitive disorders. Find out all you need to know about senior care by reading our senior care blog for the most up to date information.

Our Sleep Services in Dementia Care

Posted by: Kate Schneider, Reflections Programming Specialist

When you are the caregiver for a loved one diagnosed with dementia, it can be an emotional and sometimes stressful experience. You may be seeing instances where your parent may not recognize you at times or just aren’t acting like they always did. Then at night, you may see another set of challenges.

Confusion and Other Sleep Disturbances

Sleep disturbances can be common in individuals showing signs of memory loss or who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. Your parent may wake up confused, such as in the middle of the night and believe it is time … read more

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How Alzheimer’s Disease Was Discovered

Posted by: The Bristal

The neurodegenerative disease we call Alzheimer’s is named for the German physician Alois Alzheimer, who first identified and described it more than a hundred years ago.

In 1901, Dr. Alzheimer, grief-stricken because of the recent death of his wife, plunged himself into clinical work with extraordinary fervor. To divert his mind from sorrow, he began personally examining all new patients admitted to his Frankfurt-based hospital at length, compiling extensive documentation on their conditions and prognoses.

Among the patient examined by Dr. Alzheimer was Auguste Deter, a 50-year-old woman experiencing memory loss, suspicion, agitation and other extreme psychological problems.  After … read more

Posted in: Alzheimer’s & Memory Care, Senior Care
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How Caregivers Can Get Better Sleep

Posted by: The Bristal

Providing care for a loved one can be stressful, and frequently results in sleep deprivation for the caregiver. This can endanger the caregiver’s health and possibly impair the level of care that he or she provides. Therefore, it is extremely important to take steps that can help the caregiver get better sleep.

The reasons for sleep deprivation are numerous, and may include factors such as anxiety about what lies ahead for your loved one, worry about financial strains, feelings of guilt or inadequacy in dealing with your loved one’s condition, and, of course, the sheer strain of dealing with day-to-day physical … read more

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Ways to Help Seniors Prevent Future Back Pain

Posted by: The Bristal

By some estimates, up to 50 percent of seniors suffer from chronic back pain. In fact, back pain is the “most prevalent health condition in older adults that leads to functional limitations and disability,” according to a study published in the Journal of Pain Research. Although many medical factors may contribute to the prevalence of painful back conditions, an individual can take steps to help avoid pain in the future. Here are some tips to consider:

Good posture is very important. Good posture, even while seated, is all but indispensable to preventing (or alleviating) back pain. The basic idea … read more

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Your Loved One Has Behavioral Changes: Tips for Caregiving

Posted by: The Bristal

A person with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can experience varying symptoms, including declines in memory, language skills, and thinking and reasoning capabilities. The Alzheimer’s Association says as Alzheimer’s and other dementias progress, behaviors change. The behavioral changes may include, but are not limited to, social withdrawal, depression, anxiety, combativeness, apathy, sleep disturbances, inappropriate actions, wandering and mood changes. These new behaviors can have an impact on caregiving.

There are ways that caregivers can help manage their loved one’s changing behaviors. Here are some suggestions to consider.

Divert Aggressiveness. The Alzheimer’s Association says if your loved one demonstrates … read more

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Helping a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Experience the Benefits of Staying Active

Posted by: The Bristal

Evidence has been accumulating for some time that physical and mental exercise may help slow or reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s. While researchers continue to try to draw direct and conclusive results based on this evidence, it is still beneficial to encourage a loved one with Alzheimer’s to stay active. Maintaining activity and interests may help invoke a feeling of purpose. Arranging activities with a goal can further heighten that sense of accomplishment. Some examples might include: grocery shopping while checking off a list, tending a garden and harvesting fresh vegetables from it, cooking or baking a favorite recipe together, … read more

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A Look at Senior Eye Health

Posted by: The Bristal

As we age, it is natural for vision changes to occur. As a result, some people may struggle to see as clearly as they did when they were younger. Regular eye exams by an ophthalmologist help keep eyes healthy by uncovering certain conditions that can seriously impair sight, including the following:

Cataracts. Cloudy areas in the lens of the eye, cataracts usually form slowly. Some may become large or thick and impair vision. In these cases, the cataracts can usually be removed by surgery.
Dry Eye. This condition occurs when tear glands do not produce enough tears. It can cause itching, burning … read more

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