Senior Care Blog

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.

Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Finding gift ideas for seniors who have everything is a challenge, but if you think outside the box, it’s easier than you realize. Here are some tips for coming up with thoughtful and creative gifts that your senior loved ones will appreciate this year.

How to Come up With the Perfect Gift for a Senior

• Be sensitive to your loved one’s individual needs and capabilities. If they’re mobility-challenged, a ski weekend isn’t likely to go over well.

• Be practical. If they have no need to wear a tie, don’t buy them one.

• Be thoughtful. … read more

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What are Warning Signs that Aging Parents Need Help?

Posted by: The Bristal

Most seniors want to live independently as long as they are able, but the time may come when your aging parents need more help. Unfortunately, it’s not always obvious when that time does come.

For example, you may wonder whether a loved one is experiencing memory loss—or simply the normal forgetfulness that occurs with aging. You may wonder if a parent needs to move from home to an assisted living community, or whether some other residential setting might be a better option.

Communicating with your aging parents may also pose a challenge. Many … read more

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Make Memories with These Engaging Family Traditions

Posted by: The Bristal

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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How to Dispose of Medication Safely

Posted by: The Bristal

If your medicine cabinet is full of old, unused and expired medications, it’s time for a clean sweep. That’s because old meds can become less effective, fall into the wrong hands (like the grandchildren’s) or poison a pet. But it’s not a good idea to just toss the pills in the trash or flush them. There are important safeguards you should follow when disposing of medications—to protect yourself, your family and potentially even the environment. (Nobody wants meds in their water supply!) So here’s your quick and simple guide for proper medication disposal.

Option 1: Find a Drop Box

The best … read more

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Memory Books: Telling Your Senior’s Life Story

Posted by: The Bristal

“I wish you had known Mom when she was younger.”

“If only you could have gotten to know Dad before the Alzheimer’s.”

Have you ever said something like this? Sometimes you may feel as if Alzheimer’s or dementia has not only stolen memories but also diminished part of what made your loved one special. You may long for ways to preserve those memories and keep them alive.

One avenue for doing that is creating a “memory book”—a homemade compilation of photos, stories, and mementoes that help tell the life history of a person with dementia. A memory book can help create a … read more

Posted in: Alzheimer’s & Memory Care, Caregiving & Family
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Assistive Technology for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Most of us typically think of the younger generation when the talk turns to new technology products. Baby boomers and even their parents, however, are using high tech solutions to stay connected and maintain independence. As we look ahead, there are greater opportunities on the horizon for technology to support older adults. Self-driving cars and caregiver robots may soon become a reality.

Today’s Technology to Help Seniors

If you are a senior searching for solutions to help you maintain your independence at home or an adult child concerned about a parent’s safety, there are a wide variety of options to consider. From … read more

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Seniors & Driving: Finding the Right Car

Posted by: The Bristal

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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Learning a Musical Instrument: Music Therapy for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

There’s a great deal of research today that suggests that music offers tremendous therapeutic benefit to people in the later stages of their lives. It has a calming, soothing effect that can lift a burdened spirit, whisk one away to a special time that is inextricably tied to a song, or give someone something pure to enjoy simply for the sake of enjoying it. As the saying goes, music soothes the savage beast. What beast? Those nagging pressures of life that stack up and can shadow even the sunniest of dispositions.

But if listening to music is good for seniors, … read more

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Caregiving and Siblings: Tips for Success

Posted by: The Bristal

Working with your siblings to provide care for an aging parent can be challenging. A lack of time, unresolved childhood issues and financial disputes can all raise the level of tension in families. Added to that stress is how difficult it is to witness the decline of a senior loved one. To help adult children navigate through this situation, we assembled a few tips other families found helpful.

Tips for Siblings When an Aging Parent Needs Help

• Conduct a Needs Assessment: Begin by objectively assessing your senior family member’s needs. What personal care activities are they no longer … read more

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Mobility and Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by: The Bristal

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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