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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.

Malnutrition Among Senior Citizens

Posted by: The Bristal

Malnutrition among senior citizens is on the rise in the US. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, there were 3.7 million seniors who were diagnosed with malnutrition. A Place for Mom published this thorough list of causes & warning signs to help protect your senior loved ones.

Causes of Malnutrition in Seniors

• Lack of interest in cooking

• Living alone and eating for one

• Changing taste buds

• Medication side-effects that suppress appetite or create bitter tastes

• Restricted diets such as low sodium or low fat diets

• Preferring … read more

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Stress Free Holiday For Your Senior

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Readers,

The holiday season is a time for families and friends to get together and enjoy each other’s company. However, for some senior citizens, holiday gathering can be stressful, confusing and depressing if their physical, mental and emotional needs are not taken into consideration. CareLink.org offers the following tips to make holiday gatherings easier for you and your senior loved one:

Keep family events short. Sometimes it takes a great deal of energy for some senior citizens to get dressed for a family event. By the time they get there, they are already exhausted.
Don’t give your senior too many options … read more

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Common Symptoms Of Depression

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

I’ve been worried about my Mom more than usual these days. My dad died 18 months ago and she lives alone. They were married for 54 years and were rarely apart. I know she is still grieving, but I’m afraid it is more than that. How do I know if this is normal grief or depression?  -Susan B.

Dear Susan,

My condolences on the loss of your father. I’m sure these are still difficult days for your family, especially if you are concerned about your mother too. Distinguishing between grief and depression can be challenging. Grieving follows no timetable, especially … read more

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Intimate Relationships In Individuals with Dementia

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

My 82 year old dad who suffers from diabetes, dementia and other ailments, has been making sexual advances to another resident at the ALF. The female resident has more dementia than dad. The ALF asked my dad to stop after a few weeks or so but he continues. The ALF wants my dad evaluated by a psychiatrist, which is fine with me. I can’t tell if my dad knows what he is doing or not. He says he likes the lady but does not admit that he has made these advances. He says he doesn’t remember. I am … read more

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Kickoff to Veteran’s Day Weekend in East Meadow

Posted by: The Bristal

To kick off Veteran’s Day Weekend, residents of the Bristal at East Meadow attended a Veteran’s Day Tribute Dinner at Kellenberg High School. A number of our very own veterans were recognized and presented with certificates at the dinner. It was a lovely event, and we were so glad to have some of our residents, who served our country, be honored.

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