The Bristal Assisted Living Blog

The Bristal Assisted Living Blog is a guide for seniors and caregivers. We offer information geared towards helping you remain active, healthy and happy and provide valuable resources to determine if and how to initiate the assisted living process. Access our resources here to see what our assisted living communities around Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey have to offer.

How Games May Benefit People Living with Dementia

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Games – who doesn’t love them? From our earliest years, we learn, socialize and expand our knowledge of the world by playing all kinds of games: card games, board games, word games, games of chance and many others.

Game-playing is a mentally stimulating activity, and evidence exists that such mentally-stimulating activities can have a positive impact on older adults suffering from dementia.

Let’s take a look at the many ways that games have been found to have value, making the lives of older adults with dementia more fun, engaging and healthy.

Evidence that game-playing is associated with healthier brains

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Posted in: Alzheimer’s & Memory Care
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Dementia: Safety Tips for Different Settings

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Caring for a loved one with dementia requires both an understanding of the unique challenges posed by the disease and a plan to maximize safety and security on a day-to-day basis. Here are some tips that can enhance safety in a variety of settings:

Prevent falls in the bathroom. As indicated in the Alzheimer’s Association’s article, Staying Safe: Steps to Take for a Person with Dementia, “most accidents in the home occur during daily activities such as eating, bathing, and using the restroom.” To create a safer bathroom, attach textured stickers to slippery surfaces and secure throw rugs … read more

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The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Seniors

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Most people associate the term “physical therapy” with recovery from serious injury or with alleviating the effects of a chronic ailment. Physical therapy (or PT), however, also can be an effective and versatile tool for helping to prevent injury, especially for seniors. For example, as we age, muscles tend to weaken, bones become more brittle, and a host of conditions may negatively affect our balance – all of which makes older adults more vulnerable to falls and serious injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the number one cause of injury among … read more

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100th Birthday in Woodcliff Lake

Posted by: Allie Miller

We held a very special event here in Woodcliff Lake today! Resident Sylvia Whitney, born on April 1, 1918, celebrated her 100th birthday with everyone from her friends and family to the local elected officials. Sylvia was the ninth resident to move into The Bristal at Woodcliff Lake when they opened five years ago! Mother of two, grandmother of five, and great-grandmother of ten, Sylvia continues to live a beautiful life. Among the people there to honor her were Councilwoman Nancy Gross, Councilwoman Kristy Herrington, Councilman Corrado Belgiovine, and State Senator Jerry Cardinale. Sylvia was surrounded by pictures of her … read more

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Helping a Loved One Quit Smoking

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Given the multitude of ways in which smoking can harm a person, helping a loved one quit smoking could very well be a life-saving achievement, but do not expect an easy task. The Harvard Medical School notes that only about six percent of smokers who try to quit the habit for the first time succeed at being smoke free for more than a month, and on average, it takes five to seven attempts before the smoker quits for good. Therefore, neither you nor your loved one should ever lose heart because of relapses. Success comes with perseverance.

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Best of Assisted Living and Best of Senior Living Awards from SeniorAdvisor.com

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The Bristal at Westbury, The Bristal at Holtsville, The Bristal at Lynbrook and The Bristal at Lake Success All Receive 2018 Awards from SeniorAdvisor.com

We are honored to have four of our locations recognized by SeniorAdvisor.com as 2018 award recipients: The Bristal Assisted Living at Westbury, The Bristal Assisted Living at Holtsville, and The Bristal Assisted Living at Lynbrook have received 2018 Best of Assisted Living Awards, and The Bristal at Lake Success, our first community exclusively dedicated to memory care, has received the 2018 Best of Senior Living Award. We are truly grateful to our residents and their families who … read more

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The Bristal Better U Hofstra University Lecture – December 2017

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The Holiday Season Goes Global

The Bristal Better U Hofstra University December Lecture titled “The Holiday Season Goes Global” was presented by Hofstra University Continuing Education faculty member, Dr. Ronald Brown.

Developed in conjunction with Hofstra University Continuing Education and Pace University, The Bristal Better U is an exciting lifelong learning and personal enrichment program that we offer here at The Bristal. This innovative distance learning program is completely voluntary, it is structured in flexible and easily accessible ways, and as the name implies, it’s a great way for our residents to continue exploring, learning and engaging in the fascinating world around … read more

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