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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.

The Bristal at East Northport Named “Caring Super Star of 2018” by Caring.com

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The Bristal at East Northport Honored as “Caring Super Star of 2018” for Excellence in Assisted Living

Positive Consumer Ratings Led to This Industry-Leading Distinction from Caring.com

 

The Bristal at East Northport is pleased to announce it has been selected as a “Caring Super Star of 2018” for service excellence in Assisted Living in three or more years since 2012. In ratings and reviews from family caregivers and older adults themselves, The Bristal at East Northport earned a 5-star consumer rating (the highest possible score) within the last year, while also having a high volume of positive reviews and meeting other qualifying … read more

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Tips for Seniors to Cope with Loneliness

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Loneliness is a challenge we all face at some times of our lives, even when we’re not actually alone. Loneliness can impose an extreme mental and physical burden, taking a large toll on mental well-being, but also on health and longevity as well as the ability to carry on activities of daily living.

According to doctors at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, studies show that persistent loneliness “causes accelerated aging with multiple health consequences.” They add that loneliness is “associated with problematic changes in the cardiovascular, hormonal and immune systems.”

Among the factors that give rise to loneliness in … read more

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Feinstein Institute Teams with The Bristal Assisted Living to Study if Dance Can Slow Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

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The Bristal and The Feinstein Institute are proud of their collaborative work being done at The Bristal at Lake Success. Below is a recent press release from The Feinstein Institute after a recent event to introduce this amazing new dance study.

Clockwise from right: Dance therapist and member of Dr. Peter Davies’ team, Cecilia Fontanesi with The Bristal Assisted Living residents Berte Odnoposoff, Esther Feldman and Phyllis Roth participating in a dance therapy session.

Assisted living residents are spending time on the dance floor to participate in a new study evaluating if dance can help slow the progression of memory … read more

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Downsizing to a New Home: Suggestions for Seniors

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For many seniors, a time comes when it is necessary and beneficial to change the home setting. For some, the need to downsize has to do with finances, for others it may mean going to live in a place where more support is available, or a location that is closer to relatives and friends. No matter the reason, the decision can be a great source of stress.

When it comes down to tackling the task of downsizing to a new residence, the challenges of deciding what to keep, what to give away, sell or discard may be overwhelming. What seems comfortable … read more

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The Bristal Better U Hofstra University Lecture – October 2017

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Halloween: The Witches, Goblins, Ghosts, and Spirits

The Bristal Better U Hofstra University October Lecture was titled “Halloween: The Witches, Goblins, Ghosts, and Spirits” 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 new 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 … read more

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How Alzheimer’s Disease Was Discovered

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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

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Kitchen Safety Tips for Seniors

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The modern kitchen is central to American life, so much so that Julia Child’s actual kitchen from her Massachusetts home is a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. As we get older, however, the kitchen can become an increasingly dangerous place, where a senior’s physical or cognitive impairments inflate the potential for fires, accidents and food-borne illnesses.

Fortunately, there are simple steps that seniors and their loved ones and caregivers can take to help reduce or eliminate the common dangers posed by the kitchen. Here are important kitchen safety tips.

Avoiding kitchen fire hazards:

Do not … read more

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Outdoor Walking Tips for Seniors

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Some 2,400 years ago, the Greek physician Hippocrates said: “That which is used, develops. That which is not used wastes away.” Today, that bit of ancient wisdom is often reflected in a more succinct phrase: “Use it or lose it.” Whichever way one says it, the concept has never lost its validity. In fact, it has become especially relevant to the subject of walking as a means of helping seniors preserve their mobility and overall state of health.

Virtually all medical authorities agree that walking is a vitally important form of exercise for older adults (including those who use a cane … read more

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