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 to Help an Aging Loved One During a Hospital Stay

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Hospital stays tend to be especially stressful for seniors, who must give up the familiar surroundings of home in exchange for the strange environment of a medical facility. However, there are many things that a senior’s spouse, children or other caregiver can do to reduce the stress and anxiety from an aging loved one’s experience in the hospital.

Here are some helpful tips: For starters, be aware that in recent years, geriatric specialists increasingly have called attention to the phenomenon known as hospital-acquired delirium, a temporary form of mental impairment that may affect seniors in a hospital setting, especially those in … read more

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Ways to Boost Your Energy as a Caregiver

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The physical demands of taking care of a loved one can make the caregiver feel drained of energy at times. The caregiver may even be making the problem worse by practicing eating and lifestyle habits that contribute to the energy drain, or by overlooking opportunities to become more energetic. If you are a caregiver who feels in need of an energy boost, consider the following suggestions:

Eat the proper foods. It is hard to overstate the importance of proper food choices on boosting and maintaining energy levels. For example, while sugary snacks often are intuitive choices for a quick energy boost, … read more

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Tips for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Dementia, a decline in mental ability that can interfere with daily life, has more than 100 forms, but Alzheimer’s disease is by far its most common one. For those caring for people with Alzheimer’s, the symptoms of the disease can sometimes be hard to cope with. The more you know about the behaviors of people with Alzheimer’s, the easier it is to be an effective and affectionate caregiver.

Alzheimer’s causes changes in the anatomy of the brain. The range of symptoms, and the rate at which they progress, vary from person to person. Therefore, it’s … read more

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You Are Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s: What to Do Next

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You’ve just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or, perhaps, someone close to you has been diagnosed, and you’re wondering what to do next. First, you should know that you’re not alone. In the U.S., more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s. Also, there are various ways you can continue to experience a good quality of life with Alzheimer’s, by informing yourself and making some basic changes to day-to-day living.

The benefits of learning about Alzheimer’s

Getting educated about Alzheimer’s is the key first step. It’s important to know the types of signs and symptoms you may … read more

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How the Tablet May Be Useful for Seniors

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Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to get access to everything the Internet has to offer, from news, videos and music, to e-books, streaming movies and TV shows and video calls to friends and family. For seniors, whether they are familiar with using a computer or new to it, the tablet version of a computer is often a great choice for online activity. Tablets are designed for ease of use and visibility.

Some benefits of a tablet for seniors include:

Portability and light weight. Tablets are easy to use on your lap, on a table, even in bed and can easily … read more

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Ways Seniors Can Make a Difference

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Seniors with abundant free time often find it to be a mixed blessing. Retirement, for example, may be accompanied by a shift in self-identity and leave the retiree at a loss over what to do with all that time. As the Harvard Medical School health blog has observed, retirement ranks among life’s most stressful events.

However, research indicates that staying active and volunteering your time, energy and knowledge to your local community, or to society at large, is an effective way for seniors to retain a sense of purpose and satisfaction, while deriving physical and mental benefits read more

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How Caregivers Can Get Better Sleep

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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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Knowing the Alzheimer’s Signs Unrelated to Memory Loss

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Those with Alzheimer’s disease know that the well-recognized sign is memory loss. However, it is not the only sign of the disease. There are non-memory-related Alzheimer’s signs; they can present themselves early and if attended to, can lead to a diagnosis.

Apathy. Often unrecognized, apathy is perhaps the most common behavioral change in a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Apathy presents as a decline in the person’s daily functioning and ability to think, along with an increased reliance on family or friends for care. It is associated with changes in the tissue of the brain. It can be mistaken for … read more

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Ways Seniors Can Reduce the Risk of a Stroke

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The risk of having a stroke increases significantly with age. However, there is a lot that seniors can do to help reduce their risk on an individual basis. In fact, says the National Stroke Association, studies show that 80% of strokes can be prevented. Here are some practical steps seniors can take to lessen their chances of experiencing a stroke.

Don’t smoke. Smoking is the number one risk factor for strokes, according to the Harvard Health Publications/Harvard Medical School. Most strokes are caused by blood clots, and smoking increases the risk of blood clots in several ways, … read more

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Tips to Help Seniors Drive Safely

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In terms of their behavior behind the wheel, seniors tend to be among the safest drivers. As a whole, they observe speed limits, always wear seatbelts and rarely drink or text and drive. Equally important, they have the invaluable benefit of decades of driving experience on the road.

The AAA says “driving safely is a complex and often demanding task, even for an experienced senior driver, but driving challenges do arise.” Many older adults are perfectly capable of driving safely, yet physical and mental changes that often come with aging can affect how well older adults drive. Seniors are … read more

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