Articles tagged with: Nutrition

Chef’s Table: The Bristal at Holtsville’s Josef Mujanovic Shares His Recipe for Cheese Tortellini Francese

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Sometimes, a love of cooking is in our blood. And for Josef Mujanovic, that’s exactly what got him into the kitchen at a young age.

“Growing up, I remember sitting on bags of flour watching my dad cook,” said Mujanovic, food service director at The Bristal at Holtsville. “A lot of my passion for cooking comes from my mom and dad, and their culinary backgrounds have played a significant impact on my success and growth as a chef.”

Mujanovic’s parents owned several restaurants while he was growing up, which spurred him to make his own career move into cooking. He attended … read more

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Chef’s Table: The Bristal at West Babylon’s Amanda Ciniglio Shares the Recipe for Her Blueberry Carrot Cake

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Amanda Ciniglio, Director of Food Services at The Bristal at West Babylon, has always loved food and cooking. In fact, the first badge this lifelong Girl Scout received was for cooking. Growing up in an Italian family, a love for food is in Amanda’s blood.

“I learned from my mother, my father, my grandfather, and food was always important in our house,” Amanda says.

Although Amanda makes all types of food at The Bristal at West Babylon, she credits dessert as her favorite to prepare.

“People are happy when they’re eating desserts,” she says. “Dessert kind of brings … read more

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Tips for Seniors to Have a Healthier Thanksgiving

Posted by: The Bristal

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to be surrounded by family, friends and scrumptious food. Though, the holiday can present some dinner-table challenges for seniors because aging is frequently associated with a decrease in taste and smell, and their bodies do not metabolize foods the way they did when they were younger. While it is important for everyone to follow a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains, seniors need to be especially mindful of their salt, fat and calorie intake. Here are some tips to help you have a healthier Thanksgiving.

Eat Breakfast & Lunch. It is … read more

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Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia: Boost Brain Health

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Like the rest of your body, your lifestyle influences the health of your brain. Maintaining a brain-healthy lifestyle may lower the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. It could contribute to the prevention of symptoms, slow down the progression or even reverse the process of dementia-related deterioration.

Physical Activity

Aerobic exercise (e.g. walking 30 minutes a day, five times per week) can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 50 percent.

Brain scans at the start and end of a year-long study of 120 older adults … read more

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The Bristal Donates Thousands of Dollars

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This season, The Bristal donated thousands of dollars to three important charities as a result of so many people sharing and Liking our Pay-It-Forward Facebook posts. Click to read about our Pay It Forward Campaign.

The Arthritis Foundation and The National Parkinson Foundation participated by Liking and sharing The Bristal posts with their own Fans on Facebook, boosting our Likes and increasing the ultimate donations.

The Bristal made the following donations in the wake of this effort. The base amounts were calculated at one dollar per Post Like to each organization below… and then some.

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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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Eating Healthy as You Age: How to be a Smart Shopper

Posted by: The Bristal

As we age, the types and amounts of vitamins, minerals and nutrients our body requires to maintain a healthy lifestyle change. For older adults, that means adapting dietary choices to meet these changes. Most seniors require more vitamin D, vitamin B12, calcium and iron, but fewer overall calories. Experts agree that one of the keys to aging well is for older adults to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. To accomplish that, seniors need to learn how to be smart food shoppers. That includes:

• Planning meals ahead of time

• Creating a shopping list

• Understanding how … read more

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The Bristal Raises Funds for Meals On Wheels

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The Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) represents Senior Nutrition Program member organizations in all 50 states and U.S. Territories. Together these community-based organizations serve one million meals to seniors each day. Some meals are provided through senior centers and others are delivered directly to the homes of older adults across the country. Two million volunteers work hand-in-hand with thousands of employees to make this all happen every day.

Sadly, these efforts are not enough. The threat of hunger looms large for one in six seniors in the United States. Between 2001 and 2011, the risk for senior hunger … read more

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Tips for Cutting Back On Salt

Posted by: The Bristal

Too much salt can cause high blood pressure and lead to heart disease.

The average American gets about 3.4 grams of sodium every day, far more than the 2.3 grams recommended by the USDA or the 1.5 grams recommended by the American Heart Association. The institute of Medicine estimates that reducing sodium intake nationwide could prevent 100,000 deaths every year. Cutting back on salt might take a little getting used to, but your health is worth it.

AARP recommends these sodium-cutting tips:

•  Introduce additional flavor to your foods with herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, basil, pepper, … read more

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Anorexia in the Elderly

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Dear Readers,

I would like to make you aware of a little known fact regarding one particularly dangerous risk associated with growing old: anorexia — or, more specifically, as it is known: “the anorexia of aging.” The fact that you are witnessing your aging mom or dad slimming down more than usual might simply be due to normal metabolic and behavioral changes that come with getting older. But sometimes, it’s something more.

Studies show that roughly two-thirds of long-term care residents over the age of 65 experience unintended weight loss. That’s a pretty significant number. And this puts residents at higher risk … read more

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Can Apple Juice Cure Anxiety?

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Apples & Anixety

Dear Readers,

According to a study published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia, apple juice could help reduce anxiety, agitation and delusions in people with moderate-to-advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Investigators found a 27% improvement in symptoms when nursing home residents were given a four-ounce glass of apple juice twice a day for one month. Researchers believe fruits and vegetables help delay the disease’s onset and progression.

Regards,
Maryellen McKeon

Source: McKnight’s Long Term Care News, 07/10; Vol.31; No.7

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