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The Bristal Assisted Living: The Dear Maryellen Blog is designed to give you first-hand guidance from our Senior Vice President of Operations., Maryellen McKeon.
Testimonial From The Selig Family
2019-05-13 13:59
We began our search for assisted living earlier this year, and, when we arrived at your White Plains location, we knew we had found the right place. Not only was it beautiful to the eye, but… Read More
Tips For Preventing, Coping With Sundowning
2018-10-22 15:16
Sundown syndrome is a state of confusion affecting people with dementia that occurs in the late afternoon into the night. Sundowning can cause confusion, anxiety, and aggression, as well as… Read More
Testimonial From Residents Ellen And Mike
2018-08-20 15:58
We extend our most heartfelt thanks to you and the others who made possible a lovely celebration for our anniversary. It required a great deal of effort and interest and good feeling and we… Read More
Testimonial From Cheryl Auerbach
2018-08-02 13:44
I continue to be grateful to you and your staff for making Mike's life the best it can be. He wakes up each morning with enthusiasm as he looks forward to the events of the day at The Brista… Read More
Testimonial From Dawn
2018-05-17 17:15
The entire team at The Bristal Sayville made Mom feel welcome from Day 1, as did several residents - some of who live on the same floor as Mom- they promised me they would come by and they d… Read More
Testimonial From Resident Faith
2018-05-12 21:07
Our sincerest appreciation to you and the members of your staff for a most beautiful and memorable Mother and Daughter Tea on May 10, 2018. The servers were helpful and gracious. The food va… Read More
Healthy Lifestyle Tips For Older Adults
2018-05-10 19:11
Every day, some 10,000 people in the U.S. turn 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “The population of older Americans is growing and living longer th… Read More
Helping A Loved One Quit Smoking
2018-02-12 16:00
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 Med… Read More
Testimonial From Joyce Mandato
2018-01-09 22:10
The Bristal at Sayville is not only beautiful and immaculate, but it provides a caring, professional atmosphere. The directors, medical team, front desk, care aides, recreation staff as well… Read More
2017-10-01 18:33
I can’t tell you how relieved we feel and look forward to the future and many more good years. I must say you have a first class operation with every detail covered. I have and always… Read More
2017-08-15 13:00
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. A… Read More
2017-08-08 14:00
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 M… Read More
2017-08-04 15:35
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 reflect… Read More
2017-07-27 16:03
People with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia can find themselves gradually closed off from the world due to increasing cognitive dysfunction. According to the Alzheimer… Read More
2017-06-26 18:35
Reducing stress is a major concern for seniors, often even more so for those with a chronic illness or a sedentary lifestyle. When we’re under stress, the brain releases hormones that… Read More
2017-05-30 16:00
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 lifesty… Read More
2017-05-09 14:00
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 cal… Read More
2017-05-03 14:00
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… Read More
2017-04-27 18:30
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 o… Read More
2017-04-04 14:00
As we age, it’s normal to experience some loss of hearing. The National Institutes of Health reports that one in three seniors between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss of variou… Read More
2017-03-31 21:21
Read Original Dear Marissa, I can’t thank you and your staff enough for the valentines program. I say this even if Gary and I were not one of the couples renewing our vows. If was su… Read More
2017-03-27 20:58
Dear Samantha, Read Original Please share with the Department Heads, and all employees, our sincerest gratitude and appreciation for their professionalism during the recent snow storm. We a… Read More
Benefits Of A Memory Care Support Group
2017-02-07 15:14
Memory care support groups offer an opportunity for caregivers, family, friends or those with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia to provide support to one anoth… Read More
A Look At Senior Eye Health
2017-01-06 21:08
As we age, it is natural for vision changes to occur. As a result, some people may struggle to see as clearly as they did when they were younger. Regular eye exams by an ophthalmologist help… Read More
Ways To Relieve Knee Pain
2017-01-05 15:00
While people may experience knee pain at any age, in older adults it is typically caused by changes in the body due to aging. Those changes can include weakening of the bones, decreased mus… Read More
2016-12-12 20:40
The holiday season is a wonderful time of year filled with celebrations and gratitude. One of the best ways you can express your thankfulness is to give back this holiday season. There are m… Read More
2016-12-02 00:06
Medication management can sometimes be overwhelming for seniors, especially when it comes to managing multiple prescriptions and doses. The Washington Post reports that an increasing number… Read More
2016-11-29 15:00
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally found in certain foods, including fish, eggs, fortified milk and cod liver oil. It is also available as a dietary supplement. According t… Read More
Testimonial From Lynn Lewandowski
2016-10-26 18:50
My name is Lynn Lewandowski, a friend and caregiver to Kathryn Twomey. She has been a resident of the Bristol in Westbury for over a year and half. I don't often write letters of commendatio… Read More
2016-10-24 22:04
My wife Doris and I joined The Bristal community in November 2014. Our son Richard visited many assisted living facilities in this area and it was he who felt after a very careful study that… Read More
Ways You Can Celebrate Active Aging Week
2016-09-21 14:49
The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) will kick off its annual Active Aging Week on September 25, 2016, a week of activities designed to encourage participants to celebrate aging… Read More
Testimonial From Patricia A. Howe
2016-07-29 14:08
We chose this Bristal because of its "family" atmosphere, friendliness, the many social activities and its established structure. I was nervous for Mom at first but quickly felt a sense of "… Read More
Testimonial From Helen Orlando
2016-07-04 16:13
To whom it may concern: All to often, especially these days, people complain about how a job is being done, how they are not being treated fairly, or jobs are not being taken care of quickly… Read More
2016-06-24 13:09
Although there is no cure for most types of dementia, many effective therapies can greatly improve the quality of life for people living with dementia. The dementia therapies we use at The B… Read More
2016-06-20 17:14
Few segments of the American population are growing faster than centenarians. By 2040, the current U.S. centenarian population of 84,000 (which includes The Bristal at Armonk resident, Maria… Read More
Testimonial From Rose Polis
2016-05-19 14:58
My mom has been in Reflections since Nov. 2015. Life treated her beautifully until my father passed away, and at 95, mom was no longer able to live alone. Circumstances after a fall made it… Read More

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