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Great Brain Games Can Keep Senior Minds Sharp!

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Memory loss, whether it’s simple forgetfulness or a serious health condition like dementia or Alzheimer’s, is a common challenge for the majority of seniors. A lot of research is going into how we can prevent or slow this type of memory loss, and researchers are increasingly promoting brain games to achieve this. Here’s some insight from the team at our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey.

What Are Brain Games? 

Just like physical games and activities strengthen our muscles, so brain games challenge our mental abilities. They’re important to every stage of development, from babies all the way up to seniors, helping to keep neurons in the brain active and stimulated.

The good news is that there are a lot of different types of brain games. So, it’s more about finding ones you or your senior loved one enjoys rather than making it a boring exercise. It also means that they’re great for socializing and spending time with family and friends, so start planning your next intergenerational games night!

4 Good Examples of Brain Games 

Crafting – Arts and crafts are a huge industry, which means that there is so much out there accessible to seniors. This includes everything from flower arranging and scrapbooking to knitting, crocheting, and painting. These creative exercises are plenty of fun for everyone, and they’re great for your brain, especially if it means you’re learning a new skill. There are also charity craft events with opportunities to join in on a great cause and help others.

Online Gaming – Online gaming isn’t just for teens! There’s something for every age group and interest, even if you’re not particularly comfortable with technology. From puzzle games and word games to adventure challenges and more, these games are absorbing, social, and stimulating – and your mom or dad can always call your kids for a little help to get recommendations or setting them up.

Audio Books – Reading can become a challenge when we get older, whether it’s our eyesight or just having to focus for long periods of time. These days, almost every book released also comes with an audio edition that can be downloaded onto a smartphone, tablet, or computer. These systems are not only incredibly easy to use, but also rewarding as talented actors read aloud and bring the stories to life!

Chess and Strategy Games – Strategy games force us to use our reasoning, logic, and cognitive skills in a competitive environment which can be as challenging as it is fun. Classics like Chess, Mahjong, Bridge, and Scrabble are classics that are incredibly popular all around the world. So, it’s not only easy to learn and progress, but it’s also easy to find plenty of fellow enthusiasts locally and online.

It’s All About Independent Living at Our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey 

Bristol Glen is a CCRC and assisted living community, which is based in Sussex County, and aims to provide seniors with comfortable, serviced living options that free up your time to enjoy life. Founded on a philosophy of ‘aging in place’, our continuing care retirement community residents enjoy a less restrictive care model where they do not have to move from their residential apartment to access additional services as their needs change.

Contact us to find out more about our CCRC and our assisted living in Sussex County, New Jersey, please visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/ and book your visit today.

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5 Festive Events All Around Town for Seniors and Families!

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The Skylands Christmas Light Show & Christmas Village – Sussex County is host to one of the best Christmas villages and light shows in the state! Admission to the outdoor village is free and the light show costs $20 per car. This event features more than 2 million lights along a mile-long drive, Santa’s workshop, an ice rink, s’mores and hot chocolate, and high-quality Christmas vendors.

The Polar Express – If you’d like to take a trip into neighboring Warren County, the Polar Express is a wonderful experience for the whole family. It runs over the weekend from Lehigh Junction in the historic district of Phillipsburg, NJ, and lets everyone relive the wonderful Christmas story of the little boy in The Polar Express. Bring along your cuddliest PJs and get ready for some real magic!

Morris County First Night – Another great short trip away is Morris County First Night in Morristown, NJ. It takes place from 4:45pm to 12midnight. So, it might be a good idea to book an Airbnb for the night – this trip is worth it! This non-alcoholic event has something for everyone, featuring over 400 artists and 80 performers along with two fireworks displays! Events are designed for all ages, from little kids right up to seniors, and there is a complimentary bus and shuttle service.

Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market – This traditional German Christmas Market held at Lake Mohawk in Sparta, is one of the most-loved events in the state of New Jersey. It features beautifully crafted, unique gifts and food from over 100 vendors, along with festive entertainment for the whole family. Everyone involved is a volunteer and all proceeds go to charity!

Annual Holiday Festival (Friends of Lord Stirling Stable) – This annual event in Basking Ridge, NJ, in nearby Somerset County is much-loved by kids and adults alike. Held at the Lord Stirling Stable, it features hayrides to visit Santa, games and craft projects, food, and drink. It also offers a silent auction for charity and the winter horse shows presented by the students.

Celebrate the Festive Season Together with Our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey 

Bristol Glen is a CCRC and assisted living community in Sussex County that aims to provide seniors with comfortable, serviced living arrangements that free up your time to enjoy life. Founded on a philosophy of aging in place, our continuing care retirement community residents enjoy a less restrictive care model and can continue to live in their residential apartments to access additional services as their needs change.

Please contact us to find out more about our CCRC and assisted living in Sussex County, New Jersey or assisted living costs. You can also visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/ and book your visit today.

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4 Tips for Making Your Visit to a CCRC or Assisted Living Community a Success

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Choosing an assisted living community or CCRC for a loved one is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Once you’ve developed your shortlist through your own research and word-of-mouth recommendations, it’s time to take a tour of each community. This is the best way to get a feel of the place and the people running it, ask any questions you may have, and see if it’s the right fit for your loved one. Here are some tips for your visit, from our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey:

  1. Hygiene and Cleanliness. Use all your senses when you visit an assisted living community – does it look fresh and clean? Are the buildings well-maintained? What are the housekeeping and laundry services for the apartments? Bad odors throughout the community along with poor maintenance can be a serious warning sign.
  2. Staff Approachability. The quality of the staff — both in terms of their training and their character — are very important as it influences care and quality of life in the community. Observe members of staff as they interact with residents — are they cheerful and helpful? Do they focus on the resident and engage with them?
    It’s a good chance to also ask questions about staffing, so you can find out how many people are involved in caring for the residents and how they are vetted for these positions. You should also meet with the management team as part of your tour.
  3. Meal Times and Activities . Ask if you can have your tour during a meal time or an activity, so you can see what daily life is all about. Find out if you can join your loved one for meals, the quality of the meals and if meals can be prepared in the apartment or only in the dining hall. Get to know the types of activities offered and observe one or two to see how they are managed, if the participants are having fun, and if your loved one would enjoy these social occasions.
  4. Personal Care. Talk to your tour guide about personal care for residents and focus on possible future needs as well as your loved one’s current care needs, as they need to be able to scale services as required. While on your tour, observe other residents to see how they are being cared for they should be well-groomed (hair and nails too) and dressed appropriately for the weather/activity.

Get to Know the Community at Our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey 

Bristol Glen is a CCRC based in Sussex County that provides seniors with comfortable, serviced living arrangements that free up your time to enjoy life. Our continuing care retirement community residents enjoy independence and privacy on a campus with various care options should their needs change.

Contact us to find out more about our CCRC and our assisted living in Sussex County, New Jersey, please visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/ and book your visit today.

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What is The Relationship Between Cancer and Lifestyle Factors?

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Cancer is one of the most prolific and devastating health conditions of our time and, while the exact causes of the many types of cancer are out of our control (including genetic factors), there are some ways we can help prevent these diseases. Taking a proactive approach often means making important changes to our lifestyles to reduce the risk of developing cancer. Here’s what our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey recommends:

6 Healthy Changes to Lower Your Risk of Cancer 

  1. Commit to a healthy diet. A balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, limited in processed foods (especially processed meats), sugar, and animal fats is key to keeping your body in great health. The stronger your body and immune system, the lower your risk of cancer and the greater your ability to overcome this disease.
  2. Eliminate tobacco products. Using any type of tobacco is one of the greatest factors in increasing your risk of cancer of mouth, lungs, pancreas, cervix, kidney, and throat, regardless of whether it is smoked or chewed. Giving up tobacco reduces these risks significantly, not only for yourself, but also for those who live with you.
  3. Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk for several types of cancer, including prostate, lung, colon, kidney, and breast cancer. A healthy diet and exercise will strengthen your body, reduce cancer risk and boost your overall well being.
  4. Be sun safe. Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer— and it can be deadly. Avoid the sun between 10am and 3pm, cover exposed skin, use a quality sunscreen, and stay away from tanning beds and sunlamps, and you’ll substantially reduce your skin cancer risk.
  5. Get vaccinated. In recent years, vaccines have been developed for two viruses that can lead to cancer development, Hepatitis B and HPV (human papillomavirus). These vaccines are widely available for boys and girls as well as adults and are effective at lowering risks of associated cancers like liver cancer, cervical and genital cancers.
  6. Pay attention to your body. Speak to your doctor about your family’s cancer history and learn how to perform self-examinations for cancer. If you commit to regular screenings (including mammograms and colonoscopies) as recommended by your doctor and report any changes to your health, you are more likely to spot cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages.

Independent Living for Seniors at a Beautiful CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey 

Bristol Glen is a CCRC and assisted living community based in Sussex County that aims to provide seniors with comfortable, serviced living arrangements that free up your time to enjoy life. Founded on a philosophy of aging in place, our Continuing Care Retirement Community residents enjoy a less restrictive care model where they do not have to move from their residential apartment to access additional services as their needs change.

Contact us Contact us to find out more about our CCRC and our assisted living in Sussex County, New Jersey, please visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/ and book your visit today.

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How to Help Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Enjoy Summer Outings

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One of the most important things to do when a friend or loved one has Alzheimer’s disease is to make an active effort to keep them a part of your social circle. Socializing and engaging with others helps fight depression and anxiety and is thought to be beneficial. Here is some advice to help make summer outings easier for your loved one to attend from the team at our assisted living and CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey.

Develop New Traditions

The activities you used to do together may be difficult or impossible for someone with Alzheimer’s, so it’s important to come up with new traditions that align with their capabilities. If you always participated in the Bridge Club together, you may have to stop when memory loss becomes too advanced. However, it’s the perfect opportunity to start new traditions that don’t rely on memory abilities. For example, you could start bird watching, join a walking club or start a supper club together.

Bring the Past to Life

When you speak to your loved one, pay attention to the old memories of the past they talk about. These memories often remain very strong for people with Alzheimer’s, even as short-term memories fade. This could be a source of great inspiration for activities to do together – revisiting a favorite park, seeing a musical performance together or having a classic movie night are all great opportunities to bond.

Learn When They’re at Their Best

Many Alzheimer’s residents experience times of the day when they feel fresh, energized and active, and others when their symptoms seem more pronounced. You can observe these by spending time with your loved one or by chatting with their caregiver. Generally speaking, the best times of the day for an activity are mid-morning to early afternoon. Anxiety and agitation frequently peak in the late afternoon or evening, when fatigue sets in. Routines are very important, so work with a caregiver to determine the best time to get together with your loved one on a regular basis.

Compassionate Care for Independent Seniors at Our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey

Bristol Glen is a CCRC and assisted living community based in Sussex County that provides seniors with comfortable, serviced living arrangements that free up your time to enjoy life. Founded on a philosophy of resident-directed living, our continuing care retirement community residents enjoy a less restrictive care model in which they do not have to move from their residential apartment to access additional services as their needs change.

Contact us to find out more about our CCRC and our assisted living in Sussex County, New Jersey, please visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/ and book your visit today.

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4 Tips for Celebrating Aging!

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We live in a culture that’s so focused on youth that we often forget to celebrate something that’s equally impressive and wonderful – getting older! Reaching our senior years is an accomplishment that we should all do more to appreciate. Here are some tips from the experts at Bristol Glen, our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey.

  1. Be proud of your loved one’s age (and your own!): In Native American, Greek, Indian and African-American cultures (as well as many more) people are respected for reaching their senior years – but the positive attitude starts with you! Encourage your senior loved ones to celebrate their birthdays with friends and family and treat it like the accomplishment it is. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should be filled with love and laughter.
  2. Follow a passion: For many seniors, one of their biggest challenges is finding a reason to get up in the morning. Not having a purpose can make a person feel lonely and compromises their sense of worth. But being a senior means you have so much to give, from both your work and life experience! Celebrate by sharing it with others by joining a mentoring program or making use of your skills by volunteering your time for a cause close to your heart.
  3. Start a new hobby: The saying that you can’t teach an old dog a new trick is wrong – as a senior, you can learn to do anything you want! It’s healthy too, as the act of learning provides the mental stimulation that every brain needs to stay fit and help fight off cognitive disorders. It doesn’t have to cost a lot either – there are plenty of organizations that offer courses that are free for seniors or offer a discount. Learn the piano, start dancing lessons, get involved with board games or learn computer skills and show off your new skills!
  4. Have fun: Too often, seniors are criticized for not acting their age, but life is all about having fun. Dress up, look your best, play with the grandkids, make a mess, sing along to your favorite music, go to the movies or a concert – whatever you love best. Being a senior isn’t about always staying home and living a quiet life – after all, every day is worth celebrating your own way.

Full, Independent Living for Seniors at Our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey

Bristol Glen is a CCRC and assisted living community based in Sussex County that aims to provide seniors with comfortable, serviced living arrangements that free up your time to enjoy life. Founded on a philosophy of ageing in place, our continuing care retirement community residents enjoy a less restrictive care model where they do not have to move from their residential apartment to access additional services as their needs change.

Contact us to find out more about our CCRC and our assisted living in Sussex County, New Jersey, please visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/ and book your visit today.

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Heart Healthy Activities for Seniors!

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The heart is the single most hardworking muscle in the human body, so it’s no surprise that keeping it fit and healthy is key to living a long and full life! Here are some tips, interesting facts and insights from the team at our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey on staying heart healthy.

Did You Know…?

A human heart beats around 115,000 times a day, pumping 2,000 gallons of blood through its chambers. In an average lifetime, this means it beats 2.5 billion times.

  • Your heart is as big as your clenched fist, but certain health conditions can make it bigger, like congestive heart failure.
  • The first pacemaker actually plugged into a wall socket.
  • Your heart has its own electrical pulse, which is why it can keep beating when separated from the body as long as it has an oxygen supply.
  • Heart disease is the number one killer of adults in the USA, with more women dying of heart disease than from the top cancers combined.
  • Your level of physical activity is the most important factor in determining your risk of heart disease, and physicians recommend 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise to be in good shape.

4 Best Exercises for Seniors 

  1. Water aerobics. Thanks to heated pools, you can continue this activity throughout the year. It’s not only good for the heart, the buoyancy of the water protects joints and prevents falls. Most pools have safe entry options like shallow stairs or even lifts.
  2. Get outdoors into the fresh air and explore nature! Walking engages the body and mind, ensuring that your muscles —– including your heart —– get a good workout. Join a senior walking or birdwatching group to get more active.
  3. Yoga is very versatile, so it can be easily adapted for seniors at all fitness levels, including seniors with mobility issues. Look for a local yoga class for seniors or work one-on-one with an experienced instructor. Benefits include a healthier heart, better posture, improved strength and mobility, and even improved mood.
  4. Dance classes are ideal at any age, teaching a great skill while having plenty of fun! In addition to being good for your heart, it’s a great way to socialize, too.

Independent Living at its Best at Our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey 

Bristol Glen is a CCRC based in Sussex County that aims to provide seniors with comfortable, serviced living arrangements that free up your time to enjoy life.

Contact us to find out more about our CCRC and our assisted living in Sussex County, New Jersey, please visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/ and book your visit today.

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