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Dogwood Forest Welcomes Mount Paran Christian School

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 4th, 2017 in Acworth Ga | No Comments

Dogwood Forest loves service work. We service our residents, and we absolutely love giving back! We also love when others do as well! We recently hosted students from Mount Paran Christian School. Students from multiple grade levels volunteered at Dogwood Forest of Acworth as part of their first ever Family Day of Service. The service day involved students volunteering at 15 different locations across Cobb County. At Dogwood Forest, students and their families organized closets, knitted, painted nails, and lead activities.

Here are a few pictures from our awesome day!

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Attorney Miles P. Hurley Discusses Wills, Trusts and More

Posted by admin on February 15th, 2017 in Grayson, Grayson Ga. | No Comments
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As we reach our Golden Years, the reality that we will not be here forever begins to set in. However, we can still be here to support our loved ones long after we have left this world. It all begins with having the right provisional documents in place. We recently sat down with attorney Miles P. Hurley to discuss these documents, as well as the confusion that often comes with them.

Miles is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in the specialization area of Elder Law. Here’s what we had to say:

1. What legal documents are most important for seniors? Which ones are often overlooked?

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Top Free (and Cheap) Activities in Gwinnett, Part 1

Posted by admin on January 31st, 2017 in Grayson, Grayson Ga. | No Comments

Spending time with your family in metro Atlanta doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many fun activities and sites to see around Gwinnett that can be a fun way to enjoy a weekend or an afternoon. Quite a few of these are within just a few miles of Grayson. In part one of this three-part blog series, we’ll explore some of the treasures of the area, a few of which are hidden, that truly do live up to the motto, “Gwinnett is Great!”

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Hindu Temple)

Whether you are Hindu, Muslim, Christian or not religious at all, it’s hard not to appreciate the beautiful architecture of this temple in Lilburn. This is the largest Hindu temple in the United States. The BAPS Temple offer tours to both individuals and groups for free. They only ask you … Read more...

Is It Time to Take the Keys from Grandma?

Posted by admin on January 30th, 2017 in Mind | No Comments
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Arguably one of the most American traditions is being able to hop in the car and drive wherever your heart desires. Road trips are inherent to our culture and are often considered a rite of passage. Even as we get older, that urge to hit the open road doesn’t really diminish. Luckily, many older individuals are perfectly capable of driving safely, even into their 70s and 80s. However, age does have an effect on our ability to be completely safe behind the wheel.

It’s a sad fact that advanced age usually diminishes reaction time. In addition, older individuals who are in an accident are much more likely to be seriously injured. Yet, asking our loved ones to give up the freedom of driving is often a difficult task. If you aren’t sure whether or not it’s time to take the … Read more...

4 Ways to Get Closer with Your Loved Ones in 2017

Posted by admin on January 6th, 2017 in Holidays | No Comments
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New Year’s Resolutions are like a favorite meal: Everyone makes one, they all think it’s the best, but it’s always gone way too quickly. As we launch headfirst in 2017, you probably have some goals in mind you want to accomplish (even if you don’t consider them “resolutions”). Perhaps you want to learn a new skill, or you are finally creating a budget to live off of. Whatever your goal is, there is one more you should consider: Getting closer to your elderly loved ones.

This doesn’t necessarily mean physically moving closer to the assisted living community where they live (though that could be helpful). But, it does mean keeping in touch better and visiting more often. Dogwood Forest encourages you to come on and visit as often as you can! When you do, here are 4 things to consider … Read more...

Taking Care of Your Loved One’s Feet This Winter

Posted by Kia Crawford on December 1st, 2016 in Education | No Comments
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Even in Georgia, the winter can bring freezing temperatures and even snow (though it may not fall until January). It is a time of enjoying family around the fireplace and in front of the Christmas tree. Even if there’s not snow on the ground, the dry coldness can be terrible for the feet. If it does snow or other precipitation has fallen, the dampness can also be uncomfortable, if not dangerous. This is especially true for seniors.

Beyond just the state of the feet themselves, it’s also important to consider the dangers of slick sidewalks. A simple stroll could quickly result in a twisted ankle or other, more serious injuries. Avoiding such injuries and taking care of the feet should be a top priority for both you and your senior loved one this winter season.

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The Importance of Dental Hygiene for Seniors

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 23rd, 2016 in Education | No Comments
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Though it may seem insignificant, dental hygiene is one of the most important aspects of health for seniors. As we get older, common oral health issues become more pronounced, as our immune systems are generally less able to combat germs that cause different problems. In addition, when dentures are used, food and other particles are more likely to get lodged in and stuck against the gums, which can lead to issues like gingivitis.

Oral health problems don’t just affect the mouth itself; the mouth is a gateway to the rest of the body, after all. Poor dental hygiene can lead to more serious medical problems, like heart disease and diabetes. Further, nearly a quarter of all seniors have severe gum disease, and related complications lead to hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits a year. Surprisingly, about a third of … Read more...

Alzheimer’s Care at Dogwood Forest: 5 Ways We Fight Dementia

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 23rd, 2016 in Memory Care | No Comments
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When your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to make sure that they have the proper care they need in order to keep them active, happy and safe. The medical community has discovered that the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease can be delayed by an average of six years through the incorporation of clinically proven non-drug therapies, even after the disease has begun.

As an industry leader in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care at Dogwood Forest, we pride ourselves in giving the best possible care in the fight against the progression of dementia. Our Memory Care program and innovative living environments center around the most promising medical science in the fight against dementia.

Below, learn how we help prevent the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease:

We provide a healthy and balanced diet.

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Resident Spotlight: Helen Russo

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 2nd, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Helen Russo was born on June 11, 1932 in Brooklyn New York, where she grew up.  She was the oldest child with two younger brothers. Today, only one brother is living.  Helen finished high school but did not attend college.  

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Helen states that she loved her mother and her brothers so much.  She has good memories of Christmastime while growing up, with good food and giving and receiving presents.  She also has good memories of summer time in New York, specifically when fireman would come and open the fire hydrants so the kids could play in the water. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Helen has wonderful memories of her son Anthony while he was growing up. She states that … Read more...

What Makes Grayson a Great Community?

Posted by Kia Crawford on October 24th, 2016 in Grayson | No Comments
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Outside of the hubbub of Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County, you will find the sleepy town of Grayson. It has long been a destination for those who may work in Atlanta or other larger cities as a respite and a great place to get away from all the noise at the end of the day. With under 3,000 people living here, Grayson is the definition of “Small-town America.” Here, everyone knows your name — including Mayor Allison Wilkerson.

Yet, you’re never too far from the thrills and fun of Atlanta and the surrounding area. Just a few miles down the road is the main artery into the city: I-85. You would never know it, though, with the sincere community of Grayson. That’s why Dogwood Forest has chosen this town as the location for its newest community.

Why Residents Love Grayson

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