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First Move-In Day at Grayson!

Posted by Kia Crawford on July 25th, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

We are ecstatic to move-in our first residents at our newly opened Dogwood Forest of Grayson community! Construction began on the 99- unit residence in January 2016, and we’re moving in our first residents today! The community boast a beautiful courtyard area, theatre, wellness center, and much more! We’re located at 1754 Grayson Highway, Grayson, Georgia. Come on by for a visit and take a tour!

 

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Finding the Right Post-Hospital Care for Seniors

Posted by admin on June 20th, 2017 in Body | No Comments
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For younger people, a trip to the hospital often results in a simple discharge, maybe a couple days of rest, and then continuing on with life as usual. But for seniors, the recovery process is often much longer. They may need physical therapy, nursing care and other services to fully recover. Without professional assistance, many seniors find their health worsens after a hospital visit.

The good news is, there are a few different options for post-hospital care. What kind of services you choose will depend on many factors, including price, availability and simple personal preference. Read on to learn about these different options.

Rehab Centers/Skilled Nursing Facilities

If your loved one will require around-the-clock care while they recover, a skilled nursing facility may be the best option. While this may sound like an expensive choice, Medicare often covers the … Read more...

The Most Dangerous Medicines for Seniors

Posted by admin on June 13th, 2017 in Body, Education | No Comments
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As people get older, they naturally need more medical care to stay healthy. Part of that care is prescription medicines. With so many new drugs on the market, and new ones being released seemingly on a daily basis, keeping track of which ones are safe for our elderly loved ones is a necessity. Unfortunately, doing so is not always easy.

The American Geriatrics Society regularly updates a list of medicines that have been proven to be dangerous. This list, called the Beers List (after the doctor who originally created it), is used by medical professionals all over America. However, it is a good idea to be aware of the medicines on the list to make sure your loved one isn’t taking a drug that could be unnecessarily harmful.

How the List Is Organized

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How to Prevent Social Isolation

Posted by admin on May 26th, 2017 in Education, Grayson, Grayson Ga. | No Comments
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Social isolation is a growing problem across all age groups, but particularly those aged 65 and older. People who experience social isolation often also experience mental health issues. Over the last three decades, people who express feeling lonely has doubled to 40 percent.

Nearly one-third of people over the age of 65 live alone. The number is even greater for those over 85. Close to 50 percent of these senior citizens live without the company of another human being. Those who are in poor health are the most likely to have feelings of loneliness and depression. Research has shown that this extreme loneliness can cause altered immune systems, inflammation, disrupted sleep and higher levels of stress.

Preventing social isolation is something that has not received much research, but it is becoming a better known issue. Ensuring that people do not … Read more...

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?

Every senior should have, at the minimum, a will, a power of attorney for finances, … Read more...

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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