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Resident Spotlight: Sylvia Howard

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 2nd, 2014 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Roswell, GA

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

I loved doing fun and exciting activities with my four cousins who lived close by.  I was the youngest of the group.  Riding bikes with my brother who was 16 years older and my sister who was nine years older.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Meeting my husband initially at school and dating for three years.  My husband and I and my sister and her husband would frequently visit interesting and nice places together.  We would visit my sister and her husband a lot in Florida where they lived near the beach.  Also, spending time with my two kids, a boy and a girl – we would also travel to the beach with the kids.  Attending Women’s Circle … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Ann Bryant

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 1st, 2014 in Birmingham, AL | No Comments

Where did you grow up?   Minneapolis, Minnesota

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Ice skating, skiing and winter sports are my favorite memories during the winter time.  During the summer I enjoyed swimming and bicycling, and I also enjoyed school.

 What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? I had a very good marriage.  The end of World War II was a fond memory.  Raising my three girls and everything surrounding our family life.  I enjoyed keeping up with my old friends from childhood and school, the friends I made at work and family activities.  One special memory I had was going to watch the Globetrotters every year; they were so good and funny!

Did you have a profession? If so what industry were you in and what did you do? Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Bonnie Bruce

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 30th, 2014 in Birmingham, AL | No Comments

Another of our newer residents is Bonnie Bruce. She moved to Chateau Vestavia from Bluff Park a few months ago. Bonnie is a beautiful lady with a soft musical voice that will immediately charm you.

Bonnie grew up in the western area of Birmingham and has remained in the city for her entire life. She was blessed with loving parents and three siblings. They enjoyed family activities like sitting on the porch with friends and family, roller skating on the neighborhood sidewalks and swimming in nearby parks. Her family enjoyed music and they were busy with church music, Christmas pageants, caroling and other activities.  Her father was very talented and composed gospel quartet music which they all enjoyed. Bonnie said that she had a wonderful childhood even though they lacked the conveniences of  today.

After graduating from West End High …

Resident Spotlight: Marcy Cooper

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 29th, 2014 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Marcella (Marcy) Cooper grew up in Newrochelle, NY.   Her favorite memories are growing up with her siblings.  Her favorite adult memory is getting married.  She was a police officer.  During WWII both her brothers went to war.  Getting married is what she is most proud of.  She says “ Being a grandmother is awesome”  She came to the Holbrook to be closer to her sisters.  She misses NY, her home.… Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Lillian McCarthy

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 1st, 2014 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Lillian McCarthy was raised in Syracuse, N.Y. and was the youngest of six children. She recalls the winters being so cold. Every year her family would “Winter in Florida” from January to May.

Her father ordered silk worm eggs, hatched them, and began his silk manufacturing company in Syracuse.

After high school Lil attended business school and started her career with H.L. Greens. While working in the office, a very handsome manager from another location was visiting, and she decided to ask him to the company sled ride that night. Six months later she became Mrs. Howard McCarthy.

After being transferred quite often, Mac said it was time to return to Syracuse and open their own store, named “McCarthy’s”.

Mac joined the army in 1943 and served in North Africa and Italy. Lil and her sister moved in together while … Read more...

Going Green with Smoothies for Seniors

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Seniors should go green… go green with their smoothie!  I know, I know– green is not the desired color of choice for a smoothie for most people. As a matter of fact, many squirm and frown at the thought of it. I went through the same process. Greens blended to a creamy consistency reminded me of baby food. And then one day, I decided that I would finally buckle down, get serious about my health and I sucked it up…both figuratively and literally.  I was actually pleasantly surprised. Now, for all of you who were munching on kale out the womb, this post isn’t for you. It’s for the newbies to smoothie living, and specifically for seniors who are trying to pack a serious punch in their nutrition.

Why Green is the Thing for Seniors?

Green smoothies are packed with micronutrients. …

Resident Spotlight: Betty Gee Nunn

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 20th, 2014 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments
Betty Nunn

Where did you grow up? 

Betty was born in Baltimore Maryland on March 17, 1937 and she grew up in the same area that she was born in.  She grew up the oldest child with 3 sisters.  Today just the youngest sister is still living in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Betty attended and graduated from Coppen State University with a degree in education and received a Masters Degree in Education from Morgan State University.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? 

Betty’s stories from her childhood centered on everyday family life in a family with 4 girls and parents wanting to raise respectable young women.  Betty remembers stories of going visiting on Sunday afternoons and attending church.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? 

Betty met her future husband, Jerome Nunn, through friends of her … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Meet Mrs. Birdie

Posted by admin on April 18th, 2014 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Birdie was born December 18, 1936, in Henry County, Georgia, and she grew up in Henry County also. She grew up the youngest child in a family with two half-sisters and one half-brother and one sister. Her sister is still living.

What are some of your favorite memories from childhood?

Birdie’s  favorite childhood memory is going with all of her family to a river in Henry County in the summer to go swimming to escape the heat and her family would take a picnic and spend the day swimming in the river. She also remembers her dad at Halloween getting a flatbed truck and putting hay in the back and the family would go to a Halloween party together and have a good time.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Birdie …

Changing Our Mindset on Exercise…Even If We Really Don't Want To

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Most of us have a love hate relationship with exercise. We love the way it makes us look and feel, but we hate to do it. However as humans, we were created by God to be mobile creatures with ability to use all of the 640 muscles in our bodies. Our bodies were designed to move and MUST move in order to work properly. We have to devote the time necessary to ensure our bodies are performing at its peak levels. After all, if we are good to our bodies, our bodies will be good to us.

Although, you would want to start good exercise habits earlier in life, it’s truly never too late to get moving, and still reap the benefits. Many seniors in our Dogwood Forest communities find a way to exercise each day. We have walking … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Marion "Bunny" Ayers

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 16th, 2014 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Marion (Bunny) Ayers grew up in Gainesville, GA.  Her favorite childhood memory is when they built a new two story home.  Some of her favorite adulthood memories are traveling the U.S. with four school teachers, leading a good friend to accept Christ, going to the Business School and working seven years for the Welfare office.  She remembers the tornado of 1936.

She is most proud of working on the church staff with children, youth and adults.  She says “Let go, and let God have his way in your life. Make God ahead of your family and home.”

She came to Holbrook for more help and because she did not want to live alone.  She says Holbrook is a great place to live and has loving people.… Read more...

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