Monthly Archives: March 2012

Resident Spotlight: Tom Munson

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 26th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

My name is Tom Munson. Some call me free spirit, Mr. outgoing, Mr. Doing my thing – that’s me.

I was raised in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida as a Navy brat. I was always on the move all the time. In high school, me and a buddy saved our money and decided after graduation we would travel before college.  So, we got a 1940 Ford Coupe, put a mattress in the back seat, and 14 states later, including Canada, we did the guy thing. After the adventure, it was time to take the coach up on a scholarship to play ball for Florida State University. 

In 1957, the state legislation passed the law that University of Florida plays Florida State every year in sports. My freshman basketball team was the first to beat them, also having 16 girls to every … Read more...

Believers Should Embrace Optimism

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 21st, 2012 in Spirit | No Comments

My industry allows me to work with a special population of people. People like the residents who live at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville, Ga. give me optimism as I read their stories and see their faces, imagining that the crevices I see our simply life’s experiences etched across their skin. They give me hope that with the right attitude and wisdom, I can one day wear my many experiences too. When I encounter many of our residents, their spirits shine with optimism. Regardless of their decreased mobility or health issues, the glass always seems half full. I received a interview recently on a resident who is turning 100 years old next week. Her daughter shared with us in the interview, that when asked how she feels, her mother always replies, “I am still here.”  While humorous, I believe … Read more...

Surviving Spring Allergy Season

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 19th, 2012 in Body, Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Tomorrow is the first day of spring, and today’s pollen count has already shattered the previous record set in 1999 with  8,164.  Needless to say, it may be a tough allergy season.  Our residents suffer with allergies too. Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody Assisted Living in Dunwoody, Ga. has already taken measures to keep the community’s patio areas pollen free this year, and it is still winter!  Itchy eyes, runny noses, sore throats, and coughing fits may leave allergy sufferers to conclude they are simply allergic to spring!

Atlanta and Pollen

Atlanta is appropriately titled the “City of Trees” due to the beautiful canopy of trees that covers large portions of the city. But allergy sufferers may not care for the “City of Trees” in the spring months because the pollen the trees produce leaves them in total misery.  It is … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Jack Daley

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 19th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Easthampton, Massachusetts.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

I remember sitting and talking with my brother Dick who died at 7 years old. We had wonderful conversations or so we thought. I loved playing in the lake with my two sisters and their friends. I’d throw them over my shoulders into the water. I’d go rest and they’d come begging for more. When it was raining, I would sleep on the porch and listen to the sound of rain pounding on the roof. When the wind blew, I’d grab my “bed” and sleep on the living room floor.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

My father gave me $100 to apply to medical schools, which cost $10 for each application. I sent out 9 and thought “What … Read more...

Veteran’s Benefits Pay for Senior Care

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 14th, 2012 in Education | No Comments

Life planning is essential in today’s economy. The process can be difficult and overwhelming. It can be especially challenging when the time comes to research long term care options. Although, there are many factors to consider, affordability is often a key factor. Did you know that veterans and their spouses might qualify for financial assistance to pay for assisted living in Stockbridge, Ga. and across the country?

Veterans benefits as a financial resource is sometimes overlooked. Fortunately, our U.S government rewards our veterans who have bravely sacrificed their lives to protect our country. While there are several benefits offered to veterans, the Aid and Attendance pension is one that is often unknown. This pension gives additional monetary assistance to veterans and their spouses who are in need of personalized care. These individuals may need assistance with ADL’s (activities of daily … Read more...

God’s Care for Detail

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 14th, 2012 in Spirit | No Comments

When you think about the size of the universe, we are so small really. Our planet crawling with tiny creatures only make up such a small part of God’s magnificent universe. From the heavens, I’m sure we look like tiny worker bees going about the earth. If we had God’s angle, we would probably seem so insignificant compared to the phenomenal universe God has created.  Our carnality would not allow us to understand or comprehend the love, hope and faith that God has in each of us. It is amazing how much faith and hope He has in the little planet with the little creatures crawling about. Regardless of the darkness that travels the earth, His light shines like slivers of hope, confirming that as dark as it might seem, we are far from alone. We are part of God’s … Read more...

Resident Spotlights: Terry and Fern Bye

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 12th, 2012 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Terry and Fern were both born in South Dakota, the same town, just 12 miles apart!

Growing up in the depression years, kids were not kids as we know today. Fern’s Mother passed away at a young age so she was in charge of her siblings, 5 sisters and 1 brother. Terry did all he could on the farm to help out.

Terry joined the service and fought with Battery C, 110th Gun Battalion, and was a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. He endured and survived the greatest land battle ever fought and won by the United States. He served in WW II from December 16, 1944-January 25, 1945 and was a World War II Honoree.

Fern worked for the Electric and Telephone Company in Nebraska when all the men went to war. Fern continued workings until the … Read more...

Our Interview with Resident Jaunita R Hogan

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 12th, 2012 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Jaunita grew up in Summerville, Georgia. She grew up the oldest child with 3 sisters and 3 brothers. She graduated from high school.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

Jaunita remembers time that she spent with her father growing up. She states that her father was never too busy to spend time playing with her when she was a child. She states that her father was a laborer and worked very hard, but always would take time to play with Jaunita and the other children. Jaunita also remembers making string quilts when she was a small girl (maybe 7 years old) and she remembers the first string quilt that she ever made.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? 

Jaunita states that her favorite memories from adulthood were … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Mary Yancy Pittard

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 5th, 2012 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Monticello, Ga. And Jasper Co. 1917.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? 

My father was a doctor and I can remember my mother and siblings going along in the car with my father as he tended to his patients at their homes. Mother loved riding in the car and going for rides even if it was going with father as he worked!!

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

My friend Martha and and I use to go to her parents home on the Bayou for fishing trips, we loved to fish!!

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

I worked for the Dept of Family and Children Services. I started  when it first … Read more...