Monthly Archives: April 2012

Resident Spotlight: Mary Pincombe

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 30th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

There are two things that are special about me. I am 100 years old and Jesus and I share the same birthday.

My name is Marie Pincombe. I enjoy Big Band music, dancing, makeup, fashion and for the love of God I am a committed Chocoholic. My life has been an adventurous one because living this long keeps me looking for new things to keep me busy. As a kid I sung while my sister played the piano. We were a dynamic team. My father could listen to us for hours.

I finished Ohio State University and then became the Administration Assistant to the President of the University. Through my travels I have learned and seen many wonders that keep me laughing all day.

I have one son that thought it was time for me to settle down a little … Read more...

Dogwood Forest of Fayetteville Host Annual Spring Brunch

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 28th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA, Spirit | No Comments

Spring has definitely sprung! Dogwood Forest Assisted living in Fayetteville, Ga brought the season in full bloom as they celebrated the annual Spring Brunch in April. Residents and families were invited to enjoy a smorgasbord of food. Families enjoyed a fabulous brunch that consisted of breakfast chef stations with omelets, pancakes, eggs, bacon, and turkey sausage, biscuits, danishes and muffins. Lunch chef stations included roast beef, baked chicken, fried chicken, mac and cheese, summer salad, green beans and rolls. The community was decorated beautifully with spring pastels and flowers. Residents, families and team members enjoyed all of the festivities. Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville in Ga. is well known for its wonderful events in the community. The community often host the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and other community events.

Stay tune for more events in the summer months!

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Our Interview with Resident Betty Carringer

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 23rd, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? Young Harris, GA.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Going to my grandparents’ house. They lived in the middle of town and I’d walk to their house almost every day. I’d stop by on the way to school. Their home was a place that I loved. I would ask my grandmother 1000 questions a day and she’d answer every one. She was never impatient, but always loving. She was a great cook too.

After high school, I went to Emory University which was the door that opened for my life. It gave me a broader view of life. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? I was a private nurse for an elderly couple for 4 years. After the husband died, I became very close friends with Gladys, … Read more...

Pat Summit Steps Down Due To Early Onset Alzheimer’s

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 20th, 2012 in Mind | 1 Comment

Yesterday, an icon in women’s basketball, Pat Summit,  stepped down from the head coach position she held for 38 years. She ends with a record of 1,098-208. She earned 8 national championships with 22 final four visits. She is the most revered coach in all of women’s basketball, and I would not ruffle many feathers by suggesting, that perhaps, she is the all time greatest coach of any sport.  She is a legend. But last year, she noticed changes. The change was gradual, but nevertheless she was different. Sadly, at the age of 58, Summit learned she had early onset Alzheimer’s.

Early Onset Alzheimer’s

Early onset Alzheimer’s affects people younger than 65. It accounts for less than 5% of the 5.4 million people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. Early onset Alzheimer’s can affect people in their 30s, but it is seen … Read more...

Have Fun and Dance for Exercise

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 19th, 2012 in Body, Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Have you ever danced so much that you worked up a sweat? I’m sure many of us have, and its definitely a good thing.  While we are having fun moving and grooving, we are actually exercising. Dancing is an excellent way to work out because it is typically free and engages the entire body. And many seniors are enjoying this fun way to break a sweat. Yes, dancing for exercise is not just for the young, but also the young at heart!

Dance exercise programs have been around for some time now. I recall “Sweating to the Oldies” with the animated and zealous red head Richard Simmons. It was a absolute craze in the 80’s. Now ZUMBA, the Latin flavored dancing program, is taking fitness classes by storm.  Zumba is aerobic dance exercise that incorporates both resistance and interval training. … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Bonnie Harvey

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 16th, 2012 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? Bonnie grew up in Falconer, New York.   She was born on March 12, 1932.  She had one older brother growing up.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Bonnie states that she enjoyed going to visit her grandparents who  lived in Sandusky, New York.  She states that they lived on a hill and had no electricity or running water.  She remembers her grandmother making homemade goodies and deserts and she remembers grandmother would save newspapers with comics in them and she and her brother would read those comics while visiting grandparents.  She remembers that her father ran a meat market and was a preacher.  She had a close friend and close friend had a sister and the three of them sang in a trio and they would be invited to sing all … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Fran Carlson

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 16th, 2012 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Frances Katherine Lynn Carlson was in San Francisco California in 1917. After graduating High School 2 years early, finished college at San Francisco State College then returned to “her” High School to teach. In 1937, Fran rode in the first car to cross the Golden Gate on the Opening Day. Fran has wonderful memories for traveling to Philly then onto the Worlds Fair in Chicago, and into Canada with her Mother and sister. Fran’s father was a banker with Bank of America and grew up walking down Lumbar Street, Fisherman Warf, Pier 39 ,sour dough bread, and recalls when Alcatraz burned she and friends hopped on a cable car to watch the fire. After making a career change to work at Zeleerback, she met her husband, and they had a son, named  Bob. During Fran’s lifetime, she traveled extensively. Studying … Read more...

Music Therapy for Cognitive Impairments

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 11th, 2012 in Education, Fayetteville, GA, Mind, Research, Spirit | No Comments

We’ve all heard a song we’ve recognized from years past that has triggered some type of emotion or memory. Many of us have used music in way that could be considered therapeutic. However, did you know music therapy is actually used in healthcare for people with many disorders and diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments?

Engaging the memory impaired through music has been studied extensively in the last few years. Many studies have shown older adults making significant strides while participating in this type of therapy. I’ve written before on the benefits of music therapy for seniors with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s. The therapy is truly remarkable, and so is the video below about Henry. Henry,  a resident at a nursing home, had been virtually incoherent and minimally unresponsive for 10 years due to the affects of … Read more...

Our Interview with Resident Happy Kirkpatrick

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 9th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? 

Green St. Gainesville, GA.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

We use to play in the middle of Green St when we were little. You can’t do that now!! There were so many children that lived in those big houses on that street. We would ride our bikes down the sidewalks and in the street. I also was in ballet from the age 3 to college, I love to dance.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Thousands!! I’m a very spoiled girl! My husband and I had a farm, I raised donkeys. They are so precious.

Did you have a profession?

I have a M.Ed in psychology and used it to help with special needs children. This was during a time when there really wasn’t a program … Read more...

Jesus’ Sacrifice

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 8th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA, Holidays, Spirit | No Comments

As we prepared for Easter here at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville, Ga, I reflected on the true meaning of  Easter, the sacrifice of my Savior and how Jesus died just so I could truly live. Many of us may not realize the pain Jesus went through on this day. Execution  by crucifixion was a slow death.  Our Savior went through unimaginable anguish and agony. Its important to put the actual crucifixion into perspective, so that our human minds could better understand his sacrifice. Its important that we don’t sanitize his death.

Hemathidrosis, which is the phenomenon where the body is under so much stress that capillaries break and is mixed with sweat, was evident as drops of blood poured from his skin. His back ripped from repeated flogging until what was left was a bloody mass of … Read more...