Monthly Archives: May 2012

Resident Spotlight: Leon Ofchus, PhD

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 31st, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA, Spirit | No Comments

How did a boy from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania become a Doctor and get to retire at Dogwood Forest’s senior living community in Fayetteville, Ga?

Well, the story goes like this:

As a young boy I was always fascinated with reading, history and how the mind worked.  I knew I had to get to college, so with the help of my grandparents and working at the local gas station, (12 hrs on Saturday) money was saved.

After serving in World War II, the Battle of the Budge and being wounded in the Battle of Rhineland, I was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, European African Middle Eastern Medal, WWII Victory Ribbon, Meritorious Unit award. Furthering my education was still top priority.

I finished East Stroudsburg University in three years with a bachelor’s degree in Health Education and in addition two Master … Read more...

Memorial Day Should Be Celebrated With Senior Veterans

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 25th, 2012 in Education, Holidays, Spirit | No Comments

Several communities will host Memorial day celebrations this weekend to honor those who fought courageously for our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice- their lives. This is a special time for all veterans, especially for older veterans, many of whom reside in our communities. Many have friends and comrades who died in service. Many scathed coming home themselves. Although Memorial Day in the mainstream has become slightly diluted with summer  kickoff celebrations and department store sales, for many of our residents, Memorial Day still serves often as solemn reminder of dear friends who were lost in battle. Around this time of year, recessed memories of war may surface in the minds of our elders. Caregivers should be sensitive to our senior veterans special connection to the holiday. 

History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day derived from the American Civil War. After … Read more...

Embracing Person Centered Care

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 24th, 2012 in Eagles Landing, GA, Education | No Comments

Finding a place for your loved one could be difficult. It is a challenging process filled with emotion and confusion. Many people get overwhelmed. This is all understandable considering you are often looking for a place that will impact your  mother’s, father’s or grandparents quality of life. After all, this might have been the same person that ensured your quality of life, seemingly just a short time ago. We at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Stockbridge are certainly empathetic to this emotional challenge.  While the process can leave your head spinning with assisted living terminology, there is one phrase that you have probably heard and should definitely understand, “person centered-care.”

What is person centered care?

Person centered care comprise of a number of things when applied to assisted living. The person centered care model  is conducive to constant contact between … Read more...

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 23rd, 2012 in Body, Education | No Comments

Many of our residents at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Gainesville have been affected by arthritis.  As we grow older, we may feel aches and pain. After all, our bodies have worked hard for us. However, osteoarthritis that many of our residents experience is completely different from it’s more complex cousin, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

RA can be debilitating and more people than you know are affected by it.  As a matter of fact, according the CDC (Center for Disease Control) there are over 1.3 Americans with RA. The disease can affect anyone. However, there are 3 times as many women with the disease than men. Many often mistake RA with osteoarthritis however,  there are significant differences between RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and osteoarthritis.

Differences Between Osteoarthritis and RA

RA and osteoarthritis have some similar characteristics. However, osteoarthritis is far more common … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Paul “Sparky” Sparkman

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 17th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Little Rock and North Little Rock, Arkansas

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

I remember going to see the Little Rock Travelers, a minor league baseball team, play. I played in the band at school and I loved performing for community clubs and organizations. I dated my first wife while we were in high school.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? 

I lived in Alaska and loved everything about the state. I hated leaving there. I enjoyed playing in various bands.  I played piano, base guitar, trombone, and drums. We played mostly for private groups such as, Lions Club, Elks, Moose, etc.

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

I was a music teacher at the School … Read more...

UTI’s in Women and Senior Adults

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 16th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA, Education | No Comments

In honor of our celebration of Women’s Health Week here at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Alpharetta, we are highlighting some common medical conditions affecting women. One big issue with women’s health is the urinary tract infection also known as UTI. Most woman know the symptoms of  a UTI– symptoms include cloudy urine, pain and burning during urination, pressure and cramping in the lower abdomen, and a strong need to urinate. The UTI is  the body’s second most common infection. UTI’s are most common in women, and result in over 8 million doctors visits per year. Half of all women will develop a UTI in their lifetime. However, if this infection is left untreated, it can be serious when it infects the kidneys as well as causing sepsis, which is a potentially fatal infection of the bloodstream. This is … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Dorothy Beaty

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 14th, 2012 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Dorothy grew up in West Union, South Carolina.  She was born on May 12, 1910 and so this year will be 102 on her birthday.  She grew up with one younger sister who was 10 years younger than her who died recently. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? 

Dorothy states that one of her favorite memories from childhood was visiting her grandparents in Union, New York.  She remembers that family would travel by train to New York and it was a thrill to sleep on the train.  She has wonderful memories of visiting grandparents and other family memories as well.  Some of her family lived on a lake and it was fun to swim in the lake in the summer time.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Norma Chamblee Bentley

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 14th, 2012 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Norma was born in Griffin, Georgia in 1934. Norma wakes up each day and thanks God for another day.

Norma began studying ballet at the age of 5 and continued using these talents throughout her life. Always a good student, she loved learning, is an avid reader and lover of poetry.

She attended Agnes Scott College for Women, transferred to the University of Georgia to complete her degree in Speech Pathology. In her senior year of college, Norma attended a dance at the KA House.  Tommy Bentley asked her to dance. Norma accepted and asked Tommy to “hold her gloves”. Norma left one glove in his pocket so he would have to return it. They fell in love and married 6 months later.

Norma was quite busy with 3 children very close in age. At one point each of children … Read more...

Wondering What to Say When You Pray?

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

Many people struggle with prayer. Some feel they must be eloquent with their words in order to relay the prayer properly. However, prayer does not require flowered language or eloquence.  Prayer is your communication with God. It is the most personal of all communication. God listens to your heart over your words. We often pray corporately at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville often. We know that what we do as a profession has a special purpose. However, this special purpose must also be properly ordered, and to ensure that it is,we must seek God. We recommend that our employees pray individually about all things because prayer gives you the opportunity to speak and listen to God.  In this intimate time, you can share your inner most thoughts. Jesus instructs us on how to pray in Matthews 6:7-8.

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Does Your Dog Benefit Your Health?

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 12th, 2012 in Body, Research, Spirit | No Comments

Walking through the halls of any Dogwood Forest community, you will probably come in contact with one of our friendly residents who walks on all fours. Okay, that seems a little strange, but what I’m referring to are our canine and feline friends. We have pets in all of our Dogwood Forest communities including Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Dunwoody, Ga. because we know that over the years scientific evidence has supported pet therapy. Plus, they just make us feel good!

Health Benefits Associated with Pet’s

Pets can be helpful, loving companions and can uplift our spirits when we are down. Pets are known to aid in the healing process. They are also related to other positive outcome in the following areas:

Improved mood: For those of us who have pets, we know how good it feels for your … Read more...