Monthly Archives: June 2012

Beating the Heat: Keeping Seniors Cool for the Summer

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 25th, 2012 in Body, Education | No Comments

It is the first week of summer and who doesn’t enjoy the summer? Beautiful weather, vacation, relaxation, long days, moderate warm nights, pools, and nice tall glasses of  lemonade on sunny Sundays as you rock the day away on the porch. What is not to love? We certainly enjoy our summers here at Dogwood Forest of Assisted Living in Alpharetta. However, the summer months can bring about  great concerns for seniors. The heat from the summer sun can be extremely dangerous for elder adults.  This can be even more of a challenge for seniors in urban cities because unlike suburban areas, the temperature often remains as high as day temperatures throughout the night. If we consider that some seniors do not have central air units this could be disastrous. In cities like Atlanta, the temperature can sore above 90 … Read more...

Our Dads

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 18th, 2012 in Holidays, Spirit | No Comments

Yesterday, we celebrated Father’s Day. Although not as glamorized as its maternal version, Father’s Day still holds a special place in our hearts.  Dads often would prefer to skip the hoopla. They don’t care for flowers and could do without the ugly tie. I called my Dad yesterday and he said “I’m a dad every day, so it’s just another day to me.” More likely than not, this is the sentiment of most dad’s. Simple recognition for their hard work and dedication will do. Although, I will never know what its like to be a Dad (considering I’m female and all), I know it seems like a tough job. They are often the embodiment of  strength and courage – some rarely expressing sentimental emotion. They are protectors and providers that often feel obligated to America’s perception of what a … Read more...

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 15th, 2012 in Education | No Comments

Everyone deserves a chance to live in a happy and secure environment free of abuse. Yet, many of our elders around the world suffer each year at the hands of people that should be caring for them.  Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and we challenge everyone to bring awareness to the abuse that so many elders are unjustly and unfairly exposed to.

At Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville, we believe in honoring seniors with dignity and respect.  Our passion for our elders is what drives us. The comfort and security that we bring to their lives as well as their family’s lives, gives us reassurance that we are  here for a purpose and we are doing good works as God intended. Our love for seniors is the reason why we do what we do. But, there … Read more...

Maximizing Antioxidant Benefits in Senior Adults

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 15th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA, Body | No Comments

Vitamins frequently come from our food. Bananas are a great source for potassium. Spinach is an excellent source iron. Oranges are a good source for vitamin C.  However, as we age our bodies do not absorb as much nutritional content through our food. Further, restricted diets or changes in appetite can also make getting the necessary “good stuff” more of a challenge for the older population.  To add to this challenge, as we age free radicals become more rampant in our body.  Fortunately, high volumes of  antioxidants can render free radicals harmless and  stop them from causing diseases such as cancer or heart disease. A way to get extra antioxidants to fight these cancer causing agents is to take in more fruits and vegetables as they are packed with tons of antioxidants.

Although not ideal, it may be necessary for … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Mary Alice Taylor

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 11th, 2012 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Mary Alice is 87 years young. She was born in Yonkers, NY and raised in Bronx, NY. Mary met her husband while they were celebrating separately at the same restaurant in Greenwich Village for their birthdays just one day apart. After a long courtship, they married. In addition to being a mother of two, Mary was an active volunteer for the American Red Cross and her children’s P.T.A. Mary was also an administrative assistant for Bryant Grinder and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

Mary begin sewing at age 8, and to this day has her sewing machine set up in her apartment ready to take on most any project. Playing scrabble, travel, visiting with others, music, reading are just a few of her interests.

Mary has three grandchildren in the Dunwoody area, Billy, Charlie & Jackie. A motivating component for Mary … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Blanche Triunfo

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 11th, 2012 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Blanche states that she was born on August 26, 1935 in Managua, Nicaragua and grew up in that same area.  She grew up the oldest child with 3 sisters and 1 brother.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? 

Blanche states that some of her favorite memories from her childhood were various activities that her family would do together as a group like bowling or going to the movies.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? 

Blanche states that some of her favorite memories from adulthood including dating and then getting married to her husband Al Triunfo.  They got married on June 14, 1955.  They had 3 children 2 girls and 1 boy and she also has 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren that she is very proud of.… Read more...