Monthly Archives: August 2012

Resident Spotlight: Eunice Scarborough

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 20th, 2012 in Dunwoody, GA, Spirit | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Eunice states that she was born on November 21, 1934, in southeast Atlanta and she grew up in the same area. She was an only child and graduated from Roosevelt High School, which had been the old Atlanta Girls High, in 1952.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? 

Eunice states that one of her favorite memories is her mother reading to her. She states that while growing up her mother had multiple sclerosis and so Eunice had to help her mother with housework. Starting at age 9 Eunice would make biscuits for her father for breakfast and she was so short that she had to stand on a stool to reach the kitchen counter. She also remembers that at some point in childhood she went to live with her aunt, who … Read more...

Just Keep Swimming

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 9th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA, Body, Research | No Comments

Want to offset the ravages of time? “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!” Okay, I couldn’t resist a little Finding Nemo humor.

The longer we remain active, the better we feel and perhaps longer we live. We certainly get our share of activity here at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Alpharetta. Just because we grow older does not mean we should stop being physically active and strive for optimal fitness. Older adults have been staying active a number of ways including fun aerobics and less strenuous exercises such as walking. Walking is certainly affective, but can become redundant after a while. One great way to exercise, even beyond the the summer month, is swimming. The benefits of swimming are numerous and many seniors have taken up this refreshing form of exercise.

Benefits of Swimming

Water exercise is an excellent … Read more...

No Horsing Around: Hoketsu Becomes the London 2012 Games Oldest Olympian

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 3rd, 2012 in Education | No Comments

I am sure I’m not the only one deeply enthralled in the London 2012 Olympics right now. In this week alone, records have been broken and “firsts” have been established. Micheal Phelps is the first to win 20 gold medals and Gabby Douglas, 16,  is the first African American to win gold in the gymnastics All -Around. There has been plenty of exciting moments, and there is still another week remaining before the closing ceremony. Many of our residents at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville, Ga are also enjoying the Olympics.

During my research of the London games, I stumbled across an interesting article from the Chicago Sun-Times about Hiroshi Hoketsu of Japan. At the age of 71, he is the oldest competitor in the London Olympic Games and the second oldest competitor in Olympic games history only topped … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Thomas J. Stevens

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 3rd, 2012 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Tom was born December 28th in North New Jersey. He enjoyed growing up in New Jersey and had fond memories growing on in the region. He recalls spending time at area parks and fishing. He would go upstream, put his boat in and drift downstream fishing all the way home.

At age 10, Tom began to work on a farm that grew vegetables. One benefit was he could take all the vegetables home he wanted. Another was he stayed busy and out of trouble.

After high school, Tom Joined the Navy and went to Japan. Upon his return, he graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he was the first student council judge. Like many young men at that time, one of his gathering spots was the Ice Cream Shoppe where a mutual friend introduced him to Joan Margaret, who he … Read more...

What is the Shingles Virus?

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 1st, 2012 in Body, Education | No Comments

Many of us remember the itchy discomfort experienced in our youth from chicken pox, a virus associated with the herpes virus family. Mom would soak you in oatmeal or throw you in the bath with your affected sibling so you both would be exposed together. At the time, most thought of chickenpox as deadly if infected in adulthood, so was imperative that it was contracted as a child. But chicken pox, known as a childhood illness, can also bring about another illness much later in life as a senior adult. This illness is called Shingles and is more prevalent in people over the age of 65. Some of our residents at Dogwood Forest of Assisted Living in Gaineville, Ga. have been affected with shingles. And it is no fun.

Like its itchy cousin chicken pox, shingles is also a virus … Read more...