Monthly Archives: January 2015

Dogwood Forest Named Best of Senior Living 2015

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 21st, 2015 in Eagles Landing, GA, Fayetteville, GA, Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Dogwood Forest is pleased to announce that three Dogwood Forest Assisted Living communities were recently named recipients of 2015 Best of Senior Living award by, the senior living industry’s leading resource for online reviews. The award recognizes senior living communities that receive consistently high star ratings of positive reviews from residents, families and community visitors. The three winning communities include Dogwood Forest of Gainesville in Gainesville, GA; Dogwood Forest of Fayetteville in Fayetteville, GA; and Dogwood Forest of Eagles Landing in Stockbridge, GA. This is Dogwood Forest of Eagles Landing second consecutive year receiving the award.

As recipients of this award, the three Dogwood Forest communities are being recognized and acknowledged as a community that is within the top 1% percent of all senior living communities nationwide.

President and CEO of Trinity Lifestyles Management,  Victoria Curl said,” We … Read more...

Is It Dementia Or Just Old Age?

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 19th, 2015 in Memory Care, Mind | No Comments

As a loved one ages, it can be hard to tell whether they are developing the early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s or if changes they face are a normal part of aging. However, it’s important to catch signs of dementia as soon as possible so that treatment can help slow the progression and improve quality of life. Not sure how to tell the difference? Here are five signs that your family member is facing more than just old age:

Memory loss is disruptive: Almost everyone experiences some difficulty with memory as they grow older. Even middle-aged individuals may find themselves forgetting details or little things. However, in a healthy older person this memory loss is minor and often temporary. An individual might forget something they were told but then recall it, or remember it instantly when reminded. With dementia,… Read more...

What is Memory Care?

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 16th, 2015 in Memory Care, Mind | No Comments

Until an older relative is in need of assistance, many people aren’t aware of the different levels and kinds of care communities that exist for seniors. But the number of Alzheimer’s patients in the United States is on the rise, and many families find themselves facing a need to educate themselves quickly on the care options available. For a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia, that often means memory care.

Memory care involves a care environment designed entirely around the needs of seniors with dementia. It is a form of assisted living, where seniors have their own room, apartment or suite in a community but also have 24/7 attention from staff so that their care needs are met. The difference between memory care and assisted living more broadly is that the staff at a memory care community are specially trained … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Rochelle Smith

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 15th, 2015 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Rochelle’s parents migrated from Germany after World War II to New York, NY. Her brother has the distinction of being the first Jewish boy born after the war in Germany.

Her father was a builder. Prior to the war, he wired electricity in a sewer and created a hiding place fornot only her parents, but 24 other people. Her mom was much loved by the local baker. Every night, the baker would drop bread through an opening so the group of 26 would not starve. These 26 escaped being sent to camps, but in their own way, had their own version of Holocaust.

On Long Island, Rochelle always remembered having a family dog, and to this day so enjoys her two dogs Ripley, age 2, and Bailey, who is 14 years old.

Rochelle quickly found out that she was not … Read more...

How Environment Affects Alzheimer’s

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 14th, 2015 in Memory Care, Mind | No Comments

Alzheimer’s is one of the most devastating and yet most widespread diseases affecting older adults. However, there are ways to slow or even reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. While genetics play a major role in determining who gets Alzheimer’s disease, environment can be a significant contributing factor. Here are five things a senior’s environment should provide to potentially minimize the effects of Alzheimer’s:

Mental stimulation: Mentally stimulating activities reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s and can slow the progress of dementia once it has set in. An environment that allows for new experiences, stimulation and changes of routine can thus have a profound effect on mental health as you age. In particular, intellectual activities like reading are recommended to help prevent or slow Alzheimer’s. Social interaction: A healthy social life is one of the best tonics against the advance of… Read more...

How Does Music Help Alzheimer’s Patients?

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 13th, 2015 in Memory Care, Mind | No Comments

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that affects roughly 6 million people in the United States alone. While not everyone will develop Alzheimer’s disease as they grow older, it is one of the most common illnesses relating to old age. It’s a disease of the brain which starts in the frontal lobe, in the area where information is first processed before it becomes memories. Thus, Alzheimer’s affects memory, sense of place and time, and even mood and personality. 

Alzheimer’s is incurable, but that doesn’t mean there are no treatments for it. Memory care, a good environment and a variety of therapies can help substantially in slowing Alzheimer’s progress and improving quality of life for those who have it. Perhaps the most widespread and one of the most effective therapies for Alzheimer’s is music therapy.

Many people have heard of music therapy …

How Environment Affects Senior Happiness

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 12th, 2015 in Mind, Spirit | No Comments

At Dogwood Forest, we talk a lot about the assisted living environment and how important environment is to seniors’ happiness. Most people can agree that environment affects day-to-day well-being, but how does that translate to a senior living community? And how specifically does environment improve a senior’s quality of life? Here are four key ways in which your loved one’s surroundings can boost their enjoyment of life:

Depression and loneliness: As dedicated and loving as adult children are toward their senior parents, it can be hard to understand the level of loneliness that seniors face as they age. At the same time that they lose longtime friends and loved ones, they often face barriers such as forgetfulness, difficulty driving, and mobility restriction—all of which limit their ability to go out and socialize or even just pursue favorite pastimes. When seniors… Read more...