Monthly Archives: November 2015

Hydration For Older Adults

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 24th, 2015 in Body | No Comments

Hydration is something you think about at the gym, but not necessarily when caring for a loved one. Water can seem like a minor issue when a senior needs continuous care, help with medication, or assistance just getting around their house. But seniors are especially prone to dehydration and it can cause serious health problems.

For example:

Water is essential to your energy level and your body’s ability to process its food. Water is necessary to remove toxins from the body through urine, sweat, and the liver. The nervous system depends on ions from water to function.

These processes can suffer even if a senior is drinking some water. They need about 2 liters a day to be healthy, and potentially more if they drink coffee, soda, alcohol, or other substances that dry out the body.

All of this applies …

Who Cares for the Caregivers?

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 23rd, 2015 in Body | No Comments

“There are four kinds of people: those who will become caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who were caregivers, and those who will need caregiving themselves.”

– Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

More often than not, the people who do the behind-the-scenes work are overlooked. They are the ones that hold the pieces together and make things look like they’re going to be fine. In the case of Assisted Living, Caregivers are these people. They are the ones that hold it together for the families and residents that they serve. They are the ones that pour their heart and souls out every day to make sure everyone is taken care of.

We want Caregivers to know they are greatly appreciated. November is National Family Caregivers Month, but we want to remember to appreciate them daily. As we take time to … Read more...

Veterans Honored by Local Students for Veterans Day at Senior Community

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 10th, 2015 in Gainesville, GA, Holidays | No Comments

Students to honor over 70 Veterans and their families with ceremony at Dogwood Forest of Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (November 10, 2015)– Students from East Hall NJROC and Riverside Military Academy will honor over Veterans and spouses of veterans during a special Veteran’s day ceremony at Dogwood Forest of Gainesville Assisted Living and The Holbrook of Lake Lanier on Wednesday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m.

For the ceremony, East Hall students will present the colors and Riverside’s brass ensemble will perform patriotic songs and bugle calls. This ceremony of honor and memorial will take place outside around the flag pole at Dogwood Forest located at 3315 Thompson Bridge Road. “It is an extreme honor to recognize these residents who have served our country,” said Bill Windsor, executive director of Dogwood Forest and The Holbrook. “These wonderful men and women inspire us … Read more...

Resident Sara Steele

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 3rd, 2015 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Sara states that she was born on November 3, 1930 in Cherokee County Georgia at home and she grew up in Cherokee County also.  She grew up the middle child with 2 older brothers and 1 younger sister and 1 younger brother.  Today, just the 1 sister is still living.  Sara graduated from Canton High School in 1948 and she went 1 year to Southern Business University in Atlanta, Georgia.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Sara states that she grew up on a farm and worked on the farm a lot picking cotton and peas and working around the house and the fields helping as needed.  She stated that hard work was just a part of life.  She states that she was able to go to school and church on … Read more...

How Alzheimer’s Affects Men and Women Differently

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 3rd, 2015 in Education | No Comments

Men and women face unique challenges living with Alzheimer’s disease. Although both genders can develop the disease, the way it affects them can be very different—both socially and in terms of the symptoms themselves. That means that the kind of care needed by a male or female loved one will also be different.

A Woman’s World

The biggest difference between the genders is that there are more women with Alzheimer’s disease than men. This isn’t because women are more susceptible, it’s because women tend to live longer. Alzheimer’s is an age-related disease that usually sets in after age 65. Since women live an average of five years longer than men, they make up the majority of Alzheimer’s patients.

This means that most residents in assisted living communities are women, not men. But it’s not the only factor. Men often … Read more...