Monthly Archives: December 2015

Resident Spotlight: Carolyn Hargreaves

Posted by Kia Crawford on December 21st, 2015 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? Atlanta, Georgia.  I was born in Ludlow, KY in 1932, during the Depression and Dad, who was with Southern Railway, moved our family to Atlanta when I was only three (3) months old.  I consider myself a native Atlantan.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? I was basically raised by my father with five brothers and one sister.  We lived in the Cascade area and attended West End Baptist Church.  My father served the church as a Deacon and I recall going with him on many home visits and just sitting and listening to what he had to say.  I remember being on the front porch with my family, making homemade peach ice cream, catching lightening bugs and playing ball in the street.

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‘Tis the Season in Assisted Living

Posted by Kia Crawford on December 21st, 2015 in Education, Holidays | No Comments
Family Celebrating Christmas

The holidays are the best time to have some good food and spend quality time with the people you love. If you have a family member or friend in assisted living, it may be a challenge to get him or her into the swing of the season. Here are some ideas for activities you and your family can do with your loved one to include them in the cheer and spirit of the season this winter at their assisted living home.

Sing Holiday Songs

According to ALZ.org, singing can bring people together. Surprisingly and beautifully enough, many Alzheimer’s patients can remember every word to a song. This is a good way for them to connect with their family and reminisce on the past.

Bring a Fun Treat to Share

Food brings people together. If you help your loved one bake … Read more...

How to Cure a “Blue Christmas” for Seniors

Posted by Kia Crawford on December 11th, 2015 in Education, Holidays, Mind, Spirit | No Comments

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, togetherness and caring for those around us. But for many seniors, the holiday season is anything but that. Many seniors find themselves dreading the holidays as they approach, and rather than taking joy in them, they find themselves feeling sad and alone—even with family around. This effect is known as “Blue Christmas.”

There are many causes of Blue Christmas. It can be because a senior can’t fully participate in holiday traditions (like decorating their house), because it reminds them of times past that will not come again, or simply because it underscores a loneliness they feel every day. It can range from a wistful, sad feeling to full-on depression. And this sense of isolation can affect far more than their happiness; it can affect their health.

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Resident Spotlight: Mary Jo Thomas

Posted by Kia Crawford on December 1st, 2015 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? Mary Jo was born on May 25, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia and she grew up in the Grant Park area of Atlanta. She grew up an only child. She received a high school education growing up attending Girls High.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Mary Jo’s favorite memories from childhood are related to spending time in Grant Park and doing various activities and she was very active and involved at Grant Park Baptist Church.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? Mary Jo’s favorite memories from her adulthood are related to her involvement in her very close neighborhood in East Atlanta and she was very involved and active with her 3 children (2 girls and 1 boy). She also had a very good marriage with her husband … Read more...