Monthly Archives: June 2016

Dogwood Forest of Grayson is Under Way!

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 30th, 2016 in Grayson Ga. | No Comments

We are so excited about our new community coming to Grayson! Watching the build has been amazing.  Our infrastructure is being constructed with the very best materials– steel and concrete which ensures our communities are built with some of the highest safety levels in the world. They are also compartmentalized with electronic smoke doors that close to ensure flames are contained in case of fire.

See our progress below and learn more about what makes us different.!

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Floor Plan Options and How to Work With Them

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 27th, 2016 in Interior Design | No Comments

At Dogwood Forest, we offer a few different floor plans to our residents. Each one is designed with comfort and navigability in mind. Though they are spacious, they are much smaller than, say, the house you may have owned the past 30 years. That does not mean, however, that there is not room for personalization. You can easily make your room uniquely yours, a small taste of the home you moved from.

Here are a few examples of floor plans available at Dogwood Forest:

The Georgian: 2 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, 1071 square feet

The Bainbridge: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 691 square feet

The Franklin: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 790 square feet

The Darien: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, den, 1100 square feet

Though these are standard floor plans, how you make it your own is up to you. Here are … Read more...

Three Ways to Find the ALZ Support You Need

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 24th, 2016 in Mind | No Comments

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and we are doing our part to educate the community about this disease and what we can do to help. Recently we discussed the history and science behind Alzheimer’s Disease. Those elements are vital; however, another crucial key to fighting Alzheimer’s Disease is to find the support you need in your community.

Both caregivers and those who suffer from this disease need the right resources to help them navigate this difficult journey. We’ve compiled a few ways you can start:

Find an online support group.

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease can leave little time for attending support group meetings. However, there are forums online that you can join to find support and advice from other caregivers who can relate to your circumstances. Websites like are great places to look for online … Read more...

Top 5 Best Things About Grayson

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 21st, 2016 in Grayson Ga. | No Comments
couple sitting at local festival

Grayson, Georgia is the ultimate small town. With just under 3,000 residents, you get to know your neighbors pretty quickly. Even so, it’s just a short drive away from big city living — though you would never know it just by visiting. It stands almost as a testimony to days gone by, when times were simpler and a Coke cost a nickel.

However, there are many events, shops and activities in Grayson that make it stand out among the rest. Here are 5 of the best things about Grayson. Be sure to check these out, whether you move here, are visiting or live nearby! 

1. A Celebration of Community

Every spring, residents and visitors alike crowd into Grayson Community Park to celebrate those who have made a difference in the community, whether by fighting overseas or leading the town to … Read more...

Farmer’s Market Fun: Join us in Grayson

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 13th, 2016 in Grayson Ga. | No Comments

We already know that we have some of the best chefs in the industry and now we are giving you an opportunity to taste their talents! Do you absolutely love bake goods? How about a good meat rub? Perfect! We got you covered at the City of Grayson Farmer’s Market. Wednesdays in June from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm you can enjoy our Dogwood Forest market stand at Grayson Community Park selling all the freshest baked goods and most flavorful rubs.

From delicious mini sweet potato, french coconut, and buttermilk pies and wonderful glory muffins to start your day- to robust rubs to make your meats at home taste as flavorful as ever, we have you covered. But here is the really cool thing– we aren’t selling in the market to make a profit. We are selling because ALL proceeds … Read more...

Getting to Know Grayson

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 13th, 2016 in Grayson, Grayson Ga. | No Comments

Grayson, Georgia is a small town tucked away in the southeast corner of Gwinnett County. With a population of fewer than 3,000, the town is one in which everyone knows your name — including the mayor. Though it is only a 45-minute drive from Atlanta, the noise, light and air pollution is minimal. If you have dreamt about moving to a small town in your retirement, but don’t want to move too far from your family in the city, Grayson is the perfect solution.

Because Grayson is so small, it is relatively unknown to non-locals. Let’s take a quick tour around Grayson, including who’s here and what’s around.

The Local Government 

City hall is located just off Grayson Parkway; if you blink, you’ll miss it! Though the building itself is fairly low-profile, it serves an important role in the community. … Read more...

What We Really Know About Alzheimer’s

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 10th, 2016 in Mind, Research | No Comments

Chances are you know someone, either directly or indirectly, who has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Even if you don’t, you have read the stories and know just how devastating the condition is. Victims suffer from confusion, memory loss and even begin losing their sense of self. The brain slowly deteriorates and, eventually, claims the life of the person affected. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure.

However, June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. People across the country, including many celebrities, are banding together to bring awareness to this terrible disease and urging everyone to do their part in ending Alzheimer’s. While the most common way to help is donating to causes researching cures, you can also educate yourself on the warning signs of Alzheimer’s to begin the fight against it early on.

A History Lesson of Alzheimer’s 

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Resident Spotlight: Mary Gilmer Rainwater

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 1st, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Mary was born on February 3, 1931 in Gainesville Georgia and she lived in Gainesville until she was 10-11 years old. Her family then moved to Hapeville, Georgia where she spent the rest of her childhood.  She grew up the 3rd oldest child with 2 brothers and 1 sister and today she has 1 brother and 1 sister living.  Mary graduated from Hapeville High School and attended secretarial school in Atlanta, Georgia.  

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  One of Mary’s favorite memories from her childhood is getting out of school and taking her Daddy, who she loved very much. She enjoyed eating cornbread and buttermilk while he was working on the farm.  Another favorite memory from her childhood is running to church after Sunday School to sit by her mother … Read more...

Meet Dogwood Forest’s Interior Designer

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 1st, 2016 in Interior Design | No Comments

At Dogwood Forest, we make sure our assisted living communities never feel institutional like medical facilities. Rather, we work hard to make them feel like one big house, where all of our residents feel like a family that lives together. At the heart of our efforts is our interior designer, Laurie Holbrook. Since the 1990s, she has been working with Solomon Holdings, the parent company of Dogwood Forest, to create a warm, welcoming environment.

Early Roots in Design

Since she was young, Laurie has had a dream of being an interior designer. In the 1980s, she worked for Trammell Crow Interior Contractors. At that time, she had just married Al, who is now the chairman of Solomon Holdings. Fast forward about a decade, and Al was laying the foundations of the modern assisted living industry. He had hired an interior … Read more...