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Resident Spotlight: Ethel Betsill Keeton

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 3rd, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Ethel was born in Fayette County, Georgia and when she was 11 years old, her family moved to Clayton County.  She grew up the third oldest child in the family with 6 sisters and 2 brothers. Today 5 of the brothers and sisters are still living.  Ethel graduated from Jonesboro High School, and took some business college courses Massey Business College.  

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Ethel’s family states that Ethel grew up on a farm and remembers picking cotton as a child.  Ethel also has good memories of attending school while growing up, but otherwise had to work a lot on the farm while growing up. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Ethel got married in 1951 when she was 17 years old to Lanier … Read more...

Spring Cleaning Made Simple

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 29th, 2016 in Mind | No Comments

Spring is in the air! Of course, for many of us in the Southeast, it never left. But soon it will be time for gardening, fresh flowers, and spring cleaning.

No one relishes the idea of de-cluttering his or her living space. But once it’s done, we always seem to be happier. There are a few great ways to make spring cleaning less work and more fun.

And since you want to make sure you do a thorough job (so you don’t find yourself doing summer or fall cleaning), here are some easy questions to ask yourself while you are deciding what to toss out and what to keep forever – or at least until next spring.

1) Do I need this?

Everyone has a few items in their space that must absolutely stay. Tax documents, birth Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Wendell Oliver Holmes

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 5th, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Wendell was born on January 10, 1940 in Birmingham Alabama and he grew up the same area that he was born in.  He grew up the youngest child with 6 brothers and 1 sister.  He completed high school and attended the University of Alabama but stopped going to school to join the Marines with the intention of going back to school later, but was not able to do that.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Wendell’s family was involved in southern gospel music and he was in several different quartets over the years.  He was named Vocalist of the Year in high school and was MVP of his high school basketball team his senior year of high school. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Wendell continued to … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Martha Thompson

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 21st, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Martha was born on July 28, 1931 in East Point, Georgia where she grew up.  She was the middle child with two sisters.  She graduated from Russell High School in her hometown.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Martha says that one of her favorite memories from childhood was playing baseball in the street with the neighborhood children.  She also recalls getting new doll for Christmas; which was always a special time for her growing up.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Martha states that one of her favorite memories from adulthood was meeting her future husband, Jack Thompson.  They met when they were both working for Southern Bell. Martha was having problems with her car.  She knew that he worked on cars and so she asked … Read more...

The Senior’s Guide to Healthy Eating

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 14th, 2016 in Body | No Comments

Did you know that the U.S. Government recommends you eat 2.5 cups of vegetables every day? Take a look:

You also notice that it’s recommended that you eat two cups of fruits, six ounces of dairy, and six ounces of grains. Take a look at the rest of the recommendations.

Many people aren’t even aware of these guidelines, and even more aren’t following them. But nutrition is vital for for your health – especially as you age. While it’s easy to look at the list of foods you should be eating, it’s hard to actually find a way to put them into your daily diet. So we went to the source of all of life’s important information – Pinterest – and found some great ways to incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle.


First of all, let’s take a …

Fitness & Exercise Tips for Seniors

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 7th, 2016 in Education | No Comments
Water Aerobics

Staying healthy and in shape is important for people of all ages. But as we become older, our bodies begin to slowly break down. Muscle can lose mass, and bones may become more brittle. Eating a healthy diet plays a major role in maintaining a  strong musculoskeletal system. However, it is not the only factor.

A daily exercise regimen can keep our bodies from deteriorating. Of course, it would be difficult to keep the same kind of exercise schedule we had when we were younger. But, a lighter, adjusted regimen can keep you healthy. In addition, exercise releases endorphins, which are “happy hormones.” As such, it can be a good way to stave off issues like depression, or at least lessen its effects.

1. Build Leg Muscle for Balance

One of the top complaints for adults over 60 is vertigo, … Read more...

Love Is Ageless: The Kilgores’ Story

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 23rd, 2016 in Spirit | No Comments

When you have been married for many decades, certain parts of a relationship just come naturally. You begin to complete each others’ sentences perfectly, you know how to make each other smile and you learn how to tease each other without hurting feelings. But, that takes many years to perfect, as Becky and Jackson Kilgore know.

It’s not easy to get married and stay in love. It takes hard work and dedication. But, as the Kilgore’s told us in an interview, staying with it and working through the hard times is more than worth it.

Interviewer: How long have you all been married?

Jack: Forever.

Interviewer: Forever?

Becky: 32 years.

Interviewer: Where did you all meet?

Jack: In jail. She was on a work release program, believe it or not. No no, we met … Read more...

Love Is Ageless: The Miteks’ Story

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 16th, 2016 in Spirit | No Comments
The Miteks

Ask anyone who has been in a relationship for more than a couple years, and they will all tell you the same thing: Love is tough. It takes a lot of work to make sure a marriage remains fruitful and strong. But that hard work is what makes loving one another worth it, as Mary and Ben Mitek know. This couple has been married for over 60 years. They have been through a lot together, and have found themselves deeply in love through it all. We had a chance to sit down with them and talk to them about their lives and ageless love.

Roots Of Love

Interviewer: How long have you guys been together, Mr. Ben?

Ben: We’ve been together for 63 years.

Interviewer: Sixty three years? That’s a long time. And she’s still smiling.

Ben: Why wouldn’t she?…

Love Is Ageless: Mrs. Taylor’s Story

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 9th, 2016 in Spirit | No Comments
Mrs. Nora Taylor

We live an era where many seem to have forgotten the definition of love. Ironically, while technology like the internet and social media make us more interconnected than ever, we have been experiencing more isolation from one another. In this modern context, the true meaning of love becomes blurred as we mire ourselves in the day-to-day affairs that seem to swallow up more and more of our time.

Yet, it does not have to be this way. Modern love and ancient love are one and the same, and we can experience every bit of the classic love that helped people stay together and happy for decades if we simply put our minds to it. If such a task seems impossible, consider the story of Mrs. Nora Taylor. She and her husband were married for 70 wonderful years until his death … Read more...

Everything You Need To Know About Living Wills

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 27th, 2016 in Education | No Comments
Living Will Paperwork

Living wills are one of the most important documents you and your elderly loved one can create. Despite its name, living wills are not designed to make sure your loved one’s assets go to the right heirs. Rather, it ensures your loved one gets the care they desire as they near the end of their life.

More specifically, living wills dictate what medical treatment your loved one wants and doesn’t want in the event they become incapacitated. This can range from what medicines they would refuse to whether they want to stay on life support. Without this document, doctors and loved ones may be forced to guess what kind of treatment to administer. Here’s everything you need to know about creating a living will.

How to Create a Living Will

In Georgia, a living will is also known as an … Read more...