Kia Crawford

Kia Crawford

Kia Crawford graduated magna cum laude from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations. She also holds a Masters of Public Administration degree. Kia began working in the senior living industry in 2006. She has worked as marketing coordinator, community relations director, and is currently the Corporate Communications Director for Trinity Lifestyles Management, an assisted living management company based out of Alpharetta, Ga. In this role, she manages all aspects of communications and public relations including both internal and external platforms, as well customer relations and employee relations and programs working. Kia also serves as the corporate special events planner. She has also worked in areas of community quality assurance. Kia’s a new blogger, but is excited to share her thoughts on trends and current issues affecting the senior living industry.
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Changing Our Mindset on Exercise…Even If We Really Don’t Want To

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 16th, 2014 in Body | No Comments

Most of us have a love hate relationship with exercise. We love the way it makes us look and feel, but we hate to do it. However as humans, we were created by God to be mobile creatures with ability to use all of the 640 muscles in our bodies. Our bodies were designed to move and MUST move in order to work properly. We have to devote the time necessary to ensure our bodies are performing at its peak levels. After all, if we are good to our bodies, our bodies will be good to us.

Although, you would want to start good exercise habits earlier in life, it’s truly never too late to get moving, and still reap the benefits. Many seniors in our Dogwood Forest communities find a way to exercise each day. We have walking … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Marion ‘Bunny’ Ayers

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 16th, 2014 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Marion (Bunny) Ayers grew up in Gainesville, GA.  Her favorite childhood memory is when they built a new two story home.  Some of her favorite adulthood memories are traveling the U.S. with four school teachers, leading a good friend to accept Christ, going to the Business School and working seven years for the Welfare office.  She remembers the tornado of 1936.

She is most proud of working on the church staff with children, youth and adults.  She says “Let go, and let God have his way in your life. Make God ahead of your family and home.”

She came to Holbrook for more help and because she did not want to live alone.  She says The Holbrook is a great place to live and has loving people.… Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Otis Brooks

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 11th, 2014 in Birmingham, AL | No Comments

Our resident spotlight this month is Otis Brooks.  Otis grew up in Decatur, Georgia, just outside Atlanta, Georgia.  His favorite memory as a child was attending schools in Decatur from elementary through high school.  Otis stated, “The students had a feeling the teachers really cared for them.  The school was good at picking out your strengths and helping you with them.”  Other great memories as a child were the community as a whole.  “Great neighbors and good friends, close knit community.”  

Otis served in the Army during World War II as a Private First Medic for three years.  He was called to serve the Lord as a pastor in the Southern Baptist Church.  Some of his favorite memories as an adult were the churches he served as a pastor.  He feels very fortunate that he has great memories of each … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Eleanor Smith

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 7th, 2014 in Birmingham, AL | No Comments

Independent Resident Spotlight

Eleanor Smith is one of the newest residents of Chateau Vestavia independent.  She is a petite lady with a bright smile and a twinkle in her eyes. Eleanor is very friendly and easy to talk with. She and her beautiful cat, Precious, are very good friends. She shared a picture album with me that contained pictures of Precious and her four baby kittens. There is evidence of Eleanor’s love for cats all over her apartment. She has a collection of china tea pots displayed in her apartment. An extensive collection of lovely crystal figurines is enclosed in a glass display case near a window reflecting the outdoor light.

Eleanor was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania where she lived with her parents, two brothers and two sisters. They later moved to New York City where she graduated from high … Read more...

Today Show Spotlights the Impact of Alzheimer’s on Women

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 26th, 2014 in Mind | No Comments

More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. However, historically, women have  been disproportionately affected by the debilitating disease. Last week, The Today Show broadcasted a segment based on a recent report released by the Alzheimer’s Association on how Alzheimer’s disease disproportionately affects women either as patients or caregivers .  Here are a few astonishing  facts presented in the report:

According to Alzheimer’s Association, 3.2.million women have Alzheimer’s. At 65, 1 out 6 women will develop Alzheimer’s versus 1 out 11 men. When a woman reaches her 60’s, she is 2 times more likely to get Alzheimer’s than breast cancer.

Along with the recent report from the Alzheimer’s Association, a  another  informative Foundation,  Brightfocus,  funding for cancer is 10 times higher than funding for Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is the only leading cause death in the United  States that … Read more...

Glaucoma: The Sneaky Sight Stealer

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 22nd, 2014 in Body, Education | No Comments

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Although, many consider glaucoma an eye disease that effects seniors like those in our Dogwood Forest Communities, this theory is flawed and is not always the case especially for certain ethnic groups. With regular complete eye exams, the detection of preliminary signs can be found earlier. That’s why its important that we begin looking toward the future and getting an eye exam for glaucoma. Did you know that according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, over 2.2 million people in the United States have glaucoma, but only half of them know they have it? First, let’s understand more about glaucoma.

What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma is nicknamed “the sneak thief of sight.” Often there aren’t any symptoms of the disease, and if it’s left untreated, can cause permanent loss of vision.  According to the Glaucoma Read more...

Thanks be to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 20th, 2014 in Education, Holidays | No Comments

By: Al Holbrook- Chairman of Trinity Lifestyles Management

Today is America’s day, a day to honor and recognize the true work of a servant, Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King came from a long line of Baptist ministers, his grandfather and father serving Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. King graduated from Morehouse College in 1948 and entered Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of his class. He then entered Boston University completing his doctorate in 1955 and met and married Coretta Scott, a woman of superior intellectual and artistic attainments, having two sons.

Dr. King became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama and began his work for civil rights. Leading nonviolent demonstrations, Martin championed the equal rights of all people and was called by God to sacrifice his personal Read more...

Self Screening for Dementia Using Just a Pen and Pad

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 17th, 2014 in Education, Mind, Research | No Comments

Self Screening for mild dementia and early Alzheimer’s? Check. A screening for mild dementia and early Alzheimer’s that takes 15 minutes? Check. A screening for mild dementia and early Alzheimer’s that takes just 15 minutes AND you only need a pen and a pad? Check.

Thanks to Ohio State University, we now have the SAGE test for early cognitive impairments. The test is a FREE  screening available online; which allows you to spot the signs of cognitive decline before they become too advanced. The beauty of the self test is that it can be done in just 15 minutes notifying you of when you might need to have a conversation with your doctor about cognitive impairments. This is exciting news to our Dogwood Forest communities because like many assisted living communities, our prospects and families are not always aware … Read more...

Neuroscience Project Could Shine Light on the Elusive Brain

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 15th, 2014 in Education, Mind, Research | No Comments

It’s fascinating to think about how the brain truly works. The intricacy of its functionality is astounding. To think, the body’s connections only work because of our brains. For years, scientists have been interested in solving the mystery behind the brains interworking, but due to the lack of advanced technology, we have been unable to uncover the true power behind the brain. However, we are now in 2014 and technology allows us to dig much deeper into our cognitive function and other neurological mysteries. The brain is elusive with a myriad of codes, but with governmental interest resurgence reaching to the executive branch again within the last couple of years, Alzheimer’s research and other neurological research may get the necessary funding to finally crack the code. With teams of researchers, like the ones at Washington University, the brains elusiveness may … Read more...

Dogwood Forest of Eagles Landing Named SeniorAdvisor.com’s 2013 Excellence Award Winner

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 13th, 2014 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

We are so excited to announce that Dogwood Forest of Eagles Landing has been named a SeniorAdvisor.com 2013 Excellence Award winner! SeniorAdvisor.com is a senior living online review site that reviews over 100,000 senior living communities nationwide. As a recipient of the 2013 Excellence Award, Dogwood Forest of Eagles Landing is ranked amongst the top one percent of all senior living communities. The winners are selected based on the reviews from residents, families, and visitors collected on the site.  This what Vicki Curl, executive for Trinity Lifestyles Management, the management arm of Dogwood Forest, said in a recent press release:

“We are honored to be a recipient of this award as Dogwood Forest of Eagles Landing and all of our communities consistently strive for excellence,” states Vicki Curl, President of Asset Management for Trinity Lifestyles Management, the management arm for … Read more...