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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Preparing for a New Life at an Assisted Living Community

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 20th, 2016 in Interior Design | No Comments

When you or a loved one decides it’s time to move into an assisted living community, there are many factors you may have to consider. What will happen to the house? Will you be able to bring pets with you? Should you look into memory care, or are you able to live independently? How will assisted living care be paid for? All of these are important questions to consider. However, there is one that many people don’t think about: What will happen to all the furniture and other possessions that fill your home?

Downsizing is one of the biggest issues our residents face when they first move in. As spacious as our apartments are, they simply aren’t big enough to hold as much as a house can. Here are a few tips on moving to an assisted living center … Read more...

When It Comes to Moms, #LoveIsAgeless

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 18th, 2016 in Holidays | No Comments

As we get older, every day we get to spend with our moms is a gift. This is especially true on holidays, including Mother’s Day. Our residents spent the holiday with their children, enjoying tea. However, we know that one day is not enough to truly celebrate mom. At Dogwood Forest, we know that, when it comes to mothers and children, #LoveIsAgeless. That’s why we are celebrating all month long!

Cindy Bell, Executive Director of Dogwood Forest in Gainesville, recently spoke about how important her mom is in her life.

“My mom, Hilda Bell, is a breast cancer survivor, sings, dances (ballroom and line dancing), plays the Dobro, makes her own hats, is a master wood carver and teaches it weekly, and made her first vocal CD at age 91!” Cindy says. “She will be 93 this year. She is … Read more...

The Man Who Wasn’t There: What Exactly Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 19th, 2016 in Mind, Research | No Comments

No doubt you’ve heard of Alzheimer’s Disease. It causes memory loss and slowly destroys the brain. There have been vast leaps forward in the prevention and treatment of this disease recently as we begin to understand it more. There have also been new, fascinating  breakthroughs in understanding exactly how it really affects the brain and all aspects of the mind.

In The Man Who Wasn’t There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self, author Anil Ananthaswamy explores how different conditions, from Alzheimer’s to out-of-body experiences, affect the concept of the Self. That is, if the concept of the “Self” even exists. Through investigations of different parts of the mind and ideas like the human narrative, Ananthaswamy reveals what Alzheimer’s actually is and how it affects our minds.

Symptoms, Physical and Neurological 

Alzheimer’s disease was first classified in …

Resident Spotlight: Barbara Staples

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 4th, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments
Barbara Staples

Where did you grow up? I was born on February 14, 1934 in Senoia, Georgia, but grew up in the Atlanta area. I had one sister; however, she passed away several years ago. I received a high school education graduating from Southwest DeKalb High School.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? I remember when I was a child, going to visit my grandparents in Fairburn, Georgia. They lived on a farm, and my grandfather would do a lot of fun things with me. I remember my grandmother was a very good cook, and I would have good food to eat while visiting them.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? My favorite memories from my adulthood are related to my wonderful husband, Roy Staples. I met Roy in middle school. In 2011, we … Read more...

Foster a Service Puppy — And 9 Other Things for Seniors to Try in the New Year

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 29th, 2016 in Mind | No Comments
Foster a Puppy
Resolutions are for Quitters!

The person who sets a resolution and is still sticking with it in February is an impressive one. Making major changes in our lives is difficult to do, especially long term, and we often set unobtainable goals and expectations for ourselves and end up quitting within the first few weeks. Failing never feels good, so why not resolve to keep it fresh in 2016. You’ve probably made a lot of resolutions in your life, so as a senior, why not resolve instead to try something you’ve never done in this lifetime? Prepare to meet interesting people along the way, learn A LOT, and make some memories.

Play Pickleball

Pickleball is really catching on across the United States and is popular for all ages! From mommy leagues and youth leagues to Senior leagues and clubs, Pickleball is … Read more...

Ceremonial Groundbreaking held for Dogwood Forest of Grayson

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 20th, 2016 in Grayson Ga. | No Comments

Dogwood Forest of Grayson Assisted Living Groundbreaking held groundbreaking on Jan.14 in Grayson, Georgia.

Grayson City officials, developers and partners gathered on January 14th for the groundbreaking ceremony for Dogwood Forest of Grayson . Solomon Development Services along with partners Trinity Lifestyles Management, Grayson’s city mayor, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and others all spoke about the new community’s impact on the area and to perform the ceremonial dig. Prayer lead by Senior Pastor Steve Hammock and Minister of Senior Adult Ministry, John Hadley from Anchor Church closed out the ceremony.

The $26 million, 101,000-square-foot community will specialize in assisted living, memory care and adult day services. The community will have 99 units composed of 74 assisted living units and 25 memory care units. Available amenities will include a theatre, wellness center, community gardens, outdoor gaming courts, bistros, walking trails, and … Read more...

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...

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...