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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How Alzheimer’s Affects Men and Women Differently

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 3rd, 2015 in Education | No Comments

Men and women face unique challenges living with Alzheimer’s disease. Although both genders can develop the disease, the way it affects them can be very different—both socially and in terms of the symptoms themselves. That means that the kind of care needed by a male or female loved one will also be different.

A Woman’s World

The biggest difference between the genders is that there are more women with Alzheimer’s disease than men. This isn’t because women are more susceptible, it’s because women tend to live longer. Alzheimer’s is an age-related disease that usually sets in after age 65. Since women live an average of five years longer than men, they make up the majority of Alzheimer’s patients.

This means that most residents in assisted living communities are women, not men. But it’s not the only factor. Men often … Read more...

8 Signs It’s Time for Assisted Living

Posted by Kia Crawford on October 5th, 2015 in Education | No Comments

8 Signs It’s Time for Assisted Living

Moving a senior to assisted living is a big choice. It can be hard to know for sure whether your parent or loved one truly needs assisted living, especially if they say they prefer living alone. But often their care needs will advance to a point where assisted living truly is the best choice—not only for their health, but for their safety and happiness as well.

Here are eight signs that show it’s time to consider assisted living:

Weight loss or weight gain. For seniors, noticeable weight change can be a bad sign. Often it’s a hint that your loved one is no longer eating what they used to. For many seniors that means weight loss as they forget to make meals, try to avoid the hassle of cooking, or just “nibble.” Weight… Read more...

Resident Grace Marchal Altenhofen

Posted by Kia Crawford on October 2nd, 2015 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? Grace was born in Washington DC on March 15, 1925 and she grew up in Washington DC /Maryland. She grew up the middle child with 2 sisters and then her Mom had two other children a girl and a boy from another marriage. Grace states that the half sister and half brother are about the same age as her children. Grace attended a one and two room school and graduated from High School.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Grace states that she remembers when she was a child having a hurricane go through the area that she lived in and after the storm passed she went out and found items belonging to others and she returned the items to their owners and got a nickel for each returned item. She … Read more...

4 Reasons to Consider Assisted Living for Mom

Recently we released a brand new infographic showing why people choose assisted living for their mothers. An assisted living environment has many benefits both for older women and for their families and loved ones who are concerned about their wellbeing. Today we wanted to look at some of those benefits in more detail.

Four of the key benefits called out in the infographic include:

#1 Relief from Social Isolation

Relief from social isolation. All too often we don’t realize how lonely older relatives feel when they live alone—or what a toll that can take on their health. Seniors typically have less opportunities for social visits or fun outings than they did when they were younger. They may look to family to be their main social outlet, but there’s a limit to what family members can provide, especially when working full-time … Read more...

Dunwoody Commemorates September 11 with Breakfast

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 8th, 2015 in Dunwoody, GA, Spirit | No Comments
Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody Host Heroes Breakfast for Emergency Personnel and Military for September 11

A somber event in American history took place September 11, 2001. Fourteen years later, lives lost on that day have not been forgotten, but forever etched in our memories. In honor of them, we celebrate emergency personnel and soldiers who put their lives on the line daily. For their dedication to public service, Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody is hosting a “Thank You: Celebrating Our Heroes” breakfast on Friday, September 11th. All emergency personnel including Fire, Police, and EMT are welcomed. And as always, we will also honor our veterans and members of the armed forces. Please join us as we thank those courageous men and women who serve the pubic risking their lives everyday. We want to honor you and your bravery!

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Resident Spotlight: Trudie Hayward Corley

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 4th, 2015 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? Trudie was born on October 13, 1926 in Waycross Georgia and she grew up in Waycross, Georgia. She was the youngest child with 2 sisters and 1 brother. She graduated from Waycross High School. While in High School, Trudie was involved in the theater and performed in a play with her classmate Pernell Roberts who later starred in TV show Bonanza.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Trudie states that her father worked for the railroad and they were able to get train passes to be able to travel and she has good memories of traveling places with her family. She also remembers visiting family friends who had a horse and she had a lot of fun riding the horse but was sore after that. Trudie also remembers visiting her older … Read more...

Resident Spotlight for Eagles Landing: Linda Edgar

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 4th, 2015 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Linda was born on July 1937 in Alma, Alabama. She lived most of her life in the same town where she was born. She was the oldest child with one sister and one brother. Linda received a High School education and taken some college courses.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Linda’s favorite memories from childhood included riding her horse Raven, spending time with her Daddy, reading and spending time with her best friend Patsy who lived next door. They were always together.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? Linda’s favorite memories from her adulthood included loving to travel. She and her husband went to Europe several times, as well as Israel, Mexico and Canada. She loved painting, and she led exercise classes.

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Dogwood Forest Joins Shoe Drive for Haiti

Posted by Kia Crawford on July 22nd, 2015 in Education | No Comments

Do you have shoes collecting dust in your closet? Bring them to us! Dogwood Forest has joined forces with radio station Victory 91.5 FM in a summer shoe drive campaign. The summer outreach opportunity called Every Sole Counts is shoe drive for Haiti. Haiti was hit in 2010 by a devastating Earthquake. Yet, they are still facing many challenges.

Dogwood Forest is currently collecting shoes of all varieties & conditions  at all locations. No shoes will be refused (tennis shoes, loafers, boots, heels, sandals, flip-flops, etc.).

Every Sole Counts Facts:

Shoes with minimal wear will provide footwear to those in need in Haiti. Shoes with moderate/severe wear will be re-purpose through a micro-business initiative to Haitian families who will learn a profitable trade/business to earn income for their families. Some of the materials will be used to help build an… Read more...

Resident Spotlight for Eagles Landing: Bettie Browning ONeal

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 22nd, 2015 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Bettie was born on August 9, 1930 in Jackson, Georgia.  She says that she grew up on a dairy farm.  She was the youngest of 6 children with 3 sisters and 2 brothers.  Today the 3 sisters are all living.  Bettie graduated from Jackson High School and then attended Asbury College in Kentucky before transferring to University of Georgia, where she earned a degree in Home Economics Education.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Bettie says that some of her favorite childhood memories include washing milk bottles for her family diary business while growing up until she went away to college, following her father around the farm – especially riding on the combine – while harvesting wheat, attending Sunday School and Church with her family, and attending Camp Meeting with her … Read more...

Dogwood Forest of Fayetteville Resident Turns 100

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 17th, 2015 in Fayetteville, GA, Holidays, Spirit | No Comments

One hundred years is a long time–equivalent to a century. Much has happened within the last 100 years. A man landed on the moon. We’ve gone from making the very first transcontinental telephone call in 1915 to having ways to stream live video and see on your mobile the face of the person you are speaking to. We’ve gone from messages via telegraph to instant messages directly to one or many via social media. Our world has changed tremendously in the last 100 years. While we all have read about it, could you imagine actually LIVING it?

Ms. McKenny, a resident at Dogwood Forest of Fayetteville,  has lived it! On Sunday, she joined the centenarians club. The New Orleans native was all smiles as she celebrated one hundred years of life on Sunday with her nieces, church and Dogwood … Read more...