Category Archives: Alpharetta, GA

Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta and School for Autism Host Prom

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 14th, 2015 in Alpharetta, GA, Spirit | No Comments

Never mind Buckingham– the King and Queen reside at Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta. Lion Heart School, an Alpharetta school for autism, along with residents at Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta danced the night away on Thursday, May 7. The improbable prom was featured on 11Alive during last night’s broadcast. Seniors from Lion Heart School organized the event and hosted it at Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta, a community the students visit for volunteerism each week. A Prom Princess from The Lion Heart School and King and Queen of the Prom from Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta were crowned.

The two organizations have worked together for some years. The relationship has proven to be beneficial for both groups though they are on opposite ends of the age spectrum. Autism, a developmental disorder that could potentially make communication challenging, and cognitive decline, which can hinder … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Frankie Brown

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 2nd, 2015 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

  Those of us who know her feel seriously that Frankie is much, much younger than a Centurion. Who would ever think of Frankie as a woman of 100 years of age? She is truly a beautiful human being and we are blessed she lives at Dogwood.

Frankie was born in Bonita, MS on March 1, 1915. The family moved from the country to Bonita and lived around her daddy’s people, one of which was Aunt Effie Blackwell, dad’s sister, and her cousin who Frankie loved so very much and spent a great deal of her childhood with. Aunt Effie’s husband had a big peach orchard and made his living selling sand from his sand pit to customers who manufactured concrete. She recalls the sand being transported by horse-drawn wagon in those days. Not many of us remember this form … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Dorothy Missfeldt

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 2nd, 2015 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

I was born Dorothy Ebbert in 1917 in Whitewater, WI . Our family, to include two brothers, eventually moved to a farm in Ft. Atkinson, WI. I recall during my childhood days driving a horse-drawn wagon with a dragging machine attached, for the purpose of picking up rolls of hay and tossing them into the wagon. When my brothers and I wanted to go to another town about 11 miles away on July 4th each year to experience the fireworks, the chores had to be done before we could leave.

Even though my ambition was to be a nurse, one of my teachers suggested I would be great as a math teacher due to my interest and abilities with numbers. So I went to college to be a teacher but after 18 months it was necessary that I leave school … Read more...

Saluting our Veterans: Veterans Day 2014

Having lived through times of world unrest, many of our community’s residents have faced great challenges as well as triumphs as veterans of the armed forces. Their personal memories from their service are forever etched in their minds, and their unique experiences forever etched in the bowels of world history. Today, we look upon their service and dedication with great reverence and a thankful heart for their courageous sacrifices. November 11th marks this nation’s Veterans Day. A day to remember the many that have served. Today each of our communities honored our senior veterans with a Veterans Day service in partnership with local ROTC programs and active members of the military.

Though many of our residents have served in all branches of the armed forces,  we would also like to mention our community directors  who have also served. Some of … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Cora Durden

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 6th, 2014 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

 I grew up in:

Brewton, Alabama which is located half way between Mobile and Montgomery.   Some of my favorite memories from childhood are:   Playing with my siblings. I had a brother eighteen (18) months older, a sister 2 years younger, and another sister who was ten (10) years younger than me.  This was during the Depression.

Some of my favorite memories from  adulthood are:

Marrying my husband, who I met at the age of 14 or 15 years old.

Raising my three daughters.

We lived in Europe, in Italy, until we had to evacuate to Germany.

We also lived in Washington, D.C.    My Profession (s):

I was a hairdresser, trained while still in high school.  My husband passed away in 1969 and I opened a beauty shop in Columbus, GA and retired in 1988.  I loved my profession and did … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Helen McColl

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 4th, 2014 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where was I born?

I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama in an orphanage and a total of four (4) foster homes.

Some of my favorite memories from childhood are:

I don’t have a lot of good memories due to the circumstances, however those I do recall are:

Train rides from Birmingham to Indianapolis, particularly dining in the dining car. Vaudeville shows in Indianapolis. Skipping grades in school. I graduated from high school at the age of 15 years.

Some of my favorite memories from adulthood are:

Finding out I was pregnant for the very 1st time after trying for so many years. I loved being a stay-at-home mom doing arts and crafts and cooking demonstrations. Raising three girls. Working at the Warner Robbins AFB as an illustrator.

My Profession(s) were:

Worked in the telephone company in accounting as a draftsman.… Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Landon Smith

Posted by Kia Crawford on July 2nd, 2014 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

I grew up in:  

Charlotte, NC.

Some of my favorite memories from childhood are:

I was a showman from the very beginning and had lots of friends. Riding my motorbike and delivering newspapers.  This is how I earned money for the motor used on the bike. I became a magician at the age of 12 years old and performed at city schools, churches and birthday parties.


Some of my favorite memories from adulthood are:

Meeting my wife Izzie in Greensboro, NC.  We dated for about 18 months and I wanted to get married soon but she didn’t so we put if off for awhile. Raising my two girls. Being a magician.  I learned to never, ever, give away the secret of a trick.  I was self-taught. Painting pictures in acrylics.


My Profession(s):

I joined the Navy a few …

Resident Spotlight: Sylvia Howard

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 2nd, 2014 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Roswell, GA

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

I loved doing fun and exciting activities with my four cousins who lived close by.  I was the youngest of the group.  Riding bikes with my brother who was 16 years older and my sister who was nine years older. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Meeting my husband initially at school and dating for three years.  My husband and I and my sister and her husband would frequently visit interesting and nice places together.  We would visit my sister and her husband a lot in Florida where they lived near the beach.  Also, spending time with my two kids, a boy and a girl – we would also travel to the beach with the kids.  Attending Women’s Circle … Read more...

Just Keep Swimming

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 9th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA, Body, Research | No Comments

Want to offset the ravages of time? “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!” Okay, I couldn’t resist a little Finding Nemo humor.

The longer we remain active, the better we feel and perhaps longer we live. We certainly get our share of activity here at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Alpharetta. Just because we grow older does not mean we should stop being physically active and strive for optimal fitness. Older adults have been staying active a number of ways including fun aerobics and less strenuous exercises such as walking. Walking is certainly affective, but can become redundant after a while. One great way to exercise, even beyond the the summer month, is swimming. The benefits of swimming are numerous and many seniors have taken up this refreshing form of exercise.

Benefits of Swimming

Water exercise is an excellent …

Maximizing Antioxidant Benefits in Senior Adults

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 15th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA, Body | No Comments

Vitamins frequently come from our food. Bananas are a great source for potassium. Spinach is an excellent source iron. Oranges are a good source for vitamin C.  However, as we age our bodies do not absorb as much nutritional content through our food. Further, restricted diets or changes in appetite can also make getting the necessary “good stuff” more of a challenge for the older population.  To add to this challenge, as we age free radicals become more rampant in our body.  Fortunately, high volumes of  antioxidants can render free radicals harmless and  stop them from causing diseases such as cancer or heart disease. A way to get extra antioxidants to fight these cancer causing agents is to take in more fruits and vegetables as they are packed with tons of antioxidants.

Although not ideal, it may be necessary for … Read more...