Category Archives: Alpharetta, GA

Resident Spotlight: Paul “Sparky” Sparkman

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 17th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Little Rock and North Little Rock, Arkansas

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

I remember going to see the Little Rock Travelers, a minor league baseball team, play. I played in the band at school and I loved performing for community clubs and organizations. I dated my first wife while we were in high school.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? 

I lived in Alaska and loved everything about the state. I hated leaving there. I enjoyed playing in various bands.  I played piano, base guitar, trombone, and drums. We played mostly for private groups such as, Lions Club, Elks, Moose, etc.

Did you have a profession? If so what industry were you in and what did you do?

I was a music teacher at the School … Read more...

UTI’s in Women and Senior Adults

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 16th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA, Education | No Comments

In honor of our celebration of Women’s Health Week here at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Alpharetta, we are highlighting some common medical conditions affecting women. One big issue with women’s health is the urinary tract infection also known as UTI. Most woman know the symptoms of  a UTI– symptoms include cloudy urine, pain and burning during urination, pressure and cramping in the lower abdomen, and a strong need to urinate. The UTI is  the body’s second most common infection. UTI’s are most common in women, and result in over 8 million doctors visits per year. Half of all women will develop a UTI in their lifetime. However, if this infection is left untreated, it can be serious when it infects the kidneys as well as causing sepsis, which is a potentially fatal infection of the bloodstream. This is … Read more...

Our Interview with Resident Betty Carringer

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 23rd, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? Young Harris, GA.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Going to my grandparents’ house. They lived in the middle of town and I’d walk to their house almost every day. I’d stop by on the way to school. Their home was a place that I loved. I would ask my grandmother 1000 questions a day and she’d answer every one. She was never impatient, but always loving. She was a great cook too.

After high school, I went to Emory University which was the door that opened for my life. It gave me a broader view of life. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? I was a private nurse for an elderly couple for 4 years. After the husband died, I became very close friends with Gladys, … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Jack Daley

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 19th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Easthampton, Massachusetts.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

I remember sitting and talking with my brother Dick who died at 7 years old. We had wonderful conversations or so we thought. I loved playing in the lake with my two sisters and their friends. I’d throw them over my shoulders into the water. I’d go rest and they’d come begging for more. When it was raining, I would sleep on the porch and listen to the sound of rain pounding on the roof. When the wind blew, I’d grab my “bed” and sleep on the living room floor.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

My father gave me $100 to apply to medical schools, which cost $10 for each application. I sent out 9 and thought “What … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Patrick J. Lennon (Pat)

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 16th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

The Bronx in New York City.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

Playing sports – I ran track and played basketball in school. The kids in the neighborhood played stickball in the streets. We wrapped tape around a broom handle and used it as a bat. The police would come and take away our “bats” and then once a year we could go to the station and pick them up. We played baseball in a field near Yankee Stadium. We could hear the cheers from the stadium as we played.

I loved the New York Yankees. I never saw Babe Ruth play, but my brother and I went to his wake in Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle was my favorite player and I saw him play.

My first car was a 1937 … Read more...

Our Interview with Resident Bob Leventhal

Posted by Kia Crawford on December 7th, 2011 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? Attleboro, Mass.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? I grew up on a farm. Although it was hard work, it was fun.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? I loved being in the Army. I was a paratrooper in the Army. Also, I was the youngest child so I received all the hand-me-down clothes. The Army gave me 5 uniforms which were the first new clothes I had.

Did you have a profession? If so what industry were you in and what did you do? I have a Masters Degree in Avian Microbiology. I developed new vaccines for turkeys and chickens.

Do you remember what was happening in your life during a significant event in US history such as WWII, Vietnam, Woodstock or any other historical events?Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Polly de Young

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 2nd, 2011 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Macon, Georgia – born and raised

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

My childhood was almost complete happiness. I received security and love from my parents. My dad made a Jungle Jim, playhouse with furniture, swing set and see-saw so all the children in the neighborhood came to play at our house. One of my first memories was “Aint” Charlotte, our maid, rocking me in her lap. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood that you look back on from your home now, in assisted living in Alpharetta?

I lived in Europe for 40 years – 2 in Paris, 4 in West Berlin, and 34 in London. I also traveled the world.

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Dogwood Forest retirement and assisted living homes has enhanced the lives of hundreds men and women. We understand that seniors need a place to relax and enjoy stress-free living every day. Here at Dogwood Forest we have created the perfect living environment. All of our homes and services have been designed to create the perfect atmosphere to promote positive, healthy lifestyles for all of our senior residents.

It is clinically proven that a person’s living environment significantly affects their well-being; with a positive environment promoting happiness and health. Dogwood Forest extends its services to all living situations: retirement, assisted living, post-operative, rehabilitation and respite care. All of these different states of well-being receive the same quality service and treatment. Dogwood Forest services include nutritious meals and snacks, medicine management, wellness and exercise programs, life enrichment activities, socialization and more.

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