Category Archives: Birmingham, AL

What Are the 5 Types of Dementia?

Memory Care Programs – Waging War on Dementia

While forgetfulness and episodes of memory loss may simply be a part of the aging process, you shouldn’t take these symptoms lightly since they may indicate a more serious problem – Dementia. Every year 50 Million people world-wide suffer from a form of Dementia. And the numbers are set to grow even larger as the baby boomers continue to age.  Yet for loved ones and those facing memory issues that seem to harken Dementia, the disease can be both scary and unknown. But for many, memory care programs such as those of Dogwood Forest, can mean peace, understanding and safety in knowing having Dementia does not mean a life no longer lived. Here are a few Dementia Facts to help you understand the 5 Types of Dementia and how they affect you. … Read more...

5 Steps To Prevent Senior Falls

Did You Know…According To the National Council On Aging One in Four Americans 65+ Falls Each Year

Senior Adults falls can have lasting results on the body and mind. At Dogwood Forest we believe staying informed can help senior adults and their families to stay happy and healthy.

Our friends at Fox Rehabilitation have come up with a wonderful and informative article highlighting 5 Steps To Prevent Falls. Read More Now…

Check Out The QUICK FACTS!

Two-thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within 6 months Two-thirds of falls are preventable! At least one-third of all falls in the elderly involve environmental hazards in the home Most falls do not result in serious injury. However, there is often a psychological impact. 25% of community-dwelling people 75 or over unnecessarily restrict their activities because of fear of falling.… Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Ann Bryant

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 1st, 2014 in Birmingham, AL | No Comments

Where did you grow up?   Minneapolis, Minnesota

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Ice skating, skiing and winter sports are my favorite memories during the winter time.  During the summer I enjoyed swimming and bicycling, and I also enjoyed school.

 What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? I had a very good marriage.  The end of World War II was a fond memory.  Raising my three girls and everything surrounding our family life.  I enjoyed keeping up with my old friends from childhood and school, the friends I made at work and family activities.  One special memory I had was going to watch the Globetrotters every year; they were so good and funny!

Did you have a profession? If so what industry were you in and what did you do? When I retired, … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Bonnie Bruce

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 30th, 2014 in Birmingham, AL | No Comments

Another of our newer residents is Bonnie Bruce. She moved to Chateau Vestavia from Bluff Park a few months ago. Bonnie is a beautiful lady with a soft musical voice that will immediately charm you.

Bonnie grew up in the western area of Birmingham and has remained in the city for her entire life. She was blessed with loving parents and three siblings. They enjoyed family activities like sitting on the porch with friends and family, roller skating on the neighborhood sidewalks and swimming in nearby parks. Her family enjoyed music and they were busy with church music, Christmas pageants, caroling and other activities.  Her father was very talented and composed gospel quartet music which they all enjoyed. Bonnie said that she had a wonderful childhood even though they lacked the conveniences of  today.

After graduating from West End High …

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...

Welcome to Your New Home!

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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