Category Archives: Fayetteville, GA

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...

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...

Dogwood Forest Named Best of Senior Living 2015

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 21st, 2015 in Eagles Landing, GA, Fayetteville, GA, Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Dogwood Forest is pleased to announce that three Dogwood Forest Assisted Living communities were recently named recipients of 2015 Best of Senior Living award by SeniorAdvisor.com, the senior living industry’s leading resource for online reviews. The award recognizes senior living communities that receive consistently high star ratings of positive reviews from residents, families and community visitors. The three winning communities include Dogwood Forest of Gainesville in Gainesville, GA; Dogwood Forest of Fayetteville in Fayetteville, GA; and Dogwood Forest of Eagles Landing in Stockbridge, GA. This is Dogwood Forest of Eagles Landing second consecutive year receiving the award.

As recipients of this award, the three Dogwood Forest communities are being recognized and acknowledged as a community that is within the top 1% percent of all senior living communities nationwide.

President and CEO of Trinity Lifestyles Management,  Victoria Curl said,” We … 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: Nona Dawson

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 3rd, 2014 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

One autumn day during the month of November 1924, Ms. Nona Dawson was born.  She grew up in the small town of River Falls, Wisconsin with her four siblings.  Her father was a postmaster and her mother was a teacher before she had children.  Ms. Nona recalls her grandpa living with her as a young child, and growing up in a happy family where they did many things together. “I’m so very grateful. We weren’t wealthy, but we had enough to be happy.” she stated. 

Ms. Nona finished college in her hometown to become an educator during WWII. She says of that experience, “college didn’t have enough men because they were fighting in the war.”  But with a smile on her face she said, “I married the nicest man in the world whom I’d known since grade school.” They married … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Doretha Lofter

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 19th, 2013 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

I was born on a farm in Dublin, Georgia on May 8. I had a great upbringing sharing chores with my five brothers and two sisters. I know nothing that I ever went without because my dad was wonderful.

He even built a school (Oconee County Elementary) for us and met with the superintendent of the county to provide us with a teacher. I completed my education graduating with my masters in library science from the University of Denver in Colorado. I became a media specialist at Morgan State University in Maryland.

I met the love of my life, my husband there who was a chemist. Before he passed we were inseparable for over 40 years raising one son and twin girls, which all are doctors.

I thought there was nothing better that gardening and shopping but no one has … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Angelyn Screws

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 7th, 2013 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

Hello, my name is Angelyn Screws. Some people call me “Ang.” I was born in Alabama and moved to Georgia when I was very little. My dad worked on the train for most of my childhood, so my sisters, mom, dad, and I moved almost every year. I really enjoyed riding the train to school and back every day when I was young.

I resided in Columbus, Georgia, once my dad’s railway job finally settled down. I was a very good child. My mother told me I was the most trustworthy out of all my sisters. I was the middle child out of 5. My mother was the biggest influence in my life. She worked herself silly! She did not work outside of our house, but she worked a lot nonetheless.

I enjoyed school, but only sometimes. I went to … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Ms. Mary Augusta Neville

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 5th, 2013 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

Ms. Mary Augusta Neville was born March 13, 1925, in Fairfax, Virginia. She had a twin brother whom she loved. She and her brother were adopted when they were 6 months old. 

She moved at an early age and when asked about her favorite memory, she said it was going back to North Carolina and visiting family. She says she was an average child and did not get into trouble. She was called “Gussy” at school and loved having a nickname.

Ms. Mary grew up Presbyterian and loved going to church.  She went to college and studied Sociology. Later, she worked at the YWCA in Washington before meeting her husband. She was married at age 24 to Walter. They had two children together, Bill and Harry. Mr. and Mrs. Neville were married for 60 years.

When asked why she came … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Nora Taylor

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 6th, 2013 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

Hi, my name is Nora Taylor. I grew up in Albertville, Alabama. I lived on a farm all during my childhood. My father grew all of our food, as well as cotton. He was a sharecropper and my younger brother, mom, and I helped out.

I enjoyed my childhood so much! I had a wonderful home life. I was a very good child and tried my hardest to get good grades in school. When I didn’t make straight As, I would cry! 

My family raised me as a Baptist Christian and after high school I pursued ministry with my husband, Marvin Taylor. I met him on December 26, 1949, on a blind date. Eleven days later, on January 6, 1950, we were married!

My parents really wanted me to go to college, so I did. After college, I became a … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Leon Ofchus, PhD

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 31st, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA, Spirit | No Comments

How did a boy from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania become a Doctor and get to retire at Dogwood Forest’s senior living community in Fayetteville, Ga?

Well, the story goes like this:

As a young boy I was always fascinated with reading, history and how the mind worked.  I knew I had to get to college, so with the help of my grandparents and working at the local gas station, (12 hrs on Saturday) money was saved.

After serving in World War II, the Battle of the Budge and being wounded in the Battle of Rhineland, I was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, European African Middle Eastern Medal, WWII Victory Ribbon, Meritorious Unit award. Furthering my education was still top priority.

I finished East Stroudsburg University in three years with a bachelor’s degree in Health Education and in addition two Master … Read more...


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