Category Archives: Gainesville, GA

Veterans Honored by Local Students for Veterans Day at Senior Community

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 10th, 2015 in Gainesville, GA, Holidays | No Comments

Students to honor over 70 Veterans and their families with ceremony at Dogwood Forest of Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (November 10, 2015)– Students from East Hall NJROC and Riverside Military Academy will honor over Veterans and spouses of veterans during a special Veteran’s day ceremony at Dogwood Forest of Gainesville Assisted Living and The Holbrook of Lake Lanier on Wednesday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m.

For the ceremony, East Hall students will present the colors and Riverside’s brass ensemble will perform patriotic songs and bugle calls. This ceremony of honor and memorial will take place outside around the flag pole at Dogwood Forest located at 3315 Thompson Bridge Road. “It is an extreme honor to recognize these residents who have served our country,” said Bill Windsor, executive director of Dogwood Forest and The Holbrook. “These wonderful men and women inspire us … 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...

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

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

Dogwood Forest of Gainesville today celebrating the birthday of one of america’s beloved authors, Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss was the pseudonym name for children’s book author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, creator of the Dr. Seuss book series. The Dr. Seuss books not only provided children with great riddles and life lessons through phone characters and outstanding visuals , but left us with thought provoking pearls of wisdom that could be carried over into adulthood. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Here a few quotes wise quotes from Dr. Seuss!

“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”   From Dr. Seuss Thing 1 and Thing 2.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what … 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, 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: Marcy Cooper

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 29th, 2014 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Marcella (Marcy) Cooper grew up in Newrochelle, NY.   Her favorite memories are growing up with her siblings.  Her favorite adult memory is getting married.  She was a police officer.  During WWII both her brothers went to war.  Getting married is what she is most proud of.  She says “ Being a grandmother is awesome”  She came to the Holbrook to be closer to her sisters.  She misses NY, her home.… Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Marion ‘Bunny’ Ayers

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 16th, 2014 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Marion (Bunny) Ayers grew up in Gainesville, GA.  Her favorite childhood memory is when they built a new two story home.  Some of her favorite adulthood memories are traveling the U.S. with four school teachers, leading a good friend to accept Christ, going to the Business School and working seven years for the Welfare office.  She remembers the tornado of 1936.

She is most proud of working on the church staff with children, youth and adults.  She says “Let go, and let God have his way in your life. Make God ahead of your family and home.”

She came to Holbrook for more help and because she did not want to live alone.  She says The Holbrook is a great place to live and has loving people.… Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Marion Costello

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 8th, 2013 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments
This map has a tack inserted for every country Marion Costello has visited.

Where did you grow up? LaSalle, Illinois – I was born there in 1918.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Growing up with my sister in a country home, I also remember going to a one-room schoolhouse until the 6th grade and then going onto town to a Catholic school. Marion said they had nice nuns as teachers in fact she revealed a gold bracelet with a charm on it that one of the nuns gave her on her first communion. She has worn the bracelet since she got it! Her aunt was a nun in Belgium.

What are some of your favorite memories from adulthood? Graduating high school and from Brown Business College. My family owned a dairy and my sister and I worked in the office part of it, until  I met the man … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Mr. Ray

Posted by Kia Crawford on July 24th, 2012 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

I had lived five years alone since the love of my life had passed away and I told my family it was time to move. They brought information and I placed it around the dining room table for a week or two to study. I had only visited one community and I sat down and prayed about it and on this past May 29 I celebrated living here 10 years.

I was born in Heard County, Ga. The youngest of five and very spoiled in every way love could offer: good family, good education, good food. I grew up on 125 acres of farm with corn, cotton, hogs, chickens and cows. Fresh biscuits and ham was my favorite. I loved going to school and farming. I was gonna raise cattle and live the quiet life but God had other plans … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Marjorie Clark

Posted by Kia Crawford on July 11th, 2012 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Atlanta, Georgia.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

Going to Europe as a 10-year-old is a great memory. We traveled by plane to England and then went all over Europe.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Parties and entertaining for my husband’s clients. 

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

I was a teacher in Atlanta. I taught the fourth [grade] through high school at different times.

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

My husband and I both worked for the government at that time.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud?

Being a …

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