Category Archives: Gainesville, GA

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 … Read more...

Great Benefits of Red Wine

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 4th, 2012 in Body, Education, Gainesville, GA, Mind, Research | No Comments

For years, researchers have documented the healthful benefits of red wine. It has been a staple in human diets for thousands of years. Wine was first fermented around 6,000 b.c. in the Georgia region between Europe and Asia. Wine was known to have healthful benefits. Red Wine was known to be

healthful then, and substantial scientific evidence is proof that we should include red wine in our diets. With its warm and robust flavor, red wine is has several health benefits from fighting fat to fighting ovarian cancer.

Benefits of Red Wine

Fights Memory Loss: The resveratrol in red wine helps to protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Dementia and Alzheimer’s prevention is especially important to Dogwood Forest of Gainesville.

Longevity: Not only does the resveratrol found in red wine help to protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia, … Read more...

Have Fun and Dance for Exercise

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 19th, 2012 in Body, Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Have you ever danced so much that you worked up a sweat? I’m sure many of us have, and its definitely a good thing.  While we are having fun moving and grooving, we are actually exercising. Dancing is an excellent way to work out because it is typically free and engages the entire body. And many seniors are enjoying this fun way to break a sweat. Yes, dancing for exercise is not just for the young, but also the young at heart!

Dance exercise programs have been around for some time now. I recall “Sweating to the Oldies” with the animated and zealous red head Richard Simmons. It was a absolute craze in the 80’s. Now ZUMBA, the Latin flavored dancing program, is taking fitness classes by storm.  Zumba is aerobic dance exercise that incorporates both resistance and interval training. … Read more...

Healthful Benefits of Blueberries

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 3rd, 2012 in Body, Education, Gainesville, GA | No Comments

What are great on waffles and pancakes and great in yogurt and smoothies? Ahhh..blueberries. I love those plump little berries. There is something about the surprise you get when you chop down on one with anticipation of its sweet or tart juice. These little blue berries are great and great for you, and I try to incorporate them in my diet regularly like many of the residents at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Gainesville, Ga.

In recent years, blueberries have become one of the many “it” fruits. But for good reason that scientific evidence can back up. Blueberries are  high in antioxidants which of course fights cancer causing free radicals.  They are great for the nervous system, and recent studies have shown they help to improve memory. That’s right, there is a mighty big punch packed in these tiny … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Mary Yancy Pittard

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 5th, 2012 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Monticello, Ga. And Jasper Co. 1917.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? 

My father was a doctor and I can remember my mother and siblings going along in the car with my father as he tended to his patients at their homes. Mother loved riding in the car and going for rides even if it was going with father as he worked!!

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

My friend Martha and and I use to go to her parents home on the Bayou for fishing trips, we loved to fish!!

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

I worked for the Dept of Family and Children Services. I started  when it first … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Charlotte Haste

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 7th, 2012 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? New Jersey, the city was named Garfield.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

Ice skating on ponds, sled riding, roller skating, swimming even in the ice cold! Getting ice cream was a real treat back then.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Getting married and traveling, also we liked to camp (in a motor home). We had 2 tents; one for my mom and one for the dog!

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

I worked in the garment industry. I was a Model in New York, I did runway modeling and I also did private showings for buyers buying from certain companies. The buyers came from all over the world.

Do you remember what was Read more...

Resident Spotlight: John (Jake) Kenimer

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 18th, 2011 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Gainesville, GA.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  

Working at Piedmont Drugstore as a child. I used to ride my bicycle to deliver medicine for people that needed it.  We laughed and said he was like George in the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life!  They also had an Ice Cream Counter in the drug store.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Meeting my wife in Lula at a friend’s house. A friend sent Nell outside to my car to meet me and I asked her to marry me!  I wanted to get married before I left for the Marines!

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

I was a cook!  I was a … Read more...

Our Interview with Resident Bill Broome

Posted by Kia Crawford on October 19th, 2011 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? 

DeKalb County in Atlanta, Georgia.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

School activities and summer play time with friends. Also writing about things that happened during those times.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Serving in WWII was very important to me. I got out in 1944 and had to adjust to civilian life in 1945.

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

Yes! I was a professional local Chamber of Commerce Manager in 3 states, Ga., S.C., and Fla., I would recruit employers to come to these states to add to the economics of these places.

Do you remember what was happening in your life during a significant event in US history such as WWII, Vietnam, Read more...