Category Archives: Holidays

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Your Loved One in an Assisted Living Community

Posted by admin on January 16th, 2018 in Holidays | No Comments
Smiling senior couple hugging at home, holding valentine's day gift

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s for everyone! From children to seniors, people love showing love. If you are residing in an assisted living community, there are some great options for spending the day with those you are closest to. Here are some ideas for you.… Read more...

A Guide For Returning Unwanted Christmas Gifts

Posted by admin on January 9th, 2018 in Holidays | No Comments
Mid section of woman holding bill in grocery section of supermarket

Ugly Christmas sweaters are all the rage. People have parties and encourage dressing in a way that you would never on any other day of the year. Ugly sweaters aside, receiving an unexpected or unwanted gift can be a bit disappointing. Your thoughts immediately turn to your ability to regift or return the item without hurting the giver’s feelings.

You don’t want to ask for a receipt so that you can exchange the gift, but you don’t want to be stuck with something you’ll never use. Problem solved. Here are several ways you can exchange that gift without having to ask your loved one for the receipt.… Read more...

Managing Your Diabetes When Holiday Treats Abound

Posted by admin on December 20th, 2017 in Holidays | No Comments
Christmas cookies

It’s that wonderful time of year: Annual cookie baking and exchanges. Desserts lining tables. Treats at every turn. If you are diabetic, you may be dreading this time of year. We always want what we can’t have, and that’s never truer when you are tempted constantly.

The good news for you is that you don’t have to deny yourself if you have the right tips in mind.… Read more...

Best Christmas Gifts for Loved Ones in Assisted Living

Posted by admin on November 21st, 2017 in Holidays | No Comments
happy family spending Christmas time together

If you have a loved one in assisted living, you may be struggling to come up with a great gift for them this holiday season. It can be challenging finding just the right gift for anyone, but what do you choose for someone who doesn’t necessarily need anything and won’t necessarily tell you what they want?

We’ve put together a great list that you can use as a starting point when you are creating your gift-giving list.… Read more...

Thanksgiving Activities for Seniors

Posted by admin on November 6th, 2017 in Holidays | No Comments
DIY decorations for Thanksgiving day

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may be wondering how you will spend the day. As a senior, you may be expecting a houseful of loved ones or cooking a simple meal for two. No matter how many guests you will have, there are ways you can safely enjoy the day. Here are a few ideas for Thanksgiving activities you are sure to enjoy.

1. Football Bingo

Football bingo is a hoot! Get on your computer and create a bingo card and a list of words commonly used by football game announcers. Give each guest a blank card and the word list. Have them place the words, one each, in the boxes on their card. As you are watching football, you get one mark when an announcer says the word or phrase on bingo board. The game ends … Read more...

Best Halloween Activities for Seniors

Posted by admin on October 9th, 2017 in Holidays | No Comments
Laughing Halloween Pumpkins

Halloween used to be a holiday that was considered to be one for children. Today, Halloween and the activities that come with it rival Christmas in popularity. Whether you run an assisted living community, have an elderly loved one or are a senior yourself, here are some of the best Halloween activities for older adults.

1. Jack O’Lanterns

Decorating pumpkins is a tradition that is well loved. If you aren’t sure whether handling a knife is altogether safe, consider painting the pumpkin or using permanent markers to create a fabulous design. There are tons of ideas on the Internet for those who would rather design a pumpkin without sharp implements involved.

2. Movie Marathon

Scary movies are a Halloween staple. Whether your favorite are old black-and-white flicks or newer “slasher” movies, consider having a scary movie marathon on Halloween … Read more...

4 Ways to Get Closer with Your Loved Ones in 2017

Posted by admin on January 6th, 2017 in Holidays | No Comments
Old hands on the keyboard notebook

New Year’s Resolutions are like a favorite meal: Everyone makes one, they all think it’s the best, but it’s always gone way too quickly. As we launch headfirst in 2017, you probably have some goals in mind you want to accomplish (even if you don’t consider them “resolutions”). Perhaps you want to learn a new skill, or you are finally creating a budget to live off of. Whatever your goal is, there is one more you should consider: Getting closer to your elderly loved ones.

This doesn’t necessarily mean physically moving closer to the assisted living community where they live (though that could be helpful). But, it does mean keeping in touch better and visiting more often. Dogwood Forest encourages you to come on and visit as often as you can! When you do, here are 4 things to consider … Read more...

Is Assisted Living Right For Your Mom?

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 20th, 2016 in Holidays | No Comments

When it comes to choosing the right care for your aging mom, you have a lot of decisions in front of you. Deciding between them can be daunting, and you might wonder if assisted living is really the best choice. Will your mother be better off living in an assisted living community instead of staying with you or another caregiver?

We have compiled a short survey that can help you decide which steps to take next. And if you are considering assisted living, take a look at these health benefits for Mom.

1. Assisted living provides a loving community of friends and staff members.

Studies show that nearly 30% of senior adults are isolated and lonely. Often faced with limited mobility and activity, seniors find themselves without companionship or any sort of mental stimulation. This social isolation can actually increase Read more...

When It Comes to Moms, #LoveIsAgeless

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 18th, 2016 in Holidays | No Comments

As we get older, every day we get to spend with our moms is a gift. This is especially true on holidays, including Mother’s Day. Our residents spent the holiday with their children, enjoying tea. However, we know that one day is not enough to truly celebrate mom. At Dogwood Forest, we know that, when it comes to mothers and children, #LoveIsAgeless. That’s why we are celebrating all month long!

Cindy Bell, Executive Director of Dogwood Forest in Gainesville, recently spoke about how important her mom is in her life.

“My mom, Hilda Bell, is a breast cancer survivor, sings, dances (ballroom and line dancing), plays the Dobro, makes her own hats, is a master wood carver and teaches it weekly, and made her first vocal CD at age 91!” Cindy says. “She will be 93 this year. She is … Read more...

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Family

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 18th, 2016 in Holidays | No Comments
Martin Luther King Jr and Coretta Scott King

Today we are honored to celebrate the work of a servant, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He came from a long line of Baptist ministers, his grandfather and father serving Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. Martin graduated from Morehouse College in 1948 and entered Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, where he was elected president of his class. He then entered Boston University completing his doctorate in 1955 and met and married Coretta Scott, a person of superior intellectual and artistic attainments. Together they had two sons.

Dr. King became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama and began his work for civil rights. Leading nonviolent demonstrations, Martin championed the equal rights of all people and was called by God to sacrifice his personal privacy and comfort zone to serve others. On December 21st, 1956, the Supreme Court … Read more...


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