Category Archives: Mind

Spring Cleaning Made Simple

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 29th, 2016 in Mind | No Comments

Spring is in the air! Of course, for many of us in the Southeast, it never left. But soon it will be time for gardening, fresh flowers, and spring cleaning.

No one relishes the idea of de-cluttering his or her living space. But once it’s done, we always seem to be happier. There are a few great ways to make spring cleaning less work and more fun.

And since you want to make sure you do a thorough job (so you don’t find yourself doing summer or fall cleaning), here are some easy questions to ask yourself while you are deciding what to toss out and what to keep forever – or at least until next spring.

1) Do I need this?

Everyone has a few items in their space that must absolutely stay. Tax documents, birth Read more...

The Man Who Wasn’t There: What Exactly Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 19th, 2016 in Mind, Research | No Comments

No doubt you’ve heard of Alzheimer’s Disease. It causes memory loss and slowly destroys the brain. There have been vast leaps forward in the prevention and treatment of this disease recently as we begin to understand it more. There have also been new, fascinating  breakthroughs in understanding exactly how it really affects the brain and all aspects of the mind.

In The Man Who Wasn’t There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self, author Anil Ananthaswamy explores how different conditions, from Alzheimer’s to out-of-body experiences, affect the concept of the Self. That is, if the concept of the “Self” even exists. Through investigations of different parts of the mind and ideas like the human narrative, Ananthaswamy reveals what Alzheimer’s actually is and how it affects our minds.

Symptoms, Physical and Neurological 

Alzheimer’s disease was first classified in …

Foster a Service Puppy — And 9 Other Things for Seniors to Try in the New Year

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 29th, 2016 in Mind | No Comments
Foster a Puppy
Resolutions are for Quitters!

The person who sets a resolution and is still sticking with it in February is an impressive one. Making major changes in our lives is difficult to do, especially long term, and we often set unobtainable goals and expectations for ourselves and end up quitting within the first few weeks. Failing never feels good, so why not resolve to keep it fresh in 2016. You’ve probably made a lot of resolutions in your life, so as a senior, why not resolve instead to try something you’ve never done in this lifetime? Prepare to meet interesting people along the way, learn A LOT, and make some memories.

Play Pickleball

Pickleball is really catching on across the United States and is popular for all ages! From mommy leagues and youth leagues to Senior leagues and clubs, Pickleball is … Read more...

How to Cure a “Blue Christmas” for Seniors

Posted by Kia Crawford on December 11th, 2015 in Education, Holidays, Mind, Spirit | No Comments

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, togetherness and caring for those around us. But for many seniors, the holiday season is anything but that. Many seniors find themselves dreading the holidays as they approach, and rather than taking joy in them, they find themselves feeling sad and alone—even with family around. This effect is known as “Blue Christmas.”

There are many causes of Blue Christmas. It can be because a senior can’t fully participate in holiday traditions (like decorating their house), because it reminds them of times past that will not come again, or simply because it underscores a loneliness they feel every day. It can range from a wistful, sad feeling to full-on depression. And this sense of isolation can affect far more than their happiness; it can affect their health.

How Isolation Affects…

Dogwood Forest to Host SMARTTALKS

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 30th, 2015 in Mind | No Comments

Dogwood Forest in conjunction with The Holbrook  of Lake Lanier and The Longstreet Clinic will be hosting SMARTTALKS, our quarterly session to inform the surrounding community on  important topics that relates to senior adults. This SMARTTALKS session will be  “Steady On Your Feet- A Balancing Act!” The session will address risk factors for falls.  The speaker for this event are Dr.McDonald  and Dr. Marchman and Shaun Brennan, PT.


Falls and fractures in people over 65 are very serious.

1 in 4 senior adults will recover to their same level. 2 in 4 senior adults will decline at least one level of mobility 1 in 4 senior adults will die within 6 months following a major fracture

There will be a complimentary dinner provided! RSVP today!




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Is It Dementia Or Just Old Age?

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 19th, 2015 in Memory Care, Mind | No Comments

As a loved one ages, it can be hard to tell whether they are developing the early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s or if changes they face are a normal part of aging. However, it’s important to catch signs of dementia as soon as possible so that treatment can help slow the progression and improve quality of life. Not sure how to tell the difference? Here are five signs that your family member is facing more than just old age:

Memory loss is disruptive: Almost everyone experiences some difficulty with memory as they grow older. Even middle-aged individuals may find themselves forgetting details or little things. However, in a healthy older person this memory loss is minor and often temporary. An individual might forget something they were told but then recall it, or remember it instantly when reminded. With dementia,… Read more...

What is Memory Care?

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 16th, 2015 in Memory Care, Mind | No Comments

Until an older relative is in need of assistance, many people aren’t aware of the different levels and kinds of care communities that exist for seniors. But the number of Alzheimer’s patients in the United States is on the rise, and many families find themselves facing a need to educate themselves quickly on the care options available. For a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia, that often means memory care.

Memory care involves a care environment designed entirely around the needs of seniors with dementia. It is a form of assisted living, where seniors have their own room, apartment or suite in a community but also have 24/7 attention from staff so that their care needs are met. The difference between memory care and assisted living more broadly is that the staff at a memory care community are specially trained … Read more...

How Environment Affects Alzheimer’s

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 14th, 2015 in Memory Care, Mind | No Comments

Alzheimer’s is one of the most devastating and yet most widespread diseases affecting older adults. However, there are ways to slow or even reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. While genetics play a major role in determining who gets Alzheimer’s disease, environment can be a significant contributing factor. Here are five things a senior’s environment should provide to potentially minimize the effects of Alzheimer’s:

Mental stimulation: Mentally stimulating activities reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s and can slow the progress of dementia once it has set in. An environment that allows for new experiences, stimulation and changes of routine can thus have a profound effect on mental health as you age. In particular, intellectual activities like reading are recommended to help prevent or slow Alzheimer’s. Social interaction: A healthy social life is one of the best tonics against the advance of… Read more...

How Does Music Help Alzheimer’s Patients?

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 13th, 2015 in Memory Care, Mind | No Comments

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that affects roughly 6 million people in the United States alone. While not everyone will develop Alzheimer’s disease as they grow older, it is one of the most common illnesses relating to old age. It’s a disease of the brain which starts in the frontal lobe, in the area where information is first processed before it becomes memories. Thus, Alzheimer’s affects memory, sense of place and time, and even mood and personality. 

Alzheimer’s is incurable, but that doesn’t mean there are no treatments for it. Memory care, a good environment and a variety of therapies can help substantially in slowing Alzheimer’s progress and improving quality of life for those who have it. Perhaps the most widespread and one of the most effective therapies for Alzheimer’s is music therapy.

Many people have heard of music therapy …

How Environment Affects Senior Happiness

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 12th, 2015 in Mind, Spirit | No Comments

At Dogwood Forest, we talk a lot about the assisted living environment and how important environment is to seniors’ happiness. Most people can agree that environment affects day-to-day well-being, but how does that translate to a senior living community? And how specifically does environment improve a senior’s quality of life? Here are four key ways in which your loved one’s surroundings can boost their enjoyment of life:

Depression and loneliness: As dedicated and loving as adult children are toward their senior parents, it can be hard to understand the level of loneliness that seniors face as they age. At the same time that they lose longtime friends and loved ones, they often face barriers such as forgetfulness, difficulty driving, and mobility restriction—all of which limit their ability to go out and socialize or even just pursue favorite pastimes. When seniors… Read more...