Category Archives: Spirit
Moving a parent into assisted living is a challenging and emotional change. Your parents may grieve the loss of their youth, their independence, and the home they worked to build. They might also be worried about aging, making friends, finding their place in a new environment.
This will have you second-guessing your decision through the whole process. Plus you will feel guilty. All of these feelings are normal and do not last forever. To help ease your mind, here are 10 things you should know about moving a parent to assisted living.… Read more...
Whether you have fond memories of family vacations, summer love or the simple days at the beach, fun times are to be had during the summer. It’s a season when we get to heat up the grill and take a dip in the pool, but with the good comes the bad. The high temperatures can be exhausting – especially so without being careful. Before you pull out your sandals and sunglasses, let’s go through the top suggestions for staying safe this summer, according to our assisted living professionals at Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody.… Read more...
Dogwood Forest Assisted Living communities recently joined together for a picnic at Stone Mountain Park. Residents and staff from Dogwood Forest of Grayson, Dogwood Forest of Acworth and Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody enjoyed roasted hotdogs and grilled hamburgers provided by the staff at Stone Mountain Park, all while taking in wonderful views of the Georgia’s most famous mountain and surrounding lake. Residents participated in dancing, trivia and corn hole games. Many of the residents enjoyed getting social by connecting with the Facebook community through a live stream of the event on Facebook Live!
The Stone Mountain picnic provided residents with the opportunity to connect with other residents across all Dogwood Forest communities. Watch the highlights from this awesome event!
There are lots of different types of therapy – like music, for instance – designed to help people in all kinds of ways. One such therapy has become very popular in recent years: Pet therapy. The staff of Dogwood Forest strongly believes in the benefit of pet therapy for our residents, and we are excited to tell you about some of the ways it can improve their quality of life.
Having a pet to care for can give a resident a sense of purpose.
Many times, our residents have to leave much of their former life behind when moving into our community. They no longer live on their own, and are much more dependent on others for their well-being, which can lead to feelings of isolation and depression. But when they have a pet to walk, brush, feed, or play … Read more...
When you have been married for many decades, certain parts of a relationship just come naturally. You begin to complete each others’ sentences perfectly, you know how to make each other smile and you learn how to tease each other without hurting feelings. But, that takes many years to perfect, as Becky and Jackson Kilgore know.
It’s not easy to get married and stay in love. It takes hard work and dedication. But, as the Kilgore’s told us in an interview, staying with it and working through the hard times is more than worth it.
Interviewer: How long have you all been married?
Becky: 32 years.
Interviewer: Where did you all meet?
Jack: In jail. She was on a work release program, believe it or not. No no, we met … Read more...
Ask anyone who has been in a relationship for more than a couple years, and they will all tell you the same thing: Love is tough. It takes a lot of work to make sure a marriage remains fruitful and strong. But that hard work is what makes loving one another worth it, as Mary and Ben Mitek know. This couple has been married for over 60 years. They have been through a lot together, and have found themselves deeply in love through it all. We had a chance to sit down with them and talk to them about their lives and ageless love.Roots Of Love
Ben: We’ve been together for 63 years.
Interviewer: Sixty three years? That’s a long time. And she’s still smiling.
Ben: Why wouldn’t she?… Read more...
We live an era where many seem to have forgotten the definition of love. Ironically, while technology like the internet and social media make us more interconnected than ever, we have been experiencing more isolation from one another. In this modern context, the true meaning of love becomes blurred as we mire ourselves in the day-to-day affairs that seem to swallow up more and more of our time.
Yet, it does not have to be this way. Modern love and ancient love are one and the same, and we can experience every bit of the classic love that helped people stay together and happy for decades if we simply put our minds to it. If such a task seems impossible, consider the story of Mrs. Nora Taylor. She and her husband were married for 70 wonderful years until his death … Read more...
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… Read more...
A somber event in American history took place September 11, 2001. Fourteen years later, lives lost on that day have not been forgotten, but forever etched in our memories. In honor of them, we celebrate emergency personnel and soldiers who put their lives on the line daily. For their dedication to public service, Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody is hosting a “Thank You: Celebrating Our Heroes” breakfast on Friday, September 11th. All emergency personnel including Fire, Police, and EMT are welcomed. And as always, we will also honor our veterans and members of the armed forces. Please join us as we thank those courageous men and women who serve the pubic risking their lives everyday. We want to honor you and your bravery!
Please Come and … Read more...