Category Archives: Spirit

Dogwood Forest Communities Visit Stone Mountain Park

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 26th, 2017 in Spirit | No Comments

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!

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The Perks of Playing with Pets

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 23rd, 2016 in Spirit | No Comments

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...

Love Is Ageless: The Kilgores’ Story

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 23rd, 2016 in Spirit | No Comments

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?

Jack: Forever.

Interviewer: Forever?

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...

Love Is Ageless: The Miteks’ Story

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 16th, 2016 in Spirit | No Comments
The Miteks

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

Interviewer: How long have you guys been together, Mr. Ben?

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...

Love Is Ageless: Mrs. Taylor’s Story

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 9th, 2016 in Spirit | No Comments
Mrs. Nora Taylor

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...

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.

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Dunwoody Commemorates September 11 with Breakfast

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 8th, 2015 in Dunwoody, GA, Spirit | No Comments
Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody Host Heroes Breakfast for Emergency Personnel and Military for September 11

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!

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Dogwood Forest of Fayetteville Resident Turns 100

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 17th, 2015 in Fayetteville, GA, Holidays, Spirit | No Comments

One hundred years is a long time–equivalent to a century. Much has happened within the last 100 years. A man landed on the moon. We’ve gone from making the very first transcontinental telephone call in 1915 to having ways to stream live video and see on your mobile the face of the person you are speaking to. We’ve gone from messages via telegraph to instant messages directly to one or many via social media. Our world has changed tremendously in the last 100 years. While we all have read about it, could you imagine actually LIVING it?

Ms. McKenny, a resident at Dogwood Forest of Fayetteville,  has lived it! On Sunday, she joined the centenarians club. The New Orleans native was all smiles as she celebrated one hundred years of life on Sunday with her nieces, church and Dogwood … Read more...

Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta and School for Autism Host Prom

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 14th, 2015 in Alpharetta, GA, Spirit | No Comments

Never mind Buckingham– the King and Queen reside at Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta. Lion Heart School, an Alpharetta school for autism, along with residents at Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta danced the night away on Thursday, May 7. The improbable prom was featured on 11Alive during last night’s broadcast. Seniors from Lion Heart School organized the event and hosted it at Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta, a community the students visit for volunteerism each week. A Prom Princess from The Lion Heart School and King and Queen of the Prom from Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta were crowned.

The two organizations have worked together for some years. The relationship has proven to be beneficial for both groups though they are on opposite ends of the age spectrum. Autism, a developmental disorder that could potentially make communication challenging, and cognitive decline, which can hinder … Read more...

The Ultimate Gift for Mom on Mother’s Day

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 8th, 2015 in Holidays, Spirit | No Comments

Okay Folks. It’s May, and it’s game time. Dust off your skills. You have a new opportunity to impress the socks off the woman that brought you into this world and could contrarily take you out. We all hope to do well in our pursuit for the perfect gift for the woman who is often the unsung hero in our lives–our Moms. Mother’s Day is May 10, 2015.

While Mother’s Day gives us a chance to show our appreciation by showering her with cards, flowers, candy, and other tangible items, there has always been a general consensus among moms’ everywhere that the best gift to be had was quality time with their kids. And, as time goes on, and we all grow older, something so simple as giving time becomes difficult. The difficulty comes largely due to the growing … Read more...


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