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...

Preparing for a New Life at an Assisted Living Community

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

When you or a loved one decides it’s time to move into an assisted living community, there are many factors you may have to consider. What will happen to the house? Will you be able to bring pets with you? Should you look into memory care, or are you able to live independently? How will assisted living care be paid for? All of these are important questions to consider. However, there is one that many people don’t think about: What will happen to all the furniture and other possessions that fill your home?

Downsizing is one of the biggest issues our residents face when they first move in. As spacious as our apartments are, they simply aren’t big enough to hold as much as a house can. Here are a few tips on moving to an assisted living center … 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...

Resident Spotlight: Ethel Betsill Keeton

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 3rd, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Ethel was born in Fayette County, Georgia and when she was 11 years old, her family moved to Clayton County.  She grew up the third oldest child in the family with 6 sisters and 2 brothers. Today 5 of the brothers and sisters are still living.  Ethel graduated from Jonesboro High School, and took some business college courses Massey Business College.  

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Ethel’s family states that Ethel grew up on a farm and remembers picking cotton as a child.  Ethel also has good memories of attending school while growing up, but otherwise had to work a lot on the farm while growing up. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Ethel got married in 1951 when she was 17 years old to Lanier … Read more...

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 …

Resident Spotlight: Wendell Oliver Holmes

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 5th, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Wendell was born on January 10, 1940 in Birmingham Alabama and he grew up the same area that he was born in.  He grew up the youngest child with 6 brothers and 1 sister.  He completed high school and attended the University of Alabama but stopped going to school to join the Marines with the intention of going back to school later, but was not able to do that.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Wendell’s family was involved in southern gospel music and he was in several different quartets over the years.  He was named Vocalist of the Year in high school and was MVP of his high school basketball team his senior year of high school. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Wendell continued to … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Martha Thompson

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 21st, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Martha was born on July 28, 1931 in East Point, Georgia where she grew up.  She was the middle child with two sisters.  She graduated from Russell High School in her hometown.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Martha says that one of her favorite memories from childhood was playing baseball in the street with the neighborhood children.  She also recalls getting new doll for Christmas; which was always a special time for her growing up.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Martha states that one of her favorite memories from adulthood was meeting her future husband, Jack Thompson.  They met when they were both working for Southern Bell. Martha was having problems with her car.  She knew that he worked on cars and so she asked … Read more...

The Senior’s Guide to Healthy Eating

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 14th, 2016 in Body | No Comments

Did you know that the U.S. Government recommends you eat 2.5 cups of vegetables every day? Take a look:

You also notice that it’s recommended that you eat two cups of fruits, six ounces of dairy, and six ounces of grains. Take a look at the rest of the recommendations.

Many people aren’t even aware of these guidelines, and even more aren’t following them. But nutrition is vital for for your health – especially as you age. While it’s easy to look at the list of foods you should be eating, it’s hard to actually find a way to put them into your daily diet. So we went to the source of all of life’s important information – Pinterest – and found some great ways to incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle.


First of all, let’s take a …

Fitness & Exercise Tips for Seniors

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 7th, 2016 in Education | No Comments
Water Aerobics

Staying healthy and in shape is important for people of all ages. But as we become older, our bodies begin to slowly break down. Muscle can lose mass, and bones may become more brittle. Eating a healthy diet plays a major role in maintaining a  strong musculoskeletal system. However, it is not the only factor.

A daily exercise regimen can keep our bodies from deteriorating. Of course, it would be difficult to keep the same kind of exercise schedule we had when we were younger. But, a lighter, adjusted regimen can keep you healthy. In addition, exercise releases endorphins, which are “happy hormones.” As such, it can be a good way to stave off issues like depression, or at least lessen its effects.

1. Build Leg Muscle for Balance

One of the top complaints for adults over 60 is vertigo, … Read more...