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Resident Spotlight: Mary Jane

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 6th, 2012 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Mary Jane, who we affectionately call M.J.,  was born December 26 in Huntington, West Virginia. She graduated from William & Mary College in 1945 with a B.A. in art. She went on to teach grades 1-12. M.J says that her favorite age group to teach was students in middle grades. She enjoyed their inquisitive nature. 

Mary Jane met her husband, Emmitt, at an alumni dance at William & Mary. They were married in 1946. She and Emmit raised four children, two boys and two girls. She spent many years volunteering in her community with Reach for Recovery, a breast cancer survivors group, working on various fundraisers, and was an active member of Women’s Club. She did her best to stay busy helping others. Mary Jane has lived in several places such as Norfolk, Va.; Philadelphia; Chicago; Pittsburgh; Troy, N.Y.; St. … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Eunice Scarborough

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 20th, 2012 in Dunwoody, GA, Spirit | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Eunice states that she was born on November 21, 1934, in southeast Atlanta and she grew up in the same area. She was an only child and graduated from Roosevelt High School, which had been the old Atlanta Girls High, in 1952.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? 

Eunice states that one of her favorite memories is her mother reading to her. She states that while growing up her mother had multiple sclerosis and so Eunice had to help her mother with housework. Starting at age 9 Eunice would make biscuits for her father for breakfast and she was so short that she had to stand on a stool to reach the kitchen counter. She also remembers that at some point in childhood she went to live with her aunt, who … Read more...

Just Keep Swimming

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 9th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA, Body, Research | No Comments

Want to offset the ravages of time? “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!” Okay, I couldn’t resist a little Finding Nemo humor.

The longer we remain active, the better we feel and perhaps longer we live. We certainly get our share of activity here at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Alpharetta. Just because we grow older does not mean we should stop being physically active and strive for optimal fitness. Older adults have been staying active a number of ways including fun aerobics and less strenuous exercises such as walking. Walking is certainly affective, but can become redundant after a while. One great way to exercise, even beyond the the summer month, is swimming. The benefits of swimming are numerous and many seniors have taken up this refreshing form of exercise.

Benefits of Swimming

Water exercise is an excellent … Read more...

No Horsing Around: Hoketsu Becomes the London 2012 Games Oldest Olympian

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 3rd, 2012 in Education | No Comments

I am sure I’m not the only one deeply enthralled in the London 2012 Olympics right now. In this week alone, records have been broken and “firsts” have been established. Micheal Phelps is the first to win 20 gold medals and Gabby Douglas, 16,  is the first African American to win gold in the gymnastics All -Around. There has been plenty of exciting moments, and there is still another week remaining before the closing ceremony. Many of our residents at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville, Ga are also enjoying the Olympics.

During my research of the London games, I stumbled across an interesting article from the Chicago Sun-Times about Hiroshi Hoketsu of Japan. At the age of 71, he is the oldest competitor in the London Olympic Games and the second oldest competitor in Olympic games history only topped … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Thomas J. Stevens

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 3rd, 2012 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Tom was born December 28th in North New Jersey. He enjoyed growing up in New Jersey and had fond memories growing on in the region. He recalls spending time at area parks and fishing. He would go upstream, put his boat in and drift downstream fishing all the way home.

At age 10, Tom began to work on a farm that grew vegetables. One benefit was he could take all the vegetables home he wanted. Another was he stayed busy and out of trouble.

After high school, Tom Joined the Navy and went to Japan. Upon his return, he graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he was the first student council judge. Like many young men at that time, one of his gathering spots was the Ice Cream Shoppe where a mutual friend introduced him to Joan Margaret, who he … Read more...

What is the Shingles Virus?

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 1st, 2012 in Body, Education | No Comments

Many of us remember the itchy discomfort experienced in our youth from chicken pox, a virus associated with the herpes virus family. Mom would soak you in oatmeal or throw you in the bath with your affected sibling so you both would be exposed together. At the time, most thought of chickenpox as deadly if infected in adulthood, so was imperative that it was contracted as a child. But chicken pox, known as a childhood illness, can also bring about another illness much later in life as a senior adult. This illness is called Shingles and is more prevalent in people over the age of 65. Some of our residents at Dogwood Forest of Assisted Living in Gaineville, Ga. have been affected with shingles. And it is no fun.

Like its itchy cousin chicken pox, shingles is also a virus … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Mr. Ray

Posted by Kia Crawford on July 24th, 2012 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

I had lived five years alone since the love of my life had passed away and I told my family it was time to move. They brought information and I placed it around the dining room table for a week or two to study. I had only visited one community and I sat down and prayed about it and on this past May 29 I celebrated living here 10 years.

I was born in Heard County, Ga. The youngest of five and very spoiled in every way love could offer: good family, good education, good food. I grew up on 125 acres of farm with corn, cotton, hogs, chickens and cows. Fresh biscuits and ham was my favorite. I loved going to school and farming. I was gonna raise cattle and live the quiet life but God had other plans … Read more...

Many with Alzheimer’s Suffer Vision Problems

Posted by Kia Crawford on July 16th, 2012 in Body, Education, Mind, Research | No Comments

Working in the senior living industry and with residents with memory impairments at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville, I know there are great challenges for those with Alzheimer’s.  The loss of memory is just one side affect of this disease. Many Alzheimer residents experience problems such as extreme confusion, mood swings, loss of appetite and tactility. However, Alzheimer’s is exacerbated by vision problems specifically with depth of perception and visual spatial coordination. Mistakenly,  some may attribute some of the issues seen in Alzheimer’s patients to the loss of memory.  However, problems such as bumping into furniture and the inability to contrast between colors and objects can be contributed to changes in their vision. Many researchers believe the changes in vision are a result of the deterioration of the side of the brain responsible for processing visual information, … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Marjorie Clark

Posted by Kia Crawford on July 11th, 2012 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Atlanta, Georgia.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

Going to Europe as a 10-year-old is a great memory. We traveled by plane to England and then went all over Europe.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Parties and entertaining for my husband’s clients. 

Did you have a profession? If so, what industry were you in and what did you do?

I was a teacher in Atlanta. I taught the fourth [grade] through high school at different times.

Do you remember what was happening in your life during a significant event in U.S. history such as WWII, Vietnam, Woodstock or any other historical events?

My husband and I both worked for the government at that time.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud?

Being a … Read more...

Beating the Heat: Keeping Seniors Cool for the Summer

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 25th, 2012 in Body, Education | No Comments

It is the first week of summer and who doesn’t enjoy the summer? Beautiful weather, vacation, relaxation, long days, moderate warm nights, pools, and nice tall glasses of  lemonade on sunny Sundays as you rock the day away on the porch. What is not to love? We certainly enjoy our summers here at Dogwood Forest of Assisted Living in Alpharetta. However, the summer months can bring about  great concerns for seniors. The heat from the summer sun can be extremely dangerous for elder adults.  This can be even more of a challenge for seniors in urban cities because unlike suburban areas, the temperature often remains as high as day temperatures throughout the night. If we consider that some seniors do not have central air units this could be disastrous. In cities like Atlanta, the temperature can sore above 90 … Read more...