Tea Consumption Can Improve Your Health

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 5th, 2012 in Body, Research | No Comments

Did you know that tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world? Tea has been embedded in Eastern culture for hundreds of years because it was thought to bring good health, wellness and wisdom. Now, researchers in the West are starting to take notice of the health benefits and are now researching the benefits of tea consumption as well. In the United States, more people in recent years have changed from drinking their morning brew of coffee to enjoying tea because of its known health qualities. Although, over 80% of tea in the U.S  is consumed cold unlike the rest of the world, more and more Americans are starting to catch on to hot tea.  Although, in the southern United States sweet iced tea is the reigning king, more Southerners in the senior age group are starting to … Read more...

Great Benefits of Red Wine

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 4th, 2012 in Body, Education, Gainesville, GA, Mind, Research | No Comments

For years, researchers have documented the healthful benefits of red wine. It has been a staple in human diets for thousands of years. Wine was first fermented around 6,000 b.c. in the Georgia region between Europe and Asia. Wine was known to have healthful benefits. Red Wine was known to be

healthful then, and substantial scientific evidence is proof that we should include red wine in our diets. With its warm and robust flavor, red wine is has several health benefits from fighting fat to fighting ovarian cancer.

Benefits of Red Wine

Fights Memory Loss: The resveratrol in red wine helps to protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Dementia and Alzheimer’s prevention is especially important to Dogwood Forest of Gainesville.

Longevity: Not only does the resveratrol found in red wine help to protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia, … Read more...

Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

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


Diabetes is on the rise. According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 26 million Americans are diabetic with an estimated 79 million with per-diabetes. Several studies have been conducted to determine the reason for the epidemic. Most studies suggest that there are a few distinct factors that contribute to developing diabetes:

Overweight: People who are overweight are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes because additional fatty tissue increases the the chances of resistance to insulin. Age: The risk seems to rise as we get older. This can be attributed to weight gain with age or less cell functionality. Stress: The body does not often respond well to stress. One result of stress can be weight gain, which can raise the risk of stress. Lack of exercise: Studies have shown that a regular exercise regime can… Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Mary Pincombe

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 30th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

There are two things that are special about me. I am 100 years old and Jesus and I share the same birthday.

My name is Marie Pincombe. I enjoy Big Band music, dancing, makeup, fashion and for the love of God I am a committed Chocoholic. My life has been an adventurous one because living this long keeps me looking for new things to keep me busy. As a kid I sung while my sister played the piano. We were a dynamic team. My father could listen to us for hours.

I finished Ohio State University and then became the Administration Assistant to the President of the University. Through my travels I have learned and seen many wonders that keep me laughing all day.

I have one son that thought it was time for me to settle down a little … Read more...

Dogwood Forest of Fayetteville Host Annual Spring Brunch

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 28th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA, Spirit | No Comments

Spring has definitely sprung! Dogwood Forest Assisted living in Fayetteville, Ga brought the season in full bloom as they celebrated the annual Spring Brunch in April. Residents and families were invited to enjoy a smorgasbord of food. Families enjoyed a fabulous brunch that consisted of breakfast chef stations with omelets, pancakes, eggs, bacon, and turkey sausage, biscuits, danishes and muffins. Lunch chef stations included roast beef, baked chicken, fried chicken, mac and cheese, summer salad, green beans and rolls. The community was decorated beautifully with spring pastels and flowers. Residents, families and team members enjoyed all of the festivities. Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville in Ga. is well known for its wonderful events in the community. The community often host the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and other community events.

Stay tune for more events in the summer months!

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Our Interview with Resident Betty Carringer

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 23rd, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? Young Harris, GA.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Going to my grandparents’ house. They lived in the middle of town and I’d walk to their house almost every day. I’d stop by on the way to school. Their home was a place that I loved. I would ask my grandmother 1000 questions a day and she’d answer every one. She was never impatient, but always loving. She was a great cook too.

After high school, I went to Emory University which was the door that opened for my life. It gave me a broader view of life. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? I was a private nurse for an elderly couple for 4 years. After the husband died, I became very close friends with Gladys, … Read more...

Pat Summit Steps Down Due To Early Onset Alzheimer’s

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 20th, 2012 in Mind | 1 Comment

Yesterday, an icon in women’s basketball, Pat Summit,  stepped down from the head coach position she held for 38 years. She ends with a record of 1,098-208. She earned 8 national championships with 22 final four visits. She is the most revered coach in all of women’s basketball, and I would not ruffle many feathers by suggesting, that perhaps, she is the all time greatest coach of any sport.  She is a legend. But last year, she noticed changes. The change was gradual, but nevertheless she was different. Sadly, at the age of 58, Summit learned she had early onset Alzheimer’s.

Early Onset Alzheimer’s

Early onset Alzheimer’s affects people younger than 65. It accounts for less than 5% of the 5.4 million people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. Early onset Alzheimer’s can affect people in their 30s, but it is seen … Read more...

Have Fun and Dance for Exercise

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 19th, 2012 in Body, Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Have you ever danced so much that you worked up a sweat? I’m sure many of us have, and its definitely a good thing.  While we are having fun moving and grooving, we are actually exercising. Dancing is an excellent way to work out because it is typically free and engages the entire body. And many seniors are enjoying this fun way to break a sweat. Yes, dancing for exercise is not just for the young, but also the young at heart!

Dance exercise programs have been around for some time now. I recall “Sweating to the Oldies” with the animated and zealous red head Richard Simmons. It was a absolute craze in the 80’s. Now ZUMBA, the Latin flavored dancing program, is taking fitness classes by storm.  Zumba is aerobic dance exercise that incorporates both resistance and interval training. … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Bonnie Harvey

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 16th, 2012 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? Bonnie grew up in Falconer, New York.   She was born on March 12, 1932.  She had one older brother growing up.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Bonnie states that she enjoyed going to visit her grandparents who  lived in Sandusky, New York.  She states that they lived on a hill and had no electricity or running water.  She remembers her grandmother making homemade goodies and deserts and she remembers grandmother would save newspapers with comics in them and she and her brother would read those comics while visiting grandparents.  She remembers that her father ran a meat market and was a preacher.  She had a close friend and close friend had a sister and the three of them sang in a trio and they would be invited to sing all … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Fran Carlson

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 16th, 2012 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Frances Katherine Lynn Carlson was in San Francisco California in 1917. After graduating High School 2 years early, finished college at San Francisco State College then returned to “her” High School to teach. In 1937, Fran rode in the first car to cross the Golden Gate on the Opening Day. Fran has wonderful memories for traveling to Philly then onto the Worlds Fair in Chicago, and into Canada with her Mother and sister. Fran’s father was a banker with Bank of America and grew up walking down Lumbar Street, Fisherman Warf, Pier 39 ,sour dough bread, and recalls when Alcatraz burned she and friends hopped on a cable car to watch the fire. After making a career change to work at Zeleerback, she met her husband, and they had a son, named  Bob. During Fran’s lifetime, she traveled extensively. Studying … Read more...