Music Therapy for Cognitive Impairments

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 11th, 2012 in Education, Fayetteville, GA, Mind, Research, Spirit | No Comments

We’ve all heard a song we’ve recognized from years past that has triggered some type of emotion or memory. Many of us have used music in way that could be considered therapeutic. However, did you know music therapy is actually used in healthcare for people with many disorders and diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments?

Engaging the memory impaired through music has been studied extensively in the last few years. Many studies have shown older adults making significant strides while participating in this type of therapy. I’ve written before on the benefits of music therapy for seniors with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s. The therapy is truly remarkable, and so is the video below about Henry. Henry,  a resident at a nursing home, had been virtually incoherent and minimally unresponsive for 10 years due to the affects of … Read more...

Our Interview with Resident Happy Kirkpatrick

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 9th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? 

Green St. Gainesville, GA.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

We use to play in the middle of Green St when we were little. You can’t do that now!! There were so many children that lived in those big houses on that street. We would ride our bikes down the sidewalks and in the street. I also was in ballet from the age 3 to college, I love to dance.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Thousands!! I’m a very spoiled girl! My husband and I had a farm, I raised donkeys. They are so precious.

Did you have a profession?

I have a M.Ed in psychology and used it to help with special needs children. This was during a time when there really wasn’t a program … Read more...

Jesus’ Sacrifice

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 8th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA, Holidays, Spirit | No Comments

As we prepared for Easter here at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville, Ga, I reflected on the true meaning of  Easter, the sacrifice of my Savior and how Jesus died just so I could truly live. Many of us may not realize the pain Jesus went through on this day. Execution  by crucifixion was a slow death.  Our Savior went through unimaginable anguish and agony. Its important to put the actual crucifixion into perspective, so that our human minds could better understand his sacrifice. Its important that we don’t sanitize his death.

Hemathidrosis, which is the phenomenon where the body is under so much stress that capillaries break and is mixed with sweat, was evident as drops of blood poured from his skin. His back ripped from repeated flogging until what was left was a bloody mass of … Read more...

Senior Fall Prevention is Necessary for Seniors Living at Home

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 5th, 2012 in Body, Education | No Comments

According to the Florida Department of Health, the median cost of a non-fatal fall related hospitalization was $39,782 with an average stay of 4 days. Falls can be detrimental to the health of older adults and  extremely costly in the long run. Fall risk are important at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Alpharetta, Ga. We design our communities with the safety of our residents in mind.  We consider ergonomics when selecting the furniture for our communities. The needs of aging adults are taken into total consideration because a  fall can be the start of a slow decline. Although we know that many seniors prefer to live in the homes they’ve lived in for years, their home could be hazardous if proper precautions are not considered.

Why falls are dangerous for seniors

Older adults are at risk of falls that can … Read more...

Healthful Benefits of Blueberries

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 3rd, 2012 in Body, Education, Gainesville, GA | No Comments

What are great on waffles and pancakes and great in yogurt and smoothies? Ahhh..blueberries. I love those plump little berries. There is something about the surprise you get when you chop down on one with anticipation of its sweet or tart juice. These little blue berries are great and great for you, and I try to incorporate them in my diet regularly like many of the residents at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Gainesville, Ga.

In recent years, blueberries have become one of the many “it” fruits. But for good reason that scientific evidence can back up. Blueberries are  high in antioxidants which of course fights cancer causing free radicals.  They are great for the nervous system, and recent studies have shown they help to improve memory. That’s right, there is a mighty big punch packed in these tiny … Read more...

Hydration for Older Adults

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 2nd, 2012 in Body, Education | No Comments

Hydration is key to sustain healthy balance in the body. After all, water makes up roughly 90%  of our total body weight. The recommend dose of hydration is around 2 liters per day. However, we lose water every day through excretion of sweat, breathing and expelling waste. So, in order to get the recommended dosage we must take in beverage through the foods we eat such as fruits and vegetables and the other fluids we ingest such as tea, fruit juice, and coffee. However, the best way to replenish your body and reward it for working hard for you is ensuring you get plenty of water. Yes, old faithful H2O will seriously help your body be the best it can be.

Importance of Water to the Human Body

Water is the most nutrient of any substance found in the human … Read more...

Vitamin D and Senior Health

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 2nd, 2012 in Body, Research | No Comments

Most of us recall our parents telling us to drink our milk when we were kids. My mother in particular had to trick me into drinking it by adding a little chocolate because I hated the taste of milk alone. Oddly enough, I love milk now in its original form. Our parents knew the importance of milk. It was rich in calcium and helped our bones to grow strong. Without it, our bones would become brittle and weak. However, there is also an important vitamin found in milk… vitamin D.

Since the 30s, milk had been fortified with the D vitamin to help combat the issue of rickets that were plaguing children in the first half of the 20th century. The practice has continued although rickets is no longer huge a epidemic. Vitamin D is essential to children’s bone health. … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Tom Munson

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 26th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

My name is Tom Munson. Some call me free spirit, Mr. outgoing, Mr. Doing my thing – that’s me.

I was raised in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida as a Navy brat. I was always on the move all the time. In high school, me and a buddy saved our money and decided after graduation we would travel before college.  So, we got a 1940 Ford Coupe, put a mattress in the back seat, and 14 states later, including Canada, we did the guy thing. After the adventure, it was time to take the coach up on a scholarship to play ball for Florida State University. 

In 1957, the state legislation passed the law that University of Florida plays Florida State every year in sports. My freshman basketball team was the first to beat them, also having 16 girls to every … Read more...

Believers Should Embrace Optimism

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 21st, 2012 in Spirit | No Comments

My industry allows me to work with a special population of people. People like the residents who live at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville, Ga. give me optimism as I read their stories and see their faces, imagining that the crevices I see our simply life’s experiences etched across their skin. They give me hope that with the right attitude and wisdom, I can one day wear my many experiences too. When I encounter many of our residents, their spirits shine with optimism. Regardless of their decreased mobility or health issues, the glass always seems half full. I received a interview recently on a resident who is turning 100 years old next week. Her daughter shared with us in the interview, that when asked how she feels, her mother always replies, “I am still here.”  While humorous, I believe … Read more...

Surviving Spring Allergy Season

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 19th, 2012 in Body, Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Tomorrow is the first day of spring, and today’s pollen count has already shattered the previous record set in 1999 with  8,164.  Needless to say, it may be a tough allergy season.  Our residents suffer with allergies too. Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody Assisted Living in Dunwoody, Ga. has already taken measures to keep the community’s patio areas pollen free this year, and it is still winter!  Itchy eyes, runny noses, sore throats, and coughing fits may leave allergy sufferers to conclude they are simply allergic to spring!

Atlanta and Pollen

Atlanta is appropriately titled the “City of Trees” due to the beautiful canopy of trees that covers large portions of the city. But allergy sufferers may not care for the “City of Trees” in the spring months because the pollen the trees produce leaves them in total misery.  It is … Read more...