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Managing Your Diabetes When Holiday Treats Abound

Posted by admin on December 20th, 2017 in Holidays | No Comments
Christmas cookies

It’s that wonderful time of year: Annual cookie baking and exchanges. Desserts lining tables. Treats at every turn. If you are diabetic, you may be dreading this time of year. We always want what we can’t have, and that’s never truer when you are tempted constantly.

The good news for you is that you don’t have to deny yourself if you have the right tips in mind.… Read more...

How to Be Safe with Online Shopping

Posted by admin on December 12th, 2017 in Education | No Comments
Hand holding credit card and using laptop

This year, as you begin to shop for your loved ones, looking for just the right gift, keep in mind that changes to technology can bring about issues with safety. While you may not be prone to slips and falls and other types of physical dangers when you shop from the comfort of your couch or recliner, you are putting your safety at risk.

How? Because nefarious criminals are just waiting behind their own keyboards for you to make one wrong move.… Read more...

Best Christmas Gifts for Loved Ones in Assisted Living

Posted by admin on November 21st, 2017 in Holidays | No Comments
happy family spending Christmas time together

If you have a loved one in assisted living, you may be struggling to come up with a great gift for them this holiday season. It can be challenging finding just the right gift for anyone, but what do you choose for someone who doesn’t necessarily need anything and won’t necessarily tell you what they want?

We’ve put together a great list that you can use as a starting point when you are creating your gift-giving list.… Read more...

Thanksgiving Activities for Seniors

Posted by admin on November 6th, 2017 in Holidays | No Comments
DIY decorations for Thanksgiving day

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may be wondering how you will spend the day. As a senior, you may be expecting a houseful of loved ones or cooking a simple meal for two. No matter how many guests you will have, there are ways you can safely enjoy the day. Here are a few ideas for Thanksgiving activities you are sure to enjoy.

1. Football Bingo

Football bingo is a hoot! Get on your computer and create a bingo card and a list of words commonly used by football game announcers. Give each guest a blank card and the word list. Have them place the words, one each, in the boxes on their card. As you are watching football, you get one mark when an announcer says the word or phrase on bingo board. The game ends … Read more...

Assisted Living Doesn’t Mean the End of Independence

Posted by admin on October 23rd, 2017 in Education | No Comments
Residents of an assisted living community tend their gardens in wheelchair accessible containers

Whether you are a senior facing the prospect of moving into an assisted living community or a person considering moving a loved one into such a community, there is certainly stress involved. For a senior, the words “assisted living” bring to mind a complete lack of independence. Assisted living means being told when to eat, when to go to bed, and even when to shower. Right?

Not so fast. While the old days of nursing homes didn’t do much to dispel these myths, today’s communities have a vast number of resources at their disposal. There are centers that cater to older adults who don’t have family nearby and would prefer to live in a social community rather than their own home, and there are centers that care for those in hospice. And there are centers for everyone in between.

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Best Halloween Activities for Seniors

Posted by admin on October 9th, 2017 in Holidays | No Comments
Laughing Halloween Pumpkins

Halloween used to be a holiday that was considered to be one for children. Today, Halloween and the activities that come with it rival Christmas in popularity. Whether you run an assisted living community, have an elderly loved one or are a senior yourself, here are some of the best Halloween activities for older adults.

1. Jack O’Lanterns

Decorating pumpkins is a tradition that is well loved. If you aren’t sure whether handling a knife is altogether safe, consider painting the pumpkin or using permanent markers to create a fabulous design. There are tons of ideas on the Internet for those who would rather design a pumpkin without sharp implements involved.

2. Movie Marathon

Scary movies are a Halloween staple. Whether your favorite are old black-and-white flicks or newer “slasher” movies, consider having a scary movie marathon on Halloween … Read more...

Dogwood Forest of Grayson to Host Grand Opening

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Dogwood Forest of Grayson will host it’s formal Grand Opening on October 5th. The event will cap off the soft opening of the community which began in August. The event is open to the public.

Dogwood Forest of Grayson, located in the heart of Grayson, Georgia on Grayson Highway, is the fourth community for the Dogwood Forest brand. The community began construction in 2016 and concluded in July. The community’s first residents settled into their new home in August. The Grand Opening will allow visitors to see the unparalleled amenities the community has to offer while enjoying hors d’ oeuvres and live jazz.

Come and join us!

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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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Attorney Miles P. Hurley Discusses Wills, Trusts and More

Posted by admin on August 31st, 2017 in Grayson, Grayson Ga. | No Comments
Fountain pen, eye glasses and a last will and testament on a vinyl desk pad. A form is printed on a mulberry paper and waiting to be filled and signed by testator

As we reach our Golden Years, the reality that we will not be here forever begins to set in. However, we can still be here to support our loved ones long after we have left this world. It all begins with having the right provisional documents in place. We recently sat down with attorney Miles P. Hurley to discuss these documents, as well as the confusion that often comes with them.

Miles is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in the specialization area of Elder Law. Here’s what we had to say:

1. What legal documents are most important for seniors? Which ones are often overlooked?

Every senior should have, at the minimum, a will, a power of attorney for finances, … Read more...

Best Daytime Activities for Seniors

Posted by admin on August 23rd, 2017 in Body | No Comments
Elderly couple with their bikes

It’s a widely known fact that seniors who remain active experience better physical, spiritual and mental health. Growing older doesn’t mean you have to just sit in your house or give up the things you love to do. You may not be strong enough to run a marathon or spend hours in the garden anymore, but most activities can be tailored to your abilities.

For seniors without an extended support system, finding things to do can be difficult. The good news is that there are dozens of safe, fun daytime activities that any senior can participate in, with or without a partner. Here are just a few ideas if you are a senior, or love a senior, and are looking for ways to remain active.

1. Walking

Studies have shown that walking daily can help to maintain heart, organ and … Read more...