Resident Spotlight: Helen Russo


Posted by Kia Crawford on November 2nd, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Helen Russo was born on June 11, 1932 in Brooklyn New York, where she grew up.  She was the oldest child with two younger brothers. Today, only one brother is living.  Helen finished high school but did not attend college.  

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Helen states that she loved her mother and her brothers so much.  She has good memories of Christmastime while growing up, with good food and giving and receiving presents.  She also has good memories of summer time in New York, specifically when fireman would come and open the fire hydrants so the kids could play in the water. picture-helen-russo

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Helen has wonderful memories of her son Anthony while he was growing up. She states that they were very close and they had a wonderful time together, especially spending time in Long Island and Coney Island.  Helen loved traveling and would take trips with friends and families. They just got in the car and drove.

Did you have a profession?  Helen’s main job in life was working for lawyers. She first worked as a switchboard operator and got the mail to the lawyers. Eventually, she was a supervisor with Chadborn and Park Law Firm, supervising “runners” for lawyers in New York.  She moved to Georgia to be close to her son. Helen got a job in Clayton County in a school cafeteria preparing and serving food and running the cash register, which she loved to do.

Which accomplishment in your life do you feel most proud?  Helen states that she is very proud of her son and the life that he lived. She is also very proud of her granddaughter and grandson.  She’s very proud of all of the trips that she took with her friends, especially the many trips to Aruba.  

Is there anything that you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating from college?  Helen stated “take care of things, be smart with your money, and plan for the future.”

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family?  Helen stated “take care of your children all of the time, family is very important.”

What brought you to Dogwood Forest?  Prior to Helen coming to Dogwood Forest, she was living on her own in Jonesboro Georgia. She was not taking care of herself, not eating or drinking enough, falling at home, not socializing with others other than her family, was not keeping her house clean and in good order, was very forgetful, needed ques and supervision with activities of daily living. Her family was unable to provide that assistance, and Helen could no longer drive. Her family looked for a place for her to live and found Dogwood Forest.  Helen’s family states that there has been a big change in Helen since coming to Dogwood Forest, and she is much more active and social and eating better and taking her medication as she needs to. She is doing so much better now and Helen and family both seem to be OK with her being here.