Keeping seniors active and interacting socially is essential to a healthy life. At Dogwood we maintain a constant schedule of coordinated and planned activities. Although we encourage seniors to remain active, we do it in a manner that it is subtle and without pressure. We offer a wide variety of activities from playing cards and board games to ice cream socials on the front porch. Bingo is always a favorite, as well as listening to the many choirs and church groups that visit.
We are also happy to assist residents in keeping up hobbies they have prior to moving. We’ve gone shopping with residents, helped with birdhouses and repotting plants.
TV watching remains the most popular activity and residents have the option of watching on the large screen in the dayroom or in the privacy of their own apartment where cable service comes standard.
Dogwood is also very excited about adding activities encouraged by the American Alzheimer’s Association that promote mind stimulation and memory enhancement. These were recently implemented at Harmony Place, a sister Hickory Senior Living Residence in Tupelo that is equipped and staffed exclusively to provide advanced memory care services. Most residents at Dogwood have been lifelong churchgoers and we think it is important for their well-being to continue after moving in. Dogwood works with area churches to have on-site services each week. The services last about an hour and usually consist of singing, Bible readings, and a sermon. Although we don’t provide transportation to local church services, if a resident wishes to attend a church that provides pickup and drop-off services we are happy to assist the resident with coordinating logistics. Some residents also get together informally and enjoy Scripture readings.