Halloween the Kirkwood Way

  Last week we had our annual Trick-or-Treat Apartment Sweep where over 250 creatures and characters, wandered the halls of our residents’ apartments and looked for those giving out candy and other fun treats! For this event, families were invited to come and enjoy a hot-dog dinner, then go on a hunt throughout our campus … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date October 29, 2019

Jack Higgins: Eagle Scout Extraordinaire

This year John David Higgins IV or “Jack”, the son of Kirkwood by the River’s Board Chairman John Higgins, began the long process of completing his Eagle Project. A Boy Scout’s Eagle Project is the pinnacle act of service that allows him, after years of scouting, to finally achieve the admirable rank of Eagle Scout. … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date August 15, 2019

McMillin Farm’s Blueberry Bash

A few weeks ago we had the privilege of taking a field trip to McMillan farm in Clanton, Alabama with a few of our residents from Kirkwood by the River. This farm is special because it’s home to Kirkwood’s own Enrichment Coordinator, Cathy McMillan! Along with her husband, Mike and dozens of different fruits, veggies, … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date July 15, 2019

Reflections on Holy Week

From our Kirkwood Chaplain, Rev. Richard Hanna This past Sunday, we began Holy Week, a week that I often call, “The seven days that changed the world.” The week begins with Palm Sunday and proceeds through Good Friday and Holy Saturday, which of course leads to the culmination of the Christian year, Easter Sunday. Here at Kirkwood by … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date April 16, 2019

Board Games Do More Than Keep You From Being Bored

Are board games and decks of cards collecting dust on your shelves? Don’t wait for the kids and grandkids to come around before searching out the Scrabble and Monopoly! From preschool-aged children to seniors in their golden years, people of all ages can enjoy and benefit from the intergenerational activity of playing games. While the … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date April 01, 2019

Smart Devices Today

We live in a world where technology is not a luxury but more of a necessity. In addition to “smartphones,” the technology masterminds of the world have created voice-activated smart houses, cars that park themselves, apps that act as accountants or fitness instructors, and devices that take away the stressors of yesterday. At a recent … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date March 19, 2019

Our Thoughts On Ash Wednesday

As we wake up this morning, on Ash Wednesday, with bellies full of pancakes and the indulgences of Mardi Gras, we refocus our hearts and our minds to this season of penitence. As Kirkwood by the River is a ministry of Independent Presbyterian Church, we acknowledge the Lenten season through our time in weekly Bible … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date March 06, 2019

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The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

My only regret is that I didn’t move here sooner with my late husband. We would have loved living here together. It would have been perfect for us to travel without the responsibilities of a home.

Nell Mehaffey Former Resident

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

We love that Kirkwood isn’t only church affiliated, but faith is a very prominent, important part of the community. To us, there just couldn’t be a better place.

Bob Tate Former Resident

If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!

Robbie Sevier Former Resident of 37 Years

We’re a family. We really are a family.

Bet Kesmodel Former Resident