Happy Valentines Day!

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date February 14, 2020

We are all about spreading the love here at Kirkwood by the River so we thought it would be fun to hear some tips from our residents on love and Valentine’s Day!

Bob Tate says the best advice he can give about love and marriage is, “do what your wife says” because usually, chances are, she’s right!

Juanita Hoskins mentions that lots of people have lofty expectations for this day of the year so she advises us, “don’t EXPECT a valentine” from someone but “BE HAPPY” if someone you love cares enough to show you.

Dot Gilmore’s husband was a labor and delivery doctor so their life could be crazy and chaotic. But she recommends that “even when life is busy” make time for one another and “love your spouse” even if it is “on the run!

Virginia Reid wants to encourage us all to “be a friend to our neighbors,” you never know who could need some love!

Edna Vines says, “Be nice to EVERYBODY,” especially those who are harder to love – they are usually the ones who need love and grace the most.

Navona Brinkley has been married to Benjamin for 76 years and her advice for anyone looking for love is to “marry a sweet man who will grin and bear it,” even when times get tough!

Will’s advice this Valentines Day is to “Stay cool/Let go” people get so worried about everything these days, but the best thing to do is stay cool even when things get hard and let go of the small things.

Rita’s advice might be my favorite of all! She says, “Move to Kirkwood where there is lots of LOVE!” and I could not agree more.


What is your advice this Valentine’s Day?


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.

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

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

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

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

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

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

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents