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November 13th was Countryside Village Retirement Community’s Senior Health Fair, in Stokesdale, NC.

There were many local resources providing residents with everything they could possibly need.

Melody Anderson of Chadwick Insurance Group was providing education regarding Health Reform and Medicare. Melody is your connection to all of your health care needs, without having to be channeled through recordings.

Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal provided free copies of the November issue regarding Alzheimer’s Disease. Diana explained to the seniors the journal was intended to be the voice of the community. One may set up an interview regarding their personal journey of hope and healing after the loss of a loved one. It is only by education will the community be aware of how to comfort one another. There is more to giving support than sending flowers, food or a card. You are cordially invited to hear a brief talk regarding Alzheimer’s Disease and Art Therapy, click here. Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal is looking forward to visiting Countryside again with craft projects for their residents.

 

 

Jos with Home to Home in Guilford was in line for a delicious Hot Dog provided by Customized Dogs and Catering.

Home to Home in Guilford is a wonderful service for those needing to downsize, move, liquidate estates or to make simple changes within the home for a more senior friendly environment.

Sara from Amedisys Hospice Services was also there answering questions regarding Life Limiting Illness, where no one is denied.

Other resources included:

  • Senior-Resources of Guilford
  • Nature’s Pearl
  • Stokesdale Fire Department
  • Forbis and Dick Funeral Home
  • Advanced Home Care
  • Servant Bible Institute
  • Active Monitoring Care

See you at the Alzheimer Fundraising Gala this Friday

Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal-Contact Diana@justacloudaway.com for Exclusive Advertising Opportunities. The editorial calendar is based upon monthly awareness causes.

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 Just a Cloud Away Inc. ™ Journal will be presenting a brief talk on the various ways art is incorporated into the healing process, for Caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s Disease. Art is an alternative way to communicate.

 Remember & Honor Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s,

“The Way They Were & the Way They Are Now”

 Thursday November 18th

12-1:30pm

Emerald Event Center 2000 East Wendover Avenue

Create a Cake Catering providing lunch for $13.00

 November is Alzheimer Awareness Month

 Topics to be discussed:

  • Creating a tribute, honoring the life of a loved one with Alzheimer’s-video montages, poetry

  • Benefits of incorporating art therapy in the lives of Alzheimer’s patients. Parts of their brain that deal with colors and composition can still be used and developed and even people with advanced Alzheimer’s disease can continue to create art. A study showed that patients receive pleasure and satisfaction after creating artwork.

Below is a self portrait of an American artist William Utermohlen, 1967

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1995.

Below is his last self portrait in 2000.

A Papercrafting Workshop will be held at the same location December 3rd, Friday evening from 5-11pm to share and create keepsakes for/of our loved ones. More information here. Please RSVP to Diana@justacloudaway.com

My personal story of the day Gram forgot me.

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The art of papercrafting incorporates a few supplies with mementoes of loved ones. At the first Love Memorial™ Workshop sponsored by Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal, the community brought pictures of their loved ones, infants, and pets that have passed on.  The participants expressed their gratitude to have the opportunity to remember and create keepsakes with their own hands. Various vendors provided snacks, drinks, and music; and Rich Brenner helped out at the microphone.

Local businesses will surprise us each month with goodies, music or other. Angela Howard of Take Shape for Life-Fast Weight Loss and Long Term Health, has lost 210 pounds and serves up a fantastic glass of lemonade.

Pressed flowers will also be available.

Please email Diana@justacloudaway.com if you are interested in attending a casual papercrafting workshop on a monthly basis.  Our next workshop will be on Friday, December 3rd, at the Emerald Event Center (2000 East Wendover Avenue) from 5-11 PM.   Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal will sponsor the workshop by supplying scrapbook papers, stickers, cutters, stamps, adhesives, and more. We ask that you bring pictures or any two-dimensional mementoes of loved ones, pregnancy photographs, or beloved pets. If you choose to eat, a $10 charge will cover food and drinks. The workshop is open to avid scrapbookers who would like a comfortable, quiet, and convenient atmosphere to craft cards, collages, scrapbooks, holiday gifts, and whatever else brought to the table!

Many varieties of plants can be utilized in papercrafting, adding beautiful and meaningful touches to your art.

A decoupaged gourd.

Salvia from a memory garden.

Many other supplies will be provided.

Each person will receive a complimentary kit.

For a unique holiday gift try papercrafting an awareness ribbon magnet, for example, an Alzheimer Awareness Ribbons are purple. A granddaughter created the one below as a tribute to her grandmother, age 90.

I hope you can join us:) Please RSVP-Diana@justacloudaway.com

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Support is available for bereaved families of pregnancy and infant loss in the Piedmont Triad Area. Heartstrings  is our local non-profit working with families who have lost a pregnancy or baby from conception to one year of age. This is done through a variety of supports designed to help them grieve, mourn, and begin to reconcile themselves to the death of their baby as well as cope with the emotions of a subsequent pregnancy.

The 6th Annual “Walk to Remember” of 2010 was held at Triad Park in Kernersville, NC. Families come to remember their children who briefly came into their lives and forever in their hearts.

The morning was beautiful and perfect for remembering angels.

T-Shirts were provided for the walkers.

Tammy Councilman is our local photographer representing the non-profit, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.

Handmade Quilt by families of the babies passed.

The children are missed and remembered.

Every year symbolic ornaments are presented to the parents, which are then hung on a tree while the baby names are read.

This year, a butterfly.

Many sponsors provide refreshments, signs and donations.

Many people walk the 1 mile track to honor babies and their families.

To help those comforting bereaved parents of pregnancy and infant loss, please take a few minutes to answer a few questions to be published within Just a Cloud Away, Inc. Journal. It is only by sharing our experiences, will others know how to comfort those walking in different shoes. We thank you for your time.

Journals are published online at, Read Journals Online.

Peace Love and Hugs from Above

Diana Gardner-Williams  publisher

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Crossing Guard Dies Protecting Young Student

by Basil Augusta

 In 2008, a crossing guard named Diane Sharp pushed a student from an ongoing dump truck, saving his life. The second grader of an Ohio Elementary school has fully recovered because of this courageous and selfless act.

 Freedom from danger was not an issue when Laura Ingle from the television show, “Little House on the Prairie” walked to school each morning, other than maybe tripping over uneven ground. The external factors have increased significantly, therefore, decreasing our children’s overall safety.

 Parents will begin driving their children to school alleviating personal anxiety while increasing the emissions on school grounds and also missing this opportunity to benefit from fresh air and exercise. Child obesity has tripled in the past 30 years because of eating habits and technology. Obese children are more prone to develop high blood pressure and cholesterol, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and social and psychological problems where the unhealthy cycle starts all over again.

 Crossing guards have long been a second set of watchful eyes looking out for our children’s safety. They greet our children with warm words, scold them for unsafe behavior and protect them from suspicious activities, giving parents a peace of mind. Crossing guards Prevent many potentially harmful acts upon our children.

 Will crossing guard posts be replaced with banners and signs saying, Drug Dealers are Not Tolerated”, “Abduct my Child and Face My Wrath”, “Bullies Better Beware”, or “Speeding Cars will be Prosecuted”.

 Crossing guards have a very important role assisting parents in the care and nurturing of children. Parents are unable to view all aspects of their child’s social interactions where as crossing guards help guide children from their homes to their schools with minimal negative activity. Their job is much more than moving from point A to point B.

 Information provided by- www.saferoutesinfo.org, www.cdc.gov

 

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DEATH-the mere mention of this word elicits numerous emotional responses from those who hear it or see it in print.  To some; it means “relief’ from a long and painful ordeal; to others; a tragic ending as a young parent whose life suddenly ends without warning; to still others, questions of “why me or why them”.

No matter what the emotional response, there are certain realities to be dealt with when someone dies.  After the initial items of funeral arrangements, paying of immediate bills and obtaining information about ones financial affairs, there is what happens to one’s property; house, car, retirement accounts (if any), household goods, etc.

Hopefully, the deceased preplanned by drafting a will to set forth their desire as to who will handle the administration of the estate and belongings.  Also, if minor children are left behind, the deceased left written instructions as to the Guardian of said children and what was to be done with their assets.

Unfortunately and sadly, this is not always the case.  Statistically, more than 60% of those in the United States die without a will and/or any directive for the distribution of estates.  The issue of a will is something we “put off” or tell ourselves that we will “get around to it” at a later date.  Since no one is guaranteed to live to a certain age, we take chances with distribution of assets and the security of those loved ones left behind.

The problems that may result from not having a will are far too numerous for this article.  Most simple wills cost less than $250.00. However, most problems that occur cost several thousand to rectify. We need to ask ourselves which is the smarter course of action and if you answered, “To make a will”, then you are not only smart but correct.

I urge each individual who does not have a will or who knows of a loved one without a will to make an appointment with an attorney to discuss the pros and cons of your wishes.  It is one of the best decisions that you will make in your life for you and your loved ones.  If you do have a will, update it every 3 to 5 years. Your circumstances have probably changed during this time period.

by Larry Pearman- Attorney at Law

Thank you Larry for providing this educational and enlightening article. Let’s check my will soon.

Peace

Diana

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Greensboro and surrounding areas can enjoy a unique supplier of plant material, Terragen Nurseries, Inc.

They are located in Browns Summit. Just take 29 North to 150, make a left on 150, make a left on Summit Ave and you cannot miss Terragen Nurseries on the RIGHT.

You know I am a sucker for roses and they have plenty, even the double bloomers.

Knock out roses make excellent hedges

Yes, they have yellow knock out roses. They only require 6 hours of daylight.

These roses bloom from spring until frost with little maintenance. This is a perfect memory garden plant because of its hardiness.

Carolina jessamine vine to ramble over a fence, up a pergola, down a slope. This beauty is evergreen and the blooms are intoxicating in the spring.

Gorgous Grasses Too!!

Plumbago

This hot red mandavilla vine is the perfect choice for spanish style gardens or landscapes with other warm colors like; orange, coral, and yellow flowers.

Hibiscus

Tropical plants like agave are offered at the nursery

Don’t forget the ferns for your shade gardens. They are also suitable as foundation plantings (some are also evergreen). Ferns add great contrast because of their unique textures.

Terragen Nurseries offer many varieties of palm trees.

Plant material as a sympathy gift is appropriate for bereaved families. Terragen nursery offers trees, shrubs, vines, tropicals, perennials, annuals, and indoor plants.

Stop by and I guarantee you will not find customer service more pleasant and you will leave with your hands full of goodies.

Thank you to our newest advertiser, David Miller for contributing to Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal

Peace

Diana

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