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Join us for a free papercrafting workshop.

Supplies, papers and tools are provided free of charge. Please RSVP, diana@justacloudaway.com by January 19th (Wednesday). The monthly workshops can accomodate groups by relocating to your church or organization. Please email in advance to book the thrid Friday of the month.

Food will be provided at a cost of $10.00

Emerald Event Center

2000 East Wendover Ave

January 21st 2011

Friday Night 5-11PM

Just bring  pictures/photographs, cards you received last year, 2 dimensional papers, for example, journal entries, poems, seed packets, and newspaper clippings. Fabrics sentimental in meaning can also be incorporated into your scrapbooks, remembering a loved one. Personalize awareness ribbons. Bring anything to help tell your story within your books.

Let’s share ideas on how to recycle what we have, into beautiful works of art.

 

  

Come and enjoy a mom’s night out! No need to be an avid papercrafter!

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Crafting and Gardening are activities offered by

Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal and Diana Digs Dirt, engaging Alzheimer Patients in projects with minimal stress and optimal enjoyment for residents, caregivers and staff, including facilities and in private homes.

Often it’s hard to know just how to react and interact with Alzheimer’s patients. With a little knowledge, consistent practice, and lots of patience,  daily life for the patient and caregiver can improve. Just remember to keep activities simple, to provide a routine, and to individualize the activities according to the patient’s interest and abilities. You and the Alzheimer’s patient will be rewarded for your efforts.

Some of the recreational activities for Alzheimer’s patients are craft ideas, like scrapbooking, sorting out the photographs, making a collage, writing notes to relatives and posting notes. While trying out some craft ideas with dementia patients, make sure you choose an activity that is less complex. For instance, if you are making a collage, let a dementia patient only paste in a guided sequence. If you make them cut the paper pieces, draw and add more activities, as they are likely to get frustrated and express a long-lasting bout of anger. Thus, be very patient and avoid any complications, while working with such patients

Gardening is another simple, effective and meaningful activity.

Gardens can help patients feel connected to nature and to life, whether they can actively participate in the preparation and cultivation of the garden or simply be observers of the wonders of nature.  Exposure to nature’s sights, sounds, smells and physical sensations can be noticeably beneficial to a patient’s spiritual, psychological, social and physical health.  The idea is to engage the senses and provide a connection to the creation and growth of living things, mentioned by Sandra Webber.

Simple crafting in a Malaysia  Alzheimer facility creates an atmosphere with a greater sense of peace for residents, caregivers and staff.

Please contact Diana (@) justacloudaway.com for activity scheduling. All materials, supplies and tools are provided. Click, to view a past workshop.

We are happy to photograph the workshops at your facility, for inclusion on the blog of:

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After 12 years with Alzheimer’s Disease, this was the year Gram didn’t remember me when I visited her at the nursing home. My father said, “Mom, do you remember this girl?” She looked at me and said no. The toughest part was enduring her playful laugh as I sobbed in my hands. She was confused and amused as to why this strange girl was crying. I had a feeling this would be the dreaded moment because the instant we locked eyes, there was no spark of love, memories or the faintest feeling of familiarity. I was just another face.

Gram and I were close because I lived in her upstairs apartment, while she resided in the lower flat, for a few years. This was a symbiotic relationship because Gramps passed, leaving her alone and this gave me an opportunity to experienced some independence.

We spent a great deal of time together and became friends. She would often invite me to lunch (on her) and after some time, were regulars at Albert’s, Denny’s and Casa de Pizza.

When Gramps entered the nursing home, my Grandmother rearranged her schedule to care for him and he was not the easiest husband. She would help anyone who needed it and sincerely would give you the shirt off her back.

I loved living with her because she was never in a bad mood (or pretended). She would yell up to me, “Diana, do you want a cup of coffee?” Instant was her favorite, probably because she did not want to remember how to work a coffee maker. It was a nasty cup of coffee, but the company was great. Whenever I am offered an instant cup of coffee now, I gladly accept and memories of Gram flood my brain and the cup is savory and tolerable.

Gram always slipped me some “gas” money, bought  jewelry from the local department store or cooked hot meals for me, a poor college student. I miss those days and there will be nothing that comes close to replacing them.

I wear her jewelry with pride and share the story of her when these gems are questioned and admired.

Gram is a beautiful person inside and out.

 I sometimes think she is now living the life she should have all along, because of how Alzheimer’s has changed her. Unfortunately, Gram had a few regrets in life and would have never been caught dead wearing the hat below. I think Alzheimer’s Disease has given her a bit of freedom and playfulness she never felt comfortable expressing without the disease.

10 years ago, Gram was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease during our wedding. I know she was a bit confused, but looked lovely. She knew how to play it off by saying, “Hi honey” or “Yes, Yes, I remember you”, but never did state their name.

If in the triad area, we will informally gather to papercraft memories, more info here

I created an Alzheimer’s Awareness Ribbon (magnet) for my grandmother. The ribbon color is purple, hence the purple cording around the edges and the purple paper in the background.

There are so many ways to create meaningful keepsakes of those we love dearly.

I love you Gram…..

Read my mother’s perspective…

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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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 Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal is our community paper addressing loss, healing, memorials and proactive living. Founded by a mother, whose stillborn son is an integral part of the family today.

They are looking to educate society by providing articles within the journal addressing questions below. The journey of loosing a baby or pregnancy is devastating; however, if one has not walked in these shoes, it is difficult to comprehend. Please contact Diana@justacloudaway.com with answers to these questions (you may remain anonymous). Feel free to comment directly onto this post as well.

  1. Have you experienced any signs from your child/children?
  2. What words or actions of others comforted you the most?
  3. How can people help you in the future to honor your child?
  4. How have you memorialized your baby/babies?
  5. How have you described your loss to other living siblings?
  6. When people ask, “How many children do you have?” what is your response?
  7. Has the loss of your child/children changed your spirituality?
  8. Men and woman grief differently, do you have any suggestions to help other couples understand these differences?
  9. How do you acknowledge the Angelversary (day child passed)

10. Would you be interested in attending a casual paper crafting workshop at the Emerald Event Center, on a Friday night from 5-11? The location is 2000 East Wendover Ave, where supplies are provided to create memorials. More information is provided at http://www.justacloudaway.com on various ways to remember and memorialize our angels.

Please help increase awareness of pregnancy and infant loss. If you are located in another state other than North Carolina, please note in your answers and thank you.

Peace …..Diana

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