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  • Discovery of Plagiarism in Learner Reports

    Discovery of Plagiarism in Learner Reports

    Papers appears to be at the same time fantastic

    Scans like an encyclopedia page

    Speak to librarian for aide: determine crafted and electronic encyclopedias

    Opt for peculiar string of 4-6 phrases or maybe a optimal identity of the report and do an online research

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  • Felines Take the Stage at SGV

    Blessed Trinity High School "Cats"Students from neighboring Blessed Trinity High School recently performed excerpts from their stage production of Cats, the Musical for the St. George Village community. The talented performers wore their full costumes and treated the audience to an afternoon of fabulous song and dance.

    St. George Village and Blessed Trinity often partner together for community service and friendship! The school has provided passes to SGV residents to all Blessed Trinity events, including football games, concerts, plays and more.

    Thank you, Blessed Trinity!

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  • The Facts About Your Weight And Well-Being

    A bowl of oatmeal and fruit for breakfast can help you control your appetite and your weight. Photo credit: CDC/Debora Cartagena

    If you or someone you care about feels there’s a slim chance of keeping fit, it may be because of certain common but false ideas. Here’s a look at a few, as well as some facts about weight loss and nutrition.

    1. Myth: Healthy eating costs too much.

    Fact: Eating better doesn’t have to cost a lot. Try these ideas for healthful eating on a budget:

    • Use canned or frozen fruits and vegetables, which may provide as many nutrients as fresh ones at lower cost. Rinse canned veggies before you cook them to remove extra salt. Choose fruit canned in its own juice or packed in water.

    • Canned, dried or frozen beans, lentils and peas are healthful sources of protein that last a long time and may not cost much.

    2. Myth: If I skip meals, I can lose weight.

    Fact: Skipping meals may make you feel hungrier and lead you to eat more than you normally would at your next meal. Consider these ideas:

    • For a quick breakfast, make oatmeal with low-fat milk, topped with your favorite fruit.

    • For healthful snacks on the go, pack a small low-fat yogurt, whole-wheat crackers with peanut butter, or veggies with hummus.

    3. Myth: Physical activity only counts if I can do it for a long time.

    Fact: The U.S. government recommends 150 to 300 minutes of activity each week, but you don’t need to do it all at once. To benefit, you can exercise for as few as 10 minutes at a time. Here are some ways to fit activity in:

    • If you’re in a safe, well-lit area, get off the bus or train one stop early and walk the rest of the way to where you’re going.

    • Plan a game of basketball or soccer or go dancing with friends.

    You can get more information from the “Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths” fact sheet created by the Weight-control Information Network (WIN), a national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. The fact sheet covers more myths, presents facts and offers ways to make healthy eating and physical activity part of your daily life. It also explains the Nutrition Facts label, suggests ways to “eat the rainbow” of healthful fruits and veggies, and lists smart choices for vegetarians and people with lactose intolerance.

    For a free copy or more information, call (877) 946-4627 or visit Weight Control Information Network.

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  • Try Water Aerobics for Fitness and Fun!

    St. George Village water aerobics classAccording to renowned aquatics expert, U.S. Masters Swimming and Synchro Champion Dr. Jane Katz, water exercise is for everyone. “The magic of water works for everyone. All ages. All ability levels,” she states. “Whether in shape or overweight, workouts can be adapted to fit one’s needs.”

    Because it is simultaneously buoyant and resistant, water gives people the ability to relax at the same time they stretch and strengthen their muscles. Pat Bollinger, an instructor of water aerobics at St. George Village, says this benefit is especially helpful for anyone who wants to get aerobic exercise and strength training, but also needs to relieve pressure from their joints.

    “You’re in the water, you’re buoyant and you’re not pounding your joints,” she explains. “So, there isn’t any movement that you can’t do in the water.”

    Bollinger says that buoyancy isn’t the only benefit water aerobics offers.

    “You get your heart rate up and you increase your oxygen level. This helps your brain stay more active,” she states. “And besides that, it’s a lot of fun.”

    For a holistic workout that enhances the body, mind and spirit, take to the water!

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  • Meet the Staff: Quamaine Edwards

    Quamaine Edwards

    Service technician Quamaine Edwards has a ready smile and positive outlook that just won’t quit!

    Quamaine Edwards, affectionately known as “Q,” is the oldest of several children… and that’s a position that helped to instill in him a strong work ethic and the importance of setting a good example.

    “When you’re the oldest of five children and also the oldest grandchild, you’re put in a leadership position,” he says. “So, you have to set a good example.”

    Quamaine sets a good example every day in his job as a service technician in SGV’s maintenance department. He truly looks forward to coming to work.

    “I like putting a smile on the residents’ faces here. They’re like grandparents to me,” he explains. “I enjoy taking care of their needs and making sure they’re okay.”

    An all-around athlete, Quamaine played football and basketball and ran track in high school, and later attended South Carolina State University on a football scholarship. Today, he uses those skills to coach 8-and-under boys basketball for the Marietta Parks & Recreation Department.

    The father of a seven-month-old, Q says he hopes his son has inherited his athletic ability.
    “Just to make sure, I’m going to get him started early!” he laughs.

    Quamaine was recently named St. George Village’s Care Partner of the Quarter.

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  • Building a Better Birdhouse

    Several of our members have been busy constructing and painting birdhouses to set up around the St. George Village community for all members to enjoy. Frank Wooten, Director of Plant Operations, is our construction expert overseeing the project. The group made houses for bluebirds, wrens and sparrows, and wood ducks. Their next project will be constructing habitats for butterflies and bats.

    Workshop participants include Dan Loposer, Martha LaVielle, Jackie Lyons, Agnes Sercer, JoAnn Smith, SGV Fitness Coordinator Lesley Thompson, Harold Tinley and Bob Worden.

    Posted in Independent Living, Lifestyle, Residents Corner |

  • Do You Often Feel Tired or Short of Breath? Aortic Stenosis May Be the Problem

    There are treatment options available for aortic stenosis, which may help to extend and improve quality of life.

    As a senior, you’ve probably come to expect that your hair will turn gray and that you may lose a step or two in your tango. But did you know that feeling extremely tired or short of breath may signal a deeper, underlying problem? Aortic stenosis may be the culprit.

    Up to 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from this progressive disease in which the aortic valve in the heart narrows. This can be caused by a variety of reasons, including the buildup of calcium in the heart valve, a birth defect, rheumatic fe­ver, or radiation therapy. Approximately 250,000 people suffer from the most severe form of aortic stenosis.

    Aortic stenosis symptoms are often mistaken for signs of “normal” aging and may cause you to experience the following:

    • Chest pain or tightness

    • Fatigue

    • Shortness of breath

    • Lightheadedness, dizziness, and/or fainting

    • Heart palpitations

    • Swollen ankles and feet

    • Difficulty walking short distances or exercising

    • Sensations of a rapid fluttering heartbeat

    • The need to sleep sitting upright instead of lying flat in bed

    • Unable or unfit to engage in physical activities that you used to enjoy

    If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor right away as they may be signs of a serious health issue.

    The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association guidelines recommend treatment quickly once a person is diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis. Once people begin experiencing symptoms, studies indicate that up to 50 percent of those with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis will not survive more than an average of two years. These are indeed sobering statistics.

    Fortunately there are treatment options available for aortic stenosis, which may help to extend and improve your quality of life. Therefore, it is important to recognize the symptoms.

    Visit NewHeartValve.com to learn more about severe aortic stenosis and to locate a specialized Heart Team near you.

    Posted in Independent Living, Knowledge Center, Wellness |

  • Heeding the Signs

    SGV members Alice and Jim Sterling had the foresight to plan for their future health and lifestyle needs.

    When Jim Sterling was present for the groundbreaking of St. George Village back in 2003, he and his wife, Alice, were interested in the community… but not yet ready to leave their home in a nearby subdivision. They visited again in 2005 when the life care community opened for residency… and Jim still wasn’t ready to leave home. But two years later, the Sterlings knew it was finally the right time to make St. George Village their permanent home.

    “Even though we were both still active and able to drive at the time, the signs were there. Little things started happening,” recalls Alice. “We were eventually going to need some help.”

    The Sterlings first moved into a two-bedroom apartment, and later downsized to a one-bedroom apartment when they realized they needed even less space. Then, when they both needed the help that Alice had foreseen, the couple moved into The Springs, the assisted living community within St. George Village.

    The Sterlings are still able to enjoy all of the amenities that were available to them in independent living, but they now receive welcome assistance with day-to-day tasks.

    “We enjoy three meals a day in the dining room, and all of the cleaning and any shopping we need is done for us now,” says Alice, who has experienced issues with her shoulder. “Our laundry is also done for us — three times a week! I have assistance with showering and we have help for any other health needs we might experience.”

    Although Alice and Jim no longer drive, they don’t worry about transportation. They simply take advantage of SGV’s bus service, which ferries them to doctors’ appointments, the bank, grocery store, pharmacy and local department stores. Alice plays bridge a couple of times a week and reads voraciously. And Jim, although he doesn’t get out on the golf course as he did in the past, is still a sport — he loves watching baseball and football. They both enjoy the beautiful grounds outdoors at SGV.

    “We originally came to St. George Village for all the amenities you can enjoy while still living independently. But we knew when we needed help, the facilities and staff would be there for us,” says Alice. “We really don’t lack for anything, now that we’ve moved into assisted living. I’m glad we’re here!

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  • Visiting an Icon of Atlanta’s Past

    A lively group of St. George Village residents and staff recently visited The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta to view the special exhibition, Return to Rich’s: The Story Behind the Store.

    Founded in 1867, Rich’s Department Store grew into one of the most influential and beloved institutions in Atlanta before being absorbed into Macy’s in 2005. The interactive exhibit spans 150 years of Atlanta’s favorite store and features beloved traditions such as the Magnolia Room, The Pink Pig, The Great Tree and Fashionata.

    FYI, Return to Rich’s: The Story Behind the Store will be on display at The Breman through May 27, 2014.

    Posted in Independent Living, Lifestyle |

  • Squirrel-Proof Your Birdfeeder

    Squirrels. They’re tenacious, ingenious creatures, especially when it comes to figuring out how to rob your birdfeeder of its seeds. At St. George Village, we have our share of these fluffy-tailed gymnasts, but we love feeding our feathered friends and want them to have their share of seeds, especially in the wintertime.

    If your heart takes wing at the sight of birds in your yard, consider these seven suggestions for saving the seeds you leave them from squirrels:

    1. Location: Mount birdfeeders on a smooth metal pole at least six feet high. Prune any branches within a 12-foot radius.

    2. Baffles: Install baffles, at least 15 inches wide and sloped, between the top of the feeder and its hanger or between the ground and the feeder.

    3. Spinners: String spinners on a horizontal line.

    4. Seed: Squirrels are less attracted to nyger, millet, safflower, canary and canola seeds.

    5. Clean: Remove any debris and spilled seed from around the feeder.

    6. Traps: Live traps can harmlessly catch and relocate squirrels.

    7. Squirrel-Proof Feeders: There are several kinds. Squirrel-resistant feeders have doors that close when triggered by the squirrel’s weight. Metal feeders help minimize the damage from hungry squirrels. Wire cages around a birdfeeder can keep squirrels out but may prevent large birds from accessing the feeder as well.

    You can also get a humane and effective interactive birdfeeder, such as the Squirrel Boss Bird Feeder. This type of feeder has a remote control operated by you from inside your house. When you press it, the offending squirrel gets a harmless static shock that tingles but doesn’t hurt.

    Or visit Walter Reeves, the Georgia Gardener, online. You’ll find his tips and a lot of helpful gardening, lawn and landscaping advice on his site, The Georgia Gardener.

    Posted in Knowledge Center |