Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is the annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities and health organizations. Raising awareness for the disease and raising funds for research for cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and ultimately a cure, is the goal.

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among American women. Early detection is the best way to fight the disease. Getting an annual mammogram is the most common way to find breast cancer at an early stage.

Each year in the US close to a quarter of a million women get breast cancer. Less than 1% of breast cancer occurs in men.

Learn more about prevention and detection at: cdc.gov, www.cancer.org and www.cancer.gov

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Open enrollment for Medicare 2019

The Open Enrollment Period for Medicare is coming up: October 15th to December 7th, 2019.  Below is a brief outline of what you need to know.

Medicare is available to United States citizens and to legal residents who have lived in the United States for at least 5 years in a row. It is individual insurance, and does not cover spouses or dependents. It can also be based on age, disability and medical conditions.

Medicare coverage and the costs associated with it are many. It starts with the ABC’s, Parts A, B, C and D. These are the four basic parts and they help pay for certain health care services. Each part has a certain cost. Your Medicare costs will depend on what coverage you choose and what health care services you use.

Original Medicare (Parts A & B) covers many medical and hospital services. It doesn’t cover everything. For example, and as a surprise to some, it does not cover prescription drugs. Prescription drug coverage can by covered through Part D. Part D is separated from Parts A & B. There are also other services NOT covered by Medicare. For example: dental exams, hearing aids, care while traveling outside the US, custodial care, long-term care, chiropractic services to name a few. You may have to pay for these services yourself unless you have other insurance that covers them. Some Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans may help.

Also to consider, is Medicare supplement insurance, which can help pay some out-of-pocket health care costs that Parts A & B do not cover. Plans are offered through private insurance companies. It is up to you whether you buy a plan or not.

There is much more to learn, and more information at:   Medicare.gov.

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Labor Day Celebrates 125 years

Labor Day, a creation of the labor movement, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the American worker. It is a tribute to what workers have done to add to the prosperity and well-being of our country.

The first recognition by the government started in 1885 and 1886. From these seeds, a movement developed for legislation to recognize the holiday. By 1894 many states had created Labor Day legislation and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday of September of each year a legal holiday in all states, territories and the District of Columbia.

There is still some doubt as to who actually first proposed the holiday for workers. Some say it is Peter J. McGuire, who was General Secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and also the co-founder of The American Federation of Labor. However, others believe that machinist, Matthew Maguire first proposed the holiday. Maguire was Secretary of the Association of Machinists in Paterson, NJ, when he proposed the holiday in 1882. At that time he was Secretary of the Central Labor Union of NY. What we do know, is that the Central Labor Union adopted Labor Day as a proposal and organized a committee to plan a labor march and picnic. The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882.

From there, many more states adopted the holiday and it was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland on June 28, 1894. A nationwide holiday today, many celebrate with picnics, parades and speeches.  Below are a few Labor Day fun facts.

  • Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day as a legal state holiday in 1887
  •  Americans worked a 12 hour day seven days a week during the 19th century
  •  “No white after Labor Day” refers to the return of the upper class from summer vacation, when they would put away their white and light colored summertime clothing
  •  Labor Day is the unofficial end of hot dog season according to the National Hot Dog and   Sausage Council
  •  The Adamson Act of 1916 established an eight hour work day
  •  There is still a Labor Day Parade in New York City, it takes place throughout the 20 blocks north of the 1882 labor march

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National Senior Citizens Day

Did you know that National Senior Citizens Day is celebrated on August 21st?

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared this holiday to honor seniors.  “Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities and our country…..For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute.”

Each year on August 21st, there are various events and activities held across the United States in honor of National Senior Citizens Day.  This day was created as a day to support, honor and show appreciation to our seniors and to recognize their achievements.

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August is National Eye Exam Month

August is National Eye Exam Month. Getting a regular eye exam is the best way to ensure that you catch vision issues early. Getting the correct prescriptive lenses and making sure your eyes are in good shape have many benefits. With consistent eye care, eye diseases can be caught at their earliest stages when they are most treatable.

Eye doctors may also be able to recognize overall health problems. Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are just a few things that an eye doctor might be able to detect.

Also, your eyes change over time. The lenses you might be using now could be outdated. A simple change in eye glass prescriptions can help avoid issues with walking and balance.

It makes good sense to get your eyes checked. The eye is just one part of the complex system that is our body. For those over 60, a comprehensive eye exam is good to have once a year.

Learn more at: nei.nih.gov

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Join Us for the Diggers Garden Club Flower Show

Copperfield Hill will once again be hosting the Robbinsdale Diggers Garden Club during Whiz Bang Days 2019.

The Diggers will be presenting their 54th Annual Standard Flower Show at Copperfield Hill, July 12-13, 2019.

Viewing is free and open to the public on Friday, July 12th,  2pm to 7pm and July 13th, 9am to 3pm.  This year’s theme is:

I Love A Mystery.  Come join us and investigate what your favorite entry is this year.

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The Longest Day

The first day of Summer arrives with the solstice. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, today, June 21st marks the longest day of the year. In celebration of those that suffer from Alzheimer’s and their caregivers,  Copperfield Hill kicked off fund raising  for the Alzheimer’s Association. We celebrated with music and root beer floats.  All donations will go towards our goal to raise money to support the Alzheimer’s Association.


“On June 21, the summer solstice, people across the world will participate in a fundraising activity on The Longest Day. Together, the strength of our light will outshine the darkness of Alzheimer’s.”  The Alzheimer’s Association

To learn more, visit: act.alz.org

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Happy Father’s Day

Last month we touched on Mother’s Day. Let us not forget all of those Dads out there. Sunday, June 16th is Father’s Day.
The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972–58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official–that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. Celebrating the nation’s fathers did not gather the same hype as did Mother’s Day. It didn’t have the same sentimental appeal. That first Washington celebration was launched by the daughter of a widower who had raised six children. Sonora Smart Dodd pursued the idea and approached local churches, business owners and government officials to rally support for her efforts. The holiday spread and in 1924 President Calvin Coolidge promoted the observance of Father’s Day. It wasn’t until 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday.
While Father’s Day is a popular time to spend on those we love, the average $12 billion spent each year is just about half of what is spent on Mother’s Day.
* history.com, muchneeded.com & hallmark.com.

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Today Marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, June 6, 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune, it is often referred to as D-Day. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

More than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the French coastline that was heavily fortified by the Nazis.Thousands of ships and aircraft also supported the mission. On this day, the Allied troops established a substantial presence which gained them strong forward movement towards ending the war. Close to 10,000 soldiers were killed or wounded. Another 100,000 marched into Europe for the final days before declaring victory and the end of World War II.

While all of this was happening in Europe, the day was also graduation day at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  Twenty one members of the D-Day Class are still living.  Many served to rebuild Europe after World War II.  They went on to serve in Korea and  Vietnam.


More information at www.army.mil and www.al.com

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Happy Memorial Day – May 27, 2019

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation’s freedom.  Memorial Day is truly an American holiday and is observed each year on the last Monday of May.  Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day”.  After the Civil War, mourners began to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers from both the Confederate and Union armies.  Eventually this tradition incorporated those fallen after World War One and on.  Thus, the celebration was extended to honor all Americans who died while serving their country.

America interred its first unknown soldier on Armistice Day in 1921.  Every Memorial Day, this soldier and other unknown soldiers are honored by a wreath laying ceremony conducted by the President or Vice President in honor of all soldiers who never made it home.  All across America, veterans and civilians still gather to honor and celebrate those who have given their lives for the freedom of our nation.  Now celebrated on the fourth Monday of May, it ensures a three day holiday for federal employees.  Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day.  Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates and honors the service of all U.S. military veterans.

We at Copperfield Hill, would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Veterans.  We are reminded each day of the service and sacrifice you have given for all of us.


To learn more about Memorial Day, visit www.history.com and www.almanac.com.



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