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Sweden – stop #12

In each month of 2018, Copperfield Hill has explored a different country.  With a rich history in our state of Minnesota, the last stop on this around the world tour is Sweden.

This month we will experience some of the history, foods and cultural traditions of this great country.  A highlight of the month will be a trip to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.  For more information, please see the link below:sweden village

https://www.asimn.org

 

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It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas…..

The Christmas Tree is up and we are anticipating a wonderful Christmas season here at Copperfield Hill.  The month of December will be filled with celebrations, visiting carolers, outings and much more.  As we round the corner to the final stretch of 2018, we wish you a healthy and happy holiday.  christmas tree

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Happy Thanksgiving from Copperfield Hill

cornocopia

 

Thanksgiving
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850 – 1919

We walk on starry fields of white
And do not see the daisies;
For blessings common in our sight
We rarely offer praises.
We sigh for some supreme delight
To crown our lives with splendor,
And quite ignore our daily store
Of pleasures sweet and tender.

Our cares are bold and push their way
Upon our thought and feeling.
They hand about us all the day,
Our time from pleasure stealing.
So unobtrusive many a joy
We pass by and forget it,
But worry strives to own our lives,
And conquers if we let it.

There’s not a day in all the year
But holds some hidden pleasure,
And looking back, joys oft appear
To brim the past’s wide measure.
But blessings are like friends, I hold,
Who love and labor near us.
We ought to raise our notes of praise
While living hearts can hear us.

Full many a blessing wears the guise
Of worry or of trouble;
Far-seeing is the soul, and wise,
Who knows the mask is double.
But he who has the faith and strength
To thank his God for sorrow
Has found a joy without alloy
To gladden every morrow.

We ought to make the moments notes
Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;
The hours and days a silent phrase
Of music we are living.
And so the theme should swell and grow
As weeks and months pass o’er us,
And rise sublime at this good time,
A grand Thanksgiving chorus.

 

At this time of year, we reflect on the things for which we are grateful.  We are grateful for all of our residents and their families, staff and many friends at Copperfield Hill.  Happy Thanksgiving.

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Veterans Day Celebrates 100 Years

What is Veterans Day? Veterans Day is an official United States holiday. It is a day set aside to honor and thank all veterans for their military service. This honors all who served honorably in the military in wartime or peacetime.

Veterans Day goes back 100 years, beginning with the armistice on November 11, 1918, between the Germans and the Allies during WW1. Thus, Armistice Day was born. President Woodrow Wilson commemorated November 11th as Armistice Day in 1919, the first anniversary of the end of WW1. In 1926 a resolution was passed by Congress that November 11th was to be remembered “…with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.” Until 1978 Veterans Day was observed as the fourth Monday in October. President Gerald Ford signed a bill in 1975 which pushed Veterans Day back to November 11. The change took place in 1978.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11th,  regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11th  not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Veterans Day is observed across the country with many different events. Special programs and honor ceremonies, parades, wreath laying ceremonies along with many private businesses offering special value promotions for veterans and their families.

At Copperfield Hill, we take the time to honor our veterans on Veterans Day. Thank you to all who answered the call to serve and fight for their freedom and the freedom of others.

For more information about the 100th Anniversary of World War 1 please see:

http://americanhistory.si.edu/topics/world-war-i/pages/2018-anniversary

https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_World_War_centenary

 

 

 

 

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Harvest Fest Celebration

don the viking

harvest fest band

Recently at Copperfield Hill, we celebrated the fall season.  We had a wonderful day that included family, friends, great food and Don the Viking!  The weather was a bit chilly so we had to pull some of our activities inside.  The petting zoo was a must stop. There were sheep, goats, chickens, bunnies and of coarse a miniature horse!  There was always a line for the face painting and also the delicious fall buffet.  Music floated through the building as The Bavarian Boys Polka Band played their sets.  Dancing, singing and general good cheer was the order of the day.

harvest fest face paint  petting zoo

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It’s That Time of Year – Medicare Enrollment!

grant rockwood

 

Recently, at Copperfield Hill we welcomed Grant Rockwood, MBA / CRPC and Principal at MN Benefits to come speak about the upcoming changes that those 65 and older will face this coming fall with Medicare enrollment.  As many already know, some of the plans that are options now, will be changing and or eliminated.  Grant delivered an informational presentation on the overall program and outlined some of the new options for coverage.  Specific information is not available until October 1, 2018.

There are many places to find information.  Here are a few:

https://metroaging.org/help-information/senior-linkage-line/counseling-sites/

www.medicare.gov

www.aarp.org

 

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Celebrating our First Responders

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Copperfield Hill had the honor of hosting local first responders for breakfast.  This year we welcomed members from our local police, fire and EMT departments.  It is an opportunity for us to recognize and thank them for the contributions that they make every day.   First responder 2018-2

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National Assisted Living Week* – September 9-15, 2018

Copperfield Hill is looking forward to celebrating National Assisted Living Week.  Each year, we celebrate the vibrant lives of our seniors.
*”​Established by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995, National Assisted Living Week® provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding communities to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.

“Capture the Moment” is this year’s theme for National Assisted Living Week, which hopes to inspire residents to realize their dreams and seize the day. Simultaneously, the theme also supports reflection, as residents may look back on the pivotal moments in their lives. With the theme’s word play referencing photography, residents may refer to pictures or videos from their past.

​The theme also aims to remind assisted living staff that often the little, everyday interactions with residents can deliver high quality, person-centered care. Assisted living communities across the country are encouraged to organize activities and events during NALW that help residents celebrate their past while also enjoying the present.”

For more information about National Assisted Living Week visit,  www.ahcancal.org

NALW

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Putting an end to Alzheimer’s disease

Each year thousands of people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  It is just one of hundreds of types of dementia.  Raising awareness and funds for research are two main missions for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Here at Copperfield Hill, we support the Alzheimer’s Association by fundraising and participating in The Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  For more information about early detection, caregiving and research please click on the link below.

 

www.alz.org  alz

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The Minnesota State Fair – a little bit of history.

In 1917, the United States entered the Great War, World War 1, which touched the life of every American. Some State Fair organizers believed the fair should be cancelled in 1917 due to the rations that had been imposed on necessary resources. Many of the resources that made the Minnesota State Fair possible. To name a few, there were rations on gasoline, sugar, wheat and meat. In addition, many believed the railways that transported people and livestock to St. Paul would be reallocated for the war efforts.
However, the Agricultural Society presented an idea for the fair to be a “food training camp”. The idea was to introduce Minnesotans to new agricultural products, livestock and farm machinery. Agricultural machinery had been exhibited at the fair since 1860, but the 1917 fair featured the most efficient models. With the increase in demand for food, combined with the Army taking both men and horses for the war effort, there was more motivation for farmers to have a mechanical driven farm. The 1917 fair also provided fair attendees with classes on food production. Class offerings ranged from gardening to canning. Even children were encouraged to form clubs to plant gardens or raise livestock.
http://www.mnopedia.org/event/minnesota-state-fair-1917state fair

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