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What causes leaves to change colors?

It’s all about Chemistry:

Not all leaves turn vivid colors.  Only a few species of deciduous trees produce the beautiful colors this time of year.  In Minnesota, most notably, we have aspen, maple and oak.  Soil moisture, precipitation, temperature and light all contribute to fall color.  Light, the lack of it, is the main agent.

As autumn days grow shorter, thus less light, chemical changes in deciduous plants cause a “corky” wall to form in between the twig and leaf stalk.  This “corky” wall or abscission layer eventually causes the leaf to drop.

The chemical change seals off the vessels that supply a leaf with nutrients and water.  It also blocks exit vessels, thus trapping simple sugars in the leaves.   Reduced light, lack of nutrients and not water add up to the chlorophyll (which makes the green color) to die.

Once the green is gone, other pigments take over.  Carotene (yellow) and anthocyanin (red) exist in the leaf all summer but are overpowered by chlorophyll.  The brown in autumn leaves is a result of tannin.

Sugar trapped in the abscission layer is largely responsible for the vivid colors.  Sunlight acting on the trapped sugar also helps to manufacture anthocyanin (red).  This is why colors on bright fall days are crisper and duller or more pastel during times of rain.

A wet growing season and a dry autumn filled with sunny days combined with cold frost free nights helps produce the most vibrant colors of fall.

 

Source: Farmer’s Almanac 2020

 

This is a helpful graphic to sort out all the information above:

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Who was Leif Erikson?

October 9th marks Leif Erikson Day

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Leif Erikson  is generally believed to be the first European to reach the North American continent.  He was son of Erik the Red, founder of the first European settlement on what is now called Greenland.  Around 1000 A.D., Erikson sailed to Norway where he was converted to Christianity by King Olaf I.  Losing his course returning to Greenland, Erikson landed on the North American Continent.  Due to the abundance of wild grapes that were growing there, he called it Vinland.  He spent time on Vinland and returned to Greenland.  He never made a return trip to North America.

The location of Vinland in North America has been debated over the centuries.  In the early 1960’s excavations at L’Anse aux Meadows, on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, uncovered evidence of what is believed to be the base camp of the 11th century Viking exploration.

Upon Erik the Red’s death,  Leif took over the Greenland settlement.  He had two sons, Thorgils and Thorkel.  Thorkel became chief after his father’s death in 1025.

In the late 19th century many Nordic Americans celebrated Leif Erikson as the first European explorer of the New world.  In 1964, President Johnson declared October 9th as “Leif Erikson Day”.

DID YOU KNOW?

Down at the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul, there is a statue of Leif Erikson.

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Source: History.com

 

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September 2020: Notes from Nursing

During these uncertain times, daily routines have been drastically changed.  However, one thing that has not changed, is our commitment and service for our residents here at Copperfield Hill.   We are happy to report that some things are back on schedule.  Here are a few things to note:

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Podiatry appointments have resumed for residents in both The Manor and The Lodge.  Residents in The Lodge must sign up with the nursing department.  Residents in The Manor may sign up in the front office with the Concierge.  Please contact our nursing staff if you have questions.

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Flu shots will be offered to residents in both The Manor and The Lodge. Sign up will be available with the Concierge.  We are encouraging all residents and staff to get a flu shot this fall.  Please have your insurance information available.

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Based on the guidance of the MN Department of Health, Copperfield Hill is welcoming “Essential Caregivers” on campus.  An Essential Caregiver is a third party caregiver that at this time during the pandemic, will provide in-person care and assistance to a resident of Copperfield Hill.  All determinations are made on a case by case basis.  Determinations are based on an assessment by the RN and a consultation with the Executive Director.

Beginning at the end of July, Copperfield Hill has welcomed a number of Essential Caregivers.  There are very strict guidelines and policies in place for this program.  Please consult your building manager if you have questions.

 

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Creative Activities Competition

This year, Copperfield Hill is hosting a “Mini-sorta” State Fair. In typical, State Fair fashion we hosted a Creative Activities Competition. We asked residents to submit their handy work in the categories of needlework, handcrafts, collections, baking and canning.

The exhibits have been on display both Thursday and Friday. Staff were asked to vote for the winners and the RESULTS ARE IN!

Collections: 

Best in Show: Jim with his collection of putters.

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Second place: Jane and her cat collection.

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Needlework:

Best in Show: Donna

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Second place (Tied): Margaret

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Second place (Tied): Diane

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Paintings:

Best in Show: Jane

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Second place: Gudmund

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Handcrafts:

Best in Show: Gudmund

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Second place: Diane

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Horses at Copperfield Hill

We have our winning names for the horses! Thank you to all staff who took the time and effort to make a submittal. There were many great choices and it was not an easy decision.

First place goes to Cassie, our RN in Memory Care:

Spirit~ in remembrance of the residents lost during the pandemic and their spirits that forever live on in us.

Hope~ for a better tomorrow and strength to continue the fight during the pandemic.

Second place goes to Tanya, our Manor Concierge. Tanya submitted the names “Jack and Jill from Copperfield Hill”.

Congratulations Cassie and thank you for helping all of us to remember this life changing season. We will be placing a sign with these names somewhere near the horses as a permanent remembrance of our journey this year.

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Staying active in Memory Care

There are many ways that Copperfield Hill residents are staying busy during the Quarantine. No doubt, it has been a very challenging time. However, it is essential to keep busy and occupied with stimulating and safe activities that keep us all connected.*

*All activities follow social distancing guidelines.

Here are a few examples:

Manicures and Pedicures. Any day is a good day to relax and get pampered.

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Arts and Crafts. Nothing passes the time like a good craft!

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Enjoying the Secure Outdoor Patio. At Copperfield Hill we have a secure patio space for residents to get outside safely. Many like to sit outside and get fresh air, but this space also allows us to GARDEN.

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Celebrating Birthdays. You can never skip someone’s birthday. No matter what is happening in the world. We should always stop and celebrate the special people in our lives.

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Sing-A-longs.  We are very lucky to have musically talented residents. Music is a powerful tool with memory care residents.

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Coffee Hours. Even though we keep our residents busy during the day, it is important to take a seat and indulge in a cup of Joe.

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BINGO. We are consistently thinking of ways to reinvent the game. Our residents have enjoyed variations including: Traditional BINGO, Music BINGO and Candy Bar BINGO.

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Celebrating Holidays. We haven’t skipped any opportunity to CELEBRATE. Pictured below are moments from Earth Day, Memorial Day and Mother’s Day observations.

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Ways we are staying connected at Copperfield Hill

There are many ways that Copperfield Hill residents are staying busy during the Quarantine. No doubt, it has been a very challenging time. However, it is essential to keep busy and occupied with stimulating and safe activities that keep us all connected.*

*All activities follow social distancing guidelines.

Here are a few examples:

Outdoor Visitation with Friends and Family.   As of June 23, 2020 – we have welcomed families and friends to come visit their loved ones at Copperfield Hill.  Our policies reflect the guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Health.  We require reservations in advance.  Visits are limited to 2 guests and everyone must be wearing a mask.

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Outdoor Concerts. We have had a number of opportunities to welcome live music to our campus.  Music is the universal language of humanity, it is always a very welcome addition to any afternoon.  Pictured below: CODA, Bagpiper and Mary Hall.

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Van Transportation.  Even during quarantine, our transportation service is still helping residents get to and from medical appointment on Tuesdays.

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Daily Devotions.  Pastor Jan Hartsook, prepares a handout each week with Daily Devotions.  This has been a great way to stay spiritually connected to one another. Pastor Jan also provides a weekly Bible Study where residents can find meaning and content with guidance. Pastor Jan is also available for personal one on one visits.

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Activities Cart Deliveries. Each week our Activities team has been making their rounds around the Lodge and Manor. They have used the carts to call “Hall Bingo”, deliver treats such as ice cream, chips and salsa and even happy hour libations. Beth and Erin are putting miles on their cart to keep in touch with residents and add a little surprise and cheer to their day.

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Grocery Ordering. Beth has helped many of the resident order groceries online. If you haven’t tried it, it is definitely convenient!

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Auto Parade. Yes, our very own van driver here at Copperfield Hill, organized an auto parade to swing by campus.  Horns were honking, fun was had by all.

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Chalk Stations.  Yes, we have had chalk stations set up around the campus.  Visitors are welcome to leave a message or draw a picture.

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Individual Arts and Crafts.  Our Activities team has been delivering arts and crafts projects to residents who are seeking an outlet for their creativity.

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Happy Fourth of July!!

To our Friends and Family -

We wish each of you a very Happy Fourth of July! Since 1776 America has celebrated Independence Day.  We celebrate and commemorate the adoption the the Declaration of Independence.

At Copperfield Hill, one way we show our spirit is by lining our property with American Flags.  We hope you enjoy the weekend celebration of the 4th with  friends and family.  Social Distancing of course!

 

You can learn more about the Fourth of July by visiting the Library of Congress website: www.loc.gov

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The Dog Days of Summer*

It is hot and muggy out there! Do you know what that means?

The ancient Romans called the hottest and most humid days of the summer “dies caniculares”. Roughly translated as “dog days”. The name came about because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major or Large Dog.

According to the “Old Farmer’s Almanac:”, the Dog Days of summer are traditionally the 40 days beginning with July the 3rd and ending with August 11th. This also coincides with the dawn rising of Sirius, the Dog Star. This is soon after the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year and reminds us that the hottest days are ahead.

They are called the Dog Days because of the Dog Star, and Sirius, the brightest star is blazing away. Dog Days are not normally meant to be bad. However, during the hottest time of the year, intense heat and drought can cause havoc with many areas of society.

So enjoy these summer days ahead.

*farmersalmanac.com

 

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Remembering D Day

The Allied invasion on June 6th, 1944 was not only the defining moment in WWII, but was the biggest an most significant military campaigns in history.

Commanding Allies general Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the largest invasion of hundreds of thousands of American, British, Canadian and other troops. They were to cross the English Channel and come ashore on the beaches of Normandy, the northern coast of France. Western Europe was occupied by the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler – the goal of the invasion was to put an end to the power of the German army and to bring down the Nazis.

The invasion was code named Operation OVERLORD and had originally been planned for June 5th. However, weather postponed the landing until June 6th. In all, approximately 7,000 vessels, 23,000 airborne troops and 132,000 men landed on the beaches. They were supported by 12,000 Allied aircraft. Although many lives were lost, the overall objectives were achieved.

Leading up to D-Day Germany had taken occupation of most of continental Europe and Norway. The British had retreated to back across the English Channel and the German Luftwaffe had not been able to overtake British forces. Germany continued the long drawn out war in Europe and invasion of the Soviet Union.

The United States had been preparing for war and when Japan, the Axis partner to Germany invaded Pearl Harbor, America was finally forced into the global conflict. British and American leaders agreed that Nazi Germany’s defeat was of first priority. Invading France via a British launching pad was planned. However, before this could happen British and American troops overcame German and Italian forces in northwestern Africa.

Allied forces continued to weaken the Italian forces and vital airfields in southern Italy were now available to the Allies. Air superiority in Western Europe was a vital piece to gaining a stronghold. They could now have more control of the skies over Europe.

Warships and forces landed on the five beaches of Normandy, tactical surprise was key. However, German forces were not far. Allied air power slowed German reinforcements by blowing up roads, bridges and anything that moved. They slowed down the German movement so an increased number of Allied troops and material could make it across the English Channel.

Once their advantage was achieved, by the coordination of air, sea and land forces, and the full use of the Allies technical and industrial power – the battle at Normandy, then France and ultimately Western Europe’s liberation was achieved. Nazi German would be defeated.

 

*Learn more at: Historyextra.com, Wikipedia.org, History.com

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