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Beating the Winter Blues

Shorter days, lack of sunlight and colder weather are all contributors to what many call the “Winter Blues”. You may call it this, but it is actually a very real type of depression called Season Affective Disorder or SAD. According to the MAYO Clinic*, the specific cause of seasonal affective disorder remains unknown. Some factors that may come into play include:
1. Your biological clock (circadian rhythm). The reduced level of sunlight in fall and winter may cause winter-onset SAD. This decrease in sunlight may disrupt your body’s internal clock and lead to feelings of depression.
2. Serotonin levels drop. A drop in serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that affects mood, might play a role in SAD. Reduced sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin that may trigger depression.
3. Melatonin levels may be disrupted by the change in season. This can play a role in sleep patterns and mood.
The Mayo Clinic* offers these tips to help beat the “Winter Blues”: Get outside for some natural sunlight, exercise regularly and stay engaged socially.
Often times during the winter months people stay inside due to inclement weather. It is easy to just stay tucked away in your apartment. Get out and socialize. At Copperfield Hill, with numerous outings and activities, there is always something to do and someone to do it with! Exercise classes, walks in the atrium or even a trip to the grocery store can increase your energy level and lighten your mood.

*www.mayoclinic.org

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is an eye disease that can damage your optic nerve. The optic nerve supplies visual information to your brain from your eyes.
Glaucoma is usually (not always), the result of abnormally high pressure inside your eye. Over time, increased pressure can erode your optic nerve tissue, which may lead to vision loss or even blindness. If caught early, vision loss can be avoided. The most common symptom of glaucoma is gradual vision loss. Risk factors include: age, ethnicity, medical history, chronic eye problems and injury. Glaucoma can be diagnosed by a comprehensive eye exam by a qualified ophthalmologist.
Treatment includes eye drops and if advanced treatment is needed, surgery may be required. Glaucoma can’t be prevented, so it is very important to catch it early with a regular eye exam. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, a perfect opportunity to educate yourself on this sight robbing disease.
Learn more at:

https://www.glaucoma.org/news/glaucoma-awareness-month.php

https://www.healthline.com

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Counting down to 2019

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Traditional Swedish pastries and tea setting at the Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

As we count down to the new year, we remember many moments of 2018.  We began the year with our “Trip Around the World”.  Each month we visited a different country.  This month, December, as our last stop, we enjoyed Sweden.  A Swedish pancake breakfast, a visit to the Swedish Institute and a traditional Swedish dinner rounded out our trip.  Everyone enjoyed sharing their own heritage and many stories from trips abroad.  Enjoy the balance of 2018 and best wishes for a healthy and happy 2019.

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Avoiding Holiday Stress

Let’s face it, this time of year is just busy.  The holidays are upon us and with many things to do and people to see, it can be overwhelming.  With too much to do, stress, anxiety and ultimately depression can take over.  However, there are many ways to lessen these feelings that can ruin our time with family and friends.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Keep your normal routine, don’t give up your daily exercise or walking regime
  • Get outside for some fresh air and sunshine
  • Make sure to get enough sleep
  • Do less and enjoy what you are doing, more
  • Laughter is the best medicine, find what makes you happy
  • Don’t be a perfectionist – focus on enjoying the people in your life
  • Consider abandoning old customs – maybe this is the year you “skip” the Christmas card
  • If you need help, get it! From cooking to cleaning to shopping – there are resources that can help
  • Call in a family member who has offered to help, it will make them feel better also
  • Put down your cell phone and computer – be present with those around you

For more information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle this holiday season, visit:

www.mayoclinic.org

 

 

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Christmas celebrations!

There is nothing like a big platter of Christmas cookies to put a smile on your face.  Mainly because the gingerbread men always smile back.  The Christmas celebrations are in full swing at Copperfield Hill.  Recently we hosted our resident and staff Christmas parties.  A good time was had by all.  As we approach Christmas, we hope you have time to spend with friends and family.

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For a little history on the tradition of the Christmas cookie and gingerbread click on the links below.

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

http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/history-gingerbread/

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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

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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

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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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