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Memorial Day

We recognize and thank all of those who have given their service to our country, past and present.

Below is a bit of information about the origins of Memorial Day.  flag-clip-art-american-flag-clip-art---clipart-best-23ykfyif

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day” after the American Civil War in 1868. However, by the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions which were celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day was extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American Flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

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 the service of all U.S. military veterans.

We wish you and your families a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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History of Copperfield Hill

“How did Copperfield Hill get its name?” A little research turned up the following explanation, as told by Naomi Farr, Owner, Copperfield Hill.

 

“I have been asked countless times, “Why did you name it Copperfield Hill?” I like to tell people about it and thought our residents may find it interesting too!

I have admired the qualities of copper since I was a child and loved to collect pennies. Copper is an honest and basic metal with the ring of integrity about it. Copper is very beautiful, but is also “hardworking” and has real value.

The “Hill” part of the name was easy…we envisioned the multi-level apartment building as a hill overlooking downtown Robbinsdale.

“Copper Hill” just didn’t sound right. Then I remembered standing on the site and looking out over Crystal Lake. It glowed like a field of copper…and we had the name!

Copperfield Hill means a beautiful home with honest and real value. Because we work hard to meet everyone’s individual needs, it is a very special place. Above all, we have integrity. You can trust our promises.

Now, next time you hear someone say, “Yes it’s a pretty name, but does it mean anything?” -  you can tell them all about it!”

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National Police Week, May 10-16, 2020

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week.  This special week honors those who serve in our national law enforcement community.

We at Copperfield Hill are grateful for the outstanding police force here in Robbinsdale, MN.  We depend on their efforts every day to keep our community safe and secure.

Normally, each spring we have the Robbinsdale Police Department come and speak to our community about scams and fraud. Due to our current visiting restrictions, our presentation has been postponed. So, in place here are six scams to watch out for currently. Some of this information you have heard before, but it is always good to be reminded.

Election Scams: Yes, we are in an election year. Scammers are posing as political groups representing one candidate or another. They will call, email, or come door to door asking for contributions. Never give out your credit card or financial information to an unsolicited person pitching for a candidate or cause. Reach out on your own to those you support.

Census Scams: It is also the year that the US is performing the 2020 Census. Never give your social security or financial information to anyone who claims to be a census worker. The census will never ask for your social security number or for donations.

Job Fraud: Scammers are finding online resumes and contacting job seekers. They offer the “job of a lifetime” even offering a sign on bonus. These “bonus checks” come with strings attached, administration fees that need to be paid by the job seeker. It’s too late after the job seeker has wired money for these fees – only to find out the promised check is bogus. It should never cost you to get a job. A professional recruiter is paid by the business that is looking for employees.

Medicare Scams: These are frequent. New scams occur every year. Scammers offer free health care, free cancer screening tests, free genetic tests or free medical devices. Never give out your Medicare number over the phone.

Delivery Scams: Scammers are posing as package delivery representatives. This could be Amazon, UPS, Fedex or others. They ask you to confirm your credit card number in order to confirm your delivery. This can be communicated via phone or email. Never give out your credit card via a link on an email. This can quickly compromise your computer with software that can harvest information for the scammer. If you have a question about a delivery, go directly to the company.

Covid-19 Cons: Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of individuals at a time of unprecedented anxiety and uncertainty in our country. Scammers are sending out mail and email advertising virus vaccines and medical treatments. They may ask for credit card information to receive the treatment. Then they bill you for products that never arrive. Be wary of offers during a crisis. Many scammers will take advantage of the heightened sense of anxiety that is present.

These are just a handful of scams. There are many more. However, one thing that all scams have in common: the scammer is trying to get personal, financial or medical information from you. Never give out your personal or financial information to someone that you do not know. The safest thing to do is just hang up the phone.

*You can find out more information at: AARP.ORG, USA.GOV, MNSCAMS.ORG or AG.STATE.MN.US

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Reflections from Pastor Jan Hartsook

Dear Residents, Families and Friends:

These are trying times and I wanted to share some helpful topics along with Bible passages to contemplate during this time of uncertainty. One only has to think of the beautiful image of God holding the world in his arms. That’s a powerful image to hold on to in the midst of the pandemic–and at all times.     Peace, Pastor Jan

Love: Isaiah 43:4, God says to each of us, “You are precious in my sight, and honored and I love you.” This is a beautiful passage in which God assures us that we are all God’s beloved children. Throughout the Bible, God promises to be with us in both the good and difficult time in our lives. In the midst of the corona virus pandemic, God is with us.

Faith/Trust: Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.” God never promised that life would be easy, free from heartache and broken dreams. But God did promise to walk with us and to hold us close. We are assured that we are never alone; rather, God’s steadfast love will always surround us.

Hope: Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Hope is based on God’s promise to be with us always and forever. That hope brings joy: that is, a feeling deep inside of us of warmth, a sense of peace and well being in which to live our daily lives.

Courage: Isaiah 41:10, “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God.” These are words assuring us that God will be with us in those times which we need courage. God’s strength and guidance helps us to reach out to help when needed or stay strong in the midst of the storms that can rage around us. Pray for courage, knowing God is listening.

Worship Services, Weekly Bible Study and Daily Devotions—I will continue to prepare these weekly hand-outs that you may use on your own. They will be delivered to your apartment.

Remember, God is always with us no matter what may be happening around us. God’s love, comfort, strength, encouragement, guidance and hope never change!

~Pastor Jan

Copperfield Hill Pastor

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How to Wear a Face Mask

It’s a new habit that most of us are taking on for the first time – wearing a face mask.  Below is a graphic from WebMD on the do’s and don’t of wearing a face mask properly.

 

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Challenging Times

For anyone working in senior housing or with the senior population in general, you know it has been quite a difficult time.  As the weeks pass, our main concern continues to be the safety of our residents and staff.   We are so grateful for the many efforts and sacrifices that so many individuals have made to make that happen.  We know that we are not out of the woods yet, but believe with strong leadership and teamwork, we will come out on the other side of this stronger,  having learned many lessons.  Below are a few reflections on some of those lessons:  fear, hope, faith and love.  These are just a few things to reflect on during these trying times.

Fear

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear, knowing what must be done does away with fear. ”  Rosa Parks

 

“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”   Clara Barton

 

“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.”  Dale Carnegie

 

Hope

“Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.”  Victor Hugo

 

“God’s mercy and grace give me hope – for myself, and for our world.”  Billy Graham

 

“Hopeful thinking can get you out of your fear zone and into your appreciation zone.”  Martha Beck

 

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.”  Jonas Salk

 

Faith

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”  Mother Teresa

 

“Write in on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.”  Helen Keller

 

Love

“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.” Oprah Winfrey

 

“With our love, we could save the world.”  George Harrison

 

“Where there is love there is life.”  Mahatma Gandhi

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Reducing Stress

A note from:

Olivia Caspers, RN, BSN

Director of Healthcare Services, Copperfield Hill

 

In today’s world, and especially during the uncertain times we are currently experiencing, we are bombarded constantly with stressors.  In the age of instant information, we rarely get a moment just to take a break and relax.  When stress is present, our stress hormones kick in.  Over active stress hormones have been linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks, lower immunity, depression and anxiety.  Relieving stress is a huge topic, so below are a few ideas to help:

Eat well – eating a balanced and healthy diet is key for anyone to feel better.  Try to avoid refined sugars, alcohol, caffeine and too much fat.  Eat lean meats and fish, fruit, vegetables and healthy fats to help regulate sugar and hormone levels in your system.

Get moving – exercise is the quickest way to release endorphins in your body.  Endorphins help offset stress.  You can do this while you are watching TV or turn on some fun music and just start moving.

Get enough sleep - Stress and sleep go hand in hand.  It can be a vicious circle.  Too much stress can lead to not sleeping well which leads to more stress the next day.  Try some relaxation breathing and medication before bed.  Don’t forget to disconnect from technology before bed too.  That can cause problems with falling asleep.

Breathe – Yes, we breathe all day long.  However, we take for granted the huge benefits of deep breathing exercises.  Breathing deeply can relieve stress, lower blood pressure and your heart rate.  Many use deep breathing as a calming exercise.

Inevitably stress creeps into our lives.  However, many times just keeping a positive attitude and accepting that there are things out of our control, can help us diffuse common stressors.

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Eye Health

Your eye health is an important part of your overall well-being. As we age, our eyesight can change. It is always a good idea to have an annual eye exam.

Included is a helpful “eye health” overview from AARP*. Vision services are available at Copperfield. If you have any questions, feel free to ask our staff.

*Below is a list of some common eye issues. If you have questions,  seek advice from your eye doctor.

 

  • Double Vision: Cover one eye, is the double vision still there? If yes, it might just be dryness. Using artificial tears to lubricate the eye may help.
  • Floaters and Flashes: With age, a gel like substance in your eye can liquefy and pull away from the retina causing dark moving spots or floaters. Many times this is not dangerous. However, if you see new floaters and flashes of light in your vision, this may be a sign of a retinal tear. You should contact your eye doctor.
  • Eyes Feel Dry: It might just be too much screen time. Take a break from the screens and use preservative free artificial tears.
  • Blurry Vision: You will need an eye exam to rule out certain problems. It may be that you just need a new eye glass prescription.
  • Loss of Peripheral Vision: A gradual loss can point to many things and should be followed up by your eye doctor as soon as possible.
  • Trouble Reading: This is called Presbyopia and occurs when the lens loses its ability to change shape and accommodate for close up vision. This naturally develops after about age 40. “Readers” may help, see your eye doctor. You may be a candidate for contacts.
  • Reduced Night Vision:   It could be uncorrected nearsightedness. You might need a new prescription.

 

*For more information: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/eye-center/

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Winner – 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards

2020 RCA Ribbon

For the tenth year, Copperfield Hill has been named by the Sun Post’s Robbinsdale readership as the “Best” in the following categories:

  • Best Retirement Community
  • Best Assisted Living
  • Best Memory Care
  • Best Senior Apartments
  • Best Hair Salon
  • Best Place to Work

Over thirty years ago, the Farr family broke ground to create a nurturing and compelling place for seniors to call home. We continue that tradition. Thank you and congratulations to all of those whose everyday actions and loyalty have created the wonderful environment where we work and live.

 

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