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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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Pastoral Care at Copperfield Hill

We are very fortunate to have wonderful pastoral care here at Copperfield Hill. For the past four years, Pastor  Jan Hartsook, has been our resident pastor.  She has created a number of pastoral care activities, as well as outreach and ministry groups for the residents and families at Copperfield Hill.

Some of those groups and opportunities include: Reminiscing Group, Bible Study, Grief Support Group, Worship Services, Hymn Sing, Sunday Morning Worship Service, Personal Visits, Visits with Residents at hospitals and care centers. Copperfield also sponsors a “Pastor/Resident” Brunch twice a year. This October we welcomed 58 quests including 16 pastors that visited from outside congregations. See photos below.

Pastoral care also includes groups that gather to assemble Birthday Bags for NEAR Food Shelf and Back Packs for local schools.

 

 

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“Boosting” Your Immune System

We all want to maintain our health,  part of that means having a healthy immune system.

Our immune system is really remarkable. Most of the time it does a fantastic job of defending our bodies from germs and microorganisms that can cause disease. It is a tremendous “filter” for general health. However, sometimes those germs and microorganisms can get past our immune system and we can get sick.

There isn’t any one thing you can do to “boost” the immune system. It is exactly that, a system, and there are numerous things that keep the system in balance and healthy.  While it is difficult to make a scientific link between certain lifestyle choices and good immune health, there are many items being studied.  General common sense can guide individuals to better general health.

Individuals have many choices every day as to what contributes to good health.  Overall, we function better when we include healthy living habits into our everyday routine. Here are a few tips:

  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet
  • Exercise and maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit the use of alcohol and caffeine
  • Don’t smoke
  • Get sufficient sleep
  • Relieve stress
  • Incorporate habits that help avoid illness, like washing your hand frequently

Learn more at https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-syste

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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.

we love our seniors

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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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