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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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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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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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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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