Reminiscing on Back to School

On August 24th, residents had the opportunity to assist Pastor Jan in filling backpacks for five neighborhood schools within the Robbinsdale School District: Forest Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, Meadow Lake Elementary, Neill Elementary and Northport Elementary.

After packing up the backpacks, a number of residents sat and reminisced about what they remember about the first day of school.  These are sure to be memories many of us share.

“I remember that we always took a picture, every year in the same spot.  So we could have a record of how the children grew!”

“The kids walked to school, they didn’t ride the bus.  They walked home for lunch, too.”  If they didn’t walk home for lunch, we packed a lunch.”

“We did our back to school clothes shopping at Sears, and school supplies we purchased at K-Mart.  Back then, there was no Target.”

“I always sewed the kids clothes.  I made the waistbands with elastic so they would get longer use out of them.  The kids would ask, “when can we have clothes that don’t have an elastic waist?”

“Hair cuts were either at the barber shop or in our kitchen.  We trimmed their bangs, you could tell the ones who trimmed their own bangs!”

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The Different Types of Grief

August is National Grief Month.  Last week our Pastor, Jan Hartsook talked about grief.  She touched on the different things that can cause us grief and the stages that many go through to work through grief.  Here is a little more information about some types of grief.*

• Normal/Common Grief – Many people cope with grief and carry on a normal daily routine despite their grief.  Under the surface, an individual may be grieving and experiencing intense feelings of grief at different times.  However, on the surface, they seem like they are carrying on as normal.

• Complicated Grief – this is grief such that it actually keeps the individual from carrying on their daily lives.  It can lead to irrational thoughts and avoidance behaviors, like avoiding anything that reminds the griever of their loss.  This can feel like a constant presence making one feel boxed in by the grief.

• Inhibited Grief – To avoid pain, some avoid facing the reality of their loss.  They might throw all their energy into something else; avoiding the grief to avoid the pain.  On occasion, inhibited grief can lead to physical problems like headaches, loss of sleep or digestive issues.

• Disenfranchised Grief – We grieve for many things and this is where disenfranchised grief can appear.  Losing something that does not seem worthy of grief, to others, can put more pressure on the griever to push down or suppress their feelings.  Loss of a pet, a job, someone we don’t actually know, these are all examples.

• Absent Grief – Similar to Inhibited Grief, this happens when feelings are silenced and pushed down.  When people act as if nothing has happened it can lead to denial and avoidance.

• Anticipatory Grief – This is when someone starts to feel grief before loss actually happens.   An example is when you know someone who has a terminal disease, and the emotion of grief begins before they pass away.

• Exaggerated Grief – This type of grief is similar to complicated grief where sorrow and the inability to function don’t improve over time.  Sometimes this happens if someone experiences more than one loss at a time or in a short period of time.  Life feels overwhelming and makes it hard for the griever to cope.

• Cumulative Grief – When there are multiple losses in a short period of time, this can cause cumulative grief.

• Delayed Grief – This is just as described, when feelings of grief don’t appear immediately.  It is possible that pent up feelings of grief can get stronger over time, making it more difficult to cope later than after the initial situation causing the grief.

• Collective Grief – This is a type of grief that is experienced by a group of people.  It might be someone in the public eye, like a political leader or celebrity that people are mourning.  It could also be something that comes as a large event like an earthquake, fire or other natural disaster.

Experiencing grief is a common experience.  We all experience grief, we just don’t all do it in the same way.  There is no one way to experience grief.  Individuals need to be able to recognize and be aware of what is causing them grief and then find the best ways to process it in a healthy and healing way.  Understanding the different types of grief might be of help when we are trying to process grief for ourselves, or when we are helping a loved one with their grief.

 

*Used as resources here, there are many, many resources for information about grief:  happiness.com, knowyourgrief.org, grief.com, mayoclinic.org, psychologytoday.com, health.com

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How We Got Through It

In March of 2020, we could never have imagined what lay ahead for our world and our community. As we look back on the past sixteen months, we can see an evolution. Navigating the uncertain waters of the pandemic will no doubt be remembered as the biggest challenge we know. Our reactions, teamwork, attitudes, sense of humor and determination are all pieces of the puzzle that when put together, pulled us through. We all looked out for our neighbors, co-workers and all the individuals who support Copperfield Hill. We learned a lot and as we creep back to normalcy, when asked what helped us get through, residents and staff gave us their thoughts:

♥ Activities with Beth and Erin

♥ Staying in touch with people through work, seeing family, time with my husband, Zoom/phone calls and prayer time with God

♥ Essential Caregivers, my car, activities

♥ Allowing me to move in to Copperfield Hill during the pandemic

♥ Daily Delights and the activities cart that visited the apartments, weekly COVID updates were informative and encouraging, the staff> Calmness and support from the residents, they endured a lot and it was done with kindness

♥ Faith in God

♥ Family support of my belief to wear a mask and follow mandates

♥ Prayers, thank you notes/emails from residents and families

♥ Painting my house, yard work and watching Netflix with family

♥ Family, friends, my dog and lots of good books

♥ My strong faith in Christ and love for helping people

Our lives were all changed, but the main comment in regards to what got us through, was the presence of human connection. That is something we have and cherish at Copperfield Hill!

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Ask the Expert//

How to Sleep Better

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We have all been there.  We dread going to bed because we don’t sleep well and never get enough sleep to feel rested.  How can we break this cycle?

Sleep is one of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle.  Adults should try to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.  Proper sleep is what recharges your system, your brain in particular.  It helps our immune systems, metabolism, heart health, creativity, vitality and even our weight.

Losing even an hour of sleep per night can cause problems.  It doesn’t just mean a tired morning.  “ A good night’s sleep begins each morning,” says local wellness coach, Janet Johnson.  “When we sleep, our bodies do the important work of cleaning and repairing our brain and body,” adds Johnson.  Ultimately our daily habits contribute to a good night’s sleep.  The following are sleep well tips Johnson shares:

► Go to bed and get up at the same time every night/morning.  Consistent wake times and bedtimes will enable your body to get into a regular rhythm for sleep.

► Go outside for at least 10 minutes in the morning.  Look toward, but not at, the morning sun.  The yellow blue contrast rays of the morning sun will reset your circadian rhythm.  This helps produce melatonin for sleep 14-16 hours later.

► Do some physical activity in the morning or midday to stimulate your brain and body.

► Stop caffeine after 2pm.  Caffeine has a half-life of 7 hours.  If you have coffee at 3pm, half of the stimulating caffeine will still be in your body at 10pm.

► Wind down before bed.  Create a calming pre-bedtime routine.  Quiet activities, such as reading and meditation are good ways to start a restful transition to sleep.  Avoid TV, computers and your smart phone before bed.

► Avoid alcohol and large meals in the evening.  Alcohol may seem like a good idea but even a small amount makes it harder to stay asleep.  Eating a big meal at night can also interrupt sleep.  If our bodies have to focus on digesting a late dinner or snack, we won’t get all the cleaning and repairing that our brain/body needs.

 

What is Circadian Rhythm?

Circadian rhythms are 24-hour cycles that are part of the body’s internal clock. They help the body carry out essential functions and processes. One of the most important and well-known circadian rhythm is the sleep /wake cycle.

 

Sources: nia.nih.gov, helpguide.org, janetjohnsonwellness.com, sleepfoundation.org 

 

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ASK THE EXPERT // Independent Living and Assisted Living

 

Key Differences  Between Independent and Assisted Living

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“We moved into Copperfield Hill a little over a year ago. We were immediately struck by the friendliness of residents and the kindness of staff. It is clear that the staff works hard ever day to make Copperfield Hill a pleasant, nurturing and fun place to live.”

~Copperfield Hill Resident

Whether you are familiar with senior housing or you are just starting to explore your options, it can become overwhelming to dissect the variety of housing options for a 55+ community. Your first step in seeking a new home is to start by asking some questions on how your current day to day activities look.

• Do you desire to join friends for a meal?
• Do you enjoy attending exercise classes and cards?
• Do you want the freedom of having no home maintenance?
• Are you worried about falling in your home without the ability to reach help in a timely fashion?

By answering a few questions, you can start to sift through the best option to suit your wants and needs.

Independent Living is in an apartment-style community. Residents can choose from a one or two bedroom apartment with a full size kitchen. A full time staff is dedicated to providing assistance towards maintaining independence. A maintenance team is built in to assist in home repairs to ease the worries of maintaining a home. The recreation team is charged with creating an array of socialization opportunities:  exercise classes, card clubs, happy hours and scheduled outings. Our dining room is available seven days a week for a continental breakfast with additional meals for lunch and/or dinner with a full menu.

The term Assisted Living has created confusion for many families. Assisted Living is a benefit to allow residents to still live on their own, however, they are requiring some assistance to maintain their independence. Our team is built in and on-site 24 hours a day. The consistency and reassurance of a staff to aid in your safety is a key benefit of Assisted Living. All the benefits of socialization and transportation with Independent Living are consistent in Assisted Living.

Assisted Living Services

• Bathing
• Dressing
• Laundry
• Medication Mgmt.
• Emergency Pendant
• Three meals per day
• Medical staff 24 hours
• Diabetic Mgmt.
• Oxygen Mgmt.

Copperfield Hill creates a customized approach to our senior community. Our  specialized team will be able to sift through your desires and concerns to create a solution to keep you independent, while addressing your needs for safety.

Call 763.277.1008 or email to sprice@copperfieldhill.com to start the conversation.

 

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How to help break the stigma of mental illness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, but what do we mean by mental health?

As discussed in an article by the The Mayo Clinic*, “Mental health is the overall wellness of how you think, regulate your feelings and behave.”

At times, physical illness, environmental stresses or a change in one’s personal situation can cause a disruption or interference with individual thought process and mental functioning. This is what can cause our mental wellness to be compromised.  Being aware of changes and recognizing signs that someone might be experiencing challenges with their mental health is helpful for all involved.  Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Openly talk about mental health – Break the stigma about talking about mental health issues.   Common and treatable, more people suffer from mental health then you may be aware.

Educate yourself – There are plenty of resources accessible to learn more about specific types of mental illnesses, treatments and support.  Talk to your health professional, visit the library or online resources.

Be aware of the language you use – The language we choose to use matters. Do not use insulting terms (ex. “Crazy” or “Psycho”). Identify the person first, not the illness. (ex. My brother who struggles with OCD vs. My OCD brother).

Show compassion towards those with mental illness – Be supportive to people with mental health conditions. Check in frequently, provide support and encouragement.

Speak up against the stigma - Be positive.  Don’t sit by idly as others pass judgements or speak in a derogatory manner.

 

Great resources to educate yourself about mental health:

www.nami.org

www.thedepressionproject.com

www.mayoclinic.org

www.mentalhealthmn.org

www.mn.gov

www.nimh.nih.gov

Sources: https://www.centracare.com/blog/2019/may/break-the-stigma/
*https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/mental-health/art-20044098

 

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Signs You Should Check On A Loved One’s Mental Health

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month – What better time to touch base with a friend, neighbor or family member who might be experiencing stress in their life.  The path to obtaining the help one might need starts with the recognition that there is an issue, open and honest discussion and reaching out to those appropriate providers who can help with treatment towards improved well being.

Below are some of the most common signs that someone might be experiencing challenges with their mental and/or physical health.  It is always recommended to seek out professional help and consultation.  Consulting  your primary care team is a great place to start.

1. Becoming socially withdrawn

2. Experiencing difficult life events

3. Reckless behavior

4. Changes in sleeping habits or experiencing difficulties sleeping

5. Changes in eating habits

6. They constantly express being “busy” or overwhelmed by things

7. They are acting out of character

8. They are emotionally distant

9. Loss of concentration and/or ability to focus

10. Excessive worrying or fear

11. Changes in libido or sexual drive

12. Physical ailments without an obvious cause, examples:   headaches, stomach aches and elusive body “aches and pains”

13. Losing interest in leisure activities

14. Prolonged feelings of irritability

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To learn more about the signs of mental health and to find resources about mental health:

National Alliance on Mental Illness

The Depression Project

 

 

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May is…

National Mental Health Awareness Month

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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) if focusing on the message that no person experiencing mental health challenges should feel alone. There is a large percentage of individuals experiencing mental health concerns that will be coming to the forefront due to the many pressures and stresses of the pandemic. Mental health awareness is important and needs to be addressed and improved for all.

The American Psychiatric Association reports that close to half of people with mental illness do not receive treatment. Fearing stigma, prejudice and possible discrimination, many fear they will lose their jobs, friends and will just be treated differently. Stigma and prejudice usually come from lack of knowledge about mental illness, misinformation and inaccurate media representations. Many have a negative view even though they might know about the medical factors and general nature of some mental health disorders. Stigma comes in many forms and it can be public, self or institutional.

The most important message is that stigma and discrimination can contribute to the reduced likelihood of someone getting treatment. Low self-esteem, loss of hope, difficulties with social relationships are all gateways to difficulties at home and work and the likelihood of getting and maintaining treatment.

Open, honest discussion, showing compassion and educating oneself about mental illness goes a long way to crushing the stigma. This opens up opportunities for those suffering to be more receptive to treatment and a healthier life.

Many organizations offer education and training on identifying how to address the issues of mental illness and the stigma that can come with it. Seeking out help from a mental health professional is key to diagnosing mental health conditions. A psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker or other mental health professional along with your primary care doctor can be involved with diagnostic assessments and referrals for treatment.

 

*Learn more at: psychiatry.org, nami.org, mayoclinic.org

 

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More Information about Delirium

What is Delirium?

Yes, Delirium is a rock band. Yes, Delirium is a thriller on the NETFLIX streaming service. Yes, Delirium is a book by Lauren Oliver – but they aren’t the Delirium we are talking about.

Simply put, delirium is a condition that has been around for a long time. The word delirium comes from the Greek word meaning “out of the furrow” or “off track”. That is what it is, a medical condition that causes sudden changes in cognition (thinking) and or behavior. It is not uncommon for older adults and people with dementia to experience delirium. You might have heard someone say “Dad’s dementia got much worse during his hospital stay.” What they are describing is delirium – a sudden and noticeable change in behavior.   Dementia, on the other hand, is a slow and progressive disease, it does not suddenly accelerate. At the moment, dementia has no cure. Delirium, on the other hand, can be treated and reversed.

Identifying and addressing the causes of delirium are the best ways of clearing it up. Common causes are medication interactions, infection (often urinary tract infection or UTI), dehydration and sometimes a combination of causes. Some can be treated easily, by changing a medication, introducing antibiotics or increasing fluid intake. A family member or friend might be the most obvious and best person to recognize and report delirium. However, the best person to diagnose and treat delirium is a member of a trained medical team.

Integrative cares are somethings to consider for someone with delirium. Alternative non-drug methods that can aid in the reduction of confusion and anxiety are worthy of consideration: aromatherapy, massage, Reiki and music therapy are a few examples. Familiar and enjoyable activities to pass the time, such as puzzles, reading, coloring or listening to music can be beneficial and therapeutic.

Many of us have never heard of delirium. We mistake it for dementia, depression and anxiety. Knowing about delirium is important for making sure your family member or loved one gets proper treatment, so they can get back on track enjoying life in familiar settings and participating in favorite activities.

Here are a few key points to remember:

  • Older adults and persons with dementia have a higher chance of experiencing delirium.
  • Delirium is a sudden and noticeable change in thinking and behavior.
  • Dementia is a slow and progressive disease.
  • Delirium can be reversed.
  • You are the best person to recognize delirium. A trained medical professional is the best person to diagnose and treat it.

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Diet Choices That Can Boost Sleep Quality

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In March we welcome the change of seasons. We are excited to say goodbye to winter and the cold weather. With the promise of Summer on the horizon, many people are refocusing their attention on their health and wellness journey.  This often includes attention to your diet, which can help with better weight management.

If you are seeking to make changes to your nutrition and diet, sleep plays an important factor in being successful.  Many of us feel especially sluggish after the winter hibernation. In addition, we experienced the change of our clocks. We jumped ahead one hour due to Daylight Savings. The National Sleep Foundation has claimed the week after Daylight Savings to be Sleep Awareness Week. In 2021, Sleep Awareness Week is dated March 14th through March 20th.

We have compiled a few options on how to achieve a better night’s sleep through our nutrition choices during the day.

Fruits – An important piece for any diet, but when we are speaking about sleep specifically, look at eating more cherries or kiwis. Cherries have been found to help decrease the effects of insomnia. Cherries contain a high amount of the sleep-promoting hormone, melatonin. Eating kiwis two hours before bed has been found to help with falling asleep faster, staying asleep longer and waking up less frequently.

Caffeine – Most of us know to avoid caffeine before bed. The rule is to avoid caffeine 5 to 6 hours before bed. Caffeine can be tricky because it can also be found in the foods we consume, it’s not limited to beverages like coffee or soda.

Snacking – Avoid late night snacking. Try to stop eating 2 to 3 hours before you go to bed. Snacking can lead to broken sleep, individuals find themselves waking up more frequently during the night.

Spicy food – Eating spicy food can cause heartburn which can impact your sleep. Acid reflux can worsen and irritate an individual’s airways. Avoid consuming spicy foods within 3 hours of going to bed.

Alcohol – Drinking alcohol before bed is typically not the best choice. Alcohol is a sedative and it may help you fall asleep, but it reduces the overall quality of sleep you receive. Most people find themselves waking up more frequently during the night.

Sources: Sleep.org and Hopkinsmedicine.org

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