Happy Mother’s Day from Copperfield Hill – Enjoy the Sunshine!

May Greetings from the Copperfield Hill Community -
May is a month full of people and events to celebrate. One of the most obvious of these, is Mother’s Day. This day is known widely as a time for family brunches, special gifts, sentimental cards and general outpourings of appreciation and love. However, it is rooted in more somber beginnings. Before the Civil War, a West Virginian woman named Ann Jarvis organized women to improve sanitary conditions and milk contamination to help fight infant mortality. These groups also tended to wounded soldiers during the Civil War.

Post war, Ann Jarvis organized Mother’s Friendship Day picnics and other events as pacifist strategies to unite former foes. With others supporting her efforts, this was a time when many women began to be active in a political role, promoting peace. Ann Jarvis’s daughter, Anna, followed in her mother’s footsteps to continue efforts to unite and celebrate “the best mother you have ever known”. She stressed the singular “Mother’s Day” not “Mothers’ Day”.

Try as she did to keep consumerism out of the picture, she failed. Many organizations used Mother’s Day as a platform to raise money for charity. This continues today.  In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially set aside the second Sunday in May for the holiday.

So, there you have it.  A little bit of history about Mother’s Day.  We wish each and every mother out there, and they come in many forms, a very happy, healthy and blessed Mother’s Day.  If you are in the Minneapolis area, get out and enjoy the sunshine.  It is suppose to be beautiful!

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Copperfield Hill Hosts 2nd Annual Health and Wellness Resource Fair!

Come one, come all!  On Thursday, May 18th, 2017, from 10am until 2pm, Copperfield Hill will be hosting a Health and Wellness Resource Fair. We will be welcoming a number of vendors and participants who will be coming to share information and resources with residents, friends, family members and staff at Copperfield Hill. We hope you will enjoy the event and also get information that you may find relevant and helpful. Vendors will be set up on all five floors in the Manor. There will also be a number of presentations given that day. A detailed schedule will be posted on the 18th. We encourage all of you to attend and bring your friends and family.   Here is a list of what you will find:

North Memorial Health

Touching Hearts at Home


Memorial Blood Centers

Hennepin County Veteran’s Administration

Miracle Ear

Alzheimer’s Association

Maser Amundson Boggio Hendricks, P.A.

City of Robbinsdale

Go Health Chiropractic

There will be a plethora of information that pertains to living life to the fullest.  Come join us! healthfairlogo1 healthfairlogo3 healthfairlogo4 healthfairlogo5 healthfairlogo6 HennCologo MemorialBloodlogo NorthMemorialLogo

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Happy Thanksgiving from Copperfield Hill

We wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.  We are grateful to all who make Copperfield Hill the warm and wonderful community that it is.  We recognize our residents and their families, our employees and all the people who provide services to our community.  We are simply grateful for people like you and a holiday like this.







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Happy Veterans Day

At Copperfield Hill, we take the time to honor our veterans on Veterans Day.  In celebration, our community gathered to acknowledge and pay tribute to all of those men and women who served our country.

Thank you to all who answered the call to serve and fought for their freedom and the freedom of others in difficult times.

Copperfield is called home by close to forty veterans that represent each branch of military service.  Please see the link below for a recent article written about one of our current residents who served during WW II in the WAVES. The article is from the November 10, 2016 edition of the Crystal/Robbinsdale Sun Post.




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Generations Come together at the Copperfield Hill Fall Harvest Fest

A chance to have a pony

A chance to have a pony

Autumn arrived and Copperfield Hill greeted it with our Harvest Fest Celebration. We welcomed over four hundred guests to celebrate the tastes and sounds of fall. Guests included: residents, their families, friends and neighbors. We gathered and shared the fall day. Activities included: a polka band, a petting zoo, games, magic, food and a tremendous amount of fun!! Many generations came together for a wonderful time had by all.


Goats trim the tree

Goats trim the tree


Popcorn and Polka filled the air

Popcorn and Polka filled the air

Good food, good fun

Good food, good fun


Face painting is not just for kids

Face painting is not just for kids


Four generations shared the day

Four generations shared the day

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Team Copperfield Raises $3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association


THANK YOU!! On behalf of the entire group that participated in the recent Walk to End Alzheimer’s, we thank you! It was a great morning down at Target Field.  Thousands of people who share the desire to have an impact for a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease walked a one or three mile loop. Our team raised $3,000, with Brenda Warner being our biggest fund raising star. We want to thank each and every one of you for supporting us.The root beer floats, popcorn and bake sales were a major contribution to our efforts. We will shoot for an even higher goal next year!


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An great article from the Star Tribune

Where to live late in life? It’s a decision best made early
Ross Levin, Special to the Star Tribune I was talking with a 94-year-old client who said, “There are three stages in life: infancy, adulthood and you’re looking good.” Coincidentally, I ran into someone I had not seen for a while. When he saw me, he said, “You’re looking good.” I thought, “Oh no! I’m stage three!”I have discovered a few things about stage three through working with our clients — it starts before you are ready, it lasts an indeterminate time, and the sooner you accept it the more options you have to make it amazing. Stage three is one of contrasts. While it may be a time of great gains through grandchildren, special interests and free time, it also leads to periods of loss of friends and capabilities.One of the most complicated decisions that eventually needs to be made in stage three is where to live.We have been working with several clients recently on helping them determine appropriate living arrangements. Some clients are steadfast in the belief that they want to stay in their house as long as possible. There are several reasons for wanting this — it is comfortable, it is something to which they are accustomed, they can’t imagine what it would take to move. But it may also be because they don’t want to give in too soon to their advancing age. We have seen staying in place work well. Clients have successfully hired home health care coordinators who work with a family member to determine their appropriate plan.

We have also seen this not work well. As client couples begin to need additional care, it often falls on the healthier partner to provide it. And while tending to someone can be quite fulfilling, it can also be exhausting. The caretaker often feels tremendous guilt about their fatigue, making it hard to ask for help. In-town children may chip in, but this can lead to broader family issues around caring for aging parents. When one person eventually passes, the home can feel isolating for the survivor.

If you are not firmly entrenched in the growing old in “my” place concept, there are going to be a number of interesting options available to you. These are some things that our clients who have successfully made the transition have considered:

• Find a place where you feel you will develop a social network. Developing friendships is an antidote for loneliness and isolation that often can lead to health issues. In early stage three, you may look at the community when determining where you wish to retire. This is equally important when deciding the type of facility in which you may wish to spend your later days. We have had several couples who did not want to be separated move into places that had a memory care option where the partner suffering an early onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s could eventually move. This enabled them to build relationships with people in similar situations and, far more important, created a sense of normalcy when it came time to move the other spouse because of their need for greater care. This permission was a tremendous relief to the spouse not suffering dementia.

• Traditional nursing homes are not the only options. We have had clients enter co-ops (where you pay for any in-home health services) and continuous care facilities (where you may move from independent living to assisted living as your needs change). These arrangements have meal plans, a variety of internal activities and active outings.

• Well-vetted facilities may provide you with security. Clients who enter into communities before they need it often do so because they want to feel that when they need care, they can get it. Especially for those alone, this can create tremendous piece of mind.

Advance planning means that you are making a decision when you are most equipped to do so, not when you are the least equipped. If an event such as a death or disability triggers the need to move into a care facility, it may not be one that you would have chosen had you had the time to prepare. Events are traumatic and the best choices are not usually made under periods of great stress.

Some people prefer to move once and on their own terms. One of our clients is in good health but chose to move because she wanted to do so when she was ready. She wanted to go through her things and determine what she no longer wanted. She wanted to build her community while she was still vibrant and active. She wanted to learn from others older than she was so that she could give back to those younger than she was when they move in.

There are different types of facilities and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. For example, continuous care facilities may make the choice for you when they feel you require more help. Some places may not accept an elderly waiver, so if you end up spending your assets, they may move you into a facility that does take this. Places that require a large down payment may not refund it unless they can find a replacement for you.

This decision is one of the biggest ones you will make. It’s important to make it when you’re looking good.


Ross Levin is the founding principal of Accredited Investors Inc. in Edina.

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Copperfield Hill welcomes Sherry Schmidt

A new year brings new faces to Copperfield Hill!

Hello everyone! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you and extend a thank you to those of you I have had the pleasure of meeting in the past few weeks. My name is Sherry Schmidt. I started working at Copperfield Hill as the Director of Sales and Marketing on January 11th. However, this is not my first time at Copperfield Hill. I worked at Copperfield Hill within the same position from 1999 to 2005. I have to pinch myself at times with the joy I feel in being able to come to work here each day. It has been a warm welcome. I feel like I have come back “home”.
I am a mother to two amazing children. My daughter Rachel, is in fourth grade and loves to dance. My son William, is in first grade with a passion for hockey. They keep me busy running to their activities, however, I am blessed to have the ability to watch them grow, learn new things and share life with them. We recently moved to Maple Grove from the Brainerd Lakes area to be near family in the Twin Cities.
My office is located on the first floor in the Manor. Please stop me to say, “Hello”.   I look forward to meeting everyone.

Sherry Schmidt

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A Few Health Tips for Winter

Winter can be challenging for many, especially the elderly. While there are many people who do not shy away from winter weather, many find it isolating. This isolation can lead to seasonal depression.
Seasonal depression is a condition that is common, yet often overlooked. With shorter days and often cloudy or stormy weather, we all get less sunlight. Even if you can’t get outside, sit by a sunny window and make sure that you keep the blinds on your windows open during the day. Don’t isolate yourself. Just because you might not be able to get outside, that doesn’t mean stay in your apartment. Social isolation is damaging. Isolation causes loneliness and that is just not good for our health and our bodies. People who feel lonely may experience disruption in sleeping and appetite. Thus contributing to mood changes, low energy, and depression. These things can all contribute to more isolation. It is a vicious circle.
Join in with the book discussion or movie group.  If there is a choir, join in, singing is great for the soul.  Take advantage of any social activity that might be of interest.  You might find that learning a new card game opens you up to a new group of friends!
Here are a few articles if you are interested:  “Loneliness: 5 things you may not know”  CNN.com, “Loneliness is Deadly” by Jessica Olien.
On another note, here are some other general tips about staying safe and healthy during cold months.  Cold weather can pose serious health hazards. Falls and other accidents, as well as hypothermia are all more common as the temperature drops.  The key to safety is prevention.  Here are a few ideas.  Watch out for ice.  If you can, make sure you do some mild stretching, this improves circulation and limbers muscles.  Wear sensible footwear and stick to cleared sidewalks and roads.  Hold on to handrails and use a cane or walker when necessary.  Avoid going out when conditions are too severe.  Walking inside, chair exercises and gentle yoga are all good activities.  Stock up on supplies when the weather is good and/or use a local grocery delivery service.
Stay warm.  As we age, our sense of touch declines.  A diminished response to cold can put one at risk for hypothermia.  Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees.  Layer your clothing for added warmth.  Wear a hat and gloves when you go outside!  Eat a well-balanced diet and be alert for signs of hypothermia.  Symptoms include:  slurred speech, confusion, shallow breathing, unusual behavior and slow/irregular heartbeat.  Use good common sense as your guide.  Seek medical attention when needed.  And remember, spring will be here before you know it!

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