The Copeland Experience, April 2018

by Apr 23, 2018The Copeland Experience

Copeland Oaks is Awarded the United Methodist Association and EAGLE Best Practice Award

Each year The United Methodist Association and the Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence (EAGLE) recognize a member organization based on their excellence in developing innovative and quality ways to provide ministry. These awards are given both to Older Adult Ministries and to Children, Youth, and Family agencies. The Best Practice Award is given to organizations doing standard practices in an outstanding way. This year, Copeland Oaks was presented with the Best Practice Award for our ‘Health and Wellness- Lifestyle Change and the Senior Slimfest Program’ in which we partner with University of Mount Union students!

Each January, Copeland Oaks Health and Wellness Director, Susan Bleggi, RN, invites students enrolled in the Exercise Science Program at the University of Mount Union to intern and work with residents and employees on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The interns are partnered with individuals as their “Personal Trainer”.  The 12-week program focuses on the benefits of exercise and healthy eating and continues to be a success as participation increases each year!

The Mount Union students meet twice a week with their client in one of the Copeland Oaks Wellness Centers or at the Athletic Complex at the University. These sessions include cardio, flexibility and strength training. Participants focus on maintaining a healthy weight, as well as improving their strength and balance.

Employees who maintain a healthy weight through participation in this program are offered incentives, such as additional days off with pay.

Year-round fitness is an important part of daily life at Copeland Oaks, through continued personal training and aerobic classes offered five days a week. However, for three months of the year, residents and employees are excited to participate in this program with the local University students. They are learning how to condition their bodies to improve their health and quality of life.  

Jackie Palmer, Director of Campus Life Independent Living, traveled to Nashville where she accepted the award on Copeland’s behalf at the UMA Annual Meeting on April 16th. A small, informal reception was helped on April 23rd to celebrate the award and all those who participated this year.

Upcoming Events

Campus Wide Open House

Date: Sunday, May 20th

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Visit Copeland Oaks on Sunday, May 20th from 1–4 pm for our campus-wide open house! Take advantage of this opportunity to get an inside look at all of the living options Copeland Oaks Senior Living Campus has to offer. Current residents will welcome visitors into their villa and apartment homes and answer any questions about retirement life at Copeland Oaks! In addition to touring our living accommodations, visitors will have a chance to check out some of our great amenities including The Creativity Center, The Copeland Library, and The Buckeye Aerobics Studio.

Dr. Murphy Morgan Performance in Bennett Auditorium

Date: Tuesday, May 1st

Time: 7:00 PM

Dr. Morgan has been a practicing dentist for 41 years and the Copeland Oaks Crandall Medical Center dentist for the last 3 years. He has enjoyed performing in churches and local establishments for the past 20 years. Come enjoy the evening with a friend or two as Dr. Morgan shares his musical talents and music from the 60’s, 70‘s and beyond.

Copeland Chorale Spring Concert

Date: Friday, May 18th

Time: 7:00 PM in Murphy Auditorium

The Copeland Chorale will welcome Spring as they treat guests to a night of fun and music. Don’t miss out on this great performance!

Copeland Oaks 2018 Summer Concert Series Kick-Off

Date: Tuesday, May 22nd  

Time: 7:00 PM

Copeland’s annual Summer Concert Series will begin with a performance from the Canfield Community Band at 7:00 in Murphy Auditorium. This event is open to the public. Come early and grab dinner in our Lakeview Terrace before you head over to the concert!


Sunday, July 29th Copeland Oaks Car Cruise 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Meet the Greeter, Carol Topping

Always a Friendly Greeting

Carol and husband John moved into their Copeland Oaks Villa in 2012. Known around here for her beautiful handmade greeting cards in our gift shop, Carol also:

  • Serves on our Art Committee as Art Education Chair
  • Loves to learn (“I’d go back to school in a minute!”)
  • Enjoys crafting and reading
  • Won 1st place for Zentangle designs at a regional art show

Why Copeland Oaks

Carol and John Topping explored many retirement communities in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio before choosing Copeland Oaks. “Copeland has it all,” says Carol. “It is just more loving and people really care about you here.”

Carol, who was a Methodist pastor and still serves as spiritual director at her Mount Vernon church, returns that love in many ways.

“I help people to see where God is working and help them to be aware of God in their everyday lives,” she explained. This includes creating personalized, handmade greeting cards in her basement art studio at their villa.

Her lifelong love of art continues to be nourished by taking classes offered at the our Creativity Center, including Photography, Watercolors, Ikebana and Quilting.  One of her new ventures is intuitive painting, the practice of freeing your creative self using many layers of different colors.

Meet Shawna McCord and Bryan Wynn

Congratulations to our March OAKS Award winners, Shawna and Bryan. Our monthly OAKS Award recognizes “Outstanding Acts of Kindly Service.”

Shawna and Bryan were nominated by co-workers for this award because of their recent act of kindness towards a Crandall resident. The two offered their Saturday off of work to take a resident to another resident’s funeral. However, this is just one of the many kind things Shawna and Bryan do at Crandall. Both have been described by peers as kind, compassionate, and always willing to help others. People like Shawna and Bryan are what make Crandall Medical Center special.

Shawna, a longtime employee with of years, is the scheduler for Crandall and does her best to accommodate everyone’s needs, which is not an easy task. Shawna is always willing to work with employees. As a mother of two boys, she understands the importance of flexibility.

Shawna says her favorite part about working at Crandall are the people she works with. “Everyone here is like family,” she added.

Bryan has been working at Crandall for almost 13 years and is an LPN, treatment nurse. Bryan goes above and beyond his nursing duties by driving the bus to take residents on special events and volunteering for Crandall’s Second Wind Dreams.

Bryan says his favorite part of working at Crandall are the residents.

Thank you for your hard work and compassion for our residents, Shawna and Bryan. We are lucky to have you on our team!

Do you know someone in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or Dementia?

Please let us know by filling out the referral form below. Someone will follow up with you to learn how Assisted Living Memory Care at Copeland may be able to help.

Memory Care Referral