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Alzheimer’s Myths – The Facts

Published on 07 29, 2015 by in Blog
When it comes to the public perception of Alzheimer’s disease, it is shrouded in misinformation and rumor. This is especially true when we talk about understanding the symptoms and the causes of this disease. In order to help people have a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, we want to offer a few of the most common misconceptions. Myth #1 – Memory loss is a part of aging There is no denying that one of the symptoms of getting older may be memory loss. Yet this should be a gradual process, considering that our cells are slowly eroding. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease do not necessarily occur, even if memory loss increases with age. It may be normal to have a delay in retr...

Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Chateau at Poet’s Corner

Published on 07 22, 2015 by in Blog
Chateau at Poet's Corner, Carlton Senior Living's stand-alone memory care community located in Pleasant Hill, is organizing a team for the Walnut Creek walk. We are coming together as a community to help raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.  Alzheimer's Disease is the nation's sixth-leading cause of death and we are walking to speak up on behalf of all our residents and those who are affected by this progressive, epidemic disease! If you would like to JOIN or DONATE to our team, you can do so by contacting Terri Adams-Scott at the community (925.287.8750) or go online at:  http://act.alz.org/goto/PoetsCorner Walk Location:  Heather Farm Park, Walnut ...

Six Signs That It Might Be Time For Assisted Living

Published on 07 22, 2015 by in Blog
All of us want the absolute best for our loved ones. However, at times even a dedicated caregiver is unable to offer the type of help necessary. This might mean that it is time for assisted living. Making that determination can be difficult and be accompanied by a great deal of doubt and guilt. We will go through just a handful of factors that would suggest that it might be time to consider assisted living. Sign #1 – Caregiver stress Yes, we will start with something that is not related to the patient at all. Caregiver symptoms such as stress may be a telling sign that it is simply not a good idea to have the elderly person live at home. Especially those who are untrained will have treme...

Six Reasons That Assisted Living Is A Better Choice

Published on 07 15, 2015 by in Blog
When it comes to improving a seniors quality of life and overall wellness, there are several reasons as to why living in an assisted living facility would make for a better choice than living at home. This is nothing like a nursing home, an assisted living facility offers 24-hour access to personal care with wellness and nutrition services offered, all while the person maintains his or her independence. Reason #1 – Supervised nutrition It is almost impossible to supervise senior nutrition if the person still lives at home. It is a challenge to determine whether someone is receiving the necessary nutrients, and adults living alone might not find the thought of cooking for one very appea...

Beat The Heat With Christmas Treats at Carlton Plaza of Davis

Published on 07 09, 2015 by in Blog
Davis seniors will beat the summer heat with a Christmas in July celebration at Carlton Plaza of Davis on Saturday, July 25, at 4 p.m.  Guests will enjoy seasonal holiday carols from The Songbird Trio along with iced cocoa, cookies and other festive favorites served at the free event. The Songbird Trio is a three-piece band from Sacramento that performs music from a variety of styles including soft rock, pop, country, originals, oldies and folk. The Christmas in July event is one of many fun and engaging events hosted every month at Carlton Plaza of Davis for residents and other local seniors. “As temperatures rise, we thought it would be appropriate for spirits to rise even high...

Five Assisted Living Search Mistakes People Make

Published on 07 08, 2015 by in Blog
When looking for an assisted living facility, most people find this to be a rather intimidating choice. Instead of making the wrong choice, people may postpone a decision. However, as you expand your knowledge, the decision becomes easier. This is why we have gone through a number of the different search mistakes that people make when looking for an assisted living facility and we will tell you how you can avoid them.   Mistake #1 – Rushing a decision It is true that sometimes people wait too long, but other times they are so overwhelmed that they simply choose the first option that comes their way. This might be even less effective than just choosing randomly. Before you make a ...

Brisas Do Brazil to Perform Courtyard Concert at Carlton Plaza of Fremont

Published on 07 07, 2015 by in Blog
Veteran Bay Area-based musician, Michael Smolens, will bring the South American sound of his trio – Brisas do Brazil, to Carlton Plaza of Fremont on Thursday, July 16, at 6 p.m. The senior living community’s courtyard will become a veritable tropical paradise where guests can partake in appetizers and wine while the band performs their Brazilian compositions featuring English and Portuguese vocals; Brazilian and jazz-infused percussion; and keyboard melodies. “We’re ready to tap our toes, dance and enjoy some great food and drink, “said Stephanie Brice, executive director of the community.  “The garden courtyard will be the perfect backdrop for the evening of music.” ...

Magic Blankets- Carlton Plaza San Leandro

Published on 07 06, 2015 by in Blog
Like clock work, every Wednesday morning our Magic Blanket creators make their way to the Personal Expressions room to start or finish a magic blanket. Conversation ensues during the process "How about we donate to Oakland's Children's ICU unit this time?"  "Remember when we donated to George Marks Children's Hospice, and how grateful they were?". In a span of six months our residents can make up to seventy blankets, each fleece blanket is cut, tied and handled with a loving touch. Each is then washed, wrapped in Carlton ribbon, and attached with this magical message: This Magical Blanket is infused with love and healing powers. Hand created by the residents of the Carlton Plaza Retireme...

The Link Between A Lack Of Sleep And Dementia

Published on 07 01, 2015 by in Blog
A morning of grogginess is not the only thing that you could have to deal with because of a sleepless night. A recent study from the UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab  reveal that having these sleepless nights might be providing the proteins that could give dementia easier access to your brain. Studies show that not having deep non-REM (rapid eye movement) sleep could increase the likelihood of developing memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease. More about the study This study was published in Nature Neuroscience and found that beta-amyloid amasses in much higher concentrations in those who consistently suffer from poor sleep. This protein has long been considered a ...

Things You Didn’t Know About Assisted Living

Published on 06 24, 2015 by in Blog
Perhaps you have only recently started looking for an assisted care living facility for yourself or a loved one. This could mean that you do not know what the differences are or what you should be looking for. That is why we have come up with a brief summary of a few factors related to assisted living that you might not know about yet. There are varying levels of care – one size does not fit all It is important to remember that just because a facility is called “assisted living”; it does not mean that it offers the same levels of care as the next facility might. In fact, some offer a less-expensive option, but also cut costs where possible. Remember that not all assisted living commu...

In Remembrance of Ruby MacDonald

Published on 06 23, 2015 by in Blog
The MacDonald Family invites Mom’s/Ruby’s friends and relatives for a Remembrance of Ruby gathering on Sunday, July 12th, 3:00 PM. Mom shared her life with many people from near and far. Please join us in remembering her. The service will be held at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center located at 233 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill California...

Empowered Living – By Ruby MacDonald

Published on 06 23, 2015 by in Blog
This past month Carlton Senior Living lost the matriarch of our family, Ruby MacDonald, the spouse and partner of our Founder Tom MacDonald. Ruby was a beautiful woman who filled all of our lives with so much love and joy. If you ever met Ruby at an Annual Family BBQ or other Community event or read her monthly article in the Newsletter, , one thing would be apparent: Ruby cared deeply for each and every resident that became part of our family. Her words of wisdom and kindness uplifted our souls on a monthly basis, each and every article being a true reflection of her genuine spirit. In Ruby’s own words from her article, Joyous Spirits in September 2009: “The minute we meet someone...
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