Dear Residents and Families,
We would like to begin by expressing how saddened we all are by the devastation that has occurred in Napa and Sonoma County these past few days. We would also like to thank so many of you for reaching out to our teams to ask how you can help. Carlton Senior Living would like to do our part as well to assist those seniors impacted by this horrible tragedy. We have reached out to disaster relief services, as well as local hospitals, and will be accepting seniors who have been evacuated from their homes. We will continue to do whatever we can to assist. Not only do our new friends need food and other entails, most came in with just the clothes on their backs. We will be accepting gently used and new adult clothing and new shoes and undergarments to provide for our evacuees.
If you have any questions, please contact your management team.
Thank you for all of your continued support.

David Coluzzi, President

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Elk Grove Senior Apartments and Assisted Living

Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove strives to create an atmosphere that supports and enhances the individual lifestyles of our residents. We offer a wide range of services for seniors including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, On-Site Nursing, Medication and Diabetic Management. Residents can enjoy participating in various enriching, tailored activities in our beautiful lodge-inspired, centrally located Community. Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove’s Executive Director, with eight years of Carlton experience, leads a team that is committed to Love, Honor and Provide for our residents. Our Communities are designed to provide a rich environment where being valued, respected and loved is a natural daily occurrence. We invite you to see why 100% of our residents and family members would recommend us. (Formerly known as Carlton Plaza of Elk Grove)

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From the Carlton Senior Community Blog

Resident Spotlight - Don Bordenave

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Don Bordenave - Don has lived in Northern California all his life and attended Santa Clara University on a football scholarship. In 1950 his team, the Santa Clara Broncos, played in the Orange Bowl and won in an upset against the Kentucky Wildcats. Football continues to be a great passion for Don and he enjoys watching the games on TV. Don was in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) in college and later joined the Army and served during the Korean War. After the war, Don began a career in education and was a high school teacher and later principal for Santa Clara High School, and also coached football at his alma mater Santa Clara University. In addition, he served for a time as School Board President. Don and his wife adopted 3 children (1 boy and 2 girls) and now has several grandchildren. Don Bordenave and fellow Carlton Senior Living San Jose resident, Don Callejon, have known each other since high school. Don enjoys taking an early morning walk every day and remains active.   Don's Hall of Fame profile from the Santa Clara University Bronco Bench Foundation website: [caption id="attachment_19157" align="alignright" width="226"] Image courtesy of Archives & Special Collections, Santa Clara University.[/caption] Don Bordenave '52 Sport: Football Years Attended: 1948-1952 Orange Bowl Champion 1950 Assistant coach for entire Pat Malley era Bellarmine Hall of Fame Inducted in SCU Hall of Fame in 1977 Don Bordenave attended Santa Clara University from 1948-1952. He played guard for the legendary Len Casanova. A highlight of Bordenave’s Bronco football days was his team’s Orange Bowl Championship in 1950. Santa Clara beat Bear Bryant’s heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats 21-13 following a 7-2-1 season. A standout athlete even before Santa Clara, Bordenave was an All-Nor Cal selection in ‘47 and inducted into the Bellarmine College Preparatory Hall of Fame in 2016. After his playing career, Bordenave was a volunteer assistant coach to Pat Malley for 25+ years. View additional Resident Spotlight articles.   Read more

Resident Spotlight - Jack & Joanne Chambers

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight residents, Jack and Joanne Chambers. Joanne Chambers was born October 31, 1938, in Pratt, Kansas, a small town 80 miles west of Wichita. Being brought up in a farming family required a lot of hard labor and grit, and Joanne remembers her and her sister, ages 9 and 5 respectively, had to cook dinner for nine people each night. She had three brothers and one sister. Jack Chambers was born October 14, 1929, a mere two weeks before the stock market crash of Black Tuesday, triggering the events leading to the Great Depression. Jack was born in Oakland, but following the death of his father, moved to Fallon, Nevada where he was raised by his maternal grandparents. During the Prohibition era, Jack’s grandfather made moonshine in a still on his farm, and Jack lived a bit of the cowboy life. Jack realized early on his talent for fine art, which led eventually to his pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Art from UC Berkeley. He served in the Army Air Force for two years during the Korean War, and met and married his partner, Judy, with whom he had four sons. He was hired as a media consultant in the Cooperative Extension at UC Berkeley, and later in Riverside. When Jack’s younger son was thirteen, Judy passed away, and Jack raised four teenage sons as a single parent. Joanne spent winters with her family in the mild weather of Tucson, Arizona, beginning her musical career there. At age 14, her father passed away, and she went to work playing the organ in churches and teaching students piano, which helped lead her to a Performance in Organ Degree from the University of Arizona. Joanne married and had two sons and a daughter. She and her children moved to Davis after her husband left, and raised them as a single parent as well. She loved Davis for its bicycles, safety, and beauty, and taught band and strings in public school for 20 years. While playing organ and piano for the advanced choir at UC Davis, she met Jack, and they married in 1983. They were now raising their seven children as a married couple! Joanne recalls a favorite life experience as traveling the world with the UCD Choir. Among the countries they visited and performed in were Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, Russia, Egypt, Greece, Australia, Tahiti, and New Zealand. A performance she recalls very fondly is playing for the Catholic Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Asked about a message they want to pass along to others, they say, “Fill your life with music, and do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” After retiring from UC Davis, they enjoy spending time with their eight grandchildren, making new friends at Carlton Senior Living Davis, and being well-cared for. Joanne still gives organ concerts and recitals, teaches, and has made nearly 250 quilts for Project Linus, which provides them for needy, orphaned, and fostered children. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Eric Demuth     Read more

Resident Spotlight - Jerry Michaels

Jerry Michaels was born on December 8, 1937, in Arlington, Texas to Jerri “Bulla May” and Preston “Percy” Michaels. She is the second-eldest of four children and was raised with her siblings Shirley, Dewey and Jack. Her favorite childhood memory is having a loving family who always cares for one another always making the best of any situation. Jerry’s family moved to California from Texas when she was 4 years old from Texas and they were living in Concord when the big Port Chicago explosion occurred in 1944, which was very eventful. Witnessing historically significant events like the Port Chicago disaster and later Kennedy’s Assassination gave her a different perspective on life and reinforced that you really have to cherish every moment you have with loved ones. When she was growing up she always wanted to be a secretary or a police officer and her first job was as a secretary for the Mount Diablo School District. Jerry’s first boss taught her a lot about social interaction and being confident in different settings. The most influential person for her is her mother who taught her a lot about happiness and being caring. Family to her is everything because it gives life importance and meaning. Happiness is a way of life and not really focusing on the small things. Jerry was married to Bill who was a great life partner and a wonderful father. Bill was in the United States Marine Corps, which she is proud of. The couple had two sons and four grandchildren, two boys and two girls. Her proudest moment is becoming a mother when she did not really think it would be possible. Jerry’s favorite memory is traveling with her family to different places together and her favorite traveling experience was going to Great Britain for six months to study at Durham University. It was an unforgettable experience where she learned a lot. If she could do anything she would like to go to England to visit her friends and be a tourist. Before moving to Carlton Senior Living Concord, Jerry had lived in her home for 44 years where she loved hosting parties for different occasions and dancing. Her favorite genre of music is 50’s music for how upbeat it is. If she had to describe herself in three words they would be friendly, loving, and impatient at times. People would be surprised is how much she appreciates her alone time even though she likes hanging out with friends. She would like to be remembered as a good person and her advice to the younger generations is to focus on social interaction instead of focusing on social media. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Melissa Alvarez     Read more about the Port Chicago disaster:     Read more

Common Signs of Hearing Loss

The ability to hear and communicate effectively impacts all aspects of your life including relationships, social interactions, and overall quality of life. According to the American Academy of Audiology, one in three people over the age of 60 have hearing loss and one in two people older than 85 have hearing loss. Hearing loss can occur at any age. Although hearing loss might occur suddenly, it most often develops over several years or decades. Some of the reasons for changes in hearing include aging, use of some types of medications, exposure to loud sounds, serious infections, and accidents. Although most hearing loss in adults is permanent, some types of hearing loss are medically treatable or surgically correctable. The most common treatment for permanent hearing loss in adults is hearing aids; however, only a fourth of those who can benefit from a hearing aid use one. Most individuals wait about seven years to investigate treatment options after they begin to suspect having a hearing problem. Reasons for waiting include not thinking that the hearing loss is bad enough to need attention, not knowing what services are available, concern over cost, the social stigma of hearing loss, and a lack of self-awareness. Common signs of hearing loss include: Feeling like others are always mumbling. Asking people to repeat what they say. Missing words or phrases on the telephone. Difficulty hearing or understanding speech in noisy environments. Turning the volume up on the television or radio louder than normal. Read more about the Signs of Hearing Loss on the Better Hearing Institute website. Hearing loss can be managed using technology and improving communication strategies. Contact your doctor to schedule an exam and to determine if hearing aids or other assistive listening devices may be appropriate for you or Find an Audiologist now through the American Academy of Audiology website.     Related article: Study Finds Link Between Dementia and Hearing Loss Read more informative articles on the Carlton Senior Living Blog.   Read more

The Miracle of Friendship by Resident, John Shumway

The word “Friend” came into the English language almost exactly 1000 years ago. It came from an early German and Scandinavian word that was probably spelled “freynd”. But historians think that the idea of a friend has been around since a long time before 1000AD. It might be interesting to carefully define “friend’. This is from the great Oxford English Dictionary: “Friend; One joined to another in mutual benevolence and intimacy; not ordinarily applied to lovers or relatives.” In general when people age major changes can occur; some slowly and some very rapidly. Sometimes these changes are not pleasant or happy. When I came to this place, Carlton Downtown Pleasant Hill, almost seven years ago, it seemed I had almost no friends left. Several disappeared when I retired from my work. Some moved away from this pleasant town or had passed away. This included the best friend I ever had, my beloved wife. It is not wrong to say that I came here with a broken heart. Then a kind of miracle happened. I met quite a number of people I liked. Some, not much later, became very good friends to me. And, this is a kind of a miracle, one or two became the best friends I ever had. This is a bit like entering a dear person’s home at Christmas where the party is about to begin. Everything is decorated beautifully and there are presents hidden throughout this Christmas home. One of them has your name on it and you find it, not hidden, but in plain sight. You open it and it is wonderful! It is just what you most need at that time in your life. To be able to join another in mutual benevolence and intimacy is a wonderful gift indeed. Written by John Shumway, CSL Downtown Pleasant Hill resident and retired Diablo Valley College history professor P.S. From William Butler Yeats: "There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met." Read The Origins of Memorial Day by Resident, John Shumway   Pictured below are a few Carlton residents who have formed friendships while living within our communities: Read more

Resident Spotlight - Olga Kempton

My name is Olga Kempton and I was born on October 26, 1924, in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. My family and I used to live in the suburbs of Whitinsville and I was the older sister to my two brothers, Walter and Johnny. My father worked as a mechanic at the local textile mills and my mother operated part of our home in the suburbs as a boarding house. In my adolescent years, I played with friends picked blueberries and helped mother with the house. I began my nursing career at Mills Memorial Hospital and joined the Army Nursing Corp during WWII when many nurses joined the military and left overseas. The nursing Corp took me to California where I decided to remain. I attended VC San Francisco and graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from UC Berkeley. I then spent many years as a school nurse for the Fremont Unified School District and then became a public health nurse for Alameda County. I was married to my beloved Donald for many years. We had no children but have 5 nieces who live in different parts of the country. I have many close friends including Janet, Emily, Jim, Lupe, Danielle and Nancy and many more. In my early retirement years, I was very active with the Alameda County Employees Retirement Association (ACERA) serving in many positions as well as president. I also volunteered in the voting polls every year and ushered for Chabot College Performing Arts Center for many years. After actually retiring Donald and I traveled and I have seen every state and have visited many countries. I was 91 when I took my last trip with my good friends Gerry and Donna to South America. I love to keep in touch with all of my friends and family and my favorite sweet is dark chocolate. I am settling in at Carlton Senior Living San Leandro and am already making new friends. View additional Resident Spotlight articles.     Read more

Resident Spotlight - Donna Love

Meet Carlton Senior Living's spotlight resident, Donna Love - With her smile and friendly demeanor, Donna is a wonderful asset to our community at Carlton Pleasant Hill. Her willingness to share her life experiences with honest reflection provides comfort to others to share as well, creating a recipe for meaningful friendships. [caption id="attachment_19041" align="alignright" width="450"] Donna (far right) and friends during CPH's Dining Room Grand Re-Opening[/caption] Donna was born on December 10, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Warner and Elizabeth Love and three older brothers. Donna’s father, Warren, was an engineer and had steady work throughout the depression because he was able to travel all over the country working with the WPA, (Works Project Administration), which was a program of the New Deal, created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Elizabeth, Donna’s mother, was a medical doctor and had her own office within the family home where she saw patients. The family owned the empty lot next to their house which served as a playground for the siblings as well as the neighbor children who spent many hours playing there. Donna and her brothers all attended boarding school during their high school years. Donna was able to go to George School, a Quaker boarding school that was founded in 1895 and is still an award-winning school today. Their mission is not only to educate to the highest degree but to teach that “fairness and justice are inherently tied to each other. Students learn to express themselves without trampling others, asking for what they need rather than demanding what they want.” Donna felt very fortunate to have that opportunity. She was also grateful to be away from home as her father was usually working and her mother was a cold, unemotional person who did not pay much attention to Donna. Donna went on to Mills College in Oakland in the late 1940’s. Although very intelligent, she struggled there as she had in school previously. She did not know it at the time, but Donna has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a chronic condition marked by persistent inattention, hyperactivity, and sometimes impulsivity. "It begins in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Many children with ADHD continue to have symptoms as adults.” Donna is one of those people, as she was not diagnosed until age 60 when with treatment, she learned strategies to help her deal with its symptoms. After her time at Mills College, Donna met and married her husband Murray Mc Neil who was a meteorologist for the Air Force. Murray continued his education at U.C. Berkley where he got his master’s in architecture and they settled in Berkeley, California where they had three children, two girls and one boy. Unfortunately, the marriage ended in divorce and that is when Donna decided to go back to school. Donna returned to Mills College after her diagnosis of ADHD and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1982. She went on to become a counselor and coach to other adults with ADHD providing the tools needed to more easily navigate their lives. Donna also volunteered to teach parenting classes to help parents learn the skills to help their children with ADHD and facilitated a support group for adults with ADHD, generously giving her time to promote healing and happiness in this community. Donna is a happy person and truly enjoys living at Carlton Pleasant Hill. She loves plants and gardening and also reading, as is reflected in her position as volunteer librarian, once again serving her community. Donna is also interested in art and has studied art off and on over the years. She looks forward to renewing that interest by taking a painting class in the near future. View additional Resident Spotlight articles. Written by Mary Ann Ashby     Read more

Carlton Senior Living Careers

We’re looking for inspired, exceptional candidates to be part of our legendary “culture of care.” The growing Carlton team has long-term career opportunities available in resident care, dining, housekeeping, activities, maintenance and management.

If you enjoy working with people, and are looking for a place to start or grow your career, we hope you’ll consider joining Carlton Senior Living.