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Ask The Elders | July 30, 2018 | By Denee Coleman

Ask The Elders: Beating the Back-to-School Blues

Carlton’s residents love sharing the wisdom they’ve have gained through years of experience. As the dog days of summer dwindle, students everywhere are reminded of the inevitable return to the classroom and so we asked the elders to offer their advice on heading back to school.

The next two letters in our “Ask the Elders” series come from a couple of perplexed parents who are already seeking reprieve from the return of the school year.



Dear Elders:

My kids will be heading back to school soon and are anxious about the new school year. What advice do you have to help them beat the back to school blues? –Mom Before the Storm


Mom Before the Storm:

We appreciate you reaching out to us as we’ve experienced our fair share of first days of school as students and also as parents. Back-to-school time can certainly be a busy and burdensome time for the entire household.

Here’s a little advice for students:

  • Make lots of friends and be a good listener because you can learn a lot from your teachers and those around you.
  • Learn to take care of yourself and try to stay out of trouble.
  • Study hard because you can’t accomplish much in life without an education.
  • Wash your hands frequently to avoid illness and prevent missing important lessons in school.
  • Remember that education is an important part of the path to a career which will someday help you to support your family.

We hope this advice is helpful and we wish you all the best for a smooth start to the school year. –Elder Advice Panel, Carlton Senior Living San Leandro – Memory Care



Dear Elders:

My oldest is going away to college and I’m scared about having so much distance between us. What advice do you have for a worried mother? –One Less in the Nest


One Less in the Nest:

Having your first-born fly the coop can be nerve-racking, to say the least. Getting your teen started at a good college is a great way for him/her to further their education so that they will be better prepared for life. We suggest that you just keep going and that you remind yourself that everything will be okay. –Elder Advice Panel, Carlton Senior Living San Jose – Memory Care

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