CSL Spotlight Residents, Jack and Joanne Chambers

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, Nev …

by Eric Demuth

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

Jerry Michaels, CSL Spotlight Resident

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 gav …

by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Spotlight

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 …

by Denee Coleman

Blog, Senior Health, Senior Health & Wellness

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, Car …

by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Focus

Olga Kempton, Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident

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 …

by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living San Leandro, Resident Spotlight

Donna Love, Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident

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. Donna (far right) and friends during CPH’s Dining Room Grand Re-Opening 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 th …

by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Let's Take a Walk

“When the world is so complicated the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.” Maria Shriver In this life, we learn early on, that acquiring knowledge is the best way to keep ourselves informed. It would come as no surprise that when we or someone we love receives a diagnosis of a health related ailment we instinctively begin to enlighten ourselves on what potentially could happen, what might have caused this diagnosis and ultimately how best to proceed forward with the treatment of it. At this time there are 327,178,060 Americans living in the United States and 5.7 million of them have been diagnosed and are living with Alzheim …

by Jessica Beck

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Resident Spotlight - Hank & Rhoda Bruett

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight residents, Hank and Rhoda Bruett. Hank was born in Brunsbüttel, in Northern Germany near Hamburg. His parents and whole family lived there, and as he puts it, “Everyone in my family lived within 35 miles of there, and we only had bicycles and no cars, so if you wanted to meet and marry someone, you would have to ride your bike to the nearest town.” Hank had an uncle living in Bolinas, in Marin County, who asked if Hank or his brother wanted to move out to California. Hank jumped at the idea and set forth for America when he was 19 years old. Rhoda was born in Woodland, California, where her grandmother ran …

by Eric Demuth

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Resident Spotlight - Betty Powell: Celebrating 5 Generations of Family

Proud grandmother of four, great-grandma of four more and great-great-grandma of one, Betty Powell is a source of inspiration to the younger members of her family. Betty visiting with granddaughter, Heather, and the latest addition to the family, Braiden. “My grandmother has been one of the most inspirational people in my life. She has taught me to keep a positive outlook on life, stay physically active, be kind and patient with others, and that there’s always a good reason to eat chocolate!” – Heather, Betty’s granddaughter   Read more about this amazing mother and grandmother who remains active and involved in her community at 103 year …

by Denee Coleman

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Grandparents Connect the Generations

You probably remember your grandparents telling tales from their childhood—their struggles, triumphs and what it was like growing up back then. At the time, you may not have understood the significance of these family stories and the lessons hidden within but now these anecdotes are likely among your collection of most treasured memories. Regardless of the relationship, you had with your grandparents, their mere existence no doubt influenced and shaped the person you are today. As a matter of fact, the role of grandparent is so significant and vital that National Grandparents Day was established to honor and affirm the unique role grandparent …

by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Resident Focus, Senior Living

Resident Spotlight - Ralph Bolestra

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Ralph Bolestra – Ralph was born on June 12th in Sioux, South Dakota. He is full blooded Sioux Native American and was birthed the native way of the tribe, in a tipi. In 1957 he moved to California and prior to working on the pipelines from Wyoming to Idaho, he was a supervisor at the Meredith Seafood Plant in Sacramento. He had one daughter and has 4 grandchildren. Lorraine Pine and Ralph have been together for 15 years and they love to play bingo here at Carlton Senior Living Fremont. Ralph and Lorraine are comfortable here at Carlton after experiencing the activities and being around everyone. …

by Denee Coleman

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Broadening Horizons with a Positive Approach

At Carlton Senior Living we believe firmly in empowering our team members to seek out and gain knowledge and insight from professionals in the field. Within the US and Canada, Teepa Snow is acknowledged as one of the leading educators on dementia and the care that accompanies it. One of Carlton’s very own, Katheryn Winter, Manager of Talent Acquisition recently attended two-day training with Teepa Snow to become a Positive Approach to Care certified trainer. Katheryn, having graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development was extremely motivated to choose an internship with Carlton. She saw this opportunity as the perfec …

by Jessica Beck

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