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The Vision of a Leader

Our Carlton Senior Living Leadership Class of 2018 was presented with a project in which they were to design a board that would promote their vision of what they would want their own community to look like, feel like and how they would want it to operate as if they were the Executive Director. Prior to working on the project a few of our amazing Executive Directors; Tracey from our Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill community, Amanda from our Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove community and Lisa, from our Carlton Senior Living Sacramento community, gave some insight to our participants as to what it is like running a community as well …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Associates & Career News, Carlton Senior Living

Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Charlotte Gonzales

Resident Spotlight - Charlotte Gonzales

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Charlotte Gonzales – Charlotte, known to family and friends as “Tuttie” (pronounced “Tootie”) is from the small town of Las Vegas in northern New Mexico. The colorful history of her birth town surely influenced Charlotte’s pent for festivity and appreciation for flair. Las Vegas is a traditional Spanish Colonial style town with a central plaza. The townsfolk live both Latin (“Norteños”) and Cowboy (ranching families) culture, which is evident in their music, social gatherings, and rustic way of life. They are predominantly Catholic people, and fiercely patriotic. Charlotte’s mother was a hard-wor …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill

It's a New Year Again, written by Carlton Senior Living resident, John Shumway

It's a New Year Again by Resident, John Shumway

Once again, it’s a new year and there’s no better time than now to consider why we measure time the way we do. In the year 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar. Europe had adhered to the Julian calendar, first implemented by Julius Caesar, in 46 B.C. Since the Roman system miscalculated the length of the solar year by 11 minutes, the calendar, about 1,600 years later, had fallen out of sync with the seasons. This concerned Gregory because it meant that Easter, traditionally observed near March 21, fell further away from the spring equinox with each passing year. In the Protestant parts of Europe, many people viewed the Gr …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Focus

Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Margie Garciduenas

Resident Spotlight - Margie Garciduenas

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Margie Garciduenas – Margie is of Mexican/American descent and was born in San Jose, California on June 10, 1954. Margie was raised in Union City and, after high school, she had odd jobs; one was at National Semiconductor in Santa Clara. She did the final testing of the diodes (capacitors). In 1974, Margie joined the US Navy hoping to learn more about electronics and was trained as a radioman using transmitters to relay communication to the fleet. She served in the Navy for 17 years and was then placed on Temporary Disability Retirement for five years. While on temporary retired leave, Margie wen …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Fremont, Resident Spotlight

Live 2 B Trainers Make the Difference

“Combine your natural ability with a mission to help people and you will have a rich, fulfilling life.” -Bryan Krahn, Physique Coach What sets Live 2 B Healthy apart? It’s their Trainers! All of their Trainers are Certified Personal Trainers who are enthusiastic about their mission to create an outstanding fitness environment for the communities they serve. The Trainer’s role is to design exercise classes appropriate to participants’ physical abilities; lead enjoyable, interactive, motivating and safe fitness classes and assess class participants’ progress three times per year. Live 2 B Healthy Trainers encourage class participants to safely …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Community Events, Exercise & Physical Activity, Senior Health, Senior Health & Wellness, Senior Living

Carlton Senior Living Resident, Mary Takai

Remembering a New Year Tradition

My mother, Mary Takai, and her husband, Roy, celebrated the coming of every January 1st with their children and grandchildren by preparing Japanese foods. We enjoyed rolling sushi together, cooking tempura and eating all day long. A special New Year tradition was making “Mochi” or sweet rice balls, which symbolize good health and fortune. Mochi is tasty dipped in soy sauce or eaten in “good luck” soup. My mom still carries on this tradition with her large and growing family. I also fondly remember the beautiful handmade hats, scarves and blankets that my mother made for us and that she donated to shelters, and how happy she made her grandchil …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Focus

Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Paul Moser

Resident Spotlight - Paul Moser

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Paul Moser — Paul was born on February 4, 1924 in Saco, Montana. His father Wilbur was the Superintendent of Schools while his mother Elsie took care of him and his siblings. Paul had a brother named Russel who was four years older and a sister, Marilyn, who was four years his junior. Paul’s family moved many times while he was in school and he spent three years in each location; Shelby, Montana, Palo Alto and San Mateo, California. He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1942 where he “lettered” in sports and played the clarinet. The following year he enlisted in the United States Navy and se …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Spinach Dip Wreath Recipe

Spinach Dip Wreath Ingredients Needed: Cream Cheese Sour Cream Spinach Artichoke Hearts Shallot or Onion Onion Powder Pepper Preparation Instructions:  In a Food Processor, begin with Cream Cheese, and blend until smooth and “fluffy.” Add Sour Cream, Shallots, and Seasoning Once Shallot are minced and encorperated, add Artichokes and Sour Cream – do this slowly, as volume will increase drastically Add Spinach last, and process until fully introduced. Taste for Seasoning Wreath Presentation Instructions: In a cast Iron Skillet, spray with Non Stick Spray. Place fresh Bread Dough (see demo) around the edges Add Spinach Dip in the center, and to …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Recipes

Brie Filled Beggar's Purse Recipe

Brie Filled Beggar’s Purse Appetizer Ingredients Needed: Phyllo Dough Brie Cheese Dried Cranberries Rosemary Pecans Cupcake Pan Non Stick Spray Cooking Instructions: Pre Heat Oven to 400 degrees Cut Brie into Small Bite Sized Pieces Hydrate Cranberries Once Soaked Until Plump, place rosemary and drained cranberries in small pot. Heat until Cranberries become slightly mushy Cut small Squares of Phyllo Dough, just 1” larger than the cupcake pan you are using Spray Cupcake Pan with Non Stick Spray, and place 2-3 Phyllo Squares on top of the opening. Pat Phyllo into cup, leaving the edges hang over Fill Phyllo with Brie, topping with Pecan and Cr …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Recipes

Carlton residents, Colette and Roger Ricard.

Resident Spotlight - Colette Ricard

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Colette Ricard – Colette was born in the city of Lyon, France which is just a 2-hour train ride southwest of Paris. Lyon is the capital city in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and is known for its architecture, food and textiles. Lyon’s rich history dates back to 1536 when King Francois I declared Lyon the silk center of France with the city supplying fabrics to the court of King Louis XVI. Given the history of the city where Colette was born, it’s not surprising that she’s been sewing for as long as she can remember. She’s also been cooking just as long. Growing up Colette helped in her par …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Jim MacDonald

Resident Spotlight - Jim MacDonald

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Jim MacDonald – Jim was born in Richmond, California on December 1, 1951, to Donald and Joann and is the oldest of five boys. Jim had a great childhood and enjoyed every family activity they had. Since they didn’t have much when he was younger the only thing that was cheap and fun for the family to do was camping. So, camping was one of his favorite activities besides skiing and music. Jim graduated from Contra Costa College with a degree in music. He went to Europe with his friend, Dave, for four months to sightsee and to learn the culture. After his Europe trip, he moved to Los Angeles to pursu …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Sacramento, Resident Spotlight

National Wear Your Pearls Day

At Carlton Senior Living we believe in our philosophy, “live your life.” Our residents take the time daily to honor that philosophy for themselves be it playing a game of Wii, taking in a game of cards with friends or enjoying a fresh baked cookie from our community cafes. However you choose to “live your life” be sure to do it in style.                                                                                                    I know most people think of “wisdom” when they think of pearls. I however, think of “love” when I look at my grandmother Nona’s pearls. My Nona and Nono spent 50 years together, each year filled with unfail …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Associates & Career News, Carlton Senior Living