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Resident Spotlight - Juanita Erickson

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Juanita Erickson – Juanita was born on July 29, 1928, in Prairie, Oklahoma to Will and Edna Melugin. She was a depression baby and her family, which included two sisters and one brother, moved in with her grandparents with everyone in the household working in order to survive. She even remembers going to work with her grandmother sometimes. Juanita attended college in Kansas and growing up she always wanted to be a teacher, a profession which she enjoyed for 23 years. Aside from becoming a parent, her proudest moment was being selected most outstanding graduate at Northeast State where she majore …


by Denee Coleman

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

Maco's Cranberry Jello Salad

“This recipe was a family favorite at Thanksgiving- made with love by my Maco. I called her Maco because I couldn’t get “Grandma” out when I was learning to talk! I make this every Thanksgiving in her memory. She passed from Alzheimer’s in 1992.”   Our very own Lori Thames, Executive Director from our Carlton Senior Living Concord Community shares with us this Thanksgiving Holiday her grandmother’s recipe for Cranberry Jello Salad. If you are interested in more recipes from our residents, our associates and their families you can order your own copy of the Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill’s “Cookbook For A Cure.” 100% of the proceeds are d …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Concord, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Recipes

Resident Spotlight - James Weeks

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, James “Jim” Weeks – James was born on May 15, 1943, in Saint Louis, Missouri to Mary Kunz and James Weeks. His sister, Sandy Shy, now lives in Southern California, sisters Laurie McLean and Rose Mary Mayo live in Missouri, and his brother Richard Hoepfner now lives Tennessee. As a child growing up he always wanted to be like his dad, a hardworking man. His dad worked for the same company for 40 years which amazed him and learned the true value of work. Jim’s favorite childhood memory is living with his grandmother who he felt was the smartest lady and best cook. His first job was at Western Union …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Spotlight, Veterans

Walking Together to End Alzheimer's

This year Carlton Senior Living communities collectively participated in three different walks hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association. Recruiting a total of nearly 140 participants we took a walk in Sacramento on September 29th, Silicon Valley on October 13th and Walnut Creek on October 20th. At this time, we are thrilled to announce that we have raised a total of $22,897.00! We at Carlton Senior Living have been helping and caring for residents since 1985 and we want to continue helping whenever we can by giving back to our local communities. The Alzheimer’s Association is an American non-profit voluntary health organization that focuses on c …


by Jessica Beck

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Resident Spotlight - Joe & Leona Robinson

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight residents, Joe and Leona Robinson – Joe Robinson was born on August 7, 1935, in Long Beach, California. He has four sisters and a brother. Leona was born on October 14, 1932, in Tacoma Park, Maryland. She had a younger sister who has since passed. Prior to meeting they had both worked at restaurants as their first job and Leona was a waitress and Joe, a dishwasher. Leona was a bookkeeper and housewife because she enjoyed caring for her kids and doing different things with them. Joe has had different jobs over the years but the job he liked the most is being a marine painter. He has always enjoyed paintin …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Spotlight, Veterans

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

Resident Spotlight - Wilma "Lee" Street

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident Lee Street – Wilma “Lee” Street was born on April 4, 1938 to parents August and Dollie. Lee moved to California in September of 1964 because she fell in love with the state and her brother was going to law school in San Francisco. As she was growing up she really valued friendship over the years especially with how she maintained them while living in two different states. Lee’s first job was as a babysitter then went on to become a medical transcriber for Kaiser Permanente. A fun fact about Lee is that her family owns an eight lane bowling alley in Kinde, Michigan. Lee has a daughter and two gra …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Spotlight

National Kiss of Hope Day

In honor of National Kiss of Hope Day, we would like to take this time to remind and encourage our residents, their families and friends to express their love for one another. This is a day to show our love and demonstrate kindness in our hearts to each other. At our Carlton Senior Living Concord community two residents shared with us their story of how they met, fell in love and how what they have achieved together is so much more than they could have ever “hoped” for. Charles and Esther Doolins first met in high school, she was a sophomore and he was a student in a special circumstance since he still had one semester to finish. Some may cal …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Concord, Independent Living & Assisted Living, Resident Focus

Senior Living Residents Pay Tribute to Titanic

Remembering Titanic: Residents Pay Tribute to the "Unsinkable" Ship

The story of RMS Titanic has fascinated many of us since its tragic sinking in 1912. Touted as “unsinkable” by its builder, the White Star Line luxury cruiser set sail on its maiden voyage from Southhampton, England to New York on April 10th with about 2,200 passengers and crew aboard. Just hours later at around midnight on April 14th, Titanic struck an ice burg and would sink within three short hours resulting in the deaths of an estimated 1,500. Richard Shaw, CSL Concord Resident Of the estimated 700 survivors was a relative of Carlton Senior Living Concord resident, Richard Shaw, who recounts their tale as he shares with us his interest in …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Focus

CSL Spotlight Resident, Richard Shaw

Resident Spotlight - Richard Shaw

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Richard Shaw – Richard was born January 22, 1943 in New York, New York. In 1973, he moved to the west coast when he purchased an antique shop in California. From there, he spent his career working in the hotel and restaurant business. Richard is well-traveled and has visited 70 countries. Of the many places he has visited, Richard names Ireland as his favorite because the people were so friendly and were especially helpful with directions. He would like to continue traveling to explore new places and to learn about their unique cultures and histories. One country he would love to visit is Thail …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Spotlight

CSL Spotlight Resident, Jo Beck

Resident Spotlight - Jo Beck

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Jo Beck – Jo was born on May 7, 1935 in Helena, Montana. Before moving to Carlton Senior Living Concord she was living in her own home for fifty-three years. On June 12, 1955 she married her husband Jack William and had four children three sons and a daughter. She was part of different organizations such as Beta Sigma Phi, Phone Company Club, Baptist Senior Club from September to May. Her favorite scent is Christmas and bacon cooking over a campfire. Her favorite food is bacon, avocado, and tomato sandwich since she no longer can eat lettuce. She enjoys all seasons with different climate changes. …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Spotlight

CSL Spotlight Resident, Susan Polloak

Resident Spotlight - Susan Pollak

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Susan Pollak  – Susan was born on December 30, 1925 in Vienna, Austria to parents Paul and Senta. Growing up she loved walks in the Austrian landscape and enjoyed learning about the history of the area. A historical event she remembers is when Austria was being taken over by Germany in 1938. She was only a child and could sense all the negativity and people just dreading each day. Susan’s first job was in England as a secretary. She was married to her husband Theodore “Ted” Pollak for 39 years and together they had two daughters named Karen Irma and Melissa Fay. Her proudest moment was arriving …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Spotlight