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Resident Spotlight - Millie Jacobson

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident Millie Jacobson – Lovable Millie was born and raised in Oakland, California. She enjoyed a childhood full of games, races and sometimes movies for 10 cents if she could get the money. She remembers that in those days for only a penny she could get five pieces of candy or a hot dog for just a nickel. In junior and senior high school, Mille enjoyed going to school dances and also played the violin. After graduation, Millie attended Armstrong Business College where the Dean helped her get her first job in the Human Resources Department of a large company next to the courthouse. During the war, she …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Walk to End Alzheimer's 2018

The Carlton Senior Living Home Office alongside our Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill community joined together to promote and host a car wash in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. With all hands on deck we united to wash as many cars as possible collecting only donations. All proceeds gathered will be added to our total fundraising goal of $35,000 in our efforts to help benefit Alzheimer’s research and help to find a cure. Altogether from the car wash and founder contribution we raised a total of $1,272! This places our current raised total to $4,382 and we are just getting started! Carlton Senior Living’s person-centered app …


by Jessica Beck

Alzheimer’s Care, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Community Outreach, Dementia Care, Memory Care

All American Pet Photo Day

At Carlton Senior Living we seized the opportunity to charge our smart phones and cameras to take the perfect snapshots to celebrate All American Pet Photo day! Our Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill Community dedicated an afternoon event to host a parade for all of our beloved furry friends and we are excited to share with you the top dogs of the cat walk!       Jim T.’s dog “Koukla” and Betty’s dog “Buttons” certainly dressed patriotic for the occasion. Buttons made her second year debut at the parade. Some might even say that Koukla  and Buttons were “all wrapped up” in this event! To the right, Katy, Dining Room Server, brought her dog t …


by Jessica Beck

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"Pleasant Hill – A Community United" 2018 Parade

The theme for the annual parade was “Pleasant Hill – A Community United.” It was only fitting that our Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill and Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill communities united to participate in the parade together. Having been involved in the ceremony last year, the Pleasant Hill residents and associates were excited to be a part of the celebrations again!             Carlton Senior Living was represented by several associates who attended from both communities. Luisa our Memory Care Programming Assistant, Art our Personal Expressions Driver & Ya-Ya our Personal Expressions Assistant attended to represent ou …


by Jessica Beck

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Celebrating Fatherhood: Heartfelt Tributes to Three Special Dads

This Father’s Day, JC Paleja, Personal Expressions Manager at Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, asked around to see if any of the adult children who who frequently visit the community would like to write a brief tribute to honor their own fathers. The results are these three heartfelt pieces which you are sure to enjoy: My Dad and His Unwavering Strength I think that all daughters have this idea that their dad is the greatest man in the world from the moment they were born. For me to start in that direction seems like I’d be retelling everyone’s story. So, I decided to skip all the rhetoric and really tell you about this man I cal …


by Denee Coleman

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

Resident Spotlight - Kevin Schwan

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Kevin Schwan – Kevin was born in Sacramento and was raised in Santa Rosa, California. Growing up, Kevin enjoyed hiking in the hills, swimming and working at his father’s grocery store on the weekends. He fondly recalls that all he cared for was a Coke and a pack of baseball cards as payment for his work. In his youth, Kevin also enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and wrestling in high school and college. After graduating from Sonoma State University, Kevin moved to the Silicon Valley where he worked as an electrical engineer for several companies including Argo Systems for twenty years and St …


by Denee Coleman

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

My Father's Backpacking Legacy

While still a young father, Herb Sontag dreamed of the day when his family would be old enough to backpack with him. Our dad saw it as the perfect family vacation: a chance to admire the great outdoors, carry everything you need to survive on your back, and bring the family closer together without the distractions of everyday life. Herb and JoAnne Sontag, surrounded by children and grandsons (1985) In anticipation of that future day, he took classes on backpacking, read books such as Colin Fletcher’s The Complete Walker (the Backpacking Bible), and went on some practice trips. When his three children reached an appropriate age, the preparatio …


by Denee Coleman

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

What's Your Color?

When you think about it we use our hands daily in so much of what we do. We speak with hand gestures, at times even more than we talk, we sign important documents and even create masterpieces with our hands. They can be used as universal signs of greeting those we meet or love with a handshake, a wave or blowing a kiss. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that for most of us we choose our nail color to display our personality as well. The beauty of this is that whether we are adventurous, loud and outgoing or soft spoken, subtle and introverted there is a color for you that will match impeccably! In honor of National Nail Polish day we t …


by Jessica Beck

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The Origins of Memorial Day by Resident, John Shumway

Memorial Day is an American holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It originated in the years following the Civil War but became an official federal holiday only in 1971. Memorial Day was at first known as Decoration Day. To honor the deceased, people would decorate the graves of the fallen with flowers, flags and wreaths. Hence “Decoration Day.” Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880’s. National Memorial Day was inspired by the local observances of the day that had taken place in several towns throughout the North in the years after the Civil War. By around 1900, many more cit …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Focus

This Carlton Resident Has 103 Reasons to Celebrate!

Ruth Whysong is celebrating 103 AMAZING years today! She says she has always been an independent person. As a child she loved to knit, sew and cook. She would always alter her recipes each time and her husband would eat whatever she cooked. He never refused or complained about anything, which is also pretty amazing. The couple loved each other’s company and traveled many places together. They even ventured as far as the North and South poles. After her husband’s death, Ruth continued to travel because, as she says, she “liked seeing things she hadn’t seen before.” Ruth proudly did her own taxes and was fairly independent until her 90’s. She d …


by Denee Coleman

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

Miller Family

Mother’s Day Holds a Special Meaning for the Miller Family

Carlton Senior Living loves to spotlight our wonderful residents and appreciate it when family members, like this dedicated daughter, join in the process. “Mother’s Day has a very big impact on the Miller family. Doris Miller, resident of Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, our beloved matriarch leaves her mark on all of our family members. This photo was taken on her 98th birthday this past January. Doris touches each one of us with the gift of acceptance and unconditional love. This gracious and open-hearted offering of love also extends to a very special young lady who lives in India. Tseten, now a 21 year refugee who escaped fro …


by Denee Coleman

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

CSL Resident, Herb, loves playing the trumpet

Resident Spotlight - Herb Sontag

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident Herb Sontag – Herb recently celebrated his 90th birthday with a festive party at the Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill attended by family and friends. Refreshments were provided by his granddaughter, Megan, who made many of Herb’s favorite cakes and pies. Not only were they delicious, but they were beautiful, too. Herb surprised everyone by tooting a few tunes on his trumpet – he still has it! Playing trumpet in a band has been a constant in Herb’s life since he first began in fourth grade. Since then he has played in many dance bands including the Techtonians, MIT’s big band where he …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight