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Diablo Valley College International Students visit Carlton

Diablo Valley College Students Ask a Very Thought-Provoking Question

When students from Diablo Valley College’s International Program visited Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill this winter, they came seeking answers to this very thought-provoking question: What was the most important invention or innovation of your lifetime thus far?   The college students, who are all natives of South America, were amazed at the variety of answers they received from our residents. One of the most surprising answers came from centenarian, Bernie Dreyfus, who explained that during her youth there was no electricity in the home. That meant no refrigerator along with the many other modern conveniences we take for g …


by Denee Coleman

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Resident Spotlight - Ed Rorke

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Ed Rorke – If you haven’t met our new resident, Ed, you are missing out on a lot. An Irishman by birth, he was raised in Dublin, Ireland. At around the age of 26, he moved to the United States for a job with US Steel Corporation where he was an engineer. Ed studied at the University of Colorado Denver and completed his grad studies at UC Berkeley in Business Administration. Ed is a proud graduate of the Piedmont Police Academy and has also taught business classes at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. According to Ed, he is the Mayor and Deputy of a small island called Ballena which is loca …


by Denee Coleman

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Will & Gloria's Secret to Love

The Curtis’ “When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy.” ~Katherine Jenkins Will attended school with Gloria’s sister. After years had passed, Will agreed to go to a soda fountain because his friend had wanted to dance with Gloria. The friend had one dance with Gloria and then Will took a chance and danced with Gloria, they danced the rest of the evening and talked until the wee hours of the morning. For most of the beginning of their relationship, Will was working while Gloria was attending school in another town. During her vacations she came home and Will was there, having patiently waited to take her out on the …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Focus

Colette & Roger's Secret to Love

The Ricard’s Established in 1955 “Paris is always a good idea!” ~Audrey Hepburn Roger and Colette first met when he was working on her parent’s farm. For Colette, she recalls that when she first saw Roger it was certainly love at first sight, she knew all along he was the one for her. She said “I’m going to marry him.” Colette, unlike traditional relationships of their time, took the lead as the woman and said I love you first. Roger always felt that he didn’t want an American girl and after meeting Colette and falling in love he knows that he was the lucky one and destined to meet her. Roger took Colette’s hand on vacation in December of 195 …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Focus

Stan and Oleta's Secret to Love

The Olsen’s Established in 1951 “Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge, a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we are loved and where we can love.” ~Marvin J. Ashton Stan hung out with Oleta’s brother and knew her family well; in fact their families knew one another. However it wasn’t until later when he officially met Oleta and in one word he describes that moment as, WOW! Their first date was to a movie at the Fox Theatre in Richmond, California. As their relationship progressed Oleta was focused on school and Stan entered into the service within the branch of the Navy. Stan was on leave for a week and during that ti …


by Jessica Beck

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Chicken with Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

Lisa's Chicken with Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

With cold and flu season in full force, we’re highlighting this family chicken soup recipe from Lisa Spivey, Retirement Counselor at Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill. Although eating chicken soup to help fight the common cold was once considered “an old wives’ tale,” it is now believed to be true according to several studies. Scientists believe that a bowl of chicken soup may reduce inflammation of the lungs while boosting the immune system. Lisa’s children definitely won’t dispute the benefits of a warm bowl of homemade soup: Lisa’s son, Dominic (14), loves matzo ball soup! “My husband’s mother, Betty, was Jewish and her family m …


by Denee Coleman

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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

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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 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

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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

Pleasant Hill Clinical Hiring Event

Join us for our Pleasant Hill Region Clinical Hiring Event. Tuesday, November 27th 10AM to 1PM and 3PM to 6PM Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill 175 Cleaveland Road Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 Location Details Walk-In interviews will be conducted. We are currently hiring Personal Care Aides, Medication Technicians and LVNs to provide services to our Assisted Living and Memory Care residents at our Downtown Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Hill and Poet’s Corner communities. View available positions and apply online prior to attending: CarltonSeniorLiving.com/Careers It takes a special group of employees to help our senior residents live their li …


by Denee Coleman

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A Treasure Earned on Treasure Island by Resident, Doris Miller

Carlton Senior Living loves to share the stories of our wonderful residents. This story was written by Doris Miller, a military spouse, as a tribute to her husband, Charles, and their enduring love.  “Before we had married my husband, Charles, was stationed at the Treasure Island Naval Base with my family living close by in Oakland. My mother had an old iron resting on the shelf of our garage. One day, my husband-to-be asked my mother if he might borrow the iron. My mother said, “of course” and so Charles left with the iron that day. Some months later, when I received my engagement ring from Charles, I learned of how the story came together. …


by Denee Coleman

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