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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

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 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 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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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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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

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

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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

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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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