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Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Patrick Dundon

Resident Spotlight - Patrick Dundon

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Patrick Dundon – Patrick was born in Borris, Ireland a small village on the River Barrow in County Carlow on September 27, 1920. He was the fourth born of five children to his parents Edward and Maye. Patrick’s father was the town doctor. Patrick had a good life growing up in Borris and was often found to be getting up to mischief. One day he and his friend Tom Millet decided that they wanted to go shooting and had to sneak his father’s gun out of the house by taking it apart and slipping the parts down the leg of his pants. Another time he and his friends were having a rock fight and Patrick got …


by Denee Coleman

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Jennifer's Sour Cream Noodle Bake Recipe

March is National Noodle Month! In tribute to the ultimate comfort food, we’re sharing Jennifer’s Sour Cream Noodle Bake recipe. This dish is simple to make and can be prepared in about 30 minutes. Better yet, it’s also delicious to eat! Jennifer’s recipe is just one of many featured in Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill’s Second Edition of the Cookbook for a Cure. This beautifully illustrated cookbook features a collection of original recipes from Carlton associates, residents, families and friends of Carlton Senior Living and was created as a way to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. In 2018, we raised over $22,000 for Walk to End Alzhe …


by Denee Coleman

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Lori Thames, Executive Director of Carlton Senior Living Concord

Introducing Lori Thames, Executive Director of Carlton Senior Living Concord

Taking care of others has always been in Lori’s nature and so it’s no surprise that she has built a career around working with seniors. A lifelong resident of Contra Costa County, Lori draws her strength from her mother and grandmother who taught her to never back down from a challenge and to always continue learning. Lori was first introduced to the senior living field while looking for a place for her mother who had broken her leg and was placed in a skilled nursing facility. Lori’s mother had suffered a stroke at just 30 years old and because of this, Lori had dedicated her entire life to caring for her mother. At the time her mother enter …


by Denee Coleman

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Rose and Joe's Secret to Love

Rose and Joe Girimonte Established 1955 “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”  VIctor Hugo Rosalie “Rose” was born in Richmond, California, where she and Joe first met.  Joe’s family had relocated to Richmond and Joe became friends with Rose’s older brother Ray.  Joe paid Rose no notice except as his pal’s kid sister. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight given the circumstances. However, after high school graduation Joe joined the Navy and while on leave in Richmond he saw Rose’s high school graduation photo and couldn’t believe his eyes.  It of course is only fitting that their first date wa …


by Jessica Beck

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Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Darla Bartolomei

Resident Spotlight - Darla Bartolomei

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Darla Bartolomei – In English, the meaning of the name Darla is Darling from the Old English “dearling” a true word that best describes our very own Darla. Her upbeat and magnetic personality always brings excitement to others lives. She was born April 7, 1938, in Martinez, California to an English father and Canadian mother. Darla’s father worked for Shell Oil Company for forty-two years. Her mother was a stay-at-home mom whom Darla and her sister had the best of childhood memories that kept them very happy. Darla graduated from Alhambra High School in 1956 and she worked with Shell Oil Company …


by Denee Coleman

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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

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Resident Spotlight - Marie Sawers

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Marie Sawers – You will often find Marie playing her favorite card game Kings in the Corner along with her card playing buddies. If she is not doing that then she’s likely doing her exercises at the Morning Stretch, or playing Balloon Volleyball, or Bingo. Otherwise, she will be crafting away making dozens of crochet items for the annual Carlton Holiday Boutique in December. Not bad for a lady who is ninety-nine years old. Marie Sawers was born on August 8, 1919 in San Jose California, the firstborn of five sisters to Angelina and Salvatore Megna. Her father Salvatore wanted to name her Marie Con …


by Denee Coleman

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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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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

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Chef Jon's Fall Acorn Squash Soup Recipe

Fall not only marks the beginning of the holiday season it also marks the beginning of soup season. And since there’s no better way to warm your family up on a chilly day than with a nice bowl of soup, we’re highlighting this flavorful fall soup recipe from Chef Jon Platz of Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill. Chef Jon’s recipe is just one of many featured in Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill’s Second Edition of the Cookbook for a Cure. This beautifully illustrated cookbook features a collection of original recipes from Carlton associates, residents, families and friends of Carlton Senior Living and was created as a way to raise funds for …


by Denee Coleman

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Mindfulness Based Therapy

Our Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill community was pleased to host Samantha Lopez earlier this year during the Spring 2018 Semester. Samantha came on board at Carlton as a Masters of Social Work intern from Arizona State University. Under the supervision of our then Resident Liaison Rhodesia Wright, Samantha spent her internship time working directly with our residents in both a group setting and one-on-one. Mindfulness Based Therapy uses meditation and breathing like techniques to help direct the focus onto the present moment. It allows individuals to become more aware of their physical body, feelings and thoughts with the objective being …


by Jessica Beck

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Resident Spotlight - Mary Shepherd

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Mary Ryan Shepherd — Mary was born on July 23, 1930 in Los Angeles, California. She and her siblings were raised as devoted Catholics. Mary’s family settled in Oakland in 1939 and her mother stayed at home while her father worked. Despite losing everything in the depression, Mary’s parents had faith and good hearts and raised their children to be giving and grateful people. Mary Shepherd with daughter, Shannon. Mary’s religion has remained a priority in her life and she attends Christ the King in Pleasant Hill. After graduating high school, Mary helped her parents by getting a job at an electrica …


by Denee Coleman

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