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"The Kiss" Project

Quarterly Creation Memory Care Projects The Quarterly Creation Project was created at Carlton Senior Living with the intent to offer our residents in the Memory Care communities the opportunity to give and create an interpretation of their own regarding a renowned painting or photograph. This project allows the residents to be more than just a part of the creation, they lead it from beginning discussions, to the interpretation of it and the direction in which they wish to display how they view it. All aspects of the projects are hand crafted or chosen by residents from the people characterized in it or the message of it, each one reflective o …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Memory Care, Resident Focus, Senior Living Lifestyle

Technology Partnerships & Collaborations

At this year’s California Assisted Living Association, CALA, Spring 2018 Conference a topic of discussion highlighted was the use of technology in Assisted Living and how certain partnerships and collaborations can lead to innovation among generations. Our very own Director of Memory Care Operations, Allison Groves, was asked to discuss this topic alongside Sheri Peifer, Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer at Eskaton as well as Cynthia Williams who works in Operation Services at Kisco Senior Living. We at Carlton Senior Living are pleased to share with you some of the main points from their discussion and highlight the technology par …


by Jessica Beck

Alzheimer’s Care, Blog, Carlton Associates & Career News, Carlton Senior Living, Community News, Dementia Care, Memory Care, Resident Focus, Senior Health & Wellness, Senior News, Science & Technology

Thinking Outside of the "CAN"

  “Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity, and we nourish all those things when we eat well.” – Michael Pollan It is inevitable that when someone thinks of dining in Senior Living communities, they undoubtedly face the stigma of that experience. For some, they may feel the food is boring or bland, and for others, they believe it often is overcooked and uninspired. This stigma was the driving force that inspired both Chefs to expand their knowledge and expertise and broaden the senior palette by introducing dishes that offer new innovative flavors and ingredients. There are five central are …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Associates & Career News, Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Independent Living & Assisted Living, Nutrition Tips, Senior Health, Senior Health & Wellness, Senior Living Lifestyle

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

Assisted Living, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove, Carlton Senior Living Fremont, Memory Care, Senior Living

National Puppy Day: Meet JJ, Bear and Tessie Sue

At Carlton Senior Living we indeed recognize the value of pets and the companionship they provide for our residents. Our communities are “pet-friendly.” More specifically in our Memory Care neighborhoods our residents and staff host a pet for the residents to connect with and bond over during their transition and integration into a new environment. We have found that often, the companionship of the pets chosen can help to provide comfort and security for our residents and aid in the ease of behaviors associated with the progression of the disease process. We are pleased to share with you today, in honor of National Puppy Day, three of our Mem …


by Jessica Beck

Alzheimer’s Care, Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove, Carlton Senior Living Sacramento, Carlton Senior Living San Jose, Dementia Care, Memory Care

Welcome Jon McCraw, New Executive Director at Poet's Corner!

Carlton Senior Living is thrilled to announce our new Executive Director at our Poet’s Corner location, Jon McCraw. Jon joins Carlton with 23 years of experience in various roles of senior care. As he recalls, it indeed all began for him growing up as a young child. Jon attributes this time of his life as extra meaningful because he lived in the same town as all four of his grandparents. Their involvement and engagement in his life was pivotal for his interactions as a child through his teenage years and have lasted now well into his adulthood. The church was a significant part of his early life, and he can recall that he wasn’t shy about sit …


by Jessica Beck

Alzheimer’s Care, Blog, Carlton Associates & Career News, Carlton Senior Living Poet's Corner Pleasant Hill, Dementia Care, Memory Care

Smart Snacking: Not All Snacks Are Created Equally

Healthy eating is important no matter what age you are but choosing healthy snacks with high nutritional value and which also sustain your appetite can be challenging. Not all snacks are created equally and choosing food items which are nutrient-dense instead of calorie-dense is the key to snacking smart. While nutrient-dense foods are high in nutritional value and are relatively low in calories, calorie-dense foods provide many calories for only a small amount of food which can lead consuming more than the recommended serving size of these not-so-healthy foods to feel satisfied. Examples of nutrient-dense foods include fruits, vegetables, wh …


by Denee Coleman

Senior Health & Wellness

Serve It Up with Chef Andrew: Spinach & White Bean Artichoke Dip

Did you know that today is National Artichoke Hearts day? It was surprising for us to learn the health benefits of artichokes; they are an excellent source of dietary fiber, magnesium, and minerals. The fiber intake from eating artichokes can help to lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels ultimately helping to prevent inflammation and protect your heart health. Cynarin can be found in artichokes and is responsible for giving you that sweet taste when you eat one but also helps to increase the bile production in our livers and rids the cholesterol from our bodies. To celebrate today Chef Andrew Moret from Carlton Senior Living Davis has e …


by Jessica Beck

Carlton Senior Living Davis, Recipes, Senior Health & Wellness

Reducing Falls in Memory Care Through Innovative Technologies

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, falls are the primary cause of Alzheimer disease–related hospitalizations, contributing to 26 percent of all hospitalizations in the United States. Stats like this are hard to ignore and, because of this, Carlton Senior Living was excited to be the first facility to deploy an innovative technology offered by SafelyYou that has resulted in an 80 percent reduction in falls [1]. In 2017, Carlton Senior Living Davis partnered with Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research, an affiliate of UC Berkeley, to test the SafelyYou system to detect falls and prevent future falls within our memory care environment. …


by Denee Coleman

Alzheimer’s Care, Dementia Care, Senior News, Science & Technology

Join the Cause - Together We Can End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association is close to our hearts at Carlton Senior Living as the need for our Memory Care program continues to grow. For over 32 years, we have striven to provide the best possible care for our residents through education, specialized programs and unique services which are especially paramount to those affected by the disease. That is why we proudly support The Alzheimer’s Association, an American non-profit organization that focuses on care, support, and research for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Carlton Senior Living President, Dave Coluzzi, on stage at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Walnut Creek (pictur …


by Denee Coleman

Alzheimer’s Care, Carlton Associates & Career News, Community News, Community Outreach, Dementia Care, Memory Care

Memory Care for Seniors with Alzheimer's & Dementia

Is Your Senior Loved One Hiding Dementia?

Discovering that their loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is a shock for many different families. Sometimes the person seems fine for a long period of time, only for the family to find out that the person’s mind is confused the next. It is important to understand that these issues do not happen overnight. It might be possible for families to overlook these issues, because they happen so gradually. It is imperative that you know what to look for to determine whether your loved one is hiding memory issues. Sign #1 – Trouble With Logical Thinking Some seniors might have issues with simple tasks, including doing math or balancing a che …


by Jonita Dixon

Alzheimer’s Care, Dementia Care, Memory Care

How To Cope With A Decreasing Sense Of Smell

How To Cope With A Decreasing Sense Of Smell

There are millions of Americans over the age of 55 who have a problem with their sense of smell. In fact, it is a problem that affects around 24 percent of seniors. Presbyosmia – the loss of smell – is not preventable. There are a number of unexpected ways that it can affect a senior’s life and here are a few different issues related to losing your sense of smell that you might not have thought about before.   Food May Taste Differently – Problems With Eating When you have a head cold, you may have experienced that your food no longer tasted as flavorful as it had prior to becoming ill. That’s because your olfactory cells are unable to d …


by Jonita Dixon

Senior Health & Wellness