Alzheimer’s Care | October 24, 2017

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 …

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Is Your Senior Loved One Hiding Dementia?
Alzheimer’s Care | November 24, 2016

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 …

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Family Reunions And Dementia
Dementia Care | November 7, 2016

Family Reunions And Dementia

There are many people who look forward to family reunions as if offers the change to reconnect with your loved ones. For seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia, however, this is not always a positive experience. If you are taking a senior with memory loss or dementia to a family reunion in the near future, consider these tips to make the entire situation easier and more comfortable or everyone: Tip #1 – Let Others Know What To Expect If your other family members do not visit on a regular basis, chances are that they have no clue that your loved one is experiencing memory loss. Oftentimes this situation is confusing and heartbreaking. Make sure …

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Start the Conversation About Dementia
Alzheimer’s Care | October 18, 2016

Start the Conversation About Dementia

Dementia is both an uncomfortable and emotional topic to discuss. If you believe that someone close to you is suffering from memory loss or a cognitive disorder, we understand that it is a challenge to approach the topic. These are a few ways that you can make it easier or help yourself in the future. Tip #1 – Share The Burden Oftentimes our elderly loved ones do not want to bother us with their problem. It is difficult to envision a parent-child role reversal. This is why it is vitally important that you speak up and make sure that you get the conversation started. Rather than making it about them “you have a problem and I think that you nee …

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Quarterly Creation Winners – Downtown Pleasant Hill
Alzheimer’s Care | September 27, 2016

Quarterly Creation Winners - Downtown Pleasant Hill

Each quarter our Memory Care Residents focus on creating a beautiful interpretation of a famous piece of art work. The goal is to get residents at all stages of dementia to participate in the project at some level. The residents are encouraged to use their imagination to create what they see- there is no right or wrong interpretation. Their art work is entered into our Quarterly Creation Contest, and the Home Office votes on the most creative piece of art. This quarter our Memory Care residents created their interpretation of Starry Starry Night by Van Gogh. This quarter our winner is…..Downtown Pleasant Hill!!!!!!!!! Please enjoy the photo …

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Alzheimer’s Association BBQ – San Leandro
Community Events | September 2, 2016

Alzheimer's Association BBQ - San Leandro

The fine people at Carlton Senior Living San Leandro raised $413 in cash at our annual BBQ for the Alzheimer’s Association! We currently have $611 in cash in addition to all the online donations for team San Leandro! Enjoy the video of the Pie Eating contest below:  

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Signs of Mental Illness In Seniors
Memory Care | July 4, 2016

Signs of Mental Illness In Seniors

How can you tell the difference between the normal changes of getting older and symptoms of mental illness? Both severe cognitive impairment and dementia are the most common mental health issue among the elderly. Unfortunately, while fairly widespread among older adults, mood disorders and depression often go undiagnosed and untreated with the elderly. Risk Factors And Causes For Senior Mental Illness One of the problems with diagnosing and treating mental illness in seniors is the fact that older adults often report physical symptoms rather than psychiatric complaints. However, there are emotional and physical stresses that go along with agi …

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The Power Of Smell In Memory
Alzheimer’s Care | June 21, 2016

The Power Of Smell In Memory

It has likely happened to you before…you smell a familiar scent and it sends your memory spiraling back to your childhood. It can be the smell of something so simple like a pine tree, flower, newspaper ink, a new book (or an old book for that matter), and suddenly you are drawn into some of your richest memories complete with the smallest details in the most vibrant colors. How can this be? The Power Of Smell Explained It is because our olfactory senses are invoking the “odor evoked autobiographical memory,” and yes, that is a mouthful (or rather a nose-full). In other words, you just experienced what is known as Proust phenomenon, an experie …

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Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s By Changing Your Lifestyle
Memory Care | May 17, 2016

Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s By Changing Your Lifestyle

Most of us are hoping that scientists come up with a single pill that is going to prevent Alzheimer’s disease altogether or even help cure it. Unfortunately, this is not yet a reality, which means that we have to try whatever we can in order to reduce our risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in the first place. The good news is that there are steps that you can take that are going to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s altogether. Many of these changes are attributed to living a healthy lifestyle. There are three different lifestyle changes that are able to help you increase your chances of not developing Alzheimer’s down the road. These in …

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Therapies for Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Care | March 18, 2016

Therapies for Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease

Despite researcher’s best efforts, the number of people struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are on the rise throughout the nation. It can be quite overwhelming to sort through the available information if you have a loved one who is struggling with the disease. Some forms of treatment are rather controversial, while others are not fully understood. Instead, we wanted to offer you three different alternative treatments that have shown to affect those people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in a positive way. Therapy #1 – Pet therapy This type of therapy (sometimes referred to as animal therapy) has cats, …

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Famous People with Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s Care | December 1, 2015

Famous People with Alzheimer’s

It has taken a long time before Alzheimer’s became something that most people are aware of. In fact, until the last quarter of the 20th century, it was mostly an unknown illness. The public awareness about the illness has been attributed (in part) to these famous people who struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Malcolm Young – The co-founder and legendary guitarist of AC/DC has recently had to stop making music, despite the fact that he had been doing so since 1969. According to a statement, the reason he stopped playing was that he had a complete loss of his short-term memory. Pat Summitt – Eight NCAA basketball titles make Pat Summitt the best …

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