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

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

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 …

by Jonita Dixon

Alzheimer’s Care, Dementia Care, Memory Care, Senior Health & Wellness

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 …

by Jonita Dixon

Alzheimer’s Care, Dementia Care, Memory Care

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 …

by Jonita Dixon

Alzheimer’s Care, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Community Events, Dementia Care, Memory Care

What Is Vascular Dementia Exactly?

Vascular dementia is one of the most common forms of dementia; in fact, it is the second most common form of dementia right after Alzheimer’s disease. It occurs when our brain does not receive enough of the nutrients and oxygen that it needs. The lack of blood to the brain causes brain damage, which affects judgment, planning, reasoning, memory, and other thought processes. There is a significant difference between vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, because dementia affects our white matter (which includes the connecting fibers) while Alzheimer’s disease primarily affects the gray matter (the main bodies of nerve cells). Both forms of …

by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory Care

Coping Tips For Sundowning Behavior

Sundowning is a behavior that is related to dementia and refers to someone acting more erratic during the evening and nighttime hours. A few of the symptoms include increase disorientation, confusion, and agitation. While most people without dementia find that their evening can be a great time to relax and wind down after a long day, the evening is often quite different for those who have dementia. While the behavior itself might not be entirely understood, it is possible to cope with this issue as best as possible with the following tips: Do not try to do everything yourself – too many caregivers run into problems with exhaustion or frustrat …

by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Caregiver Resources, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory Care

Fun Ways to Exercise Your Brain

Whether you exercise physically or mentally, you need to remain stimulated in order to be engaged for the long term. For those seniors who want remain mentally engaged but do not want to go for such lofty aspirations such as ‘learning a new instrument’ or ‘learning a new language’, these are a few simple ways that you can get started today to exercise your brain Tip #1 – Play A Game Even though it sounds obvious, puzzles are a great way to play a fun game that is going to keep your mental gears turning. This is going to lead to new neural connections in the brain, which helps with keeping your mind sharp as you get on in age. Once you get com …

by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Memory Care, Senior Health & Wellness, Senior Living, Senior Living Lifestyle

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 …

by Jonita Dixon

Alzheimer’s Care, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory Care