Senior Living Lifestyle | June 15, 2018

"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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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National Puppy Day: Meet JJ, Bear and Tessie Sue
Alzheimer’s Care | March 23, 2018

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 …

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

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 …

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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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What Is Vascular Dementia Exactly?
Dementia Care | September 22, 2016

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 …

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