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Resident Spotlight - Father Tom Burns

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Father Tom Burns – Born in San Francisco on November 22, 1925, to John Joseph (Joe) and Helen Burns, Tom was their firstborn child. Three and a half years later he was followed by his brother William. Joe worked for General Electric and Helen was a homemaker. Seeking warmer weather, the family moved to San Mateo when Tom was a baby. Although Tom and William were not close as youngsters they became great friends in early adulthood which lasted throughout their lives including attending seminary together and becoming priests. When Tom started school, he loved his kindergarten teacher so much he wan …


by Denee Coleman

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Resident Spotlight - Jan Cheryl Tanaka

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Jan Cheryl Tanaka. Jan was born in Silver City, New Mexico on March 22, 1944. Due to her father being in the United States Air Force, she moved around the world as she was growing up. Jan lived in Casablanca, Africa, the Philippines and France. As a child, she was fluent in French and Arabic. Jan had two main careers in life. The first was working at Bank of America for 10 years. She then transitioned to work for the State of California as an Executive Assistant for 17 years until her retirement. Out of all the traveling destinations, her favorite is to drive to see her sister where she would spe …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove, Resident Spotlight

Put a Spring in Your Step with Live 2 B Healthy

Dr. William Buchan, the 18th-century Scottish physician wrote, “Of all the causes which conspire to render the life of a man short and miserable, none have greater influence than the want of proper exercise.” Dr. Buchan was well ahead of his time in this statement. Today, we know that regular physical activity has been proven in study after study to improve quality of life as we age and help to reduce many of the aches and pains that were once assumed to be part of the aging process. Participants of Carlton Senior Living’s Live 2 B Healthy classes can tell you that regular physical fitness makes a big difference in improving their balance, fl …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Exercise & Physical Activity, Senior Health, Senior Health & Wellness

Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Kathy Jones

Resident Spotlight - Kathy Jones & Little Dog

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Kathy Jones and her canine companion, Little Dog – Little Dog was a rescue animal placed on Kathy’s doorstep about 5 years ago. Kathy’s son, Glen, found the lost little pup on his morning walk and quickly scooped her up as he could tell the young dog was cold and very hungry. Glen then decided to take the puppy to the home of his mom, Kathy. He knocked on Kathy’s door and once she answered he handed over the wrapped up dog and said, “see ya later, Mom.” Kathy and “Little Dog” have been together ever since. Little Dog is now about 6 years-old and Kathy feels like the two were meant to be together …


by Denee Coleman

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Resident Spotlight - William Borland

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident of the week, William Borland or Willy as we call him at Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove. Willy’s Italian ancestral roots start from his grandparents on his father’s side. They went through Ellis Island in 1898 in order to go to California to purchase 5 acres of land to grow grapes and cherries in the Fruitridge Area. Thus, Willy was born and raised in Sacramento, California on August 23, 1923. Though his family no longer owns the farm, the city named a street after his grandfather, Albert Caselli. The street is called Caselli Circle. Willy’s family tree consists of four children, five grandchild …


by Denee Coleman

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"Best of the Best" Awards

Carlton Senior Living’s “Best of the Best” awards honor associates, in all departments and all positions from our culinary team to our Executive Directors, who have gone above and beyond. These chosen individuals are honored quarterly and annually. They are those within our company who have provided particularly high-quality customer service in memorable experiences for our residents, their families and fellow associates. These individuals exemplify the Carlton Commitments to Love, Honor and Provide.     Nominations can be written by residents, their family members, visitors, partnership agencies and Carlton associates by picking up …


by Jessica Beck

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"The Central California Hemophilia Foundation – A Birthday Story"

Today we celebrate the World Federation of Hemophilia by recognizing the 29th Anniversary of World Hemophilia Day. We are thrilled to showcase our very own residents Will & Gloria Curtis, of the Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill community and the contributions they have made in the founding of the Central California Hemophilia Foundation. We invite you to read more from Will’s perspective in his article entitled; “The Central California Hemophilia Foundation – A Birthday Story” On a bright summer day in Sacramento, June 10, 1969, our attorney, John R. Saldine, invited me to join him as he walked our corporation papers through t …


by Jessica Beck

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Resident Spotlight - Michael Samberg

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Michael Samberg – Michael was born on July 11, 1921, in the lower east of New York City. In 1920, during World War I, his parents came to the United States from Poland with his sister Anne, grandma and cousin. His dad acquired his own restaurant with a partner, but it was a tough life for them. Veteran, Michael poses in front of his various degrees. Later, his family moved to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. His father bought a row house with a substantial mortgage. Michael was placed into kindergarten at age 4 and then public school through high school. He graduated high school at 16 and go …


by Denee Coleman

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Diablo Valley College Students Ask a Very Thought-Provoking Question

When students from Diablo Valley College’s International Program visited Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill this winter, they came seeking answers to this very thought-provoking question: What was the most important invention or innovation of your lifetime thus far?   The college students, who are all natives of South America, were amazed at the variety of answers they received from our residents. One of the most surprising answers came from centenarian, Bernie Dreyfus, who explained that during her youth there was no electricity in the home. That meant no refrigerator along with the many other modern conveniences we take for g …


by Denee Coleman

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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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