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Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Ray Rohrbach

Resident Spotlight - Ray Rohrbach

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Ray Rohrbach – Ray was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1936. He was married to his wife, Cathy, for over 30 years and they shared three children and eight grandchildren. Ray is a veteran and served in the United States Air Force for several years before moving west to California. Ray says, “he was a technical writer for the Silicon Valley by day, and a crime fighting ninja at night.” He had written over twenty technical books throughout his career. Clean-shaven Ray in 2017 Nowadays, you can find Ray hanging out in the Carlton Café or speeding down the hallway to catch the baseball game on TV …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Fremont, Independent Living & Assisted Living, Resident Spotlight, Senior Living Lifestyle, Veterans

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

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Fremont, Resident Spotlight, Senior Living Lifestyle

In Celebration of March: The Guinness Cupcake

Our Carlton Senior Living Davis community recently made Guinness cupcakes to celebrate St. Patrick’s day and the month of March! If your looking for a sweet treat to bring to an upcoming March Madness or MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft party then we have the recipe for you! Dave Lieberman’s shared recipe with the Food Network shows the perfect way to combine a love of beer and baking. Traditionally, a stout beer is the best style to bake with and is the chosen one for this recipe. We share below with you now the Chocolate Stout Cupcake recipe and how it turned out for our residents in Davis! Chocolate Stout Cupcakes Prep Time: 15 minutes          …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Recipes, Resident Focus

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

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Focus, Senior Living Lifestyle

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

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Recipes

Internet Safety Tips for Seniors

Internet Safety Tips for Seniors

The internet is a great resource and offers a wealth of information including your personal and private information. Because so much of your personal information is easily accessed online it’s especially important to be vigilant in protecting yourself from those who may try to use your information with dishonest motives. Seniors, unfortunately, have become prime targets for many modern-day scammers but there are many techniques that can be used to identify possible criminals before they can cause any harm. Here are a few internet safety tips to help you stay protected online: Never Assume a Stranger Online is Trustworthy Unless you have a rea …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Senior Living Lifestyle, Senior News, Science & Technology

Chicken with Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

Lisa's Chicken with Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

With cold and flu season in full force, we’re highlighting this family chicken soup recipe from Lisa Spivey, Retirement Counselor at Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill. Although eating chicken soup to help fight the common cold was once considered “an old wives’ tale,” it is now believed to be true according to several studies. Scientists believe that a bowl of chicken soup may reduce inflammation of the lungs while boosting the immune system. Lisa’s children definitely won’t dispute the benefits of a warm bowl of homemade soup: Lisa’s son, Dominic (14), loves matzo ball soup! “My husband’s mother, Betty, was Jewish and her family m …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Recipes

"The Ball" Our Resident's Interpretation

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 of that given communities unique viewpoin …


by Jessica Beck

Alzheimer’s Care, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory Care, Resident Focus, Senior Living Lifestyle

Spinach Dip Wreath Recipe

Spinach Dip Wreath Ingredients Needed: Cream Cheese Sour Cream Spinach Artichoke Hearts Shallot or Onion Onion Powder Pepper Preparation Instructions:  In a Food Processor, begin with Cream Cheese, and blend until smooth and “fluffy.” Add Sour Cream, Shallots, and Seasoning Once Shallot are minced and encorperated, add Artichokes and Sour Cream – do this slowly, as volume will increase drastically Add Spinach last, and process until fully introduced. Taste for Seasoning Wreath Presentation Instructions: In a cast Iron Skillet, spray with Non Stick Spray. Place fresh Bread Dough (see demo) around the edges Add Spinach Dip in the center, and to …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Recipes

Brie Filled Beggar's Purse Recipe

Brie Filled Beggar’s Purse Appetizer Ingredients Needed: Phyllo Dough Brie Cheese Dried Cranberries Rosemary Pecans Cupcake Pan Non Stick Spray Cooking Instructions: Pre Heat Oven to 400 degrees Cut Brie into Small Bite Sized Pieces Hydrate Cranberries Once Soaked Until Plump, place rosemary and drained cranberries in small pot. Heat until Cranberries become slightly mushy Cut small Squares of Phyllo Dough, just 1” larger than the cupcake pan you are using Spray Cupcake Pan with Non Stick Spray, and place 2-3 Phyllo Squares on top of the opening. Pat Phyllo into cup, leaving the edges hang over Fill Phyllo with Brie, topping with Pecan and Cr …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Recipes

Carlton's 10 Favorite Gifts for Seniors

Need help finding a gift that the senior in your life will actually use and enjoy? Carlton’s Senior Gift-Giving Guide includes our top ten favorites to help make the holiday season merry and bright for all: 10.) Customized Return Address Stamp These customized return address stamps make it easy to keep up on correspondence and are available in a variety of designs from classic to whimsical, and everything in between. Starting at around $10, this practical gift is sure to be put to good use. Pair this with Gift #9 and a book of postage stamps for a thoughtful gift that will help the senior in your life stay connected. Available through Zazzle. …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Senior Living Lifestyle, Senior News, Science & Technology

What's Cooking with Chef MJ

Leftover Egg Rolls All your favorite Thanksgiving Leftovers, wrapped in a spring roll, and golden fried.  Here are the few items you will need to provide to make this dish: Assortment of Leftovers (Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, or anything else that you enjoy in a Thanksgiving dinner) 1 package Egg Roll or Spring Roll Wrappers (6”x6”) 2 individual Eggs Soybean or Vegetable Oil (for Frying) In this demonstration, Chef MJ uses cooked Citrus Brined Turkey Breast, Giblet Gravy, Rosemary Stuffing, and Whipped Potatoes for the Filling. For the easiest and best results mix ingredients together.  Taste to make sure i …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Recipes