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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 Naro

Alzheimer’s Care, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, dementia-alzheimers-news

Is Your Senior Loved One Hiding Dementia?

Finding out 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, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory care

What Makes Memory Care So Unique?

Despite the fact that it is more expensive than the traditional assisted living options, memory care is becoming a fast growing option for seniors. This is because it is a specialized treatment option that caters to those struggling with dementia. You often find: Design features and color-coded hallways to help with easy navigation; Sensory-based programming; A low staff-to-resident ratio; A secure environment where residents can walk. In order to match the demands of an aging population, many of the better living facilities are offering these memory care options. A few of the different resident quality-of-life factors that notice improvement …


by Jonita Dixon

Alzheimer’s Care, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, 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, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Events, Assisted Living Facilities, Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Dementia Care, Memory care

The Most Common Questions About Alzheimer’s Disease

The facts about dementia are staggering, which is one of the reasons that November is National Alzheimer’s disease Awareness month. Despite the fact that many of us are going to encounter someone with dementia, there is quite a bit of misconception regarding the disease. These are a few of the most commonly asked questions about Alzheimer’s disease. Question #1 – Is Alzheimer’s Hereditary? This is one of the most common questions that people ask about Alzheimer’s. In about 5 to 7 percent of all Alzheimer’s cases, the development is because of a gene mutation. The child has a 50 percent chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life if …


by Jonita Dixon

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

A Possible Link Between Disrupted Sleep And Alzheimer’s Disease

People often assume that disrupted sleep is a side effect of Alzheimer’s disease destroying someone’s biological clock, but that theory has since been proven inaccurate by researchers out of Cambridge, Berkley and other prestigious universities. Researchers are confident that they have a link that may cause the disruption. The Link Between Sleep, Beta Amyloid, and Alzheimer’s disease Researchers from Cambridge University looked at the biological clock from fruit flies, both fruit flies that had Alzheimer’s disease and those that did not. They used infrared beams to check the sleep patterns of both groups of fruit flies. What they found is tha …


by Jonita Dixon

Alzheimer’s Care, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory care, New Research

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

Innovative Alzheimer’s Therapies

Despite the fact that Alzheimer’s disease remains incurable, researchers are constantly coming up with new therapies that are able to improve quality of life, increase function, and lessen symptoms. There are many different drug-free therapies that are being explored. These are just a handful of the more promising and innovative therapies. Therapy #1 – Favorite Food Therapy A comfort-centered approach is the new way that some memory care providers are offering to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Some of the studies show that residents require less medication, are more peaceful, and are more content overall. There are some places where residents are …


by Jonita Dixon

Alzheimer’s Care, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Memory care, New Research, Senior Health, Senior Living, Senior Living Lifestyle, Senior Science

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 …


by Jonita Dixon

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