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Care Packages for Our Troops

Carlton Senior Living has partnered with the Contra Costa Blue Star Moms for many years to provide support for members of the United States Armed Forces and its veterans. The Contra Costa Blue Star Moms not only provide support for active duty service personnel, they also promote patriotism, assist veterans organizations and are available to assist in homeland volunteer efforts to help our country remain strong. In preparation for the holidays, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill is hosting a collection drive in partnership with the Contra Costa Blue Star Moms to help create care packages to send to our troops this holiday season. Ca …


by Denee Naro

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Community Outreach

Resident Spotlight - Mickey Risken

Meet Mickey Risken, World War II veteran and Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident — Maurice “Mickey” Risken was born December 16, 1925 in Potrerillos, Chile. His parents met and married in 1924 in Montana where his father worked for Anaconda Copper Mining Company. The couple soon moved to Chile to help build a new refinery and quickly started their family. Mickey and his younger sister, Gail, grew up learning both English and Spanish. Every three years the family would take a three month vacation and the most memorable trip for Mickey was taken in 1940 when his family visited the United States to tour many of the national parks in the W …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

CSL spotlight resident, Ken Freeman

Resident Spotlight - Ken Freeman

Meet Ken Freeman, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Kenneth G. Freeman was born to parents Virginia and Frank on March 18, 1925, in Sandpoint, Idaho, a small community on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. His mother and father both managed restaurants, and in those times, there rarely were specialty restaurants, and they “just served everything.” In 1941, he and his parents moved to San Francisco, to manage another restaurant. Unfortunately, during this time, Ken’s father died in a partial building collapse. His mother remarried several times, ever searching for the qualities of Ken’s father in others. Enrolling in Loyola Marymount …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

Making A Difference in Our Lives Every Day

“Make A Difference Day” is held on the fourth Saturday every October but you don’t have to wait for a special day to make a difference. In the wake of the recent wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties, there have been countless opportunities to make a difference by assisting those in need and giving back to the community. When news of the fires first broke, Carlton Senior Living contacted disaster relief services and local hospitals to offer shelter and services to seniors who had been displaced by the fires. Because of the outpouring of support from the Carlton community, we have been able to offer shelter and comfort to numerous senior evacu …


by Denee Naro

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Sacramento, Community Outreach

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

Resident Spotlight - Judith Smith

Meet Judith Smith, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Judith was born in the Great Plains state of North Dakota where she lived briefly before her family moved west to California in 1943. In 1968, Judith moved to Sacramento, California where she began her 32 year career in government. One person who truly inspired Judith to become who she is today is her uncle. Judith says that he taught her everything she knows and gave her the tools needed to succeed in her career as a California State Senator’s Assistant Legislator. Judith is well traveled and has visited many interesting places throughout the world, including Germany, Paris and …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Sacramento, Resident Spotlight

Meet spotlight resident, Marion Small!

Resident Spotlight - Marion Small

Meet Marion Small, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Marion was born in the Central Valley city of Modesto, California in 1924. Her father had many different jobs including driving buses for the local school system. When Marion was about seven years old, she and her family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and settled in Oakland. Soon after, they welcomed her sister, Janet, into the family. Throughout her life, Marion has been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, and recalls traveling by plane, train and automobile, and seeing many of the museums, architecture, and being immersed in the history …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Donna Rolls

Meet Donna Rolls, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Donna de Saint Croix Rolls was born on August 6, 1931 in Arlington, Massachusetts to Frances and Donald Wood. She was named Donna after her father and her unique middle name had been passed down through her mother’s family for four generations. Naturally, when Donna gave birth to her own daughter, Allison, she also passed on the middle name. Donna was raised Unitarian Universalist, a religion which traces its roots back nearly 450 years to 16th Century Transylvania. Her mother took care of the home and family while her father was a self-employed gold and silver smith. Due to the n …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Meet spotlight resident, Gene Page!

Resident Spotlight - Gene Page

Meet Gene Page, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Gene was born in Du Quoin, Illinois, home of the famous Du Quoin State Fair which brings visitors from all over the United States each year. He later relocated to the Bay Area and began working at an insurance company in San Francisco where he’d meet his future bride, Marian. Since both he and Marian worked for the same company Gene explains that, “one of us eventually had to quit”. Gene continued with the insurance company for many years and was eventually promoted to Vice President of Operations with a territory covering the eight western states. He retired after 49 years of dedic …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Howard Jennings

Meet Retired Chief Master Sergeant USAF, Howard Jennings, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Howard was born and raised in the great state of Texas. After completing school, he joined the military at age 17 and served the United States Marine Corp for 26 years, 2 months and 8 days before retiring in 1978. Following his retirement from the Marines, he traveled to Saudi Arabia as a Civil Servant and, for five years, worked as an adviser to the Saudi Air Force. Howard and his wife, Ella, a nurse, have two sons and two daughters. While they were growing up, Howard was proud to have coached his children in basketball, baseball and footba …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey Carlton Senior Living staff and residents extends their deepest concern and heartfelt sympathy to the millions of people in Texas and Louisiana who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Disaster Assistance Click for a list of resources, both federal and local, that may be useful for those trying to navigate the insurance process and secure available financial assistance for residents and employees who have been impacted. Disaster Assistance Red Cross As you know the damage estimates from this storm are rising daily and the road to recovery will be a long one. Therefore, we encourage you to make a contribution to the relief …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Community Outreach

Special Night Out for Two Seniors in Love.

At Carlton Senior Living, we not only try to provide new and exciting experiences for our residents, but we also try to provide outlets in which residents can experience the same lifestyle they had before joining our Carlton family. One example of this is our Date Night. Our driver uses personal invitations, flowers, balloons and a reservation at a preferred restaurant to make a memorable night. Watch as two of our lovely and loving residents live their lives to the fullest together at Carlton.  


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Sacramento