Dolores, 83, and Lorraine, 80, eagerly await the arrival of their friend Rosie. The threesome were neighbors in Grass Valley for nearly 15 years. Five years ago Dolores moved to Eskaton Roseville Manor to live closer to two of her children in Citrus Heights. A few months ago Lorraine joined her. “I missed her so much,” said Lorraine. “I’m happy with one good friend, but I have two.” Rosie moves in soon.
Eskaton Roseville Manor is an affordable apartment community offering rental assistance for older adults with limited resources.
After raising three children and volunteering as an arts and crafts teacher, Dolores went to work in a retirement community for nine years. She started as a prep cook and worked her way up to assistant administrator. She remembers the training she received to work with seniors. “I know how to be with older people,” said Delores who now lives with limited version and hearing.
Lorraine worked in clerical for the US government, mostly the Armed Forces. Her job took her from San Leandro to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hawaii. She never married or had children. At 80, she said, “I don’t feel it inside. I’m still 30.” Dolores agreed, “It’s funny, you feel the same but your body doesn’t.”
The two ladies are very wise. They said if you are happy young, you are happy old. “Be happy and content with where you are at the present,” said Dolores who is also a volunteer for Eskaton’s Telephone Reassurance program. For the last four years she has called home bound seniors each day to check in. As part of this program she became a Guardian Angel -- meaning someone donated to Eskaton in her name.
We want to welcome Lorraine to Eskaton and we look forward to meeting Rosie in 2016.