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Biography: Hazel Shirley

Posted by Eskaton on Jul 15, 2016 9:10:56 AM

Born: 1898 – Independence, Missouri

Died: 1988 – Oakland, California

Hazel was a registered nurse, musician (organist), poet, writer, widow, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She lived opposite Moeser Lane Shopping Center before its construction, and was prompted to activism by the eviction of trailer residents living there at the time.
Hazel became increasingly disabled by loss of sight and hearing and by frequent falls, but insisted on independent living, refusing family offers of shelter. She finally yielded to residency at “The Berkshire”, a board and care facility in Berkeley.

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Music and Memory

Posted by Eskaton on Apr 8, 2016 3:51:22 PM


By Javonte Page, Communications Intern for Eskaton

A common misconception is as we get older we are faced with an inevitable loss of mental capabilities, and the decline cannot be stopped. Well, I have good news for you: That is not true. Music and Memory, a program developed by New York City Social Worker Dan Cohen in 2006, is proving to be a way to restore the mind’s abilities, even after the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Cohen’s evidence-based program brings personalized music to people experiencing memory loss.

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Learning How to Live with Dementia

Posted by Eskaton on Feb 1, 2016 1:58:01 AM

Eskaton supports a wide range of research and innovative strategies determined to make Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia a thing of the past. But today, over 5 million people in the US are suffering from this disease. There are 45 million family members providing care to those with dementia and other age related illnesses. Eskaton is committed to older adults and their family members to offer flexible options for the level of care needed. Below are resources, support groups and services available in Northern California and beyond.

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Topics: About Eskaton, Living with Dementia

Eskaton Celebrates Two Mile Stone 25-Year Anniversaries

Posted by Eskaton on Jan 22, 2016 9:58:03 AM
Sherry Rodriguez celebrates 25 years with President and CEO Todd Murch
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Topics: About Eskaton, Residents + Staffs

Eskaton Recognizes Care Staff in Gold River

Posted by Eskaton on Jan 14, 2016 3:40:49 AM

Eskaton is different because of its professional staff who dedicate their careers to caring for older adults. Today we recognize the team at Eskaton Lodge Gold River for its outstanding commitment to enriching the lives of seniors by embracing Smart Sensor Technology, one of the Eskaton Signature Programs.

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A Phone Call a Day Keeps Loneliness Away

Posted by Eskaton on Jan 13, 2016 3:42:15 AM

by Mallory Tomei, Eskaton’s Information and Resource Specialist

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Topics: About Eskaton, Information & Assistance, Philanthropy

Signs of Aging: Mail piling up

Posted by Eskaton on Jan 5, 2016 4:00:57 AM

Have you noticed piles of unopened mail at your parents’ home?

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Topics: About Eskaton, Signs it is Time for Help

What is Respite? A Break for the Caregiver

Posted by Eskaton on Dec 28, 2015 2:07:17 AM


Taking care of an older or ill family member can be enormously rewarding — but it can be physically and emotionally draining as well. That’s why it’s important for caregivers to seek occasional respite from their responsibilities. Whether it’s for a few hours a week to run errands or a few weeks a year to take a much-needed vacation, respite care offers you the chance reduce stress, restore energy and keep your life in balance.

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Topics: About Eskaton, Living with Dementia, Signs it is Time for Help

Top 10 Reasons to Retire in the Sacramento Region

Posted by Eskaton on Dec 14, 2015 1:22:27 AM

1. Fresh Food and Produce In March 2015 The Wall Street Journal named Sacramento as one of six small cities perfect for food lovers with tasty restaurants, local breweries, and of course, local wine. As America's Farm 2 Fork capital, you have an abundance of healthy eating options. The region is home to one of the largest California Certified Farmers’ Markets in the state and we have more than 40 farmers markets, many of them year-round. Read more food facts>

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Adult Day Health Center Thanks U.S. Troops

Posted by Eskaton on Nov 10, 2015 4:25:23 AM

The Eskaton Adult Day Health Center in Carmichael, California, provides a nurturing atmosphere conducive to wellness. It allows family members a break from caregiving. Many working families need a trusting environment for their loved one during work hours. Our center is open Monday through Friday and participants partake in a myriad of activities from art to music, reading to using computers. They also enjoy writing letters to military men and woman. Here is their most recent letter sent through Operation Gratitude right before Veteran's Day.

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