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Eskaton Blog

Building Bridges: Presents Ruth

Posted by Eskaton on Aug 26, 2019 3:30:17 PM

“Be curious, not judgmental." -Walt Whitman

“Catching the currents around me I am carried by the generous hearts of my friends and family”. Ruth Ghio plays a kaleidoscope of roles in her life. She is a daughter, wife, mother, teacher, counselor, artist, writer, and friend. Ruth loves life and people.

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Topics: LifeBios by Students, Well-Being Philosophy, Age is Beautiful

Building Bridges: Presents Brenda

Posted by Eskaton on Aug 20, 2019 1:57:54 PM

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself." -Amelia Earhart

Brenda Heeke and her husband love adventure. Their passion: flying hot air balloons all over California. Her husband would pilot the balloons and Brenda would relish in the natural beauty and diversity of California.

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Topics: LifeBios by Students, Well-Being Philosophy, Age is Beautiful

Building Bridges: Presents Herb

Posted by Eskaton on Aug 12, 2019 11:44:00 AM

“The pure mathematician, like the musician, is a free creator of his world of ordered beauty." -Bertand Russel


Herb Lindberg was born in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from Illinois Institute of Technology he applied for a fellowship at Stanford University. Much to his surprise he was accepted and pursued his doctorate in mechanical engineering and mathematics.

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Topics: LifeBios by Students, Well-Being Philosophy, Age is Beautiful

Building Bridges: Presents Zeke

Posted by Eskaton on Aug 5, 2019 4:29:42 PM

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett

Despite living in desperate circumstances, Zeke believed in the power of positivity. He believes in living with a smile on his face and a laugh in his heart. Lawrence James Lewis also known as “Zeke” lived through the Great Depression. Zeke’s father worked in Oregon and bought a piece of land with the intention of building their family home, but after the Great Depression hit he pitched a 1 room tent instead.

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Topics: LifeBios by Students, Well-Being Philosophy, Age is Beautiful

Jane: Age is Beautiful

Posted by Eskaton on Jul 19, 2019 11:25:25 AM

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" – Satchel Paige

“Statistically, I am 95 years old,” said Jean Humburg. “But that does not clarify who I am.” 

Jean recently had the privilege to be a part of a group of residents from Eskaton who met with graduating students from the Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL). They were together every Thursday for eight weeks. During that time, they learned to understand who they were in the eyes of each other.

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Topics: LifeBios by Students, Well-Being Philosophy, Age is Beautiful

Building Bridges Presents Harry and Frances

Posted by Eskaton on Jul 16, 2019 1:57:21 PM

“Being happy is a state of mind." Harry attributes his longevity to his wife Frances and his state of mind. Harry and Frances Bleile were married in 1942 and celebrated over 70 years of marriage. "Our marriage hasn't always been easy but, no relationship ever is," says Frances. 

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Topics: LifeBios by Students, Well-Being Philosophy, Age is Beautiful

Lessons from Playing Baseball in the South Pacific

Posted by Eskaton on Jul 10, 2019 11:30:00 AM

“The secret to a happy life is people." Michael Catino, born on January 22, 1920, in New York, attributes his longevity to living a happy life and having a healthy social life. Mike is the grandson of Italian immigrants and is 99 years old. His passions in life are family, friends and baseball.

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Topics: Well-Being Philosophy, Age is Beautiful

How a positive attitude about aging is good for your health

Posted by Eskaton on Jul 3, 2019 9:32:51 AM

Did you know your attitude about age can greatly influence your health and well-being? Levy et. al (2002) found that a positive attitude towards aging can actually increase your lifespan by 7.5 years. In other words, negative thoughts about aging, also known as "ageism",  may have a cumulative harmful impact on our health. 

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Topics: Wellness Tips, Celebrating Diversity, Well-Being Philosophy, Age is Beautiful

Building Bridges Storytelling Project at Eskaton Village Grass Valley

Posted by Eskaton on Jul 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Eskaton Village Grass Valley partnered with Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL) in Nevada City, CA to create an intergenerational project, called Building Bridges. During a semester long project, high school senior student groups partnered with elders living at the community to document their lives using writing and film.

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Topics: LifeBios by Students, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Well-Being Philosophy

Eskaton’s Well-Being Project: Disrupting Dementia

Posted by Eskaton on May 29, 2019 2:19:32 PM

In 2016, Eskaton began an ambitious conversation to think differently about dementia. Working collaboratively with Live Well, formerly the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Connecticut, we dared to imagine a new way of supporting people living with dementia. We imagined creating communities where relationships flourished and differences are embraced.

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Topics: About Eskaton, Memory Care, Well-Being Philosophy