Age Is Beautiful

Age is Beautiful

Inspiring Stories from our Communities

Overview

Eskaton believes in the beauty of what time can teach us. Wisdom, respect, growth and resiliency.  This is expressed through capturing life stories, lessons learned and the wisdom only our elders can share with us.

Age is Beautiful

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The City That Built Me

The City That Built Me

“If it was any other city, I’m not sure it would’ve been the same.” Few people love their hometown like Dale Perkins. The very first resident to move into The Trousdale, an Eskaton managed senior living community in Burlingame, California, Dale says he owes much of his extraordinary life to the city, including his evergreen art career. While most would argue his incredible work ethic and love of the craft are responsible for his success, he modestly insists it has a lot to do with luck and knowing the right people.

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Lifelong Travelers Share Their Story of Love, Family and Change

Smiling Eskaton resident Mark Silzer with his wife Barbara sitting outside

“Life is about ideas, opportunity and family.” Mark Silzer was born in Chicago and grew up in Blue Island, Illinois. Mark attended Concordia University in Chicago where he met his future wife Barbara. They were immediately smitten. Both were passionate about music, education and their Lutheran faith. They graduated from Concordia in 1969, Mark with a degree in education and Barbara with a degree in music and education. 

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“Whatever comes to you is a source of happiness.”

A woman resident sitting on a chair, smiling.

Yen Lu Wong grew up in Hong Kong, China. She attributes her longevity to her genes, lifestyle, mindset and connection to Buddha. Yen Lu is a movement artist, dancer and choreographer.

Yen Lu’s stage life began at a young age. She was a performer with the Chinese Peking Opera, a performance stage art that includes acrobatics, martial arts and music. In addition to traditional Chinese performance art, Yen Lu also practiced ballet as a young child in Hong Kong.

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91-year-old man and 90-year-old woman tie the knot after two years of dating

A Love Story Kindled by 90 and 91-year–old

Mr. and Mrs. Mills' sitting on a couch smiling and hugging each other.

In 2017, Betty Mills, 88, moved to Eskaton Lodge Granite Bay from Red Bluff to be closer to her daughter. The first Sunday after she moved, Betty gathered the courage to go to church with her neighbors. As she was waiting for the bus, Betty locked eyes with a man sitting on a bench outside the community.

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Lessons from Playing Baseball in the South Pacific

Lessons from Playing Baseball in the South Pacific

“The secret to a happy life is people.” Michael Catino, born 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 his family, staying socially connected and baseball.

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Bach to Rock – Music School for People of All Ages

A smiling couple at an Eskaton event.

Eighty-eight year old Dr. Albert Kahane, one of the first physicians at Kaiser Morse Avenue, and his wife Millie, a nurse educator, are opening a business in Rocklin. “I didn’t think I’d be changing careers after 69 years in healthcare,” said Mrs. Kahane. The couple live at Eskaton Village Carmichael, a continuing care retirement community, where all of their needs are met from dining to socializing, exercising to entertainment and transportation. Dr. Kahane is also a board member of Eskaton Foundation.

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104 Years Old, In Love with Technology

A smiling woman resident sitting in a chair.

Carolyn, 104, loves technology. The iPad is her device of choice. “I had a computer in my apartment before moving to Eskaton.” Six years ago, Carolyn made her home at Eskaton Care Center Fair Oaks. She received an iPad as a gift when she turned 100. Carolyn said it wasn’t hard to learn at all, and if she needs help, she turns to her grandson. “My grandson is in the business, he knows all about these things. If I ever have a problem, he comes over and fixes it.”

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Veteran, Firefighter Honored for Lifetime of Achievements

A resident being honored by the City of  Pleasanton's Major and Pleasanton Fire Battalion Chief.

Bob Juniper moved to Pleasanton in 1944 and has since dedicated his life to work, family and contributing to his community. On June 11, 2015 at The Parkview Assisted Living Community, where Juniper lives today, Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne, Pleasanton Fire Battalion Chief Joe Testa and a room of family and friends honored Juniper with a Lifetime Achievement award.

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Dancing in the Streets

A resident couple smiling and holding a photo of themselves when they were 17 and 19 years old.

Beziers is rich with history, being one of the oldest cities in southern France. Near the Mediterranean, Beziers was occupied by the Germans during WWII. In 1944, as the American troops marched in to liberate France, the citizens came out and danced in the streets. That’s when Ginette met Albert. They were 17 and 19 years old.

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A Giving Heart

A smiling woman resident sitting on a chair in her apartment.

Simone has a giving heart. Every Christmas the Red Cross delivers a poinsettia to Simone for her kind donations. She knits helmet liners for the Daughters of the Revolution to send soldiers. At six years old, she learned to knit at school in France. “I’ve knitted all my life,” says 100 year old Simone, “If I had all the sweaters I made in my life, I’d have quite a pile.”

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Take Betty’s Pillowcase Challenge and Put a Smile on a Child

Resident Betty deploying the pillowcase dress she made for children in Kenya.

Eskaton Kennedy Manor resident Betty can make a pillowcase dress in under 19 minutes. She’s made over 15,000 dresses that are now worn by children in Kenya, Nigeria, Nairobi, the Philippines and many other poverty-stricken areas around the world — 41 countries in total. As a Mess Hall Sergeant in the Marines, Betty served 3,200 meals twice a day at Camp Pendleton. It wasn’t until 2011 that she learned to sew. Since then she has been making the dresses as fast as she can get her hands on pillowcases.

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The Art of Growing Older

Artist Ruth showing four of her beautiful painting.

Ruth Duff, 99, illustrates what healthy aging is all about. She walks briskly with a purpose. Ruth is an artist. During the last two years living at Eskaton FoutainWood Lodge she painted more than 150 water colors. Ruth has worked with a variety of media including knitting, silk screening, etching on copper, bronze casting, and print making. She is a true life-long learner.

Over the years her skills were gleaned from the art professors at Portland State University, Sierra College, and University of California Davis.

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Exposures: I Care: Crafting warmth for newborns

Resident Marian sits in her armchair, tugging on a spool of yarn, making caps for babies.

Marian Thompson sits in her armchair, tugging on a spool of yarn. Her needles work in harmony, stitching a baby cap. At 96, her hands ache with arthritis, but she rarely stops to rest.

She knits more baby caps than any member of the Kiddie Kaps knitting group at Eskaton Village Carmichael. Her personal count is 4,226 caps since she joined the Eskaton knitters in 2006. The group has donated over 20,000 baby caps since 2004, bringing comfort to newborns at Sacramento area hospitals.

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Eskaton Athlete Wins Gold

 Resident Benjamin a gold medalist in the Huntsman World Senior Games’ 5 kilometer road race for men ages 95-99.

Among 11,000 competitors from across the United States and 26 foreign countries, Eskaton Village Carmichael resident Benjamin O’Brien emerged a gold medalist in the Huntsman World Senior Games’ 5 kilometer road race for men ages 95-99. His time was two minutes faster than the previous year, when he also won gold.

Ben is a decorated veteran, state and federal judge, lawyer, husband, father and grandfather and still contributing at the of 96!

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Meet Lucy, 100 years old and always smiling

Smiling resident, Lucy, with her two daughter and one son.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”  -Thich Nhat Hanh

Lucy’s smile is contagious. For almost three years Lucy has shared the magic of her smile at the Eskaton community where she lives.

Lucy takes after her Grandma Atanacia from Chihuahua, Mexico. “Mama” had fair skin, blues eyes and, according to Lucy, was quite silly. She lived to be 104. “She was a happy, fun loving lady,” said Lucy.

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Meet Vic

Resident, Vic sitting a the couch smiling.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”  -Thich Nhat Hanh

Born in 1928, Vic DeStefani spent his life in California. He was raised on a farm in the Central Valley. “I was going to be a farmer,” said Vic. That was until he met LaReece. Vic was working in a grocery store in Stockton and LaReece worked in the back office. She was also raised on a farm. After dating three years, they married in 1949 and continued a long and loving life together as grocers.

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Eskaton Deploys Amazon Alexa

Eskaton meets with residents to discuss benefits of having Alexa in their apartments.

Experts get real about voice technology in senior living.

Over the past two years, voice assistants such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home have seen an increase of 66 million users. And that number only continues to grow. Adoption of voice-first technology amongst senior service providers and residents living in assisted living has far-reaching implications. Many believe that voice-first technology will revolutionize the senior service industry, but few providers have deployed this technology on a large scale.

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