Wisdom Captured: Delores and Lorraine

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. Read more>

Ghost Writer: Have you written your autobiography?

Eskaton Grass Valley

Sitting down to write a book is a daunting task. I tried once, but gave up after a few hours when I got stuck on page three. When I met 93-year-old LaVonne Amaral, I was in awe when she told me about her autobiography: What a Wonderful Life. It’s a three part series of ancestry as well as life raising her family in Nevada County.

As you age, the urge to write down memories becomes greater. It’s the feeling of wanting to leave a legacy to the world and not be forgotten. As Lavonne approached her 80s, her husband’s health wasn’t what is used to be, so she took on the task of writing down all their memories. She and her husband documented both their families’ heritage. They captured an abundance of meaningful stories. She completed her first draft in 2006, seven years after she first began. The editing process took another six years. Read more>