After he turned 18, CJ served in the Coast Guard for 13 years. Upon completing his time with the Coast Guard, he went on to serve in the Navy Reserve until 1986. CJ also worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years as an electrition as well as a driver for The Shriner's Children Hospital.
He met and married his wife in 1957 they were married for 50 years.
During their marriage, they had one son who passed away from cystic fibrosis.
CJ continues to be involved with the Shriner’s today and says they have made a significant impact on his life by allowing him the opportunity to make an impact on other’s lives.
He also likes to claim that he a curmudgeon or a grumpy old man. We can tell you that his claim is 100% false! He has a beautiful, caring heart and is also known as our top dog lover at our community! If CJ is not sitting in the front lobby visiting with the house dogs, they make their way to his room and push open the door to check on him. He makes a point of leaving his door cracked so the dogs can let themselves in. He can pretend to be surly all he wants, but no one at Oaks at Hampton believes it. We love him!
We all know getting older is a hard fact of life. When you are young and healthy, it is easy to take care of yourself. For many, all through their childhood, your parents were there to support you and help you grow whenever you needed them. Naturally, as the roles of caregiver slowly changes, you want to care for them as they age. However, life’s responsibilities can make it difficult to become a full-time caregiver, no matter how much you want it. Perhaps you don’t live close to your parents or you have work commitments 40+ hours a week. It is in these circumstances that senior living options can give you peace of mind that your loved one is happy and cared for when you cannot be there for them all the time.
Our brains are wired to enjoy social interactions. When we cooperate with each other the activity in our mind’s primary reward center increases. This is true no matter what our age. However, as we age we tend to face more obstacles in terms of our ability to engage in meaningful social interactions. For the sake of the well-being of the seniors in our lives, we need to realize that only by being together can we overcome social isolation.