Advice To Help Us Stay Healthy As We get Older

Living well, Aileen Brazeau, San Clemente Villas, Brazeau Farms, business owner, community personI love to be active and every chance I get to be out in the fresh air, I take it. How about you? Are you staying active, or are you falling into the trap of becoming more sedentary?

I think the advent of binge watching certain television shows has certainly made it more tempting to just sit in front of the flat screen with a bowl of popcorn. And while that’s perfectly okay to do once in a while, it’s NOT okay to do all of the time.

WebMD says:https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/features/power-play By Stephanie Watson

” Who doesn’t wish for a fountain of youth? Magical youth-restoring springs exist only in legend, but science does point to a few simple, healthy habitsthat can help extend your life.

Heather Whitson, MD, associate professor of medicine (geriatrics) at Duke University School of Medicine, shares the most effective tips.

Don’t Slow Down

Exercise and physical activity is where the strongest evidence lies, not just for reducing mortality, but also for across-the-board health benefits,” Whitson says. She ticks off exercise’s advantages: fewer heart risks, improved sleep and memory, less depression and pain, better bone strength, and fewer falls.

What kind of fitness is best? “If you’re only able to do one kind of exercise, aerobic exercise is what you want to do,” she says.

Do anything that sounds like fun. In other words, walk briskly, ride a stationary bike, or take a dance class. Even better, alternate aerobics with strength and flexibility training for a well-rounded program.

Go Mediterranean

With its emphasis on fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats, the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest ways in the world to eat. Plus, it’s delicious, so you’ll want to stick with it.

The Mediterranean diet has been linked to better heart health and greater longevity. Whitson recommends it to her patients.”

I work with a trainer a few times a week and in the past I have belonged to a walking club or two. I just make it a priority in my life to be outside and active. Another peice of good advice is to stay social. Keep in touch with old friends, join clubs and take classes where you have the chance to meet new friends. And have friends who are both younger and older than you. Age has little to do with whom you find interesting and fun to be around.

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Birthday Celebrations

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Aileen celebrating Paul’s Birthday

I don’t know about you, but to me, it feels like Birthdays come faster and faster each year. It seems like we just put away the candles from a birthday celebration and oh my gosh, it’s that time once again. I am not certain just why that happens, but I can assure it does.

 

I cherish each birthday Paul and I celebrate together. Life goes by more slowly when we are younger. We spend our wishes on wanting to be a grown up, so we can do all these things that grown ups get to do. But as we get older we  find out that along with the ability to choose what we wish to do, comes the responsibilities of being an adult. Suddenly being a grown up can seem just a little less appealing.

Then there comes a time when we have accomplished so much in our lives. There are milestones passed and goal acheived, and suddenly the thrill of the chase is gone and we are more content to take a few moments to rest and relax and not rush about.

At these times in our lives, we are more apt to remember that each birthday is a gift. There are times in our lives when the birthday gifts are the most important thing about our birthdays, but there are also times when the gift of family good friends and health take over in importance.

So, my wish for you is simple. Enjoy everyday, the good one and even the bad ones. For each day we get to spend with each other is precious.

Aileen Brazeau

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What’s Aileen Been Up To?

San Clemente Business owner, Aileen Brazeau attends the annual Alzheimer's fundraiserI recently attended  the Alzheimer’s OC gala event at the Balboa Bay Resort. Alzheimer’s research is something I have always believed in.

San Clemente Villas has an entire wing dedicated to Seniors who are afflicted with dementia or Alzheimer’s. My staff and I witness first hand what Alzheimer does to a person, and to entire families as well. It’s a disease that robs people of their ability to function and relate to the world. [Read more…]

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Happy Easter

Easter Celebrations with family and friends

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The Importance Of Doing Things Now !

Aileen brazeau community of San Clemente, the importance of family, live life nowToday I want to address a special topic. I am calling it the importance of doing things now. I feel like is time to have a conversation about how it’s never too late to start reconnecting with people in our lives and sharing laughter with them.  [Read more…]

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Living in Southern California

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Some parts of the country have the desert and warm weather all year round. Other parts of the country have the four seasons, summer, winter, spring and fall. If it’s winter, you are stuck with cold, damp, freezing temperatures until the change of season. In Southern California, you can have all of those seasons, practically when you choose,  in one geographical area.

If you have never been to southern California, you may think it’s all surf and sand, and for parts of our area, that is true. But what you might not know is this. Within an hour or two, one can go from surf and sand, to skiing and sledding. Or, from cold, rainy , coastal weather, to the warmth and sunny weather of the desert. All of this with our beautiful mountains as a backdrop.

From San Clemente, you can take a quick trip to the Mountains and be in the sweet, mountain town of Idyllwild. It looks like an idyllic ski resort from somewhere in the mountains of Europe, yet its only a couple of hours away from San Clemente.Aileen Brazeau, San Clemente, Place to see in California

Love mid-century architecture? Then in a couple of hours the other way, you can be in Palm Springs. Travel down the streets where the old Hollywood stars bought vacation homes. The Rat Pack, Bob Hope, all had homes there at one time or another. It’s a great place to warm up from the gloom of mid March in San Clemente.

Should you really want an adventure, you could venture out of Southern California and head north toward San Francisco and on up to Lake Tahoe. The mountains are magnificent in Tahoe. You can gamble, ski and on the way back , stop in the wine country for some special vino and pampering.

I know, I am sounding like a travel agent. Really, I just want to share with you why I love it here so very much.

Happy February

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Making Moments Count

Every day when I go to work at our San Clemente Villas I have the great fortune to interact with people from all walks of life. Men and women who have served in the armed forces, who have owned businesses both big and small. Some have raised families, others have made their careers a priority, but all of them have one thing in common. They have memories of a life well lived. [Read more…]

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Good Advice for the New Year

I like to look for ways of improving myself and keeping in touch with what others are doing to stay at the top of their game. This week I happened upon an article that I think offers some great advice. It was originally publisehd in primewomen.com

The beginning of a new year is a great period of time to become a bit more introspective than normal—a time for new year reflections. It’s a chance to take an honest, reflective look at the past year and how you’ve performed versus how you intended to grow in the coming year. Using the following G.R.O.W. factors, rate yourself on last year’s performance, then use the same factors to help set new standards.

G: Go-Getter

How much of a go-getter have you been? Self-management is one of the most difficult areas of life to conquer. Yet without it, it’s easy to end a year satisfied with less than you may have been capable of accomplishing. One’s go-getter potential is merely measured by one’s ability to be self-directed and follow through, despite barriers. Economic conditions may tighten, yet go-getters find ways to hurdle financial barriers by being innovative, creating new markets, even expanding existing contacts by probing deeper. What criteria will you set to measure your new year’s go-getter ability?

R: Righting Wrongs

Poet Robert Burns was right when he wrote, “The best laid plans of mice and men go oft awry.” Things do go wrong. It’s recovery that provides the magic. Looking back on things that went wrong this past year, regardless of whose fault it was, ask yourself, how may of the wrongs were you able to make right? Sometimes righting the wrong means accepting a financial sacrifice, yet far more often it merely requires an honest, personal connection. Often it’s as simple as saying, “I’m sorry—I messed up.” What will your philosophy be to right wrongs in this year and how willing will you be to admit when a mistake is yours and yours alone?

O: Over-Delivering

Over-delivering should not be confused with the trite statement of “under-sell-and-over-deliver.” No. It’s important to sell right to begin with. Whether it’s a product, a service or a personal commitment, perhaps you’re able to not just deliver on time, but early. Or, in the case of a personal commitment, perhaps you can make a commitment to someone just when they least expect it. Should you be unable to deliver on time, how about taking time to do something totally unexpected, like writing a simple handwritten note? When is the last time you got a personal, handwritten note from someone who underperformed on a project for you? See what I mean? Most importantly, what new and unique ways can you use this year to pleasantly surprise someone by over-delivering?

W: Weed Well

Every gardener knows that in order for the best crop to flourish, it is necessary to occasionally weed out others. The same is true of your client list—and sometimes, even organizations you’ve been involved with as well as your personal relationship list. As you grow, it becomes necessary to re-evaluate where and how you spend your time. Unfortunately, there are always a few current clients, organizations, even personal relationships that may need to be weeded out so others more fruitful and meaningful can come into full bloom for this time in your life. A new year is an ideal time to evaluate your weeding, as well as your planting. Be sure you weed thoughtfully, with kindness and grace.

By incorporating these simple G.R.O.W. factors into your new year reflections and applying well thought out responses to your planning, you will improve your performance and growth in the year ahead.

Did you enjoy this article? Were there things here you can relate to? I think for me, the paragraph that resonated most was the one about Weed Well. I think, all too often we get too bogged down in things that don’t push us towards our goals. For me, minimizing events and commitments that don’t enrich my life or the lives of my community, might be the thing to do this year.

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen Brazeau member of the San Clemente Chamber of commerce, co-owner of the San Clemente Villas Senior Assisted Living Facility

 

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Getting Healthier

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We are now a week into the new year and I know that so many of you are resolved “this will be the year I exercise and get healthy!” Then by the end of January you are feeling terrible. A couple of cheeseburgers and some fries have derailed your entire plan! Don’t let it be.

Small steps, built up over time are a better way to make improvements. They say it takes 21 days to make a new habit.  Perhaps instead of trying to change the entire way you live your life, just swapping some things for more healthy alternatives is a good way to start.

I started a few years ago by hiring a personal trainer. For me, having a personal trainer keeps me on task. Going for walks when I have a spare moment or two helps as well.

I live near the ocean, and it always makes me feel good to walk down to the beach and watch the waves. But if you don’t live near the beach, what about putting on some great dance music and just dancing around your family room for 20 minutes. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring, having fun while moving is also a good idea.

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, boil up some eggs so you have something healthy to snack on during the week.

Put a few chicken breasts in the crock pot and if you cook them on low, with some chicken broth, then you can shred the chicken breasts once they are all cooked through and hae them in a taco, or on a salad for lunch or dinner.

If you are truly craving a burger, then perhaps you can have on without the bun, and order a side salad instead of french fries. Have an iced tea instead of a soda and you have cut the calories way down.

Remember, one or two days of falling off the heatlhy wagon does NOT constitue defeat. Get up the next day and just keep doing the things that you began to do at the new year. Before you know it, you will start to see results.

Happy New Year!!

Aileen Brazeau

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Holiday Time With Family

I am so fortunate as to have family members on both my side of the family and on Paul’s side, to spend the holidays with. Paul and I also have some really close friends who are just like family, and they take the time to celebrate with us, too. Holidays can be tough for those who have lost most of their close friends and loved ones.

It’s important to always look around and take notice of those who are without people to share these times with, and to make them feel welcomed and loved.  I would like to share some photos from my 2017 family gatherings and to take this time to wish you all the best at the end of 2017 and a Happy New Year for 2018. Life is not all parties and gatherings, so to be able to balance out the more challenging aspects of life with sharing happy times with our family is so important to me.

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