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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Family and Friends

The weather is nice and warm, the sun is shining, and the waves are breaking on the shore. I have my health, my family and my extended family. Some days are more trying than others and some days are almost magical. I take the good with the bad and try to always be thankful for the people who surround me and the good things I have. [Read more…]

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New Year’s Goals

Aloha RUn long Beach 2016, run for Honor Flight for veterans, Aileen Brazeau runs for charity

We finished and got the medals to prove it

Over the past couple of years I have been much more conscious of how I eat and exercise. Not that I have ever really been very lax with my eating and workouts, but I have been trying to be more proactive. It seems as we age it gets easier to fall into a trap of, oh gosh, I am getting older, I don’t have as much energy as I used to, and to just give up.

From working with so many Seniors in my business at San Clemente Villas, I see the difference between people who give up, and the people who keep on working towards fitness. There is a difference, believe me. Now, don’t get me wrong. Most people can’t do the same level of intensity in their exercise routines as they did in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and even 50’s, but you can ALWAYS do something. Walking, working out with weights, swimming and yoga are some things that most of us can do all of our lives. But if even doing those things is too strenuous, then walking in the pool and stretching, and working with very light weights will still help to keep your strength up.

For myself, I have added some 5k’s and participating in a walking group, to my regular training schedule. And food choices which involve more vegetables. Vegetables, it turns out, are better for us than eating too much meat, and they are way better for us than too much processed food.

If you have just one resolution that you keep this year, it should be this, just do a little better than you did last year, at taking care of yourself. Say no to the bad for you choices a little more often. Get out and feel the fresh air on your face, walk around your neighborhood and say hi.

Here’s my hope for all of us in 2017. Take care of yourselves, your loved ones, and be kind to one another.

 

Aileen Brazeau

San clemente Business woman, Senior assisted living

 

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January 23, 2017 Inspirational Quote From Aileen

I just thought this would be an appropriate post for today when so many are saying things that could be hurtful

 

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The Holidays are Past But Giving Doesn’t Have to Be

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“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” This is a quote that I identify with. Paul and I have worked hard to build San Clemente Villas by the Sea and Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms and we both have a heart for giving back to those in our community who need help. [Read more…]

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Summer Fashion

Aileen Brazeau women's summer clothing, san clemente villas

red shoes and dress

Pretty pastel dresses, simple jewelry, light, flowery perfume and red shoes. Summer is the time for light or vibrant color, nothing in between will do.

No muddy browns or rusty reds of winter, not for us. I like long flowy dresses in the summer. They feel feminine and cool. Even though they may be sundresses, I feel a little dressed up in them. [Read more…]

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The City of San Clemente

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from Pinterest, ole hansen style home

San Clemente is one of the most beautiful cities is Southern California. It has access to hills, sea and sand. The weather is pretty temperate, it does have seasons of a sort, but it never seems to get too cold, or too hot, at least not for very long.

What I didn’t realize is that San Clemente is in fact one of the very first planned communities. I have seen the Ole Hanson homes and been intrigued by them, but for a long time I didn’t think much more about them. Then I saw some articles that addressed the history of this area and how Ole Hanson began his master plan, and I was intrigued.

Ole Hanson attracted folks from the Los Angeles area  with his grand plans and free food and went on to sell over 1,200 house lots. In the 1920’s, house lots started as low as $300, and went as high as $1,500!! Call you favorite San Clemente Realtor and you will find that there are very few buildable lots available and the prices are considerably higher these days, with lots closer to the ocean listed in the million dollar range!

If you spend any time in the older areas of San Clemente you will see Ole Hanson’s homes. They are all built in  the Spanish style, with white stucco exterior, red tile roofs and wrought iron decorative touches. He did put deed restrictions on each of the properties he sold that ensured the new homeowners comply with the Spanish style of architecture that he wanted for this new planned community.

Paul and I  love San Clemente. Each year that we can we participate in local events, one of our favorites being the car show on Del Mar.  The Ole Hanson Beach Club has been restored, and it’s still a great place for locals to gather and to take their daily swim.

San Clemente by the sea!!

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen At Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2012

 

 

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Alzheimer’s and Emotions

 

happy seniorI generally leave posts about the elders to my San Clemente Villas blog, but there have been some developments in the research of Alzheimer’s which I would like to discuss here, and then we will get back to the fun things.

We have an Alzheimer’s wing at the San Clemente Villas, and I can tell you that Alzheimer’s is a complex disease. Not being able to remember the most recent events in one’s life doesn’t mean that a person doesn’t feel deep emotions. In fact, most who are afflicted by Alzheimer’s still feel emotions deeply after the event has faded from their mind, giving experts reason to challenge accepted beliefs about our feelings in general.

Alzheimer’s patients may continue to feel jubilant or somber for years, even though some of the events which contributed to those emotions are long forgotten. They could have been watching a sad movie and they just cant remember or experience.

Researchers said Alzheimer’s patients are ‘profoundly impacted emotionally by events that they cannot recall’ and that this has implications for careers and family members who are trying to care for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s.

The worse the patients’ memory,the longer the feeling of sadness persisted for it was found, suggesting that being unable to remember what made you sad makes it more difficult to lift the mood.

One patient in the study said: “I feel like all my emotions and feelings are rushing in on me. It’s extremely confusing and I do not like that feeling.”

The authors said: “The persistence of this patient’s intense negative emotion and her inability to conjure up a logical explanation for the cause of her feelings illustrate the bewilderment that a patient with Alzheimer’s disease may experience in the face of an apparently inexplicable feeling.”

I know from experience that while there are certain symptoms of this devastating disease which are common to most, each person who has Alzheimer’s has their own unique set of symptoms. I am doing everything I can to support research and ultimately a cure for Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen At Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2012

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Alzheimer’s Research

At our San Clemente Villa’s we have an entire wing devoted to Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. We see the ravages of this disease each and every day, and we know that there will be more cases of Alzheimer’s and Dementia coming up with all of the Boomer’s aging.

It is vital that there be some significant break through in the treatment and perhaps a cure for this disease, or I am not certain  how the system will cope with the sheer numbers.

This year my staff and I participated in the walk at Doheny Beach in October. Here are just a few of the photos we took that day:

Aileen Brazeau

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Dressing in Layers

The mornings are cool with ocean breezes blowing gently, the afternoons warm, and the evenings cool and lovely. All of us who live in the Coastal Communities of Southern California know that no one outfit is going to work from morning into evening. So we dress in layers, because if we don’t we are too cool in the morning, too hot at lunch time and freezing at night. [Read more…]

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