The Fight To Cure Alzheimers

Aileen Brazeau member of the San Clemente Chamber of commerce, co-owner of the San Clemente Villas Senior Assisted Living FacilityThis is my personal blog, so I don’t usually post about Alzheimers here. Today, however, I will.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia rob people of who they are, and leave them without the ability to do so many of the things they would love to. [Read more…]

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Living Your Best Life

Living well, Aileen Brazeau, San Clemente Villas, Brazeau Farms, business owner, community personAs this years comes to a close, I was thinking about some things. For all of us, at one time or another, life can get pretty stressful. Sometimes we get stress from things going on in our own lives, but often, it’s from things that are happening to people we love. I was wondering what could be done to help move away from the stress and keep more of those happy feelings in my soul.

I came across a great post in, of all things, Reader’s Digest. Here are some excerpts from their post. I hope then help you live your best life:

Smile… To Spread Happiness

“The simplest and most reliable way to make someone smile is to smile at him,” says Marianne LaFrance, a Yale University psychology professor and the author of the book Lip Service.

“Smiles are the most contagious kind of facial expression, even among people who don’t know each other,” LaFrance says. That’s because seeing a smile and showing a smile originate from the same area of the brain.

Skeptical you can change your world by just smiling more often? LaFrance suggests trying this experiment: For one day, vow to not smile at anyone. The next day, smile at everyone.

Then compare both days. Chances are the second day will be one of the best you’ve had in a long time.


Sleep Well for Seven Hours a Night … To Look Younger

Researchers at University Hospitals Case Medical Center have shown for the first time that poor sleep can contribute significantly to looking older. Women ages 30 to 49 who said they usually slept fitfully had more fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and reduced skin elasticity and recovery than those who said they regularly slept well for at least seven hours per night.

Sleep acts as a repair shop for the skin, according to Jeffrey Benabio, MD, physician director of healthcare transformation at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. While you’re snoozing, inflammation subsides, soothing conditions such as eczema and acne.
“Beyond using sunscreen and not smoking, the best thing anyone can do to preserve his or her looks is to get a healthy seven to nine hours of sleep every night,” explains Dr. Benabio.”

These are just two of the examples of things we can all do to bring more happiness into our lives. If you would like to read the rest of the post, here is the link:

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone

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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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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What’s Happening at San Clemente Villas?

This is a great month to live in the San Clemente Villas by the Sea. We have so many great activities going on, we thought we should share a few of them with you.

As you know, Paul and I love to have a good time, and we try our best to make sure that our people have a good time. Our awesome staff makes it easy on us.  This month we have our annual Luau:

Aileen Brazeau co owner of San Clemente Villas, San Clemente Villas


Here are a few photos of a Luau we had a couple of years ago:


Aileen Brazeau

Assisted Living Facility San Clemente, Ca Alzheimer's care facility San Clemente, A place for Mom and Dad, San Clemente

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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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It’s the second month of a new year. For so many of us, 2015 was pretty good. Our businesses really began to gather upwards momentum, we began our journey towards a healthier lifestyle. For Paul and I, our horses began to win at the tracks. [Read more…]

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Aileen Networking

As Co-Owner of San Clemente Villas part of my job is to be out in the community talking about our beautiful Villas by the Sea. We sponsor Chamber of Commerce mixers at San Clemente Villas, and whenever possible attend local charity and networking events. Back in July I attended a local business networking event. Not only was it enjoyable, I got to see some friends that I hadn’t seen for a while, and to top it off, I made some new friends. Networking is an important and enjoyable part of being a business owner!!

If you are invited to local events in your community, take the time to go. Clear a little space in your busy day and get out, meet new people, connect with old friends.


Aileen Brazeau

Supporting families, supprting Camp Pendleton Marines and Navy, Charities, Sponsor, giving, Aileen Brazeau in Action

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Fourth of July Celebrations

Aileen Brazeau co owner of san clemente villas

From the City of Dana Point

All of the South Orange County cities have great Fourth of July celebrations, but the one we love best is the annual celebration down at the Dana Point Harbor. Each year there are in fact Fireworks, but before the sun goes down, people have a little extra fun.

People get out into the harbor on any type of watercraft they have,from kayaks to row boats and jet skis, and they have waterguns. throughout the day people go up and down the harbor squirting each other, and those who moor their boats in the harbor bring their water guns out as well.

Locals and residents from communities further inland set up barbecues and picnics, while the children splashing the water at baby beach. It is a special day in our communities.

Paul and I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Fourth of July!!

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen At Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2012


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Spring Time in Orange County

Orange County CA, is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. We have the ocean at our doorsteps, the mountains in the distance, a lake, the beaches and amazing parks and walking trails. I am thankful for every day that I get to live here. Even though our weather is relatively warm all year round, there is a special smell in the air come spring time. The morning air is cool and crisp, while the afternoon air is warmed by the sun and smells of the ocean waft through on the wind. I love spring and summer here. I love cool, colorful, flowy dresses and big floppy hats. I love how the warm sun feels when I step outside.


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Save Our San Clemente Hospital !

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From the OC Register

Save our hopsital OC register

From the OC Register

In March of this year Paul and I held a rally at our San Clemente Villas to protest the possible closure of Memorial Care’s hospital right next door to our facility. We have a vested interest in keeping the doors open at this hospital. Our population is older and we have need to use their services several times monthly, so it’s easy to understand why we at San Clemente Villas want this facility to remain open. But it is not just us who need this, it is our local paramedics, it is others in the local population and it is concerned citizens within the city government itself who are concerned.

Currently the closest hospital and emergency room are in Mission Viejo. We all know that traffic is always backed up in our neck of the freeway, and now there are thousands of new homes being built out on the backside of San Juan and San Clemente, but no one has provided for a hospital to service our residents and those who will be moving to these new facilities.

The Orange County Register reported on March 9, 2015:

“Amid outcry from some residents, MemorialCare Health System, owner of 73-bed Saddleback Memorial Medical Center San Clemente, is looking seriously at shutting down its hospital and ER at 654 Camino de los Mares to build a three-story medical pavilion offering a wide range of outpatient services at a lower cost than a hospital.

Missing from Memorial Care’s announced proposal last August was 911 emergency services. That drew a backlash from residents alarmed that closure of the only ER between Mission Viejo  and Oceanside would create a gap in coverage. A group of local physicians formed On Wednesday, weighing the city’s five-year financial outlook, the City Council pondered what the shutdown of the emergency room might cost taxpayers. Among other things, it would force local paramedics to deploy out of town on all 911 calls, making ambulances and their firefighter operators less available in town.

The city may need an extra ambulance and more Orange County Fire Authority personnel. The city’s annual OCFA bill already rises 4.5 percent per year at the present level of services.

Asked about the idea of a new hospital on city land, Makshanoff said “staff is looking at how we could change the zoning there from ‘open space’ to a hospital/institutional use. We haven’t had any discussions with interested parties. The idea is to change the zoning to see if it would attract the right suitor, especially with La Pata opening up and the 14,000 or so homes being built on the Rancho Mission Viejo land.”

Dr. Gus Gialamas, a save-the-hospital advocate, said he applauds the city’s efforts but hopes MemorialCare will maintain hospital/ER services at the present  site. ”

Please contact your city officials and visit the site  to learn how you can help save our hospital.

Aileen Brazeau


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