Our Work with the San Clemente Community

Our Work with the San Clemente Community| Entrepreneur, Business Woman| Aileen Brazeau

Outfits For A Saturday

At San Clemente, out at our ranch, and just running errands, when you live in a beach town, casual is the word. We like to be stylish, look put together, but we also appreciate the fact that in a beach town, no one gets’ too fussy in the way of dressing.

I love to wear colorful, long, flowing dresses on a hot day, and while this outfit isn’t a dress, it is soft, flowing and elegant. I found it on Pinterest

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It looks cool, comfortable and elegant, don’t you think so?

Aileen Brazeau

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Aileen At Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2012

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Caring for the Caregiver

caring for caregiversAt San Clemente Villas we know first-hand that being a caregiver is a rewarding and at times difficult job. More often than not, family caregivers may end up in financial and emotional straits. The people who take on the role of caregiver within a family unit are often the type who are reluctant to ask for help, or to complain, but they need to understand that it is vital that caregivers take time to care for themselves.

Our advice: each week, find a little time to take a walk, spend some time outside, alone in nature. It is one of the most nurturing things we can do for ourselves. Not only is it beneficial to create space between you and the one you are caring for, but nature can have a detoxifying effect on our bodies.  Take some deep breaths, walk at a comfortable pace and move your arms around you and overhead. Close your eyes and count how many different smells you can identify.

Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water. If you do not already have one, invest in a re-usable water bottle that works right for you. Glass bottles are ideal but other options are just fine.   If the heater or air conditioner is running, you will need to rehydrate more. Keep in mind, when your body tells you it is thirsty, it has already passed the point of needing hydration. Take a body break. One of the biggest hazards of caring for those who need help with daily activities such as bathing and getting in and out of bed can cause wear and tear on your body. Though there are proper techniques for most procedures and positions, the caring and movement of a body requires strength and flexibility. It is wise to be aware of your body and how it feels on a daily basis. Taking short breaks that allow you to ‘counter stretch’ or strengthen areas of over use or weakness will serve you tremendously in the long run. Not only is it helpful to balance the body’s movements, it also helps with circulation and overall energy.

Last but not least, ask for, or hire help. If you are a member of a church, let the Pastor know that you could use some assistance. Involve family or friends; find a center that offers affordable daycare or activities.  Take care of the caregiver.

Aileen BrazeauAileen At Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2012

 

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Happiness

I was thinking about happiness today. What is happiness? I think it is different things for different people. At San Clemente Villas I can tell just by how someone’s posture looks on any given day as to whether they feel happy, tired or sad. San C - Rose mother's day kwatson

Especially when people begin to age, it becomes easy to confuse a sad posture with an unhappy frame of mind. I have found that when we hold dances here at the Villas, most people are happy. They can almost always find at least one song that gets their toes tapping, or a slow song that brings back a memory, so for me at least, music is something that can give people happiness.

I found this saying today that has some thoughts about the subject of happiness and how going somewhere to “find” happiness, or trying to “buy” happiness, or even trying to “eat” happiness may make you feel happy for a moment, but it won’t give you that state of Happiness we all long to have.

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

Denis Waitley”

This year, I am more inclined to think about fulfillment, to make each day unique and to attempt to leave yesterday behind. To exhale before I answer a grumpy complaint, and to be thankful for all I have.

Aileen Brazeau

 

 

 

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Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

It is the second month of 2015. If you made New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier and exercise more, are you keeping them? It is one thing to say you intend to change your poor Eating Healthyhabits; it is another thing altogether to actually do it. Making the commitment and keeping the commitment is more difficult than people want to believe.

So just take it one day at a time. Don’t overdo, but choose small changes and choose them each and every day. They say that 21 days makes a habit. I think it takes longer, but keeping an end goal in mind, and taking it one day at a time, forgiving yourself when you fail, because you will fail.

The today show had a segment which showed how making just a few healthy choices each week can add up to a weight loss and health gain of up to 30 pounds in a year!!  Just substituting a piece of fruit for an empty calorie snack like cookies or donut. Exchanging flavored seltzer water for a cola, taking a short 10 minute walk at lunch time or each morning and working up to a 30 minute walk.

When you serve yourself a meal, try to put more green, leafy vegetables on the plate and less starchy ones. Get enough protein at each meal and pick a lower calorie desert.

Small changes will gradually help you move away from the things that will eventually make you ill. Over a year those changes will add up, without the drastic deprivation that a strict fad diet can cause. You will be healthier, you will feel better about yourself, and you will live a longer, better life.

Let us know how you are doing with your New Year’s Resolutions!!

Aileen Brazeau

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Today, A Poem

Today I only wish to share something which warms my heart. It is a poem by Shel Silverstein:

“Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends                                                       loving spring san c kwatson
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.”

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How a Positive Attitude Helps You Look Younger

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Did you ever notice what happens to your face when you frown? Lines appear, all over your face. Your eyes crinkle, your lips turn down, your brow wrinkles. I work with elderly people every day and you know what I have noticed? The men and women who are the happiest look the youngest.

It is easy in my line of work to let the pressures of running San Clemente Villas get me stressed, but I take it in stride. I don’t let it overwhelm me, and while I have sad days just like everyone else, I consciously move away from the negative and try my best to remember all the good things in my life.

I work in my community to sponsor and participate in events that bring help and prosperity to those around me. Alzheimer’s and dementia are terrible diseases for which there is still no cure. Rather than fretting about them, I participate in charities and organizations that work towards finding a cure.

At the Villas, we hold functions, dances, networking events and invite everyone in. Those are the kinds of things that make people happy and help people at the same time. They re-invigorate me, and my staff. They give us a reason to work hard and make certain everyone around us is enjoying themselves.

Negativity is contagious, but so are happy thoughts and a positive attitude.  When we feel ourselves sliding down into sadness, it is important to find something positive to turn things around. Go for a walk on the beach, watch the children run in the sand, look at the clouds. Keeping a good attitude and choosing to look at the positive aspects of our lives and of those we are caring for, is so important to our own good health, but also to them.

So give yourself a positive attitude for just one day and see how it changes the way you feel and affects your loved one. Look into the mirror and smile, then think of something that will keep that smile on your face for the rest of the day.

 

Aileen Brazeau

 

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Aileen and The Classic Car Show

Aileen and Friends at the annual San Clemente Car Show Aileen & Bogart Aileen and Paul

This past weekend my friends and some of my people from San Clemente Villas attended the San Clemente Car Show where we sponsored a booth at the annual Classic Car Show.

“The Downtown Business Association, in partnership with the City of San Clemente, proudly presents the 19th annual San Clemente Car Show.

The Car Show featured over 300 cars on display on Avenida Del Mar in the heart of historical Downtown San Clemente and offers free spectator admission and free shuttle service from San Clemente High School. It’s a wonderful annual family event packed with entertainment, vendors, and food.

Profits and proceeds from this event enable the Downtown Business Association to produce several important functions that play a vital part in the business community of beautiful Downtown San Clemente. “ quoted from the SC Patch.

We were proud to be a part of this event and from the photos I think you can see that we had a great time. It is always a way to see these classic cars that people have lovingly restored, and more than that, it’s a great way to say hello to all those friends you haven’t seen for a while, and to meet new friends. You will see us out and about in San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano because we love where we live and Paul and I feel that it is very important to do whatever we can to keep South Orange County a great place to live.

This past weekend my friends and some of my people from San Clemente Villas sponsored a booth at the annual Classic Car Show

“The Downtown Business Association, in partnership with the City of San Clemente, proudly presents the 19th annual San Clemente Car Show.

The Car Show featured over 300 cars on display on Avenida Del Mar in the heart of historical Downtown San Clemente and offers free spectator admission and free shuttle service from San Clemente High School. It’s a wonderful annual family event packed with entertainment, vendors, and food.

Profits and proceeds from this event enable the Downtown Business Association to produce several important functions that play a vital part in the business community of beautiful Downtown San Clemente. “

We were proud to be a part of this event and from the photos, I think you can see that we had a great time.  Participating  in this event is always a pleasure. We get to see  classic cars that people have lovingly restored, and more than that, it’s a great way to say hello to all those friends you haven’t seen for a while, and to meet new friends. You will see us out and about in San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano because we love where we live and Paul and I feel that it is very important to do whatever we can to keep South Orange County a great place to live. From local charity events to chamber mixers and magazine events we hold at the Villas, we are proud and happy to be involved..

 

Aileen Brazeau

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Merry Christmas From Aileen

I don’t know about you, but my husband Paul and I love the holidays. We go all out to celebrate with our residents here at the San Clemente Villas, and we always invite the locals. It is also important for us to give back to our community that supports us all year round, and to that end, this year we have adopted a local Marine Family, who has a Father/Husband deployed in the Middle East.

We have held a Rummage Sale, and we are donating a portion of the proceeds from our annual Casino night to the family as well. That doesn’t mean we didn’t have fun!! Aileen Brazeau ( that’s me), believes in working hard, working smart, and fitting in some fun along the way. I hope you make time for your friends and loved ones this year…

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Supporting Our Marine Family & Having Fun

Photos with Santa aren't just for kids and Pets !!

Photos with Santa aren’t just for kids and Pets !!

Pet Photos Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Saturday, December 7, starting at 9:00 am we hosted a Benefit Rummage Sale for our adopted Marine Family

December 9, at 3:00 pm, our Villas Chorale held their Christmas performance

December 11, at 3:00 pm San Clemente Villas will host the Villas’ Big Little Band Resident Christmas Party

December 11, at 6:00 pm its time for our Annual Resident and Family Casino night: A portions of the proceeds will go to our adopted Marine Family.

December 13, 10:00 am to noon – it’s Photos with Santa

December 16, 3:00 pm, Our Christmas Concert with the “Harmony Partners” Barbershop Quartet

 

Stay tuned for more updates!!!

Aileen Brazeau

 

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Fundriaser For Our Employee @ SCVillas

At San Clemente Villas we have always tried to promote a feeling of family. We have hosted two weddings on-site for people who work here, and each day we work to keep each other well and happy. In the past month we learned that one of our people,  Christian Lopez, is facing a major operation and he is going to need help with mounting medical bills.   He is young, a dishwasher in his 20’s and has to have his colon removed.

We made the decision to do whatever we could to help. One of the things we did to raise money was hold an old-fashioned barbeque and  Rummage Sale at the Villas. It was a great success and we were very pleased with the support from our Residents, our Staff, their families and the entire San Clemente Community. On behalf of Christian, Thank you… Aileen

Rummage Sale Kids Table Rummage Sale Money Rummage Sale sign

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