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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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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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

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Happy Thanksgiving !

happy thanksgiving from Aileen and Paul

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Another Year In The Books

As Thanksgiving approaches and Christmas comes up,I am feeling this year draw to a close, perhaps more keenly that I have in past years. I am reminded of a song  that goes something like this,

“It’s just another New Year’s Eve,
Another night like all the rest.
It’s just another New Year’s Eve,
Let’s make it the best.
It’s just another New Year’s Eve,
It’s just another Auld Lang Syne,
But when we’re through this New Year
You’ll see, will be
Just fine.”

While it’s not time to sing that song just yet, I feel it coming. Some years seem to pass more slowly, others just fly by. This one was one of those years where you wake up in October and say, “what happened, where did the year go?” Between running the Villas and the horse farm, celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, not to mention the races, this has been an action packed year.

Some of the days were stressful, but I am grateful that more often than not, Paul and I have been able to spend time with family and loved ones. So many tragedies this year in our country it seems to wear us all down. But then a new day dawns and we get up and get moving again.

I wish for everyone who has lost someone this year to find solace in friends and family. I pray that everyone who has lost a home find some resolution and a warm place to lay their head.

Aileen Brazeau

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Autumn in the OC

It’s still warm, but every so often you can get just the slightest whiff of fall in the air. I don’t know how to describe it, but the air just feels crisp and the smell is clean and fresh. It gets me excited. I am a Holidays kind of girl, and it really is my favorite time of the year.

I also love clothes and fashion, and at this time of the year, I get to pull out my sweaters and scarves and get a little more bundled up onaileen brazeau san clemente villas, charitable giving, philanthrophist those chilly winter evenings. This is also the time of year when I get to attend some special events and to wear dresses one would only wear for a Holiday party.

I read an interesting post in the OC Register  all about the coming Fall Fashion Season here in Orange County written  By  | OC Family:

” Top takeaways from the session on what to look out for this season:

“I was covering New York fashion week for E! and every fashionable girl was wearing something plaid, try and think of any and every way to incorporate plaid into your wardrobe.” – Catt Sadler, E!.

“For me, what I’m most excited for fall is the colors. I really like the rich tones–the mustard oranges, and all sorts of reds, from aubergine to deep fiery red. I am most looking forward to dressing with more color. Also berets are super big for fall, and the vintage cat eyed sunglasses – two must haves for sure.” – Emily Cholakian, blogger.

“For me it is the casual dressing mega-mix, where you can take velvet and silk and shine and wear them for day in a causal way. Wear them back with denim, or take a cool sweatshirt that says Adidas and pair with a beautiful velvet pant.” ­– Jill Johnston, Nordstrom.

“Find ways to mix. I’m all about finding things you already have and finding ways to mix them in. Go to Neiman’s and get yourself a great pair of skinny jeans at a high price point and pair it with something you already have–it might even be a camisole–and it’s the perfect outfit” – Daniel Musto, Hollywood stylist.

But the definitive statement about what to wear now might have been from stylist Cheresse Pentella, whose advice we could all take to heart: “I’ll just say it is all about bringing out your own individual fashion. You create your own statement piece, and remember, there are no rules this season.”

 

Fashion is fun, and should reflect your personality. But always remember, it’s not what you wear that makes you who you are. What you wear can be a reflection of different aspects of our personalities, it’s true. Who we are and how we treat people is always more important than what we wear. So, have fun with your attire, but also remember to treat people with respect and above all, be kind.

Aileen Brazeau

San clemente Business woman, Senior assisted living

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What I Did This Summer

 

aileen end of the summer get togetherPaul and I have had a busy summer season. We have the Villas to run, we have our horse farm and our beautiful horses. Then there is our families. Between all three, there is always something going on.

Aileen brazeau, san clemente villas, brazeau thoroughbred farms, aileen san clementeAs always, I do my best to stay fit and strong. When you are running a top-tier Senior Living Facility and you and your husband own a Thoroughbred Horse Farm where you train and breed horses for racing, you have a busy life. Being fit and strong is important.

Paul and I also love spending time with friends and family. As the years go by and we get older, those times get even more precious to both of us. aileen brazeau dinner party for family and friends

It is my hope that each of you have also had a great summer season, and that going forward into the holidays, you will be able to surround yourself with friends and family.

 

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