The Importance of Music

Music programs at Aileen Brazeua's San Clemente VillasFor some, economic recovery has begun, for others struggles remain. Our Orange County schools are among those who are dealing with cutbacks to sports and music programs. In much of South Orange County parents have stepped in to keep programs going in schools where there have been cutbacks. In other, poorer neighborhoods, where parents are working two and three jobs just to make ends meet, there was little to nothing left over for extracurricular activities.

Some schools are just this year beginning to plan for the reinstatement of music programs in their schools and more are feeling hopeful with the vigorous, healthy real estate market and some job recovery, they will be able to once again fund their music and sports programs.

As someone who works with people, I will tell you that being involved in music programs can literally change lives, no matter what age. It even makes a big difference in the lives of those you would not think would affect.

For children and teens, no matter what their economic status, music is a form of self expression, a way to get lost in something beautiful, and for many, a path to self esteem. Seniors love their music as well. It brings them together, for some, the songs bring back fond memories, and just the sheer joy of singing or playing an instrument lights people up and fills their souls. I know I sound dramatic, but if you watch people when they play an instrument or sing, you can see it. You can see their countenance change, their posture, and the looks of happiness on their faces. Our residents light up when local musicians come and play for them, and the musicians themselves are always thrilled at the appreciation and applause they receive after a performance at the Villas!!

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen At Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2012

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Children and Seniors

 

seniors and children Aileen Brazeau San Clemente Vilas

If you visit San Clemente Villas you will see children running through our hallways more often than not. We love to have our residents Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren come to visit. Their visits bring joy to their immediate family members and they also fill our halls with laughter and the energy that only the young have.

We do all sorts of outings and activities at the Villas, but seeing the same people day in and day out can sometimes get a little ho hum, visits from children do so much to change that feeling. There is nothing that compares to their smiles and delight at the little things. The icing on the cake is  visits from these sweet children will stir up memories for people. Memories that can be delightful and cause the residents to chat amongst themselves about bringing up their own children, and sometimes even reminiscing about their own childhoods.

There are some facilities which are now combining Senior Care and Day Care, and it is making a huge impact on the lives of both the children and the seniors.

I did some research, and actually came across an organization called SKIP. This organization has a mission to bring children and seniors together in order to enhance their lives. This coming together of children and seniors is beneficial to the elders, and sometimes it also makes a big difference in the life of children.

With so many parents working multiple jobs just to get by these days, sometimes the time a young child spends each week with a Seniors citizen is the only place that child gets unconditional love and attention, praise and the chance to feel truly special to someone. Because the seniors have already raised their own children, their time with these little visitors is more about fun than it is about discipline, so everyone gets to have fun.

Aileen Brazeau

Aileen At Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2012

 

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Clearing out the Clutter

Clearing the clutter, Aileen Brazeau San Clemente VillasEach year when the weather changes in certain parts of the country, people move their winter clothes out of the closet and start moving their spring and summer clothes in. Back in the old days we would also take the heavy winter curtains off the windows and put up the light, billowy sheers. It was both literal and symbolic. The cold, dark, heaviness of winter was shut away and the lightness of spring and summer was welcomed. Each year, as we put away the heavy darkness, we cleaned, hence the name Spring Cleaning.

Although the weather doesn’t go through the same drastic fluctuations here in California that some parts of the country experience, it still get’s cooler during the winter months, we wear heavier clothing and we get winter time clutter in our homes, and some of us even let things pile up a bit in our offices. Even here, in Southern California, some of us perform the soothing and cleansing tasks of spring cleaning.

In honor of the start of the spring season I have some things to share. Five things you can do to spring clean your office and career:

  1. Clearly state your goals for the next few months and state how you intend to achieve them
  2. Remove any clutter that would impede your progress, that includes excess papers and files on your desk, and any clutter or negative thought that is running through your mind as well.
  3. Put away anything you don’t need and try running with a cleaner, simpler schedule that removes some of the making busy tasks and leaves time for meeting with friends, working out, spending time with family.
  4. Take those heavy curtains off your windows and let in the cool breezes!! Then go see the flower fields in Carlsbad California and fill your mind with the scent, color and exquisite beauty of nature.
  5. Read or watch something inspirational.

Aileen Brazeau

San Clemente Villas

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