Taking Notice

At San Clemente Villas Assisted Living in San Clemente, we are seeing some changes in the demographic of people who choose to come and stay with us. With people living longer and staying independent longer than in the previous decade, the age at which people opt to go to assisted living has edged up slightly. Our community primarily caters to active seniors. We make certain there are always fun things to do and physical activities to participate in, which help keep our seniors minds and bodies healthy. Our Assisted Living facility was founded with the idea that people would have a beautiful and stimulating experience for their retirement years. Freed from the demands of home upkeep and in a place where they can socialize, or hang out in their own apartment.

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At San Clemente Villas we know that a healthy diet, a stimulating environment, and exercise can all help to reverse some of the typical signs of aging. We have had families move their loved ones in here, and they have impaired cognition. Sometimes it is from a medical condition, but we can’t over emphasize how a lack of socialization can affect a person’s ability to communicate. After a month here, where we are helping people to remember to eat at regular intervals, making sure they are hydrated, and involving them in social activities, their families are overjoyed the loved one they thought was in a natural decline, has sprung back to life.


Having said that, we here at the Villas are not immune from what is happening in the overall population. Our staff is trained to spot when one of our residents is beginning to show signs of dementia and memory loss. At the San Clemente Villas we have built a wing specifically for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.  We have seen a rise in the number of people inquiring about top notch care for family members suffering with these diseases and we have responded.

“Our secure West Indies Extended Care Unit provides the highest level of care for residents with memory impairment diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia, Parkinson’s or other dementia-related disorders and extensive care needs.

Many of our highly trained staff specialize in dementia and Alzheimer’s care. We can help your family and your loved one deal with the difficult lifestyle changes dictated by these circumstances. If you have a loved one or parent dealing with memory problems, Parkinson’s disease, or Alzheimer’s, our retirement community will ensure they have a safe, comfortable place to live, while fostering a healthier lifestyle than they might otherwise experience.


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Nutrition And Seniors

foods for healthy bones, strong bodiesNutrition is important for everyone, especially for seniors.  As we age, we may not be able to eat certain things or we may have to alter our diets to deal with specific allergies or sensitivities to various foods.

However, it is reasonably easy to do this with a bit of practice.  Maintaining healthy eating results in mental clarity, a higher resistance to any illness or diseases, increased energy, much faster recuperation from surgeries, injuries or viruses such as the common cold – and allows us to deal with health issues that we must live with on a daily basis.  Eating well not only allows our bodies to function at the best level possible, but affects our emotional health.

Color is key to a good diet.  And, when I say diet I am not speaking of losing weight!  I am talking about what you eat on a daily basis.  The more color to your meals, the better!  The Japanese culture focuses on “five colors”.  Incorporating various vegetables and fruits will allow you to do this and it is also a feast for your eyes!  Just imagine a plate with protein (meat or chicken) or fish, accompanied with carrots, zucchini, and potatoes.  And, add to that a cup of berries!  Or, perhaps, a salad with cheese, onions, tomato, avocado, cucumber and a side dish of mixed fruit.  A sprinkling of cold-milled flaxseeds adds a healthy boost to your salad too!  These are all great choices depending on what your diet allows and what you enjoy.  All are rich in nutrients and you are on your way to healthy eating that will boost your brainpower and your body!

And, last but not least, don’t forget to be very careful with “ingredients” that can be harmful to your health.  Be sure to reduce your sodium intake and try to avoid “processed” carbohydrates such as white flour and rice, as well as refined sugar.  Try using natural sweeteners, sea salt, gluten-free flours and brown rice.

Take care of you and the rest will fall into place!  Enjoy! Oh and P.S. a little chocolate here and there never hurt anyone, so eat well, but don’t forget that a little indulgence now and then is good for heart!!

Aileen Brazeau



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