Fun at the Villas

Some people have the perception that living in a retirement community is boring. I don’t know about other communities, but at my San Clemente Villas, we have a good time.

There is always something going on. We hold Charity events, Chamber Mixers, celebrations and we even have Poker and Casino nights for our residents, and often times other members of our San Clemente Community and families of our residents attend our events.

We also take field trips to various landmarks around Southern California, and hold classes, exercise sessions and best of all, dances with good music. No one is required to attend, but all who live here are welcome, and most people love our events.

Aileen Brazeau

San Clemente Villas


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Summer Fun in San Clemente, CA


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5K Ocean Run, Ocean Festival, San Clemente

All of our South Orange County cities try to make summer a special time for  their residents. There are  free concerts in the park on Friday nights in Laguna Niguel, and on Sundays in Dana Point. San Clemente has a few beach concerts in the summer, and they also have their Annual Ocean Festival on July 18th & 19th. [Read more…]

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How Much Sleep do Seniors Need?

pets for companyI was told that as we age we need less sleep. I must tell you that the truth is this. As we age we sleep less, but that doesn’t mean we need less sleep. Yes, our bodies are no longer changing and growing like a teenager.  Well, okay, they are growing and changing, that is still true, just not in the same way a youngsters body is.

The National Institutes of Health has put forth the proposition that older adults need 7 to 9 hours sleep, just like everyone else.  The fact that as we age our sleep tends to get interrupted more frequently with trips to the restroom, and just less REM sleep overall.  Brain function can become impaired at any age when we don’t give our minds and bodies enough rest and exercise. So I think it’s important to do the following:

  1. Find a way to ease aches and pains before retiring for the night, perhaps a warm bath, or a cup of tea
  2. If you are prone to leg pain, find just the right type of pillow to place between your knees
  3. Get plenty of exercise during the day, it’s good for your brain and will help you to sleep better
  4. If your mind gets restless when you lie in bed, try soothing music as a background for your sleep
  5. Dance whenever you can. Even if it’s by yourself at home. Dancing releases endorphins, and music makes us happy, when we feel happy and relaxed we sleep better.
  6. If you get really sleepy in the middle of the day, don’t be afraid to take a short nap. There are some people who have more trouble sleeping when they get overtired.

So remember, no matter how old we are we need our sleep…


Aileen Brazeau



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Fashion for Women Over 70

Senior before and after, San Clemente Villas from St Louis Dispatch

Gone are the days when every woman over the age of 70 is required to cut their hair short and dye it a silvery blue color, complete with a curly perm. Gone also, are the old lady orthopedic shoes and the Grandma sweatshirts. So what should we wear instead? Some part of us wants to cling to the tradition while others would like nothing more than to throw on anything we used to wear happily.

If that’s how your Grandma or Mom is dressing, take them to your hair stylist, and go on a shopping trip, because they don’t have to look like a stereotypical old lady any more. A fresh, layered bob, a short and sassy shag, or a great pixie cut can bring any woman’s style into the 2000’s. And those old elastic waist pants need to go to. Instead opt for comfortable stretchy dark washed jeans in a straight leg style. Or some soft chinos in different colors. Just because a woman is aging it doesn’t mean she has to look old.

And while we are on the subject, how about some comfortable, but stylish walking shoes instead of those awful white pleather sneakers. I know that some of our elders are very frugal, but try to gently steer them in a more fashion conscious direction. Why? Because looking like you still have a fun and lively nature can change everything. Boosting her mood will be the first benefit, as how we see ourselves is one of the most important parts of fashion and aging. It will also make younger people less able to pigeon hole her as an old lady. Giving her some style back will make her feel more beautiful and confident, and when you feel more beautiful and confident, it’s easier to socialize as well as enjoy life a bit more.

Take a look at this slide show, Hairstyles for women over 70:



Forever young at heart and stylishly yours

Aileen Brazeau

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Facts & Myths

If you have ever experienced the pain of watching and caring for a family member or close friend with Dementia or Alzheimer’s you know how devastating these afflictions can be. They gradually destroy the minds of once active, intelligent men and women. The people who guided you through life no longer live in the body you see, they are gone and you won’t ever get them back. I make it a point to donate, advocate and share information at every turn  to help people understand and cope with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

I am extending an invitation to you and yours to attend this seminar at San Clemente Villas Assisted Living Facility in San Clemente :

san clemente villas seminar on Alzheimers and Dementia

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When is it time for assisted living?

Is maintaining a home getting to be too much? Are you or your loved one having trouble walking and dressing? Is your appetite not what it used to be? Maybe driving a car is no longer an option. Keeping your medications straight, how much to take and when, too hard to keep track of? Have many of your friends moved away or passed on?

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If more than two of these things are happening to you a loved one or a family member, then it could be time to give us a call. We would be happy to arrange a tour, and depending upon your interests, have you come at a time when a specific activity will be taking place.

We here at San Clemente Villas understand that Assisted Living might not be for everyone, but I just want to share something with you. Time and time again, children have come to us, distressed that their Mom, Dad, Aunt or Uncle is in decline. Once they come to stay with us, more often than not, their verbal skills improve dramatically. Their physical well-being is much better because they are eating better. Any signs of depression subside as they start to chat with the other residents, participate in activities, dance, sing, and swim or go on outings. The importance of socialization for any person cannot be stressed enough. In Seniors it can mean the difference between life and death.


Aileen Brazeau


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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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Good Ole Gals and SC Villas!

During the year, I attend regular monthly dinners with the Good Ole Gals. We are a local group of women who meet, have a nice dinner and just talk about what it going on in our community and our lives. These days I think it is more important than ever to stay in touch with people. So many of us get wrapped up in our work and family obligations and it can become a bit isolating over time. The women knows as the Good Ole Gals make the effort, the committment, to get together every single month of the year.

This year our group had decided to  have a “dark December” and not meet.   Instead I floated the idea of having a Christmas party and everyone agreed. So I hosted a party at San Clemente Villas for the Good Ole Gals,  with an Elvis Impersonator called “The OC Elvis”   AND  I hired the Kelly Boyz to dance with some of the Ladies. A great time was had by all!!


Please see below on the youtube video link.

Happy Holidays

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USO Canteen Style

Hotel Wolverine Band performs for Aileen Brazeau's residents.To celebrate independence day, Aileen Brazeau’s residents and guests at San Clemente Villas were treated to a WWII, USO Canteen style celebration.  The event featured all the hallmarks of an authentic evening at a small town USO including  music, food, refreshments and dancing in honor of Independence Day on Monday, July 4th.

The festivities took place in the spacious San Clemente Villas lobby and patio area just outside.  Dance music was provided by Frank Sano’s Hotel Wolverine Band.  The Hotel Wolverine Jazz Band is a seven piece traditional jazz group consisting of Cornet, Clarinet, Trombone, Piano, Tuba or Bass, Drums and Banjo or Guitar.  They perform music from the tuneful era of the 1920’s, the 1930’s and through the war years of the mid-1940’s.

Their repertoire consists of very danceable/listenable songs to take attendees back to those memorable musical years. Highlights include such favorites as “Sentimental Journey” “Ain’t Misbehavin” “Washington & Lee Swing” “It Had To Be You” “All of Me” “Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree” “Five Foot Two” and “Bye Bye Blues”.

As is often the case, Aileen opened the event to members of the local community as well.   Did you know that the USO is still supporting our troops?  You can  click here to support the USO.


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