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With the intention of bringing quality living and personalized care to South Orange County seniors, San Clemente Villas by the Sea owners Paul and Aileen Brazeau built this bustling retirement community from the ground up in 2002 on property adjacent to Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. No expense was spared in creating their vision—which includes an 85˚ heated pool, on-site fitness center, beauty salon and movie theater among its many amenities.

From the desk of the Executive Director

jan mcalister

Happy Anniversary San Clemente Villas!

I would like to congratulate Aileen and the rest of the Brazeau family on what an accomplishment San Clemente Villas by the Sea is after 17 years! I remember “the vision” Aileen and Paul Brazeau had for building their own Assisted Living Senior Community because I met Aileen in 1999 when she stopped in for a tour at another large community where I was working. In her usual enthusiastic way she said, “I’d like to take a tour of your building because my husband and I are thinking about building an assisted living community ourselves.” Then, in the year 2000, I ended up working for them on Saturdays at the “corner trailer,” helping to rent apartments that weren’t even built yet. It was exciting seeing the Community being built from the ground up and meeting all the anxious “soon to be” residents and their families. Little did I know, it was a community I would be working at eventually full time and really loving my job and what I do. There is no assisted living community like “The Villas!” Here’s to another 17 successful years! Let’s celebrate this month!

Jan McAlister, Executive Director

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October Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

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2019 october newsletterHappy October from San Clemente Villas! There are all kinds of happenings this month! Be sure to check out the calendar in our October Newsletter!

 

2019 jeff harnarJeff Harnar

October 2rd @ 1:00 in the Lobby

The fabulous Jeff Harnar is back to entertain us! 

 

octoberfestOctoberfest Party!

Thursday, October 3rd @ 3:00 p.m. in the lobby

Wear your Lederhosen and Dirndls or just come as you are! Oompah Band Hors d’ oeuvres!

 

robin dierRobin Dier Seminar

October 5rd @ 10:30am in the Lobby

If you were really sick and had trouble communicating, would you like others to know what is important to you and offer suggestions on how they can be helpful? Come join Robin Dier and fellow residents for a lively discussion as we come up with ideas and then choose those statements that express our own wishes, called “Quality of Life” Statements. These statements will serve as an attachment to our health care directive. We will also discuss the purpose of estate planning documents and the importance of choosing a financial advocate who will always have our best interest in mind. About Robin: Robin is a California Licensed Professional Fiduciary, a retired CPA, and a former Long Term Ombudsman for the San Clemente Villas who investigated cases of financial abuse.

 

2019 villas choralJoin the Villas’ Chorale!

Monday, Ocober 7th @ 3:15pm in the Activities Center on Lower Level

We’re starting rehearsals We will be rehearsing for our Christmas performance Which of course will be in December. Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses needed Just show up for rehearsal! See you then!

 

2019 water aerobicsWater Aerobics!

Wednesdays at 3:00 (weather permitting) It’s baaaack!

Now being taught by Physical Therapist, Sandra Wong! Water Aerobics is a low-impact class designed to promote joint flexibility, range of motion, while building cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength. The buoyancy of the water reduces stress on the joints allowing greater ease of movement in a fun, supportive environment. The ability to swim is not required to participate. Sandra Wong, MPT

 

fireside chatFireside Chat with Chaplain Mark

First Wednesday of the Month @ 3:00pm in Library

For all residents this is a special time to just come share, learn, listen, fellowship with Chaplain Mark.

 

Join Us for Bingo!2019 bingo

Mondays 2:00, Wednesdays 2:00, Saturdays & Sundays 3:00

The residents of San Clemente Villas would like to invite adult family members, friends, community members and visitors to come play Bingo with them! $5.00 for 5 games! The more the merrier! Meet new friends! See you there? We hope so!

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

October 2019 Employee of the Month

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Aracely Sanchez Perez is a very hardworking and kind employee that we have the privilege of having on staff. Aracely loves spending time with her kids, taking them to the park, school, and fun adventures. She is a mother of 6 children, 5 girls and one boy. She adores talking about her family and how important it is to always give them love, respect and time. Aracely’s dream in life is to be able to see the three youngest girls keep studying and go to a nice university.

She very much loves working here at the Villas as a house keeper and says it is a blessing to work in a place for the seniors. Aracely has been working here for 3 years. She treats the residents with a lot of love and respect as if they were her actual family. She always walks around with a smile and has a very positive attitude. What she likes the most about her work is that she likes to work for the elderly because she learns a lot from them and she wants to give them the care and attention they deserve. We are very happy to have Aracely on staff, she is a wonderful employee and an amazing human being.

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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Marketing Check-in: Fall is Coming!

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Fall is Coming!

For most of us, September makes us think of back-to-school preparations and the upcoming Fall holidays. We also think of New York as it will be 18 years since the 9/11 tragedy. It’s true what they say.You don’t remember what you did one week ago but you will never forget what you were doing that morning of 9/11. I was getting ready for school and my grandma usually made my breakfast. Well, not that morning. She was sitting in front of the TV crying and I remember asking her what was going on. That day at school no one did any work, all classes had the TV on watching the news. It was a horrible day. Please take time this month to honor our emergency personnel, i.e. fireman, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, police, hospital staff, armed forces, the Red Cross as well as the many emergency non-profit organizations. San ClementeVillas would like to thank our First Responders for being there for all of us!

Esmeralda Lopez, Director of Marketing & Dianna Mendoza, Marketing Assistant

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From the desk of the Executive Director

jan mcalister

Dear Residents, Families and Staff,

September is the month I think of students of all ages returning to school and the possibility they may meet someone or already have a friend who will become a lifetime one! When I was in the 4th grade, I met a girl who became my best friend and has been near and dear to me for 50+ years! She knows who she is, so I won’t mention her name in my article, but I wanted to pay special tribute to her since this is her birthday month as well! She is a person that has seen me through thick and thin, only a phone call or text away if I need to talk. We, as best friends, have had our ups and downs over the years, but truly, aside from family, she is someone I can trust completely with those confidentialities I confess to her. I have probably laughed the loudest and hardest with this person…. her sense of humor is beyond funny! She is a gracious host when you visit her at home and has incorporated me into her very large family. I am simply known as, “Aunt Jan”. I can only advise the younger generation to cherish your friends you meet along the way in school….go to the family weddings, the funerals, the birthday parties! Stay in touch however you can. You will be blessed and so will they!

Jan McAlister, Executive Director

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Welcome September from the “West Indies”

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We hope everyone enjoyed their summer! Autumn season is here and it’s time to cool things down! September will be a busy month kicking off with Labor Day Monday the 2nd! Residents will be enjoying a barbeque on the patio and a beautiful scenic drive! We hope you get a chance to kick back, relax and enjoy your family and friends! School will be starting soon! I asked some of our residents to share a memory about being in school! Viola remembers walking over a mile every day to school. In the winter her dad had to drive her on the tractor because the snow was too deep to walk through! Faye’s favorite time at school was with her 6th grade teacher. They kept in touch for years. She made Faye a special glass bowl for her wedding! Martha played cards in High School with her friends and usually won! Happy birthday to resident Carmen B. 9/17/38 also employee Ana Mendoza on 9/11, and Leslie Brazeau 9/27! Everyone have a wonderful month! Make it a September to remember!

From Leslie and all the West Indies Staff and residents!

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September Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

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2019 september newsletterIt's September & we are excited for fall activities here at San Clemente Villas! Check out our September Newsletter to see what is happening this month!

 

2019 villas choralJoin the Villas’ Chorale!

Monday, Ocober 7th @ 3:15pm in the Activities Center on Lower Level

We’re starting rehearsals We will be rehearsing for our Christmas performance Which of course will be in December. Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses needed Just show up for rehearsal! See you then!

 

majongLearn to Play Mah Jongg

September 3rd & 15th @ 1:00 in the lower level card area

Your instructor will be Eleanor Izac. Every first & third Tuesday she’ll be there to teach all who want to learn how to play. So come one, come all! This is a great opportunity to learn to play the game! But we also need experienced players to help and of course, to have fun! See you there!!

 

2019 scrabblePlay Scrabble with Jen & Monica!

2nd & 4th Mondays @ 9:00 a.m.in the Kahuna!

These wonderful gals are volunteering to play Scrabble with you. YOU DON’T HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO PLAY – they’ll teach you! Please come, and if you DO know how to play, come help out – and have fun, of course!

 

The Hut storeThe Hut

Open 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays

The Villas’ has its own little store on the lower level across from the activities center. It will be open for its regular hours from 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Resident Mr. Hobart is in charge, and he says that if you have an emergency and really need something, see him. He’s always glad to open up shop for you!

 

fireside chatFireside Chat with Chaplain Mark

First Wednesday of the Month @ 3:00pm in Library

For all residents this is a special time to just come share, learn, listen, fellowship with Chaplain Mark.

 

Join Us for Bingo!2019 bingo

Mondays 2:00, Wednesdays 2:00, Saturdays & Sundays 3:00

The residents of San Clemente Villas would like to invite adult family members, friends, community members and visitors to come play Bingo with them! $5.00 for 5 games! The more the merrier! Meet new friends! See you there? We hope so!

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

September 2019 Employee of the Month

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Rosario was born in Leon Guanajuato, Mexico. She came from a big family of 16 siblings. Rosario is number 6 on the younger end. She came to the U.S. about 35 years ago with her family. Her dad was born in the U.S. and would go every year to work here, then in December he would go back to Mexico and stay with the family for a couple of months. Eventually her dad got the necessary papers to bring the family to the U.S. Once they all came, the family members each got jobs. Rosario and a sister first worked at San Clemente Ranch, packing tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. She worked for about 6 months there, but then got laid off because they didn’t have any more to harvest. Then she started another job as a seamstress for many years. Rosario has three children, sons Uriel and Osvaldo and daughter Crystal. Rosario loves working at the Villas because the residents are really nice. She feels that they are so grateful for the care she does for them, and for her that means a lot. She’s been at the Villas more than 12 years. She’s really happy working with the residents and says, “We have really nice residents, we really do.” Rosario, you’ve been Employee of the Month in the past, and are most deserving of it again! Thank you for your service and your loyalty to the Villas and to the residents.

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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August Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

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2019 august newseltterAugust is here & activities are sizzling at San Clemente Villas! Check out our August Newsletter to see what is happening this month!

 

alzheimers OC support groupAlzheimer's OC Support Group

Monday, August 5th @ 3:00 pm in the Villas' Library

Note that this group is for the family members and caregivers of folks with memory issues. If you know a family member or caregiver who is concerned about or caring for someone with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other memory issues, please let them know about this group. ALL RESIDENTS ARE INVITED as are your family members or friends who are interested.

 

2019 luauAnnual Villas Luau

Wednesday, August 7th @ 1:00pm in the Lobby

All residents, employees, family and friends invited! Wear your grass skirt, coconut top and lei if you’ve got them! Our thanks to “The Hula Connection”

 

majongLearn to Play Mah Jongg

August 6th & 20th @ 1:00 in the lower level card area

Your instructor will be Eleanor Izac. Every first & third Tuesday she’ll be there to teach all who want to learn how to play. So come one, come all! This is a great opportunity to learn to play the game! But we also need experienced players to help and of course, to have fun! See you there!!

 

2019 scrabblePlay Scrabble with Jen & Monica!

2nd & 4th Mondays @ 9:00 a.m.in the Kahuna!

These wonderful gals are volunteering to play Scrabble with you. YOU DON’T HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO PLAY – they’ll teach you! Please come, and if you DO know how to play, come help out – and have fun, of course!

 

The Hut storeThe Hut

Open 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays

The Villas’ has its own little store on the lower level across from the activities center. It will be open for its regular hours from 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Resident Mr. Hobart is in charge, and he says that if you have an emergency and really need something, see him. He’s always glad to open up shop for you!

 

fireside chatFireside Chat with Chaplain Mark

First Wednesday of the Month @ 3:00pm in Library

For all residents this is a special time to just come share, learn, listen, fellowship with Chaplain Mark.

 

Join Us for Bingo!2019 bingo

Mondays 2:00, Wednesdays 2:00, Saturdays & Sundays 3:00

The residents of San Clemente Villas would like to invite adult family members, friends, community members and visitors to come play Bingo with them! $5.00 for 5 games! The more the merrier! Meet new friends! See you there? We hope so!

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

August 2019 Employee of the Month

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Toni is again our employee of the month. She’s a treasured worker for the Villas. She came to the Villas in October of 2009. Toni works many hours because she loves to make the lives of seniors better. It’s her passion in life. She’s happy working with them. When they have a problem, she says, and she can help them, it’s so rewarding. Toni helps provide for a nephew who is in school, and a brother with impaired vision. Her hobby would be Scrabble is she had more time to play! Toni, thanks for your positive attitude, your willingness to help wherever needed and your loyalty to the Villas! We appreciate you so much. And congratulations on once again being Employee of the Month.

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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A Father's Day Tribute

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Paul Brazeau

paul brazeau and leslieI am proud to call myself one of the daughters of Paul Brazeau. He was the strongest man I knew and brought strength to our family and people around him! It is very painful to lose a loved one. My father was always there for me and so many others. I was fortunate to be able to spend time with him when he needed me the most. These precious memories will last a life time!

paul brazeauA father to me is a man that can be dedicated to a lifelong responsibility, whose guidance, strength and love grows throughout our life. He gives you room to grow and make mistakes but somehow keeps you from stumbling along the way. The older I get the wiser my father seemed to be to me!

Leslie

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Happy St. Patrick's Day from the “West Indies”

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We would like to give a warm welcome to new residents Maureen F. and Karin H.! Also Happy Birthday to beautiful Sandy on March 20th!

We are looking forward to Daylight savings timeMarch 10th bringing us more sunshine throughout the day. How exciting! Spring is in the air, beginning March 20th warmer weather ahead! Residents will be relaxing on the outside patio, feeling the warmth of the sunshine and a breath of fresh air!

Well the “Lucky month of March” has arrived! We have leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold lurking among us! There seems to be a little bit of Irish in all of us celebrating and having fun! Make sure you wear green or you’ll get pinched! Do you know why? The country of Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle; therefore countrymen are expected to wear green in honor of their country. If you do not wear green your fellow countrymen will pinch you to remind you that you are of Irish descent.

Our residents have weekly visits from pet therapy dog Andy! We also have a new batch of baby birds, and they are singing away sharing with us their gift of song!

One thing I have learned from working here in the West Indies is that it’s not how much you have it’s how much you can give.Love, compassion, a hug or a simple smile is priceless and doesn’t cost anything!

The West Indies Staff and residents wish everyone a wonderful March! As always, with love, Leslie, Rey, Lupe and the entire W.I. staff!

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It’s March Madness at the Villas

Time to Refer a Friend or Relative!

We want residents, family members and friends of the community to know that now is the time to refer your friends and family to move into our community!

But why the Villas? Well, we asked a few of our residents what they love about living here, and here’s what they said.

Wayne and Sandy S. have been living at the Villas now for three years. They enjoy the social hour three days a week. They love both listening and dancing to the music. They also love how friendly everyone is.

Dot W. has been living here for two years and says she enjoys everything, but especially going on our outings.

Elba J. has been here for two years and she, too, loves how friendly everyone is, the residents, the family members and the employees. And she made it very clear how much she loves to dance! There are certainly lots and lots of opportunities to do that at the Villas! Elba’s great.

When Dianna or Esmeralda in marketing are touring a prospective resident, Elba is always so friendly, stopping to tell them how much she loves living here.

And for our Residents we’d like to say that with many new residents comes a need for more resident ambassadors. If you’ve lived here 6 months or more and want to be a buddy to a new resident, showing them the building, and the “ropes”, come see Dianna or Esmeralda in the Marketing Office. We’ve got a special treat for you for helping out!

Contact Esmaralda Today to Refer a Friend!

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San Clemente Villas invites Brad Budde, PT to speak at a Luncheon Seminar

"How to Keep Being Mentally & Physically Fit" on 2-22-19 to be held in the Villas Activities Center. Brad Budde Shares His Proven System Helping Families Preserve Mental & Physical Fitness Today and In the Best Years Ahead. NFL Veteran USC Hall of Famer and Physical Therapist Brad Budde’s background as a professional athlete has provided him with the unique opportunity to develop leadership abilities and identify the vital link between the mind and body in achieving one’s highest potential. He specializes in geriatric therapy, especially in Senior Wellness Programs. For the last 17 years, Brad has rehabilitated senior citizens as President of Budde Physical Therapy, Inc."

Ad Brad Budde Seminar

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Famous Animator Don Lusk Dies at Age 105 in San Clemente

Resident of San Clemente Villas by the Sea

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Don Lusk in this undated image. Photo: Courtesy of Slip Lusk via The Hollywood Reporter 

 If you’ve ever seen one of Disney’s classic films or Hanna-Barbera shows or some of the Charlie Brown editions, there’s a good chance Don Lusk worked on one of them. Lusk’s career as an animator includes a staggeringly impressive list, such as Bambi (1942), Fantasia (1940), and Alice in Wonderland (1950).

 But it was San Clemente where he ended up spending his final years. Lusk died on Dec. 30 at the San Clemente Villas by the Sea at age 105, according to close friends and entertainment media outlets.  According to his close friend, Juliette Paskowitz—the widow of famed physician and surfer Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz—she befriended Lusk during his final years, as they both resided at the San Clemente Villas.

“He’d been here five years, and I’ve known him for three, and one of my young sons who is an artist and gave him a beautiful painting,” Paskowitz said. “We were so close. I knew all about his life, wife, children, and he confided in me. Like Josh (her son) says, he was such a unique person.”

Paskowitz said due to random and assigned seating, she was introduced to Lusk for the first time a few years ago. While she said she didn’t think she belonged at the residence that is meant for retired people, she quickly found companionship with the famed cartoonist.

 “I came downstairs for dinner and came to see my son, Izzy, and he said, ‘Pretend like it’s the first day of school,’ and he introduced me and, you know, I never realized that behind all those gray hairs are beautiful stories, and I’ve met so many good friends here, including Don. He was just amazing and so smart and so funny.”

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Don Lusk, left, with Juliette Paskowitz in this recent photo taken at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Paskowitz 

 Paskowitz said then-post-centenarian Lusk would tell her all kinds of stories, not necessarily related to his work with Disney, Hanna-Barbera and other entertainment titans. She said although he would ask for seconds when they had wine with dinner, he would frequently share.

 “After the other people would leave, he was so slow to finish, so I always sat by him, and we would go through the tales of his life together,” Paskowitz said, adding that their friendship was like two spirits passing each other between this world and the next.

Lusk’s career may be the most complete of any animator in history. He was a character animator for Lady and the Tramp (1955) and worked on episodes and movies of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang, The Jetsons—

Details of Lusk’s memorial were not available.

San Clemente Villas by the Sea
January 2, 2019

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