Transitions With Jean - Columns

Now is the time to do more!

March 20, 2020

Grandma and Grandpa need our help!

We all want to keep them safe, so their retirement communities are keeping them isolated: no visitors, no communal meals, no activities, even choir is canceled. Ugh! This is truly a recipe for loneliness.

It is time for all of us to step up.


Technology can make us feel stupid

March 1, 2020

First, my message for today: YOU ARE NOT STUPID!

Now, my reason for saying that.

Every single day, I hear someone say, “I’m stupid”. Just this week, it was Mary, who lost her internet connection and didn’t know how to get it back. At work, I heard Denise...

Caregivers appreciate your support

February 2, 2020

The third Friday in February is National Caregivers Day - February 21, 2020.

Who are the caregivers in your life? Looking around your circle, you will see many people who fill this role.

First, there are the committed professionals who care for those who cannot fully take care of...

Signs you are no longer in charge of your house

January 5, 2020

Do you own your house, or does your house own you?

Here are signs that you’re no longer in charge of your house:

For starters, does the very thought of the unending chore list make you exhausted? Do you look around at all the things you have gathered and feel a crushing...

’Tis the season

December 1, 2019

Ah…. It is Christmas time. Have you ever noticed how much stress can come with being around family? Here is a quiz to get us all thinking of ways to have a Merrier Christmas. More than one answer can be a good choice.

1. The family is gathering for dinner on Christmas. I contribute...

Being nice to your favorite thrift store

November 3, 2019

Dear Jean,
I work at a thrift store. Many times, people bring in items that we cannot accept. It makes them cranky when we turn away their donations that they have taken the effort to bring to us. Please run a list for your readers of items that shouldn’t be taken to a...

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