Transitions With Jean - Columns

Keeping your job while helping your parents

November 5, 2017

Is taking care of your aging parents interfering with your job?  You’re not alone!

AARP reports that 40% of adults are caring for a family member who is sick or disabled.  Most of those who are, don’t even consider themselves to be a caregiver, thinking “I am a...

Whether 19 or 90 years old, making a transition is a big step

September 3, 2017

It is that time of the year. As they are heading off to college, freshmen students are starting a new adventure in their lives. It is exciting. It is scary. It is a big step. Nothing back at home will be the same again. Part of the journey is planning what fits into that dorm room.


I believe in music

August 6, 2017

Dear Jean:

Mom has dementia and lives in a memory care place. Something that frustrates me when I go visit is the music they play on the sound-system. It is typical to hear songs that are jarring to the peace. Recently, I heard the Rolling Stones, followed by Rod Stewart...

How to break up a family

July 2, 2017

If one were writing a book on how to clear-out an estate, it could also be entitled “How to break up a family”.

Whether it is the family house that you were raised in, or their assisted-living apartment, emptying out your parents’ home is one of the most emotional times...

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