Transitions With Jean - Columns

How to split Mom’s estate fairly among children

July 1, 2018

Dear Jean: Mom moved into assisted living. She asked me to help divide the items in our family home and get it cleared out for selling. I have a brother and two sisters. It has really been stressing Mom.

There is nothing of great dollar value, but there are things of...




Kids, elders bring each other joy

June 7, 2018

Kids bring joy to elders. Elders bring joy to kids. The next obvious step is to get them together.

That is the starting point of a program started by Kim Patterson of Brookdale Appleton Senior Living. Patterson had been an elementary school teacher at St. Pius in Appleton. After 15 years,...




Don’t second-guess decisions made with best of intentions

May 6, 2018

Did you ever read something that really hit home with you? This week, I did.

Here it is: “I am not a second-guesser. I believe you make decisions with the best of intentions, with the best information you can find, with the best awareness of your circumstances, and you live with the...




Readers share ideas on overcoming loneliness

April 1, 2018

The last few columns, we have been chatting about loneliness. Britain has assigned a Minister of Loneliness, so I asked how we might help our seniors who are becoming more lonely and isolated. Last month, readers sent in suggestions of what they do to keep involved in...




Readers seek ways to overcome loneliness

March 4, 2018

Last time, I shared with you that Britain is creating a Minister of Loneliness and that my first thought had been, “Wow! How do we get one?” So many people in our community are achingly lonely.

Readers were...





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