Transitions With Jean - Columns

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...

Readers invited to share ideas on loneliness

February 4, 2018

The headline in the Post Crescent caught my eye: “Britain gets first-ever Minister for Loneliness”.

My immediate thought was “Wow! How do we get one?”

This is not just a British problem. It sounds like something we could use help with, right here in the...

Bit by bit, Alzheimer’s stole from us

January 7, 2018

A thief came and stole from us. This is one thief that you can’t arrest. His name is Alzheimer’s.

It started about five years ago. At first, it was little things. Sometimes, Dad would be missing a piece of memory. “Alz” would take odds and ends. Just enough to...

Great gift ideas for aging parents, grandparents

December 3, 2017

Dear Jean,     I recently bought your book, “Transitions – stories of how to help Mom and Dad with their stuff”.  Almost daily I have a constant anxiety about my stuff.  I just finished the...

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...

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