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…the REST OF THE TUCSON VISIT

Apr 13th, 2012 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Beckers’ Second and Third Days in So. Arizona We left Kartchner Caverns and continued driving south to Tubac having heard from senior friends that it was an artist’s colony and worth a visit. We discovered that Tubac was established in 1752 as a Spanish Presidio…that’s a really fancy word for fort, which I didn’t know. [...]



THE BECKER’S TRAVEL TO TUCSON

Apr 12th, 2012 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: Senior Travel

A Senior Three-Day Trip to Tucson jeb and I just returned from a most delightful three day senior citizen trip to Tucson and I casually threw out the suggestion that he write a travel blog on our trip.  My husband, aka jeb, equally casually, threw back the challenge, “Why don’t you write it!”  Before thinking [...]



On The Road With Elderly Parents

Jul 21st, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

We left early on a Friday morning for the Midwest.  My father was finally on the road, returning to his home state.  I’m quite sure that his agenda was to find a home they could live in and make that important move back to his roots where he wanted to die.  We started making plans [...]



For Senior Women: More Thoughts About My High School Class Reunion

Jul 4th, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

I was telling my daughter about my high school class reunion and her compassionate response spurred me to further thought and consideration.  She commented that high school seems to be such a difficult time for so many students.  It was true in my day, 50 years ago,  it was true in her day, 25 years ago, [...]



A Senior’s High School Reunion

Jun 28th, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

As SCJ’s Senior Moments blog said last week, this is the season of class reunions.  I happen to be one that is ‘celebrating’ 50 years of highschool graduation.  And I did struggle with whether I really wanted to attend or not.  In fact, I choose to NOT.   And I did have good ‘excuses’: we were to [...]



End of Life Agendas and Salade Nicoise

Jun 13th, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

As we were driving to the airport this morning, my sisters and I remembered other pieces of  Dad’s jewelry that hadn’t been given to my hospice sister for ‘safe keeping’.   One of my sisters said she thought that the gold chain was a gift to Dad from his wife, our step mother,  and perhaps [...]



Dementia: A Loss For Everyone

Jun 6th, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

Agendas…as my sisters and I were taking our hospice-expert sister back to the airport this morning, she commented, “I wonder if I’ll ever come here without an agenda.”   She’s the one who, a year ago, started talking with Dad and his wife about ‘dying’.  Each time she makes her monthly pilgrimage to spend a [...]



Dealing with the Effects of Dementia on Decision-Making

May 30th, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

One of the difficult pieces of dad’s dementia has been listening to his ‘onceinawhile’ verbal attacks.  They haven’t been frequent, nor have they been  vicious, both of which my hospice sister says could change.  One day, recently,  I went with my father to the gas station to fill his car.  He willingly and almost automatically [...]



No, We’re Not Moving

May 24th, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

Reality walked out the back door with Dad and his wife, our second mom, when any discussion about a move to their ’home state’ was on their plate.  It seemed for this 94 year old demented  father of ours and his 82 year old wife, that they would be able to handle the severe cold weather, the [...]



Senior Women With an Entrepreneurial Spirit

May 16th, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

When I turned 60, my husband had just retired.  He’d taught French and Spanish for 150 years and he was ready to do volunteer work and garden.  I was ready for a different adventure, but hadn’t quite figured out what that adventure was going to look like.  So when my youngest daughter asked me one [...]