I wear 2 hats

IMG_1477Most of you know that I am your friendly neighborhood gerontologist, specializing in aging in place, independent living, and accessibility.

I also have coordinated Weed Warriors for more than 16 years. We do environmental restoration by pulling invasive weeds and planting natives. To help save trees and forests is to help save the planet.

Weed Warriors are a volunteer coalition of amateur and professional gardeners and environmental activists serving various organizations including but not limited to (in no particular order) IslandWood, Sustainable Bainbridge, BI Land Trust, City of Bainbridge Island, BI Parks Foundation, BI Parks & Rec, BI Watershed Council, Association of Bainbridge Communities, schools, service groups, and Kitsap Weed Board. Weed Warriors’ goal is to participate in at least one action and/or educational event a month focused on removal of noxious weeds and restoration of native plants. Weed Warriors is a 501c3 through Sustainable Bainbridge.

OUR NEXT EVENT is Sat. Dec. 16, from 1 to 3 at Way Point Woods on Bainbridge Island. This is an easy walk from the ferry or from T&C. Just take the very first left turn off the ferry and turn left, if by ferry. Or from Winslow, take the left from the Waterfront Trail just past the bridge.

Published by jeannettefranks

Jeannette Franks, PhD, is a passionate gerontologist and for over 20 years has taught ethics, grief and loss, and courses on geriatrics and gerontology for the University of Washington. Franks' most recent book is, To Move or To Stay Put: A Guide for Your Last Decades. Look for it now on the University Bookstore website http://www.bookstore.washington.edu/home/home.taf? It is also available at Eagle Harbor Books on Bainbridge. Franks previously published a definitive guide to independent and assisted living titled Washington Retirement Options, and often speaks on retirement options, disability issues, end-of-life issues and is an advocate for accessibility. She has a goal of making Bainbridge an elder-friendly community and is available to groups and families to discuss these issues. She served for nine years on the Kitsap County Advisory Council on Aging and Long-term Care. She also has the privilege of working in a small way for the past 15 years with the Suquamish tribal elders.

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