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 just published a book, 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 and Liberty Books in Poulsbo

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.

Currently she is a board member of the Bainbridge Island Senior and Community Center and is a Hospice volunteer. 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 12 years with the Suquamish tribal elders.

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  1. Hello,
    I saw you on a rerun of New Day NW several weeks ago and got your book soon thereafter. I am finding it very helpful and informative as I enter my 60’s. This article I saw in the Times today made me think of you and the book. http://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/too-much-stuff-we-collect-it-all-our-lives-and-then-what/

    I hope you are well and thank you for the many resources and encouraging words you write of in your book.


  2. Our 92 year old mother has been blessed with excellent health all of her life. With no underlying illnesses, eg., cancer, diabetes, etc…, she (and we) now face a very difficult situation. Although Mom is cognizant of most things, she steadfastly refuses to take meds which can help manage high anxiety. We had thought it might be “sundowning” but it now occurs all day long, starting in the morning. We have the help of the compassionate people at Hospice (Visiting Nurse Association) in Newport, Rhode Island. But, Mom’s own physician doesn’t seem to understand elder care issues. I’ve tried, in vain, to find an elder care physician or professional who can help with understanding symptoms, management of them and choosing appropriate meds to assist. I’ve wanted to keep Mom at home, as long as I can, but it’s becoming more difficult to be convinced we have a sufficient skill set to do so. Any suggestions, from you, will be appreciated. Thank you, in advance.


    • I’m sorry for your mother’s issues and those of your family. This question is too complex to address in email. It is unfortunately common to be unable to find a primary care physician with special expertise in aging and dementia. You might consider a geriatric care manager who can spend time with your family member and family to help suggest some options.


  3. Hello, Jeanette,
    Mark Becker (our next door neighbor) conveyed to us your warm good wishes, for which we thank you! Have you had chance this year to visit our community garden, Rock Farm? We invite you to come and spend some time with us and perhaps we can talk a bit about habitat restoration and sustainability, and long term care issues (I currently serve on the board of the non-profit Martha and Mary).
    Best regards,
    Phil Rockefeller


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