Transition Hope offers information, resources on aging family members
Transition Hope, a business dedicated to helping people deal with aging parents or grandparents, now has a representative in Jamestown.
“The company’s fairly new. It’s only been around since 2013,” said Felicia Westerlund of Jamestown, Transition Hope representative.
The business offers several products designed to help reduce stress for the aging person and for family members, but it also offers free seminars for people dealing with those same issues.
Its representatives are somewhat independent, like those of cosmetics company Mary Kay, Westerlund said.
She said she wished Transition Hope had been around when Westerlund’s own grandparents were experiencing health issues related to aging, as some of the products would have helped them.
For example, there is “The Big Pink Binder,” which has tabs for all the information that could potentially become important during a crisis, such as medical documents or a will.
During an emergency, the binder can simply be grabbed and brought to the hospital or wherever it is needed, and its bright color should make it easier to find. The binder costs $49.
Another product Transition Hope offers is “Memory Capture,” in which a representative visits a person’s home and records a 45-minute interview with that person and his or her parents.
The recording is edited into an audio CD, preserving the family’s oral history, including holiday traditions and family history — and allowing the loved one to live on even after he or she is gone.
Transition Hope also offers a three-DVD series on the topic of aging that goes into the issues more thoroughly and includes information about what people typically experience that can help others be prepared.
That, Westerlund said, can help combat frustration.
“They want what they want, you want what you want, and sometimes, you butt heads,” she said.
The company’s free seminars offer information on how to deal with the issues of aging, including how to approach difficult subjects with the aging person and making difficult decisions.
Westerlund said she’d like to do the seminars for church groups, community groups or anyone who might benefit from them.
In the future, she would like to partner with local senior groups or others offering related resources.
Westerlund stressed the importance of planning ahead in dealing with issues related to aging.
“All of your planning will go smoother. You’ll get through the period with less negatives and more positives,” she said. “When something happens … you want to be prepared ahead of time.”
For more information, visit Westerlund’s Transition Hope website at www.westek.us/transitionhope or call (701) 369-0818.
Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at (701) 952-8453
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