Last updated December 2013.

69 Shades of Gracefully Aging
Jean M. DeJarnette (retired AACAP staff member)

Life Member LogoAfter a shopping expedition, my friend and I stopped in a local eatery for a drink. We hadn’t been seated long when she leaned over and said that four young men at the next table were watching us. Since we’re both sixty-something (hint - see above title), we found the situation flattering. We sat a little straighter and tried to look slimmer and younger. After a few minutes, one of the men got up and came toward our table. “Excuse me”, he said. Then he reached over our heads to turn up the volume on the televised ball game.


As the hubbub of the holiday season gives way to the hopes and plans of the new year, I think back on where I was this time in 1972. For those who haven’t a clue of my identity, I’ll briefly enlighten you. I was formerly with NASMHPD (National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors for seven years); began working with the Academy in 1972 as: Membership Secretary; later Office Coordinator and Registrar for the annual meetings; part-time secretary for the Society of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and finally retiring as Office and Building Manager in 1997.

I have been married to a wonderful man, James, for 48 years. We have one son, Troy, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Retirement has been a special milestone in my life. After years of dedication and hard work, it’s been a time for relaxation and the pursuit of interests and hobbies the working and family years may not have allowed.

To my long-time friend, Virginia Anthony, thanks for including me to write something for the OWL Newsletter.