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Change Is Always Difficult

Jeanne Corvese Hussin
Jeanne Corvese Hussin Author Interview

I See Old People shares your inspirational true story and the adversities you’ve faced in life. Why was this an important book for you to write?

After going through the process of losing my mother and having some challenges with her hospital care, I wanted to write a story about how to care with compassion and grace. It became a crusade for kindness, not just for senior citizens, but for everyone – especially those who felt unseen.

I appreciated how candid you were in your book. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

It was hard to revisit the end of my mother’s life as well as my divorce. They were painful times with a lot of grief and guilt. Yet, these difficult times would lead me to find the greatest love of my life; something I wouldn’t imagine. Writing about it and sharing it with the world, made everything worth it.

What advice would you give to someone that was struggling to make a positive change in life?

Change is always difficult. The hardest part is getting started. I recommend starting with small changes. Before long, small changes pay big dividends and you begin to give yourself credit for showing up in the first place.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

Love is always possible when you open your heart and give back.

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Legally Separated and Unemployed with a Year to Kill – What Will Jeanne Do?

A unique and timely set of circumstances create the perfect storm for a woman on the cusp of multiple changes. Her somewhat flippant decision to volunteer sets the stage for profound relationships you won’t soon forget.

When the housing bubble burst in 2008, Jeanne Corvese Hussin found herself at a fork in the road. She could either continue her job as a senior vice president for a mortgage banker at a significant pay cut or take the year-long severance and travel with her son, Jason. She chose the latter.

Now what?

After Jason would go to bed, the nights stretched out before Jeanne like a long black highway cutting through the desert. She spent the hours flirting with men online but was often disappointed by the real person behind the dating profile.

Suddenly, she had an epiphany. Or maybe it was a message from God. She should find a way to give back. Drawn to senior citizens, Jeanne found herself at a local assisted living facility volunteering her time to memory care residents in a ward ironically named Recollections.

From her inspired impulse to serve emerge the colorful characters who comprise I See Old People©. You will never be the same. 
In these pages, Jeanne tells the story of her family, her interactions with the seniors at Recollections, and finally, her storybook “never too late” romance in this extraordinary memoir.
I See Old People is much more than a book; it’s an experience. 
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