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My Contact with A Tracer

By M.E. Fine   I recently interviewed former JCS client, Serena (not her real name), who was hired this summer as a COVID-19 Contact Tracer with Baltimore County. Serena graciously shared insights about this important community service and provided general information regarding working remotely.  Can you describe what a Contact Tracer does?   I work from …

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Staying Connected During the Pandemic and Beyond

By Susan Kurlander, M. Ed., Health Educator   “There is no greater gift we can give our loved ones than the knowledge and understanding of who we are, what we represent and what are our hopes for future generations.” (Riemer, J., & Stampfer, N. 1983. Ethical Wills: A Modern Jewish Treasury.) Although this ideal sounds lofty, …

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From Panic to Peace

By Lauren Steffes (originally published on our affiliate site, The Mental Well) These past few months have been some of the most difficult many of us have ever experienced. From escalating racial tensions, a divisive presidential elections, and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic, modern-day living seemed to morph into a crisis of apocalyptic proportions from …

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Admitting a Mistake May Be a Prudent Career Move 

By Sherri Sacks   It happens to everyone at some point.  You realize you have made a huge mistake at your job. We can all relate to that sinking feeling you get in the pit of your stomach.  You start scrambling to fix it, and you think, “Maybe I can correct it without my boss ever knowing. Should I speak up and admit my mistake?”   While it may feel easy to tell yourself, “Nope, I don’t have …

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Don’t Think “Downsize,” Think “Rightsize”

By Mark Pressman   Last year, my wife and I moved from our single–family home of 17 years to a condominium apartment.  This decision was driven by three “truisms” that we both came to realize after many years of our working with seniors and in the medical field.   Moving is a taxing endeavor, at whatever age  …

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Telling Your Boss, “You’re Wrong”- and Surviving

By Sherri Sacks  Of the many hard conversations you must have at work, quite possibly the hardest is the one when you know your manager has erred and you have to tell her or him.  In that conversation, you must balance a lot of interpersonal dynamics, from managing up and communicating your point of view …

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You Matter, Too!

By Susan Kurlander, M. Ed., Health Educator  We all know the importance of self-esteem. Without it, we fear children will make unhealthy decisions, shy away from learning and trying new things, and never reach their maximum potential.  Now more than ever, with children spending much of their day on their own, it’s essential that they learn …

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