Embracing our Elders as a Caring Community

With so many people living longer today, most of us are eventually going to be taking care of an aging relative, whether it’s a parent, spouse or other family member — if we aren’t already doing so.

Some people don’t realize that they already are caregivers.  Here’s a checklist of things that caregivers do:

Coping with Sudden Death

All of us live our lives with some fundamental assumptions.  We do this to organize our world and create predictability in our daily lives.  We go to work and assume our car will be where we parked it last.  We leave work and assume our house will be in the same condition it was in when we left for work.  Knowing that objects continue to exist when they cannot be sensed in any way is called object permanence.

The Stigma of Mental Illness

May is National Mental Health Awareness month.  What is the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the term “mental illness?”

For some, the thought of “mental illness” conjures up images of severely dysfunctional people; people that are socially isolated, unpredictable, and even dangerous. Unfortunately, such beliefs have led to widespread stigma against those who suffer with mental illness.

Staying Friends When Parenting Styles Differ

By Rachael Abrams, LCSW-C The sheer volume of parenting advice available in 2018 is nothing short of overwhelming.  Seeking out guidance on a particular subject can result in countless blogs, forums, and websites, many of which contradict each other. Early on in my parenting journey, my wise pediatrician advised me to implement the “go with …

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Remembering My Dad on Yom Hashoah

“Don’t ever let anyone take away your smile… your laughter… your idea that tomorrow will be better. If you do, they take away your spirit and they’ve won.”                                – George Korzec                                                                                                                                                                 This is just one of the many quotes …

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Strictly Business: Adjusting to the Changing Work Climate

By Harel Turkel, First Vice President, JCS Board of Directors Chair, Strictly Business 2018 For the third year in a row, business leaders from across Maryland will join together at Strictly Business, a networking and awards breakfast that has become the community’s “can’t miss” event for employers. Hosted by the Jewish Community Services (JCS) Career Center, …

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