Category: Adults

Grief and a Prolonged Illness – Challenges and Opportunities

Author: Senior Services Department For many the holiday season is a joyous time of the year. We connect with people we care about and wish them good cheer. However, there are many among us who find this time of year more difficult than joyous. They might be in the midst of grieving the loss of […]

Helpful Steps to Reduce Daily Worries

Author: Leslie Kessler, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Worker Throughout history, some of the greatest leaders and thinkers have been burdened by worrying. Julius Caesar said, “As a rule, what is out of sight disturbs men’s minds more seriously than what they see.” And contemporary poet Maya Angelou observed, “We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It […]

Blending Step Families

Author: JSSA Child and Adolescent Services Q: I am about to marry for the second time. I have two children and my future husband has two also. Can you give me some tips on how to blend the two families? A: Success in a stepfamily depends very much on having good information on what to […]

Bedtime Challenges

Author: JSSA Child and Family Staff Q: I have been having problems getting my preschool child to go to bed. She constantly wants me in the bedroom, and I wind up going back and forth trying to comfort her. Is there anything you can suggest that will make the process easier? A: Bedtime can be […]

If You Want to Adopt a Child, Make a Home Study Your First Step

Author: Beth Lutton, LCSW-C/LISW, Adoption Options Executive Director JCS, which is Baltimore Jewish community’s source of expert help with adoptions, is collaborating with Washington’s JSSA to meet the needs of prospective adoptive families throughout the life cycle. JSSA is available to provide pre-home study counseling, home study services, and post placement supervision, while JCS will remain […]

A Candid Look at the Role of Family Caregivers

Author: JSSA Senior Services Department Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter once said, “There are four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” Carter, an advocate for family caregiving and an experienced caregiver herself, recognizes how […]

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