Category: Adults

Learning the Art of Respectful Disagreement

Author: Lori Gunner Kolle, LCSW-C, Clinical Director Living together as a couple can be wonderful, but even good relationships have times of disagreement and stress. Money, family and childcare responsibilities, and division of labor can all cause potential conflict. One way to keep a marriage strong is to learn to disagree respectfully with your partner, […]

Gift Ideas for the Holidays, Birthdays or Other Special Events for Friends with Hoarding Behaviors

Author: Senior Services Department Whatever activities you choose from this list or creatively come up with on your own, remember that what will be appreciated most is quality time spent together. Memories get better over time whereas purchased items only take up space! Gifts of Time: Consider giving thoughtful acts and memorable experiences, rather than […]

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 […]

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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