Friday, July 10, 2020

Health Link

How to Talk to Someone Who Is Grieving

It can be uncomfortable to talk to someone who is or who has grieved the loss of a loved one. You might not know what to say or how to engage, you may be scared of saying the wrong thing or of upsetting someone. You might even avoid the subject of the deceased all together just to err on the side of caution.


‘Corona Care Israel’ Delivers Critical Mental Health Support for Frontline Workers

In the past four months, COVID-19 has dramatically altered our daily routines, work habits and communication with family and friends. Mental health experts recognize that in response, emotional wellbeing has been disrupted by anxiety, uncertainty and grief. Medical workers battling this virus also experience a tremendous physical


Comfort or Reward: When to Use Food?

I’ve come to be known as the “eating disorder” person in a professional setting. While I have specialized in working with individuals struggling with a wide range of various mental health diagnoses, I would have to agree that my areas of passion and focus are related to body image, disordered eating and eating


The Role of Speech Therapy

Are you or a loved one struggling with Parkinson’s disease? Speech therapy can help!

I first heard from John in early 2019. He told me his dad, Eric, had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and the family was very worried about his future. John was concerned with his dad’s speech,


Is It Really Over?

(Courtesy of St. Mary’s General Hospital) With 55,000 new COVID-19 cases per day and growing, do you really believe that nobody in our shuls or community will come in contact with somebody who has the virus? This past Shabbat (July 4) the global COVID-19 case count hit an all-time high with 212,326 new infections reported,


Hatzalah Statewide Offers Support to Camps

Some of the most essential Jewish communal organizations don’t just solve the urgent problems that people face; they also anticipate new problems and quickly map out an effective game plan to address them. One example of this exemplary level of service is that of the Hatzalah Statewide, based in New Jersey,


NJ Eye and Ear Brings Specialists Together in One Location

Eyes and ears are our window to the world, and when they aren’t functioning properly our lives are severely impacted. Dr. Daniel Stegman opened New Jersey Eye and Ear to modernize treatment for visual and hearing health for adults and children. He recruited top physicians, all


Medical Aliyah

Aliyah. There are so many reasons to just do it: the Kotel, kosher Pizza Hut and Shavuot vacation without having to explain it to the boss. Sure, all of us Jews are in the contemplative phase of moving to Israel, yet all still a bit stuck out here in the land of super glue. We indeed pray, three times a day, that Hashem should gather us up


The Most Beautiful Kaddish

I first met David S. in the hospital as he was saying goodbye to his dying mother. David’s sister had arrived from afar to be present. Mr. S., their loving father, was sitting alongside the hospital bed, saying goodbye to his wife of 73 years. After I said final prayers (“Vidui”) with Mrs. S., I spent some time with this wonderful


The Center for Purposeful Aging Restores Joy and Meaning to Life

You’ve built a career, home and family that defined you for decades. Maybe you’ve been so good at taking care of others, or producing a good income for your family, that you forgot about yourself. And now that the pandemic has kept you inside, you feel lonely and isolated. Sarah Hiller-Bersson, LCSW, has been helping older


SMGH and Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital Begin Graduate Medical Education Residency Program

(Courtesy of St. Mary’s General Hospital) St. Mary’s General Hospital & Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital have started their Graduate Medical Education (GME) Residency Program. Residents will rotate between both institutions for their core and elective rotations to receive their internal medicine residency during a 36-month


How to Make Up for Lost Time If Your Child Has Missed Occupational Therapy During COVID

Back in March, schools throughout New Jersey announced they were closing for the remainder of the academic year. And as anyone who has been homeschooling their children for the remainder of the school year will tell you, it’s been tough.

Schools not only give children routine and structure but they