Aging In Montclair (AIM) Presents: Life after the COVID Pandemic – Reintegrating into the Community

Aging in Montclair

On Saturday, May 29th at 2:00pm, AIM’s monthly Saturday Social will offer a program on reintegrating into the community after the COVID -19 pandemic. The presenters will be Lynda Hollander and Genaya Palmer, counselors with the NJ Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) at the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris Counties.

The uncertainty and stress of living through the COVID pandemic continue to have emotional, psychological, and physical impacts on our lives, creating symptoms that may not go away quickly. The presenters will offer an interactive discussion around four issues related to recovery and resilience as we emerge from the pandemic–What is important to you? What are your fears about reintegration? How will you manage your stress level? What can you do for self-care? The discussion of reintegration will be based on the most recent CDC guidelines.

Audience members will also learn about the range of programs offered via Zoom by the NJ Hope and Healing CCP, including support and activity groups for adults and chat and craft groups for children. The formal program will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Ms. Hollander and Ms. Palmer.

The NJ Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) is made possible through a grant from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
To attend this program, the community is invited to email AIM at by May 27th to receive a zoom link.

Presenter Bios
Lynda Hollander’s lifelong vision has been to assist those with difficult health care situations. She has an extensive background in healthcare as a counselor, licensed nursing home administrator, and healthcare advocate. She has a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration and is a candidate for a Master of Social Work degree. She is currently a COVID Crisis Counselor with the NJ Hope and Healing CCP.

Genaya Palmer is a Licensed Associate Counselor and Art Therapist with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy. She has worked with children, adolescents, college students, and adults, and believes in the healing power of creative expression across the life span. She is the Team Leader of the NJ Hope and Healing CCP.

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