This year during Black HistoryMonthI would like to celebrate Alma Woodsey Thomas, an artist of remarkable accomplishment. Thomas, started her painting career at the age of 70, after being a junior high school teacher for 35 years. YES! We can create “new beginnings” even in our senior citizen years.
Thomas’s parents migrated from Georgia to Washington, D.C. in 1906. In 1932 she became the first graduate of the Fine Arts department at Howard University, which is also the Alma Mata of the first African/Asian vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris. After graduation from Howard, in 1925, she taught Art at Shaw Junior High School until 1960. During her teaching career, she managed to also earn degrees from Columbia University and from New York University. Thomas considered giving up Painting when she retired because of arthritis pain. However , in 1966 Howard University offered to mount a retrospective of her work. That’s when she decided she wanted to produce new paintings.
Alma Thomas was later honored with one-woman exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. In 1972 her painting Red Roses Sonata was selected for the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Before her death in 1978, she was nationally recognized as a key woman artist dedicated to abstract painting Some of her other well-known paintings are: Fiery Sunset, Snoopy Sees Earth Wrapped in Sunset.
As we are continually confronted with the challenge of Covid19 worries, that impact our lives, I am sure we could all use a ‘Time-Out’ – in a positive way.
Research reveals that play as adults can help us to get some relief from our responsibilities, and find ways to manage the stress we feel. Not only will it be good for you, but if you have children, it can be a way to connect and relieve stress for them as well. Worth thinking about? The school year will begin shortly in a format that some of us have not quite figured out how to handle, and to bring ‘normalcy’ to our work and school days. Maybe what we need is a little relief to help us cope through this period. Below are some sources, which discuss various options and suggestions for placing ‘play’ in your life.
It seems odd that hearing aids are not something I focused on as a tool for assisting my “wellbeing” in a significant way. If you think about it at all, it would seem that hearing aids are just as important as glasses for reading and driving. My favorite question these days, which I have adopted from Rachel Maddow of MSNBC – “Why is that“?
Flash forward, after a recent hearing test (have you had one lately? ever had one?), my Audiologist doctor determined that I required hearing aids due to hearing loss in both ears. In addition, she was concerned because difficulty hearing raises dementia risk. There it is again: dementia and hearing loss are related.
February is a great time to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and being grateful for the love in our lives. It’s also Heart Awareness Month. Yes! As a Brave Heart survivor of open heart surgery of almost 25 years, this is an issue close to my heart 😊 (pun intended).
Heart disease is a complicated health challenge all over the world. However, in particular, this month I would like to call attention to the fact that heart attack symptoms for women are quite different from the ones diagnosed for men. In addition, women are often misdiagnosed in emergency rooms after the heart damage has occurred [ref: https://myheartsisters.org/2009/05/28/heart-attack-misdiagnosis-women]. Below are some of the signs women should consider when being diagnosed for heart disease. Notice there is no suggestion of heavy chest pain.
♥ Shortness of breath, ♥ Pain in one or both arms, ♥ Nausea or vomiting, ♥ Sweating, ♥ Lightheadedness, or dizziness, ♥ Unusual fatigue, ♥ Indigestion.
I’m not one to make light of the fact that for some seniors aging is a difficult challenge. Loss of the ability to function the way we could when we were younger; loss of friends and companions; sickness. All of these things add to enormous stress, and sometimes despondent feelings. But what if thinking positively could help us out? Should we at least try to find a way to cultivate this habit?
♣ An article in the New York Times suggest that our thoughts can do “far more than raise one’s spirits”. How about if thinking positively could boost your immune system, alleviate depression, lower your blood pressure, give you better weight control. Would you try it?