As memories of Summer fades and fallen atumn leaves crunch underfoot,we prepare our minds, bodies and soul for the transition into Winter. Whether you are planning a new career, a move across the country or a trip half way around the world, your health should be your number one priority.
It’s a fact that no matter how young we feel or how good we look, our age will dictate and even introduce us to certain maladies and health issues. It is easy to say feeling good or bad is mind over matter. Still lifestyle and genetics play a major role in our health and well being.
Whether it is mental or physical, at one time or another major and those nagging minor health issues are a fact of life. In this issue VisibleWomanOnline takes a look at physical and mental health.
Laverne Williams CSW, Director of the PEWS Programs for the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, speaks to us about issues of mental health among women of color; Gail M. Curtis, President of GM Gurtis Marketing, a consulting marketing firm, strikes a personal note about oral cancer, and regular columnist, Michelle Alexander, as her alter ego MiaNaja, writes about the health benefits of belly dancing.
And no issue on health for women past a "certain age" would be complete without a mention of the "M" word. That's right, Menopause, the Big M. Sharon E. Pegues, will have you alternately laughing and nodding in aagreement as she regales us with her foray into "the change."
To your health!
The level of stigma and shame about accessing mental health services by women of color is amazingly high, even in this day and age. I am an African American woman, and the owner of Laverne Williams Enterprise, LLC a consulting firm which provides individually designed health and educational presentations with a Christian flair to various organizations throughout the US. . .
I started writing this when I was 45 years old. At the time, my hot flashes were minimal, night sweats were a rarity, and mood swings were manageable. I was at that incipient, carefree, little perimenopause stage that lulled me into a false sense of what I thought was going to be a time of graceful, gentle, mid-life biological changes. . .
I love my sister. I only have one. She’s the older by two years. Hence, she’s been at my side for as long as I’ve had memory and then some. I’m sixty. Oh, did I say, I love my sister. My sister smokes cigarettes (now, XXX packs a day). My visual of her since college age is lighting up a Tarryton 100 and alternately gesturing elegantly and taking a long slow drag. . .
There are many articles about the benefits of belly dancing and Middle Eastern and North African dance in general on the Web. I got involved in belly dancing as a way to ease back pain and lose weight. I was seeing a Rolfer and after one of my sessions, I felt it was time I added exercise to my regimen. Seeing two brochures on the table in the waiting room, I asked her advice. Which one? Belly dancing or Yoga? . . .