After a brief hiatus in May, Wellness Wednesdays returned to the Ernest T. Ford Recreation Center today for a special session addressing some of the major physical, emotional, and social issues that can affect women as they age.
Nearly thirty women joined the monthly support group meeting in Highland Park to hear featured speaker Tracy Threat share encouragement about seeking mental health care and to bring crucial awareness of about elder abuse, both of which aren’t talked about as openly as they should be. A family nurse practitioner, Threat shared an elder abuse hotline number, and made clear: “Everyone needs to report abuse. There’s no excuse.”
Answering wide-ranging questions about healthy eating, active lifestyles, and diabetes prevention, the session provided tips about aging well, at any stage of life. Attendees were taken through a guided meditation with Tyletha Williams, who finds peace with meditating daily to relieve stress and anxiety. They also sipped on chai tea and listened to soothing music, embracing “me time” to rest, relax, and recharge.
A first-timer, Williams said, “This is beautiful, I’m so glad I was able to be a part of this, I love the energy in this room.” It’s an experience our monthly participants have come to expect. Facilitated by Alexis Harvey, community health worker at the SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic, Wellness Wednesdays provides a supportive and safe place to help women and mothers connect and grow.
The next Wellness Wednesdays session is scheduled for July 19 at the Ford Recreation Center in Highland Park about dispelling myths in our community about life and health insurance. Registration is required — call 586-345-0225 to join.
If you suspect elder or vulnerable adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation occurred or are experiencing it, please notify Michigan Adult Protective Services by calling 855-444-3911.