Senior Spotlight: Sea of Red
Georgia Red Hatters convene for annual tea
COVINGTON—The Red Hat Society—those women who love red hats big and small—convened for the Covington chapter’s Annual Tea and Luncheon at the Newton County Recreation Center. The Covington chapter, known as “The Sophisticated Red Hatters of Turner Lake,” welcomed about 300 women to the event.
Red Hatters from Decatur, Lithonia, Stone Mountain, Covington, Conyers, McDonough, Jonesboro, College Park, and even as far as Augusta came to the April 8 event to laugh, fellowship and enjoy each other’s company.
“Every year, the tea gets bigger and bigger and we love that because the tea gives us a chance to have fun, fellowship, share ideas and uplift each other,” said Joanne Doute-Cooper, the chapter’s Communications Manager. “We also get the chance to share with each other what other chapters have going on, like community service projects.”
The Red Hat Society was founded in 1998 as a social organization for women ages 50 and beyond. Now, however, the organization opens its doors to younger women through the “Pink Hatters” program.
Women at the 10th annual tea enjoyed quiches, a variety of tea sandwiches, scones with lemon curd, brownies, lemon bars and Victorian cake.
The women kicked off the event by dancing to Pharrell Williams’ smash hit, “Happy.” They enjoyed a fashion show, hat contest and a dramatization on the life of Madam C.J. Walker, performed by members of the Dramatic Arts Productions theater group. Lithonia hatter Hamidah Abdullah also performed an original song, “We Are the Red Hat Ladies.”
“This has been such a rewarding experience because the women are so diverse and come from so many different walks of life. I have gone through blood clot surgeries and wrote two books. I know I wouldn’t have been able to make it through those trials without the support of my husband and these beautiful ladies,” said Urenna Crawford, the tea’s self-proclaimed Mistress of “Cheeremoney.” “This group connects and supports women as they pursue fun, friendship, freedom and fulfillment in life.”
The first “Red Hat Tea” was informally held on April 25, 1998 when founder Sue Ellen Cooper of California presented her friend, Linda Murphy, with a big red hat along with the poem, “Warning,” (by Jenny Joseph) on Murphy’s 50th birthday. The two women were joined by a few friends who went out for tea wearing red hats.
Today, there are hundreds of chapters in many countries throughout the world. Each chapter has a queen and all members belong to The Queen’s Royal Court. Each lady selects her own royal title. Some doctors even suggest that ladies participate in The Red Hat Society to remain active and prevent depression.
“Today, we honor queens in the community. We are honored to have so many beautiful, strong women with us here today,” said Covington Chapter Queen “Mum” Lady Paulette Graves. “Although the main purpose of The Red Hat Society is for ladies to have fun, it is still very important that we keep a good image in society and also to be kind and helpful to each of our Red Hat sisters and others. Not only do Red Hatters want to have a good image locally, but we represent an international group of ladies.”
Want to join? The International Red Hat Society can be contacted online at www.redhatsociety.com for information regarding locating open chapters.
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Senior Connections announces new board members
Debra Furtado, CEO of Senior Connections, announced new members of Senior Connections Board of Directors. Joining the board are Dr. Elisabeth Burgess, Dr. Kevin Hendler and Broc Fischer.
“Senior Connections continues to strengthen its board with caring and knowledgeable individuals in the senior arena," said Furtado.
Burgess is director and associate professor of the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University. Burgess joined the Sociology faculty at GSU in 1997. As director of Gerontology Institute, Burgess facilitates interdisciplinary scholarship on the study of aging and older adults at GSU and supervises students in the MA and Certificate programs in Gerontology.
Dr. Kevin Hendler is assistant professor of Medicine Division of Geriatrics at Emory University, School of Medicine and a member of dental staff at Department of Surgery, Oral/Maxillofacial at Emory University Hospital. Hendler is also director of Geriatric Dentistry and Ina T. Allen Dental Center at Wesley Woods Center of Emory Healthcare. He assumed directorship and expanded the Ina T Allen Geriatric Dental Clinic at Wesley Woods Center from a part-time facility treating Wesley Woods residents to full time Dental Center treating patients throughout Georgia. In addition, he developed geriatric oral health training program, Oral Health and General Health, for physician assistant students, medical residents and geriatric fellows.
Broc Fischer is a licensed funeral director in Georgia for 20 years and president of Fischer Funeral Care and Cremation Services. Fischer is also an active member of the Chamblee Business Association as well as the Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and John’s Creek Chambers of Commerce.
"We are delighted that Elisabeth, Kevin and Broc agreed to lend their talents and expertise to our board. Their collective experience and leadership will be invaluable as Senior Connections continues to grow," Furtado said.
Lastly, Senior Connections Advisory Council has added a new member. Dr. Ted Johnson, Division Chief of General Medicine and Geriatrics at Emory University School of Medicine, has moved from the organization’s Board of Directors to the council effective immediately.
Senior Connections is the home and community-based service organization that offers a range of quality services provided by skilled professionals and community volunteers that allow seniors to remain in their own homes and maximize their independence. Starting as a small nonprofit agency in DeKalb County more than 40 years ago, the organization is now the largest home and community based provider and helps thousands of metro Atlanta and middle Georgia seniors annually.
Diabetes study enrolling adult participants
The YMCA is enrolling participants 18 years or older with type 2 diabetes into a study conducted by Stanford University to determine the effectiveness of diabetes self-management workshops.
Developed and tested at Stanford University, a Better Choices, Better Health®—Diabetes workshop can help participants understand how to eat with diabetes while still making it enjoyable, monitor and manage their blood sugar and design their own self-management program.
This workshop is offered as part of research study conducted by Stanford University. The study is funded by the National Council on Aging. Not all participants in the workshop will qualify for the study, but may take the workshop anyway.
A mandatory orientation will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 6 to 7 p.m., 275 East Lake Blvd., SE, Atlanta. The workshop begins Wednesday, May 22, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Space is limited.
Senior Advisory Board seeks volunteers
Become a member of the DeKalb County Public Library Senior Advisory Board (SAB) and assist the library system in planning programs for and about seniors. The meeting will be held Wednesday, April 23, 1:30—3:30 p.m., Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur.
For more information, call 404-508-7190, ext. 2257.