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Session: Midlife Health and Wellness
4085.0: Tuesday, November 9, 2004: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
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Midlife Health and Wellness
Women experience multiple influences on their health and wellness across the lifespan. This session is devoted to exploring relevant issues for midlife women. Information on the effects of "medicalizing" menopause and separating fact from fiction regarding menopause is important to many women, especially since the hormone replacement therapy findings from the Women's Health Initiative. Physical activity is an important prevention strategy for women of all ages and promoting physical activity among women is a priority. Body size perception is one factor that may influence physical activity level of midlife women. Caregiving is a role not unfamiliar to many midlife women. Research demonstrates the burdens and rewards of caregiving and the potential effects on health. Technological advances have resulted in the Internet being used widely as a source of health information and social support. The Internet may be a promising educational tool for women who are dealing with rare diseases.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to: (1) Discuss issues that are important for women in mid-life, including menopause, physical activity level, autoimmune conditions, and caregiving resposibilities, and how these relate to health; (2) Report on efforts by women to make informed decisions about their health and to take action; and (3) Identify opportunities for future research and programmatic development related to these issues.
Organizer(s):Stacey B. Plichta, ScD
Moderator(s):Jill M. Abbott, MPH, DrPH
8:30 AMMiracle drugs for menopause
Cynthia Pearson
8:45 AMRole of the internet for women with chronic liver disease: A case study
Judith N. Lasker, PhD, Ellen Sogolow, PhD, Rebecca Sharim
9:00 AMAssociation between body size perception and physical activity among older, African American Women
Mary L. Greaney, PhD, Sara Wilcox, PhD, Donna L. Richter, EdD, Lisa R. Yanek, MPH, Diane M. Becker, ScD, MPH, Roger Sargent, PhD, Belinda M. Reininger, DrPH
9:15 AMAdaptive coping strategies of African American kinship caregivers: An examination of social support, spirituality, stress, and depression
Pamela L. Thornton, MSW, PhD
9:30 AMEmpowering women 40 and over to take action for their health: Lessons learned from an educational intervention
Eve Mitchell, MPH, Ana Nez, MD, Candace Robertson, MPH, Lucia Beck Weiss, MS
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Women's Caucus
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; Alternative and Complementary Health Practices; Community Health Planning and Policy Development; Health Administration; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA