Older Women

Improving Life for Women with Parkinson’s Disease

By NWHN Contributor | Sep 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Improving Life for Women with Parkinson’s Disease

Women’s experiences with PD differ from men’s and may include more non-motor symptoms. Women are more likely to be single or widowed, while men are more likely to rely on a spouse as their primary caregiver. Women can face longer times between symptom onset and diagnosis, and between symptom appearance and visiting a movement disorders specialist.

How Does COVID-19 Affect Different Age Groups?

By NWHN Staff | Mar 16, 2020 | Comments Off on How Does COVID-19 Affect Different Age Groups?

Regardless of age, there are precautions all of us should take: frequent, thorough handwashing, avoiding nonessential travel and large groups of people, and disinfecting frequently touched objects. One of the most crucial steps those over 60 can take, though, is to avoid visiting with grandchildren and other young people.

The Reproductive Justice Movement: A Model for a More Inclusive Movement to Improve End-of-Life Options

By NWHN Staff | Feb 10, 2020 | Comments Off on The Reproductive Justice Movement: A Model for a More Inclusive Movement to Improve End-of-Life Options

Applying lessons from the RJ movement to the right-to-die movement might mean understanding that “choice” at the end of life includes not only the choice to hasten death but also the choice to live and die according to one’s values and with better medical, social, financial, and environmental supports for the ill or frail elderly and their caregivers.

Can UTIs and Common Medications Mimic Dementia Symptoms?

By Evita Almassi | Aug 16, 2019 | Comments Off on Can UTIs and Common Medications Mimic Dementia Symptoms?

Some dementia symptoms in older women such as delirium or confusion may actually be caused by the cumulative effect of taking certain over-the-counter drugs, or even by urinary tract infections.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

By NWHN Contributor | Feb 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

UTI: an infection in the urinary system (your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra). Most infections involve the lower urinary tract (the bladder and the urethra). Urinary tract infections are more common in women.

Rx for Change: The ABCs of Hospice and Palliative Care

By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Jan 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Rx for Change: The ABCs of Hospice and Palliative Care

An 83-year- old woman dies on a ventilator in the ICU. She’s been hospitalized for five of the last six months of her life.

A 57-year-old woman with recurrent metastatic breast cancer develops cancer-related fluid inside her chest cavity. She has aggressive surgery to prevent the fluid from reaccumulating. She dies in the hospital two days later.

What Kind of Disorder Is Lichen Sclerosus?

By NWHN Staff | Apr 18, 2018 | Comments Off on What Kind of Disorder Is Lichen Sclerosus?

Lichen sclerosus is an immunological disease that causes irritated skin around external genitalia, usually in the form of white patches where the skin becomes thin, wrinkled, and extremely sensitive.

Clues, Confirmations, and Questions About Hot Flashes

By Rebecca Chalker | May 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Clues, Confirmations, and Questions About Hot Flashes

Women who experience hot flashes for years or even decades after their final menstrual period have one burning (!) question: when will they end?

Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Right to Decide? How Women’s Health Advocates Might Shape End-of-Life Policies

By NWHN Staff | Mar 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Right to Decide? How Women’s Health Advocates Might Shape End-of-Life Policies

Advances in health care have made it possible to increase the quantity, if not always the quality, of many people’s lives. There is a growing right-to-die movement in the United States. I have been working on exploring whether, and how, veterans of the women’s health movement might engage with and shape the right-to-die movement.

Rx for Change: Death Panel? That Would Be You!

By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Jan 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Rx for Change: Death Panel? That Would Be You!

Medical aid in dying is a safe and trusted practice. Laws such as EOLOA are an important component of end-of-life care, and these carefully crafted processes can have positive results.