IAWH's Life Evolution Project supports the series of changes in the continuum of a woman's life as we thrive from middle - to late and late-late adulthood (40-65; 60-85, 85+, respectively). During these years, women are less concerned about longing for youth but about how to live better and stronger.
The Life Evolution Project offers discussions, training, conversations, and resources that support a woman's body's physical and psychological sequences, cognitive and neurological changes, management of our emotional and social development, and how relationships change during phases of our life. IAWH kicks off the Life Evolution Project 2022, focusing on two critical areas: the stages of menopause and its effects on women's health, and a call to women that provide caregiving help to others - often during some of the more challenging seasons of their life, including menopause.
Embracing Life's Evolution
Connecting our Mind, Body, and Social and Emotional Relationships
"As we age - we thrive – and our power rests with a steady source of evidence-based – and informed information."
Often unexpectedly and often simultaneously, a woman is asked to provide caregiving help at a time when, according to the National Institutes of Health, menopause transition most often begins - between ages 45 and 55. It usually lasts about seven years but can be as long as 14. The duration can depend on many lifestyle factors.
As we mature into middle- to late adulthood, we thrive and embrace freedoms that come with aging but also added complexities. The following facts guide IAWH's Embracing Life's Evolution Project:
Women as caregivers:
Nearly one-fifth of adults provide care to adult family members or children.
Most caregivers are women (60%) and 45 years old.
Caregivers spend an average of 24 hours per week providing care.
What else is going on in the life of a woman at 49?
Menopause (usually happens between the ages of ~40 and 55)
An increase in cardiovascular events (as you may know, it's the leading cause of death in women over age 40)
Fifty-five percent of female caregivers are employed, and 19 percent have insurance coverage (which often puts them at a disadvantage for supporting a family with healthcare costs and equipment).
The IAWH Life Evolution Project engages health professionals who will lead discussions and provide just-in-time information on caregiving support for ourselves and others, and menopause - offering answers and solutions to addressing both these issues.