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Women, Aging, and Health

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Posted on March 5th, 2019 by Teri Dreher, under Medical Planning, Patient Advocacy, Tips & Resources

March is Women’s History Month, so we’re sending this one out to the ladies

Women’s health doesn’t only impact women, of course, so really this information is for all parties. Men and women face unique health challenges. This is true now and has been true throughout history. During the Hunting and Gathering Era, men were more likely to die of hunting related accidents where women were more likely to die from illness spread from more regular contact with children. We’re certainly living in a different age today, but women’s unique health challenges have in no way disappeared.

Challenges women face as they age

The World Health Organization, or WHO, has put out a global study examining women, aging, and health. The report is full of important information, albeit quite long and dry. In this blog post, we’ll break down some of the challenges women face as they age. Not all of them are solely experience by women, but are prevalent causes for health concerns as women age. Here are our top 3 to watch out for.


1. Heart Disease and Stroke

Heart disease is not necessarily more common in women than men, but because the signs and symptoms present differently, and because signs in men are more easily recognized, heart disease represents a serious risk for women. This is partially because men have historically been the subject of more clinical research than women. For instance, if you ask someone on the street what the signs are that someone may be experiencing a heart attack, they’re likely to say left arm pain. This particular symptom is much more likely to manifest in men than in women.

2. Breast Cancer

We’ve discussed this possible challenge for women in length before, but it’s still worth mentioning. As women age, their likelihood of developing breast cancer increases. From age 50 to 80, risk is highest. Breast cancer affects far more women than men. Increased age of pregnancy, lower fertility rates, and number of years breastfeeding all impact the likelihood of developing this cancer.

3. Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis

Disability, lower quality of life, and chronic pain are all associated with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. What’s more noteworthy is that women are at double the risk of men in experiencing these conditions between the ages of 60 and 90. The good news is that with proper diet and exercise, the chances of getting osteoarthritis or osteoporosis significantly decrease.

Women, aging, and health have a complex relationship. Anything else you’d add to our list? Let us know! And don’t forget to take some time this month to appreciate what all the women in your life and throughout history have done for you!



With over 36 years of clinical experience in Critical Care nursing, home based health care and expertise as a cardiovascular nurse clinician, Teri is well acquainted with the complexities of the modern healthcare system. She has served as a nursing leader, mentor, educator, and consistent patient advocate throughout her career in some of the best hospitals across the country. Her passion to keep the patient at the center of the model of nursing care led her to incorporate NShore Patient Advocates, LLC in 2011, serving clients throughout the northern suburbs of Chicago.

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