Many women in the Sixty and Me community have dealt with cancer, particularly breast cancer. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s time to pull all of our resources together and speak with one voice.
I am a single woman, 68 years old and currently retired and living in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
In 2000, at age 53, I left my corporate job in South Texas and moved to Ras Al Khaimah in the north of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to teach Business at a local women’s college. I was tall, athletic, of normal weight and very flexible as I had practiced yoga daily for 25 years.
Everyone knows that the symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes and night sweats, impact many women in their 50s. It’s less common to talk about the hormonal and physical changes that take place in our bodies after menopause. In fact, strangely, this topic is a bit taboo.
Life post menopause should not be a time of suffering. Rather, it should be a time of wisdom, freedom and reflection for self-growth. If you find yourself ill at ease with your menopause journey, addressing food and lifestyle changes, alongside any other intervention you choose with the help of your doctor, can be of major benefit. Here, I will focus mostly on post menopause.
Many people over the age of 60 are living with diabetes. There is actually a worldwide epidemic of diabetes, primarily related to various lifestyle changes including obesity, and an increase in sedentary habits. According to the World Health Organization, total deaths from complications related to diabetes are expected to increase by more than 50 percent worldwide within the next 10 years, and by 80 percent in upper to middle income countries.
Dementia caregivers face unique challenges. They are often so focused on multiple tasks that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s becomes a stressful and high pressure responsibility. So, it is critical to find ways to maintain a sense of balance.
Research on dementia and Alzheimer’s prevention is just getting started. Even though these diseases affect millions of people around the world, in terms of prevention and treatment, we still are on a journey of discovery.
Many women in their 60s think a lot about Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. They may be helping a parent, friend or partner. Or, maybe they worry about whether they will personally be impacted by Alzheimer’s one day.
Strong, healthy bones allow us to remain active and to do all of the things we dream about in our 60s and beyond. As we age, our desire to experience the world doesn’t decrease. We want to travel, spend time in the garden, socialize and have fun with our hobbies. Most of all, we want to stay independent.
Finding out that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer can make it feel like the world is crashing down around you. Dr. Phil says, “When one person gets cancer, the whole family gets cancer.” As hard as it is for you, imagine how your loved one feels dealing with cancer. Keeping this in mind may help you provide more compassionate support. It’s okay to be afraid. Do research, ask questions, and offer your assistance where you can.