The New Ourselves, Growing Older: Women Aging with Knowledge and Power

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Following in the ground-breaking tradition of "Our Bodies, Ourselves," Paula B. Doress-Worters and Diana Laskin Siegal address the needs of the growing number of women over the age of forty. This new and revised edition of the bestselling "Ourselves, Growing Older" includes new chapters on menopause and reform of the medical care system as well as extensive updates on housing issues, HIV/AIDS, cosmetic surgery, and breast cancer.

"The New Ourselves, Growing Older" takes a positive, empowering approach to the physical and emotional health and social welt-being of midlife and older women by providing frank and complete information on personal health.

Emphasizing the positive potential of the second half of life, this book focuses on a vast array of topics, including:

* Aging and Well-Being
* Reassessing Our Body Image
* Contraception and Childbearing at Midlife
* Sexuality in the Middle and Later Years
* Menopause: Experiencing Our Change of Life
* Reform of the Medical Care System
* Hypertension, Diabetes, Hysterectomy
* Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Cancer
* Hosing Alternatives, Work and Retirement, Money Matters

Drawing on the experiences of scores of women from every walk of life, "The New Ourselves, Growing Older" not only draws on the work of experts but also listens to the voices of women themselves. The result is a document of unique power -- a guide to health and living that is authoritative, reassuring and sympathetic.

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Contents

aging and Wellbeing
3
Habits Worth Changing
22
Our Looks and Our Lives
38
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Paula B. Doress-Worters is coauthor of Our Bodies, Ourselves, Ourselves and Our Children, and a series of articles on sex education and censorship. She is a founding member of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective and has lectured on a variety of women's health issues. As coordinator of the "Women Growing Older" chapter in The New Our Bodies, Ourselves, Paula became aware of the need for more information by and about older women and conceived the idea for Ourselves, Growing Older. Paula was among the first to develop a curriculum for and teach women's studies courses at the college level. She holds a master's degree in Women's Studies and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology.

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