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Scientific American Mind (November, 2016)

 The Givers

caring for a loved oneTens of millions of people tend to a loved one on a full- or part-time basis, often putting their own life on hold. Now researchers are finding ways to help them care for others without losing themselves  Read more…

Caring for aging parents leads to negative financial cycle for some, study suggests

caring for aging parentsCaring for aging parents can be a burden for anyone, but poor women are more likely to need to take it on and to enter a financial downward spiral as a result, a recent study suggests.

Women with better financial resources can afford paid healthcare for an aging parent, which allows those women to remain in the workforce, the authors found.  Read more…

Proof! You’ll eventually embrace menopause, too.

embrace menopauseThe menopause transition is an important developmental stage in women’s lives.  Not only do women experience significant physical changes during this phase, but they also experience the many social and emotional changes common to all people at midlife. Women may begin to mourn the loss of old roles (e.g., childrearing and occupational), while making room for new roles, such as care-taking for an aging relative or entering into retirement. Read more…


Menopause and Depression: Understanding The Connection!

menopauseWhat is Depression?
Feeling sad and hopeless is a part of life. Most people have felt this at some point, especially when it was linked to some life event. For example, a person can feel depressed when they have lost a loved one or something that is dear to them, when life has been particularly challenging or when they feel misunderstood or unappreciated. Depression is therefore an intense feeling of sadness linked to a particular event in someone’s life. Read more…

WSSW Alumna in Reuters Article About Financial Burdens on Female Caregivers

Judy Strauss PhD therapist riverdale bronx nycWurzweiler School of Social Work alumna Judy Strauss, LMSW, PhD, was recently quoted in a Reuters article “Financial ‘Vicious Cycle’ Traps Poor Women Caregivers”, calling upon her experience studying women providing care to loved ones.

Judy Strauss states, “Women need to give themselves the space to give themselves support – as in counseling, caregiving groups or setting up family meetings. The caregivers need support themselves to get through some of the harder stresses of caregiving Read more…



The baby boomers meet menopause: Attitudes and roles(Link)


Attitudes toward menopausal aging were examined in a sample of 1,037 baby-boomer women who took part in the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) survey. Attitudes toward menopausal aging were assessed in terms of four critical questions, based on the work of Rossi (2004): feelings about fertility, health, attractiveness, and overall affective response to menopause (i.e., regret vs. relief)….more

Contextual Influences on Women’s Health Concern’s and Attitudes to Menopause(Link)

Health and Social Work

May 1, 2011

In this paper I examined data in 1,037 baby boomer women who took part in two waves of the Midlife in the United States survey. Data was collected in 1996 and 2005 from a nationally representative sample of women born between 1946 and 1964 residing in the United States.
I found that women’s attitudes to menopausal aging include how they feel about their fertility, health, and attractiveness….more

The Baby Boomers Meet Menopause: Fertility, Attractiveness, and Affective Response to the Menopausal Transition(Link)

Sex Roles (2011) 68:77–90

The purpose of this study was to identify social factors that affect women’s concerns about menopause using data from a sample of 1,037 baby-boomer women who took part in two waves of the Midlife in the United States survey (MIDUS) collected in 1996 and 2005 from a nationally representative sample of women baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) residing in the US. Women’s concerns about the…more

The reciprocal relationship between menopausal symptoms and depressive symptoms: A 9-year longitudinal study of American women in midlife(Link)

Maturitas  (2011) 70: 302–306

The purpose of this study was to explore: (a) the association between depressive symptoms among pre-menopausal and peri-menopausal women and subsequent difficulty with menopausal symptoms; and (b) the relationship between initial problems with menopausal symptoms and subsequent levels of depressive symptoms.
Results showed menopausal symptoms were significantly higher for women who had lower…more

Caregiving for Parents and In-Laws: Commonalities and Differences

Journal of Gerontological Social Work (December 19, 2012)  56:1, 49-66

Providing care for an elderly in-law parent differs from that of giving care to your own
This study examined support, stress, and well-being between adults
who provide care for an aging and disabled parent and those who
care for an aging and disabled parent-in-law. Results showed that In-law caregivers provided more financial assistance while adult child caregivers provided more…more


WSSW Doctoral Student, Strauss, Honored by NY Academy of Medicine

judy strauss phdThe New York Academy of Medicine Section on Social Work held its first annual Student Night in April. The event honored students from 5 NYC schools of social work for their work in community health care. Wurzweiler’s doctoral student, Judy Strauss, was recognized for her research on Baby Boomers’ roles and attitudes towards menopause. Read more…