Menopausal and Midlife Women: Study Us, Please

You all know that I’ve been pretty vocal about the dearth of research devoted to menopause and midlife women. (Witness the most recent blog entries on Menopause and Immunity.) I guess it pays to climb on the soapbox and vent every now and then, because I was just contacted by researchers from the University at Texas School of Nursing, Austin regarding two studies they are conducting via the internet on -you guessed it- menopausal and midlife women. The study is funded by the NIH (National Institute of Health) and NINR. Primary researcher is Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN.

Study 1 concerns physical activity among women aged 40-60 years. Study 2 specifically focuses on menopausal women and their symptom experience – age group also 40 to 60 years of age. They are looking at diverse ethnic groups in these studies: differences and similarities as well as cultural effects. They have enough Asian and Caucasian women represented in the study but seriously need more Hispanic and African-American women to participate for the data to be complete so pass the word to all your Hispanic and African-American goddess friends and acquaintances. I’m including the study website links at the end of this blog entry.

They tell me that each participating goddess will be reimbursed with a gift certificate of $10 per internet survey, and an additional gift certificate for $50 if they join the online forum discussion, which lasts 6 months. They didn’t specify where the gift certificate was redeemable, but it is worth our while to participate for FREE if it helps us learn more about our transitions.

If you wish more info, I’ll be happy to send you all that they’ve sent me – just click the "Contact Us" button at the top right of the page and let me know where to email you. For now here are the links and thanks for spreading the word!

Univ TX Study on Midlife Women and Physical Activity

Univ TX Study on Menopausal Women’s Symptom Experience

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11 Responses to Menopausal and Midlife Women: Study Us, Please

  1. Ribbon February 23, 2009 at 6:05 am #

    Thanks for taking the time to post that.

    best wishes 🙂

  2. Cathie February 23, 2009 at 3:19 pm #

    Thanx for sharing the daffodil story . . . being an every day gardener I am so aware of the process of one seed/one plant/one day/one cycle . . . and over the years a wonderfully tasty garden for humans, 4 leggeds, wingeds, creepy-crawlies evolves. . .different each year and of course, each season.

  3. Cathie February 23, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    Have you read The Art of Doing Nothing: Simple Was to Make Time for Yourself? I read it sitting under a golden leafed aspen at Sorsensen’s . . . the words resonated so deeply. Lynette, your photos would enhance the book waaaaaaaaaaay more than the photography included! Yes!!!!! I love JA Jance, too! especially her female protagonists. Have your read JoAnna Ross? . . . great rainy day reads.

  4. lynetteSheppard February 23, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    I HAVE read The ARt of Doing Nothing – and actually given it to a few friends. I’ll have to check out JoAnn Ross – I’ve not had the pleasure of reading her books and I’m always looking for new authors, of course.

  5. CatherineGauldin February 24, 2009 at 7:25 am #

    I love this "The Daffodil Principle". It reminds me of a short story by Jean Giono, "The Man who Planted Trees",

  6. BettyZahler February 22, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    As always my husband as a European is enthused with flowers. He managed to plant Geraniums from sprigs, which thrived in our many pots and flower boxes. As old folks we stop and smell the roses. Also, have a great deal of daffodils in our front yard and enjoy them tremendously. They are one of nature`s many priceless gifts to us and we are grateful for all our flowers and plants. Was inspired with the ladies marvelous efforts. She is truly an inspiration to us all!

  7. MareMitchell April 9, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    Just what I needed today, the reminder to take those baby steps on your creative projects. Glad I found this blog page. Grown up women. What a concept.

  8. LynetteSheppard April 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm #

    Thanks for your comment, Mare! Yep, I need this same reminder over and over – especially when I get overwhelmed by some of my projects. Like writing a book. If I just concentrate on writing a couple pages a day rather than a whole book, it’s manageable. And at the end of 6 months, it’s done!

  9. Betty Zahler September 23, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    As always i`m impressed with all the work and research Lynette has done. The Texas Nursing University staff must have really found her work, informative and interesting. We are so fortunate to have her, Goddesses, to guide us through the rough times. Once again, kudos to Lynette.

  10. Anne Wheeler September 23, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    You go, girl! Good for you for being such an activist. As a former student @ Texas Woman's University (MSN/FNP program), I'm impressed and proud of all the medical/academic work being done in that state. I'm sorry I'm a caucasian, or I would participate. I've been a subject in the Women's Health Study for 15+ years, so I think there is some work being done; but you are right, we need more research on all women's issues. I'll forward link so contacts of other ethnicity can be recruited.

  11. Carolyn Chambers Clark, RN, EdD September 23, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    Great blog!

    I like that you're providing so much useful information for menopausal women.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Carolyn Chambers Clark

    Living Well with Menopause

    for free menopause sample chapter

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