Group Presentations2017-12-19T23:57:29+00:00

Group Presentations

I will provide education, encouragement and support to help you navigate the change.

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GROUP PRESENTATIONS (employees and employers)

Are you or do you know a woman who finds it difficult to cope with work demands during the menopause transition?

Some workplaces have four generations of women working side by side and each has its own health challenges. Females between 40 and 55 may be having symptoms of perimenopause and menopause that affect their productivity and performance.

Hot flashes are the best-known symptom of menopause and may be disturbing at work if women have to give presentations, speak at meetings, etc. There are other lesser-known symptoms such as night sweats, waking up and difficulty getting back to sleep, heavy periods, urine leakage, fatigue, memory and concentration changes, anxiety, mood swings, feeling “blue”, depression, eye changes,  headache and joint pain that may decrease productivity and lead to absenteeism. Women may call in sick when experiencing these symptoms but may not be aware that they are related to hormone changes during the menopause transition. It’s important to remember that these symptoms are temporary, lasting maybe a few years.  Once hormone levels stabilize, postmenopause (the average age is 52) most women get back to being their usual selves.

Companies cannot afford to lose experienced, talented women at the peak of their careers because of lack of education and awareness about menopause symptoms.  It is important for employees, workers, and managers alike to be aware of the changes women go through in midlife in order to minimize absenteeism and loss of productivity, and to improve job performance and quality of life.

In a study commissioned by the British Occupational Health Research Foundation, almost fifty percent of women found it somewhat difficult to cope with work during the menopause change. Women interviewed for this study suggested that “employers can help by communicating to their workforce that health-related problems such as menopause are normal”, and that managers should be more aware of menopause as a possible occupational health issue for women. But this can only happen when women stop treating menopause like a taboo and start explaining what it really means to them. Women have to be educators to change the workplace perception of menopause. Workplace culture has to change from joking and minimizing menopause and its symptoms to an occupational health concern that deserves as much attention as pregnancy, for example.

For women experiencing severe symptoms, small temporary changes at work—such as flexible hours, working part-time rather than full-time, job sharing, working from home—may help.

I can bring awareness and education about the menopause transition (perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause) to your workplace (workers, supervisors, managers) through:

Lunch and Learn Presentations

  • A 60-minute audio-visual presentation with time for Q&A plus handouts. Topics include the three stages of menopause (perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause), symptoms, treatments available, lifestyle modification (sleep hygiene, exercise, healthy diet, and stress reduction), disease prevention, and healthy aging.
  • Because attendees might be embarrassed or shy about asking personal and intimate questions during the presentation I can stay on the premises afterwards to answer questions in the privacy of an office, if available.

Ask your HR representative to contact me at teresa@menopaused.org.

Wellness Days

Wellness is not only about the absence of disease but also about being in good health. To me good health is something we should strive to achieve daily through our choices and practices; it’s being proactive and preventing disease. When speaking about the menopause transition being proactive to me means being aware of how hormone changes may affect health and quality of life, and having a holistic approach to care. I believe we shouldn’t treat body parts or body systems as singular entities, in their separate compartments, but instead we should look at them as intimately interconnected, forming the whole person.  In a holistic approach we should consider both body and mind in order to achieve optimal health.

During a wellness day I educate women about the three stages of menopause (perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause):

  • How estrogen, the main female hormone, fluctuates during perimenopause and decreases in postmenopause, and is responsible for most of the symptoms, physical and mental, that women experience.
  • How lifestyle choices (i.e. diet, exercise, stress-relief, smoking cessation, alcohol in moderation) can help to minimize symptoms, decrease disease risk, and improve quality of life.
  • How and where to get relevant, accurate information about menopause (unfortunately the media are full of misinformation).
  • How to find health-care providers (menopause practitioners, physicians, therapists, specialists) available to help women navigate the change.

Ask your HR representative to contact me at teresa@menopaused.org.

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Want to have a Menopause Party with friends? What about an informative Lunch & Learn at work? I do group presentations.

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