-Survey Reveals Nearly Half Have Skipped Medical Care Due to Cost Issues-
RED BANK, N.J., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new survey released today by the National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC) highlights another troubling aspect of the current financial crisis: many women have failed to seek health care for themselves or their families to save money. Findings also indicate that many women say their health has gotten worse over the past five years and that the primary cause women cite for this decline is stress. In addition, while the vast majority of women are emotionally prepared to grow older, the majority do not feel financially prepared.
"Today's financial crisis and increasing health costs are clearly impacting women's decisions around health care, and their physical and emotional well-being," said Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill, RN, executive director of NWHRC. "It's hard to stay calm and relaxed given our hectic lives -- even in the best of times. But women need to understand that skimping on health care to save them money may cost them more in the long run. They also need to learn how to better manage their stress, both about their health and their finances."
Conducted by Harris Interactive, the fourth annual, national Women T.A.L.K. survey explored issues related to women's health specifically around women's attitudes about health care costs as well as healthy aging.
Stress Takes a Toll on Women's Physical and Emotional Health
A significant number of women report making sacrifices in order to reduce their expenditures on health care and that their health is declining.
"Long-term stress and weight gain can significantly increase women's risk for other health problems," said Battaglino Cahill. "Women need help in managing stress and part of that equation is good nutrition and regular exercise. There are many simple, no-cost steps they can take to manage stress including eating better, exercising, deep breathing, meditation and organizing and prioritizing activities."
As part of their ongoing commitment to women's health and wellness, NWHRC has created anonline wellness center featuring tips and advice that address some of the key issues revealed in the survey, www.healthywomen.org/wellness.
Women are at Ease with Aging
The survey also sought to understand women's attitudes towards aging, their perceptions about aging healthfully, and the steps they are taking to ensure their health as they grow older. An encouraging outcome of the survey is that women tend to have positive feelings toward aging and more commonly view it as an adventure and an opportunity versus a struggle or something to be depressed about. They tend to be inspired by others who also have positive attitudes and stay active as they grow older.
Women personally engage in a variety of activities to feel good about their physical health as they age. They are most likely to say that not smoking is the most important one (26%), followed by exercising regularly (19%), visiting the doctor annually for a physical (18%), and maintaining a healthy diet (14%).
Women also undertake a variety of activities to feel good about themselves in terms of personal appearance as they age.
When it comes to healthy aging, financial issues are also at the forefront of women's minds.
While eight in ten women feel prepared or very prepared to grow older in terms of emotional health, and close to two-thirds feel prepared in terms of knowledge of aging issues, physical health and social support, just 42% of women feel prepared to grow older in terms of financial security.
To visit the online wellness center, go to the National Women's Health Resource Center's Web site at www.healthywomen.org/wellness. Or for further highlights of the annual Women T.A.L.K. survey visit the NWHRC's online newsroom at www.healthywomen.org/newsroom.
About the Survey
The 2008 annual Women T.A.L.K. survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of the National Women's Health Resource Center between September 25, 2008 and October 2, 2008 among 754 women aged 18 or older. Results were weighted as needed for age, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.
About the National Women's HealthResourceCenter
The not-for-profit National Women's Health Resource Center is the leading independent health information source for women. NWHRC develops and distributes up-to-date and objective women's health information based on the latest advances in medical research and practice. NWHRC believes all women should have access to the most trusted and reliable health information. Information empowers women to make the best decisions to maintain and improve their health and the health of their families.
Contact: Marisa Rainsberger 202-906-9188 firstname.lastname@example.org
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