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Book Review - I Feel Great About My Hands  
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/networkmagazine/ifeelgreataboutmyhands

Review of the book I Feel Great About My Hands: And Other Unexpected Joys of Aging by Shari Graydon, Douglas & McIntyre Press, 2011. 

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Published: August 2012
INTERdependence  
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/networkmagazine/interdependence

Discusses some of the issues regarding housing and care that women face throughout their life spans. Argues for a "solidarity centred mode of life” when considering housing arrangements. Explores how housing arrangements can become "communities of care" that encourage and support (radical) INTERdependence as a way many women— especially older women—may want to live their lives.

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Published: 2013
Looking my age  
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/Tothepoint/lookingmyage

Discusses how women in our culture are increasingly pressured to remove signs of aging (e.g. laser surgery to remove wrinkles).

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Published: 2012
Rachel’s story: an excerpt from silver threads  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1987_Healthsharing_Vol_8_No_4_Fall.pdf

This story shares one woman's experience of growing old. Describes and analyses the economic, political, social and physical forces that affect all of us as we grow older. 

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Published: 1987
Through a healthy lens  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1987_Healthsharing_Vol_9_No_1_Winter.pdf

In this article film-maker Laura Alper talks with interviewer Sue Kaiser about the challenges and changes she experiences while making her first women's health film. Laura Alper co-directed the film "Is it hot in here?" a film about women's experience of menopause.

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Published: 1987
Integrating poverty and gender into health programmes: a sourcebook for health professionals (module on ageing)  
http://www.wpro.who.int/publications/PUB_9290612339.htm

Intended for health professionals, this sourcebook also serves as a good primer for others seeking to understand the complex links between poverty, gender and aging.

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Published: 2006
Ageways 75: focus on older women  
http://helpage.bluefountain.com/Resources/Regularpublications/Ageways/main_content/zTph/Ageways75Olderwomen.pdf

Discusses the poor health and other impacts of discrimination on older women in the developing world, while highlighting their abilities and contributions; for example, their caregiving for family members with AIDS and for their orphaned children.

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Published: July 2010
POWER study: older women's health  
http://www.powerstudy.ca/the-power-report/the-power-report-volume-2/older-womens-health-report

Reports that women comprise the majority of the older population and have different patterns of illness and health needs than men. Older women tend to have a greater burden of illness including multiple chronic conditions, more functional limitations, and a higher prevalence of disability then older men. It finds that the needs of older adults “disproportionately impacts women” and that there is a mismatch between the way health and supportive care services are organized, and that they are not serving the needs of older women.

The POWER Study is producing a Women's Health Report to serve as an evidence-based tool for policy makers, providers, and consumers in their efforts to improve health and reduce health inequities among Ontario women.

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Published: 2011