Hospital to host seminar for multitaskers

DONNIE BRYANT?donnie.bryant@empiretribune.com
Christy Kerr, M.D., will speak at a seminar on Monday, Oct. 8, at City Limits. Her topic of discussion will be multitasking women and the stress they face. Contributed

In 2011 ABC news reported of a study conducted by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index that revealed women ages 45 to 64 have the lowest well-being of any age group or gender. Merriam-Webster defines well-being as the state of being happy, healthy or prosperous.

What is causing this shift in mental health for this demographic as they face their middle years?

Women in this sector wear many hats, juggling spouses, children, careers and ? for many of them ? aging parents in need of increasing assistance.

The very thing that many women often brag about ? their multitasking skills ? is what might be killing them.

The news reported middle aged women are caught up in a spiral of obligations and as a result are less healthy than their mothers were at the same age. Many are suffering from issues of guilt if they make time for themselves which could lead to what experts call a recipe for metabolic disaster.

Exercise, attention to diet and decompression time are necessary to stave off the stress that may be shaving years off women's lives.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Stephenville has partnered with the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health to present a seminar addressing the issues facing multitasking women. The presentation will be given by Christy Kerr, M.D. who will share tips on how busy women can take control of their health.

“Dr. Kerr will be talking about healthy lifestyle skills for women who are juggling so many things in their lives,” Julie Swink, senior marketing specialist for Texas Health Stephenville said. “They get so busy taking care of everyone else, they forget to take care of themselves. Dr. Kerr wants women to realize if they don't take time out for themselves, they can't be successful in taking care of the other people in their lives.”

The free event and lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall at City Limits.

Seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355) or online at TexasHealth.org/Advances.