JAFFREY

We should talk about menopause

  • Jaffrey, Kathy Batchelder, TEAM Jaffrey, 21st Century Grant program

    Jaffrey, Kathy Batchelder, TEAM Jaffrey, 21st Century Grant program

  • Jaffrey, Kathy Batchelder, TEAM Jaffrey, 21st Century Grant program

While woman’s bodies are constantly changing, Kathy Batchelder, 60, of Jaffrey said in a recent interview with the Ledger-Transcript that not enough women feel comfortable talking about it.

“I don’t think women talk about health issues as much as men do and they should,” said Batchelder, who is in her 60s. “Even when you are 50-, 60- or 70-years-old there is an expectation that you are still going to look vibrant and young. The pressure is greater for women.”

Batchelder said she wished that someone had told her more about menopause, something every woman goes through yet feels embarrassed to admit they are facing. Stories about hot flashes and night sweats circulate quietly among girlfriends, but Batchelder said the emotional side effects caught her off guard.

Plus, she added, menopause can last longer than one might think, but the length and symptoms differ for every woman.

Aside from the issues specific to women’s health, Batchelder said she encourages everyone to make exercise a natural part of their life. When she was younger, Batchelder played softball and basketball, but said she wasn’t a runner and wish she had been.

“I walked for a while, but I have developed arthritis, so that’s more difficult for me now,” she said. “If I had been more diligent about participating in an athletic program earlier in my life maybe I wouldn’t have the extent of the pain I have now. I’m not sure.”

At any age, Batchelder said people should find an activity that makes them happy and do it. “Never take your health for granted,” she said. “Pay attention to what your body is telling you. Often times, you know your body better than anyone else.”

— By Alyssa Dandrea

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