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Women on Fire® Podcast Presents...

Evolving: Finding Health & Happiness As We Age with Judy Bailey

Much-loved New Zealand broadcaster, Judy Bailey, graced the small screen for decades. In this episode of WOF she talks about the personal stories and science that shaped her book, Evolving: Finding Health & Happiness As We Age.
For New Zealanders, Judy Bailey ONZM is a household name, similar to Australia's Kerri-Anne Kennerly or America's Diane Sawyer.

Originally trained as a journalist, Judy went on to become an immensely popular newsreader, presenting primetime news for many years.

Fondly nicknamed 'Mother of the nation', and often dubbed a national treasure Judy’s now in her 70s and she's written the book, Evolving, Finding Health & Happiness As We Age.

Evolving is peppered with some of Judy's personal stories as well as the latest findings of growing older.

It serves as a brilliant handbook for anyone entering midlife and beyond covering everything to do with health and wellbeing in two parts.

From nutrition to dementia, death, grief and resilience Judy tackles the good and the bad including the subjects nobody wants to talk about.

Podcast Interview

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Evolving, Serena Williams and ‘the R word’ (4:38)
  • Navigating mental and physical change as you grow older (5:25)
  • The Harvard Study of Adult Development – the longest longitudinal study in the world (7:05)
  • The most profoundly effective thing you can do for yourself to age well (7:59)
  • The holistic aspect of health and wellbeing (8:42)
  • The Maori way of looking at health (9:22)\
  • The global issue of dementia (10:19)
  • Death, grief, paperwork and resilience (13:37)
  • Our fundamental need for relationships (15:38)
  • Marriage and melanoma (15:20)
  • On being ‘Mother of the nation’ (22:00)
  • The problem of loneliness (25:32)
  • Grandfriends (27:47)
  • Beauty, style and feeling invisible (29:30)
  • Sarcopenia (31:19)
  • The grey (hair) movement (32:14)
  • Shametenance – Professor Claire Chambers (34:48)
  • Gerotranscendence and death cleaning (35:40)
  • Inspirational books (39:00)

Episode Resources:

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Much-loved New Zealand broadcaster, Judy Bailey, graced the small screen for decades. In this episode of WOF she talks about the personal stories and science that shaped her book, Evolving: Finding Health & Happiness As We Age.

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Welcome to the Women On Fire® Podcast. We’re on a mission to help you have your best menopause and rest of your life.

I’m your host, Jenna Moore. I’m an accredited integrative health and menopause coach and I’ve studied nutritional awareness, women’s hormones through a functional medicine lens and explored various modalities including breath work, mindset and positive psychology.

Join me and my guests as we discuss how to navigate the natural life transition of menopause and growing older. From waistlines, waning libidos and what to wear now we’re over 40 we discuss it all.

Women On Fire® is sponsored by MenoMe®, a New Zealand based company by women for women. MenoMe® specialises in evidence-based, all-natural supplements so you can experience freedom in menopause.

Disclaimer: Our Mini Pause’s are for information purposes only. They come from a holistic vantage point and from collating (often conflicting) scientific data if it’s available. They should not take the place of medical advice.

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This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.


Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.