Moms are getting older
The average age of a first-time mom in
Canada ( 28. 5) is five years older than a
first-time mom in the mid-1960s ( 23. 6).
Motherhood or otherhood
of caregivers are
caring for aging parents
and young children.
More Canadian women aren’t having
children at all for a variety of reasons,
from personal choice to declining fertility.
When a woman waits past age 32 to
have her first child, she and her baby
can face more health risks (see story on
Bust the stress
More women say they experience
stressful days than men. Learning to cope
with stress is invaluable to your health,
as toxic stress can lead to depression
and anxiety, addiction and other mental
illnesses, obesity, diabetes, heart disease
and several types of cancer.
Three to four
Hours a week men and women spend
caring for others. When someone needs
20 or more hours of care a week, women
are more likely to do it.
As well as looking after someone else,
caregivers need to look after themselves.
See MyHealth.Alberta.ca for tips on
taking care of yourself while looking after
Divorce and separation
Alberta and B.C. have the highest divorce
rates in Canada. Divorce and separation
can affect women and their children in a
number of ways.
four times more likely to have trouble
putting food on the table than women
living with partners.
ongoing conflict, it can cause toxic
stress, affecting the health of the
parents and children. When children
are not supported by an adult when
exposed to toxic stress, their brain
architecture can be weaker.
fall by 20 per cent in the three to five
years after a breakup. Men’s incomes
also drops, but not as much.
cent of the time after a separation or