Over the last few years, the Renfrew Center has seen an increasing number of women in their thirties, forties, fifties and sixties seeking treatment for their eating disorder. Over the past decade there has been a 42 percent increase in the number of women over the age of 35 who sought treatment at Renfrew.
In response to this increase, The Renfrew Center has designed specialized programming to help meet this population’s unique needs.
The Renfrew Center’s Midlife Treatment Track:
- Addresses the fact that women in midlife may face many of the same eating disorder struggles as adolescents and younger women, such as body dissatisfaction, body image distortions and fear of food, and that these issues are often exacerbated by the aging process.
- Recognizes that women in midlife often face stressors such as marital discord, divorce, “empty-nest” syndrome, chronic illness or career changes.
- Acknowledges that midlife women may find it more difficult to seek treatment and may face feelings of guilt because they must leave behind family members or jobs that rely heavily on their presence every day.
- Allows women thirty and older to address their own special issues in a community of their peers—women struggling with similar issues around nutrition, wellness, relationships, exercise and self-nurturing.