The Oasis Wise Women program focuses on the issues of women ages 55 and older. It provides individual counseling to elderly women. In addition, Oasis hosts a monthly Wise Women group at the Freedom Manor apartment community in Downtown Birmingham.
The need for the Wise Women program is great as late-life depression affects about 6 million Americans age 65 and older, but only 10% receive treatment for depression. Older women are twice as likely as men to experience depression.
The Wise Women program:
- reduces feelings of isolation and reduce depression in elderly women
- offers education and information on topics such as the normal aging process
- provides a forum for elderly women to share information about the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual challenges during this stage of life.