Author Archives: Shannon Perry

Divorce Feature
Marriage & Divorce

What’s Really Behind Midlife Divorce?

LADY BRACKNELL: I had some crumpets with Lady Harbury, who seems to me to be living entirely for pleasure now. ALGERNON: I hear her hair has turned quite gold from grief. –Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest Divorces among couples 50 years old and older have doubled since the… Read More
  • Shannon Perry |
  • October 6, 2018

Depression After 50: We Really Need to Talk

“A woman's risk of depression doubles or even quadruples during the menopausal transition.” “Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime.” Depression can be debilitating – sucking the joy out life, making activities we once enjoyed uninteresting, rendering work impossible, closing us… Read More
  • Shannon Perry |
  • September 3, 2018

Menopause Cold Flashes: Why They Happen and What to Do

Cold flashes? You’ve heard of hot flashes, maybe even experienced the sudden flaring of intense heat that starts in your chest and rushes up into your face. But were you aware that hormone changes can also cause cold flashes? Yep. If you’re suddenly chilled and shivering, even in a warm room, you… Read More
  • Shannon Perry |
  • August 27, 2018

Night Moves: Menopause, Sleep, and Restless Leg Syndrome

This article was originally posted on genneve.com Sleep is elusive enough for many women in menopause. You’re exhausted, desperate to get just a few hours of uninterrupted REM, you start to drift off at last, when suddenly your leg starts… tingling. Then pins-and-needles, then throbbing, then an overwhelming urge to move… Read More
  • Shannon Perry |
  • August 2, 2018
Libido Feature

Hot Flashes Aren’t the Only Heat: Fire Up Your Libido

Dear midlife woman, Re: Your libido, or lack thereof First, let me say: Welcome to this Judgment-Free Space. As women, we’re not used to finding spaces where we aren’t being judged for something: our appearance, our tolerance, our tidiness, our emotions, our hair. Sometimes we move through the opinions of… Read More
  • Shannon Perry |
  • July 30, 2018
Manage Anxiety Feature

Finding Your Personal Zen: Managing Anxiety with Apps and Games

Like most nights recently, Cheryl woke up at 4 AM, heart pounding, mind racing, soaked in sweat. Her night’s sleep was probably over, though the alarm wouldn’t ring for another two hours. She tried to calm her heart rate, her breathing, her desperation and out-of-control thoughts and go back to… Read More
  • Shannon Perry |
  • July 29, 2018

Keep Calm: 7 Ways to Strengthen Your Resiliency

How resilient are you? Take this quick, utterly unscientific quiz: 1. Your son or daughter moves across the country, taking your grandchildren 2,500 miles away. Do you… a. Become depressed, cry, lose sleep? b. Cry a bit, then begin searching online for fun places to take your grandkids when you… Read More
  • Shannon Perry |
  • July 6, 2018

Can Mapping Your DNA Help You Diet?

“DNA your diet.” It sounds great, doesn’t it? Swap a little spit for a personalized diet plan based on your DNA that will get you to your goal weight in record time—and keep you there. But can a DNA diet test reveal the foods most likely to make us gain… Read More
  • Shannon Perry |
  • May 31, 2018
risk of Alzheimer’s

The Link Between Alzheimer’s, Estrogen, and Menopause

In March 2018, genneve CEO Jill Angelo and I were fortunate enough to do a podcast with neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Mosconi. The following information is derived from that conversation and from Dr. Mosconi’s book, Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power. “Getting older is not a linear… Read More
  • Shannon Perry |
  • April 24, 2018
beneficial bacteria

Gut Check: How to Increase Beneficial Bacteria

Gut flora, microbiome, beneficial bacteria- it seems everywhere you turn, someone is offering you a kefir-and-sauerkraut smoothie to make your intestines more welcoming for teeming hordes of bacteria. It’s true we’re only beginning to discover the importance of having a healthy gut. What happens in the gut impacts every other… Read More
  • Shannon Perry |
  • March 17, 2018
get good sleep

Can’t Get Good Sleep? Help Beyond “Turn Off Your iPad”

“Though sleep is called our best friend, it is a friend who often keeps us waiting!”- Jules Verne Don’t you hate it when good friends keep you waiting? The older we get the more tardy our dear friend sleep may become, and peri- and postmenopausal women may find it hardest… Read More
  • Shannon Perry |
  • February 16, 2018
increase life expectancy

Increase Life Expectancy: 6 Unusual Ways to Keep Kicking

Ever wish for more hours in your day? What if you could get more years in your life? While we’re pretty much stuck with a maximum of 24 hours per day, our life spans may not be so fixed in stone. What if you could add just a few new… Read More
  • Shannon Perry |
  • January 9, 2018

About Shannon Perry

Shannon Perry

Shannon Perry is the media & marketing director for genneve (www.genneve.com), a personalized digital health platform for women in midlife. She is dedicated to bringing as many voices as possible to the conversation around women’s midlife health to ensure women have the information and resources they need to lead their best, most vibrant lives. Shannon lives in Seattle with her cat, dog, and boyfriend – in that order.