March 3, 2015— Marshall Community Health Library in Cameron Park
is pleased to offer another free program in its ongoing Health Aging Seminars.
Mary Schwind, retired social worker, will be speaking about the value of
girlfriends as we age, on March 12th at 2pm, at Marshall’s Upper
Campus, 3581 Palmer Drive, Suite 501 in Cameron Park. What is the “need”
for a female circle and how does it hold us to friendships as a primary
support system? So, why are girlfriends so important? These are some of
the questions Mary will explore as she takes you through the research
and her observations on girlfriends.
"Thousands of generations ago women could not flee or fight in stressful
situations,” Mary explains. “They were pregnant or they were
caregivers of children or elders. Women reacted by coming together to
support each other. These alliances are reflected in women’s social
alliances called girlfriends.”
This pattern of alliances was researched by UCLA investigator Shelley E.
Taylor and is called "tend and befriend." The female of many
species and humans, respond to stressful conditions by protecting and
nurturing their young (the "tend" response). Women often seek
social contact and support from others -- especially other females (the
"befriend" response). When we are very young we begin to cultivate
friends, close and casual. Even those who are tech gurus know that BFF
is the internet slang for best friends forever! Travel companies have
found a new a niche in “Girl Friend Getaways”!
Mary Schwind has observed the “tend and befriend” phenomenon
as a woman, mother and friend, working for many years in the area of social
services for battered women, hospice, and the care of elderly. She has
looked at examples of girlfriends around the world, in current and past
cultures. She has a large collection of girlfriend objects which will
be fun and amazing!
This free seminar will be enlightening and uplifting. Men are welcome too.
Call to reserve your place: 530-626-2778 by March 11th.
Marshall Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit community healthcare
provider located in the heart of the Sierra Foothills. Marshall Medical
Center includes Marshall Hospital, a fully accredited acute care facility
with 113 beds in Placerville; several outpatient facilities in Cameron
Park, El Dorado Hills and Georgetown; and many community health and education
programs. Marshall has more than 200 board-certified physicians and 1,500
employees providing quality healthcare services to more than 175,000 residents
of El Dorado County.