The Atrophied Vagina Club blog explores my personal experiences as I embarked on the menopause journey. Initially, I thought about creating a “club” of menopausal women in my town who would meet on a monthly basis to share their problems, compare notes and provide support – sort of based on a book club format. However, I realized that this type of “club” would be too limiting and that a blog would reach many more women (and men) who might feel more comfortable discussing their experiences in an on-line format.

Having worked with seniors and their families for 25 years, I witnessed first-hand the problems associated with the aging process. In fact, I published a book, The Tarnished Golden Years: A Guide to Parenting Your Elderly Parent, because it was evident that aging parents and their children were oblivious as to how to prepare for the challenges that the senior population faces.

Now that I am a member of that population, it has become apparent that there was one issue that aging women never discussed: the effects of menopause that last for the remainder of their lives.

Well, ladies (and men if you are reading this), I have vowed that menopause experiences should be shared openly, garnering support and enlightenment from others who have also made the journey into the exclusive club of the golden years.

And so, let’s begin!



Wendy Harrison, author of The Tarnished Golden Years, created this book to provide a concise, clear overview of the major issues and problems confronting seniors and their families, and to offer guidance and resources to assist in solving those problems.

It is not an academic tome filled with statistics and theory but was written from the trenches by the author who has worked with hundreds of seniors and their families. The main premise of the book: don’t get depressed; get prepared.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Tarnished Golden Years can be a bible for aging parents and their grown children. It lists suggestions for aging problems that are seldom anticipated. At the same time, it prepares the younger generation for what might one day be their problems too ~ Keith Barnhart

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The book is very well written in language that is easy for everyone to understand. Ms. Harrison touches on the many challenges we have to deal with as we age; she has taken care of researching and providing information on these sometimes difficult tasks. She has listed many resources and “go to” information, she has included to do lists and much more useful information. This book gives guidance and preparation for the golden years. Thank you for all the hard work you put into this book, Wendy! ~ Irma B.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As a person approaching senior citizen status, I enjoyed this book because it addressed all the issues I and my children will face. The book is like a one-stop shopping place — no need to access various on-line websites to get the info you need. It was a fast read and easy to understand. I would highly recommend it. ~ Senior Moments Gal



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