ORG XMIT: TP 39664 columnist 1/19/2011 1/19/11 4:17:06 AM — New York, NY — USA Today columnist Gail Sheehy headshot, January 19, 2011. — Photo by Todd Plitt, USA TODAY contract photographer [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

The ninth annual Women’s Wellness Day, sponsored by Heart to Hearts, Inc. based in Lawrenceville, is scheduled to by held Nov. 17 at Educational Testing Service in Princeton. Award-winning author and life cycle expert Gail Sheehy will keynote on “Passages in Caregiving: Lightening the Load.”

Health screenings, community health education, 30 exhibitors and an “Ask the Doctor” table are set to be provided by Princeton HealthCare System. Chair massages, Reiki and reflexology are offered. A basket raffle, door prizes and a full breakfast and lunch are included.

The theme of the day is caregiver stress, emphasizing the need for caregivers to take time for their own wellbeing and rely on support systems and community resources. Speakers include honorary Wellness Day chair Eileen Doremus, executive director of the Mercer County Department of Aging; Joan Brame, Ph.D of Empower Fitness; elder law attorney Victor Medina Esq., Medina Law Firm; Caregiver Support Specialist Barbara Stender M.Ed., Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare; Dr. Kate Thomsen M.P.H., Women’s Health and Wellness, Pennington; and Princeton HealthCare System professionals Dr. Sherryl Croitor, Janice Love, RN Nurse Manager, Judith Mecklenburger, LSW and Jane Schwartz, RD.

As the best-selling author of 15 books, including Passages, Sheehy has rocked the culture and changed the way millions of women and men around the world look at the stages of their lives. In 2010, she takes on a most challenging and personal issue in her latest book Passages in Caregiving.

Sheehy’s Passages (1976) remained on The New York Times bestseller list for more than three years and has been reprinted in 28 languages. A Library of Congress survey named Passages one of the 10 most-influential books of our time.

As a literary journalist, Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine. A contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984, she won the Washington Journalism Review Award for Best Magazine Writer in America for her in-depth character portraits of national and world leaders, including both Presidents Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein and Mikhail Gorbachev. Ms. Sheehy is a seven-time recipient of the New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page Award for distinguished journalism.

One of the most popular speakers on the lecture circuit, Sheehy offers dynamic programs based on her groundbreaking investigations and observations of the lives of men and women within different phases of their lives and how they can enjoy them to the fullest.

Women’s Wellness Day is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 at Educational Testing Service, Rosedale and Carter roads in Princeton. The cost is $70 for non-members and $55 for members and seniors (65 and up). Register online at hearttohearts.org or call (609) 689-3131. Vendor spaces are available. Contact Sue Methot at (609) 737-0274 or email info@hearttohearts.org.