Too Old for Intimacy?
Are Your Geriatric Patients Too Old for Sex and Intimacy?
After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:
- Identify physiological changes and health conditions that affect sexual health in the elderly
- Discuss psychological and functional issues of sex and intimacy with your elderly patients
Before the “sexual revolution” of the 1960’s, sexuality and sexual behavior of women, in particular, was frowned upon, deemed as a display of promiscuity that could lead to an unbecoming reputation. Many older women continue to believe in that social stigma even today, although since that time, more open attitudes towards sexuality of women have developed. Sexuality and sexual desire are literally the intimate components through which intimacy is formed. However, this does not hold firm for just those in their prime. The reality is that senior citizens are interested in love, intimacy, and enjoy sex as much as their younger counterparts.