There is a pervasive assumption that sexual interest and activity is supposed to decline as we age; that older adults are no longer sexual. Nothing can be further from the truth! Research shows that older adults are still interested in experiencing sex, relationships, and erotic pleasure. This workshop will provide an overview of common psychosexual issues among seniors and discuss common age-related sexual changes, as well as the impact of illness, disability, and medications on sexuality and sexual function.
Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Discuss current trends and expectations in aging populations as they pertain to sexual activity, sexual medicine and technology
- List 3 common sexuality and intimacy issues typically seen in older adults
- Discuss areas where promoting intimate and erotic connections can be beneficial to quality of life among seniors
- Describe the more common STIs identified among older populations, as well as in general, and develop strategies for intervention and counseling
30 Minutes: Discussion of population trends among Boomer populations and the impact of sexual medicine and social change on sexuality and eroticism among older adults.
1.5 Hours: Discussion of age-related changes in sexual functioning and relationships
- Typical developmental changes
- social supports
- illness and loss of function
- effects of medications
1 Hour: Effects intimate and erotic connections have on seniors’ QOL
1 Hour: Comparison of incidence of STIs among seniors and the overall population anddifferences in intervention and treatment
Lawrence Siegel is an AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator and Supervisor. As an educator, trainer, and consultant for over 30 years, Larry has traveled extensively around the world and is recognized in the areas of sexual health and development, sexual pharmacology, and cultural contexts of sex. Larry has also published numerous book chapters and articles in such areas as challenging the “sex addiction” model, sexual changes in aging adults, sex and drug-linked behavior, relationships, and enhancing sexual experiences.