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
RICHARD M. SIEGEL, Ph.D., LMHC, CST, is the Director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, a postgraduate continuing education institute training sex therapists and sexual medicine specialists at multiple sites throughout the country. Dr. Siegel is a Florida-licensed mental health counselor and Board-certified sex therapist, and is certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) as a sex therapist and supervisor. He has a rich experiential background, including over 20 years working in sexuality education and addiction treatment, teaching on college campuses, and maintaining a private sex therapy practice. He enjoys a reputation as a seasoned and in-demand workshop and conference presenter, in addition to his work in training and supervising sex therapists.
Dr. Siegel has served AASECT as conference co-chair for three consecutive years, followed by two elected terms as Board Secretary, and has been appointed as the chair of the Supervisor Certification Committee. He is also a Clinical Member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR), and served on the Executive Committee of that organization as its Membership Officer from 2015-2017.
He completed his Doctoral dissertation at the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists in Orlando, FL, with a research focus on the integration of healthy sexuality and addiction treatment. He has worked enthusiastically to integrate traditional sex therapy into the emergent specialty of sexual medicine, as well as the addiction treatment field.