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Sexuality and sexual intimacy in later life

31 January 2019
Karolanne O'Keefe
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Publication date
January 16 2019

Original abstract:

Sexuality is as important in older age as it is throughout life, and its expression can be positive, empowering, joyful and life-affirming.

The concept of sexuality has many dimensions including identity, need and desire, relationships and behaviour, all of which develop through ageing and life experiences. The evidence on all aspects of sexuality in later life tends to focus on biological dysfunction rather than fulfilment, well-being and quality of life, and does not acknowledge the enormous diversity of older people in terms of age, sexualities, ethnicity and culture. However, the evidence base is growing and, in broad terms, what older people want is becoming more clearly articulated.

This article acknowledges the current evidence and, building on this, suggests ways in which nurses working in health and social care services can address some of the challenges, enhance their own understanding and skills, and work creatively with older individuals to offer services that help them to live, and end, their lives according to their individual identities, choices and deepest, most personal, priorities.

Reference
Hazel, H. (2019). Sexuality and sexual intimacy in later life. Nursing older people. DOI : 10.7748/nop.2019.e1102.

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https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330417496_Sexuality_and_sexual_intimacy_inlater_life 

Sexuality, sexual intimacy, older age, later life, sexual diversity, identity, needs, desires, behaviors

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