Human sexuality web
Each day, we work to extend their efforts by advancing research on sexuality and the sciences of love and nurture.We don't discuss sexuality enough when considering the lives of older adults.
The sexuality of elderly people on film: Visual limitations Bildtgard, T. To an overwhelming degree, older persons were depicted as having no sexual life at all with a need for tenderness & warmth replacing sexuality. Journal of Gerontology, Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 54(5), 237-41. This is even more true when one partner in a couple has a diagnosis of dementia, and the other partner is labeled as a caregiver. This study reports results from a survey of a large sample (N = 1,384) of persons age 45 and older that included measures of a variety of biological, psychological and social factors that potentially influence sexual functioning.
Findings were interpreted in a cultural perspective: the common assumption, even among older persons, seems to be that they do not have a sexual life. This survey seeks to extend knowledge of the relationship of sexual attitudes and preferences to sexual functioning in a large group of community-dwelling 58-94 year old men. This paper addresses means of fostering acceptance by professionals and families and creating an environment that nurtures sexuality in couples coping with dementia. Bivariate and multivariate analyses are conducted separately for women and men.
Sexual function in 1,202 aging males: Differentiating aspects Bortz, W. Although age correlated consistently with increased erectile dysfunction and decreased sexual activity, a substantial number of older men continued active sexual behaviors supported by positive attitudes toward sexual function. The principal influences on strength of sexual desire among women are age, the importance of sex to the person, and the presence of a sexual partner.
The evidence included the involvement of a former candidate for United States President, Bob Dole, publicly extolling the medication and what it had done for him, and also included dramatic statistics on the immediate response in terms of numbers of prescriptions written for Viagra.
More recently, in 2006, the film Away From Her, brought issues of sexuality in couples dealing with dementia into sympathetic attention, with Julie Christie starring as an older woman with Alzheimer’s disease whose sexuality remains vibrant.