LeadingAge Washington Sexual Expression in Older Adults

February 20, 2020
9:00 AM

This workshop will discuss concepts of human sexuality and sexual self-determination. Intimacy will be defined, and the benefits and risks of intimacy among older adults living with dementia disorders (and diminished capacity) will be reviewed.

This workshop will discuss the concepts of human sexuality and sexual self-determination. Intimacy will be defined, and the benefits and risks of intimacy among older adults living with dementia disorders (and diminished capacity) will be reviewed. Complicating factors, such as limits on privacy, hypersexuality, risk of bodily harm and exploitation will be discussed. The prevalence of sexuality in long-term care settings will be reviewed and include a summary of staff reactions and family reactions to the sexual expression of older adults living with dementia in a community/long-term care setting.

Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own values regarding sexuality, sexuality among older adults, and sexuality among adults living with diminished capacity. Attention will be paid to the role values of all stakeholders play when determining “appropriateness” of intimate connections. Guidelines for determining sexual decision-making capacity will be reviewed. Recommendations for including sexual preferences in assessment and care planning will be provided, and there will be a review of sexual health policy from one other long-term care community.

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Person of contact for any additional information and questions: Pat Sylvia