Sexuality and Aging

This timely volume equips professionals to answer questions more accurately and help clients navigate the multiple changes and challenges that accompany aging.

Sexuality and Aging

Despite continuing ageist beliefs that sexuality is a privilege designed only for the young and physically healthy, research continues to indicate that the majority of older adults maintain interest in sexuality and may engage in fulfilling sexual behavior well into their last decade of life. Unfortunately, many professionals remain unaware of general knowledge of elderly sexuality, including the expected and normal physiological changes that can occur within the context of both male and female aging. The presence of chronic illness and other medical problems certainly can influence the expression of an aging adult’s sexuality, and emergent research suggests that there are effective ways to cope with menopause, heart disease, arthritis, incontinence, diabetes, sleep disorders, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction (ED), among others. Dramatic changes have taken place within the last decade alone in terms of non-surgical treatment for incontinence and ED, with forms of sex therapy, biofeedback, and PDE-5 inhibitors. Regrettably, many aging adults and their care providers remain unaware of their increased risk factors for STDs, including HIV infection via lack of knowledge, changes in the vaginal lining, and typical declines in immune function. Estimates suggest that by the year 2020, more than half of all individuals living with HIV will be over the age of 50. Although some high quality professional books are available for clinicians, they tend to be disjointed research bibliographies, edited volumes on a narrowly focused aspect of elderly sexuality, or texts that are more than 10 years old. With the extent of new information available regarding sexuality and aging, an up to date, empirically based text is necessary.

More Books:

Clinical Perspectives on Elderly Sexuality
Language: en
Pages: 206
Authors: Jennifer L. Hillman
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-03-14 - Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

Throughout my clinical training and practice, I have been surprised by the number of times that sexual issues have emerged as an unexpectedly central feature in my work with older adults. I can vividly remember my own internal reaction on hearing one of my elderly female patients tell me that
Sexuality and Aging
Language: en
Pages: 316
Authors: Jennifer Hillman
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-03-27 - Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

Despite continuing ageist beliefs that sexuality is a privilege designed only for the young and physically healthy, research continues to indicate that the majority of older adults maintain interest in sexuality and may engage in fulfilling sexual behavior well into their last decade of life. Unfortunately, many professionals remain unaware
Handbook of Gerontology
Language: en
Pages: 600
Authors: James A. Blackburn, Catherine N. Dulmus
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-07-16 - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

A multidisciplinary resource that combines the latest research with the best practices for working with older adults The Handbook of Gerontology: Evidence-Based Approaches to Theory, Practice, and Policy provides an essential source of important theoretical and applied information on gerontology for all mental health professionals interested in optimizing the health
Reproductive Health Psychology
Language: en
Pages: 392
Authors: Olga B. A. van den Akker
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-03-23 - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

This volume provides a comprehensive, up-to-date theoretical and empirical background to the psychology of reproductive health. Provides a life span perspective of the psychology of reproductive health and its disorders, from menarche to menopause and reproductive health in older age Focuses on issues of the individual's reproductive health experience, including
Functional Performance in Older Adults
Language: en
Pages: 877
Authors: Bette R Bonder, Vanina Dal Bello-Haas
Categories: Medical
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-10-31 - Publisher: F.A. Davis

The ideal resource for rehabilitation professionals who are working with or preparing to work with older adults! It describes the normal aging process, illustrates how health and social factors can impede an aging person’s abilities, and demonstrates how to develop mechanisms for maximizing the well-being of older adults.