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Dating among older adults

Additionally, it is believed that all older adults are the same (homogeneous), and as a group they encounter the same negative health and psycho-social experiences.

With age perceived by the older adult in this way, one could wonder why sexuality or sexual expression is such an issue.

We are who we are throughout life – hopefully gaining wisdom as we move through the ages, but still the “same person” inside.

It is important that health care providers are able to discern the importance of the differences between sex, sexuality, and intimacy, and how they impact quality of life for older adults.

We advocate for health care that affirms the total self by promoting all older adults’ ability, regardless of age or condition, to share love and affection through either one or both forms of intimacy – physical and emotional.

Temporal definitions tend to define old age in relation to a certain number of birthdays one has had.

Most commonly, in contemporary society, having reached the age of 65 a person is considered to be in the young-old category.

Once this underpinning has been presented we introduce some of the psychosocial factors, care strategies, and resources available to providers and older adults.

“We are squeamish about the sex lives of the elderly…even more so when those elderly are senile or our parents” An Affair to Remember, Henneberger, 2008 Many would agree with Henneberger.

There is good reason why this topic is often times controversial or misunderstood in our society.

In this article some of these issues will be addressed as we present foundational information on the issues that affect both heterosexual and homosexual older adults.

As of January 1, 2011 between 8,000 and 10,000 people turn 65 years old each day and this will continue for the next 20 years! This growth in our aging population impacts all aspects of society, including health care, social security, the work force, social services, education, and societal views of aging.