By Joseph Esposito
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She certainly had given thought to engaging in sexual activities with this gentleman), but felt compelled by unspoken societal taboos to abort the relationship before it even got started. Only after Jayne was able to explore, and compare and contrast her own needs and desires with the inaccurate and limiting views of society, did she have enough confidence to accept a date with this elderly gentleman. She also was open to receiving education about some of the changes that may alter the sexual response through aging.
As these research findings of attitudes toward elderly sexuality suggest, clinical practice demands that we be highly attuned to the needs, wants, and beliefs of our clients as individuals. While empirical research findings are vital in that they provide us with clear quantitative findings, they often minimize the unique, qualitative contributions of individual participants. This is where we, as clinicians, must regard empirical research as the foundation for our individual patient interactions.
T/F/DK Sexuality is typically a lifelong need. T/FIDK Sexual behavior in older people increases the risk of heart attack. T/F/DK Most males over the age of 65 are unable to engage in sexual intercourse. T/F/DK The relatively more sexually active younger poeple tend to become the relatively more sexually active older people. T/F/DK There is evidence that sexual activity in older persons has beneficial physical effects on the participants. T/F/DK Sexual activity may be psychologically beneficial to older person participants.