April 2015

posted 04.29.2015
Every May we celebrate Older Americans Month in order to acknowledge and recognize the contributions older Americans make to the nation. This year, the Administration for Community Living has chosen the theme Get into the Act to spotlight the ways in which older adults are taking charge of their…
posted 04.14.2015
By Terri Clark Closeness, intimacy and touch are lifelong needs that do not get old, even when we do. We may be graying but our rainbows are still flickering, as our sexuality evolves and changes over our lifecycle. It is simply not true that when we are lighting dozens of candles on our birthday…
posted 04.14.2015
By Peggy Brick What is sexuality education and who needs it? Adults, of course! Questions from hundreds of my students, aged 50 to 90, are powerful evidence of the poignant concerns people have about sex and intimacy in mid and later life: “How do you overcome the strict religious ‘do’s and…
posted 04.14.2015
By Brian B. Doyle Few stereotypes of gay life are as persistent as that of the sexually starved older man. Gay life has traditionally centered on the young and the beautiful. This issue is a particularly hot one for gay men because regardless of age, they have a strong interest in sex. In the…
posted 04.14.2015
This article has been excerpted from Joan Price's book, The Ultimate Guide to Sex After 50: How to Maintain–or Regain!–a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life (2015, Cleis Press).       By Joan Price About half of all sexually active men and women aged fifty-seven to eighty-five in the United States…
posted 04.14.2015
By Maggie L. Syme What does it mean to be sexually well or sexually healthy in later life? This question has not gotten much attention until recently, given the prevalence of stigmatic beliefs about aging sexuality and lack of understanding about aging sexuality. The reality is people express…
posted 04.14.2015
By Vanessa Fabbre One important component of Dennis Dailey’s “Circles of Sexuality” is sexual identity, which incorporates biological gender, gender identity, gender role, and sexual orientation. As professionals in the field of aging, we know that these aspects of identity are dynamic throughout…