The sexual needs of elderly people: addressing the issue
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The sexual needs of elderly people: addressing the issue

Maeveen Brogan A Final Year Degree Student, Department of Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

The subject of sexuality and elderly people has until recently, largely been ignored by nurses. This article stresses the importance of acknowledging that sexual activity and interest changes with ageing and that to deny that it exists is detrimental to the holistic care nurses should aim to provide

Human beings are living longer as education, the quality of life and medical science continue to reduce the impact of illness. Consequently, there is a larger elderly population in need of care.

Nursing Standard. 10, 24, 42-45. doi: 10.7748/ns.10.24.42.s54

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