Exploring attitudes towards older people’s sexuality
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Exploring attitudes towards older people’s sexuality

Bob Price Director of postgraduate awards in advancing healthcare practice, Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University

Sexuality is an important part of life, for older people as well as for others. Sexual attitudes, beliefs and lifestyles may be as diverse among older people as they are among younger age groups. But for nurses to plan care with patients in ways that take issues of sexuality into account, they need to feel more comfortable talking about sexuality with older people. This article uses case studies to help readers explore their own attitudes and those of colleagues towards sexuality in later years, and prompts discussions on what this might signify for future nursing care so that staff are better equipped to assist patients with this subject.

Nursing Older People. 21, 6, 32-39. doi: 10.7748/nop2009.07.21.6.32.c7140

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