Enabling sexual expression in people with dementia
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Enabling sexual expression in people with dementia

Jane Youell Researcher, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Northampton, Northampton, England

Dementia remains a significant health and social care concern in the UK. Cases of dementia are expected to increase exponentially because more people are living longer. In response, the government has issued a set of policies and guidance to better meet the needs of those living with dementia. However, one important relational aspect is notably absent from most policy documents: sexuality. This can be a complicated issue in relationships affected by dementia. This article analyses the literature and uses case studies to provide practical guidance to nurses in relation to sexual expression in people with dementia.

Nursing Standard. 30, 15,43-48. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.15.43.s50

Correspondence

Jane.Youell@northampton.ac.uk

Peer review

All articles are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Received: 16 March 2015

Accepted: 01 April 2015