Researchers noted that amongst their representative sample there were reports of limited training in sexual health as a general topic.
From this information, they assumed that “training that is specific to older patient’s sexual health is limited, if available at all.” The results of the study showcased that U. health care providers on average were less knowledgeable than U. graduate nursing students on the topics of sexual health and aging sexuality. However, the group reported to be even less knowledgeable on aging sexuality than U. primary care providers consisted of nursing home staffs and older adult care workers.
Positive sexual health often acts as a de-stressor promoting increased relaxation.
Researchers also report health benefits detailing decreased pain sensitivity, improved cardiovascular health, lower levels of depression, increased self-esteem, and better relationship satisfaction.
However, desire for sexual activity is not lost completely. Menopause, a female biological process, has been linked to a loss of interest in sexual activity and to a desensitization of the genital area.
However, with the advent of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) treatments, the effects of menopause have lessened and women have more opportunities to continue experiencing an active sex life.
Sex and aging come with many challenges for the older population as well as their primary care providers.
The task for these care providers is to accommodate to the changing needs of this older sexually active generation.
To many, The Golden Girls was groundbreaking in its depiction of healthy active sexual lifestyles and frank sexual discussion among seniors.
There has been a steady increase in the number of STDs found in elderly individuals in nursing homes and other residential living communities, belying the perception that elderly people do not engage in sexual activity.
Many men in older age do not believe they need to use protection, such as condoms, as they age, and their partners often feel likewise, so it can be difficult to stress the importance of continued use of protection for elderly couples.
Common health conditions hindering older adults are illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, degenerative and rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, cancer, kidney disease, and spinal cord injury.
These conditions heavily impact individual sex lives.