Yourwellness Magazine Follows Up New Senior Sexuality Course

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With an Australian sexologist starting a new course to help nursing home staff deal with patients’ sexual behaviour, Yourwellness Magazine investigated the rise in STDs among seniors.

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A sexologist based in Mandurah, Australia, has recently launched a new training course, teaching aged-care staff how to approach a patient’s sexual identity, with a “no-bias” policy, it was reported June 25th. Julie-Anne Davies’ new sexology training course, called Seniors Psychological Services, aims to equip nursing home staff to cope with their patient’s sexual needs. Davies commented, “The layout of nursing homes, with single beds [doesn’t allow intimacy]. Elderly people face difficulty because doctors are reluctant to engage clients in a sexual conversation, but that’s changing, we’ve had GPs show an interest too…There has been a change in society and sexology is not taboo anymore, although it’s still not encouraged.” (http://www.mandurahmail.com.au/story/1595446/mandurah-sexologist-promotes-sex-for-seniors/)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored how seniors may be more at risk than ever of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). According to Yourwellness Magazine, “Whilst we assume that they think more about retirement than being promiscuous, for an interesting majority of senior citizens, the fun never stops. At ages of fifty years old and over, the friskiness hasn’t faded away. In doing so, the risks of STDs are still present – and are more of a concern than ever.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/04/are-seniors-more-at-risk-with-stds/#sthash.IjtIkikp.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine explained that modern medical advances, such as Viagra, have enabled men to have sex at an elderly age. Yourwellness Magazine also commented that growing divorce rates and prominence of senior-specific dating websites mean that seniors have more opportunities to have sex with different people, and the lack of risk of pregnancy means that barrier protection, such as condoms, are less used by the elderly. Yourwellness Magazine noted that 80% of people aged 50 and over are still having an active sex life, and rates of chlamydia and syphilis in this age group have tripled in recent years. Yourwellness Magazine urged doctors not to assume that elderly patients are no longer having sex, and recommended that seniors use protection when engaging in sexual behaviour.

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