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Sexual health and sexual activity in later life / Paul Nash; Paul Willis; Andrea Tales; Thomas Cryer

Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, Volume: 25, Issue: 1, Pages: 22 - 30

Swansea University Author: Nash, Paul

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Abstract

The population is ageing and the rights, welfare andwellbeing of this age cohort are becoming more globallyprominent and the focus of much policy development.Whilst research is leading the way and informing this inmany spheres of an older person’s life, this is not the casefor sexual health. Campaig...

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Published in: Reviews in Clinical Gerontology
ISSN: 0959-2598 1469-9036
Published: 2015
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21413
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Abstract: The population is ageing and the rights, welfare andwellbeing of this age cohort are becoming more globallyprominent and the focus of much policy development.Whilst research is leading the way and informing this inmany spheres of an older person’s life, this is not the casefor sexual health. Campaigns of sexual health literacyand intervention are targeted at ‘at-risk’ cohorts, largelyignoring those over 60 years of age. With increases insexually transmitted infections (STIs) in this age groupand the potentially serious nature of untreated conditions,this review highlights the need for increased research,health literacy and targeted interventions. Social, societaland physical barriers preventing older adults engagingwith safer sex have been identified, highlighting the extentof the attitudinal and policy shifts required to provide ageparity.
Keywords: gerontology, sexual health, sexuality, sexually transmitted infections, discrimination
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 1
Start Page: 22
End Page: 30