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Seniors, Sex and Dementia: Creating a New Paradigm

This workshop presents information on how our aging populations are changing and how these changes can be accommodated in a variety of elder-care communities.  Emphasis will be on discussing dementia and how those identified or diagnosed with it are still entitled to sexual pleasure and intimate connections. The session will also present an overview of common issues with regard to age-related sexual changes, illness and disability, and sexual effects of some medications commonly prescribed to seniors.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: recognize the importance of sexuality and intimate relationships in later life; identify changing parameters of capacity and consent along a continuum of cognitive functioning; distinguish between consensual and abusive/exploitive sexual behavior with regard to those diagnosed with dementia; identify and develop strategies to better care for the sexual and erotic needs of  the changing “Baby Boomer” generation.