Sex and mental health in old age

Gary J. Kennedy, Moises M. Martinez, Nicholas Garo

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Sexual activity declines in late life but the cause has as much to do with illness and social circumstances as with the physiology of aging. Older patients welcome counsel on sexual health but because of the delicacy of the matter, physicians need to initiate the conversation and be aware of opportunities for sexual expression as well as limitations. When the focus is on intimacy and affection rather than intercourse and orgasm, older adults need not retire from sex simply because of advanced age or infirmity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-30
Number of pages9
JournalPrimary Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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