Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Published 10:43 am Monday, April 30, 2012

Editor’s note: In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Steps to HOPE has submitted several articles on related topics during April. The following is the last of these articles.
Sexuality in later life is a continuation of healthy sexuality across the life span. Throughout life, human beings seek out relationships, love and companionship.
Often sexuality in later life is minimized or ignored, but it is an important aspect of many older adults’ lives. Older adults deserve privacy around their sexuality, which can be hard for those who live with their adult children or in senior communities.
Sexuality does not have an expiration date. It is healthy and common for people to remain sexual throughout their lives.
Sexual health and sexual violence are also concerns for older adults. Information about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), safer sex, consent and sexual assault/sexual abuse is important for older adults. Sexual health exams remain important as well.
Information about sexuality in later life is available at the following websites:
• www.sexualityandaging.com
• www.apa.org/pi/aging/resources/guides/sexuality.aspx
• http://nsrc.sfsu.edu/issues/sex-and-aging; www.nsvrc.org
You can also call Steps to HOPE at 828-894-2340.
– article submitted by Debra Backus