Sunday Age (Melbourne) (02.21.10) - Monday, March 01, 2010
Health and geriatric care professionals report a jump in the
number of Australians over age 65 who continue to lead an
active sex life. As a result, the Council on Aging is advising
safe-sex workshops for seniors and the adoption of policies at
assisted-living facilities to deal with promiscuous behaviors.
"They were a generation who missed out on all the safe-sex
education that was going on when [they] were in their 50s,"
said Anne-Maire Elias, a council spokesperson. "With an
increase in Viagra and multiple partners, aged care facilities
should welcome safe-sex workshops for their residents."
"Increasingly, the younger cohort of older people who are
moving into retirement villages are healthy, in relationships,
or able to develop new relationships," said Victor
Minichiello, a health expert at the University of New England.
"There is a widespread belief among aged-care workers that the
elderly should not be participating in sexual activities and
there is currently no policy to address sexual behavior in
aged-care facilities," said Ken Gleeson, a behavioral expert
at Whiddon Group. The assisted-living provider will later this
year publish policy guidelines regarding sexuality and
intimacy among residents.