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AUSTRALIA: Sex and the Seniors Plan for Lessons


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.


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