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Intimacy, Sexuality, and Healthy Aging

1.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the importance of intimacy and sexual needs; normal sexual changes in the aging adult; the pathological conditions affecting sexuality; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender sexual issues as they relate to getting older.
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Loving and being loved are essential to maintaining a positive, healthy attitude. Quality of life is often related to affection and tenderness shared with loved ones. With a healthy self-esteem and a willingness to communicate with a partner, older adults can enjoy intimate relationships throughout their lives.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the importance of intimacy and sexual needs in healthy aging adults.
  • Discuss normal changes affecting sexuality in the older adult.
  • Explain sexuality issues in the healthy aging female.
  • Explain sexuality issues in the healthy aging male.
  • Describe pathological conditions affecting sexuality in the older adult.
  • Discuss chronic illnesses that can affect sexual functioning in the older adult.
  • Describe lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender sexual issues in the older adult.
  • Examine emergent issues in sexuality and healthy aging.

In the United States today, individuals over age 65 represent about 13% of the population, or approximately 31 million Americans. By the year 2020, the older adult population is expected to increase to more than 54 million people. By 2050, this demographic is expected to double in size to 79 million people. The diversity of the aging population is increasing in terms of race and ethnicity, economic status, level of education, gender, and marital status (Administration on Aging, 2013; U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2011). With such dramatic shifts in demographics, and an increase in society’s openness to sexuality, the need to understand the role of sexuality in aging is apparent (Hillman, 2012).

Sexuality has three basic components, regardless of age. The biological component involves an individual’s inherited potential, limitations, and their physiological makeup. The psychological component includes personality, attitudes, values, perceptions, and emotions surrounding sexuality. Finally, the cultural component address where and how sexuality is learned and integrated into the broader cultural context (Bolin & Whelehan, 2009).

Sexual expression is a fundamental aspect of all individuals, no matter what age, gender, or sexual orientation they may be. While many people do not associate sexuality with older adults, love and intimacy are necessary and important throughout an individual’s entire life. The subject of sexuality in older adults is often filled with social myths that seem to deny a sense of sexuality. The literature on sexuality and aging indicates that while frequency of sexual activity may show some decline with advanced age, there is no clear age-related ending to sexual behavior (Lindau, et al., 2007).

Older adults are a diverse population and engage in a variety of sexual behaviors, including various long-term, short-term, and traditional and non-traditional relationships. Older adults engage in numerous activities, such as dating, cohabitation, affairs, having protected and unprotected sex, sexual abuse, masturbation, and abstinence. Adults who are newly divorced, widowed, or have a long-term relationship that ended may find themselves in new relationships through the Internet and other types of social media. While there may be some differences, aging adults engage in many of the same sexual behaviors as their younger counterparts (Hillman, 2012).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


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Course Expires:

May 30, 2019

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.