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Physiological Aspects of Aging and Psychosocial Implications

The presenter will focus on the biopsychosocial changes associated with aging and its impact on sexual functioning. The Genitourinary systems (the reproductive organs and the urinary system) in relationship to sexuality and aging will also be discussed.  
Presented by Kathryn A. Blair, PhD. FNP-BC, FAANP, Professor, Beth El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Dr. Blair has been an educator since 1984 at three separate academic institutions (University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Northern Colorado and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs). In addition, she has maintained a clinical practice since 1979. Dr. Blair has participated in writing chapters for two gerontological nursing texts. Dr. Blair has also had 34 publications and during the last ten years has presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Sexuality in Elderly Adults

The presenter will clarify why sexual needs in all humans is basic and does not change as we age. She discusses why sexual interaction such as holding hands, touching someone else, cuddling with them and then intimacy is important. The desires of older adults can be confusing as our society shifts into an aging demographic.  Although some would say those who are diagnosed or suffer with Dementia are incapable of fulfilling their sexual longings, the presenter confirms it is vitally important to recognize this issue has many facets to it.  Guidelines will be recommended regarding the limits of concern, investigation, and reporting. She will discuss the impact of professionals’ moral standards and how they influence working with older adults’ sexual behaviors and attitudes. Through personal experience, our presenter will confirm that difficult questions should be handled with love, assessment and problem solving in all disciplines that work with the elders at- risk. “As we all should know, the sexuality of older adults is vital to their life, their emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.” “There must be a stronger sense of understanding.”  

Presented by Jan Katayama, LCSW
Jan Katayama is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the long term care profession over 40 years.  She has had opportunities to work in a variety of jobs within the long term care profession.  Over the years Jan has been involved in writing sexuality guidelines in conjunction with numerous entities that are used by Health Facilities Division.  Her goal of enhancing the quality of life for those who reside in long term care facilities through education, one to one evaluation and case management services is the heart of her professional career.  Jan won the Vesta Bowden award which is the highest award through Colorado Health Care Association in 2013 for her outstanding services to the long term care profession. She is currently a co-owner of a consulting firm which services over 80 facilities in the State of Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

Who Should Attend
Social work practitioners, medical, psychologists and mental health, legal/judicial, law enforcement officials and personnel, home care placement agencies, court-appointed guardians and conservators, community-center board staff and clergy. All of the above – whether paid or unpaid.

CCERAP provides training at no cost, thanks to financial support from the Older Americans Act, disseminated by the Colorado Department of Human Services, State Unit on Aging. CCERAP is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.

Sexuality and Aging Studies

Older adults are more unique than ever before. Their population is increasing and living longer. In addition, given the higher rate of non-marital co-habitation and divorce rates it is imperative for professionals in the aging field to become more aware and sensitive to the needs and concerns of elders. Research is telling us that older adults are sexual beings and sexual thoughts and longings for intimacy can continue as we age.

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Myths and Misconceptions and Their Impact on Understanding Older Adult Sexuality

Becoming more aware of the myths and realities of sexuality as we age can improve the health and quality of life for older adults and benefit society. Problems understanding and accepting sexual needs of elders may be compounded by the discomfort of others when communicating about such a personal subject. Have you ever been in a group and the subject of older adult sexuality was being discussed? What were the responses? “I don’t like to think about that.” “Do older adults think about or have sex?”   Based on accepted cultural beliefs, society’s attitude is that sexual needs such as kissing, holding hands, cuddling and intimacy matter less and less as people grow older. But does sexuality really diminish for all of the older population? Nonjudgmental attitudes, knowledge of facts and applied skills by professionals working with elders can facilitate education and discussion.

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