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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.
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