Aging, Relationships, & Sexuality: Tools and Resources for Geriatric Care Managers
About the Authors
Jennifer A. Crittenden is the Fiscal & Administrative Officer at the University of Maine Center on Aging. Nearly all research projects and grant-funded programs under her management entail the translation of academic research into professional and public education programs, events, and dissemination activities. Jennifer has developed educational workshops, trainings, conferences, and other activities for a wide range of audiences, including older adults, caregivers, healthcare professionals, social service professionals, and administrators. Jennifer currently develops online educational offerings for professionals and caregivers throughout the country via the Center’s cutting-edge research, evaluation, and training projects. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maine and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work also from the University of Maine.
Lindsay Day holds a BSW from the University of Maine and is a Master in Social Work candidate at the University of Maine, working as an intern at the University of Maine Center on Aging. She is involved in a number of projects at the Center on Aging including a rural Maine older adult impaired driving project and coordination of the Seventh Annual Maine Geriatrics Colloquium. Lindsay is interested in issues impacting kinship caregivers as well as LGBT aging issues. She recently completed an independent research study that examined quality-of-life indicators and means for addressing quality-of-life issues for transgendered individuals. She is also affiliated with the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education at the University of Maine and is pursuing a certificate in Rural Gerontological Social Work.
Jennifer A. Crittenden, MSW
Lindsay Day, LSW
This resource article is designed to provide key professional resources, information, consumer resources, and training materials on love, relationships, and sexuality in older age. The authors of this article do not endorse any of the organizations listed but rather are providing them as a general starting point for considering, discussing, and exploring issues of older adult relationships and sexuality. The resources provided are listed in alphabetical order and available training curricula are noted in resource descriptions as appropriate.
AARP Love & Sex Website
This is a website set up by AARP to provide information about relationships, love and sex after 50. AARP provides a wealth of resources that are both engaging to read and easy to understand.
AARP Report on Sexuality at Midlife and Beyond
This report details a 2004 survey study conducted by AARP examining the role that sexuality plays in quality-of-life issues for midlife and older adults. The 2004 study also delves into attitudes toward sexuality among older minorities.
Aging in the Know
40 Fulton Street, 18th Floor
New York, New York 10038
This website was created by the American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging (FHA). Aging in the Know offers up-to-date information for consumers on health and aging, including a section devoted to sexuality and sexual concerns.
American Psychological Association’s Aging and Human Sexuality Resource Guide
750 First Street NE
Washington D.C. 20002-4242
This is a website developed by the American Psychological Association to educate professionals about aging and sexuality. It contains a plethora of citations for empirical evidence on aging and sexuality, summary chapters, case presentations, and resources to use for education in teaching settings or with clients.
American Social Health Association
P.O. Box 13827
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
STI Resource Center Hotline: 919-361-8488
ASHA is recognized for developing and delivering accurate, medically reliable information about sexually transmitted infections. This is where you will find the facts, support, resources, questions and answers, and thorough information on sexually transmitted diseases.
American Society on Aging LGBT Aging Website
71 Stevenson Street, Suite 1450
San Francisco, CA 94105-2938
The American Society on Aging (ASA) offers professional education, publications and online information and training resources that are nationally recognized. This website provides a wealth of information on an array of topics related to LGBT and aging.
Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Sexuality and Aging Website
This website features nursing standard practice protocols on issues of sexuality and aging. The information presented on the website is evidence-based content and includes an assessment of sexual health in older adults for professionals to utilize.
LGBT Aging Issues Network
71 Stevenson Street, Suite 1450
San Francisco, CA 94105-2938
As an affiliate of the American Society on Aging, the LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) works to foster professional development, multidisciplinary research and wide-ranging dialogue on LGBT issues in the field of aging. They carry out this mission through publications, conferences, and cosponsored events.
LGBT Aging Project
555 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
The LGBT Aging Project is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2001 by a group of advocates from both the aging service network and the LGBT community. The Aging Project collaborates with community partners to conduct research among LGBT elders and providers and has provided training to more than 2,000 people. The LGBT and Aging Project works to increase public awareness of LGBT elders and caregivers and the issues that impact their lives.
National Association on HIV Over 50
23 Miner Street
Boston, MA 02212-3319
The National Association on HIV Over 50 is a volunteer based organization which promotes education, training, and advocacy to those over 50 with a diagnosis of HIV. Their website provides research, education, and communication around the interplay between HIV and aging.
National Coalition for LGBT Health
The National Coalition for LGBT Health works to improve the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community by providing advocacy that supports research, policy, education, and training on this topic. The website features a compilation of resources for consumers and providers including information on sexual health.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
NGLTF is a national organization dedicated to ending discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people at the local, state, and national level. Their aging initiative is in place to raise awareness of the needs of the aging GLBT population through research, networking, and training.
National Institute on Aging Sexuality in Later Life AgePage
This consumer resource discusses common problems and conditions that may interfere with sexuality and sexual expression as one ages in language that is easy to understand. Visit the website for a PDF version of this brochure, or to order hard copies of this consumer education resource.
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center working to improve the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Established in 2010, the center is led by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in partnership with 10 other organizations from around the country. In an effort to improve the quality of services and supports for LGBT Older Adults, the National Resource Center offers a training curriculum on LGBT cultural competency to service providers free-of-charge. Providers can request this free training on the website.
National Sexuality Resource Center
The National Sexuality Resource Center is committed to promoting healthy sexuality, dispelling common myths about sexuality, and encouraging sexual literacy. NSRC’s website features a section which provides a plethora of information specifically related to sex and aging.
Our Bodies Ourselves
Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), also known as the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (BWHBC), is a nonprofit, public interest women’s health education, advocacy, and consulting organization. Their mission is to “provide accessible, research-based information about women’s health and sexuality.”
Boulder Aging Services Division
P.O. Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306
Project Visibility is a training program developed in 2004 by Boulder County Aging Services, after the agency conducted extensive focus groups with area LGBT elders. The goal of Project Visibility is “to co-create an aging services community that is informed, sensitive to, and supportive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender elders.” The training is designed for administrators and staff of nursing homes, assisted living residences, home care agencies, and other senior service providers, as well as the friends and families of LGBT elders.
Resources for the Aging LGBTQ+ Community: Healthcare, Financial Planning, & Long Term-Care
In the United States, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community is large; in fact, this group makes up approximately 4.5% of the country’s total population. Despite their size and prevalence, the LGBTQ+ community still experiences myriad hurdles and challenges, especially when it comes to healthcare.
Senior Sex: Tips for Older Men
The Senior Sex webpage was developed by the Mayo Clinic to provide tips for maintaining a healthy and satisfying sex life as you get older.
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
SAGE is best known as the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults. SAGE focuses its work on providing programs and services for the LGBT older adult, providing technical assistance and training as well as advocating for LGBT and aging issues nationally. In partnership with the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College, SAGE offers “No Need to Fear, No Need to Hide,” a training program about inclusion and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders for long-term care and assisted living facilities.
Sexuality and Aging Today Blog
This website is part of an educational outreach initiative of the Widener University Graduate Program in Human Sexuality. The mission of this initiative is to “enhance the sexual health, knowledge, and well-being of people in mid and later life by providing quality sexuality education to individuals, couples and to professionals who serve them.” The website features a compilation of resources for professionals and consumers alike with regards to the topic of sexuality and aging.
Training to Serve
Training to Serve (TTS) is a training curriculum that was developed by representatives from the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging (MAAA), GLBT Generations, University of Minnesota, and MN Department of Human Services. Training to Serve is now recognized as an independent organization dedicated to providing training and education about the unique needs of LGBT older adults. Providers can request the TTS training curriculum through the contact information provided on the TTS website.
Aging Sexuality and Intimacy Tipsheet, University of Cincinnati Center for Aging with Dignity Aging
This consumer tipsheet developed by the University of Cincinnati Center for Aging with Dignity provides some basic information about aging and sexuality and some factors that may impact sexuality as one ages.
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