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Spring 2012
Older Adult Sexuality, Intimacy, and Sexual Orientation

Defining Moments: Sexuality and Care of Older Adults

Marilyn R. Gugliucci, MA, PhD, AGSF, GSAF, AGHEF Shirley A. Weaver, MT (ASCP), MA, PhD, GCG Summary Health care providers are reticent to discuss intimacy and sexual issues with their older adult patients or the patients’ adult children. This article is written with the provider in mind and presents foundational information on older adult sexual…

Intimacy in Later Life: Reflections on Love and Care

Amanda Smith Barusch, PhD Summary This article draws from research and literature to offer four vignettes of late-life intimacy with significant implications for care managers. Noting that intimacy in later life can arise outside the context of marriage, we begin by considering “Living Apart Together” relationships and the challenges of talking about love. The article…

Older Lesbian Adults and Alcoholism: A Case Study for Practitioners

Noell L. Rowan, PhD, LCSW, CADC Abstract There is a significant gap in the literature regarding older chemically dependent lesbians and their health and mental health needs (Satre, 2006; Shankle, Maxwell, Katzman, & Landers, 2003). This conceptual article begins to address the issues faced by older lesbians with alcoholism and considers further research necessary to…

Aging, Relationships, & Sexuality: Tools and Resources for Geriatric Care Managers

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…

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