Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 193–203

Sexuality and Intimacy in Alzheimer's Patients and Their Partners

  • Helen D. Davies
  • Antonette M. Zeiss
  • Elizabeth A. Shea
  • Jared R. Tinklenberg
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1023047125906

Cite this article as:
Davies, H.D., Zeiss, A.M., Shea, E.A. et al. Sexuality and Disability (1998) 16: 193. doi:10.1023/A:1023047125906

Abstract

Geriatric Sexuality remains one of the more sensitive and controversial issues to be confronted in today's clinical setting. Research indicates that older adults continue to be sexually active well into later life. Older adults with dementing illnesses experience deleterious changes in sexual functioning that can affect their quality of life. However, few health care professionals ask older adults about their sexual functioning. This paper addresses means of fostering acceptance by professionals and families and creating an environment that nurtures sexuality in couples coping with dementia.

sexualityintimacysexual dysfunctionAlzheimer's disease

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen D. Davies
    • 1
  • Antonette M. Zeiss
    • 3
  • Elizabeth A. Shea
    • 1
  • Jared R. Tinklenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Stanford/VA Alzheimer's CenterPalo Alto
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry (116F-PAD)VA Palo Alto Health Care SystemPalo Alto
  3. 3.VA Palo Alto Health Care SystemPalo Alto