Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 227–236 | Cite as

Sexuality Training for Caretakers of Geriatric Residents in Long Term Care Facilities

  • Kathleen S. Mayers
  • Dennis McBride


A training program on sexuality of geriatric residents for caretakers and administrators in a long term care facility was quite effective in eliciting interest and participation. The workshop's training focused on (1) Attitudes toward sexuality and the elderly; (2) Terminology and communication; (3) Residents' rights and abilities to make decisions about their sexuality; (4) Information sharing and handouts: information to carry away from the session and share with co-workers. There is a need for education of caregivers and administrators to ensure that they are not influenced by their own misconceptions and value judgments about elder sexuality in offering care to their residents. Aspects of dementia diagnoses and the aging process are discussed, with emphasis on the manner in which they affect staff attitudes about geriatric sexuality.


Dementia Training Program Aging Process Care Facility Information Sharing 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen S. Mayers
    • 1
  • Dennis McBride
    • 2
  1. 1.Western State Hospital, Geopsychiatric Medical UnitTacomaWashington
  2. 2.The Washington InstituteTacomaWashington

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