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Sexuality, Intimacy, and Healthy Aging



Like any age group, older adults have specific needs, not just related to physical health but also in terms of social, spiritual, emotional, and sexual health. According to the World Health Organization [71], the current working definition of sexual health is “…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled” [27]. Sexual health is important for achieving overall well-being, quality of life and sex quality of life (SQOL).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LACHESIS, Office of Expertise on Aging and GenderGhentBelgium
  2. 2.University College OdiseeBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Egan School of Nursing & Health StudiesFairfield UniversityFairfieldUSA
  4. 4.Fairfield UniversityFairfieldUSA

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