Elder LGBT Sexuality

phyllis-lyon-del-martin-marriage-2The Windy City Times recently ran a long report on a workshop on the sexuality of older LGBT people.

The panel, presented at the March American Society on Aging conference in Chicago, featured Robin Dessel, director of memory and vision care services and sexual rights educator at The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale; Mark Brennan-Ing, Ph.D., a senior researcher with AIDS Community Research Initiative of America; and Hilary Meyer, director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.

Brennan-Ing reported on a Chicago study of older LGBT adults with HIV.  Two-thirds said they had sex two or three times monthly, but 41% indicated that they avoided sexual activity, “either because of lack of interest or physical problems (e.g., erectile dysfunction).” Dessel spoke to the issues of figuring out consensual sexuality in a population with Alzheimer’s Disease, and Meyer addressed more statistics about aging sexuality.  The full article is available at http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Workshop-on-aging-covers-LGBT-sexual-expression-and-long-term-care/42434.html

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